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The Vaishnodevi Experience 2023

My first trip to Vaishnodevi was unimpressive. Climbing was hard, and it only served to highlight how badly out of shape I was, while my in-laws managed to cope so much better. Further, I hadn’t quite realized that the cave experience wouldn’t be the same as I had imagined, since the original cave was only opened at certain times a year, and that we only entered a newly created tunnel, one far easier to access, and hence more manageable with the crowds that thronged the mountain shrine. The resulting experience at the shrine, for barely a fraction of a second, hardly compared to what I had expected / imagined / heard about. So, for me, Vaishnodevi was like any other temple, nothing to write home about, something that was reflected (though not explicitly mentioned) in the blog post I wrote then.

Seasons Greetings

Wishing you all, all the very best for the coming year... and indeed all the years ahead!

P.S. That's our very first christmas tree... one Samhith and I decorated with much enthusiasm!

And this is Samhith's own work... with some of the ornaments we bought...... its a snowflake, in case some of you couldn't recognize it :D

P.P.S: And this is how the tree looked once it was all set up and ready... with the gifts under it, of course!!!!! 


  1. Season's Greetings and Happy New Year

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family Anu.

  3. Fantastic decorations. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Anu.

  4. Pretty decoration of the Christmas Tree. Merry Christmas to you and your family Anu:)

  5. It looks like a full grown fir! Lovely decorations and no guesses for what the gifts are :D

  6. Wish you too a very happy new year Anu..! 

  7. Nicely done xmas tree. Happy 2012 to you and your family.

  8. Beautiful.
    Wish you Happy and Prosperous New Year.

  9. Wishing you, your hubby and Samhit a very very happy New Year.

  10. Thanks Pradeepa! Wish you a very happy new year!

  11. Thanks Zephyr! guess I am predictable that way :)

  12. Thanks a lot, Sridharan!!! wish you a great year ahead!

  13. Thanks Chitra! wish you too a great year ahead!

  14. Thanks Rajesh! wish you a great travel filled year ahead!

  15. Thanks so much, PNS!! Wish you and your family too a great year ahead!!


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