Monday, 21 July 2014

Kasmir in full spring.

       Introduction: This year's month from Kolkata by train we went up to Amritsar and got down at Jalandhar station. From here by night train we reached Jam-mu and from there by Tata Sumo we took the way Srinagar. We reached Jawahar Tunnel and crossing it we entered Kashmir valley.

       The beauty of our way amazed us and one side of the way is hill wall and on the other large valley. The Jhilam river become our companion and the way in front ice clad-den hill welcome does. We at last reached the central point of Srinagar Dull gate.

      Next day we went to Dul-lake. We took a boat to enjoy water. Today Dul-lake is surrounded by black hill and covered white hill in the sides. The total lade is a mini-market. We again return to our hotel for our lunch and after that by auto we went to visit the famous sites of Srinagar. We first visited Srinagar Tulip Garden. Here in the month of April Tupin Garden is observed to 20 days.

      Our next destination is "Hajoratbal Mosque". To enter the temple firs the adjacent vast grass land appeared to our eye. There many Muslim were praying and the children were playing in delight. We next went to visit Shalimar Bag. This emperor Jahangir for Nurjahan. The emperor usually in summer season use to visit this place with his "Begum". Our next destination was "Parimahal", a garden made by emperor Shah-jahan's son Dara.

     There are many beautiful Gardens in Srinagar named Nishatbug, Nashinbug and Chasmasahi Garden. Next day we went to visit Gulmarg. Our car was traveling and the two sides of the road were Poplar tree. At last we entered Gulmarg, a vast green land. We ascended by hilly way and on the top entered the Shiva temple. The place was lonely and after paying our regards we went to Gondwala by hours riding. Here rope way is called Gondwala and this is the highest rope way of the world. We at first bought Ticket to the first station and entered in the land of snow. In this station there are various ways of enjoyment. After a while of traveling and enjoying we again return by Gondwala. In the spring time here all enjoy Golf. 

       Next day we were ready to visit Pahalgaon and our guide was the Lider river. By the beautiful dreamy way we reached Pahelgaon. We hired horses to see four points on the hill. As much up we went, the nature unwieldy her. In a certain place our horse stopped and the owner of it announced that it was Kashmir valley point. The snowy mountains ahead were very near. Our horses were driven more into the forest and in a lonely place near a stream, we visited second point. Our horses moved farther and gradually we reached a green grace field. It was a speechless experience. After relishing 3rd point, we arrived at more green land. This point is called "Mini Switzerland".

        Next day we again started our journey to "Son-marge". The attractive way touched our heart. The Sindh river is surrounded this village like a half Moon. Slowly the road have its up and on two sides seeing ice patch, ice bridge we reached Son-marge. All around the snowy mountains stood gravely. Son-marge is more beautiful than "Gaul-marge". After a brief stay here we returned Srinagar.

           Next day we went by walking towards Del-Lake. We took a "Shikara" and went towards Nehru Park. It is a small garden beautifully decorated with different co-loured flowers. We bid goodbye to Nehru Park and again got into "Shikara". We entered deep into Del-Lake and found that it was a mini floating village in water.

          We reached the bank and by auto resumed our journey to some historical architecture of Srinagar. The locals call this place "Old City". We first went to Shah-I-Hamdan. This large Mosque is beside the Jhilam river. From there we went to Particularly religious place of the local Muslims, the Cemetery of "Peer Dastagir Sahib". We also entered with other devotees and in a room well designed with multicolor glasses is the Cemetery.

       Next we went to Jama Mosque founded by "Sultan Sikandar Shah". This Mosque has many pillars and the delicate artistry is worth to be mentioned. This Mosque had been burnt thrice and after third time emperor Aurangzeb again re-built it and after that till now it is safe. This is our short visit to the land of beauty and joy.

       How to go -: From kolkata by train reach Jam-mu-Tawai directly by trains - either Himgiri Express or Jam-mu-Tawai Express. From Jam-mu by bus or Sumo reach Srinagar.

