Hills

Coffee, Hills, Foliage and Beaches – Part 2

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There are two basic varieties of coffee: Arabica and Robusta. On asking how does one distinguish between two varieties and which variety is popular brands nescafe and bru made of he told us that instant coffee in India contains a mix of whatever coffee beans remain after sorting. To a connoisseur, instant coffee is blasphemy as the taste is nowehere near good coffee. We left after 20 minutes promising to return back some other time.

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AMARNATH YATRA : Return Trek And Charri Mubarak

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Charri Mubarak is saffron robed Holy maces of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.These maces were used by Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati thousands of years ago while walking. At the moment the custodian of this mace is Mahant Deependra Giri and its abode is at Dashnami Akhara at Badshah Chowk , Srinagar. These maces ( Charri Mubarrak) travel to Amarnath Cave during the yatra and are offered prayers at various temples enroute Pahalgam, along with huge crowd of Sadhus and devotees. Before the yatra the Charri Mubarak procession reaches Sharika Bhawani temple in Hari Parvat Srinagar, then in Shankarachrya temple, Srinagar and finally moves ahead to Pahalgam on the fifth last day of Amarnath Yatra.Here in Pahalagm prayers are offered with a night stay.There are night halts at every important places coinciding with the legend of Amarnath Katha or Amarnath Cave. On fourth last day charri Mubarak halts at Chandanwadi. On third last day at Sheshnag . On second last day at Panchtarni and finally on the Raksha Bandhan day when the yatra ends the Charri Mubarak reaches the cave. After performing pooja and rituals Charri leaves to its abode in Srinagar via Baltal route and the cave and Yatra is closed. I got have darshan of these great maces and touch them when I was in Sheshnag. I was once again very fortunate to have the darshan as well touch these holy maces of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. Please have the vision of these great maces.

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Lucknow to Nainital – Road Review

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During Ramzan Eid , we had a long week end holiday which I wanted to encash through visiting the nearby place and spend some quality time with family. Hence, we decided to visit Nainital which is a hill station and around 400 Kms from Lucknow. To reach to Nainital we have 4 options 1) By Train Journey till Kathgodam and from Kathgodam to Nainital by hiring taxi 2) Through UPSRTC Volvo Bus 3) Hiring a taxi 4) Hiring a Driver for own Car 5) Self Drive.  All the options except 5 were not working favorable to us due to Ramzan holiday and there was no availability of train ticket, and engaging taxi and driver is very very costly affair. Hence, I made up my mind to let me try self-driving.  

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UDUPI, उडुपी :- Shree Krishna Matt and KOLLUR, कोल्लूर :- Shree Mookambika Devi Temple

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यहाँ का प्रसाद सम्पूर्ण भोजन के रूप में आदमी की भूख को तृप्त करता है। हम दोनों के परिवार ने सच्चे मन से तृप्त होकर इस प्रसाद का सेवन किया था। बहुत ही स्वादिष्ट प्रसाद था, पहलें केले के पत्तों के बिछाने का आरम्भ होता है, फिर उन पत्तों पर पानी मारा जाता है साफ़ करने के लिए, फिर दो पुरुष चावल की गाडी लेकर चावल परोसते है, चावल के बाद आती है सांभर की बारी, चावल के ऊपर सांभर परोसने के बाद प्रसाद का सेवन शुरू कर सकते है।

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Kolkata to Kumaon- Mesmerising Munsiyari

Kolkata to Kumaon- Mesmerising Munsiyari

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It was the longest road to Munsiyari of around 180 kms, via “Thal”, in all of our itinerary of hill destination planning. Though majority of the roads of Uttarakhand are much predictable and in quite good, balanced condition but went through many reviews of Munsiyari roads I came to a conclusion that the road would be quite tougher than other days.

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Ranikhet and Kausani : Himalayan Meadows – Part I (The Journey)

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The king with his entourage was passing through jungles of Kumaon, when a saint crossed his path. The vain king was offended and soon the saint was brought before him. The saffron clad saint, annoyed with King’s heckles, plucked a leafy branch from a wayside bush and swiped it across the King’s bare arms – it sent the king writhing and groaning in pain, as if a million needles were inserted in his arm. This is how the hymns of Ranikhet started.

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Matheran Musings

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There is a barricade at the brink of the ‘sunset point’ hill, lest people fall in the valley, mad by the red in the sky. There is ample space to enjoy the sunset for all: men, women, children, horses and monkeys. Everyone has more or less a chance of finding a good corner to sit but in solitude. It so happens that monkeys decide to practice acrobatics at the barricade and thus occupy the prime position, sending all the humans back.

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Kolkata to Kumaon – Corbett to Kausani via Ranikhet

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 We reached the city at around 1230 hrs and found a place to park the car and went straight to the market place of the Mall area where maximum numbers of restaurants were there.We had a hearty lunch in a place, overlooking the descent of hill terrain and numerous colorful civilization monumented by the tiny match box like houses. After lunch we went straight to the Ranikhet Golf Course nearby and after that around 55 kms drive to Kausani.

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Road Trip to Rishikesh, Mussoorie and Dehradun

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We travelled 18km on the road upstream to reach the starting point.Then the guide gave us instructions regarding safety measures and the commands to be followed.

But rafting was nothing like I had imagined it to be. It was even more adventurous, awesome and very very tiring. Up close, the rapids are violent and the possibilities of mishap happening seem endless. The initial rapids were scary but we grew bolder with every passing one.

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