Trek Origin: Ramthangkha – 12 km from Paro town Destination: Taktshang The Tige’s Lair also called Tiger’s Nest at the altitude of 9,600’. Height of Taktshang from Paro valley is 2,600’ Trek Distance: About 6 km Gradient: Easy to Moderate Time taken for comfortable ascent: 3 Hours The Clip shows all that one wants to know about the trek including topography, the resting places, the cafeteria, the sight-seeing en route and security post. Beyond security stage, a flight of steps takes one Taktshang Monastery where photography is prohibited.
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Barely located 65 km from Bhubaneswar and 70 km from Puri, Mangalajodi Wetland is a vast tract at the northern tip of Chilika lake, Tangi block of Khurda district in state of Odisha. It is covered with abundant aquatic vegetation attracting a large number of migratory and local birds. The wetland jetty, from where tourists take the canopied fishing boats available on hire and have a close view of large number of birds, is located 3 km from Mangalajodi village. It is an Eco Tourism area, with primary objective is of protecting and sustaining the large number of bird species. The local villagers play a huge role working as boatmen or guides for the benefit of tourists . The best time to see the largest number of birds is December and January. The Gotwit Eco Cottages and Mangalajodi Eco Cottages located in Mangalajodi village serve the tourists for their stay and food. This video covers my boat ride through the Wetland in early morning and recording migratory and inland birds. List of Birds in the video: 1. Wilson’s Snipe 2. Indian Pond Heron 3. Common Ringed Plover 4. Glossy Ibis ( Wrongly captioned as Black Ibis ) 5. Black – winged Stilt 6. Asian Openbill 7. Sandpiper 8. Northern Pintail Duck 9. Great Egret 10. Oriental White Ibis 11. Black – tailed Godwit 12. Marsh Sandpiper 13. Common Redshank 14. Ruddy Shelduck ( Brahmini Duck ) 15. Cormorant 16. Common Snipe 17. Red – wattled Lapwing 18. Comb Duck 19. Purple Moorhen 20. Little Egret Videos of individual birds will be uploated shortly.
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Ukhimath in the State of Uttarakhand, is abode of Lord Shiva during winter months when Kedarnath is totally snow bound. It is a tranquil getaway with back drop of Himalayas and easily approachable from Rishikesh by road. The video is shot near the red colored multi-storied Bharat Sevashram Sangha, with a good view of sunrise over Himalayas and looking down the flowing river Mandakini. The second part of the video is shot at Omkareshwar temple, with Hanuman Chalisa playing over mike.
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Himachal Pradesh 2014 Memories -- Vid 10 Kalpa (9,711') will rank as the prime destination in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Spending 28th April evening till 30th morning, there was a lot for us to see and experience. At daybreak, the sun rises from behind the snow- peaks, sending shafts of bright light, to augur the beginning of a new day. On a clear day, visible Himalayan peaks are Kinnaur Kailash, Jorkanden and Ralden among others in their pristine glory. The Shivling - a 70' high stone mass looking very small through naked eye, gets a better look through a pair of binoculars or tele -- lens of Handycam. The landscape captured from hotel room picks up the Apple Blossom in foreground, the cottages in mid-ground and snow -- peaks in the backdrop. Being in early summer, the apple blossoms and cherry blossoms are visible at every possible tree planted in many fruit orchards on both sides of the road. A walk to Baazar yields in addition to shopping, the sightseeing of a Hindu temple and a Buddhist temple. A morning walk to Van Vihar and through the small foot trail amidst the dense greens, keeps one refreshed. The sightseeing places from Kalpa namely Roghi village 5 km, Kothi village - Chadrika devi temple 5 km and suicide point 4 km takes away the most of the day. The adventure loving tourist has the option of trekking 3 km to Chakha right up to glacier by following the path by the water channel perpendicular to Roghi road. Not to be missed event is the evening sunset - the sun calls it a day by caressing the Himalayan peaks and splashing it in blushing pink.
