Ep 7 Exploring Rajahmundry | Papikondalu, Cotton barrage, Sitara hotel, kadiyam nursery | AP tourism

Ep 7 Exploring Rajahmundry | Papikondalu, Cotton barrage, Sitara hotel, kadiyam nursery | AP tourism

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Namaskar friends! Welcome to Visa2explore! This is your host, Harish Bali. Right now, I am 40 KM from Rajahmundry,... ...at a point from where the boat journey to Papikondalu begins. We have booked our tour from Punnami Tourism. There are several tour operators in this area. Out of those, I read about Punnami and booked a tour to Papikondalu. For the tour, we've purchased tickets at the rate of Rs 1300 per person.

Several boats are parked here belonging to different tour operators. The tourists who travelled on the bus with us from Rajahmundry till here... ...have left and I am the only one left. Let me figure out which one is our boat. I will share the journey with you as we proceed and...

...we boarded this bus from Pushkar Ghat in Rajahmundry. We travelled from Pushkar Ghat to this place on this mini bus. This journey took us an hour and 45 minutes to complete. The driver drove slowly because of poor road condition. Come, let us go there. There is chutney. What is this?

Upma. Upma! Oh! Vada, idli, upma. I am unable to understand what is happening, and which songs are playing. But one thing that makes this journey exciting for you,... ...whether you understand Telugu or not... ...is the engagement level of the tourists. For the first 1.5 to 2 hours, till we reached here...

...everyone got busy with the dance performances. Overall, it was a vibrating atmosphere on the boat. Very nice! Just before we are about to arrive at Papikondalu, they served lunch. Dal, soyabean! Suji halwa (semolina pudding). Gobhi (cauliflower) fry, Papad and rice. And there is also biriyani.

Good, simple preparation! Nice! We didn't even realise that we've reached Papikondalu. We will go out after finishing our lunch in another 5-7 minutes. We have been on this journey for the past 1.45 hours. In the past 15 minutes, we've had our lunch. Now, the spot which we are passing through shows the Papikondalu hill range. Actually, this journey is undertaken to see this hills only.

I am on the lower deck while many passengers are on the upper deck. The upper deck presents a slightly better view of the hills. The view is alright from here as well. This river cruise floats on the river Godavari. This overall experience is interesting. In 15 minutes, we'll reach a spot where we'll get down to visit a temple.

We will spend 20-25 minutes there. After that, we will board the boat for our return journey. We will end our return journey by 5 pm. The accommodation in the distance is for those who go for a two-day tour. We bought our tickets for Rs 1300.

That is for a cruise from morning till evening. For a two-day journey, one would need to go from Rajahmundry to Bhadrachalam. On Day 1, you'll go there and by night you will reach here, to that accommodation. After that, on Day 2, you will go back to Rajahmundry. This is the two-day tour itinerary.

Its approximate cost is Rs 3800-4000. The view is amazing. It is a good experience! I am enjoying it as well as the nice weather. As per the ritual, before entering the temple, one needs to wash themselves. After that, you can enter this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

I don't have more details about how ancient this temple is. But what is clear so far is that this temple is extremely popular among devotees. Our boat carried hardly 70-80 passengers. But I can see at least 150-200 people here right now.

A lot of boats are coming in here. People get down, visit the temple and then go back to boat. Because the stoppage time is just 20 minutes. Good! It was nice to visit this temple & rest of the journey is also interesting. I've already told you about the high-level of engagement on the cruise. It means you won't get bored on this journey.

We've completed our boat ride. I got down from the boat and am now standing here. People travelling in their own vehicles park those here.

See, the overall experience was good! I was thinking of something in my mind. I have three days of time in hand. I have a total of 4 days, in fact, because on 21st, I've to return.

So, I was thinking in my mind, if I had skipped today's boat ride... ...I would have an extra day to visit Amravati. So, what I feel is that you may skip this activity if you are short on time. I am saying this because it took us almost two hours from Rajahmundry to here. It will take us another two hours to reach back. So, this activity is a full-day affair in itself. There is no doubt that this journey is entertaining.

But it depends on how much time you have. No worries though. Overall, it was a good journey. Now we are going back to our hotel. And after that, we'll have dinner.

And that is how we will end our day. Where is our bus? There it is. I've reached my hotel at 7.15 pm. I have some urgent work to do on my laptop for the next couple of hours.

