Visit Note as Tourist to USA

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
Bangalore

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Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Qualification:M.B.B.S.,M.D. Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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36 Responses to Visit Note as Tourist to USA

  1. Visitor to USA: July 30, 2013 to October 1, 2013
    Nationality: Indian
    The United Nations Headquarters
    International Territory in New York City
    Visited on September 28, 2013:

  2. Kedarnath Sahu says:

    Respected Sir,
    Namaskar.

    Your two months visit to USA and from USA your social network attached us with you as just you do when you are in India. I think though it was primarily a family trip by you, but as a research person of world culture you enjoyed it experimentally. A perfect description of your journey reminds us your concurrent posts in your Blog & Facebook related to your US visit through this article.

  3. Prakash Padhan says:

    Thank you sir for sharing your safe, memorable visit to different places of New York. During your stay you have shared various photos by which we could watch New York City. Socio-cultural life of Indian Origin,Niagara waterfall, temples, international offices etc. could be known through you. Hope,you have enjoyed a lot with this trip.

  4. Madan Goyal says:

    Thanks Dr Panda for such a nice description of your tour.World appears considerably shrunk on net while visits to different places broaden outlook.

    Thanks again.

  5. Vinod Varma says:

    Welcome back to India, Sir. Being readers of this blog, we had privilege of getting glimpses of US visit, and hope to get enriched by experience you gained as you always share.

  6. Santhosh says:

    Dear Uncle,
    Om Sai Ram.

    Amazing description of the places you visited in this time span of 2 months. By this description in a pictorial way (posting the photos) on Facebook as well made me as if I am travelling along with you to the places. Had a mind blowing experience going through the description of your trip. No words to describe the beauty of the article.

    Sai Ram.
    Santhosh KV
    US Cost Management-Audits
    Hewlett Packard
    GR-Tech Park
    Whitefield, Bangalore

  7. Umesh says:

    Respected Brother,
    Pranam.

    At last, your tour to U.S.A. as a visitor tourist ended very Interestingly. You enjoyed & gave enjoyment to us by giving brief description of all the Important Places you have visited there.

    Yours sincerely
    Umesh.

  8. Your trip to the eastern part of the U.S. seems well-planned and profitable. I’m glad you got to visit parts of New Jersey as well as New York. It’s good, too, that at least part of the Indian community has been able to establish a settled presence, including its own religious practices.

    For myself, in my retirement, I don’t see as much evidence of yoga and eastern spirituality as you have, though both have something more than a mere foothold. The latter seems more evident than the former. Again, for myself, I appreciate the insights I am absorbing on Facebook. My modest Indian experience when I was still active, was limited mostly to Hansen’s Disease and to certain ecumenical ventures in religion.

    The world owes so much to India.

    Waldron Scott
    Lynchburg,Virginia,United States

  9. Barun Pani says:

    Mahesh Babu,

    You are an achiever, and that shows in your write-ups very well.The child-like curiosity and hunger for knowledge that you have shown in all your write-ups are very beautiful. I have enjoyed each and every one of them.

    I grew up in Rourkela not far from where you are. My extended family has been living both in western Odisha and eastern Odisha after Singhbhum was donated away to Bihar. I am sure you probably know my uncle Dr.Sripati Pani who was in the chemistry department of UCE Burla and later in the university during your time.

    Please keep writing. I enjoyed reading them.

    Barun Pani
    Ridgeland, Mississippi,United States

  10. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Your heartfelt vivid elaborate chronological description of short term USA tour and visit`s places is a show-case of knowledge and guidance of high profile of USA in all respects to a reader and viewer of Yoga & Spirituality blog. I myself imbibe a lot even it would not have been in my dream.

    Many thanks for sound return and gold standard message displayed.
    With love and gratitude
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh,Odisha

  11. V Nageswara Rao says:

    Dear Sir,
    Namaskar & Juhar.
    First of all welcome back to India from USA.

    Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful 2 months trip to USA and Visualized us about the all the Spiritual, Religious, Natural and International Places you have visited during your stay through mails, photos and also by phone calls and mainly through this detail descriptive article in form of your ‘Visit Note as Tourist to USA’.

    Well Mentioned and Nicely Elaborated the each and every thing you have seen in USA, in and around New York City.I hope that you have enjoyed the memorable trip with your family and sharing of the same with your friends and relatives. If you will write exclusively/descriptive on Yoga and Spirituality based on your 2 months stay/experience in USA will be more useful for Yoga and Spiritual Practitioners and this blog readers, mainly on the differences on Yoga and Spirituality of USA in Comparison to India.

    Thanking You
    With Regards,
    V.Nageswara Rao
    Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

    • Yoga has now become a very popular activity in the west for last few decades. Modern Yoga gained momentum in the west during 19th Century CE after Swami Vivekananda travelled to USA and came in contact of the people of US. With time several yoga masters went to west from India and brought popularity to this discipline in US. The Yoga was formally introduced in the west through translated versions from Sanskrit to English. The Hatha Yoga became the most popular form of Yoga in West based on basic features of yogasana and pranayama. Gradually the Patanjali`s yoga sutras of Ashtanga Yoga or Raja Yoga gained acceptance.

      The readers may refer the article Shirdi Sai Darshan in New York and Religious Sociocultural Life of People of Indian Origin in USA published in Yoga and Spirituality to be enlightened about spiritual practices in US.