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This video was shot while on second leg of trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, in the State of Uttaranchal, India. This was my third trek in this region. Never seen so much snow enroute in my earlier treks. The landscape between Ramwada and Kedarnath is breath taking. The meandering river Mandakini flowing through the crevices of melting snow add a spectacular sight with the back drop of Himalayas. Feel like going there again and again! This trek was a part of my Char Dham Yatra, the details of which can be read from my blog: http://trekline.blogspot.in/2012/01/char-dham-yatra-in-garhwal-himalayas.html
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Himachal Pradesh 2014 Memories – Vid 26 On 4th May at 1 pm we reached Kibber and checked in at hotel Tashi Zom - the first hotel we encountered. Being early summer no piped water was expected in washrooms. The place being about half a km from village, a lovely panoramic view of the same is worth savoring. Just opposite hotel, beyond the road, the vast stretch of barren tract consists of Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary. A distant view of a group of Ibexes poking into mud was a rewarding experience. The morning of day after, when my travel mate Sachin Vaidya left for a walk through Sanctuary accompanied by a guide, I had a walk through the Kibber village. Most of the footages are resultant of this trip. The first signage I encountered was Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana – a road from Chicham to Kibber .We passed by a beautiful looking Norling guest house which looked deserted. The early morning visuals were mostly villagers on way to agri-plots accompanied by Yaks. Some had cows and calves in tow. Climbing higher, the Kibber Gompa and Chorten seemed to break the monotony of almost identical looking houses. The Norling Homestay was another beautiful looking building offering alternative accommodation. Retracing downhill midway through the slope, a large compound housing Secondary school building was humming with activity. Small group of students seated in sun soaked open compound near a blackboard and chair, waited for their teachers to arrive. The writing on board was indicative of a study of English with their meaning in Hindi. The chemistry class had its share of Formulae covering the entire black board. With teachers arriving, it was an open air school. Students mostly comprised of girls with a sprinkling of boys. ‘Where have the boys gone?’ with this query in my mind, I retraced to my hotel room waiting Sachin to return from his walk though sanctuary. A few frames clicked by Sachin finds place in the video.
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Himachal Pradesh 2014 Memories -- Vid 5 On morning of 28th April, starting from Narkanda ( 8,884') we began 188 km drive to Kalpa ( 9,711') -- the destination we missed visiting in June 2013 because of extensive damages to the roads in Kinnaur district. Barely travelling for 15 minutes, we were glad to take break for savoring the awesome Himalayan ranges which looked even better than what we have seen from Hotel Hatu earlier. The car passing through a mini-tunnel nearing Jeuri breaks the monotony of traversing for 3 hours through otherwise listless landscapes save for Sutlej river flowing deep down the valley. Beyond Rampur, NH 22 passing through Wangtoo, Tapri and Karcham, the mud -- stone track generated a lot of dust and made the going uncomfortable and slow. After the extensive damages to the highway in these areas last year, the road is made travel worthy but till the asphalting is done, the journey will not be smooth. The Nathpa Jhakri hydroelectric power station and the dam on Sutlej river looks awesome from the highway. Further on, Shongtong -- Karcham Hydro project work is on for widening the road with bull dozers on the wayside. By late afternoon, nearing Rekong Peo (7,513') the topography changes dramatically. The hills with dense green cover of pine trees and snow clad mountains in backdrop and the smooth asphalted roads make us realize that this journey is worthwhile going through. Rekong Peo bazaar looked like any other bazaar in hills but being district head quarter of Kinnaur, has more shops and variety of items for shopping. A 3 km drive and we have a break near Kothi Chandika Devi Mandir for darshan. The vista looks awesome with lush green paddy field interspaced with flowering apple and Peach trees with backdrop snow decked hills. Nearing Kalpa again it is orchards containing flowering trees of various shades of pink and white, lifts our spirits further. We arrived at our destination The GrandShangrila in Roghi road, with still an hour left for sunset. Will we get to see the famed sunset scene over Kinner Kailash range? If Himachal Pradesh 2014 travel story through this video series interests you and you would like to keep updated for future videos on journey through Himachal, do subscribe to channel 'Alumnitrek'.
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Himachal Pradesh 2014 Memories – Vid 20 On 2nd May retracing from Pin valley we took the 32 km road journey to Kaza ( 11,980’ ) having gained a day by not getting proper accommodation at Sagnam. At the entry to Kaza town the Hotel Snow Lion had just opened for business for the season We got a room with a balcony overlooking practically everything one could expect to see at Kaza. The New Sakya Monastery bang in front, the Hindu temple at a higher elevation and the entire town with houses and internal roads. On top of it snow splattered hills as a backdrop complete the scenario. One is capable of covering the small town on feet by taking the narrow mud tracks leading to wider roads. The market area has shops selling every commodity one could think of especially the winter clothing. The gorgeous looking Sakya monastery is opened for tourists on request. A small trek up the hill takes one to the Hindu temple. Staying here for couple of days gives an opportunity to reach the higher reaches to villages of Langza ( 14,520’ ). The snow blocked roads prevented us from going beyond Langza towards Comic and Hikkim. The Kaza town is surrounded by some extra ordinary landscapes with Spiti valley coming to life by snow melt flowing in form of Spiti river in early summer.
