The mysterious Naga Sadhus and humbling return journey

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Very soon the faint evening glow, which was prevalent in the sky, vanished. The vessel did not have any light in the upper deck area. All the lights we had, was only the cosmic glow in the sky. I could not see anything ahead. The person sitting next to me was a mere silhouette. Up above there were innumerable stars and glowing planets travelling with us and below there was infinite quantum of water through which we were moving.

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Gangasagar

Being one of the 12 Lac++ pilgrims to Gangasagar Mela

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Sagar mela is held every year at the same place drawing huge turnout irrespective of caste, colour, creed and age. Last year the turnout was 12 Lakh and this year the Govt. of WB made all the arrangements for an expected turnout of 20 Lakh. The holy dip is observed on the day of Makar Sankranti, the day when the Sun makes a transition to Capricorn from Sagittarius.

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An ancient church - St.John in the wilderness

McLeodganj – The mystical hub of Himachal

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We then moved to the church of St. John in the Wilderness between Forsyth Ganj and Mcleod Ganj. This neo-gothic stone shrine was made in 1852 following Anglian structure. It was named after John the Baptist. As the structure lies deep inside dense woods, during the olden times, they appropriately named it as St. John In The Wilderness. There is a memorial devoted to Lord Elgin, who was Viceroy of India during British raj.

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Dalhousie – how we made the most before the onward journey

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The church just stood behind, surrounded by tall and dense trees. It was an old Catholic church built in 1894 exhibiting elegance of Victorian architecture. This church is a look alike of a church of England. Construction of the church was financed by people posted there during that time and local inhabitants. That is why its door remains open for all.

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The deep forest behind Subhas bowli

Chamba and Mani Mahesh got replaced by Dalhousie

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While checking out from Hotel Asia, we were surprised when we were asked to pay the bill. We told that rooms were booked through Travelguru long back and we handed over printout of booking confirmation with my ID copy. But hotel authority told that they did not receive payment from Travelguru, so we must pay before we leave.

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