I also have my subscriber meet up in half an hour or so. So, I am double minded about whether to go out for dinner or not. Will decide in a while. So, let us do one thing, let us end today's episode here. Tomorrow, I am going to do local sightseeing in Rajahmundry.

We will club today's and tomorrow's journey into one episode. I think that would be a better idea. Right! So, our day ends here. We will meet again tomorrow. Good morning.

We start our day with a visit to the Pushkar Ghat. You can't miss this place in Rajahmundry because you'll pass it several times a day. You see a train passing by up there. This is a railway bridge. The view becomes better because of that arch built atop the bridge. The train is passing next to it.

This view is pleasing to the eye. There is a fountaion, which isn't working right now. You see the Shivling, it is a temple. Pushkar Ghat is right next to it. Let us go and visit the Ghat. Though this place is known as Rajahmundry.

But this city's actual name is Rajamahendravaram. It is written here. Rajamahendravaram Municipal Corporation. Let us go to the Pushkar Ghat now. It feels so good to stand like this by the riverside.

Godavari, I told you yesterday, is a long river. Originating from Trambakeshwar in Maharashtra, it drains.... ...in the Bay of Bengal, on the country's eastern side. I am feeling good here. I really wish that I could go upto the centre of this bridge and watch from there. But I will have to take a boat to reach there.

I asked the boatman and he said boating begins at 10 am. So, we can come back in the evening, at 4 or 5 pm, for boating. I am sure it would be amazing and we can click some good photographs.

The bridge would be right in front of it. See there! The passing vehicles are looking smaller from this distance. It must be at least half a kilometer away. The upper part of the bridge is for road traffic and lower part for trains. People are having their morning bath. Right next to the Ghat is a temple dedicated to Godavari Mata.

You can see her statue too. Nice! Let us roam around for 5-10 minutes here. After that, we will go for breakfast. And in the evening, we will come back here for boating.

For breakfast, we've come to R.K. Tiffins on the Jawaharlal Nehru Road. Let me go in and find out what is available here. Thereafter, I will decide what to have for breakfast. I've bought a token for Rs 40. We will get one Pesarattu. Then, there is also the Moong Dal bonda in this mix.

If I had opted only for Pesarattu, I would have got three of those with upma. Another choice is that you can order anything for Rs 90. Unlimited breakfast for Rs 90! Bambai (Bombay or Mumbai) chutney.

I've had this several times in the past few days. It is made with besan (gram flour). It is known as Bombai chutney locally. I don't know why it is called 'Bambai' though.

Maybe its recipe came from Bombay, or Mumbai. Ginger chutney is also known as "Allam" here. Earlier, I assumed the bonda would be made of moong dal. But later I realise that is not the case. This bonda is made of maida (refined flour). Like the 'Mysore bonda', which I ate at several places in Karnataka.

This is how it is on the inside. It is delicious. In this region, you must try Pesarattu as much as you can.

The first time I enjoyed the genuine taste of Pesarattu was in Annavaram. There, Pesarattu used to be slightly thicker. It used to be undercooked in the middle. The Pesarattu here is on the thinner side.

And you can assess its popularity here from the fact that... ...they are continuously cooking Pesarattu on two large iron gridles. You can also call it a Moong Dal chilla (type of pancake or crepe). With a slight difference but basically, it is made with moong dal.

We've had a good start to the day. Coconut juice corner! To make this juice, they extract water out of coconut. The coconut malai (meat) is also separated. They will add all this into the mixer along with glucose powder. Hmm! See this doesn't taste anything like coconut water. It tastes like the coconut malai through and through.

And you don't taste the glucose separately. Despite the fact that he added a good amount of glucose while preparing it. Good! Something different! Tender coconut juice is quite famous in this region. You can ask anybody here, they'll guide you to this shop. This morning, I told you about two parallel bridges, half a kilometer away.

The upper part is for road traffic and trains run on the lower part of it. We've come here to visit. This bridge is built over the Godavari river. This spot & the bridge, which we saw earlier, both are good photography points. The sun is right overhead. But during early morning and evening, this place would be ideal for...

...some cool photography results. It feels so nice here. Look at the traffic. Too good! There is boating facility as well. Nice! Now, let us cross the road and go to the Sri Kandukuri Veeresalingam House. There is a lane next to the petrol pump in front of us. The House is just 100 m into the lane.