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Located North of Columbus, the zoo has a huge collection of animals and birds spread over a large area attracting tourists and local residents. The added attraction is amusement through boat journey passing by pirate island with water cannons blazing all around and some high decibel sound effect. Adjoining the zoo is a games park which is a sure attraction for family and kids. The video will give a fairly good idea as what to expect for tourists planning to visit the venue.
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Located in the picturesque sandstone region of South Eastern Ohio, Hocking Hills State Park is one of the most scenic areas in the state. This video gives a glimpse of a hike through the region covering Upper Falls, Oldman’s Cave and Cedar Falls showing the nature of trail and scenic views.
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Himachal Pradesh 2014 Memories – Vid 27 After wondering through Spiti Valley for past few days, on morning of 6th May we left behind Kaza and commenced our return journey with a night halt planned at Nako ( 11,800’) located in Kinnaur valley at a distance of 110 km. We passed through Tabo, where we spent a night on our onward journey. Around 4 pm, nearing Nako, we were alongside ploughed potato fields covering most of the open space. Rest of the drive was squeezing through narrow mud tracks around the lake in search for hotel. Lake View hotel right over the bank of the lake had some vacant rooms, where we took our shelter. The evening was spent in covering some portion of lake walking on cement track. The astounding view of lake with Nako village in mid-ground and the backdrop of snow clad hills will be any landscape photographer’s delight. The chilly winds blowing across did not deter us from visiting the extreme northern end of the village where 11th century Nako Monastic compound is located consisting of Monastery, Buddhist temples, chortens and prayer wheels. Next morning was a walk through village behind the hotel by taking narrow stone-cobbled roads. The village has a prominent looking Buddhist temple, single storied houses with enclosures for horses, cattle and sheep. The walk through lake periphery in morning light showed the submerged weeds along the edge of the lake. Lone villager was trying his luck in fishing using his simple device and appeared to be rewarded in catching small sized fishes.
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First glimpse of 'God’s Own Country' can be had from aircraft flying over seacoast of Kerala, Peryar river and finally over eye-soothing landscape during landing at Kochi airport.
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Leaving Sonamarg behind and climbing higher elevation for around 9 km, in early summer one encounters snow piled up on both sides of the road. At elevation of 11,576', at Zoji-la pass vehicles invariably take a break for the tourists to spend some time amidst the snow-filled mountains. In winter the pass closes because of excessive snow-fall and around mid-April BRO clear the pass for the road traffic from Srinagar to Leh along Highway 1D to resume. My travel story on the journey from Sonamarg to Kargil including Zoji-la can be accessed by taking the following link: http://trekline.blogspot.in/2012/08/sonamarg-to-kargil-road-journey.html
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The prime attraction of Sarahan - a Himalayan destination in Himachal Pradesh is Bhimkali temple. A large courtyard consisting of lodging facilities for tourists, a restaurant and the main temple on top floor of the multi -storied complex. Yatris have to wear a cap and keep all their belongings like purse, camera, cell-phone in lockers provided by temple authorities before entering the main temple. Read my travel blog on Sarahan by taking the following link: http://trekline.blogspot.in/2013/11/first-lap-of-maiden-himachal-tour.html
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In early summer, on the way to Badrinath, one comes across Vishnuprayag and some giant snow mass in process of melting. The yatris take a break and have some good time. The visual from a running bus is also interesting. .
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The drive goes through Dochula – a mountain pass at 10,300’ with a cluster of 108 Chortens being of prime tourist attraction. The place gives a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks in clear weather. The tourists take a coffee break and snack up in cold weather at Druk Wanghyal Restaurant. A climb to Druk Wanghyal Lakhang monastery is rewarding in getting a bird’s eye view of Dochula. Arriving at fringes of Punakha the river meandering in Punakha valley looks magnificent. A break at picturesque Lobesa village for meals amidst scenic surroundings is enjoyable.
