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What Makes The Wat Pho Temple A Must Visit Site When You Are In Bangkok?

One of the most favorite international destinations of every Indian is definitely Bangkok. Situated right next to India, this lies to be one such prominent option that suits our pockets and fits our cravings at the same time. Thailand tourism is undoubtedly on the rise owing to maximum number Bangkok has become the most thriving travel destination since a decade now.

Bangkok became the number one spot as the 2013’s most popular tourist destination, beating London. Bangkok is also ranked as the second most photographed location on Instagram. Overall Bangkok has reached the apex being the most oft-visited destination for travel-lovers all over the world, not only because of the spicy Thai food, massage parlors or big shopping malls but also for the temples that bear the serene heritage of Buddhist culture in Thailand.

Thailand being an avid Buddhist country, temples play a very important role in the everyday life. Buddhism was supposedly introduced to Thailand approximately 2,200 years ago by Indian Emperor Ashoka the Great who sent a few monks to Thailand to spread Buddhism. Nowadays, majority of Thai population is Buddhist.

Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the most attractive of the Buddhist temples in Thailand. Officially named as Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimonmangkhalaram , this temple is situated near the Rattanakosin area of Bangkok and was founded in 1782. Let us see what makes this temple a must visit place for every tourist in Bangkok.

  1. Oldest and Largest of all temples in Bangkok:

The Wat Pho temple complex is the largest in Bangkok containing more than 1,000 Buddha images. The Wat Pho was founded in 1782 by the order of King Rama I. The heritage and the grandeur of this temple attract a lot of tourists every year.

2. The 46 meters long gold plated Reclining Buddha :

The main attraction of this temple is the 46 meters long gold plated Reclining Buddha image named Phra Phuttha Saiyat built in the reign of King Rama II in 1832. The image is usually referred to as the ‘Lying Budhha’ or ‘Sleeping Buddha’ but it actually shows the passing of the Buddha into final Nirvana.

3.The soles of Buddha’s feet:

The soles of Buddha’s feet are inlaid with Mother of pearl in 108 segments, showing 108 lakshanas of Budhha in detail. They are about 3 meters high and almost 5 meters long.

4.Bodhi Tree:

The temple complex consists a small garden adjacent to the image of the Reclining Buddha that contains a Bodhi Tree that is descendant of the Bodhi Tree of Bodhgaya in India.

5.Birthplace of Thai Massage:

The Wat Pho temple is a center for knowledge and traditional art. It is also the birthplace of the famous Thai massage. The massage courses here are open to anyone.

6.The Ubosot housing the Principal Buddha image:

The Ubosot or the ordination hall houses the principal Buddha image of Wat pho that is named Phra Budhha Deva Patimakorn, displaying the magnificent Buddha in the meditation posture. The image is seated on a pedestal under which the ashes of King Rama I are buried. The Ubosot is also decorated with innumerable number of murals depicting Buddha’s life stories.

How To Reach?

Metered taxis are available to get there. You can also get there by Chao Phraya express river boat.

The temple complex is open from 8 am to 6:30 pm daily with a lunch break from 12 noon to 1 pm. Entry fee for per person is 100 Thai Bhat.

So next time you visit Bangkok, don’t forget to keep the Wat Pho temple in your checklist.

Explore The Amazon Jungle, The Mysterious World of Mummies, The Underwater Titanic & Many More Right at Delhi NCR

Hello People! How have you been enjoying your holidays? Well, the winters might be sharp and prickly but that should not stop you from planning your getaway destinations. For people in Delhi NCR, I have come across with a brilliant option for the perfect Sunday celebration. Well, what if I told you, you can experience the World of Amazon Forest, The Mysterious World of Tutankhamen’s Mummy and the Historical Underwater world of the Titanic right at one place and that too in Delhi NCR? Sounds like an exciting plan? Well then get ready for a perfect Family One Day Getaway To The Oh! Max Wonderland.

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Where

Oh! Max Wonderland is the first of its kind indoor theme Park located in Omaxe Connaught Place, a mall designed on the lines of Delhi’s favorite Connaught Place, situated in Pari Chowk, Greater Noida. For all Noida and Greater Noida residents, this is one of the most promising options to visit with your family for uninterrupted fun and entertainment.

For those residing in other parts of Delhi NCR, this might be an hour drive from your place, but considering, the chain of activities inside this educational amusement hub, the drive is worthwhile.

What Makes It So Different From Other Theme Parks of Delhi NCR?

Delhi NCR, considering its huge variety of crowds is a home to a number of theme parks. But Oh! Max Wonderland is something that would surely offer you a lifetime experience that makes it so exclusive and different from the existing theme parks.

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It is not only the first indoor theme park situated in a Mall but its versatile adventure zones would not only educate you but provide you with the perfect flavors of entertainment with a pinch of variety. Let’s explore what this so talked about Theme Park has in store for you.

