औरंगाबाद: अतीत के आईने में

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हम वहां के अत्यंत शांतिपूर्ण माहौल में पहुंचकर तथा औरंगजेब की कब्र के सामने खड़े होकर स्तब्ध तथा आश्चर्यचकित होकर आँखे फाड़ फाड़ कर देख रहे थे और सोच रहे थे……एक समय हिन्दुस्तान पर राज़  करने वाले बादशाह की कब्र…….इतनी साधारण…….इतनी सादगी लिए……….ऊपर छत भी नही……….हमारी इस जिज्ञासा को शांत किया वहीँ पर खड़े एक मौलाना रूपी गाइड ने.

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Offbeat Tourism at Mangdechhu Hydro Electric Project in Bhutan

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The Mangdechhu hydroelectric project is a 720MW run-of-river power plant (4 units each of 180 MW capacity) being built in Trongsa district of central Bhutan on the Mangdechhu river (which is a tributary of Manas river – which is again a tributary of Brahmaputra river). Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (MHPA), which is constituted by the Indian Government and the Royal Government of Bhutan, is developing the project. On completion, most of the electricity generated by the underground power house will be used to meet the energy requirement of Bhutan and the surplus electricity will be exported to India

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On The Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka

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The high point of our yatra was the visit to Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sigiriya or Simha Giriya ( Lion Rock ) is a gigantic rock formation ( 660 ft high ) on top of which a complex capital city was built by one king Kashyap and which was said to have been later usurped by Ravana. Still later, it was used by Buddhists to promote their religion. The rock and its surroundings presents a unique concentration of urban planning, architecture, gardening, engineering, hydraulic technology and art.

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Chail – Nature’s true walk

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The resort was in middle of the Jungle area and surrounded by hills from 2 sides. Luckily our rooms are balcony one’s and it opens to the hills. What else anyone want a good resort with a hill facing balcony. We checked in to resort a little early and thanks to the manager who allowed us to check in before half an hour from scheduled time. We all were very tired after 11 hours long journey.

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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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Maharashtra Jyotirlings – Aundha Nagnath, Baijnath and Grhrineshwar

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धर्मशाला में रूम का पता किया तो कोई 700 कोई 500 मांग रहा था, हालांकि वहां मन्दिर ट्रस्ट का धर्मशाला भी है वो मन्दिर के पीछे की और है और किसी पण्डित ने बताया की वहां सिर्फ 100 रुपए ही रुकने का किराया है, उन्ही पण्डित जी से हमने अभिषेक करवाने के लिए बात की तो वो भी हमारे साथ हो लिए की चलिए पहले आपको रूम की व्यवस्था करवाता हूँ फिर आराम से अभिषेक और पूजा के लिए चलना क्योंकि सोमवार होने की वजह से बाबा का पूजा अभिषेक 7 बजे तक करने की इजाजत मन्दिर प्रबन्धन देता है,

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Delhi to Ramnagar : Jim Corbett National Park

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We started our journey from Delhi to Ramnagar for a two days weekend trip to visit Jim Corbett National Park.
Ramnagar is a small town located near famous Corbett National Park in Nainital districts of Uttarakhand. The city is said to be dream destination for wildlife traveler as this is the sole park in India where richest concentrations of wildlife occur.

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Jeddah: Discovering a mega-city

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Jeddah has cityscapes on a large scale. Not for this city the narrow crowded bylanes of Mumbai; here, every street is built on a grand scale. Most streets (barring streets in old Jeddah and inside residential areas) are at least 8-10 lanes in width, with broad footpaths. There are bridges and under-passes, service roads on the side, and so on, in addition to the main thoroughfare. During most visits, in spite of using Google Maps and Navigation, I ended up getting on to the wrong ramp, or driving past a turn or missing a U-turn and having to drive an extra 5-10 kms to get back to where I wished to go.

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A Journey as Magical as its Destinations

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They left every thing on me- planning entire route, night halts, bookings,
sight seeing, servicing of the Neerja’s diesel SUV up to the extent searching out 4
dumped sleeping bags from old cupboards for emergency. The final tight itenary
schedule was got finalised after endless mobile talks, smsing and emails, kind
courtesy Maj Gen Nawnit Kumar, SM Commandant, High Altitude Warfare
School(HAWS) ,Gulmarg and Lt Gen Bobby Mathews ,AVSM**, VSM ,the Colonel
of the Regiment (COR).

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कुर्ग या कोडागु – स्कॉटलैंड ऑफ़ साउथ इंडिया

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कोडगु या कुर्ग  कर्णाटक प्रान्त का एक जिला है। इसका मुख्यालय मडिकेरी में है। पश्चिमी घाट पर स्थित पहाड़ों और घाटियों का प्रदेश कुर्ग दक्षिण भारत का एक प्रमुख पर्यटक स्‍थल है। यह खूबसूरत पर्वतीय स्‍थल समुद्र तल से 1525 मीटर की ऊंचाई पर है। यहां की यात्रा एक न भूलने वाला अनुभव है। कुर्ग के पहाड़, हरे-भरे जंगल, चाय और कॉफी के बागान मन को लुभाते हैं। कावेरी नदी का उदगम स्‍थान कुर्ग अपनी प्राकृतिक खूबसूरती के अलावा रिवर राफ्टिंग, हाइकिंग, क्रॉस कंट्री और ट्रेल्‍स के लिए भी मशहूर है।

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