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  • San Francisco, May 2013 Day 2- San Francisco, May 2013 Day 2- Ice cream and possible pneumonia‚Ķ

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      My second day in San Francisco started out with macarons and chocolate cake. Annie was running late since parking at the BART station in Concord was a nightmare so I decided to take advantage of the situation and go to Macy’s. I stopped at Tout Sweet 306795_10100164375671868_1378688783_n.jpgfor breakfast and a great view of Union Square (it was another beautiful sunny day) and then wander the store until Annie arrived.

       

      We had both purchased Big Bus tickets so we could see lots of sights with minimal driving. Annie got the 24 hour pass and I got the 48 hour pass so that I could use it as my transportation for a couple of days. Once she got there (yay) we boarded the Big Bus Tour to play tourist for the day (the only things we were missing were fanny packs). We stopped at Alamo Square first and walked around. Cute houses, but the little row at the other end of the street was actually a bit nicer. We were wondering941849_10100163881606978_175520623_n.jpg if everyone was as disappointed and our suspicions were confirmed when a German tourist asked us if the row we were seated in front of was the “famous houses”. Her response to our head nods was “what the shit”. She seemed so disappointed, I actually apologized.

       

      Once we were done staring, our friend Melissa met up with us after this for lunch at Gussie’s Chicken & Waffles (thank you, Groupon). We took a nice stroll down to the restaurant from Alamo Square and admired the old houses along the way (so if that’s your house we were photographing, I’m sorry). After a great midday fuel stop, we moved on. Annie and I stopped at Bi Rite for ice cream on the way back to the bus stop (told you I like to stop for food often). We reboarded the bus and rode up top as it drove through Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, and Golden Gate Bridge. We had thought we were well prepared for the bridge with our 969932_10100165333078218_1211366176_n.jpgsweaters and scarves (since it was quite hot outside) but apparently this wasn’t enough. We were freezing. I have photos of us with scarves across our faces to keep out the wind. In hindsight it’s amusing. At the time, it was a little freaky and I am pretty sure I caught a terrible head cold that I promptly ignored.

       

      After this we got off the bus and walked to Ghirardelli Square for more ice cream and then to Fisherman’s Wharf for sourdough bread bowls at Boudin’s. By then it was getting late and Annie had kids to get home942885_10100165333008358_1474910926_n.jpg to so we headed back to Union Square so that she could catch BART home and I could meet Carla for dinner.

       

      I took a taxi. I hate taking taxis because I’ve rarely had cab drivers that I didn’t want to slap. This one was no exception. I typically GPS the route when in a taxi so I can call them out if they’re taking me the long way around. I arrived at Straw in one piece and Carla and I managed to get the booth that is within an old carnival ride car. After an interesting and tasty meal of chicken and waffle Monte Cristo and doughnut burger (apparently it tastes like it sounds), we met up with Melissa at Smuggler’s Cove. I have a thing for pirate themes (I have a thing for most themes, honestly) and this bar felt like having drinks in a pirate’s hideaway (minus the fear of having my throat 943500_10100163885593988_1301884724_n.jpgslit or getting robbed). Unfortunately, we did get sort of robbed since Melissa's car was broken into during the 45 minutes we were at the bar... She parked in a well-lit, populated area. There were people still milling around. You just never know. Fortunately nothing valuable or sentimental got stolen.

       

      After drinks, Carla and I made our way to the Financial District and down an unfamiliar dark alley for dessert at Gitane. This gorgeous fusion restaurant really is in a dark alley. Dessert was fun and delicious and the escape from the chill outside was wonderful. I’d love to come back for dinner but that will have to wait for another time.

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  • Exploring the Enigma of Northe Exploring the Enigma of Northern India

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      India is a country full of wonders and surrounded by beautiful palaces, forts, temples, rivers, hills and mountains. It is a complete blend of natural scenic beauty. A tour to north India will take you to the journey of many beautiful wonders. There are many amazing spots in North India inviting tourists from far off places to see the magic of this part of India. Here we will discuss some of the major destinations of north India.

      Agra: This is the most beautiful creation of nature and one of the famous tourist destinations of northern part of India. There are a number of tourist spots in Agra which attracts a flurry of tourists which include Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, McLeod Ganj, Kangra Art Museum, St. John's Church and a number of others.

      Delhi: Delhi is the capital of our country and also a popular tourist spot in north India. Every year tourists in large number come to explore its vibrant culture and prime attractions like India Gate, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Humayun Tomb, Lotus Temple and many more.

      Varanasi: This city is counted in the list of top five spiritual places in India. Known as the city of Lord Shiva, it is a sacred Hindu city. The city where one can wash away their sins by a dip in Ganga River. Every year tourists from all nook and corner come to see this mystical city.