      When to go -: Throughout the year Kashmir is pleasant but the rainy season. The tourist should prefer from March to June, time of Puja to visit Amarnath.     



                  
                        

        

      

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Two days halt at "Amarkantak".

        Introduction: The great poet "Kalidas" was amazed at beauty of Amarkantak.Though that beauty is not there yet the green Mountain, water fall and loneliness are still even today asset of Amarkantak.

      We left chhatisgarh fort station at 8.30 P.m. by Sarnath Express and reached pendra road at 2 p.m. At dawn we left the station and availed Amarkantak but. By Zigzag way we reached Amarkantak (45 k.m.) in one and half hour. The work of temple and its main gate is not yet complete. We took shelter in newly buitd "Athishala". I want straight on the bed and took a nap. I got of at 11 a.m and straight went to a "Marwari" hotel.

                           Kapil-Dhara (Amarkantak)


       The view from the hotel is both holy and eye catching. On the other side on the road there is green land touching the "Narmada" river. On the stone ghats the tourist were bathing. For river dam water is not flowing. On the other bank of the "Normada" there is dense forest. We crossed the main entrance and arrived at stone build large yard surrounded by wall. At the middle there is holy "Narmada Kunda" and 12 small-large temple from the temple arena. Among it the main god and goddess are "Sidheshwar Mahadev" and his daughter Narmada. Apart from them Goreksnath, Suryanarayan, Haragauri, Radha-Krishna, are worshiped. The temples are simple and made of brick not more than 100 - 150 years old. On one side we saw a burnt-brick made headless horse rider sits beside headless "Mahut". The energetic tourists were passing beneath the narrow Elephant in the hope of having got rid of sin. Two half-sank temples are in "Normada Kunda" and a stone structure raises his head on the water. Here bathing is forbidden. Just behind this on one green "Tila" are the ancient temples of the "Kalchuri dynasty". The temple and the yard were like a Pyramid and the adjacent "Shiva" temple was also of the same type. There is the temple of "Karnadev" same distance up. There are 15 small and big temple, all are somehow damaged.

                     Old Normoda Temples (Amarkantak)


       The historical age of "Amarkantok" is not less than 300 years. The hilly road has gone through ups and downs. The total place is lonely and after only one K.m walk we could reach "Narmada Maika Bagicha". There are some hermits dwelling and in the middle a small temple of "Normada Devi". On return we went to "Mritunjoy Ashram". Next day we went to "Kapildhara", 7 K.m. away. Crossing the bus stand and keeping on right hand one by one forest department office, "Ramkrishan Mission" we went ahead and our constant companion on the left hand is the Normoda river. The dam on the Normoda river came to our view. We went up on the hilly road and our car stopped at "Kapil-ban" and the tribal Museum is very near. Through the green forest, the red soiled road is going to "Kapil-dhara". Just beside, there is a cave-temple dedicated after famous "Kapil-Muni".

New Normoda Temples (Amarkantak)


      We went to "Shone-mura", the origin of "Shone" river, in the return journey. We went downwards through steeps and there was a hanging watch tower. The hill suddenly ends here and this place though 3500 feet above sea level but a ended here.

 Shiva Temple (Amarkantak)


         How to go: There are some train to reach "Bilaspur" from Kolkata like the Mumbai Mail (No - 2810), the Ahmedabad Express (No - 2834) etc. The Narmada Express (No - 8234) reaches Pendra from Bilaspur. From Pendra by bus Amarkantak is only one and half hour journey. There are also some buses, though few, to reach Amarkantak from here.
  




     
        

Friday, 18 July 2014

Unknown Calm "Lamahata".

       Introduction:20 k.m. far from Darjeeling passing Jorbanglow quiet calm Lanahata is waiting as an Ideal tourist spot. The view of Kanchanjangha is really beautiful. The pine trees, various flowers, Chirping of the bird, the cool hill breeze and nature around. There is no pollution for less population. Local villagers are very much simple living.

