Sep 182017
Vasai Creek; Vasai; Mumbai; India; sea; sky; bridge; uasatish;

Vasai Creek

Vasai is a fast-developing area in Palghar district of Maharashtra. Vasai-Virar City has a population of 1.21 million. Mumbai International Airport is 49 km by road, via NH 8. Vasai Road railway station is Continue reading »

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Sep 112017
Zero Point; Sikkim; India; mountain; snow; sky; clouds; uasatish;

Mountain in Zero Point

Zero Point is close to the international border with China in North Sikkim. The road from Lachung ends here. Civilians are not permitted to venture beyond. Visitors to the border area need to procure a permit from Continue reading »

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Sep 042017
Hawa Mahal; Jaipur; India; Rajasthan; building; architecture; uasatish;

Hawa Mahal

Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1726 by Maharaja Jai Singh II after whom the city is named. It is 260 km from New Delhi. Jaipur is the gateway to other tourist destinations in Rajasthan such as Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer and Udaipur.  The Golden Triangle is Continue reading »

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Sangchen Pemayangtse: Ancient Budhist Monastery

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Aug 282017
Pemayangtse Monastery; Pelling; Sikkim; India; architecture; building; uasatish;

Entrance to Prayer Hall

Pemayangtse Monastery is located on top of a hill, at an altitude of 2,000+ metres. It is 8.9 km from Pelling and 140 km from the state capital Gangtok. It is one of the oldest Budhist monasteries in Sikkim. The monastery follows the Nyingma Order of Tibetan Buddhism and Continue reading »

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Yumthang – Beautiful Valley in North Sikkim

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Aug 212017
Sikkim; India; Yumthang; valley; mountains; snow; sky; white clouds; meadow; trees; uasatish;

Snow-Clad Himalayan Peaks

Yumthang is a beautiful valley in North Sikkim. It is 26 km from the hill station of Lachung which means the Small Pass. The road trip takes you from Lachung at an elevation of 8,610 feet to Yumthang at Continue reading »

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Gangtok – Sikkim’s Modern Capital

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Aug 142017
Gangtok; Sikkim; India; road; uasatish; cars; trees; gate;

Ganju Lama Dwar

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. It is connected to Siliguri via NH 10, a distance of 114 km. The route can be covered in four hours, but may take longer if there is traffic. The nearest airport is Bagdogra. New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri is the closest railway station. Work has started on a broad gauge Continue reading »

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Mumbai – The Maximum City

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Aug 072017
Afghan Church; Mumbai; India; Navy Nagar; uasatish; church;

Afghan Church

Mumbai is India’s commercial capital and home to Hindi film industry. Major corporate offices, stock exchange and the national financial centre are all concentrated Continue reading »

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Edakkal Caves in Kerala – Abode of Stone Age Man

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Jul 312017
Edakkal Caves; Kerala; India; Wayanad;

Stone Between the Split Rocks

I had received requests that I put up a post on Edakkal Caves. As I did not get an opportunity to visit the place, I invited my old friend and classmate Kurian Varghese to write a guest post. He is an engineer and an independent researcher. The photos were taken by him during a recent family trip.

The photo above shows a stone in between split rocks. Edakkall in Malayalam literally means ‘a stone in between’. The top is open to Continue reading »

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A Memorial Temple Run by Indian Soldiers

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Jul 242017
Old Baba Mandir; Sikkim; India; army; uasatish; Kupup;

Baba Mandir

Baba Mandir has the distinction of being a temple run by soldiers of the Indian Army. It is near Kupup Village in Sikkim. Army jawans and officers from Nathu La, Kupup and surrounding areas near the Sino-Indian border visit the place. So do a lot of Indian tourists who make the journey from Gangtok. During winter, Continue reading »

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Nathu La Pass

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Jul 172017
Sikkim; prayer flags; India; uasatish;

Prayer Flags

Nathu La Pass is on the Chinese border with India. It is at an elevation of 14,140 feet. You can cross the border and enter China if you have valid travel documents. But China has closed the border recently due to Continue reading »

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