For the past few days, I've been noticing such rangolis (drawings)... ...made of chalk, outside several homes. Each rangoli has a different design. There is no fixed pattern as such. For instance, this design is different from the designs I've seen so far. It is locally known as 'Muggu.'

From what I've understood, this is meant to invite good luck. Correct me if I am wrong. As per local custom, when the eldest family member leaves the house for work.. ...this Muggu should be completed before that. And it is freshly drawn on a daily basis. I've seen you on T.V. several times.

Come Sir, park it here. What is your good name? (Inaudible) Sorry! Nagaposhanam! Nagaposhanam. Okay! What is it called? Mugu? Mugu! Sankranti Mugu! Made for Pongal! You know Pongal, right! It falls on Sankranti. Alright! So are you free for about 10 minutes? Yes! So can you take us to his house? Yes! Then it is good that we met you here. So how should I go there now? Ok. I will walk and you can come on scooter.

No, I had a knee issue, so doctor has said I shouldn't ride a two-wheeler. We are at the house of Sri Kandukuri Veeresalingam Pantalu. Pantalu means 'Brahmin.' Brahmin. Okay! So, this is his birthplace. Yes! Let me share what I know so far. You can add to that later on.

He was an active proponent of widow remarriage. Yes! He also encourages inter-caste marriages. Yes, he did. Earlier, girls as young as 13 or 14 were married to older men of age 28 or 30. So, he worked extensively towards getting that practice abolished. Raja Ram Mohun Roy worked on same social issues.

Raja Ram Mohun Roy. Nice! Good! We were lucky to visit the house of this famous freedom fighter... ...of Andhra Pradesh who was also a leading social reformer. Good! Wonderful Sir! Thank you so much! There is a library inside. It is a library! His collection of books is maintained here. So, thank you so much! Okay then. Namaste!

Before leaving here, let me show you a very old printing press. It is written here that this printing press was used by.... ...Sri Kandukuri Veeresalingam Pantulu Garu! Garu is a term of respect, like Sir, etc. Here a brief history of his life is given in English, to help us understand the man. It was good to visit & learn about the life of Andhra Pradesh's great social reformer. Let us leave here now.

Further on, I will tell you where we are going next. For lunch, we are going to the Sitara Hotel. There is Kumari Theatre on my left.

And right in front is a mess, with a crowd outside. Its name is Manikanta Mess. I think they are selling only takeaways. There is not sitting arrangement. The time is 1 pm and look at the crowd at this hour. Come, let us go to the restaurant next door.

Sitara Hotel! Here, I've ordered a meal for myself. This is what the meal is made of. Dal.

This is chutney. Rasam Veg biriyani Dahi (curd) Boiled cabbage! Bhindi (okra) This looks like sambhar. And this is something made with spices.

I don't know. What is it Bhaiya? Gobhi (cauliflower) masala. Alright! Gobhi masala. Yes, Gobhi masala.

Okay! So, in this meal, can I ask for extra helpings, or not? Yes, you can. I will get more! Yes, in sufficient quantity. Sufficient!!! I think rice is being served now. Till then, let me enjoy the taste of veg biriyani. This tastes less like biriyani but more like pulao.

A little rice! Just a little. It is nice! Though rasam is good in taste but this combination isn't that great. Wow! This bhindi is delicious! I enjoyed it here.

Okay, so the best thing about these tiffin meals is that... ...they continue to serve as you eat you rmeal. Oh yes! Yeah, give me, I will eat it. Thank you! Thank you! In Andhra Pradesh...

...in veg meals... ....the dish that I like the most... ...is their dal. This dal would never disappoint you. After that, gunpowder, rice and ghee. All at the same level. Bhindi... ...dal and chutney.... ...have made this meal amazing. No less word can describe this experience. If I have to describe the taste of this food in brief, I would say, it is simple. This preparation is delicious! Yeah! Just a little bit! This is basically Urad dal.

This Dal is cooked through a lengthy process, which I don't know much about. I will learn about it in detail in Vijayawada. For now, check the texture of this Dal, which is quite popular in the mountains. As far as I know, it takes 10-12 hours to cook.

I mean their method of cooking Ulavacharu takes that many hours. Okay, Ulavacharu cream! Is it a good combination with rice? Very nice! We've been told that in Vijayawada, we'll get to know how famous this Dal is. This Dal here doesn't feel like I've had it before.