  12. Sir,
    Thanks for sharing your nice tour to New York, Washington DC and Niagara. You had planned your visit very nicely and executed within the available time limit. It is a fact that conquering New York in one visit is impossible. But you have enjoyed your visit thoroughly with nice narration and documentation.

  13. Respected sir have my best regards to u and the elders of ur family.You are very very lucky to visit New York city within a stipulated time. It is not possible for many people to do the same. We are proud of you that we can share a lot of things and also collect many more from ur experience. I heartily congratulate for ur nice narration and documentation.Thank u sir very much.

  14. So nice to visit the great democratic country , a land of free enterprise and spend time with daughter.

  15. M.S.Bhagwat says:

    Thanks for sharing your experiences of your family tour to the United States. Meeting our owns in a different country is altogether a different experience too. And getting Darshan of Shri Sai similarly is a divine feeling of not forgetting our idol..Wishing you get always same happiness showered by Sai…

    Om Sai Ram

  16. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    Glad to know that you are back to Bangalore with beautiful memories that you have experienced in USA. Some people travel to explore new places, culture and some for adventure. During the time span of your staying in USA you have posted all the photographs and described briefly about the places wherever you had gone; we were excited and enjoyed your trip through you.

    Happy Dasahara to you and your family.

  17. Pradip Kumar Bhoi says:

    Respected Sir,
    Happy Dasahara.
    I with Liakat Ali Khan read your visit note of USA trip. We are very happy to know that our local citizen got great opportunity to visit the world’s most famous country.

    Happy Dasahara
    Regards
    Pradip & Liakat Ali Khan
    Padampur Dist Bargarh Odisha

  18. Dear Sir,
    Namaskar.

    I have gone through your experiences in New York and viewed all photographs. The developed countries have inspired everyone about the possibility of change in developing countries. The mindset of the people of developing countries like India should go massive change, so that the developed status achieved and a good life be maintained.

    I have visited most places in UK for six months from Aug 27,2012 to 17 Feb,2013 and gathered the experience, which allow me to change nearby people and am trying my best to do so. Planning to visit European countries in May,2014 to gather some extra experiences, which may come into use after return.

  19. Rabi Dora says:

    Dear Sir,
    Namaskar.
    First of all welcome back to India from USA.

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful trip to USA and Visualized us about the all International Places you have visited during your stay and mainly through this detail descriptive article in form of your ‘Visit Note as Tourist to USA’.

    Thanking You
    With Regards,
    Rabi Dora
    Padampur, Odisha, India
    09437346857

  20. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful trip to USA.

  21. Joseph Martin says:

    Wonderful Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda for sharing your inspiring experience on the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Thank you Doctor.

  22. Mahesh Chandra Panda in Facebook
    America Diary:
    This Day Last Year
    Visited Niagara Falls, USA
    September 1, 2013

    We had thrilling view of Niagara Falls by ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat ride in day time on September 1, 2013. We witnessed the intensity of the Falls from a little away from the Falls and the powerful churning of waters at the base of the Falls. We were excited as water rushed all around & we got soaked with water and heard the roaring sound of the Falls.

  23. Wonderful description of your two months experiences regarding the visit to USA. Thanks lot, your experiences will guide and motivate us to visit our children, staying abroad.

  24. Ellen Finan says:

    Hello dear, I am Maj.Gen Ellen Finan, I am a US Army. so nice to be your friend, i love India people, i have so many of them here around me in USA, I love the India way, tradition and culture, plus the way women are valued and show great respect, it inspired me a lot, sometimes i really wish i was her citizen, they are excellent people, i am pleased to meet you, write me once you read this.

    I visited Bangalore India 2009 on a 5 days military visit, i enjoyed my stay, hope we will both get along well, I am a woman with great sense of humor, very simple and positive, very easy to go out with, God fearing and very accommodating. I hope we can get to know more about each other and be good friends?

    Please let me know if it’s okay to communicate with you so that we can learn more about each other.

    Regards
    Maj.Gen. Ellen Finan

  25. Maj. Gen. Ellen Finan says:

    Wow interesting trip you had.
    Maj. Gen. Ellen Finan
    US Army

  26. Professional Memorial from America Diary: This Day 3 Years back on August 2, 2013-I had the privilege to visit The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York where my second daughter and son-in-law are working as scientists in research projects. The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, comprises The Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the United States` oldest, largest, and most respected tertiary care facilities & Mount Sinai School of Medicine treating patients with extremely complex medical and surgical needs, using highly sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services. ICHAN Medical Institute at Mount Sinai is particularly renowned for translating discoveries from the laboratory by teams of physicians and scientists working together into new and better ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease.

  27. America Diary: This Day 3 Years back (August 10, 2013)-Visited Balaji Mandir, Bridgewater New Jersey State USA.

  28. America Diary: On August 25, 2013 Visited Statue of Liberty, the Icon of New York and symbol of Freedom in the United States of America.

  29. America Diary: 3 Years back on October 2, 2013: Returned to Bangalore, India from US Tour for 64 days from July 30, 2013 to October 1, 2013


  30. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    Nice to read the article. Where ever u go there is Sai temple, Ganesha& Balaji mandhir, yoga centers and spiritual matters. They r all your breath, that is why they come wherever u go. Thanks ji for sharing.

  31. Historical Memory from my America Diary-4 Years back on September 15, 2013 visited US Capitol in Washington D.C., USA.

    US Capitol Washington DC USA

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