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The Beautiful Leh....Part - III....Likir Monastery

The Likir Monastery or gompa is one of the oldest and well maintained monasteries in Ladakh district in Jammu and Kashmir. The monastery is located in Likir village is believed to have been in existence since 11th century.

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Likir Monastery or Likir Gompa (Klud-kyil) is located approximately 52 kilometres (32 mi) west of Leh. It is picturesquely situated on a little hill in the valley near the Indus River and the village of Saspol about 9.5 kilometres (5.9 mi) north of the Srinigar to Leh highway.

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The monastery was enclosed by the bodies of the two great serpent spirits or the naga- rajas, Nanda and Taksako. Because of this, the name of the monastery became Likir or the Naga encircled. Initially, the monastery was associated with the Kadampa sect, however, the year 1470 saw a conversion by a central Tibetan monk Lawang Lotos. This coversion resulted in the monastery being brought under the Gelukspa Order of the great Lama Tsongkhapa.

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Throughout the year certain public processions takes place in the complex. These processions, held on auspicious days usually start behind the main temple in the open court around the Stupa, which often symbolize gateways before start of a journey. The procession path goes around the structures to finally reach the main temple court.

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Festivals
The Likir Monastery celebrates its annual festival from the 27th to 29th of 12th Tibetan month. The festival sees votive offerings known as Dosmochey apart from the performance of the sacred dances. The festival will next be celebrated on February 15-16 2007.

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Posted by anuj1975 08:57 Archived in India Tagged landscapes mountains buildings skylines birds sky snow india beautiful buddha tourism ladakh leh kargil budhhism Comments (0)

The Beautiful Leh....Part - II...Alchi and around...

Alchi is a village and monastery in the Leh district of Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, situated on the bank of Indus River 70 km downstream from the capital in Leh. Unlike the other gompas in Ladakh, Alchi is situated on lowland, not on a hilltop.

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The village is famous for the existence of one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh (a national heritage) Alchi Monastery, mainly known for its magnificent, and well-preserved 11th- or 12th-century wall paintings, all in an Indo-Himalayan style.

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Alchi is a small village with several tourist homestays, most offering modern conveniences for overnight stays, The best time to visit is from June to September.

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The Nimoo Bazgo power project is a run-of-the-river power project on the Indus River situated at village Alchi,. The project was conceived on July 1, 2001 and approved on June 8, 2005, and construction began on June 9, 2005.

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Posted by anuj1975 00:22 Archived in India Tagged landscapes mountains lakes buildings people sky places fort beautiful buddha road tourism ladakh leh kargil alchi Comments (0)

The Beautiful Leh...PART-I.....Spituk Gompa and area around.

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Spituk Monastery, also better as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, northern India, 8 kilometres from Leh. The monastery contains 100 monks and a giant statue of Kali (unveiled during the annual Spitok festival).Founded in the late 14th century as See-Thub (‘Exemplary’) Monastery, impressive Spituk Gompa is incongruously perched overlooking Leh’s airport runway around 5km from town.

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Posted by anuj1975 09:48 Archived in India Tagged landscapes sunsets_and_sunrises mountains skylines trees birds sky snow places india beautiful buddha tourism ladakh leh Comments (0)

Kolkata- A tale of Two Bridges….

Howrah Bridge is a cantilever bridge with a suspended span over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. Commissioned in 1943, the bridge was originally named the New Howrah Bridge, because it replaced a pontoon bridge at the same location linking the two cities of Howrah and Kolkata (Calcutta). On 14 June 1965 it was renamed Rabindra Setu after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, who was the first Indian and Asian Nobel laureate. It is still popularly known as the Howrah Bridge.

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The bridge is one of two on the Hooghly River and is a famous symbol of Kolkata and West Bengal. It weathers the storms of the Bay of Bengal region, carrying a daily traffic of approximately 100,000 vehicles and possibly more than 150,000 pedestrians, easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. The third-longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction, the Howrah Bridge is the sixth-longest bridge of its type in the world.

