Dec 19, 2011

Trek to Chanderkhani Pass: Unexplored Destinations in Himachal

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Himachal has The Chanderkhani Pass(Maximum Elivation: 3660m)situated in the picturesque Shivalik Range called 'Devbhoomi'-Land of the Gods. Being a 110 km stretch the pass has long and beautiful stretches of pure white snow and as there is an increase in altitude, topography goes on changing. There are different kinds of shrubs, blossoming with a variety of flowers and the trail is laden with the fragrance of wild roses and rhododendrons.

One of the most popular and beautiful trek in Kullu Valley. Starting from Naggar to Chanderkhani pass gives an extensive panorama of the Bara Bangahal, Pir Panjal and Parbati ranges.

The trek begins at Naggar after a short drive from Manali of the left bank of River Beas. After crossing the Chanderkhani Pass (3600m), this trek gets to the Malana village, famous for its distinct and very reserved social culture. Care and respect for local customs is essential.

On the top of Chanderkhani Pass (3600m) one can have a striking view of Deo Tibba, overlooking the Malana glen and other snow-capped mountains on the Spiti border. From there one descends to Malana village. Malana comprises of two parts about a hundred yards apart.

Considerable variations are possible after Chanderkhani Pass, and a number of alternatives are appended. The pass can be crossed between April and November but the best period is 10 May to 30 June, and 20 August to 15 October.

The main highlights are famous hamlet of Malana, Spectacular vistas of Lahaul peaks, Shimla hills, Naggar fort, Roerick Art Gallery.

Malana is a very unique village as visitors are not allowed in most parts.

SEASON: April - November end

MAX. ALTITUDE: 3600m

NUMBER OF DAYS: 5 days

HIGH PASSES: Chanderkhani Pass (3600m)

TREK GRADIENT: Easy

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Dec 16, 2011

Khajuraho: Temples and their exquisite architecture and sculpture

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Devi Jagadambi Temple

Khajuraho, a town in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, located in Chhatarpur District, about 620 kilometres (385 mi) southeast of New Delhi, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures.

The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions: western, eastern and southern.
The Khajuraho temples are made of sandstone. The builders didn't use mortar: the stones were put together with mortise and tenon joints and they were held in place by gravity. This form of construction requires very precise joints. The columns and architraves were built with megaliths that weighed up to 20 tons.


The Khajuraho temples do not contain sexual or erotic art inside the temple or near the deities; however, some external carvings bear erotic art. Also, some of the temples that have two layers of walls have small erotic carvings on the outside of the inner wall. There are many interpretations of the erotic carvings. They portray that, for seeing the deity, one must leave his or her sexual desires outside the temple.

The famous temples to see are Chaturbuj Temple, Lakshman temple, Devi Jagadambi Temple, Dulhadeo Temple.

Khajuraho has extreme tropical climate with temperature as high as 47°C in summers and as low as 4°C in winters. Best Season: September to March

How to Reach:
By Air: Khajuraho has daily domestic flights to and from Agra, Varanasi and Kathmandu.
By Train: The nearest railway stations to Khajuraho are Mahoba, Satna and Jhansi. All of these are well connected to most of the major cities of India.


Sandstone ,also used for crafting the Khajuraho temples...different colors.

Besides the temples exemplary for their architecture and bold artistic statement, Khajuraho is just a small modest village with no more than 3000 residents surrounded by the forestland. As Khajuraho gets a fair number of tourists from all over the world every year, hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops have sprung up in large numbers at the entrances to the two distinctive groups of temples here. he Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 22 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 8 square miles.

From here you can explore the Panna Tiger Reserve. Despite the proximity to Khajuraho Panna NP is a really unspoilt park where you probably will not see any other tourist during the whole day. Seeing a tiger is a matter of luck (we didn´t have) but the other animals are somehow less shy than in other parks so you can see them from incredible proximity (we haven´t seen nowhere so many nilgais). Recommendable may be visiting of the elephant pharm (the elephant ride was however not so interesting as in Corbett NP- shorter and more expensive).


Pandav Falls

Pandav Falls are usually included in the day-trip as they are on the way to Khajuraho. It is a really nice, romantic place especially if no other people are there. You have the feeling to be in the Kipling´s Jungle book.

You have to arrange the trip in Khajuraho as there are no "waiting" jeeps at the NP-entrance and you have to take one.


Wildlife at Panna Tiger Reserve

Panna Tiger Reserve is just 25 km from Khajuraho-a mere half an hour drive. Tiger sighting is always a matter of chance but regular sightings are reported. Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Chowsingha, Langoor, Wildboar, Jackal, are frequently sighted.Gorges and falls along the course of the Ken river in the Reserve are bewholding.Dynamic dry deciduous forest undergoes dramatic change from lush green in monsoon to desolate dry grey in summer. Relics of Gondwana period (rule of the tribal people of Central India) are scattered all over the Reserve.Besides the wildlife watchers (around 9000 annually), Panna gets visitors (around 35000 annually) who exclusively visit the famous Pandav Fall.

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Dec 13, 2011

Unexplored Getaways Himachal Pradesh

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Explore the unexplored destinations in Himachal:



Barog Hill Station famous for Scenic


Salogra for Scenic & Trekking


Shoghi fammous for Hill Stations, Temples


Jubbal famous for Hill Stations, Lakes, Fishing, Temples, Palaces


Thanedar famous for Hill Stations, Lakes, Churches, Temples


Rohru famous for Temples


Pragpur famous for Heritage


Kotkhai famous for Temples, Pond


Sarahan famous for Pilgrim


Malana famous for Trekking


Kalpa famous for Hill Station, Trekking, Scenic


Keylong small Hill Station famous for scenic


Tabo famous for Camping

Dec 12, 2011

Renukaji, Hidden Surprises in Himachal

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We decided to explore the Renukaji which is around 315 km from Delhi (6 hr), 95 km from Ambala (2 hr and 30 min), 95 km from Chandigarh (2 hr and 30 min), and 105 km from Dehradun. Renukaji is a mainly a religious destination.The main attractions were renuka lake having circumfrence of 2.5 km.and a Temple dedicated to godess renukaji,Confluence of river Giris. It is located in the southern part of Himachal Pradesh at a distance of 22 km from Nahan.

Hotel Devicos plaza Can give you the best accommodation. The hotel offers a multi cuisine airconditioned restaurant,spacious and well furnished rooms,Bar and a river facing terrace cafe.

There is also restaurant in Renukaji (the HPTDC's) and the food is OK, but... be prepared to wait for at least half an hour! Else you can go to Dadahu village (4 km) before Renukaji, where there are some more hotels. You can also have Parantha with dal, achar and curd from the small hotel near the Office of the Watershed Development coordinator, 1 km before the Hotel Renuka.

'Lion's Home'
This was interesting place, you can take a walk any time as long as there is light and it is free! And if you are taking the car, then you have to pay Rs 250/- and have to come out by 5. pm." The nature around is very beautiful and you will enjoy the walk.


Recreations:

Badminton.
Table Tennis.
Pool Table.
Video games.
Trek along The Lake.