Which Way- My Photographs for Cee’s Weekly Photo Challenge

Which Way-

Roads in the valley, Sikkim, India.

Ways inside the Amber Fort, Jaipur, India.

On the way in and on the way out, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA.

Around the way of Excelsior Geyser Crater, Yellowstone, USA.

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Andaman Islands- Hidden Gems of India

Surrounded by the Indian Ocean and dense mangrove forests, far from the hustle and bustle of the cities, about 850 miles east of the Indian subcontinent, you will find Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Along with the crystal clear water, white sandy beaches and green serene view, Andaman is an ideal location for tourists who want a tranquil and reviving vacay. From hills, rivers to valleys, from forest to blue coastlines, beautiful breathtaking views are to be found everywhere.

Andaman has more than 300 small islands, only some of them are inhabited. The three major islands are North Andaman, Middle Andaman, and South Andaman—closely positioned and collectively known as the Great Andaman. Of the two ways to reach there, by air and by ships, we opted for air from Kolkata to Port Blair, the capital town of Andamans. After staying a few days in Port Blair we took a ferry ride to the famous Havelock Island. Havelock island has one of India’s prettiest beach stretches. Our beachfront resort had a private beach access. The moment I stepped on the beach, I felt smooth white sands under my feet.

I was in awe, I was surrounded by the lush tropical trees and in front of me was the endless blue horizon. Havelock island is one of the popular tourists’ destinations, famous for pristine coastlines and luxurious hotels and restaurants.                                          Next, we visited the Long Island, famous for snorkeling and scuba diving. The Andaman Islands are a world-class destination for scuba diving, and the area around Long Island has some of the best dive sites in the Andamans. Since I don’t know swimming, I was very scared to go. Then I found an efficient snorkel guide, who was very helpful, after a couple of shaky trials, and then I was able to see Andaman’s marine life, so many colors, full of corals, colorful small fishes in batches, it was unbelievable, almost dreamlike, I was floating away with the fishes in the colorful water kingdom.

The next day, we visited Little Andaman, the best surfing destination in India. We missed their famous elephant safari. Andaman is full of surprises, away from the mainland, where you can find isolated beaches and if your adventure mind wants something exciting, then you can choose any kind of activity like water sports, fishing, beachside camping, trekking, sea walking, mangrove creek safari, bird watching and many other fun activities. Besides the snorkeling, another interesting discovery for me was to meet with Jarawa, one of the primeval tribes, they are quite popular among the tourists. Like most tribal peoples, Jarawa also live self-sufficiently on their ancestral Jarwas are believed to have lived in Andamans islands for up to 55.000 years. We had to travel quite a distance just to take a glance of them.

Our next destination was Baratang Islands, where we visited the limestone caves and the mud volcano.

In the last couple of days of our trip, we stayed again in Port Blair. Port Blair is the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, famous for many historical sights. The Cellular Jail is the main historic attractions in Port Blair. It is a National Memorial of India. We attended their popular light and sound show in the Central Jail. The show narrates the saga of the Indian freedom struggle.

It was a great trip, away from cities, relaxing on the white sand beach, watching the magnificent sunsets, snorkeling, the red snapper and crab feast, adventurous trekking, the mad ferry ride on the Indian Ocean, Cellular Jail, wow, we had spent almost 2 weeks there, but it seems not enough, we have to go there again,there is much more to discover, much to see, much to experience, again to the Andamans.

My Favourite 5 Cities in the ​USA

As one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world, The United States has much to see from picturesque coastlines to beautiful mountain ranges, from the east coast to west coast, north to south, from twinkling city lights to the majestic skylines. Here, I would like to say about my favorite 5 cities in The USA.

NEW YORK- This city never sleeps, yet New York often called the city of dreams.From Manhattan to China town, from Brooklyn Bridge to Statue Of Liberty, in each corner of the city, you can find uniqueness.This city has its own style. It’s not called the Big Apple for nothing- this city is the center of the worlds of finances, fashion, music, art, Broadway shows, literature, architecture. Each day thousands of tourists visit NYC. New York is one of our family favorites. Kids love the Central Park and I love everything about New York, from museums to street shopping, from the late nights in Times Square to New-York style pizza.

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SAN FRANCISCO- My second favorite city is SFO. I still remember the traffic we had to face when entering the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge was almost covered with dense fog, I could not see the top of the bridge, got a little bit annoyed and tired of the traffic, and all of a sudden, sunrays came upon, and I can still remember those shining red bridge poles flashed in front of my eyes. Like New York, SFO has also much to offer. We participated in a walking tour of the city, it was quite a learning experience, it helped us to understand SFO’s rich culture and history. We have some beautiful memories of that trip, even we got lost once when trying to find the World’s most crooked Lombard Street. Riding on the cable cars was so nostalgic, it reminded my childhood memories from Kolkata. I loved to visit Fishermans Warf, the awkward noises of seals, the sweet smell of sourdough, the people, the walk, everything was dreamlike.

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LAS VEGAS-  “Everything and anything you want to do, you can do in Las Vegas.” – Drew Carey. True by all means.Las Vegas, we had a blast there. The days usually started with endless breakfast buffets and nights ended wandering on the Vegas Strip. Trying our luck in casinos was the best part, of course, but roaming around on Gondola In the Venetian Palazzo, watching Bellagio’s Water show, tasting food in Ceaser’s Palace also worth the excitement.Whether you win or you lose, you always feel euphoric in that dazzling oasis, in Las Vegas.

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MIAMI- From the glamorous beaches to trendy South Beach nightlife, Miami is always one of the most famous tourist spots. Feeling vintage, go to the Art Deco district. Want to taste the multicultural cuisine, go to the fabulous Miami restaurants, where you can find Cuban, Ethiopian and authentic Carribean cuisine. Even I got a chance to taste my Bengali food in Bengal Indian Cuisine restaurant.

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CHICAGO- It is not as a popular tourist destination as NYC or Las Vegas, but Chicago has its own beauty. Love the spectacular skylines, the historic skyscrapers, the navy pier, the Riverwalk, museums, beautiful architectures, from Millennium Park to the Skydeck at Willis Tower, in every bit of Chicago is a mixture of history and contemporary world. Whether it’s a story behind Chicago gangsters or story behind beautiful architectures, this Windy City is not going to disappoint the tourists. If shopping is in your mind, go for a walk to the Magnificent Mile, where all the world-class brands are waiting for you.

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