Lamahata


         There are Deer and Monkey to be seen  in the 19 mile long forest. The famous "Glaneburn Tea Estate" is very near. Only 4 k.m. aay from Lamagata is "Ranglirong Glist Tea Garden". On walking one can visit 300 years old Lama Monastery. The pictures and designs are eye - Catching. In the past Lamahata was called "Fugimafu". It was mandatory for every one to be taught at least one of the family ion the Monastery. At present also the traditional attire of the Nepalese and Lamas can be seen. Apart from that there are many remains of Lamas.

Lamahata


       Crossing 3 K.m. ups and downs of the hilly was there is an attractive view point "Tutidhara". There are on one hand green tea garden and on the other high mountain. As far as one can see there is green and green. If weather permits the full view of "Kanchanjangha" can be seen. Before independence Tuti view point was called Tutisaheb tea. From here the view of "Kanchanjangha and kalimpong" are mind boggling.

Lamahata


        From Lamahata 2 K.m. away there is a small Lake called "Hilltop water Bodies". This Lake is situated on a hill and all around there is green and green. Those who want a lonely, coll place for them the ideal place is "Lamahata". The place is just growing up and for that there is no hotel but some home-stay. "Lamahata"is on the way from "Darjeeling"to "Gangtok". Recently a park named "Lamahata" park has been made by the help of West Bengal Govt.

Lamahata


         How to go: From Kolkata either by train or by bus get down either new Jalpaiguri or Siliguri. Lamahata is only 75 k.m away from there.             

              

Friday, 11 July 2014

Unkoti and Jampui Hill.

        Today's destination is Unkoti and by air I got down at Agartala. I took night Holt in Agartala and Prepared for 178 k.m. distance to reach Unkoti and the most of total distance was through the hills. 44 no. National way goes to Gwahati but we would go through Mohanpur, Giraniya to Baramura on the way is Bankumari temple and tacking blessing of the goddess we resumed our journey and took a slight rest at Baramura Eco-park.

Unkoti


      The Serpantile Hilly way was in front of us and the turns increased at Taliomura and Atharomura. There was a forest of Teak, Sal, Se-gun. At Taliomura the khoai river was waiting for us. Previously there was tight military security but till now general public can go from 8 am to 5 pm except military Convoy. Be-four to reach Manubazar the hilly was ended and with that security too. We crossed 160 k.m. way to reach Kumarghat. The clock said 11.30 A.m. Centering Kumarghat we would visit Unkoti and Jampui Hill. 

Jampui Hill.


         We were in no hurry as Unkoti is only 18 K.m. from here. There were tea gardens in plenty as soon as we arrived "Kailasahar". There was paddy field in one hand and tea garden in the other. At last we reached to our destination Unkoti Hill. Our chief aspiration was to see carved and architectural wonder idols on Raghunandan Hill. On the face of steps there is a large Shiva idol. The carved idols are here and these on the hill and in the back ground green landscape.


Jampui Hill.

          We got down by the steps and in front of us is "Unkotiswar Kalvairab" idol (30 feet height) which is the biggest bas relief in India. In two sides of this idol there is two carved structure of goddess. Apart from it there are idols of Bandurga, Ram-Laxman, Kartick and Laxmi-Saraswati. In front of this idol there is a "Kundo" and it seems a hilly rive-let.  

         There are lot of folt tales on Unkoti and from historical perspective many researches have been made. Some scholars say its origin is about 8th or 9th century whereas according to some it is more and ancient. Some opine it to be the architecture of the Pal hilly steps and reached certain point of the hill and in front of us a Peculiar stone-statue of the combined imagination of the Trinity - Brahma, Visnu and Shiba. We stepped farther through the broken steps and at the lonely place in front of a room there are statues of - Uma-Maheshwar, Ardhanariswar, Hanuman, Genesha, Nandi, Parbati, ect. The place could be a perfect museum.

         We stepped downwards and on the hilly steps and in front of us there were Ganesha and a Visnu carved figures on the stoney wall of the hill. We were totally taken aback to see hundreds of stoney figures. Now it is time to return. On the way back we had a short visit to Sonamukhi tea garden. Tomorrow our destination is ever-green Jampui-Hill.


