Coldest and Longest Night of Sarchu

It was not our choice to stop at an elevation of over 14,500 ft between the Himalayan mountain passes of BARALACHA LA and LACHLUNG LA. Sarchu was so cold as it was talking to us and saying “Boss aa to gye ho lets check your Aukat (fitness) and endurance”. Many people return to Manali and end their dream of completing the dream journey of Manali to Leh on a bike or by Car. People showing weakness due to mountain sickness, Fever and many more.




After a long trip from Manali (around 8 to 9 hrs), we made a stoppage at Sarchu for one night at Garjha Hill Sight Trekking & Camping camp. They give us a spotless room and worthy administration. nourishment quality was great and staff conduct additionally great. In evenings this is extremely icy and in these conditions, they offered us hot water. The encompassing both inside and outside was appealing and looked after cleanliness.
The camp is located right in the heart of Sarchu. The campsite is close to the highway for easy accessibility.




We reached Sarchu around 8 pm it was already late and very dark we couldn’t see the camps assigned to us. Chilly wind of Himalayan range on our face laughing maybe your journey stop here. As my 2both friends got the symptom of mountain sickness and they started to talk let’s survive this night and if the symptoms continue we will head back to Manali.




It’s not that we are not the strong fact is temperature here averages 0.1 °C. In a year, the average rainfall is 323 mm. which can break anyone sprit for sure. Somehow we said goodnight to all and slept and in the morning saw the Sarchu and its beauty gave us the strength to move forward. Friends were in much better condition after a good sound sleep and we started our journey to Leh leaving behind few groups who stopped at Sarchu and Now returning to Manali.




Sarchu (otherwise called Sir Bhum Chun) is a noteworthy endpoint with rose settlement in the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali Highway, on the limit between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir) in India. It is arranged between Baralacha La toward the south and Lachulung La toward the north, at a height of 4,290 m (14,070 ft).




The best time to visit Sarchu leh ladakh, is between May and September, as it functions as the starting point for treks to ZANSKAR in LADAKH. The summers in Sarchu are hot and are generally avoided by the tourists. The month of April marks the start of summer season and it lasts until July. Sarchu temperature ranges between 4°C to 25°C during these months.




Hope you enjoy the stay in Sarchu but in my opinion its one of the places I would like to stay few night and enjoy chilly nights. Cheers !!

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Rohtang Pass





At a rise of 13,054 ft, Rohtang Pass fills in as the entryway to Lahaul and Spiti valleys in Himachal Pradesh. Around 53 km from Manali, it interfaces Kullu valley with Lahaul and Spiti which thusly give access to Leh. Other than Lahaul and Spiti, Rohtang Pass likewise fills in as the passage to Pangi and the valley of Leh. Like the Zojila Pass, Rohtang likewise fills in as the portal to Ladakh.



Known for its grand magnificence, Rohtang Pass holds vital significance for India. The Pass offers excellent sights of icy masses, tops, Lahaul Valley and the Chandra River. The twin pinnacles of Geypan are additionally unmistakable from Rohtang. The pass is on the watershed between the water bowls of the Chenab River and the Beas River.

The name Rohtang signifies ‘ground of bodies’ because of the number of individuals who lost their lives attempting to cross it. The Rohtang Pass is on the Pir Panjal Mountain Range of the Himalayas. The Rohtang Pass is a characteristic partition of the damp Kullu Valley, which has transcendently Hindu culture and the bone-dry, high height Lahaul and Spiti Valleys which basically has Buddhists.



Rohtang stays open from June to October. Be that as it may, trekkers do set out toward the pass even before it opens for vehicular activity. Rohtang Pass figures high on schedules of sightseers going by Manali, Kullu, Leh and close-by territories. The street remains to stick pressed and delays are unavoidable. Other than touring, visitors can likewise appreciate sledge rides and skiing. Ski equipment’s and sledges are accessible on a lease.



There are no convenience alternatives in Rohtang Pass unless you bring your own tent and set up camp by the roadside. Manali, which is the nearest enormous town, offers an extensive variety of settlement which incorporates extravagance resorts, riverside bungalows, select lodgings and 3-star spending properties. Manali additionally offers homestays which are a decent alternative to appreciate the nature and culture of local people.