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The best location for a good view of Niagara Falls from New York side would be Prospect Point Observation Tower. The American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are very close where as a portion of Horseshoe falls can be seen at a distance. The Maid of Mist Cruise starting point is below the tower and Hornblower Boat Cruise opposite on Canadian side. Bottom of Niagara Gorge is accessed by taking elevator down from tower. Tourists take a walk up towards Crow’s Nest to be closest to American falls. The Luna Island located between American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls can be seen clearly whereas Terrapin point on Goat island is a distant view. The Pay Binocular located near the edge of Tower is a plus.
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Tunganath at the elevation of 12,500' is a 4 km trek from Chopta ( 40 km from Ukhimath ) in Uttaranchal State of India. The Himalayan panorama is awesome from this place. My detailed blog on Tunganath for info can be read by accessing the following link http://trekline.blogspot.in/2011/10/chopta-to-tunganath-trek-garhwal.html
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Bhutan’s lone international Airport is at Paro where tourists arrive by Drukair flights. The city boasts of captivating Paro Dzong with festivities in month of March bringing into focus the traditional music and dances enacted in presence of local and tourists ( that will be part of another video ). The Bhutan’s National Museum is located at Paro which is a must see for all albeit without any photo shooting being allowed inside. The Paro valley view from Museum location is magnificent. On Paro main street one has wide choice of Hotels, restaurants, curio shops and commercial establishments. During Paro festivities it is worthwhile shopping at a make-shift stalls located on a ground below Paro Dzong.
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Barely located 65 km from Bhubaneswar - an hour and half drive, Mangalajodi Wetland is a vast tract at the northern tip of Chilika lake, Tangi block of Khurda district in state of Odisha. It is covered with abundant aquatic vegetation attracting a large number of migratory and local birds. The view of vast wetlands can be had from a Watch Tower located near the jetty. A walk from road below the watch tower , cutting through the water-body gives a good idea of the place. The wetland jetty is located 3 km from Mangalajodi village, from where tourists take the canopied fishing boats available on hire and have a close view of large number of birds. Being an Eco Tourism area, with primary objective of protecting and sustaining the large number of bird species; the local villagers play a huge role work ing as boatman or guide for the benefit of tourists in identifying the bird species. The best time to see the largest number of birds is December and January. The Gotwit Eco Cottages and Mangalajodi Eco Cottages located in Mangalajodi village serve the tourists for their stay and food. This video merely gives the topography of the Wetland area. The next video covers the boat ride through the Wetland.
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Munshiyari is a cosy little town in Kumaon with a grand view of Panchchuli range of Himalayas. There are a number of sight seeing places around including Tr9ibal Museum, Kalamuni temple and Nandadevi temple. My travel story on Munsiyari cn be accessed by taking the following link: http://trekline.blogspot.in/2011/12/munsiyari-multifaceted-destination-on.html
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A 5 km lively trek from Sonamarg town to Thajiwas Glacier on an easy gradient takes one to the foothill of the snow-clad mountain with amazing scenic view. My travel story of Sonamarg including Thajiwas trek can be read for relevant information from the following blog link http://trekline.blogspot.in/2012/08/sonamarg-natures-bounty-unlimited.html
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Kumaon Himalayas destinations covered are Munsiyari, Binsar, Birthi, Patal Bhuvaneshwar, Chaukori, Sat-tal and Bhim-tal. Sight seeing places around Munsiyari and Binsar which also finds place in this video, warrant a stay there for at least two days. More details and info on Kumaon destinations can be had from my blog http://trekline.blogspot.in/p/kumaon.html
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The video Coverage: 1. Buddha Dordenma Statue – Buddha Point 2. Nationl Memorial Chorten 3. Bhutan Takin Preserve 4. Thimphu Institute of Zorig Chusum 5. Tashichho Dzong 6. Centenary Farmers Market 7. Handicraft Market Audio Acknowledgement: Amazing Grace by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/
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The most popular sight-seeing spots in Gulmarg would be Kongdori 3050 m and Afarwat 4200 m by taking the Gondola Cable Trolley ride. This video shows the beginning at Gulmarg ticket counter to the final destination including the views from the trolley. My travel story on Gulmarg visit can be accessed for info as per foll. link http://trekline.blogspot.in/2012/07/gulmarg-gondolas-glaciers-and.html