Waterfalls


       Jampui Hill : It is about 55 km away from Unkoti. It is mainly through the hills. We reached Pecharthal and turned right. The ever present greenery touched our mind. Throughout the way Paddy fields and banana -coconut graves come in front of us. We crossed the Deo river gridge and reached kanchanpur. As soon as we crossed kanchanpur again hilly way came in front through its ups and downs. Two tribal villages Monpui and Klaksi were in our way. At last we reached 11 tribal lived village Bhanmun about 2700 feet high from sea level. We stood at the view-point in front of Eden lodge. Befour us range of the Mijo-hill -a scenic beauty.

       It is a land of green forest and never ending peace. For climatic reason spring prevails here through out the year. Apart from nature there is nothing more to describe. The Jampui hill is mainly of sixth villages - Konpui, Bhanmun, Retling-top, Banlabari, Klansang and sabuan. The villagers are mainly Christian and Lusai and Riang tribes. Our next destination is Shbling-Up.

      The way was lonely and on both the sides there were Orange trees. On the slope of the hill there were Ora ids in plenty. But the nature was not at all in our fab-our and we had to return. On the return journey we stopped at Betling top and there was a beautiful Church. For the last time we breathed in the Unpolluted air and with a heavy heart we returned.

Mijo-hill from Bhanmun.




        How to go: Unkoti can reachable both by air and rail route. Two airports Agartala and Silchar have flight link with kolkata and from there on can easily reach Unkoti.

      By rail routh first to reach Lamding and from there to Tripura and to get down at Dharmanagar or Kumarghat station. From Dharmanagar and Kumarghat the distance to Kalishhar are respectively 31 Km and 35 Km. The train to go from kolkata to Lamding are Kamrup Express (No -15959), Dibrugar Express (No - 12525) etc.    

           

                       

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Natural Beauty in Amarnath.

       Introduction:How to unfold my journey I can not express but till now I shiver in joy and excitement. By train from Howrah I went to Delhi and in the morning I reached Jam-mu. After break fast by we went to "Pahelgaon". The total way I relished natural beauty. At Patnitop I had my meal and resumed journey again. Going through Zigzag way at Banihal I crossed the longest tunnel in Asia "Jawhar Tunnel". Next to begin the way to Kashmir Valley.

Amarnath


         At 4 pm we crossed Khanabal and took the way of "Ananta-Nag" for our destination Pahelgaon. In our left hand side there is "Lidar" river. At 6pm we reached "Pahelgaon". You will be amazed to know that evening comes after 8 pm.After search the army we got boarded in our previously book hotel. In front of the hotel tge "Lidar" river flows and behind green Pine and Oak trees are silent spectators and just behind Ice-crowned mountain. We have been informed that up-to "Chandanowari"we will go by cur and from there by horse.

Amarnath.


       We boarded off the hotel and went to Chandanowari by car 14 km away. This is the base-camp of Amarnath. This place at the height of 9500 feet beside the "Lidar" river is full with hue and cry of the tourists. At 6th in the morning the journey is about to begin but a routine search by the army. After the legal Proceeding we rode on the horse and  with a chanting prayer of "Joy-Baba-Bholenath", we started our journey.

Amarnath


          Our main destination is "Panchatarani" 27 km away. 3 Km away is "Pisutop" at 11,200 feet.  Going by the way if you look under, your head will reel. Crossing Pisutop the road is through a green Vally and crossing this 4 km distance we reached "Jogibal" at 11,300 feet. All through the way our every time companion is the Lidar river, greenery and the Himalaya. We took a light supper and some time by horse and some time of feet we reached "Nagkoti". "Sesh-Nag" is only 4.5 km away.  

