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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Dawki: Friendly International Border & A Hidden Paradise


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While recently travelling through scenic Meghalaya., We had our own cab, reaching that place and the driver Mr. Sailendra Rai originally from Bihar took us to the place. Dawki is located in the Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya. The Dawki-Tamabil border crossing between India and Bangladesh is now used to ferry across both passenger and cargo. In fact, the new Guwahati-Shillong-Dhaka bus service that was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina last year uses this route.
Add to this the scenic drive to Dawki and the trip is certainly worth the effort. Dawki-Tamabil is one of the few road border crossings between India and Bangladesh. It is used mainly for coal transportation to Bangladesh.

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The relaxed atmosphere at the Dawki border – which also has the magnificent Umngot River runs from the Indian side to the Bangladeshi side – made me wonder about undocumented, illegal migration. Dawki Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Umngot River. It was constructed in 1932 by the British. I couldn’t help but think how easy it would be to cross across this border. and illegal migration from Bangladesh is certainly a big issue for India’s Northeastern Border States.

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On the border when we reached there, we found a very less security from our side and from the Bangladeshi side as well. There is a Sub Major who told us go Beta visit the border you are here to see is-init go on. There you see the stone marked 1275, it is in India just wander around and in any point don’t cross that stone.

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There we had a chance of meeting another BSF Jawan from Delhi; he was on duty by the thoroughfare. He was in his mode frustrated by the visitors and Young Couples tries to take selfie by the Bangladesh Side by crossing the Indian Border. He told us, though the boarder is friendly we should always keep our check once you crossed the Stone, your are officially illegal immigrants and We (Indian) and they (Bangladeshi) Commando have the power to arrest you.

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All of this made me happy. Such connectivity is also important for the development of the Northeast, which should become India’s gateway to Southeast Asia. En route back to Shillong, we saw the Dawaki Bridge. You just fall in love with this place and the water in the Umngot river is crystal clear but make you mind before visiting Dawaki that we are not going to be alone in this place.

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In my opinion, let the friendly borders between India and Bangladesh continue, step up efforts to crack down on cross-border criminal gangs, develop the region’s economy, and liberalize the visa regime. Such an approach will not only help tackle illegal migration from Bangladesh but also greater commerce between the two countries. So that these neighboring country able to enjoy much greater relationship in trade, culture, tradition and many more. At the end both sides of the people are same. 🙂

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Majuli River Island

We have been visiting our country for almost 7 years now. We include Tanveer the most important person in my entire journey. We started our journey from Uttarakhand in 2008 and covered almost all the states in INDIA.

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I realized in all my trips that there is much more to see and feel the places we visited. Love history so firstly like to give you an insight places we visited and how powerful these places and ruins once were.

There is so much to learn and understand in these places and it gives a very powerful and divine insight. Places like Haryana, Punjab, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujrat, UP, MP, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Assam, Meghalaya and more are so much to offer. But today we just think about how to meet our end needs. These places are so beautiful and give a strong message.

 

Let’s start with what I realized after visiting these places:

Assam state in northeastern India known for its wildlife (two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses are a World Heritage Site), archeological sites (Rang Mahal, Talatal Ghar) and tea plantations.

In this trip been to places like Majuli (Mājuli or Majoli is a large river island in the Brahmaputra River, Assam, India). I loved the ferry ride to reach Majuli Island is still protected its historical values. There are Satra (ashrams) dated long back 15th century Dakshinpat Satra (1500), Sri Sri Garamur Saru Satra , Kamalabari Satra and many more.

These satra still follow the original culture and their way of living is like that only. It’s hard to believe, but in few satra people don’t even touch each other. Still practice Sanskrit and dedicate whole life in study of sastra and other religious practices.

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The main surviving Satras (Satra) are:

Dakhinpat Satra: Founded by Banamalidev, a supporter of Raasleela, which is now observed as one of the National Festivals of Assam.

Garamurh Satra: This “Satra” was founded by Lakshmikantadeva. During the end of autumn, the traditional the Raasleela is enacted with pomp and celebrations. Ancient weapons called “Bartop” or cannons are preserved here.

Auniati Satra: Founded by Niranjan Pathakdeva, the satra is famous for the “Paalnaam” and Apsara Dances and also its extensive assortment of ancient Assamese artefacts, utensils, jewellery and handicrafts. It also has a hundred and twenty five disciples and over seven hundred thousand followers worldwide.

