We (I & My wife - Vandana) thought about lot of places - Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, Gangtok etc. The only thing that all these places had in common was - they were famous and crowded. I was interested in a lesser crowded place as I love being nearer to nature. Finally, we decided to go to Binsar.
We took a flight to New Delhi from my home town - Ahmedabad and a connecting train from Old Delhi Railway Station to a place called Kathgodam and then a cab from Kathgodam to our resort.
|Eagle's Nest - Our First Cottage|
We took a morning flight to New Delhi and reached Delhi by 11:30 AM. A visit to Delhi Akshardham Temple was also on our list. I had stayed in New Delhi previously for a month or two and did get a chance to visit Akshardham, however it was the first visit for Vandana. After getting down @ the airport, we took a cab straight to Akshardham temple and kept our luggage in Akshardham Cloak Room. It was a long queue and by the time we reached into the the temple premise (after clearing the security check) it was almost 1:30 PM. We still had approximately 3 hours before Pradarshani (Cultural shows by temple) ends.
We went to the main temple first. After the darshan in main temple, we went to the cafeteria. It was Shivratri and both of us were fasting. We did take the Lassi though. Unfortunately that was the only thing served in the temple for people who fast. Wish, Akshardham follows the protocol that normally all Swaminarayan temples follow and serve faral (food that could be had when one fasts) as well.
We immediately started for the Pradarshani as we already were experiencing tight schedule. By 5 pm, we were done with Pradarshani which consisted of multiple things including an introduction to lord swaminarayan, nauka vihar (cultural boat ride) and a movie on God Shree Swaminarayan.
Next task for us was to take the train to Kathgodam from where a cab was already arranged for the pickup.