There is no nourishment slows down or diners at Rohtang Pass. You should convey your own particular nourishment while crossing Rohtang Pass.

So folks appreciate the lovely pass and remain safe and continue exploring.


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Manali




To begin with, I would like to take the chance to give you folks knowledge on this wonderful Hillstation Manali. Manali is a high-height Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state.


It has a notoriety for being a hiking focus and special first night goal. Set on the Beas River, it’s an entryway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It’s likewise a bouncing off point for paragliding, boating and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass.

A valley situated in the Kullu region of Himachal Pradesh, Manali overpowers its guests by blooming apple trees and courageous snow secured streets.



Encompassed by great slopes and woody woodlands, the interesting appeal of Manali has caught the world’s consideration and has turned out to be a standout amongst the most went by traveller goals in India. The immaculate River Beas streams directly through the town, making an entrancing and enchanting scene. Settled toward one side of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a well-known slope station with attractions, for example, the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley close-by.

Rohtang Pass is secured with snow consistently and is a decent involvement in itself. This is the perfect place for voyagers hoping to loosen up and restore in the lap of nature, for there is no place in the nation more dynamic and beguiling as Manali.



This town additionally has a large number of choices for travellers searching for bold exercises like trekking, paragliding, skiing, zorbing, wilderness boating and so on. Other than courageous exercises, Manali additionally has a considerable measure of sanctuaries which all voyagers and lovers love to visit including the Raghunath sanctuary and Jagannathi Devi Temple is one of the essential ones.

Hadimba Temple, a fourteenth-century sanctuary is celebrated for its wooden design and for its religious esteem. Manali is additionally utilized as the base town for the Manali-Leh expressway and Leh is around 479 km from here. Lahaul and Spiti area can likewise be gotten to from here amid the summers utilizing a similar thruway.



All roads from this place lead to heaven. when I say its heaven Starting point for drives to Spiti valley and Ladakh. Very beautiful. Snows through most of January and February. Can be visited throughout the year. Can be crowded during peak seasons and the only drawback is that this location is accessible by road only.

So guys keep travelling and keep exploring. Cheers!!!



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Naina Peak (Nainital)



Naina Peak Previously Known As ‘China Peak’

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“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top, & then only you will see how low it was.”

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So, guys, here I am, back again, all set to share this write-up on Naina Peak previously known as China Peak.

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After reaching Nainital, the China Peak was always on my mind just to test the fitness level as the peak is situated at an altitude of 2,615m (8,579 Ft). Tanveer, my friend, stays in Nainital,  so, I visit this place every year and two guys with nothing to do in the beautiful City of Nainital always steal some time to make a day’s outing plan to this peak.

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Since 2008, I have visited  Nainital 7 times and tried this peak for 5 times and successfully reached the top on all 5 times with my dearest friend. The feeling and sense of joy were always different after reaching the top of the peak.

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So today, I would like to share a few words with you guys about this place.

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Before starting, I would like to let you people know that this is the first time I saw snow fall so good in Nainital which made this adventure even more energetic and mesmerising in the lap of nature.

 

I am in Nainital almost every year since 2008 probably during the months of Feb or March. We are smitten by the travel bug & adore it like anything   & that’s why after roaming around India when we are back, we try to observe and see the beautiful Nainital.

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This Peak of Nainital provides a very panoramic birds-eye view of the town. The distance from Tallital is approximately  9 Kms and 6 Kms from Mallital to the top of China Peak. The walk from the town to reach the starting point of the trekking is so beautiful which you people must see with the help of these beautiful images & just imagine what an enchanting place we have been to!

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The road to Naina Peak (China Peak) takes you to the wilderness. The Deodar and Cypress cast a different spell on you giving a bit of spooky feeling. One side of the road is the side of the mountain and another side lays  the deep ditch.

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This time around, because of the snowfall, the road has turned out even more  dangerous and slippery but the same road during the dry season is very nice.