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Himachal Pradesh 2014 Memories – Vid 12 Traversing through Himalayas in best of climatic conditions does not necessarily guarantee obstacle free roads. This we realized on morning of 30th April after leaving behind Kalpa, on a bright sunlit day and barely into an hour drive after passing through Poari and some distance before Akpa. Boulders disengaging from hill slopes, falling and scattering on to the road, halted the traffic at both ends. A good half an hour wait was utilized in watching the bulldozer scooping the boulders and discarding them at the edge of road, allowing it to roll deep down the gorge and landing next to the Sutlej river. Afternoon saw us taking a break at the confluence of rivers Sutlej and Spiti at Khab, with snow peaks bringing up the backdrop. Though we were still in Kinnaur region, the topography changed from green covered hills to rugged bare one’s, still beautiful in their own way. Late afternoon, having reached an altitude of 12,000’, we had yet another break near the potato fields of Nako ( we planned to visit Nako lake in return trip ). Giant potatoes grown here sometimes weigh up to 1 kg. By evening we had the pleasure of sight-seeing at Gue village. Here Tibetan Monk Mummy encased in glass case is placed in a small concrete structure behind closed doors. While entering the village, on request, villager provide with the key and also accompany the tourists and stay put till they are finished with their sight-seeing. We reached our final destination Tabo in Spiti valley in evening and located hotel Dewachen Retreat – the only one which seemed to be open for business and settled down before the sun called it a day. If Himachal Pradesh 2014 travel story through this video series interests you and you would like to keep updated for future videos on journey through Himachal, do subscribe to channel ‘Explore Indian Himalayas’.
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From 14th to 19th June 2013, we were holed up at Rakcham, Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh because of inclement weather, rock slide along the road and a section of road collapsing between Rakcham and Karcham. Our itinerary went for a toss. Tried my best to capture the essence of this beautiful place with as many aspects as possible. The viewers requiring more info may take the link to my blog: http://trekline.blogspot.in/2013/07/rollicking-rakcham-charming-chitkul.html
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Niagara Falls consists of American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls & Horseshoe Falls with Luna Island and Goat Island separating them. From Ontario side the best place to see all the three falls would be from Niagara promenade. We started our journey from Oakvile and reached the Niagara city parking lot close to I Max in less than an hour. The views are recorded from Skylon base, the bridge on top of road leading to Niagara promenade and from various locations on Promenade. Post lunch recordings are from Maid of the Mist ( Hornblower ) top deck. The other locations on Ontario side for tourists to see the Niagara Falls are from Skylon Tower, Casino Tower, Sheraton on the Falls and Skywheel. On American side portions of Niagara falls can be seen from Luna Island, Goat Island, Prospect Point Observation Tower and Cave of the winds. Tourists from both the countries can see all the three falls from close proximity is by taking the Maid of the Mist cruise ( actually it is called Hornblower Cruise from Canada side) through Niagara river which forms the boundary between Canada and USA. NO COLOR ENHANCEMENT HAS BEEN DONE FOR THIS VIDEO.
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Himachal Pradesh 2014 Memories -- Vid 2 Tourists visiting Himchal Pradesh and passing through Shimla may not always like to stay in this typically crowded and noisy town and lose much of the charm of staying at an Himalayan destination to unwind in a calm and serene atmosphere. Such a possibility exists at a distance of 60 km from Shimla - a two hours drive to Narkanda. In winter the famed Kurfi used for skiing is 48 km from there. The view of Himalayan panorama from Narkanda is worthwhile savoring. The bird's view of apple orchards and distant villages and walk through the cemented foot tracks through the local habitations is invigorating. A 6 km drive to Hatu peak at the highest altitude ( 10,0890' ) as snow splattered table land in early summer is soothing to the eyes. With the, Himalayan panorama unfolding in its pristine glory and a darshan at Hatu Mata temple will be tourist attraction. The first part of the video is shot from HPTDC Hatu Hotel and the second part is from Hatu peak. If Himachal Pradesh 2014 travel story through this video series interests you and you would like to keep updated for next video on journey through Himachal, do subscribe to channel 'Explore Indian Himalayas'.
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Visitors to Niagara falls from New York side will be able to see all the three falls in a frontal view at close proximity and also get a soaking experience while the boat passes through misty zone of Horseshoe falls. The properties on Canada side mostly top not hotels and Skylon tower are also seen from boat. Overall an exciting cruise which no tourist to Niagara NY will miss.
