“Araghu” Chennai & Mahabalipuram! #PhotoStory

Most of you would try to pronounce the first word of the article & take 5-10 seconds (or maybe more) to do it. There’s no one apart from a Tamilian who’d be able to tell you how to exactly pronounce it; maybe me – now πŸ˜› . Yes, during my short Chennai stint – I learnt few words. Well, my curiosity & love for languages always pushes me.

The word araghu means β€œbeautiful”. Though there could be various spellings of the word in English – it’s the meaning that matters. If you follow Kintyish’s Instagram posts regularly, you’d know I’d been in Chennai for quite some time; to be specific – three weeks. Like AirBnB’s ad (about living in Paris & not just visiting Paris), I “lived” in Chennai in two different geographical parts – Vadapalani & Sholinganallur; both because of proximity to work/meetings locations.

Of course, I had no idea about the place until I experienced it myself. Whenever I told anyone that I was going to Chennai – the reaction was “Ohhh, Chennai?!”<With not so pleasant expression>. Of course, even I knew about the weather & language barrier etc. but I was open to having my own opinion only after I’d have experienced it. Even though I had a bit of psychological bubble around me, that got burst too – soon enough πŸ™‚ Yes!

The moment I was about to land in Chennai, it was drizzling – both the times.

It’s not that it rained every day while I stayed there but considering the fact that generally – we’re almost most of the times – in office/home/hotel – there’s very less time that one would spend in non AC-ed environment.

Here is what Chennai treated me with – in form of a photo-story. πŸ™‚

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The moment I got out of the airport, this view enthralled me πŸ˜€

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Lobby & hallway area of Holiday Inn Express, Chennai (Old Mahabalipuram Road) which is where I stayed. They have got wonderful food quality. I totally loved my stay there especially because of the food variety, taste & hospitality the staff offered πŸ™‚

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Room with different views πŸ˜‰ #NightAndDay

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A noticeable thing for me was 99% of the cab/auto drives drove barefoot. Yes, though I couldn’t ask them the reason but my best guess is because of the humidity around. What do you think/know?

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A photographer waiting for the perfect shot at a seasonal lake <that gets breathtaking views during Monsoons as I’ve been told> in Sholinganallur (Outskirts of Chennai)

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Sunset from the hotel hallway window πŸ™‚ Btw, no filters here.

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A good method of keeping the buses not get hit πŸ˜€ Jokes apart, the paintings caught my eye & hence thought of including this πŸ™‚

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This is pretty usual in Delhi too however, a bit on the higher side around there. Good habit, girls!

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A fleet of “Yellow” autos outside a university.

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Gajra gajra everywhere πŸ˜€ It’s not only used as a form of hair accessory but as a natural car freshener too. All the cabs I boarded had gajra installed on the rear-view mirror. Wish the same could be done here in Delhi but one Jasmine is seasonally available, second – costs way higher than a car freshner here. Once a while is fine; what do you think? πŸ˜€

When I was in Chennai, I couldn’t go around places because of my hectic schedule however, Mahabalipuram <which is home to famous archaeological sites> was just half an hour drive from the hotel & also, I badly wanted to go to the beach. Honestly, I had this notion that after seeing Maldives, I won’t enjoy Chennai beaches. I was wrong though.

Beaches in Maldives are of course crystal clear & beautiful because of the corals however are calm too. The Mahabalipuram beach was beautiful (of course with the sunrise view) but too wavy at the shores. The waves were very strong & created a musical ambience around which is what I loved to the core. Even while I’m writing this, I literally want to go back to this beach again. That’s the kind of memories that it gave me πŸ™‚ You’ll see in the following videos on what am I talking about πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

So, on a day before I was supposed to fly back – I made sure that I get up early, go to Mahabalipuram, visit the Shore Temple & enjoy at the adjacent beach.

It went way better than what I had planned or thought.

(The Shore Temple is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Source: “Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram”. World Heritage.)

Here are few prints from the visit.

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Enroute to Mahabalipuram

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Just Entering the Site Area. Can you spot the Shore Temple?

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Well, captured the journey of a bird on the right to the left pillar πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

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Oh how I love silhouette shots ❀

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πŸ™‚

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*Happy Happy*

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Okay so the sun had risen!

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Spot the bird on the top?

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There were no stairs to reach where I am sitting here. Used couple of rock-climbing skills πŸ˜‰

 

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Details, in case you plan to go πŸ™‚

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Selfie before leaving.

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Bbye Shore Temple.

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Entering the beach area & hello pretty shells πŸ™‚ I bought a beautiful shell (Shankh) with good sound which is generally used in India while performing Pooja/Aarti (Prayers) πŸ™‚

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Okay so, this had to happen ❀

Next up on the blog in just a while. Stay online πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ #BeachBaby

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This video – whenever I see – soothes my soul ❀ Before the Sun became very harsh around 8:30 AM, I left however – while I was there, there were barely few seconds when I was not playing with the waves πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I made my family have a video chat & see (and feel) the beautiful place πŸ˜€

Have you ever been to Chennai or Mahabalipuram? Share your thoughts over comments πŸ™‚

PS: Happy Monday & have a happier week ahead πŸ˜€

 

Outfit Details:

Top: Forever 21

Cape: W for Woman

Sandals & Sling: Charles & Keith

 

Cheers,

Himanshi

 

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