We (I & my wife Sailasuta) left Bangalore, India by flight on Visitor Tourist Visa on July 29, 2013 and arrived in New York, U.S.A. on July 30, 2013. We stayed with our second daughter Gayatri & son-in-law Saikrishna (on Working Visa status), grandson Arnav & granddaughter Maulika residing in Manhattan New York City NY 10029, USA for the months of August and September 2013.
I had the privilege to visit The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York on August 2, 2013 where my second daughter and son-in-law are working as scientists in research projects. The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY 10029 U.S.A. comprises The Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the United States` oldest and largest tertiary care facilities, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Institute which is renowned for translating discoveries by teams of physicians and scientists working together in the laboratory into new and better ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease.
We visited Time Square in Midtown of Manhattan, the main island of New York City which is considered to be one of the best in the World as Human Tourist & Entertainment Center. We also visited the Central Park of Manhattan, New York City as Natural Tourist & Entertainment Center. I had the pleasure to walk on the Brooklyn Bridge which is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States connecting the Manhattan and Brooklyn Islands of New York City by spanning the East River Side of Hudson River.
On August 10, 2013 we had darshan of Sri Venkateswara Temple (Balaji Mandir) & Community Center, Bridgewater New Jersey State NJ 08807 managed by Hindu Temple & Cultural Society of USA, Inc. We had a country side view of New Jersey State while having fun of “Pick your own fruits in the farm” in Melick`s Town farm. On August 18, 2013 forenoon we had darshan of Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam (Ganesh Temple) & Ganesa Patasala, Flushing Queens New York City managed by The Hindu Temple Society of North America. On the same day August 18, 2013 noon we had Darshan of Shirdi Sai in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Flushing Queens NY 11355.
On August 25, 2013 we visited ‘Statue of Liberty’ in Liberty Island by transportation from New York by State Cruises sailing through Atlantic Ocean. The Statue of Liberty is the Icon of New York and symbol of Freedom in the United States of America.
On August 31, 2013 & September 1, 2013 we had a tourist trip to Niagara, USA. We visited the Niagara Power Plant, Old Fort Niagara and enjoyed colorful night view of Niagara Falls on August 31, 2013. We had thrilling view by ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat ride in day time on September 1, 2013. We had the incidental view of yoga practice by yoga practitioners of Niagara Falls Yoga Center same day in the morning hours by river-lake side.
On September 15, 2013 I along with my son-in-law Saikrishna visited Washington D.C., Capital of United States. We saw US Capitol, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and World War Memorials in the National Mall. We had thorough observations of National Air and Space Museum in our trip to Washington D.C.
On September 21, 2013 we visited Coney Island, Atlantic Ocean Beach Brooklyn New York City NY 11235. Coney Island is an ocean beach that features an amusement area which includes 50 or more wonder wheel rides and attractions of beach and boardwalk.
On September 28, 2013 I visited The United Nations (U.N.) Headquarters International Territory in New York City. I viewed General Assembly Hall, UN Secretariat & Embassies of different Nations as a visitor to US of Indian Nationality. I also saw the International Headquarters of UNICEF in the same campus.
I had my evening walk almost daily alternatively to Central Park & East River side of Hudson River during my two months stay in Manhattan, New York City.
On darshan of Sri Venkateswara Temple (Balaji Mandir) Bridgewater New Jersey State on August 10, 2013 & darshan of Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam (Ganesh Temple) Flushing Queens New York City and darshan of Shirdi Sai in Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Flushing Queens NY 11355 on August 18, 2013 along with the incidental view of yoga practice by yoga practitioners of Niagara Falls Yoga Center on September 1, 2013 in the morning hours by river-lake side during our tourist trip to Niagara USA; I had strong positive feed back related to Practice of Yoga and Spirituality, more so Hindu Religious Rituals & Sai Spirituality during our stay in United States since July 30, 2013 up to October 1, 2013 as visitors.
We left New York, USA by flight on October 1, 2013 and arrived Bangalore, India on October 2, 2013 where we are staying with our son Debashish and our first daughter Shibani, son-in-law Sunil & our granddaughter Snigdha after my retirement from Orissa State Govt Service.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda