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Arctic Circle holiday ! the experience
In 2010, I travelled to the Arctic Circle, and Arctic Ocean through Alaska.... this was a beautiful journey that I began with my wife Smt. Madhura Pandit Jasraj and my disciple Smt. Tripti Mukherjee. We went by the plane first from New York to Vancouver. There we were met by people at the airport who were supposed to take us to the ship directly for the cruise But as we had about 5 hours to spare we all took our luggage and went to meet Pandit Jasraj School of Music Foundation’s director, Smt Asha Lohia first. Then in the afternoon we began this incredible journey and spent incredible seven days on the ship. The cabin was beautiful and even though I suffer from sea sickness, I surprisingly did not face any trouble at all. On the seventh day we reached Whittier. Then via train and bus we crossed Arctic Circle and reached Prudhou Bay where USA’s land finishes and Arctic sea begins towards North Pole. There in the Arctic sea we prayed to sun god and sang Aadi dev namastubhyam. This trip was unlike any other that I have ever done ever as it was a musical journey and simply put an indescribable vacation, one that has left a huge impact on me and my wife.
 
The exquisite continent of Antarctica
Earlier this year, from January 1st to 14th, 2012 I travelled to the exquisite continent of Antarctica. From Mumbai, I flew to New York with my son Shri V.S. Kumar. From New York, we took a flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina and the next flight to Ushuaia, Argentina which is regarded as the southernmost city in the world. This is where we boarded our cruise ship to Antarctica. Accompanying me on this adventurous vacation were my sons Rao Rohit Singh and Shri V. S. Kumar, my disciple Smt. Tripti Mukherjee and her disciple, Dr. Shubha Varma. Antarctica is the seventh and the last to be discovered continent. It is also the most difficult continent to get to. Of the numerous enchanting memories that I came back with, I would like to recall three. The first would be our concert in Antarctica. On January 8th, I performed in concert in the Oceanus Lounge, aboard the Sea Spirit cruise. Smt. Tripti Mukherjee performed with me and gave vocal support. This was the very first Indian classical concert in the continent of Antarctica. There were people from all the continents and over 20 countries in the audience and our music was very well received. It was fascinating that Antarctica does not have any government and does belong to any one country, it is a free region!

The second vivid memory is that of passing through the Drake passage, the body of water where three oceans meet, the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Southern Ocean. Our cruise ship passed the Drake passage at night. It was a full moon night and the waters were very turbulent. We were literally falling off our beds and the cruise ship was rocking and bouncing in the ocean waters like a ball.

The third memory is of us getting lost in Antarctica! Often during the course of trip, we would off board the cruise ship and sit in smaller inflatable boats, called zodiacs, so we could explore the waters, icebergs and wildlife in Antarctica. On one such occasion, after our exploration was over, we were unable to find our main cruise ship. Since the ship could not be anchored, it had moved from its original location and we were unable to establish contact with the captain using our walkie-talkies! This experience was intimidating but also exciting. After almost four hours we found the ship and boarded it again!





















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