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  • A bunch of youngsters in their 20′s shouting, unapologetic, shrieking  laughing , singing and as the train speedily wind its way through the lower Shivalik foothills, passing though so many tunnels, all eyes were upon the breathtaking views that slowly unfolds before us and gradually the cluttered noises ceases to engulf a complete silence ! It was our study tour to Shimla but looks more like picnic party than anything else. Shimla welcomed us with a surprise shower of rain and the jeep that was assigned to take us to our […]

    Shimla the nostalgia never ends and 10 best things to do there !

    A bunch of youngsters in their 20′s shouting, unapologetic, shrieking  laughing , singing and as the train speedily wind its way through the lower Shivalik foothills, passing though so many tunnels, all eyes were upon the breathtaking views that slowly unfolds before us and gradually the cluttered noises ceases to engulf a complete silence ! It was our study tour to Shimla but looks more like picnic party than anything else. Shimla welcomed us with a surprise shower of rain and the jeep that was assigned to take us to our […]

  • I generally do not brag about my shopping escapades  and more than anything else I love to explore the markets rather than buying everything on its first sight …  but when someone asked me the other day what to buy from India?  I was perplexed, do not know where to start from ? Hence this post … India is a shopper’s paradise, you just can’t beat the incredible variety of gorgeous items at low prices, can be quiet overwhelming with multitude of choices and ranges, from […]

    Best things to buy from India – a shopping destination

    I generally do not brag about my shopping escapades  and more than anything else I love to explore the markets rather than buying everything on its first sight …  but when someone asked me the other day what to buy from India?  I was perplexed, do not know where to start from ? Hence this post … India is a shopper’s paradise, you just can’t beat the incredible variety of gorgeous items at low prices, can be quiet overwhelming with multitude of choices and ranges, from […]

  • This was the standard procedure followed in 2009 to get the trekking permit for Gaumukh. Call, fax or send a letter to : CHIEF WILDLIFE WARDEN , UTTARKHAND 5, CHANDRABANI Mohabewala DEHRADUN 248001 UTTARKHAND, INDIA Fax: 0135-2644691 Note: If you need a guide the permit for him also must be obtained by you. Collect the permit from: DFO office Tekla, Kotbangla road ( after entering Uttarkashi, it will take 20 mins ( approx 2-3 km ) to DFO office ) […]

    gaumukh trek permit

    This was the standard procedure followed in 2009 to get the trekking permit for Gaumukh. Call, fax or send a letter to : CHIEF WILDLIFE WARDEN , UTTARKHAND 5, CHANDRABANI Mohabewala DEHRADUN 248001 UTTARKHAND, INDIA Fax: 0135-2644691 Note: If you need a guide the permit for him also must be obtained by you. Collect the permit from: DFO office Tekla, Kotbangla road ( after entering Uttarkashi, it will take 20 mins ( approx 2-3 km ) to DFO office ) […]

  • Continuing from our previous trip to Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek Shri Kedarnath temple Chopta and Tungnath Badrinath – Joshimath – Auli {Day14}: 8th June 2009 From: Joshimath-Haridwar By: By road Distance: 270km / 8-9 hrs Next morning we left for Haridwar in a private Taxi (there is a taxi association in Joshimath and they charge flat 3500rs for Haridwar). As we begin to retreat gradually from Garhwal Himalayas leaving behind the snow-capped mountains, deep river gorges, the meadows, […]

    haridwar

    Continuing from our previous trip to Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek Shri Kedarnath temple Chopta and Tungnath Badrinath – Joshimath – Auli {Day14}: 8th June 2009 From: Joshimath-Haridwar By: By road Distance: 270km / 8-9 hrs Next morning we left for Haridwar in a private Taxi (there is a taxi association in Joshimath and they charge flat 3500rs for Haridwar). As we begin to retreat gradually from Garhwal Himalayas leaving behind the snow-capped mountains, deep river gorges, the meadows, […]

  • Continuing from our previous trip to Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek Shri Kedarnath temple Chopta and Tungnath {Day11}: 5thJune 2009 From: Gopeshwar to Badrinath By: Road Distance: about 70-80km Gopeshwar is situated amidst mountain ranges, terrace farms and small lakes. The town has some good temples and main attractions are the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, Vaitarni kund and Oak view. From Gopeshwar the route leads through Chamoli-Pipalkoti-Helang-Joshimath and somewhere between Govindghat and Pandukeshwar, the route bifurcate and one […]

    badrinath, joshimath and auli

    Continuing from our previous trip to Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek Shri Kedarnath temple Chopta and Tungnath {Day11}: 5thJune 2009 From: Gopeshwar to Badrinath By: Road Distance: about 70-80km Gopeshwar is situated amidst mountain ranges, terrace farms and small lakes. The town has some good temples and main attractions are the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, Vaitarni kund and Oak view. From Gopeshwar the route leads through Chamoli-Pipalkoti-Helang-Joshimath and somewhere between Govindghat and Pandukeshwar, the route bifurcate and one […]

