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St. Peter's Church, Chennai - A 19th century unknown Church

St. Peter's Church is one of the oldest churches in Chennai city, which was constructed in 19th century AD.

Chennai, the gateway to South India, is a prominent South Indian city located in Tamil Nadu state. There are many churches located in Chennai city. St. Peter's church, located in Royapuram of North Chennai, remains unknown to even public of Central Chennai and South Chennai. St. Peter's is a small beautiful church, called as "Madha Koil" by the locals. It is located at a distance of around 500 m from Royapuram railway station, the oldest surviving railway station of India.

The British East India Company occupied Madrasapattinam (Chennai aka Madras). They established their trading center in Madras. In those days, the transport of goods by boats were monopolised by a group of Hindus, and there was no proper harbour in Madras. In due course, some of those fishers/boatmen became Catholics. In the year of 1779 these boatmen shifted their residence from Chepauk a…

Hanging Gardens of Chennai - Maadi Poonga

Hanging Gardens, which is called as "Maadi Poonga" is an unknown heritage site located in North Chennai, Tamil Nadu state of India.

Chennai, the erstwhile Madras, is the gateway to South India. This is the capital city of Tamil Nadu state of India. Chennai has a lot of tourist sites including Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. The "Hanging Gardens" which is popularly called as "Maadi Poonga" in Tamil language, the language spoken in Chennai, is one of the heritage sites which remains unknown to the current Chennai public.

Maadi Poonga is located in Royapuram area of North Chennai. The British East India Company which ruled India once after settling down in Madrasapattinam (the current George Town Area which was the original Madras/Chennai), constructed a six km long fortification to protect the residents of Madrasapattinam.

In 1768 CE, it was decided that the walls need to be built to protect the Black Town from the potential enemies lik…

The Pride of San Francisco - Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge, the pride of San Francisco, rather the pride of California state, is undoubtedly the most popular tourist destination of San Francisco city. This is the tourist site which is visited not only those who travel to San Francisco, but even by those who just pass through the city. Anyone who visit California state would definitely wish or try to visit the Golden Gate Bridge for sure. There are around 16 million tourists who visit the Golden Gate Bridge every year. Unfortunately, this is the site where the maximum number of suicides happen in the US.

The Golden Gate is the North American strait connecting San Francisco bay to the Pacific Ocean. Ferries were the only mode of transportation to San Francisco from Marin Country before the Golden Gate Bridge was constructed. The Golden Gate Bridge, a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, was completed in 1937. Since then, it has become the symbol of San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge is possibly the most beautiful, a…

The Aquatic Park and the Maritime Museum - San Francisco

San Francisco, the paradise for tourists, has many important tourist spots. Fisherman's Wharf is one of the most important tourist site of San Francisco. There are many places within Fisherman's Wharf which worth visit. Let me introduce you the Aquatic Park and the San Francisco Maritime Museum in this blog post.

The Aquatic Park is located towards the eastern end of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. This park is small but very beautiful and a prominent site in Fisherman's Wharf. One path from the park would lead you to the picturesque sandy beach of San Francisco. You can find hundreds of people walking, jogging, or just sitting and watching the sea in the beach. San Francisco beach is a place very much loved by most of tourists visiting San Francisco.

Near the Aquatic Park, the historical building of Maritime Museum is located. The design of the building is unique and it is about 70 years old. The small museum houses some models of old vessels and few objects relat…

The Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco, USA

The Maritime National Historical Park at Hyde St. Pier in San Francisco is the site where your imagination can travel to the 19th century. You will get a breath taking view of collection of historical ships at this site.

The Fisherman's Wharf of San Francisco is a popular tourist destination with a lot of interesting sites. The Maritime National Historical Park is definitely one of the interesting tourist sites at Fisherman's Wharf.

You can find a lot of ships and related objects of the 19th century and early 20th century in this park which cannot be found anywhere else. The engines used for loading and unloading cargo during the 19th century called as "donkey engines" are found in this park. The riverboats, the only mode of transport once, and the wheels used in those riverboats are of unique style. A small beautiful boat house and the superintendent's office are beautiful structures in the park which cannot be ignored by any tourist.