Totally new taste! One obvious reason is cream on top. Second, the number of hours put into cooking it has also altered the taste. We will know more about it once we reach Vijayawada. Slightly sour from curd! And delicious tempering! Quite impressive! To be honest, I wasn't expecting such tasty food here. Now I don't know the reason why I hadn't expected that.

A lot of people had told me I would enjoy food in Kakinada. But no one told me the food at Sitara Hotel would be this tasty. I am enjoying it. I am enjoying it very much.

Perhaps, this is the reason why there is such a crowd outside this hotel. It would be better for me to finish this food slowly. I am going to ask for more rice. I am going to finish this food in the next 15 minutes. Very, very tasty meal.

Good that we came here. We will now meet after 30 minutes. Time right now is about 1.45 or 2.00 pm. So, let us meet in 30 minutes and then plan our trip further. We've come to visit Sir Arthur Cotton Museum.

Let me buy tickets inside, then we'll go visit the museum. We are inside the museum. Gopi Ji, one second! Gopi ji knows very little Hindi but we will try to understand him & convey to you too. Let me give you a brief introduction about Sir Arthur Cotton. He built a barrage here in 1850.

We'll visit the barrage in a while. It is about half a km from here. In 1850, he managed to collect the water from Godavari river. Because prior to that, the rainwater used to flow right into the Bay of Bengal. The whole area of East as well as West Godavari....

...boasts of a huge contribution of Sir Arthur Cotton. Due to that, farmers in the Godavari basin harvest three crops a year. That is one major fact. We'll now go inside and show you the river system through sketch map. This is the sketch map of Godavari delta system. This delta is on three sides - Eastern, Central, Western.

Delta is formed when river sediments accumulate at one place. The barrage I was talking about is located here. We are standing somewhere down here. We are near this, the Godavari Barrage. So, two tributaries are formed here - Gautami and Vashishtha.

Both are highlighted in blue colour. About 3 episodes prior, you must have seen us visiting the sea in Kakinada. You see Korangi is written here. That is where we had visited. From here, we took a speed boat to go into Bay of Bengal. The boat took a round before returning.

So, this is Gautami river, which is also known as Gautami-Godavari. This, here, flows into Bay of Bengal near Korangi. Second river is Vashishtha. It flows till here before getting divided into two tributaries.

It meets the Bay of Bengal at Antarvedi. At Antarvedi, we will be standing here to watch the Sangam of river and sea. So, when will we go there? I think tomorrow itself.

We'll go tomorrow. That's right! So, we will go to Antarvedi & show you where Vashishtha meets Bay of Bengal. That's that. So, we saw three places where river meets the sea. One! Two! And this here is the third one. This means two points we will visit physically and...

...the third one, we won't. Its name is Vyna.... what? Vynathiyam. Vynathiyam! Vynathiyam! Nice! See this as well... Kolleru Lake. Kolleru Lake is a lovely place for bird sighting.

My subscribers had suggested me to visit here but... ...I can't due to shortage of time. Here are written the chronological events from Sir Arthur Cotton's life. He was born in 1803. He lived for 96 years.

He worked on the Cauvery delta. Rest, everything is written here like what he did in 1821, 1822, etc. Since we are standing near the Godavari barrage... It is written here that work on Dowlaiswaram Anicut was completed. This means the barrage here finished being built during 1852. In between, he was unwell, as it says here, and went back to England.

This information clarifies that he worked extensively on improving irrigation system. He stored Godavari water at several places along the banks so that... ...the farmers could use it for irrigation. You can understand that from the chronology of events of his life. And we can read that here as well. During the construction of Dowlaiswaram dam... ...these photographs depict those times. Good! We are now in the outer portion of the museum.

They have created the whole route map of Godavari river here. At the top is Trambakeshwar near Nasik from where Godavari originates. The river span is 1440 KM while I thought it was 1460 or1470 KM earlier. This 3-D map shows the route of Godavari. It also shows where other rivers meet Godavari.

Now this whole area here is Bay of Bengal. Godavari has 4 main tributaries though several more rivers flow into Godavari. The 4 main tributaries are Manjira, Pranhita, Indrawati, and Sabari. We saw Indrawati during our Chhattisgarh tour, in the form of a huge waterfall.

That was in Bastar district. I enjoy visiting the Sangam (confluence) point of various rivers. Now we are quite far from the confluence of Pranhita & Godavari.

But going forward, while making my tour plan, I would try... ...to plan in a way that I am able to pass by a river confluence. This is Sir Arthur Cotton's statue. Let me tell you one more fact about Sir Arthur Cotton. People of the East & West Godavari districts worship Sir Arthur Cotton.

