Saturday, February 4, 2012

My Visit to NYC

Today I went to visit the city of New York. NYC has been among my top dream-destinations, so I feel very peaceful to have roamed on the streets of Manhattan. But I can not deny the fact that it is extremely overwhelming to see the vast ocean of crowds, the magnificence of sky-scrappers, the grandeur of the museums and the ubiquitous billboards.

I first went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum on the Times Square. Luckily I met Sara, beautiful Canadian girl who was also all by herself. In the museum, I almost hugged Shahrukh Khan, touched the feet of Mahatma Gandhi and stood gracefully by the side of Bollywood Badshah Amitabh Bachchan. Overall I felt that the wax museum is over-rated.
Shahrukh Khan wax statue
Next, I decided to go to the Madison Square Garden, the biggest arena in the world for hosting events. I walked all the way to this place and on the way kept playing peekaboo with all the Sephoras and the Beauty Arcades and the High-Fashion shops, followed by a cab ride by the Hudson and the barren Central Park. It’s so hard to resist those shops, which sell the most chic and the most stylish of clothes and accessories. I also went to the street-side shops to buy some souvenirs.
As the sun was about to set, I marched towards the Empire State Building. It is considered as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. After the security checks, the we were taken to the 86th floor of the observatory, where we could have a 360 degree view of the gleaming Manhattan. The observatory was flooded with people, couples getting all lovey-dovey and kissing each other, photography enthusiasts trying to capture their best-shots, excited kids and tourists like me who had long carried the dream of visiting the place. 
Manhattan Downtown view from 86th floor of the Empire State.
I was also swindled by a desi-“I love souvenir”-gift-shop-guy, which in a way enriched my experience as a tourist. All in all I had an amazing trip to Manhattan, New York. Every city has its own character, its soul.  I felt as much as you get lost in the vastness of New York, the city lets you be yourself. Though the grandeur of New York consumes you, it’s spirit liberates you.  

I <3 NYC. 
London is next on the list.