Head To The Exciting World of Amazon Jungle

Well, if your kid is an ardent fan of the roaring lions and howling tigers, then this is the perfect area for him/her. Created on the lines of the Amazon Forest, this area of Oh! Max Wonderland has everything to remind you of the adventurous forest vibes.

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With tribal figures, dark jungles, and a number of animal figures like elephant, tiger, lion etc. it would let you experience the thrilling World of Amazon Forest.

Let’s Explore The World of The Unsinkable Titanic

Who isn’t aware of the colossal Titanic that witnessed a tragic accident deep down the Atlantic Ocean? While we all have heard stories about this legendary incident, Oh! Max Wonderland gives you a chance to explore and experience the different areas of The Titanic through an innovative creation.

Captain John Smith escorts you to the incredible world of Titanic 12,000 deep down into the Atlantic Ocean. You can witness a real life tour through the different classes of the Titanic, view the different lifestyles of the different sections of the legendary ship and finally end your tour with your entry into the World’s finest dining area that was present in the Titanic.

The static world of the legendary Titanic is brought into life with lively performances by the people who role play as the passengers of the massive ship. Indeed a pleasure to experience for a lifetime!

Satiate Your TasteBuds With a Tour To The Chocolate Factory

No human has ever said that he/she is not fond of chocolates. And if you are a chocolate addict absolutely like me, this area lies to be an indispensable part from your Oh! Max Wonderland Tour.

Guided to the Chocolate Factory by Mr. Pudu Cherry and his wife and explained through a beautiful story telling how chocolates are made, this definitely happens to be every kiddo’s one of the favorites.

At the end of the tour, you are also gifted some amazing chocolates that work as a cherry on the cake for the chocolate Factory tour.

Be A Living Witness TO The Historical Love Story of ShahJahan and Mumtaz

Are you an admirer of the colossal Taj Mahal that was built as a testimony to the immortal love of Shahjahan for Mumtaz?

Well, Oh! Max, The Indoor Wonderland also lets you witness a glimpse of it with its mesmerizing roleplay of the beautiful love story along with a mini reincarnation of the magnanimous Taj.

With entertaining courtiers, Shahjahan and Mumtaz walking past the beautiful frontal lake of Taj and amazing dance performance next to the Taj, you are transported to another world of entertainment.

And then you are guided into the 6D theater where you are shown a theatrical visual explaining the historical construction of this incredible Wonder of the World. Not to forget, the seats in this theater are designed to give you the utmost feeling of royalty.

What’s the best part of Oh! Max Wonderland that keeps you glued to the property is that just when you think that your list of entertainment is about to exhaust, it comes with another surprise. Just as the 6d visual finishes off, you are escorted through the secret chambers to that area of Taj where the souls of Shahjahan and Mumtaz are still considered to reside.

The royalty, hospitality and beauty with which you would be pampered would surely make you ask for a repeat visit to this property. The virtual portraits of Shahjahan and Mumtaz have been created with such perfection that you would for sure consider them for real at least for once.

Get Ready To Be Baffled In The World of Mirrors

Fun and excitement never seem to pause at Oh! Max Wonderland. The mirror maze world created at this property makes you go puzzled discovering the routes.

The perfect trick to make your way through this tricky space is to be highly alert and keep moving.

History, Adventure and Thrill At Its Best in The Treasure of Tut

Remember our history books in school where we used to read about the Egyptian mummies whose bodies were preserved for ages? Well, get ready to welcome yourself into the finest world of adventure in the Treasure of Tut.

You are invited to experience the land of Pharaoh who have been under the effect of slumber since 3500 years. The expert roleplaying, the sudden arrival of the guardian keeper and the abrupt chain of incidents occuring at these adventurous chambers would surely make your heart leap with horror for once.

The glittery world of gold and the impenetrable darkness adds to the adventurous factor of this space. Before your visit ends, you are taken to the 5d theatre once again to relish one more adventurous visual, adding to the experience.

Are Dinosaurs Really Extinct?

Well, Oh! Max Wonderland would never make you feel so! Right at your entry into the mall, you are welcomed by two towering species of dinosaurs.

These almost real life species in the DINO Park of Oh! Max Wonderland take you to a World that existed before human race. With dino rides and moving figures, you are never distanced from the truest sense of thrill and adventure.

Excite Your Adventure Buds with Some Real Life Adventure in The World of Adventure Park

The Adventure park spread over three levels of The Mall lets both your kid and you try out the finest adventures like conquering the obstacle course, rock climbing, trampoline park etc.

As promised you are never denied of adventure in this colossal adventure park.

The Lights, Camera, Go Area

If you are a film buff, this place is soon going to have an area where you can experience the entire journey of filmmaking with pepped up action like Dhoom bike ride etc.

The place is under construction but despite that it still has some stunts by a professional stuntman who would not fail to amaze you by his skilled dexterity.

