Spiti…. journey through ‘The middle land’

October 30, 2014 By:

Dawn breaks very early in the mountains. At 0500 hrs, it is already light and by the time we all assemble at 0530 hrs, it is bright. News reaches us that the Scorpio is still not ready and decision has been taken to let two Scorpios go ahead with maximum members (5 each) leaving two vehicles and 7 members behind. Hope is that the repairs will take not more than a couple of hours more and then the rear guard will push hard to catch up with us and reach Chandratal even if by night.

This is how our 10 strong team (6 ladies and 4 guys) in two Scorpios sets off at 0600 hrs with a very distant goal in mind; that of reaching Chandratal tonight.

The valley narrows further towards Khab which is just a dozen odd kilometres away and the confluence of the Sutlej and the Spiti rivers. In between, the mountains have a spectacular multitude of marbled patterns as if an artist has decided to paint some modern art on them!

Colours and patterns in the mountains...

Colours and patterns in the mountains…


Himachal Revisited (Aug,14)

October 28, 2014 By:

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  1. Himachal Revisited (Aug,14)

- Jwalaji & Rewalsar

This time, while in India, visit to Himachal was more of necessity than tourism… leaving behind Iceland, Landing in Delhi full of heat and humidity was not a joke…. at the airport itself, we were almost fainted and without waiting for my friend to come to pick up, hired a taxi and went home…the heat and humidity was unbearable as the body had tuned to climate of Iceland…. so to go back to Iceland settings, Himachal trip was mandatory

So the programme for Himachal was rescheduled and within a few days we left for Himachal…in a Bolero and a Santro. Jwalaji visit is must whenever I visit Himachal and other places are added to it.

This time after Jwalaji we went to Rewalsar -Mandi – Parashar Lake – Manikaran – Jalori Pass – Narkanda and Chail.

 

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Bhakra canal -Nangal

We started from Delhi at 6 in the morning.  Weather was fine but the road had become a mess.  They are charging lot of money as toll, but that seemed wasted  There were works going on all the way and the Delhi Ambala route which was a pleasure to drive, had become a nightmare.   We crossed Ambala without much traffic and turning on towards Ludhiana, took a sharp right turn towards right and took the Chandigarh bypass, reaching Kharar.

हिमाचल डायरी : रेणुका जी झील और पाँवटा साहेब की तरफ… भाग 4

October 27, 2014 By:

गतांक से आगे….

[ पिछले अंक तक आपने हमारी कैम्प रोक्स के भीतर की गतिविधियों के बारे में जाना, अब आगे.... ]

रेणुकाजी झील की दूरी कैम्प रोक्स से 43 किमी के लगभग है | नाहन की तरफ वापसी के रास्ते पर, कोई 10 किमी पहले ही, बायीं और एक सढ़क निकलती है जो कि आपको रेणुकाजी झील की तरफ ले जाती है | धूप, बादल और बरसात इन तीनो की लुका-छिपी आज भी यूँ ही जारी है, मगर रास्ता साफ़ है, और सढ़क ठीक-ठाक | पूरा क्षेत्र कुदरती खूबसूरती से सरोबार है, हालांकि सैलानी हिमाचल के इस पूर्वी भाग में अपेक्षाकृत कम ही नजर आते है | कम ऊंचाई और सम्पर्क के सीमित साधन सम्भवतः इसका कारण हो सकते है, अन्यथा नाहन और उसके आस-पास का भू भाग किसी भी तरह से हिमाचल के दूसरे हिस्सों से खूबसूरती में कम नही !   

यदि आप चाहें तो कैम्प रोंक्स से मुख्य सढ़क तक का सफर पैदल भी तय कर सकते हैं

यदि आप चाहें तो कैम्प रोंक्स से मुख्य सढ़क तक का सफर पैदल भी तय कर सकते हैं

पैदल चलते यदि थक जाएँ तो मार्ग में आते ऐसे चश्मे आपकी थकावट दूर कर देते हैं

पैदल चलते यदि थक जाएँ तो मार्ग में आते ऐसे चश्मे आपकी थकावट दूर कर देते हैं

Memories of Mewar (III): Udaipur, City of Lakes and Palaces.

October 24, 2014 By:

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  1. Memories of Mewar (I): Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur.
  2. Memories of Mewar (II): Kankroli, Nathdwara, and Sajjan Garh (Udaipur).
  3. Memories of Mewar (III): Udaipur, City of Lakes and Palaces.

After visiting the Kumbhalgarh Fort, Ranakpur, the Krishna Temples at Kankroli and Nathdwara, and the Sajjan Garh Palace, we were now on the last leg of our trip to Mewar, Rajasthan, and had two full days to take in the beauty of Udaipur, the City of Lakes and Palaces. This beautiful city is also sometimes referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, ‘Most Romantic City of India’ and ‘The Kashmir of Rajasthan’.

Udaipur was the capital of the kingdom of Mewar, ruled by the Sisodia clan of Rajputs. The founder of Udaipur was Maharana Udai Singh II, father of Maharana Pratap. Udaipur was founded in 1559, when a hermit blessed the king and asked him to build has palace at a spot on the east ridge of the Pichola Lake. In 1568, the Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittaurgarh, and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his new residence, which became the city of Udaipur. As the Mughal empire weakened over the years, the Sisodia Maharanas recaptured most of Mewar district. Udaipur remained the capital of the state, which became a princely state of British India in 1818.

After India’s independence in 1947, the Maharaja of Udaipur acceded to the Government of India, and Mewar was integrated into India’s Rajasthan state.

The Lake Palace as seen from the City Palace, Udaipur.

The Lake Palace as seen from the City Palace, Udaipur.


Durgapuja – the craziness beyond the 5 days

October 23, 2014 By:

Long ago when we left home for better & prospective future, we never imagined that some of the days we Bengalis missed so much & sometimes nostalgia attempts to tear the heart apart. All the sweet memories of childhood come & our brain gets into a fierce fight with the heart. Wherever I go, whatever I do, when the autumn ringing through the wavy clear clouds my mind always destructed from careeristic way to homely way.

Durgapur & Durgapuja
Durgapur, the city where I was born, 180 km away from Kolkata is definitely very silent city where main earning point is DSP (Durgapur Steel Plant). The people living there are mainly engaging with DSP. The green city Durgapur also celebrate various festivals on their own way. Whether it’s Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Laxmi Puja, Vishwakarma Puja, Doljatra, Rathjatra, Christmas etc, the city enjoys them all with full celebration. Durga Puja is the biggest festival of Durgapur (West Bengal). All people are waiting for this from very beginning. The pandal creation starts around 2 month before.

entering agrani

Entering Agrani