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Kamalabari Satra: The Kamalabari Satra, founded by Bedulapadma Ata, is a centre of art, culture, literature and classical studies on the island. Its branch the Uttar Kamalabari Satra has performed cultural programmes of the Satria Art all around the country and abroad.

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Benegenaati Satra: It is a reliquary of antiques of cultural importance and an advance center of performing art. Muraridev, the grandson of Sankaradeva’s stepmother was the founder of the Satra. The royal raiment belongs to the Ahom king Swargadeo Godadhar Singha, is made of gold. Also preserved is the royal umbrella made in gold.

Shamaguri Satra: The satra is famous for the mask making in India.

People are mostly of the Mising tribes from Arunachal Pradesh who immigrated here centuries ago. Apart from them, the inhabitants are from the Deori and Sonowal Kacharis tribes. Languages spoken are MisingAssamese, and Deori.

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The only mode of association to the outside world is through a ferry service which operates six times a day. The Temples here are known as namghar where villagers episodically gather to sing and pray. It is the most important public place for the villagers. We saw few with the help of Mr. Datta from majuli.

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Overall you can enjoy this place if you are interested in Ahome dynasty. The Ahom are the descendants of the ethnic Tai people that accompanied the Tai prince Sukaphaa into the Brahmaputra valley in 1228 and ruled the area for six centuries. Sukaphaa and his followers established the Ahom kingdom (1228–1826) and the Ahom dynasty ruled and expanded the kingdom until the British gained control of the region through the Treaty of Yandabo upon winning the First Anglo-Burmese War in 1826.

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Thus, this island in itself is an entire world, fully loaded with freedom and space- detached from the outside world, which is standing alone with no impact of urban sprawl.

Are you searching for the best relaxing destination to make your next vacation memorable? You can consider visiting Majuli Island, which is one of the most beautiful and divine places all over the world.

Beautiful landscape, thrilling adventure and pervading divinity …this is one trip in India which would remain imprinted in your memories forever.

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Rajmachi fort- Extraordinary Peace & Beauty !

 Rajmachi Fort- Extraordinary Peace & Beauty!

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So people, on the eve of 28th Dec, 2015, we (a group of 9 people) decided to scale down The Rajmachi fort. The Rajmachi Fort is actually a complex of two forts, the Srivardhan Fort and the Maanranjan Fort.

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The Srivardhan Fort is commonly referred to as Rajmachi Fort. We started from Pune by 6:30 PM and reached the village, the starting point of the hiking tungarli dam and it took more than 5 hours to reach Rajmachi village. From this place, fort was 11 Km away. I had a notion what is there to scale; just 11 Km and we started by 9:30 PM.

Historically, Rajmachi fort was a strategic fort to control Borghat (ghat between Khopoli and Khandala on Mumbai-Pune route) which was a historical trade route.

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Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures – the Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort. Rajmachi can be reached by 2 ways, the tough route is from Kondivade village near Karjat and it involves climb-up of about 2000 feet.

The other route is from Lonavala, which is almost a plain walk of about 15 km. In rainy season, this region becomes all the more beautiful with silvery water falls, streams and lush green forests and meadows.

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This is the place you enjoy the peaceful environment and love the mix of hot and cold breeze giving you push to move.If you are planning to go to the top, you need at-least 4 to 5 liters of water and if you have lemonade, the better.  It’s   a 5 hour trek at least and you realize your body is no more in your control.

What’s more, we were lucky to do star gazing at night! The view from the fort made it all worthwhile! One can see many other hilltop forts from this location.The journey is long and arduous but not difficult, and is appropriate for beginners without any hiking experience as well.

 

While walking, the place was so quite you can’t hear anything other than  your murmurs.  The spooky tales  about ghosts here and there, let’s go back its too far and more. Scaring each other and motivating all just to move forward continued. Temperature at night was about 15•C, but, we warmed up with campfire and Maggi. Best time to scale this fort is night only!

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Due to the distance, many people stay at the fort overnight. There are caves and temples at the fort where you can stay overnight.  We reached the temple and stayed there for some time and enjoyed the peace and the aura around this place.

With breath-taking views and scenic vistas around each corner, this place is a must on every nature lover’s list. Go, give it a shot!

The clear sky make you feel you are out of the world with no tension of any kind and after the trek; your body wants to relax.

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You don’t need cozy bed or any kind of special treatment, the moment you close your eyes, you feel out of the world! According to what I experienced, you should please visit once to have firsthand experience. Cheers!!!




 

 

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