Amarnath


       A mind catching beautiful scenery come in front of me. All around there is ice-Crowned mountain and in the middle large "Seshnag" Lake. This Lake is formed from the glacier and when the water goes downwards it forms the Lidar river. This Lake in length and breadth is about a mile. I crossed the Seshnag Valley and from here one K.m. away is Warbol Pass. Everywhere there is ice and ice. Some distance away is Mahaguna Pass (14,900 feet). This way is very risky. There has been rope given to continue the walk of the travelers. There are innumerable charitable "Bhandra". I took a tee break and next to go Panchatarani 8 k.m. away. Now the road is more smoother. By walking I reached to the end of these Valley. I could see below water of Panchatarani and at last I arrived Camping Ground (12,000 feet). I could see five rivers named Saraswati, Bargasikha, Dhaka, Bhima and Bhagabati mingle here and forms Amarabhati which later flows into Amarganga. There are about thousand camps. Now it is 7 p.m. I took shelter in my Camp. It had been raining outside and with the rain shivering cold inside. 

Amarnath


         Next day is 10 July. It is morning 5 A.m. and our destination is Amarnath only 6 K.m. away from here. I was gong by the side of Amarnath mountain and Amarganga is flowing beside the traveler. We all were going on the glacier and some distance away is "Sant Sing Top". Amarnath Cave-temple is only 3 K.m. away. Our house journey ended here and we walked on feet. We crossed some turns on Ice and caught the sight of our destination - the Cave. We had been anxiously waiting for our turn to see the god of all the gods but we had to face the search of the army. All the journey and its toil seemed nothing - one side we the thirsty travelers and the other side "Sayambhu Linga", its companion "Durga" and "Ganesh".

Amarnath


          How to reach: There are two traditional ways to reach Amarnath - from Jammu touching Pahalgaon and the other from Srinagar to Sonmarg.

Amarnath

 

         




           

Monday, 30 June 2014

Attractive Egypt.

    Introduction : Missor is situated in north-east Africa and south west Asia. The farthest Seniai island mingles these two continents. Now see how you can tour Missor. There two ways -:1) Only advanture to ancient Egypt and 2) Playing with nature beside the red see. It will take 25 - 30 days to have the full journey. The adventure starts here.

Pyramid

      Giza: First there is world famous Giza pyramid. From Kairo by taxi you can reach Pyramid. First to say of Khufu pyramid which is the cemetery of Pharaoh Khufu. For almost 3800 years It had been the best highest architecture of the world before "Linkon Cathedral". The Pyramid has tree rooms - one for the king, one for the quine and third room is incomplete. Wit-hen this Pyramid complex there is a full length boat worth to be seen. 

Article of Egyptian Museum. 


      The next Pyramid to be seen is Khafre Pyramid. The eldest son of Khufu also Khafre and on his cemetery was built these second impotent Pyramid. Wit-hen Pyramid complex there is valley temple which is its entrance. The Neel river touches this valley temple and at last Phinx. The at Phinx is situated in the north bank of Neel river. Its body is that of lion and face is of man. It is 73.5 meter in length, 19.6 meter in breadth and 20.22 meter in height. In the evening a light and sound show is Performed near Phinx. One should not miss it.

6th Mentuhopel Statue.


    Caero: This town is situated near the delta of the Neel river. Here the first destination is world famous Egyptian museum. This museum is open from 9 am to 7 pm except "Ramjan " month. A traveler should have ample time in hand. If you go by metro then get down at Sadat station. If you go by bus then get down at "Abdel Minem Riad".

    If you do not know that concrete can be so attractive, then see Caero Tower. It is very attractive in day light but seducing in night. If you want to travel to the ancient Egypt then you have to advance forward some mile from Caero city to Pharnic village. Innumerable actors act here day and night in the attire of ancient Egypt.

     Now it is time to visit a bit separate Caero. Some part of middle Caero is famous for its mosques. The mosques worth to be seen are Al-Ibon-Tulun, Al-Hakim, Al Azhar, Khan-Al-Khappi etc. In the delta of Egypt there is Babilon Fort. Besides this one must have a visit by Mosque street to various traditional mosques and architectures.

