Samdruptse Hill in South Sikkim

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Jan 122018
 
Samdruptse Hill; Namchi; Sikkim; India; statue; uasatish;

Guru Padmasambhava

Samdruptse Hill is 6 km from Namchi and 75 km from Gangtok. It is surmounted by a giant statue of Guru Padmasambhava who is the patron saint of Sikkim. At 148 feet, it is the tallest statue in the world of Guru Padmasambhava. The hill is at a height of Continue reading »

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The Making of an Uru

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Jan 082018
 
Uru; boat; dhow; Beypore; Kozhikode; Calicut; Kerala; India; uasatish;

Half-Built Boat

Uru is a large handcrafted ocean-going boat. The boats are built in Beypore near Kozhikode by master craftsmen who do not make use of technical drawings or blueprints. The boats were traditionally used for transporting goods and people. Most of the Urus are today Continue reading »

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A Peep into Scenic Kerala

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Jan 012018
 
Wayanad; Kerala; India; mountains; clouds; trees; uasarish;

Cloud Covered Wayanad Mountains

Kerala is India’s unruffled and beautiful state. Its varied landscape forms a narrow strip- nearly 600 km of  coastline along the Arabian Sea, a network of sparkling backwaters and Continue reading »

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Top Nine Posts of 2017

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Dec 252017
 
We have come to the end of an eventful year. We now have a brand new year ahead of us. It is time to choose the top nine posts of 2017.
It was not an easy selection. I had to go by web site traffic and social media engagements to bring you your best-loved posts of 2017.
1. Thruvangad Temple
Sree Ramaswamy Temple; Thiruvangad Temple: Thalassery; Kerala; India; architecture; outdoor; uasatish; building; Thiruvangad; copper clad roof;

Copper Sheeting on the Roof

Sree Ramaswamy Temple in Thalassery is Continue reading »

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Khecheopalri Lake – Sacred Lake in Sikkim

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Dec 172017
 
Khecheopalri Lake; Sikkim; India; lake; sky; clouds; trees; uasatish; water;

Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake is sacred for Buddhists and Hindus alike. It is believed to be a wish- fulfilling lake. It is located near Khecheopalri village at a height of 5,577 feet.  Gangtok is 134 km (5 hr 18 min) away. Pelling town is 31 km (1 hr 21 min) to the north east. The area is also Continue reading »

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Kappad Beach

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Dec 112017
 
Kappad Beach; Kozhikode; Kerala; beach; sea; sand; trees; uasatish; sky;

Kappad Beach

This is the beach where the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed in 1498. He was the first European to reach India by sea. He came to establish a trade route between his native Portugal and the Malabar coast. Kerala has always been famous for its spices and that was also the main reason why ancient traders followed the ‘spice route. There was strong demand in Europe for Continue reading »

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Fifteen Bridges to Love

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Dec 042017
 
Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge); Amsterdam; canal; water; bridge; sky; clouds; uasatish;

Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge)

I have put together a selection of my pictures of bridges. They are from different parts of the world. Some of the bridges are famous while others are historic or have architectural beauty.

Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge) is a historic bridge across the Amstel River. It connects the Rembrandtplein with the Waterlooplein in central Amsterdam. The original seventeenth-century wooden bridge was painted blue. It was replaced by the new bridge in 1884. Its architecture is similar to Continue reading »

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Beypore Beach

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Nov 272017
 
Beypore; beach; Kerala; India; sea; sky; rocks; uasatish; sand; trees;

The Beach at Beypore

Beypore port is one of the oldest ports in Kerala from where trading was done with countries in the Middle East, China and Europe. It is the second largest port in Kerala after Kochi. Beypore Beach is Continue reading »

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By Road to Lachung from Gangtok

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Nov 202017
 
Sikkim; North Sikkim; India; bridge; trees; uasatish;

Bridge in North Sikkim

Lachung is 102 km from the state capital Gangtok. The journey takes about 4.5 hours. Most visitors stay overnight at Lachung enroute to the beautiful Yumthang Valley. It is a scenic route with charming villages and waterfalls to be seen along the way. Visitors climb from Gangtok at 5,118 feet to Continue reading »

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Travel from Gangtok to Changu Lake

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Nov 132017
 
Sikkim; India; Kupup; lake; Kupup Lake; Elephant Lake; sky; mountain; clouds; uasatish;

Elephant Lake

Changu Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, at an altitude of 12,400 feet. It is 39 km from Gangtok. The distance must be covered in a car since trains do not operate in Sikkim. Northeast Frontier Railway is preparing to build a 44.98 km railway line from Sevooke in West Bengal to Rangpo in Sikkim. Fourteen tunnels have been planned to Continue reading »

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