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Gerar Goludevta Mandir is located outside the Binsar sanctuary in the forested area surrounded by alpine trees. Local people visit the temple to offer puja and make a wish to be fulfilled and tie a bell or a flag tied in various places in temple compound. My travel story on Binsar can be accessed by taking the following link: http://trekline.blogspot.in/2011/12/binsar-multi-dimensional-destination-on.html
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Located South – West of Oakville, the Lake Ontario with its vast expanse of water lapping the shore in waves with rhythmic roar is akin to a seashore which one would expect to find. The tourists and local inhabitants in equal measure have a fun and frolic on the shore. The Bronte Harbor located on the lake is fascinating site for viewing the luxury yachts / boats anchored with people on board relaxing in their own style. The water sports enthusiasts have a measure of thrill and adventure riding on speed boats criss crossing the lake waters. The lakeside trail is favored by dog owners with their pets on tight leash and casual walkers to amble along. The garden adjoining the lake is enlivened by a few groups sitting and having a lunch party in cool comfort of shaded areas.
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One of the attraction of Pahalgam is white water rafting over river Lidder a few km away from the town.
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Sarahan is a small town in Himachal Pradesh nestling in the lap of Himalayas at an altitude of 7,500'. The most important sightseeing place is Bhimakali temple situated in a large compound. The Maharaja's palace is situated in a sylvan surrounding of apple orchard and green lawn. Hotel rooms offer the Himalayan panorama including famous Srikhand peak. Read my blog on Sarahan by taking the following link: http://trekline.blogspot.in/2013/11/first-lap-of-maiden-himachal-tour.html
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Himachal Pradesh 2014 Memories -- Vid 1 Some minutes before noon of 27th April on a bright sunlit day. saw us at Chandigarh airport, auguring well for our journey through Himachal Pradesh. Our first destination of Narkanda (8,935') was a 6 hours drive through NH22. Hoping to catch the sunset scene at Hatu peak & Hatu Mata Temple ( 10,890') as per the sight-seeing program, we dumped our luggage at HPTDC Hatu and were on 6 km uphill drive amidst the pine trees on a asphalt path amidst the forested area partly obscuring the sunlight. With orange hues of a setting sun filtering through the pine trees, we were racing against time to catch the sunset at the peak. The late unseasonal snowfall rendering the path at many places snow-white on hill slopes with snow-melt flowing on the road made the going slow. We were in nick of time to catch the final rays of sun giving the Hatu temple top the golden glow. Some minutes on top, walking to the temple and darshan of the deity, we scurried back to the car for downward journey with dusk settling in. If Himachal Pradesh travel story through this video series interests you and you would like to keep updated for next video on journey through Himachal do subscribe to channel 'Explore Indian Himalayas'.
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Badrinath is a holy place situated in Uttarakhand, India. It is the most important shrine in Char Dham Yatra in Garhwal Himalayas. The place being accessible by road, May to October see a large number of devouts and tourists visiting the shrine. Present video shows the topography of the place from opposite bank of river Alaknanada after trekking a short distance. My blog on Badrinath as a part of Char Dham Yatra can be read by taking the following link: http://trekline.blogspot.in/2012/01/char-dham-yatra-in-garhwal-himalayas.html
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Tsechu are annual religious Bhutanese festivals held in each districts of Bhutan. Paro Tsechu is one of the biggest such festivals where the local Bhutanese and tourists from different countries witness the four days program of traditional Bhutanese Cham Dance – a lively masked and costumed dance associated with some sects of Tibetan Buddhism. The performers and religious heads walk from nearby Paro Dzong to venue before the program. This year the festival was held at Paro between 19th to 23rd March.
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Leh – Nubra Cicuit is very popular with tourists visiting Ladakh. The drive takes one through 18,380’ Khardungla – the highest motorabe pass in the world. In early summer when the pass opens for tourist traffic the snow views around the pass is stupendous. A detour at Khalsar gives tourists opportunity to visit Sumur and Panamic. The last part of the drive is through cold desert regions of Nubra valley namely Diskit and Hunder. Diskit has a spectacular seven storied monastery building and Monastic school near the highway. At Hunder sand dunes, double humped Bactrian Camel ride is popular with tourists. A night halt is made at picturesque Hunder village which has a number of guest houses and tented accommodations.