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Places around Howrah Bridge:
Kolkata Port is India's only riverine port with two dock systems - Kolkata Dock System at Kolkata with the oil wharves at Baj Baj, Anchorages at Diamond Harbour, Kulpi, Sagar and Sandheads and a deep water dock system at Haldia Dock Complex, Haldia . It has the most sophisticated port facilities with extensive storage facility for diverse cargo.

The Howrah Railway Station was set up in 1906, is one of the largest in the world with rail connections dispersing to all major Indian cities and towns. Howrah Station also serves as an important terminus for the suburban railway services of the Eastern and the South Eastern Railway.

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Vidyasagar Setu also known as the Second Hooghly Bridge is a toll bridge over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India, linking the cities of Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta).

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With a total length of 823 metres (2,700 ft), Vidyasagar Setu is the longest cable–stayed bridge in India and one of the longest in Asia. It was the second bridge to be built across the Hooghly River; 3.7 kilometres (2.3 mi) to the north. Named after the educationist reformer Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, it cost ₹3.88 billion to build. The project was a joint effort between the public and private sectors, under the control of the Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC).

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The foundation stone for the bridge was laid by Indira Gandhi on 20 May 1972. The bridge took more than 22 years to complete. Work on the cable-stayed bridge started with the construction of the well curb on the Calcutta bank end on 3 July 1979, and commissioned on October 10, 1992.

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Posted by anuj1975 10:31 Archived in India Tagged landscapes bridges sky places india tourism kolkata calcutta howrah Comments (0)

Sukhna Lake....

Location: in the foothills of Shivalik range in Chandigarh,India

Sukhna Lake is a beautiful lake that lies in the foothills of Shivalik range. The unique thing about Sukhna is that it is a manmade lake. It is a 3 km long lake that was created in the year 1958.

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It was done by damming the Sukhna Choe, which is a seasonal stream flowing down from the Shivalik hills. . Originally the seasonal flow entered the lake directly causing heavy siltation. To check the inflow of silt, land measuring 2542 hectares was acquired in the catchments area and put under vegetation. The curvilinear profile of the promenade along the banks of Sukhna hums with activity from dawn to dusk, reflecting changing moods of the day.

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Sukhna is an inseparable part of the city. Le Corbusier had foreseen that the residents of the city would be drawn towards it for the 'care of the body and spirit'.

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People visit this place in the morning to enjoy the cool breeze and the beauty of nature. Chandigarh Sukhna Lake serves as a great picnic spot and an apt place for pursuing water sport activities like boating, yachting and water skiing etc. The atmosphere over here is very serene and thus apt for meditating. Also, you can savor the melodious humming of birds. People come here in the evening time to forget their worries and relax for a while. So, if you want to rejuvenate yourself, then Sukhna Lake is the perfect destination for you.

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Sukhna is a sanctuary for many exotic migratory birds like the Siberian duck, Storks and Cranes, during the winter months. The Lake has been declared as a protected national wetland by the Government of India.

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During summers, there are streams of men, women and children from all walks of life offering voluntary service to desilt the lake bed for about three months. This annual ritual has been a regular feature since long.

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Posted by anuj1975 08:37 Archived in India Tagged landscapes sunsets_and_sunrises mountains lakes skylines children animals birds sky night india tourism chandigarh Comments (0)

KULDHARA: AN ABANDONED AND CURSED VILLAGE NEAR JAISALMER

All of us have had an encounter with a ghost or heard an eerie ghost story. The village of Kuldhara is a ghost village that has been abandoned since 1800s. It is said to carry a curse of the villagers who migrated to other places.

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Kuldhara lies about 15 Km west of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan(India).No one lives in Kuldhara, as it is are believed to be cursed. The village now lies in ruins. The first sight of Kuldhara village sends one imagination running to the time it may have been inhabited.

