Gangtok – Sikkim’s Modern Capital

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Aug 142017
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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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Namchi, Sikkim: Religion, Travel and Beyond

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Jul 102017
 

Badrinath Dham

Char Dham or Sidheshwar Dham was built by Sikkim government to promote religious tourism. It was inaugurated on November 2011. Char Dham temple complex is on Solophok Hill, 5 km from Namchi in Sikkim. You can reach Namchi in Continue reading »

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Changu Lake – Glacial Lake in Sikkim

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Jul 032017
 
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Changu Lake

Changu Lake is a glacial lake at an altitude of 12,400 feet. It is fed by waters from Himalayan glaciers. It is also known as Tsongmo Lake. The lake is 34 km from Gangtok, on the Gangtok-Nathula road. Although trout and other fish thrive in the waters, fishing Continue reading »

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Kannur: Photos that Will Make You Pack Your Bags

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Jun 262017
 
Kannur; Kerala; India; beach; Neerkkadavu; Azhikkal; uasatish;

Neerkkadavu Beach

Kannur International Airport is expected to be commissioned by end of the year. This will make travelling to Kannur faster and easier. Many persons from the region are working in Gulf countries. They now have to depend on the airports in Mangalore or Kozhikode. Kannur is also connected by Continue reading »

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General Observations on Sikkim

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Jun 192017
 
Sikkim; Zero Point; India; mountains; sky; clouds; snow; uasatish;

Zero Point

Sikkim is the second smallest state in India. It has dramatic Himalayan landscapes. This includes India’s tallest mountain, Kangchenjunga (8,586 metres). Sikkim is home to alpine meadows, glaciers and numerous Continue reading »

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Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim

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Jun 152017
 
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Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery or Dharma Chakra Centre is located on top of a beautiful hill which faces the city of Gangtok. It is surrounded by flowing streams, mountains at the back, a snow range in front and a river below. Rumtek Monastery is the Continue reading »

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