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Whenever you reach the top of the peak you can see the beautiful town of Nainital on one side and the panoramic view of mountains on the Tibet border on the another side. It gives a 270-degree view of the Himalayan mountains range. The best part of this place is that it’s  accessible only by foot, so carrying water and little food while enjoying &  sitting on the top of this peak would not be a bad idea! Mind you, this peak gives a scintillating view of the Nainital town & you have to be there to experience what I am saying now!

We all live in a concrete world these days always looking to find some serenity & this place is very quiet and is indeed bliss for people who love walking & sitting alone or spending some quality time with loved ones.

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What’s more, one can go for long walks, breath fresh air and enjoy the scenic beauty.

If you have some time or looking to rejuvenate yourself, this is the place to visit & recharge your energies!

Until I share my next experience with you people, enjoy the images & enjoy the nature’s beauty!

Cheers!

 

 



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Kalavantin Durg (FORT)



Prabalgad Fort, also known as Muranjan and Pradhangad, is located between Matheran and Panvel in the Indian state of Maharashtra, in the Western Ghats.

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It was built on a plateau very close to Matheran, but unlike Matheran it does not have a good source of water. It was known as Muranjan until it was taken over and renamed by the Maratha forces underShivaji’s rule.

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The fort contains a temple to Ganesh and some stone ruins. Its sister fort is Irshalgad.Right next to Prabalgad, to its north, lies the steep Kalavanti (also known as Kalavantin) Fort. Prabalgad is often confused with Kalavati, but they are two separate forts. It is adjacent to Prabalgad fort. On the Mumbai-Pune express highway, one can take the

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Shedung exit. Shedung is the base village of Prabal and Kalavantin forts. The trek is a 3 hours climb from here. You need to trek up the machi and from the village, on machi there are rock cut steps which lead us to the top of the fort.

Please spare a weekend for this beautiful tracking location. Cheers !!!



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Murud-Janjira (Strongest Marine Fort of India)

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The Murud Janjira

Today I would like to share yet another location I visited 3 4 times in over 10 years. This Place is known as Murud-Janjira. The name Murud is a Konkani word “MOROD” which means Island and Janjira came from Arabic word Jazeera (Strong Fort), Hence the name Murud Janjira.

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The first time I visited this place in rainy season and was only reached up to the fairy point Rajapuri jetty. Rajapuri Jetti is the port town of Murud and located in Arabian Sea coast area. From Pune, this location is roughly 165 KM and from Mumbai as well. It takes roughly 5 to 6 hours to reach this place.

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On my second and third visit was able to reach this place. To reach Murud Jangira we took the ferry ride required reaching the gates of the fort. Now the fort is in very bad shape. But, once upon a time it was in its charm. Not only this is the strongest coastal fort in India Had many palaces, officers quarters, servant quarters and even a court. For praying, even this little fort had a mosque.



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Murud Janjira (Gate)

When I reached the gates of the fort I was amazed one cannot find the gates until you are very close to it. Gate has a small opening. and you can land only in the low tide.It has a small postern gate towards the open sea for escape. Gate is so huge and you can see the seals installed.On the outer wall flanking the main gate, there is a sculpture depicting a tiger-like beast clasping elephants in its claws. These 4 elephants symbolize Shivaji’s major enemy dynasties on which he possessed control – Adil shahi, Qutb Shahi,Mughal shahi and Nizam shahi, whereas the tiger-like beast symbolizes control of Shivaji on these. There are prominent Ashoka Chakras on all major gates of the fort Janjira. There are images of playing elephants, lions, and much more.

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Tiger Seal on the Gate

In the fort which is surrounded by salt water strangely have two freshwater lakes (natural spring). Which is now not in good shape.

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There are huge cannons installed there are especially 3 cannons which attract everyone attention. These cannons are known as Kalalbangdi, Chavri and Landa Kasam. These cannons weigh over 20 tons.

