Sunday, 29 December 2013
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Friday, 12 April 2013
The story behind the festival began when the ninth Sikh guru, Guru Teg Bahadur was beheaded by Aurangzeb when the guru stood for the rights of Hindus and Sikhs against the Mughal ruler who wanted to spread Islam in India and convert the rest of the religions to Islam.
Baisakhi also earmarks the time for harvesting of Rabi i.e winter crops and is therefore a significant time for the farmers.The state of Punjab and Haryana which are richer agriculturally, thus have a significant impact of Baisakhi as compared to the rest of the nation. The farmers thank the god for the good cropping and visit temples and gurudwaras to express gratitude and ask for blessings for the year to come.
Sunday, 24 March 2013
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Uttarakhand and Trekking
When it comes to one of the most alpine meadows in Uttarakhand, Bedni Bugyal runs away with the show.The place is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at a height of 3350 metres above sea level.The trek consists of lush green grass meadows, coniferous forests and steep climb ways.
How to reach Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal:
Best Season :
May to November
Deoria Tal is a treasure of nature gifted to Uttarakhand with a non comparative beauty.The place is located at a height of 3200 metres and has a tendency to captivate anyone with its mesmerizing beauty level.The story behind the place is referred where the Pandavas were asked questions by the Yaksha before having water.The lake has a surrounding of soothing fields and is set magnificently in the lap of peaks.
How to reach Deoria Tal:
Easy to Moderate
Round the year
Alright, now we come to a trek which is very famous and well known amongst the tourist/trekkers.There are enormous delights most of which are unexpected. With every moving step, the scenery which is already so magnificent unfolds itself.
How to reach Gangotri:
Moderate with weather unpredictable
Feb to November
Har ki Doon is located in the west part of Garhwal at an altitude of 3566 meters between dense forests and peaks.There is enormous flora and fauna on the way to the trek and is a paradise for bird watching and wild life lovers.
How to reach Har Ki Doon:
Best Season :
March - June & Sept - Mid Nov
Pindari is located at a height of 3820m in Bageshwar district. The Pindari glacier is well connected to the southwestern slope of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.The major peaks which lie near this glacier are Nandakot (6880m),Pawalidwar (6663m), Nandakhat (6611m), and changuch (6322m) and Baljuri (5922m). It is one of the most accessible glaciers in the Kumaon region.The glacier has a total length of 3 Km and is approximately 0.25 km broad.
How to reach Pindari Glacier and Kafni Glacier:
April to November.
Milam Glacier is 27 km long and it is considered the biggest glacier in the Kumaon region.Milam village, lying very close to this glacier, is one of the highest villages found in the Himalayan range which is located on the old trade route to Tibet. Munsiyari,apart from being the starting point for Milam Glacier, is the base point for some other glaciers also among which Namik, Lilam, Poting, and Ralam Glaciers are common. The main peaks found in this region include Kalabulanddhura (6215m)Burphudhura (6215m) and Hardeol (7151m).
How to reach Milam Glacier:
May-June and September-October.
The valley of Flowers spreads over an area of 85.80 sq km and it is known for its large collection of wild flowers species. A large variety of flowers grow in this region including some ferns & Himalayan herbs. It is home to over 300 species of wild flowers. The valley is associated to the Ramayana and it is said that Hanuman Ji came here to collect Sanjeevani booti herb to revive Lakshman. The Pushpawati river adds to the beauty of the peak with the towering Rataban Peak in the background . The valley offers a once in a lifetime experience to those who are fond of nature. The Valley of Flowers was found by Frank S. Smythe who was a mountaineer, explorer and a botanist.He camped here for several weeks in the monsoon of 1937 and carried out his exploratory work. He then authored a book known as “The Valley of Flowers” which brought out to the world the beauty which it contained.
June-October is the best season to view this panoramic beauty .For the remaning part of the year the valley is snow covered and difficult to visit.
Roopkund is a mysterious lake at the altitude of 4450m in the interior of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The lake is shallow having a depth of about 2 meters the edge of which is covered with snow for most part of the year. When this snow melts,skeletal remains of humans are visible some of which have flesh attached. Some believe that these remains are of the 300 people who died some 600 years ago. Others believe that they are the General Zorawar’s Soldiers who died in an attempt to conquer Tibet.
Best time to visit
The meaning of ‘Sunderdhunga’ is the valley having beautiful stones. The Sunderdhunga Valley is located to the west side of Pindari valley.
How to reach Sunderdhunga:
The route to Sunderdhunga till Khati is the same as is the trek route to Pindari and Kafni i.e one needs to drive from Kathgodam till Loharkhet from where the trekking begins.The trek leads to Khati which is the biggest village found on the trek to Pindari-Kafni glacier/Sunderdhunga.More than half of this journey passes through thick alpine forests.The two routes that follow lead to two viewpoints-Maiktoli top and Sukhram cave.
Best time to visit:
Dodi Tal is situated in north of Uttarkashi at an elevation of 3024m and is surrounded by dense woods of Pine, Deodar, Oak and Rhododendrons. Rare fishes,including the Himalayan Golden Trout can be found in this crystal clear lake.
How to reach Dodi Tal:
Easy to moderate.
April to November.
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Saturday, 2 February 2013
Tourism is the largest service industry globally in terms of gross revenue as well as foreign exchange earnings.
Uttarakhand holds fame for spiritual tourism due to famous shrines at Rishikesh and Haridwar as cities while the Char Dhams (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath) in the divine lap of mountains.There are vast forest areas consisting of famous wildlife sanctuaries while hills of the state preserve many hill stations.
The state has been given the name of Dev Bhoomi or the land of Gods due to the historical background which depicts various traditional stories of gods and goddesses lived hereby.The Char Dham is the ultimate pilgrim destination for achieving salvation which leads to more and more pilgrims receiving every year.
Hemkund Sahib is also another important pilgrim destination of the state which holds a shrine Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru. Not only Sikhs, there are people from all the religions visiting this holy place every year.
Next favorite is the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra which makes many a pilgrims and tourists breathless and embarks the soul of the pilgrims and tourists with its devotional spirit.
The state is rich in cultural heritage as well and there are innumerable fairs and festivals organized in various villages of Uttarakhand. Every fair has a history associated with it and the traditions are carried on in similar fashion. Tourists can get a firsthand experience of the culture with the recent village tourism concept of Uttarakhand Government.
All these pilgrim centres have a footfall of many foreign tourists looking for an insight of divine places, yoga activities, meditation,etc
All this requires offering of special packages to the tourists and actually giving them for what they are looking for whereby mental freshness and no stress is a must.
There is an unlimited tourism potential in the state and plays a vital role in the economy of the state.What is required is, a creation of efficient, modern and state of art infrastructure. Not only state will be advanced but will also generate huge number of employment opportunities which shall apply brakes on the moving of youth to other advanced cities of the country.
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