Sat Tal Trek, Uttarakhand Bloggers Bus

July 20, 2018 2 comments

Sat Tal Trek

Uttarakhand Bloggers Bus

Also see: Uttarakhand Bloggers Bus FAM

Sat Tal, literally meaning seven lakes, is actually a cluster of small lakes, located in the Bhagariti Valley in Uttarakhand. The 5km long trek starts from Dharali on the Uttarkashi – Gongotri road.

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Panoramic view of the mountains with the fourth lake, Sat Tal, Blogger’s Bus, Uttarakhand

Dharaili (2575 m) is located 20 km before Gangotri and is 3 km north of the popular hill station of Harsil. Contrary to the name the Sat Tal is actually an amalgamation of five small lakes, which remains dry except of the rainy season. In winter the entire area is covered under a mantle of white snow.

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Teen Murti Memorial, Delhi

June 27, 2018 1 comment

Teen Murti Memorial, Delhi

A memorial of Mysore, Jodhpur and Hyderabad soldiers of WWI

See also: Compilation of World War Memorials

The Indian Army during World War I contributed a large number of divisions and independent brigades to the European, Mediterranean and the Middle East theatres of war in World War I. Over one million Indian troops served overseas, of whom 62,000 died and another 67,000 were wounded. In total at least 74,187 Indian soldiers died during the war.

Teen Murti Memorial, Teen Murti Chowk, Delhi

Teen Murti Memorial, Teen Murti Chowk, Delhi

Today numerous memorials of the Indian soldiers in World War I dot the Indian landscape. They consists of well known towering memorials of British soldiers to hidden memorials dedicated to unknown regiments.

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Yamunotri Trek, Uttarkhand Bloggers Bus

June 20, 2018 2 comments

Yamunotri Trek

Uttarakhand Bloggers Bus

Also see: Uttarakhand Bloggers Bus FAM

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Yamunotri Temple, Uttarakhand, Bloggers Bus

“side, side – single line” More than 7000 pilgrims and tourist visit Yamunotri every day along a 5 km long two meter broad walk way and “side, side – single line” is the only instruction that keeps them moving.

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Sisupalgrah, remains of an ancient citadel near Bhubaneswar

June 12, 2018 2 comments

Sisupalgrah

Remains of an ancient citadel near Bhubaneswar

Comparable to Athens, its contemporary, at its prime – archeologists who have worked on Sisupalgarh believe it was the most organised urban centres of ancient India.

Krutika Haraniya, Sishupalgarh: The Lost City, Live History India

Sisupalgarh is a excavated fortified citadel on the south eastern edge of Bhubaneswar. Several archaeological excavations have confirmed that the fortified settlement was continuously inhabited  from the 5th century BCE to the 4th century CE.

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The pillars of Sisupalgarh, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Whats sets Sisupalgarh apart from the other ancient cities of India, or perhaps in the world, is its town planning. Intelligent traffic management, pedestrian-friendly pathways, grand gateways with guard houses, wide roads and a vast open space were some of the key features of the ancient citadel.

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Kuruma, a Buddhist site near Konark

June 6, 2018 7 comments

Kuruma

A Buddhist archaeological site near Konark Sun Temple

Come summer thousand of Bengali tourists will be packing their backs and heading for their favorite holiday destination of Puri. Many of them will also make a day trip to the nearby Konark Sun Temple.

Kuruma, Buddhist Archaeological Site, near Konakr Sun Temple, Odisha

Kuruma, Buddhist Archaeological Site, near Konakr Sun Temple, Odisha

But unknown to many the trip to the Konark Sun Temple an be clubbed with the visit to the nearby Buddhist Archaeological site of Kuruma. Just 7 km away on the Konark-Kakatpur (Google Map) road is the site where once flourished the Buddhist monastery.

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Uttarakhand Tourism Blogger’s Bus

May 31, 2018 7 comments

Uttarakhand Tourism Blogger’s Bus

A tour of Rishikesh, Yumanotri, Harshil, Sat Tal and Rauthal

Blogger’s Bus, a concept of Uttarakhand Tourism, is a 5 day (15 May – 21 May 2018) bus trip of selected travel bloggers. The trip would take the bloggers across the state of Uttarakhand introducing them to the known and unknown tourist destinations of the state.

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Bloggers of Gongotri and Yamunotri Blogger’s Bus, Uttarakhand

The first ever Blogger’s Bus focused on the Gongotri and Yuamunotri two of the Char Dhams (the other two are Kedar and Badri) but also included a few lesser known hamlets, villages and even a small trek.

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Calcutta Bungalow – Heritage Bed & Breakfast, an initiative of Calcutta Walks

May 10, 2018 10 comments

Calcutta Bungalow – Heritage Bed & Breakfast

An initiative of Calcutta Walks

It was probably in 2007 I met Iftekhar Ahsan (Ifte) for the first time. He had just launched Calcutta Walks, a walking tour company aimed at exploring the city. Calcutta was not new to walking tours and I was personally introduced to the concept of walking tour almost a decade before the meet.

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Welcome to Calcutta Bungalow, Heritage Bed & Breakfast (the logo has been superimposed by photo editing software)

It was in 1999 when renowned conservation architects Debasis Nayak and Akhil Ranjan Sarkar first introduced me to the world of walking tours. At that time I was doing my Masters of Business Management (MBM) from Calcutta University and thoroughly enjoyed the early morning training session through the lanes and by-lanes of Sovabazar area of north Calcutta.

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