      Jaipur: situated in the heart of Rajasthan, the city of Jaipur is a magical city also known as the pink city of India. This city is surrounded by many beautiful forts and palaces built by powerful kings and have their names engraved in the Indian History. Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort and many more are the prime tourist’s attractions in Jaipur.

      Amritsar: Amritsar is a fabulous city located in the city of Punjab and also a popular tourists spot. Some of the prime attractions of the city are Golden Temple, Wagah Border, Jallianwala Bagh invites visitors from all over the world. 

      The northern part of India invites all its visitors to come to explore its vibrant culture and spend a wonderful vacation with their near and dear ones. 

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  • Golden Gate Bridge Photographe Golden Gate Bridge Photographers

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      San Francisco Bay tour boat tourists shooting the Golden Gate Bridge.

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  • See Best Monuments of India on See Best Monuments of India on India tourism

    • From: ajaykr88
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      Golden triangle is one of the most fascinating and popular travel circuits in India. It attracts tourists from all over the world and provides them a wonderful opportunity to explore three historic and historical cities – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. On this fascinating journey in India you will see some of the best monuments of India which are widely acclaimed for their stunning architectural beauty. Each destination of this journey is equally fascinating and will never fail to impress you. You will enjoy this trip a lot and treasure the charm that will last in your memories for lifetime.

      The first destination of golden triangle tour is Delhi, the capital city of India. This metropolitan city presents finest amalgamation of modernity and traditional charm. Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb are magnificent monuments declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city which are visited by a number of tourists each year. Other popular monuments to see in this city include India Gate, Kashmir Tours ,Old Fort, National Museum, Rajghat, Jama Masjid, Birla Temple, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, etc. All the monuments found in this city are renowned for their stunning architectural splendor.

      Popularly known as the Pink City of India, Jaipur is the third destination of golden triangle tours in India. It is the capital and largest city of Indian state of Rajasthan. Magnificent forts, palatial palaces and beautiful temples are prime attractions for tourism in this charming city. Jantar Mantar Observatory, Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), City Palace Complex, Birla Temple, Albert Hall Museum, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Amber Fort are monuments in Jaipur which are visited by a number of domestic and international tourists each year.

      If you go on Leh Ladakh Tour Packages India will definitely provide you a wonderful opportunity to see the best monuments of India.

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  • Crossing the Golden Gate Bridg Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge

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      The California Experience:  Following Herbie the Love Bug on the Golden Gate Bridge as the fog begins to roll in.

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  • Strolling the beach Strolling the beach

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      A lady and her dog stroll the beach near Ft. Funston in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, California.

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  • San Francisco Golden Gate beac San Francisco Golden Gate beach

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      The best place in the world to see the Golden Gate Bridge, its so wonderful.

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  • Golden Triangle Just Right Op Golden Triangle Just Right Option for Cultural and Budget Tours in India

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      India has many touring options. Some are expensive and some are under budget. If you are looking for touring options under you limited budget you should consider to explore golden triangle tourist circuit which will give you truly rich cultural experience of India tours and travels under you budget.

      Golden triangle is one of the most sought after travel circuits in northern India which covers three most important and historical cities of India. They cover widely acclaimed travel destinations like Delhi (the capital city of India), Agra (the city of Taj Mahal) and Jaipur (the Pink City of India).

      Most tour operators in India cater this travel circuit as a prominent attraction of India tourism. And rightly it proves it. The tour packages are designed generally in short duration of days usually 6 or 7 days. It is very popular among culture vultures and tourists who are willing to explore best of India tourism under their limited budgets.

      The first destination of golden triangle tour is Delhi, the capital city of India. It is an important city and historical travel destination in the country which attracts tourists and vacationers from all over the world with its historical and heritage attractions. There are three UNESCO world heritage sites in this city namely, Red Fort (also called Lal Qila), Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Located on the ceremonial avenue Rajpath, the imposing India Gate war memorial is a worth visit. Other attractions in this city include Lotus Temple, Birla Temple, Akshardham Temple (the largest Hindu Temple complex in the world), President House, Old Fort, Parliament House, National Museum, etc. Delhi presents marvelous blend of tradition and modernity. Accommodation facilities in this city are excellent with availability of good hotels ranging for economic hotels to luxury & deluxe hotels.

      Agra, situated on the banks of Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh, is the second destination of golden triangle. It has been one of the most popular destinations for tourism and holidays in India. It has been very popular among families, cultural vultures, history buffs and honeymooners. It is because it is the home to the magnificent love monument, Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a world heritage site. Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort are also world heritage sites in this city. Other attractions in this city include Sikandra Akbar Tomb, Chini-Ka-Rauza, Itmad-Ud-Daullah, etc. Agra offers excellent accommodation facilities.