One reason for that is that he dedicated his life to improving the river system. To help farmers receive irrigation water throughout the year. His work continues to provide irrigation help to farmers.

Farmers can choose frequent crop rotations. Okay Gopi Ji, thank you very much! Thank you! You managed to explain well to us despite knowing very less Hindi. Now let us go to the barrage and show it to you as well. And further we'll try to visit the nursery. What is the name of the nursery? Kadiyam...Kadiyam Nursery! Okay! Let's go.

Thank you! After travelling for just 2 minutes from the museum, we've climbed this bridge. The bridge is hardly 200-250 m from the museum. And we've reached Barrage.

This is the barrage that I've been talking about all this while. Take a look at the views from here. We travelled for 15-20 minutes to reach Kadiyam village. On our way, we saw a lot of nurseries. We saw one after another nurseries on the road.

That is how we travelled in from the road to reach Sri Satyadeva Nursery. You can read the name written there. I was quite excited to visit the nursery here. The reason being this area has not 5, 10 or 20 nurseries. If we speak of an overall number of nurseries in the area, it would be 600-800.

So far, I haven't heard of an area in India having 600-800 nurseries in one area. We can see these plants being sent to the market for sale. These nurseries supply plants, not just to Andhra Pradesh, but to whole South India. The seeds turn into saplings and then these are sold further.

We have with us the owner of this place. Hello! Namaskar! Your good name is? Milind Satyanarayan. Do you understand Hindi? Yes! You know a little. Great! He speaks Hindi well. He knows Hindi? Yes, not me.

You know Hindi well? Hmm! Fantastic! My father also knows Hindi. So you are saying these nurseries supply plants all over India? Throughout India to Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala. Okay! I thought you supplied only throughout South India. Srinagar! Till Srinagar? Yes, Srinagar! Srinagar, the one in Jammu-Kashmir? Yes, Jammu Kashmir. Wow! That is the scale of work here! We also sell in Ranchi.

In Jharkhand too! It is a huge accomplishment! Huh! It is huge! My grandfather started this enterprise at half an acre! Today, we work in 90 acres. Nine, zero! We own 90 acres and work on 100 acres more on lease. Total it is 190 acres. 190 acres is a huge area.

Namaskar! Yes! Namaste Sir! He is my grandfather's second son. (Inaudible) Yes, very nice! So, Sir, do you know a little bit of Hindi? Yes! Fantastic! So, sir, tell me one thing. We are in Kadiyam right now. When was the first time that a group of people decided to start nurseries here? Was it 50 years or 70 years ago? Nurseries were first planted 70-80 years ago. First of all, a few mango plants were cultivated for personal use.

Later on, it became a habit. Once it became a habit, they started supplying throughout Andhra Pradesh. Later on, supplies were sent to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan too! Gradually, in the past 50 years, we've been supplying plants to all over India.

So, you've become habitual of supplying to all over India! So nice! Very good! We wanted to visit the nursery, if you please. Since you also speak Hindi well, if you have time, you can guide us. You can explain things to us on this 5-7 minutes short tour.

Alright, so we will see you again. You've been showing us the plants. What are these trees with multi-coloured flowers? This is multi-coloured Bougainvillea.

One plant grows different coloured flowers. Really! This plant has been imported from Thailand. We import plants from Thailand, China and Spain as well. Really! (Speaking Telugu) All Bougainvillea comes from Thailand Sir! And other varieties come from .....Spain. Please repeat its name. Bougainvillea Multi-colour! Bougainvillea Multi-colour Multi-colour! This is Alocasia Black Sir! This is Alocasia Green Sir.

Its leaves are shaped like elephant's ear. Yes! You've seen elephant's ears? Yes! Its leaves are like that Sir. So, that is Alocasia Black.

So, if I start counting, how many varieties of plants will I find here? If you start counting, there must be more than 1000 varieties. Alright! There must be at least 4000 varieties. 4000 varieties Sir! Out of 4000, how many names do you remember? All the names Sir. I will recall the name when I look at them. So, you can recalls the name if the plant is in front of you? Yes, I can! All 4000! Yes 4000. 4000 varieties! Remembering the names is a huge accomplishment.

It is no mean feat. No mean feat! I am habitual of recalling the name on seeing the plant. 4000 is a huge number. (Speaking Telugu) This landscaping border is a good variety. Alright! These plants are planted at the border. We plant these plants for separating sections Sir.

