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For all the Royal Enfield "Bullet" fans...Om Banna Mandir

The story of Om Banna..The Motorbike God !!

Om Banna is a temple located in Pali district near Jodhpur, India, devoted to a deity in the form of a motorcycle.It is located 20 kilometres from Pali and 50 kilometres away from Jodphur on the Pali-Jodhpur highway. The motorcycle is a 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet.

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Residents of Chotila village have built a small temple for the motorbike and his dead owner, Om Singh Rathore, also known as Om Banna or Bullet Baba, on National Highway 65 in Pali, Rajasthan.The shrine has a Royal Enfield 350cc bullet enclosed in a glass box with a photo of Om Banna, who died in a road accident around 24 years ago in that same spot.

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Over two decades ago, 21-year-old Om Singh Rathore, the son of a local village leader, was on his way home when he met with a fatal accident on the highway. The police hauled away the motorcycle and that’s when the legend began.The bike was not in the police station the next day. It was found at the accident spot. The police took the bike back, this time securing it with chains and deflating its tyres. The story goes that the next morning the motorcycle was again found at the accident spot. Police tried everything possible to stop the bike from being moved. The bike somehow made it to the accident site in the dead of the night.

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Thus began the legend of Om Banna, or Bullet Baba, the patron saint of all those who use the highway. Following the incident, villagers in the area build the temple to worship it.

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The temple itself is an elevated concrete platform on which is a bust of Rathore. Behind it stands the Bullet, enclosed in a glass case.

Posted by anuj1975 01:54 Archived in India Tagged temples places india pali beautiful national highway road royal jodhpur rajasthan enfield bullet Comments (1)

The Beautiful Leh..Part IX....Khardung La "Pass"

Khardung La

Khardung Pass, la means pass in Tibetan is a high mountain pass located in the Ladakh region of the India. The elevation of Khardung La is 5,359 m (17,582 ft) and it is the world's highest motorable pass.

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The pass on the Ladakh Range lies north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. The Siachen Glacier lies part way up the latter valley. Built in 1976, it was opened to public motor vehicles in 1988 and has since seen many automobile, motorbike and mountain biking expeditions. Maintained by the Border Roads Organisation, the pass is strategically important to India as it is used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier.

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Posted by anuj1975 06:45 Archived in India Tagged me landscapes mountains skylines sky snow places india world beautiful hill la buddha road tourism pass ladakh leh budhhism khardungla highec Comments (1)

The Beautiful Leh..Part VIII..Confluence of Indus & Zanskar

And Magnetic Hill....

The confluence of the Zanskar River and the Indus is 3 km southeast of Nimmu village in Ladakh.This place is the meeting point of two rivers Indus & Zanskar. This place is famous for water activities....

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Magnet Hill is a so-called "gravity hill" located near Leh in Ladakh, India.The “magnet Hill” is located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway, about 30 km from Leh, at a height of 11,000 feet above sea level. The magnetic hill has become a popular stop for domestic tourists on car journeys..

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Posted by anuj1975 05:43 Archived in India Tagged me landscapes mountains lakes sky snow night places india hill buddha road tourism ladakh leh magnetic zanskar kargil budhhism indus Comments (0)

The Beautiful Leh..Part VII..Pangong Tso Lake....

Pangong Tso , Tibetan for "long, narrow, enchanted lake", also referred to as Pangong Lake, is a lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. Approximately 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 km. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. It is not part of Indus river basin area and geographically a separate land locked river basin.
The brackish water of the lake has very low micro-vegetation. Guides report that there are no fish or other aquatic life in the lake, except for some small crustaceans. On the other hand, visitors see numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface. There are some species of scrub and perennial herbs that grow in the marshes around the lake.

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Posted by anuj1975 07:26 Archived in India Tagged me landscapes sunsets_and_sunrises mountains lakes skylines animals sky snow places india beautiful la buddha road tourism ladakh leh kargil budhhism pangong tso Comments (0)

The Beautiful Leh...Part - VI...On way to Pangong Tso lake

Chang La Pass and area around !!

The Chang La (el. 5,360 m or 17,590 ft) is a high mountain pass in Ladakh, India. It is the second highest motorable road in the world. Chang La is approached from Leh via kharu and sekti village by a black top road. The climb is very steep and requires a careful drive. The descent from Chang La towards Tangtse or Darbuk is again very steep. The place is a must go for nature lovers.

The Chang La is on the route to Pangong Lake from Leh. The name literally means "Pass towards the South" or "Pass in the South" (Chang = south, La = Pass).

This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changthang Plateau situated in the Himalayas. The pass is located on the 134 km-long (83 mi) road between the Pangong Lake and Leh.

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Posted by anuj1975 07:04 Archived in India Tagged landscapes mountains lakes skylines people snow places india beautiful la buddha road chang tourism ladakh leh budhhism pangong tso Comments (2)

The Beautiful Leh..Part - V...winters with fresh snowfall!

Leh has a cold desert climate with long, harsh winters from October to early March, with minimum temperatures well below freezing for most of the winter. The city gets occasional snowfall during winter. The weather in the remaining months is generally fine and warm during the day. Average annual rainfall is only 102 mm (4.02 inches). The temperature can range from -42 °C (-43.6 °F) in winter to 33 °C (91.4 °F) in summer.

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Posted by anuj1975 10:22 Archived in India Tagged me landscapes mountains buildings trees snow places india beautiful buddha road 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)

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