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Huge Gigentic Cannon

 

Now a little bit of the history associated with this fort. The fort was built in the end of 17th century by the Malik Ambar, an Abssynian minister in the service of the Sultan of Ahmednagar, who belonged to the famous Nizamshahi dynasty. This fort is still intact despite facing violent sea tide and strong wind over 300 years. According to all accounts, the sea fort of Janjira could not be conquered by any of the kings ruling the neighboring territories. Surprisingly, not even Shivaji could acquire it despite 13 expeditions to conquer the fort. His son, Sambhaji, tried a unique approach to capturing the fort: digging an underwater tunnel to enter. But he too failed in his attempt. Not to be deterred, Sambhaji constructed another fort just across the bay, called Kansa. Most of the earth that was dug up to build the tunnel was used in the making of this second fort, which was to be the base for future attacks on the sea fort of Janjira. This fort took 22 years to build and is constructed on 22 acres of land.

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This is not the end of this post as I am not capable of writing the strength and history involved in the making of this fort. So guys please visit this place so see this strongest marine fort of India.

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Keep smiling and cheers !!!



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Jalianwala Bagh (जलियांवाला बाग)

Jalianwala Bagh (जलियांवाला बाग)

Jalianwala Bagh (जलियांवाला बाग)

Welcome back to my blog; let me take you to one of the most important historical place that India saw during the struggle for Independence, the Jalianwala Bagh!

After visiting Golden temple, I had some spare time before moving to Atari Border   & I took out some time to visit Jalianwala Bagh. Let me give you some insights about Jalianawala Bagh.

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Jalianwala Bagh is a public garden in Amritsar, Punjab (India), and it is a memorial of national importance. It was established in 1951 by the Government of India to commemorate the massacre of peaceful celebrators including unarmed women and children by British occupying forces on the occasion of the Punjabi New Year on April 13, 1919.

It is said that in this bagh,  during the British rule,  379 innocent people were killed and more than  1000 people injured. But these are just the official figures. Hope you people understand when I say ‘official figures’!

The 6.5-acre (26,000 m2) garden site of the massacre is located in the vicinity of Golden Temple complex, the holiest shrine of Sikhism. Now it is visited by a lot of people and well maintained to showcase the history. This place is located at a walking distance  from the Golden temple.

The main story goes like this; Brigadier General Dyer arrived from Jalandhar Cantonment, and virtually occupied the town as civil administration under Miles Irving, the Deputy Commissioner, had come to the standstill.

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Dyer was convinced of a major insurrection and he banned all meetings; however, this notice was not widely disseminated. That was the day of Baisakhi,  a major  Sikh festival, and many villagers had gathered in the Bagh.

On hearing that a gathering  had assembled at Jalianwala Bagh, Dyer went with fifty Gurkha riflemen to a raised bank and ordered them to shoot at the crowd. Dyer continued the firing for about ten minutes until the ammunition supply was almost exhausted; Dyer stated that 1,650 rounds had been fired, a number which seems to have been derived by counting empty cartridge cases picked up by the troops.

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Jalianwala Bagh (जलियांवाला बाग)

Official British Indian sources gave a figure of 379 identified dead, with approximately 1,100 wounded. The casualty number estimated by the Indian National Congress was more than 1,500, with approximately 1,000 dead.

I have few pictures that show the actual bullets on the wall. I just imagine what would have happened that day! This post is dedicated to people who were  innocently hunted by Gernal Dyre. This was a black day in our history & remembering this give us light and vision to understand what freedom is and at what cost we have achieved it!

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Let me  finish this  post just saying ‘Happy Independence Day’!

Keep smiling and cheers!!!




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Rang Ghar (Rong Ghor)

North-East bestows  beautiful landscapes and is historically important for the Ahom Dynasty.  I am back again with one of  the monument from the present Assam state.

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The rong ghor in Assamese language is located in the Shiv Sagar district of Assam. Rang Ghar is a two-story structure which once served as the royal sports-pavilion where Ahom kings and nobles were spectators of  games such as  buffalo fights and other sports at Rupahi Pathar particularly during the Rongali Bihu festival in the Ahom capital of Rangpur.

