PP Underground river – New 7 Wonders of Nature : #PhilippinesDiary

What is to see around Palwan?  Was the first question to the tri-wheeler driver on the way to hotel from baby airport of Pureto Princessa.

You should go see Underground River….He said.

Underground river…..sounds interesting. Imagination about this unknown recommendation was in full swing. One more day and I was on the way to Underground river…excited 🙂

Known with a formal name as The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 80 kilometres from the city center of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.  The river is called Underground River because it flows directly underneath the St Paul Mountain Range. Besides being one of the longest underground rivers in the world, the PPUR is also one of the very few that outflows directly to the sea.

To reach to underground river, you will visit beautiful Sabang town. The little town offers amazing beauty of blue watered beach, friendly people, couple of very good resorts and lots of novelty fruit shakes. Time at Sabang will be the most exciting time, while waiting for your turn for ferry ride and enjoying the beauty of nature around, especially those splashing waves.

And the wait ends….the new journey starts and while ferry ride, you are not sure, on which side you should see because the stunning beauty, nature has spread around is much more than your eyes can drink in.

And finally, you are on another beach. The most clean, splendidly beautiful, white beach where you do not want to stop clicking. Five minutes of soft hiking from here will take you to the boat ride station to Underground River.

And now, the most exciting part starts….Are you ready to get into that dark, seemingly little entrance in the mountain? The audio tour will help you while whole boat ride of 20 minutes, where you will explore the underground river, those naturally shaped curves, which will be interestingly related to human body and lifestyle, by your boatman. BTW, let me tell you, in the dark, the headlamp of boatman is the only directive point for you. The boatman will ask you to be silent so that you can clearly listen to those click-click of bats, sweet chirps of all the fauna, which you might not have heard about in outer world.

Finally, that’s the way to go out to sunlight again and beautiful sceneries again.

And once out of boat, you will be transferred to ferry again to go back to Sabang. And believe me, those unforgettable memories will not allow you to sleep for longer.

Stay tuned for some more visual treats where I will take you to the beautiful islands, around Palwan 🙂


Photo Story : Mussoorie – Queen of Hills

Reading the welcoming board from the bus, around 8:00 p.m., when outside temperature was around 7-8 C, I wondered silently – what can be so special about this one more kind of hill station? Tired due to those steep turns since last half an hour, irritated and not expecting anything special, we got down at the most beautiful place in Mussoorie, at least. Within 5 seconds of entering into the properties, I was developing new mood – mood to hum a romantic duet, mood to close my eyes and experience that chill, mood to observe each and every show piece in the property……why? See the glimpses on your own and decide, whether I was right or not 🙂

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From the roof bar of open restaurant at 6th floor, when I saw those twinkling lights in the valley, I wanted to jump, really. It was like the valley became a necklace around the mountain and believe me, it was the most quixotic experience with nature or I would say, with the night. Due to lack of time, we could visit only couple of places around Mussoorie –

Kempty falls – I think words will never be able to justify the beauty and so I am not trying :-). Glimpses again,

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Dhanaulti – 48 kms from Mussoorie, this was really a tough point to travel as the road was hilly and full of turns. On the way, we stopped for lunch, at the only cottage resort in the area. The Himalaya range was clear from the cottage resort and enjoying lunch with music while cooling our eyes with beauty of Himalaya was amazing. No one wanted to leave the place, see how it was –

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And finally we reached Eeco park at Dhanaulti. It’s a heaven for photographers and children. After spending almost one and half hours over there, when a sparkling sun was not able to warm us, we left for Mussoorie. Glimpses again,


I know, I have not written proper words to describe how beautiful Mussoorie is but don’t you think a photo story always take over the word story?

Do tell me, how did you like it. I am waiting.

The day I STOPPED … … … Realization of untold facts about life in 200 words

The day I stopped worrying, my life became an enjoyable event


The day I stopped saying FAST, I understood what it means to live


The day I stopped being conscious, I realized what it means to be myself


The day I stopped calculating my wealth in terms of money, I started appreciating everything else


The day I stopped considering myself in a competition, I enjoyed my work the most


The day I stopped caring about people, I substantiated myself with new confidence


The day I stopped to look at that blossoming purple flower in the corner of garden, I started thanking every bit of nature


The day I stopped to look into my toddler’s eyes, I started recognizing how much I was being missed


The day I stopped to feel that raindrop on my face, I started gratifying nature and its abilities


The day I stopped to enjoy the mess my toddler created, I could understand what I wanted from life actually


The day I stopped to watch sun going home, I was mesmerized


And finally,
The day I started loving myself, I came to know how beautiful this world is how lucky I am for being part of it.


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