      Laxor: From Caero by express train go to Laxor. Sublime attraction of ancient Egypt are very much present in Laxor.The first place to be visited is Vally of the kings, situated in the western bank of ancient Egypt. The Vally was two parts eastern,western. The royal cemeteries are mainly in the eastern part. This Vally is also famous for the discovery of the Royal cemetery of Tuten-khamen.  

        Next is Laxor temple, situated in the eastern bank of the Nile. Ancient Egypt god Amun is worshiped here.


Arte-fact of  Egypt.

     Local people call it by the name of "El-kolasau" or "Es-Salamat". The two statues of Pharaon Amenhotop one have been placed side by side for the 3400 years. The king sits erect looking straight at the Nile. From there catch a taxi and say want to go to "Met-Half-Al-Laxor". The Laxor Museum is here. The total Revolution from the ancient time to the modern age has been depicted here. Previously i told of Vally is kings, now it is time to tell valley is kings, now it is time to tell valley of Queens. The cemeteries of the quins are here. Many Prince and Princesses cemeteries are also here. To go here one should cross the Nile by both then to catch a taxi and seen are Momification Museum and Abu-Hagog mosque.

       Alexandria: Founded by the great Alexander Alexandria is the second largest of Egypt. To remember the greatest library of the Ancient time and to pay reverence has been build in Alexandria - Bibliotheka Alexandria. The other places to be seen are light house of Alexandria, Montaja Palace, Pompey Pillar, Sitadel of Quetbay, Alexandria, National Museum, where one can be ornaments, Diagram and many art crafts of the ancient Egypt.

Statue 


       Karnak:There are many temples, Pillars and architectures of ancient Egypt. There are four parts Karnak. The largest part has been opened by the Epytian Government for the tourists. The places to be noticed are part of "Amun-Ray" deity, the temple of "Nut" goddess, the war - god "Mantur-Anchal and "Amen-Hotep-five".

            There are so much to be told but remained untold your journey to the land of pharaohs is welcome.

          

        

       
  

   

Friday, 20 June 2014

The Place to watch - "Deoriatal".

      Introduction: From Haridwar we went to Ukhimath and from there to Sarigram by Car. Deoriatal is 3 km from Sarigram.

        Previous night we spent at Tunganath and in the morning we tracked to Chandrashila Peak to see the sunrise. Having breakfast at Tunganath we went down Chopta and got into car. Today our destination is Ukhimath, so we decided to visit Deoriatal. My mind was not ready to leave Chopta as such a beautiful valley i had not seen in Gadoal. We stopped at Dogalvita to see the whole Himalayan range and from there we went to Sarigram. From Sarigram, Deoriatal is only 3 km walking distance. Sarigram is a small village. At the of the village, there is a beautiful Shiva temple. Below us in the slope of the hill every where is greenery as nature has laid a green carpet. There is a walking way to go up through the village to reach the temple. The Shiva temple is built according to Kedarnath temple.

Deoriatal


         Half a km up there is the view point to take rest and to watch beau ti  of Sharigram. After that there is a slight up-wards way. We moved forward enjoying the nature and suddenly the way was divided into two, but of the ways met in the same place - "Deoriatal".

Deoriatal


        It was my love at first side. Every where is forest, greenery and the atmosphere is cool, calm. In the northern side there are few benches for the travelers. Forest department camp is situated here. We rested on the grass carpet. We were in no hurry and moving slightly we faced towards north. The sky is blue and front of us is "Deoriatal". Behind us there is Chaukhamba Peak. I hard before that to see the reflection of Chaukhamba in water Deoriatal seems to be a large mirror. The lake is like a heaven to the bird watchers. So far from hue and cry and such a natural beauty all around - In the heaven in fact.

Deoriatal


        It is so sad that the divine souls use to come to bath here and so is the Lake's name. Another opinion is that a Yogi named Deoria use to worship here and so the name formed. The name is very correct as such a place can always be for worshiping. Now it is time to return to Ukhimath but it seemed to me that I had gun Bhukhhartal rule several times but such a heavenly place was beyond my visit.