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Before understanding the historic importance of this building,  let me take you  down deep in the history of Ahom Dynasty! This structure was built by Pramatta Singha in AD 1744-1750. It is  said to be one of the oldest surviving amphitheaters in Asia, the building was constructed during the reign of Swargadeo.

The Ahom dynasty (1228–1826) ruled the Ahom Kingdom in present-day Assam for nearly 600 years. The dynasty was established by Sukaphaa, a Shan prince of Mong Mao who came to Assam after crossing the Patkai  Mountains.

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The rule of this dynasty ended with the Burmese invasion of Assam and the subsequent annexation by the British East India Company following the Treaty of Yandabo in 1826.

In medieval chronicles, the kings of this dynasty were called Asam Raja, whereas the subjects of the kingdom called them Chaopha (Chao-ruler, Pha-heaven), or as Swargadeo (the equivalent in Assamese) from the 16th century. You can visit my other post Majuli River Islandfor little more information about the religious practices of  Ahom  Dynasty.

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It is 3 km away from the center of the Sivasagar Town &  situated by the side of the Assam Trunk Road; it lies  northeast of the Rangpur Palace, a seven-storied royal complex comprising the Talatal Ghar and the Kareng Ghar.

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This structure is beautifully preserved by the  ASI (Archaeological Survey Of India) and have very eye pleasing green grasses and lots of flowers in the compound. The roof of the Rang Ghar is shaped like an inverted royal Ahom long boat. The base of the monument has a series of arched entrances, while  the roof atop sits a decorative pair of carved stone crocodiles.

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It is not a very big building but you can have a glance of Ahome dynasty in it!

Stay connected for many more interesting historical  & religious places’ posts! Cheers!!!




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St. John In The Wilderness

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After visiting the Atari-Wagha border daily ceremonial parade, we (Tanveer and me) resumed our journey to Dharamshala. When you move and go around  these places, you never feel that you are away from home.

As I just love street food, I was craving to have a lot  and my dear friend said,  let’s go tiger and we had all kinds of paratha by visiting  a different dhaba (a highway restaurant, serving authentic regional dishes at throwaway prices) and enjoyed  Patiala peg of lassi.

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After a long journey, we reached a wonderful place in the woods and that  was a church folks, standing alone in the wilderness St. John, since 1852  made up  of black stone.

The story of this church is very interesting. This church survived an earthquake in 1905. This very earthquake killed somewhere close to 20000  people and destroying many historic buildings in and around Dharamshala and Kangra area.

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Thankfully St John’s suffered marginally losing only the bell tower and its spire.

St. John in the wilderness church was built for John the Baptist, Located 1.2 km from the main Mcleodganj. It is located  in a very dense forest and the way to the church is very cold and foggy.

If you love walking, this will be a heavenly experience for you! In  the church, there is  an information board which tells the story and  it’s been recently  installed.

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This Church was the main  center of attraction during  the pre-independence era. This was very powerful in the northern region. St. John the wilderness is built using  neo-Gothic architecture, the church is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows donated by Lady Elgin (Mary Louisa Lambton), wife of Lord Elgin.

There is a bell which was cast in 1915 by Mears and Stain bank of England.

Most of the time here in the Church, I spent looking around and taking a  glimpse of the structure. There is a grave there,  lot actually a lot, but a grave caught my attention.

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This was the grave of Lord Elgin or you can say James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin. He was the Viceroy of India (1862–1863) the Governor General of India, apart from Governor General of the Province of Canada and High Commissioner in charge of opening trades with China and Japan.

He became Viceroy of India in 1862, and was the first to use Peterhoff, Shimla as the official residence of the Viceroy. He died in 1863 of a heart attack while crossing a swinging rope and wood bridge over the river Chadly, on the lap between Kullu and Lahul.

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Lord Elgin was so attached with the Deodar grove that surrounded the church that he wished he would rest in peace if he was buried here in the church premises. The place reminded him of Scotland. According to his wish, he was buried in the premises of the St. John’s Church in Dharamshala.

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In the same premises is also the grave of the Lieutenant General of Punjab David Mcleod after whom the place Mcleodganj is named.

