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केदारताल यात्रा

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अगली सुबह यानि 18 जून 2017 को नींद तो छै बजे ही खुल गयी थी लेकिन ठण्ड के कारण रजाई से बहार निकलते निकलते सात बज गए। तब तक कपिल भी हमारे कमरे में आ गया और फटा फट सामान बांधने में हमारी मदद करने लगा। ठीक आठ बजे हम फॉरेस्ट ऑफिस पहुंचे और परमिट की एंट्री करवाई  तथा कैंपिंग चार्जेज़ और गार्बेज चार्जेज़ जमा करवा के वापस अपने कमरे पे सामन उठाने पहुँच गए। ट्रेक शुरू करने से पहले फॉरेस्ट डिपार्टमेंट वाले गार्बेज चार्जेज लेते हैं जो की ट्रेक के दौरान आपके द्वारा फैलाये गए कूड़े कटकर के लिए होते हैं।  ये चार्जेज रिफंडेबल होते हैं अगर आप ट्रेक से वापस आने के बाद अपना सारा कूड़ा वापस लेके आये हों तो। सारी तैयारियां पूरी होने के बाद हम अपने सफर पर निकल पड़े जो की सूर्य कुंड को पार करके शुरू से ही खड़ी चढाई से शुरू होता है।

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In the land of smiles: Thailand

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I wasn’t prepared for anything which is what conditioned me for everything to come. I can’t explain it. But when I landed at Bangkok, (Suwarnabhumi pronounced Su-wana-poon) a singularly inspiring piece of engineering, I was overcome with various feelings_ euphoria, above all. I needed my visa (on arrival for Indian passport holders), a shower and change. I was backpacking, had no time to waste, had to pack in as much as I could while I was here and I wasn’t going to check into a hotel to distress.

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Adisaptagram – an ancient port town in Bengal

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Currently there is a railway station by the name of Adisaptagram in the Howrah-Burdwan main line which indicates the township of Saptagram. One of the most important remnants which still exists today is a brick mosque protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. The roof has collapsed . There are rich terracotta decorations on the exterior walls and on the three Mihrabs and corner Minarets .There is a stone foundation plaque which states that the Mosque was constructed by Syed Jamaluddin , the son of Abul Syed Fakuruddin of Amul during the Ramzan month circa 936 Hizira(1529 AD).

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Fall in Virginia

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People who leave their country to live in the USA often complain about certain things they terribly miss at home. It could be the food they are used to, the ease of life, or simply the comfort of talking to someone in their native language. If the reverse was to happen and I was to go back to India, one of the many things I would miss is the fall season I have grown to love and enjoy in the USA.

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केदारताल यात्रा

केदारताल यात्रा

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जिस नंबर पर आप संपर्क करना कहते हैं वो अभी स्विच ऑफ है या नेटवर्क छेत्र से बहार है… ऋषिकेश में शुबह के 4:30 बज रहे थे और मेरी इस यात्रा के साथी प्रशांत ने मुझे यहीं मिलना था लेकिन उसका फ़ोन स्विच ऑफ आ रहा था। मै दिल्ली से 16 जून की रात को चला था और प्रशांत देहरादून से आकर रात बिताने के लिए ऋषिकेश में किसी होटल में ठहरा हुआ था और सुबह हम दोनों को मिलकर उत्तरकाशी की ओर रवाना होना था। प्रशांत ने मुझे रात को ही बता दिया था की वो किस होटल में ठहरा है लेकिन मुझे होटल का नाम याद नहीं था, बस इतना याद था की होटल त्रिवेणी घाट के पास है। अब समझ में नहीं आ रहा था की क्या किया जाए। सुबह सुबह सड़क पर एकदम सन्नाटा था और मै इधर उधर टहल कर टाइम पास करने लगा की तक़रीबन बीस मिनट बाद मेरे फ़ोन की घंटी बजी, देखा की प्रशांत का ही फ़ोन है। मै प्रशांत के बताये हुए रस्ते पे चल पड़ा और कुछ ही मिनटों में उसके होटल के कमरे में पहुँच गया।

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The Leisure Road Trip to Kolkata

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In the morning we got up by 4:30am. All the end moment packing was done starting from camera charger, laptop and mobile charger. We were in a hurry as we had planned to leave by 5:00am and we were running late. Never mind we were ready by 6:15am and left our home sweet home by 6:30am. The Toyota Fortuner which I was going to drive became a small caravan with the facility for breakfast, lunch and some other tits-bits and beverages like a bottle of Coca-Cola, Tea, and Coffee.

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The Gol Gumbaz

A Deccan Odyssey

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On the final day we visited the Tunga Bhadra dam in Hospet which is a multi-purpose dam for irrigation and electricity generation. The dam which was completed in 1953 is a source of prosperity for farmers in Koppal and Raichur Districts.

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Bull’s Retreat – OUTTA THIS WORLD!

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Driving through Rishikesh in darkness, we could not see much except the twinkling diyas after Arti on the banks of Ganga. Though it was pitch dark, it was impossible to miss well lit billboard of the Bull’s Retreat ahead of Shivpuri village and we were warmly greeted by courteous Mohinder and staff of Retreat who shifted quickly our baggage to two rooms alloted to us.

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Amkhoi Fossil Park

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The angiosperm wood fossils which are displayed here were collected during pond digging from Amkhoi village of Illambazar Forest, Birbhum District. These specimens are definite proof of the presence of a vast dry deciduous forest with a few evergreen elements in this area, which prevailed 15 to 20 million years before present (Late Miocene). Wood fossils can also be found in different places of Birbhum, Bardhaman, Bankura and Medinipur Districts of West Bengal as well as in Mayurbhanj District in Orissa.

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Driving in the high altitude cold desert....

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