Hall of Fame, Ladhak

Let’s travel today to Hall of Fame Ladhak. I heard about this place time to time when I was in Pune. These places have emotional bonding for an Army brat like me. Hall of Fame is a little yet sublime historical centre built and kept up by Indian Army in Ladakh. It is situated on the Spituk-Kargil street.

It displays things identified with Ladakhi social legacy. The key fascination of the historical centre is that it has shown on memorabilia, seized arms and courtesies of Pakistani Army, life stories and photos of the overcome fighters, and so on. This gallery was worked to recognize the souls of every single incredible trooper who lost their lives in noteworthy Siachin front lines amid Indo-Pak war.

I got little emotional after visiting the memorial and the name of the Army Personals lots their life in Kargil War on the stone carved. Leh and further high altitude areas are very difficult to live with oxygen supply at its lowest level. This place displays how our military personnel have done their best to protect our high altitude frontiers.

it’s the place where our heroes rest. It’s the great place to pay our tribute to all our heroes and pray for their soul to rest in peace forever. I like to request you guys when you visit to remove a good amount of time like 3 to 4 Hours for this place as you get to see a lot of arms and history. I cant describe the army’s glory but this place definitely does. Not only you find a sneak peak of Kargil war, 1971 you also find the wars and battles Ladhakhi people fought for this reason. It gives us a sense of what our soldiers do for our country. Also, its a memorial has been built for our martyrs. This place showcase Ladhaki culture, there struggle, Army achievements and so on.

There is a good stock of Kashmiri art and woollen cloths/shall/sweaters etc at a reasonable price. You can get Comics related to our Heroes who achieved India most respected Pram Veer Chakra and Ashok Chakra etc. do collect and share these stories with the coming generations. Do visit this place once you in Leh City. Cheers!!!

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.

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!!!

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!

 

 

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 !!!

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 !!!

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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Jalianwala Bagh

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!!!

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!!!

Night out in Tamhini Ghat

Night out in Tamhini Ghat 

 Abhishek,Amar,Tanveer ,Vicky,Rahul

Hi all today I love to tell you a new tale in my life. Those days were the best days of my life. We use to roam take chances and enjoy the life to the fullest. So this tamhni ghat story started with an idea of boys night out. So everyone started suggesting some or other idea of place finally abhishek came up with an idea of camping open area and we can setup our camp wherever we get the chance to set it up.

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So now place is decided and what to do next like funds for camp. So we decided we go by bike and save some money. But wait wait wait this is not the story abhishek and me don’t have anything to put in the funds so again the legend mind started working and again abhishek with a unique idea of selling BCA books for the trip and finally we get rid of the boring books which are no use for us those days. So finally we manage to get 1500/- and with excitement for the trip started our next plan.

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 So with the 1500 cash reserve and few litres of petrol  in our bikes with two bags full of chicken, mutton, rice ,masala, salt and coal. We started our journey.so guys let me describe the Tamhni now.

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 Tamhini Ghat is a mountain passage located between Mulshi and Tamhini in Maharashtra, India for road. Situated on the crest of the Western Ghat mountain ranges, Tamhini Ghat is noted for its surroundings comprising scenic waterfalls, lakes and dense woods and cliffs all around.

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So we took 20 litres of water and some other drinks hope everyone knows what m saying now. Abhishek and me on one bike, amar and Rahul on other  tanveer with Vicky started to hunt for a suitable place to camp now. So finally we got the place near tata plant and it was so beautiful I can’t describe the beauty of the area the place we saw was between the woods and the cliff and we can see the road from that place and the lights of the cars from a distance of 2 km it was on the height.

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After with a good place and nice ambience of the area we started setting up our camp after digging

the ground for the fire place Tanveer and me started preparing for the bon fire and others like Vicky

Amar , Rahul and Abhishek started making the tent in the area. Then we started having fun games

like antakshari and long talks with our experiences and journey till date.

I can’t forget the night when I saw more the 30 shooting stars and whole night without a min sleep. And whistle of our pressure cooker all around the area and the grilled chicken with ghee awwwwesom. Few people enjoying the chicken and few mud hope you all know about whom I am talking about. This was the most adventures event we did when we was together in Pune. Miss you guys and hope our most awaited leh ladakh trip come in picture soon.

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Guys this was the best place I visited because it was the first night out of my life in the woods with

no preparations of the gear and other stuff. Please visit once if you get the chance to visit Pune.

Cheers.Have fun !!!!