It looks like a hidden treasure and it has that element to turn you into a tireless traveller. You just can’t ignore the urge to visit it once that you have heard of it. In my opinion, you should give it a try and visit this beautiful  piece of history, the Church of St John in the Wilderness morphs as a camouflage into the natural surroundings of the Himachal deodar forest. Surviving 150 years of varied weather, intense earthquakes and yet standing tall,  this structure deserves one visit for sure!

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Thanks guys for reading the post! Cheers!!!

I will return soon with another fascinating account of another place of historical importance!




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The Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb

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As the name suggest, in my opinion, everyone here knows about Mr. Sheikh Chilli. I used to read his stories in my school days and  somehow  used to connect to these tales!

But  I never know I will get the chance to visit  Sheikh Chilli’s tomb in reality. During  most of the school time, we had  a notion  whether these stores were actually true or just for fun!

So guys, today  at least I learned  that Mr. Sheikh Chilli was real & not just  a character in the stories.

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As you people  know we have internet these days, so we can gather information about anyone in no time.

I will give you a bit of insight  introduction of Sheikh Chilli.

Sufi Saint Abd-Ur-Rahim, also known as Abd-UI-Karim, or Abd-Ur-Razak; popularly known by the name of Sheikh Chilli, was a Qadiriyya Sufi master of Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh (A.D. 1650). There is a Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb located in Thanesar, Haryana, India, near Kurukshetra.

Sheikh Chilli, a famous character among children in the subcontinent of India, is notorious for his follies and simplicity. Quality that was attributed to Sheikh Chilli’s character was that he never cared about laws of nature.

He built castles in the air and in his imagination established great businesses, empires, became a prince, married a princes-and in the end of the story, the castle in the air vanished and Sheikh Chilli found him surrounded by the people laughing at him.

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Now let’s come to The Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb! While travelling from Delhi to Dharamshala, we took a stop in Kurukshetra and got to know about this place.   We started our journey in the morning and reached Kurukshetra by afternoon.

In the list to cover, we wanted to visit a museum in Kurukshetra which supposed to have artifact from the old, I mean very old times. We started to enquire about the museum after reaching this place but  could not find a way we  as we were clueless about this museum and so were the locals.

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Locals also never heard of this museum. The some locals suggested visiting Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb. We  had lots of time to kill before moving to our next location, so we thought  to see what Mr. Sheikh had  to offer.

The main tomb belongs to Sufi Abd-Ur-Rahim Abdul-Karim Abd-Ur-Razak, popularly known by the name of Sheikh Chilli. He was Qadiriyya Sufi master of Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh. There is one more tomb close to the main tomb and one of the members of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was there and he told us that it is his wife’s tomb.

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When we reached this place, and the gates of this tomb was about to  close. It took lot of efforts to get inside the tomb. The person there was very talkative and had a strong knowledge of the tomb.

For some time, we  explored the tomb on  our own and saw examples of  very beautiful Moghul  architectures spread all around this place.

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The grave was deep inside the tomb but had a source of light and very good ventilation system. I was  amazed with the peace it had  in but saw few more graves  adjacent to it. Now  this place has an Archaeological Museum run by Archaeological Survey of India, and is also situated within the complex. The monument was protected and declared as of National importance under section 4 of the Ancient Monument and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958; Vide No. 8516, dated 27-03-1919.

It consists of archaeological finds, like seals and sealing, terracotta figurines, plaques, ornaments, and swords from sites in nearby regions of Kurukshetra and Bhagwanpura. These objects are notably from Kushana (1st -3rd century CE), Gupta period (4th – 6th CE), and from post Gupta period on Vardhana dynasty period (6th -7th CE).

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This complex is protected from all sides and  it’s huge in dimension. The green bed of grasses is all spread in the complex and it gives you a very soothing  feel. I was  surprised as this complex is right in the middle of the city & still maintained and untouched from the hustle & bustle of the city! Do visit this place and enjoy the Tomb with your perspective!.

This is it for now folks, wait for the next story till then,  bye=bye guys! Cheers!!!

(Some inputs with courtesy from Wikipedia) 




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