Sydney dazzles in Christmas lights!

Being the season of Yuletide, we were browsing the net to check out celebrations of Christmas around the world. We were looking for the markets, Christmas Lights and the best cities to experience the fervour of the festival.

When it came to Australia, the first choice was Sydney. The largest and most vibrant city of the country, what we saw just blew us away. Poorna has been to Sydney but not in this season. We never knew that Sydney is spectacularly beautiful during Christmas. The Christmas lights in the the city are mind blowing. 

We are grateful to Nguyễn Ngọc Tuấn who has captured Christmas lights for the last few years and it is stunning. The public buildings like Town Hall, St Mary's Cathedral, Opera House, Customs house have light and sound show everyday until Christmas. The 75 metre facade of cathedral appears like the one we see in fairy tales with colours changing with the help of digital imagery techniques. A series of colourful moving light projections light up the heritage buildings every night.

Check out these pictures.  Click on them to see them in original size.

Changing colours of St Mary's cathedral 

Kaleidoscopic colours of Town Hall
Opera House in colours!
To see more lovely pictures of Stunning Sydney shot by Nguyễn Ngọc Tuấn during Christmas, click on these links below.

Lights of Christmas - 2014

Lights of Christmas - 2013

Check out this video on the changing colours of Town Hall.

Light show @ Town Hall

For a lovely video of the the Light and Sound show at St Mary's Cathedral, please click here

Lights of Christmas - St Mary's cathedral, Sydney

Here are some more  to make this Christmas colourful.

12 best places to spend Christmas by CNN

10 Best Cities for Your Shot at a White Christmas

Top 10 places to see Christmas lights by Nat Geo

For more posts on Christmas in this blog, please click here.

Christmas

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Skywatch Friday - Holy Cross on a colourful hill in Goa!

This was the surprise element of the Monsoon Drive to Goa we did in June this year. 

After reaching Goa in a convoy, H V Kumar, the legendary road tripper of India had a lovely surprise for us. We reached Anjuna police station and took right. As we drove, we could see a lovely hillock on the left and few bungalows on the right. We all parked our cars at the foothills of this hillock.

The hill was strewn with many boulders. Someone with colourful imagination had painted these boulders in different colours there by giving a surreal look to the whole landscape. And this Kumar had noticed during his reconnaissance trip and wanted to give us a surprise! Thanks to him and we were able to see this lovely place. It is a small hill with pathways leading to the top. We climbed the hillock for a beautiful view of Vagator beach from the top. 


As we were walking around enjoying the rain, breeze and lovely vistas, a small installation of holy cross caught our eye. We walked up to the spot. We could see small cross fixed to a ground with a small ceramic cup at the base of the cross to help light a candle. 

The setting was uplifting. A small cross on a lovely hill overlooking a mighty ocean! A place of tranquillity worthy of a place for meditation.


When you go to Goa next time do visit this lovely place. We do not know the name of this hillock. But it is very close to the New Anjuna police station.

As we enter the Yuletide season, we wish you all all  "A Merry Christmas". May all your wishes be fulfilled and dreams come true!

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Mini Kumbh Mela in Banavara!

Banavara. Have you heard of it? Probably not.

A small little town in the state of Karnataka, the place is not known outside the state. Even within the state of Karnataka, it known for being drought prone area.

This October, the town was painted saffron. Hundreds of sadhus had arrived for a week long religious retreat organised by local mutt - Sadguru Dattatreya Vishwas Mandali. The cynosure of the meet were Naga Sadhus who had come from Kashi, Hrishikesh, Haridwar and other places for a Naga Sadhu meet.

The place looked resembled "Mini Kumbh Mela" for a week.

We missed it. Dr Pramukh, our friend was there to click some candid portraits which are interesting. Please take a look. Click on pictures to see them in enlarged version.

Mini Kumbh Mela in Banavara!

Mini Kumbh Mela in Banavara!

Mini Kumbh Mela in Banavara!

Mini Kumbh Mela in Banavara!


We happened to see another set of lovely pictures of the same event. Check them out here

Sadhus @ Banavara by R K Bhat

Postscript - The next Kumbh Mela will be held in Nashik, Maharashtra on the banks of Godavari river in 2015. Will you be there?

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