Balclutha, Eureka, Hercules,…

The historic ships of San Francisco

Anyone who would travel to San Francisco as a traveler would realize that Fisherman's Wharf is one of the most popular travel destinations of San Francisco and it represents the culture of the entire city. There are many attractions in Fisherman's Wharf - some of them are important sites and some of them are not so important. The site where the historical ships are found is something unique which you shouldn't miss to visit.

The main entrance of Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf of San Francisco is a heritage site. Behind the main entrance, you can find two historic ships of the US - USS Pampanito, the submarine, and SS Jeremiah, a World War II ship. You can go aboard both the submarine and ship by paying a nominal fee at the ticket counter located at the entrance.

USS Pampanito is a submarine. It served as a United States Navy ship and completed six war patrols from 1944 to 1945. Then, it served as a Naval Reserve Training ship from 1960 to 1971. Now, the submarine is pres…

Pier 39 - The Bay is Yours

Wanna have fun with your friends or family? Wanna enjoy good dine and wine or wanna relax and do window-shopping? Wanna watch sea lions or a remote view of Golden Gate Bride? Wanna do a major shopping? Pier 39 is the place, man! Go there and splurge. Pier 39 - the bay is yours. Shop, dine, and discover.

Pier 39 is one of the most popular travel destinations of San Francisco. The walking tour of Fisherman's Wharf starts from Pier 39. Those who visit Golden Gate Bridge generally visit Pier 39 too. Pier 39 represents the culture of entire San Francisco - I would say. This is such a nice place which you would definitely want to go again and again.

Pier 39 is full of shops - all sorts of shops. Crab House, Eagle Cafe, Hard Rock Cafe, and Pier Market Seafood Restaurant are some of the notable restaurants of Pier 39. Candy Baron, Chocolate Heaven, and other such options are available for snacks and sweet treats. For gifts, apparels, jewellery, and other accessories, you can find a lot of…

San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf - Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf is one of the most popular travel destinations of San Francisco, the popular city of West Coast, located in California in the US. Fisherman's Wharf, which has been the home of San Fransisco's colorful fishing fleet for 125 years, is known for its varied shopping options, historic waterfront, delicious seafood, picturesque sights. Getting around the Fisherman's Wharf is too easy. You can walk all the way or go by bi-cycle. Cable cars, city buses, tourist buses, rental cars, taxis and limos are easily available. Horse-drawn carriages are also available. Depending upon your interest, you can choose any mode of transportation.

Fisherman's Wharf is such an important travel destination as it is considered that this is the place where San Francisco begins.

1. Start your exciting journey of exploring Fisherman's Wharf from Pier 39. Pier 39 has many restaurants, shops and other attractions along the sides of picturesque waterfront. There is an aquarium…

The historic Ferry Building of San Francisco

San Francisco, one of the most popular cities in the US, has a lot of tourist attractions including Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz island. There is another travel destination in San Francisco, which may not be very popular among the international travelers today, but still remains as an important picnic spot/shopping place for the locals and an important travel destination for American travelers. Ferry building is the name of the travel destination that I am talking about, which was once described as "a famous city's most famous landmark".

The Ferry building was opened in 1898, and it became the transportation focal point for those arriving from the East by train and Marin residents who worked in San Francisco. Til 1930s, the only way to reach the city was by ferryboat. In those days, upto 50,000 passengers off the boat traveled through the ferry building everyday. After the opening of Bay Bridge in 1936 and Golden Gate Bridge in 1937, the usage of Ferry building became…

San Francisco Travel Guide

It has been very long since I updated my blog with US Indian Columbus is back in the land of original Columbus. :-)

This time, let me explore a wonderful destination called San Francisco, with which I fell in love. I am dying to visit this city again....such a great place. Even though I haven't completely explored this wonderful city, I will share my little experience in the form of travel guide in my next few blog posts.

San Franciso gained popularity due to Gold Rush in 1848; I wouldn't mind to loose my savings in the form of gold to revisit this extraordinary destination in the US. I am wondering where to start and where to end. There are so many places of interest.

Golden Gate is the most important travel destination of San Francisco. There is no second thought on this. You know? 16 million tourists visit Golden Gate Bridge every year. Incredible, right?

Alcatraz island is the second most sought after travel destination of San Francisco. The island and th…