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Padarn Country Park: Wales

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The slate cutting factory with the old rusty machinery al around. Slates were used for roofing, fencing etc. and was big business then. The factory was eventually closed down in the 1969 and now serves as a National Slate Museum.

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Tso Moriri To Pangong via Chushul, Through The Road Less Taken!

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There, in a single photo so many shades of blue! What happens over the next two three hours, I can’t explain in words. The route is just a track going by the lake side as she decides to change her color according to her changing moods! Many a times you’d feel like you would just drop into the lake but the mud holds its ground and let’s you pass.

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Cool Coorg

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The return journeys, as always, make the heart heavy. This time my heart did put on a lot of weight. We decided to leave for Bangalore via a detour of ‘Talacauvery’. So we started very early on the next morning. Talacauvery, the source of the river Cauvery in the south was draped in a mystical legend.

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Bhalkimachan – the royal bear hunting grounds

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The Zamindars and the royal family members of Burdwan used this place as a hunting spot and constructed several Machans for their convenience. Thus Bhalki and Machan combined to give the place its current name Bhalki Machan. The etymology can be broken down into Bhalu ki Machan. Bhalu means bear. Machan means an elevated resting place for the hunters to hunt down wild animals.

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A Small Slice of Athens

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The view of Athens from here is quite splendid. An immediate circle of red-tiled roofs gives way to more modern structures spread all around. Mt. Lycabettus sticks out of this jumble glowing under a slant of sunlight that has lanced through a cloudy sky.

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Hawaii (Oahu Island): Part 1

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Amongst the various sights we visited were the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Bowfin. USS Arizona was a memorial built on top of the ship sunk and destroyed with around 700 people still on board. We were shown a historic video before a motorboat quickly took us to the USS Arizona.

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Kushinagar – Where Buddha breathed last

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The actual cremation ground is a bit away and I didn’t go there this time. The area has lots of temples built by many countries which practice Buddhism. There are good hotels as well, including Taj and I clearly remember that there were internet kiosks five year back.

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A Tryst with Himachal !

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From Naggar, one can hire bike and go around places, do hiking and on the way visit the famous Roerich Art Gallery. We kept climbing uphill for over an hour only to find ourselves in the middle of an apple orchard. We sat there for a long time plucking and eating fresh apples and berries form the trees while soaking into the amazing view and the silence all around. Coming close to nature has become a luxury for city dwellers.

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Roma – where Gods still linger

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As we walked towards Piazza Venezia,we were greeted by a majestic white monument. The Vittoriano built to honour Victor Emanuel II, the first king of Italy, offer some breathtaking views of Rome . Built of white marble, the monument invited controversy for destroying a large portion of the Capitoline Hill . It also has the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Our Malaysia Trip…Genting highlands

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The rains stopped but the clouds did buzz away. So only some of the rides were opened. The best was the Space Shot which takes you up to height of 185 feet and then with a sudden force brings you down with all the shouts and shrieks and a bizarre feeling of weightlessness. It was good fun!!

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माँ चंडी देवी, हरद्वार की यात्रा

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माता के जिस स्वरूप की हम बात कर रहे है उसका थोड़ा व्याख्यान करना तो बनता है। तो प्रिय पाठकों माँ चंडी देवी का मंदिर नील पर्वत पर स्थित एक सिद्ध पीठ के रूप में प्रसिद्ध है। कहा जाता है की आठवीं शताब्दी में प्रसिद्ध हिन्दू धर्म गुरु आदि शंकराचार्य द्वारा माता की मूर्ति की स्थापना यहाँ पर की गयी थी। इस स्थान से जुडी एक पौराणिक कथा यह है की शुम्भ-निशुम्भ नामक राक्षसों, जिन्होंने इंद्रा का साम्राजय अपने अधिपत्य में ले लिया था, का वध करने के बाद माता चंडी देवी, जिनकी उत्पत्ति देवी पारवती के अंश से हुयी थी, यहाँ पर कुछ समय के लिए विश्राम करने हेतु रुकी थी।

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Everest Base Camp

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