We've planted 25,000 such trees along the borders Sir. 25,000 small trees! These are 25,000 in all? 25,000. Yes, all. Oho! So beautiful! So beautiful! 25,000!! 25,000 Sir! 25,000 plants! Small, small plants Sir. Another variety.... (inaudible). Oh wow!! These are 6 varieties of plants, total number is 25,000 Sir. You've done a lovely job! I was told that nurseries in this area mean business, obviously.

And almost 30,000 people receive direct employment. And 20,000-25,000 people receive contractual employment. Imagine, because of the nurseries, 50,000-60,000 jobs are being generated.

Correct Sir. What is the cost of this multi-coloured plant? Its starting cost is Rs 2500. Alright! Its highest cost is Rs 2 lac.

In multi-colour? Yes, in multi-colour. Why is there such variation in the cost? One, it is a large plant and, second, imported from Thailand. This is Lucky Ficus Sir.

It is planted at 5-start hotels, airports, etc. What is its cost? Four lack rupees Sir. 4 lakh rupees. 4 lakh rupees.

That is quite a cost. But I have to admit, it is beautiful to look at. This plant is somewhat different. Such a plant isn't easy to come by. Absolutely rare! Now, we must leave, otherwise, we will reach only after sunset. Okay! Thank you once again. Thank you Sir! Thank you! I shall take your leave now.

Alright! This is organic Sir. It is good in taste! Okay nice! This variety of bananas is quite famous throughout East Godavari district! Famous Sir! Really! Hyderabad no! You won't get this variety anywhere else Sir, only in East Godavari. Okay, thank you so much! Its taste is due to the water of Godavari river. This we will eat. It is nice and best. Thank you Sir.

Thank you so much. We reached Pushkar Ghat quite late. We reached here at 5.25 pm. And by 5.50 pm, it is complete dark.

For now, see the Ghat and then I will tell you the story further. This is the Ghat side. Alright! We had visited here this morning as well. It was sunny then but now it is pleasant.

People are sitting here. I think, one, they are obviously enjoying sitting Ghat-side. Second, there will be an aarti of Godavari river here, we've been told.

People pray to 'Godavari Mata', the river deity here. The boat would arrive here, at the point where I am standing. Then we will leave here.

The boat had left just a minute before I arrived here. It will return in 5-7 minutes & then take us back on a 15-minute round. If we had arrived here at 4.45 or, even 5 pm... ...this would have been one memorable experience. Imagine yourself to be in the middle of the river.

And you can see the backdrop of the rail bridge. Wouldn't it make for a great view point and a wonderful photograph! We shall wait for 5-10 minutes and then we'll leave. All these people are standing here to board the boat. The charges per person are Rs 70. Seven, zero!

I shall be honest with you. We just had a boat ride experience today. But if we had arrived 30 or 45 minutes earlier...

...it would have become a lifetime memory for me, which it is even now but.... ...45 minutes ago, it would've been a different experience.... ....regarding the visuals and photography opportunities. One thing is clear to me here that boat ride should be a compulsory activity. Tourist charges are Rs 70. The 15-minute boat rides start at 10 am and go on till 5 or 5.15 pm. Now they also perform an aarti for Godavari Mata here. Let us spend 10-15 minutes along the Ghat.

Afterwards, we'll sit there and watch the aarti. Come! (Narration) (Chanting mantras) (Music) We saw the aarti of Godavari Mata here. It felt good to watch the aarti from the Ghat-side. Though I could not understand the words, but the experience was soothing for me. Now the time is 5 minutes to 7. This daily aarti begins here at 6.25 or 6.30 pm.

This is for your information. People are sitting at the Ghat even now. This could be because of the breeze coming in from the river. It feels nice! I think people enjoy sitting by the Ghat side till late because of this reason. I'd assumed this fountain at Pushkar Ghat junction would be working right now.

It wasn't working this morning and isn't working even now. But the fountains around the Shivling are working and it feels good to watch. This area was quiet in the morning. Now, with the whole market open right now, the area is bustling with people. We are ending today's episode here.

I am hoping that you are enjoying the Andhra Pradesh series. Do send in your comments about today's episode. I shall look forward to your comments. Tomorrow, we plan to leave early in the morning and spend the night in Dindi.

Right! I will say bye to here now. Thanks for your time.

2023-04-24 00:45

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