Prices

Well, if you are wondering such a lavish treat would turn out to be an extremely expensive affair, it’s time to rethink. In fact the tickets are so affordably priced that you don’t need to consider your budgets even for once.

Don’ts

Well, a few things to be kept in mind before you plan your trip at this Amazing Wonderland is

⛔⛔Most of the times videography is prohibited in the activity areas.

⛔⛔If your kid is less than 10 years, The Treasure of Tut should be avoided as the tender minds might not be able to bear the sudden chain of activities.

You can always leave behind your little one as the small part of the Adventure park where they can enjoy their kind of fun.

⛔⛔Don’t carry lunch or breakfast. It’s always advisable to travel light and when you have an amazing cafetaria situated in this Theme Park, carrying breakfast or lunch would indeed be an extra burden.

The lavish buffet spread tasting absolutely like homemade food along with an appetizing breakfast would definitely make you fall in love with it.

So next rime you are planning of a pocket-friendly destination to visit with your kid, let Oh! Max Wonderland become your first priority.

Aahana, The Corbett Wilderness: Where Nature Gives A Luxurious Calling

Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey… “Pat Conroy”

This quote turns out to bear a close resemblance with my Jim Corbett trip that I traversed a few days back. While starting for the trip was posed to a number of threats concerning it was my first solo trip with my 4 year old, however the temptation of my rendezevous with wildlife was quite irresistible and I ventured out to experience the luxury right in the lap of Nature.

My Encounter with Aahana

AAhana Resort stands out to be a signature property in the heart of Jim Corbett with the dense Bijrani Forest as the backdrop. Situated at Ramnagar, at the foothills of the Kumaon Himalayas, it truly lives up to its name Aahana “ first rays of the run” as it is one of the handpicked properties to experience the golden soft rays of the sun.

Moving into this property on a business trip, a family break or even a small gathering with friends can offer you a rejuvenating break from the regular monotonous chores of life.

Aahana: The “El Dorado” of Corbett Properties

Amidst all the properties in the heart of Corbett, you might ponder what makes Aahana so exclusive and desirable. Well, the secret lies in a number of reasons.

The entire property boasts of a Naturopathy centre that provides a comprehensive solution to health and healing. With two dedicated naturopathy practioners and well-trained therapists, the entire team believes in offering a healing break amidst the mid of wild. Aahana staff believes that the body is a temple and inducing good health into this temple is their motto. Yoga, meditation, pranayama, reflexology massages, sun baths, panchakarma, ozone cleansing etc. and a host of services provided in this hub of organic living. Experiencing Natural healing treatments in the company of Nature is indeed a dream we all dream of inhabiting metropolitan cities and Aahana fulfills it to the core.

What adds to Aahana’s beauty is its faith in providing you a natural and organic lifestyle flawlessly.

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It boasts of an organic garden where fruits and vegetables are grown organically and these are used as a part of kitchen ingredients. Undoubtedly you get the freshest of ingredients for satiating your appetites.

They even have a swimming pool where you can sunbathe and enjoy a pool side breakfast, or just take a refreshing bath in the fresh sparkling waters or even take a backseat in the comfortable chairs and listen to the music performed by the performers every evening.

Another reason that makes your stay a truly fulfilling one is the amazing elaborate restaurant that it has. Imagine enjoying the best of delicacies cooked in live counters and the widespread buffets in the lap of nature can be such a relaxing and heartwarming break. Whether you are in love with continental, North Indian or a coastal cuisine, Aahana can satisfy all your cravings.

There are a number of options to choose for your stay at Aahana. You can choose The Corbett Club, Jim’s Retreat, Family Suite, Jungle Lore, The Villa and a host of other choices as per your requirements. Every room, possesses a spacious bed, a cozy fireplace, a lavish washroom with all essential toiletries, a mini refrigerator, a number of fruits and snacks with a pampering sitting area. In a nutshell, there is no room for you to complain.

Aahana stands not only responsible to its guests but is equally responsible to Nature. It has a brilliant waste management process that never breaches the discipline of nature. All the solid wastes inside the property are responsibly decomposed and made into manure that is used for activities like gardening and farming. Even you have a Goshala or cowshed where you can experience a milking session of the cows. Even the gomutra is segregated and stored for its healing properties.

A host of adventurous activities like bird watching, , walk with experienced naturalists, cycling excursions, thrilling safaris into the wilderness, lavish poolside breakfasts & dinners and of course the Victorian

Aahana’s greenery, hospitality, the infrastructural perfections and last but not the least, the Wellness Centre with its holistic treatments are all aimed to provide you an aesthetic stay in the company of wilderness. The lush greenery complemented with the blue, sparking waters along with a dash of luxury makes the resort stand out among all properties with all its might.

probably these all reasons account to the property’s successive rank among the 25 Best Resorts of India for 5 years consequently and for being voted as the 8th Best Resort as per TripAdvisor.