      Jaipur, the Pink City of India, is the largest and capital city of Indian state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is one of the most sought after destinations on centeral India tours where tourists have wonderful opportunity to explore rich culture and tradition. Major attractions in this city include Jantar Mantar (world heritage site), City Palace, Birla Temple, Albert Hall Museum, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, and Amber Fort.

      In fact, golden triangle would be the best touring option for those tourists who are culture vultures and looking for a right option for budget tours in India. So come and explore the cultural charm of northern India under you budget with golden triangle tours.

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  • Fogged In Fogged In

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      We watched a thick bank of fog rolling in towards San Francisco and past the Golden Gate Bridge.  Every few minutes the north tower of the bridge would poke through the fog.

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  • Golden Gate Park's Japanese Te Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden

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      The beautiful Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.  Go early in the morning for great lighting and to miss the big crowds.

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  • Golden Gate Park's Japanese Te Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden

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      The beautiful Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.  Go early in the morning for great lighting and to miss the big crowds.

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  • Golden Gate Park's Japanese Te Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden

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      The beautiful Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.  Go early in the morning for great lighting and to miss the big crowds.

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  • Japanese Tea Garden in San Fra Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco

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      The beautiful Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.  Go early in the morning for great lighting and to miss the big crowds.

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  • Under the Golden Gate Bridge Under the Golden Gate Bridge

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  • peeking through the trees peeking through the trees

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      On a walk towards the Golden Gate Bridge, I spied this photo.

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  • San Francisco from the shore San Francisco from the shore

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      Caught this lovely picture while taking a walk from our hotel.

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  • An Awesome Weekend Trip to Taj An Awesome Weekend Trip to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Lord Krishna's Birthplace in Mathura!!

    • From: travelersnirvana
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      On 31st Dec 2009, I took a resolution to travel as much as I could. Who knew 2010 would be THE most fascinating year of my life. I went to Ladakh & Nepal on a Bullet Standard 350. Other places I went to are Goa, Bangalore, Delhi, Mathura, Agra. I write my Travel Stories at Travelers Nirvana. Following is my experience of traveling to Agra & Mathura on Budget. Hope you enjoy it.

      The Agra – Mathura trip was planned on a whim by my friends. It was one of those spontaneous plans which work out beautifully. The 6 of us boarded the Golden Temple Mail from Mumbai Central at 9.25pm on a Friday evening. All of us were pretty excited as it was our first trip to Uttar Pradesh. Shilpa was our tour guide as she hailed from the city of Mathura. The train took exactly 19 hours to reach Mathura. Now, you must be wondering- aren’t there any other trains? The answer is yes. Gareeb Rath starts on friday afternoon at 5:00pm and reaches Mathura at 7:00 am on the next day. We all chose to travel by the Golden Temple Mail as it didn’t require us to leave our respective work place early.

      The night journey was lovely. While Shipa, Rupali and Kartik slept off; me, Shruti and Bhaskaran stayed up till 2:00am playing UNO. By the time I was done playing to my hearts content, Rupali woke up and we chatted till 3:00 am. Shruti and Bhaskaran had got the UNO fever and played till god alone knows what time.

      I woke up at 10:00 am to a lovely glass of Lassi. We had reached Kota in Rajasthan. The Lassi was a respite from the dry heat. After a yummy breakfast of even more Lassi and puri bhaji (bread and vegetables), Shruti and Bhaskaran got the UNO fever again. Time passed by as we chatted and got down at every station possible. I am proud to say, our antiques were being enjoyed by all the people of our compartment.

      We reached mathura at sharp 4.30 pm. From there we took a direct rickshaw till the Krishna Janam Bhoomi- The birth place of Lord Krishna. We were charged Rs.10 per person. Not bad at all!!  The temple has a heavy security surrounding it. We has to keep out luggage in the lockers. Our mobile phones too were taken away and places safely with the security. The rates are bare minimum for keeping the luggage safe. The security woman who checked us, phew!! It felt more like she was feeling us up! Trust me, even the guys said the same thing after coming out from the security checking.

      The temple is absolutely lovely, right from its grand entrance to the room where lord krishna was born. According to historians, the prison cell,popularly known as ‘Garbha Griha’, in the temple premise is the exact place where lord Krishna was born. The stone walled cell is reminiscent of the cruelty of King Kansa. Many statues and sculptures of the bygone era were found on excavating the site. The prison cell was gradually turned into the present beautiful temple. Lakhs of devotees throng the temple during Janmashtami.