  • Continuing from our previous trip to Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek and to Sri Kedarnath temple {Day 10}: 4th June 2009 From: Chandrapuri-Ukhimath-Chopta-Tungnath-Gopeshwar By: Road and Trek Distance: 40km/2hrs (Ukhimath) and 27km (Chopta) and 12km (Gopeshwar) Chopta-Tungnath: 3km trek It rained last night, so the clouds still gloom over the morning sky, but we really need a clear sky so that we can enjoy the semi-circle view of mighty Chaukhamba from Tungnath. But, they say morning shows the day! […]

    chopta and tungnath

    Continuing from our previous trip to Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek and to Sri Kedarnath temple {Day 10}: 4th June 2009 From: Chandrapuri-Ukhimath-Chopta-Tungnath-Gopeshwar By: Road and Trek Distance: 40km/2hrs (Ukhimath) and 27km (Chopta) and 12km (Gopeshwar) Chopta-Tungnath: 3km trek It rained last night, so the clouds still gloom over the morning sky, but we really need a clear sky so that we can enjoy the semi-circle view of mighty Chaukhamba from Tungnath. But, they say morning shows the day! […]

  • Updates - WHEN WILL INDIA LEARN ??? In India we do everything in a very unscientific way. We construct dams right on the fault planes (geologist and structural engineers were never consulted), our cities and towns were never planned properly, and then when disaster stikes, we blame everyone from GOV to GOD in the process. Exactly four years back we make a trip to uttarkhand, been to Kedarnath and Gaumukh and have seen most dreadful pollution there. Imagine 80% of the […]

    kedarnath

    Updates - WHEN WILL INDIA LEARN ??? In India we do everything in a very unscientific way. We construct dams right on the fault planes (geologist and structural engineers were never consulted), our cities and towns were never planned properly, and then when disaster stikes, we blame everyone from GOV to GOD in the process. Exactly four years back we make a trip to uttarkhand, been to Kedarnath and Gaumukh and have seen most dreadful pollution there. Imagine 80% of the […]

  • Gangotri Gaumukh Trek {Day1} : 26thMay 2009 From: Bangalore to Delhi By: Air Distance: 2 hrs 30 mins. Morning we catch the airport bus to BIAl (Bangalore’s new international airport) and it took almost 1½ hr to reach there. As usual Jetlite flight to Delhi was delayed by 2-3 hrs and didn’t get any thing on board to eat except a stale muffin and a cold burger. We reached Delhi at 6.30pm in the evening and checked in Hotel Ajanta […]

    gangotri gaumukh trek

    Gangotri Gaumukh Trek {Day1} : 26thMay 2009 From: Bangalore to Delhi By: Air Distance: 2 hrs 30 mins. Morning we catch the airport bus to BIAl (Bangalore’s new international airport) and it took almost 1½ hr to reach there. As usual Jetlite flight to Delhi was delayed by 2-3 hrs and didn’t get any thing on board to eat except a stale muffin and a cold burger. We reached Delhi at 6.30pm in the evening and checked in Hotel Ajanta […]

  • Dear Readers, Updated on 12 th March 2012 : This is the opening season for pilgrim in the Himalayas when lakhs of devotees set out for “Chardham Yatra” meaning pilgrim to four auspicious shrine Gangotri-Yamunotri-Kedarnath-Badrinath. The temple opens every year on the day of Akshay Trititya and this year it falls on 24 th April 2012. The opening dates of temples have already been announced: Gangotri and Yamunotri on 24 th April 2012 ; Kedarnath on 28 th April 2012 and Badrinath […]

    uttarakhand

    Dear Readers, Updated on 12 th March 2012 : This is the opening season for pilgrim in the Himalayas when lakhs of devotees set out for “Chardham Yatra” meaning pilgrim to four auspicious shrine Gangotri-Yamunotri-Kedarnath-Badrinath. The temple opens every year on the day of Akshay Trititya and this year it falls on 24 th April 2012. The opening dates of temples have already been announced: Gangotri and Yamunotri on 24 th April 2012 ; Kedarnath on 28 th April 2012 and Badrinath […]

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