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Himachal Pradesh 2014 Memories -- Vid 6 On 28th evening, still some time to go for sunset, it was worthwhile mounting the Handycam on tripod and placing it on the verandah of the hotel room overlooking the snow clad mountains. On a near cloud free evening sky, mountains Kinnaur Kailash ( 21,325' ), Jorkanden ( 21,242' ) and Raldang ( 18,042' ) looked very imposing. Besides the massive Himalayan peaks, the much revered and of significance is Shivling - a stone formation about 70' in height but visible to naked eye as a small entity. The high zooming and focusing at Shivling makes the visual lose its clarity. With sunset approaching, the Kinner Kailash & Jorkanden bathed in light pink hue became more color saturated as the time wore on. The spectacle lasted barely for 6 minutes and results were immensely satisfactory. Enthused, it was time to plan for the next morning's sunrise view from same position. THIS VIDEO HAS NOT BEEN ENHANCED FOR COLOR.
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Madmaheshwar is one of the Panch kedar in the Garhwal Himalayas. The 18 km Madmaheshwar trek is completed in two days. The video shows various destinations enroute on day one. The trek was started at 1 km ahead of Uniana passing through Ranshi and Gaundar. The night halt was taken at Bantoli after about 9 km of trek. My travel story on Madmaheshwar Yatra can be accessed by taking the following link: http://trekline.blogspot.in/2012/01/madmaheshwar-yatra-in-garhwal-himalayas.html
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A 3 km drive from Munsiyari leaves one at the entrance of the Nandadevi temple area. The well spread Bhugyal, the small but colourful temple with the back drop of Panchchuli range of Himalayas is a must visit for tourists. My travel story on Munsiyari can be accessed by taking the following link: http://trekline.blogspot.in/2011/12/munsiyari-multifaceted-destination-on.html
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A 5 km trek from Mana village in Badrinath through stone cobbled path and fording a few streams is a lively experience. The Vasudhara falls and glacier in foreground with snow covered Himalayan peaks around makes a fascinating place to be in. More details on Vasudhara Falls trek can be had from my travel blog http://trekline.blogspot.in/2011/09/trek-to-vasudhara-falls-badrinath.html
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Himachal Pradesh 2014 Memories – Vid 13 Evening of 30th April saw us at Tabo – our first destination in Spiti valley. We were the first customers of the season at Hotel Dewachen Retreat – the only shelter open in the town. Next morning we were awakened by sparrows continuously chattering away on trees in the compound. A cup of tea in hand standing at the balcony and savoring the rugged beauty of the place with backdrops of snow-capped hills is perhaps the best way to begin the day. Breakfast done, a small walk and we get a look at the famed oldest functioning monastery, Buddhist temples and Chortens ( stupas ). A trek on the hill takes one to a few caves, which were built as a resting place for monks. The bird’s view of the town looks spectacular from there. A walk to the local village is an eye opener. The single storied cottages with hays stacked on roof make it a thriving place for innumerable sparrows. The typical village activities can be witnessed at leisure. A lone villager was collecting clay-soil in plastic bags as a part of daily chore for the Greenhouse, nurturing flower saplings, spinach and other tiny leafy plants. With the advent of summer, the agri-plots were showing a lot of activities like digging, shoveling and preparing the soil to make it cultivable. The lone apple tree, totally covered with pink colored buds and some blossoming as white flowers, looks grand against the deep blue sky. On return trip, it is worthwhile watching children frolicking on roadside and make best use of their simple toys. If Himachal Pradesh 2014 travel story through this video series interests you and you would like to keep updated for future videos on the journey, do subscribe to channel ‘Explore Indian Himalayas’.
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Birthi Falls is located 31 km from Munsiyari is an important sight seeing place. My travel story on Munsiyari and nearby sightseeing places can be accessed by taking the following link: http://trekline.blogspot.in/2011/12/munsiyari-multifaceted-destination-on.html
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Traveling from Chandigarh to Shimla by car, the first sightseeing place, nearing Shimla, happens to be Sri Sankatmochan Hanuman Mandir. Apart from visiting the temples in the complex, the view of Shimla township looks fabulous. My travel blog on Shimla can be accessed by taking the following link: http://trekline.blogspot.in/2013/11/first-lap-of-maiden-himachal-tour.html
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