      As we hardly had any time, we finished our tour quickly and were out in 2 hours. There is a Lassi wala who sits right below the stairs of the temple. Yes, more lassi. Thick, smooth, deliciously sweet lassi with a dollop of cream on it.

      Our next stop was Holi Gate. Shilpa kept on telling us about the history of this place. The main approach to the old city, Mathura, is through the Holi Gate. Built of ornately decorated sandstone, it is considered as Mathura’s major landmark. Currently there are scores of shops build near the gate. Its entrance bares the marks of the old glorious Mathura.

      As we entered the Holi Gate, we came across a famous sweet shop of Mathura called Brijwasi. Its there bang on the left side as you enter the Holi Gate. Oh, we had an awesome time in that shop. Make sure you buy the famous Mathura ka Pedha from the shop. It was too sweet and full of ghee for my taste. What caught my eye was a man eating a giant Rasmalai. I am getting hungry just by writing about it. At Rs.12 per rasmalai, its a steal. The six of us ate it like we had never seen food before. In the process, we dropped some liquid on the table and in a hurry to clean it, my Tshirt got stained with the sweet liquid.

      Our next stop was Mathura Refinery Township where we attended the Durga Puja- Which marks the end of Navratri. We had some pretty bas Pav Bhaji in one of the stalls there. What followed was a dance of Garba and Dandiya till 1:00 am.

      We were shelter less for the night. We searched for a hotel nearby, but in vain. Few policemen sitting right outside the Township told us to about the late night bus to Agra. We boarded a bus at 2:00am and reached Agra at sharp 3:00am. This was due to no traffic on the highway. We were sleepy, tired and irritable to the core.

      Our quest for a decent hotel room made us roam the streets of Agra from 3:00 – 4:00 am. All the rooms were booked, that is what we were told by the people at the reception. Finally we got a room in a god-knows-what-place with a i-am-too-sleepy-too-remember-anything name. We payed Rs.700 for a dingy room with bad bedsheets and broken window glass.The guy who helped us find the hotel room took Rs.100 from us. The rate seemed fine as it was in the wee hours of the morning and he patiently took us to more than 5 hotels. If you are a foreign national, make sure you are in a group.

      We were too tired to care and dozed off right away. This was around 4.30 am. 12 hours since we had reached Mathura. The alarm rang at 8:00 am and I was the first one to wake up. The need to lie down on the bed was overwhelming. My eyes were burning and I realized that I was starving. We left the room at 9.30. It was our god luck that we met a auto driver who agreed to take us to Taj Mahal, wait there while we toured, take us to Agra Fort and then to the bus stop from where we would take a bus back to Mathura Station.

      Before that, he took us to a  hotel- Delhi Punjab Dhaba where I ate the most delicious Paneer-pyaaz parantha (Goat Chesse & Onion bread). We ate like there was no tomorrow. After we were full, we sat in the rickshaw and began our journey.

      TAJ MAHAL

      Is there any person who doesn’t want to see the this wonder of the world. Taj Mahal, the most celebrated tomb in this world. It was surreal. I look back and still cant believe that I have seen the Taj. Tip: The entrance from the North Gate is very crowded. Ask the locals for the south gate. We had to pay Rs.100 to a guide who took us to the south gate entrance. Well, we did save more than 30minutes of time in the ticket queue.

      AGRA FORT

      We were at the Taj for one and a half hours and two hours at the Agra Fort. I must say, for the 24 and half hours that we were at Mathura & Agra, we managed to explore quiet a lot. After a  hearty lunch, it was a mad dash for our train at 5:12 pm. We caught the train just in time. I remember the run from the main road as we dashed out of the bus, ran through the road, crossed the railway track, up the bridge and on reaching the platform, learned that the train was ten minutes late. Relief flooded through us on listening to that announcement.

      The return journey was blissful. Dinner was lovely chicken biryani served in Gareeb Rath. The exhaustion caught up with us and we hit the sack before we knew anything.  Each one of us went our way as train neared Bandra station at 8.30 am the next morning.

      My thoughts, a weekend well spent.

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  • Golden Gate Bridge Golden Gate Bridge

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      Captured this photo of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on a surprisingly fog-free evening in June.  For budget travelers visiting San Francisco, would recommend to consider getting a hotel in Oakland and taking the BART subway across the bay to the city.  Oakland has many new hotels in refurbished parts of town that make this a safe, economical option.  Also, almost all Oakland hotels don't charge for parking which is another huge plus for those who will have a car.

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  • How to See the Golden Gate Bri How to See the Golden Gate Bridge

    • From: ditraveling
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      I apologize for the overcast day in advance, but we all know that the Golden Gate Bridge is a magnificent view regardless of the weather. Here are a few ways to see the bridge up close & personal.

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