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According to folklore, Salim Singh, the minister of the state, once visiting this village fell for the beautiful daughter of chieftain (Paliwal Brahmin) and wanted to marry her. The minister threatened the villagers that if they did not marry the girl to him, he would levy huge taxes. The chief of the village with those of other 83 adjoining villages decided to abandon and migrate elsewhere as against marrying the girl to Salim Singh. Nobody saw them leave nor did anyone figure where they went, they simply vanished.

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Posted by anuj1975 09:11 Archived in India Tagged landscapes places india tourism rajasthan jaisalmer sandstone Comments (0)

TANOT MATA TEMPLE NEAR JAISALMER RAJASTHAN…..

Tanot is a place located at a distance of 120 Km from Jaisalmer and name Tanot is named on goddess Tanot. One major town Ramgarh falling in between. After Ramgarh, are miles and miles of nothingness and empty sand dunes. The village is close to the border with Pakistan, and is very close to the battle site of Longewala of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

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The area has a high average windspeed and as such there are now a large number of wind-based renewable energy projects in the area. The temperatures in the area can go up to 49 °C.

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Ranau Village : It appeared suddenly in middle of nowhere surrounded by virgin sandunes.

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It is said that during the Indo-Pakistani War, Pakistani Army dropped several bombs targeting the temple but none of the bombs could fall on the temple and large number of the bombs in the vicinity of the temple did not explode.The temple has a collection of the unexploded bombs dropped by Pakistan. The temple has also been shown in Bollywood movie Border.

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Posted by anuj1975 09:01 Archived in India Tagged landscapes temples places india tourism dunes rajasthan jaisalmer tanot Comments (0)

BADA BAGH CENOTAPHS :IN OUTSKIRTS OF JAISALMER....

Bada Bagh, also called Barabagh (literally Big Garden) is a garden complex about 6 km north of Jaisalmer. It contains a set of royal cenotaphs, or chhatris of Maharajas of Jaisalmer state.

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In the 16th century, Maharaj Jai Singh II commissioned a dam to create a lake in this harsh desert region. After his death, his son Lunkaran built a beautiful garden and a cenotaph in his memory.

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Bada Bagh, whose name literally means "Great Garden", was the place to be cremated and symbolically buried the former Maharajas of Jaisalmer.

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One of the most popular attractions for tourists visiting Jaisalmer, Bada Bagh is attending to contemplate, apparently, beautiful sunset.

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SAM SAND DUNES

Location: In the outskirts of Jaisalmer, 42 Km from the main city.

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Sam sand dunes are becoming the major attraction in Jaisalmer. This is the closest place from where you can loose yourself in 'the Great Thar Desert'.

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Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation. The best way to get here, of course, is on camelback.

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JAISALMER FORT-SONAR QUILA

The Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fortifications in the world in the state of Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage Site. It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from whom it derives its name.

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Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert.

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The fort has numerous eateries, including Italian, French, and Indian cuisines. It offers a unique shopping experience to its visitors. The narrow bazaar lanes are lined up with shops on both sides, offering a wide range of items including irresistibly beautiful handicraft items. Puppets and joothies are other popular items. You can also shop for a host of other items, which include textile, camel leather items, woven jackets, wooden boxes and ornaments.

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A number of traditional Rajasthani handicrafts are available in Jaisalmer Fort . Jaisalmer is famous for embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antiques and old stonework.

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It is also the only ‘Living Fort’ in the country. The fort is host to over 1000 families whose forefathers have been settled there by the Kings (Maharawals of the Bhati clan of Rajputs) some eight centuries ago and continue to live in the ancestral houses on the original streets and Paras.

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A Bhaang Shop is near the gate of Jaisalmer fort, where Bhaang is available in the form of biscuits and milk mixed variety. The biscuits cost about 80 rupees. The milk bottle costs about rupees 360.

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Posted by anuj1975 10:57 Archived in India Tagged india fort tourism rajasthan jaisalmer sandstone Comments (0)

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