• Haridwar
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    HARIDWAR! A Gateway to Gods!

    HISTORY: It is said to have been named ‘KAPILA’ after a sage with the same name. According to Hiuen Tsiang the place had a name ‘Gangadwara’. Prsent name Haridwar is the way to reach Hara [Lord Shiva, as claimed by Shaivites] or Hari [Lord Vishnu, as claimed by Vaishnavites]. Its main ghat is Hari Ka Charan or Hari Ki Pairi [Lord Vishnu’s footprints]. History has it that the ghats and around have also witnessed the massacre of Gosains, Bairagis and other devotees at different periods of time. When to go? All the year round. Avoid on weekends, public holidays and vacations because of crowd. If you wish to have peaceful…

  • car on hills
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    Car Drive to Hills

    So you have finally decided to go to a hill station and you are going to drive. First thing that you need is the CONFIDENCE in yourself. Everybody drives on the hills for the first time and you are no exception. Go for it. Have faith on yourself and your lovely car. Which Car? Naturally you will take your own car. You can’t borrow because it is doubtful that somebody known to you will take that risk and secondly you will not be at ease on steering in a new [read other] car. So forget SUVs, 4*4 drives, off road cars if you don’t have them. Remember, locals mostly use…

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    Lesser Known destinations of Uttarakhand

    Uttarakhand is best known for its raw hills. The state may not be as colorful as its counterpart, Himachal Pradesh but its charm lies in its unpreparedness. Lack of good roads, ill planned construction work, depleting green cover on hill slopes and underdeveloped tourist places, they all add up to its uniqueness. At first glance Uttarakhand may appear to be well known for its Char Dham Yatras [Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri], main attractions like Nainital, Haridwar, Rishikesh [well known for its adventure sports], Mussorie and many small and hard treks but divert from main routes a bit and you land up in many unexplored, mysterious and serene places. Some…

  • Sunrise
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    SUNRISE! A spectacular phenomenon.

    Sun rises from the East…… A very usual and natural reasoning but it gives apparently a wrong notion that the sun is moving while our earth is stationary. The fact is totally the opposite but then who cares about the science when you are witnessing the majesty of the morning sun in it’s bright golden glory breaching all the obstacles of darkness of the night. Sometimes you often ponder how weak and frail is the darkness as it is literally knocked out by the initial first few rays of the sun. Sunrise is that initial moment when the sun just appears on the horizon. Suddenly the whole sky is full…

  • Varanasi: City from past in the modern era!
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    Varanasi: An ancient mystery in modern era!

    Last weekend I along with my friends decided to visit Varanasi. A city that I had heard so much but never had a chance to have a glimpse of it. Somewhat like a hindi movie, Sholay. Wondering, what a simile? I saw it when I was 18 and it was released when I was born. When I saw it I knew each and every dialogue of the movie but was experiencing it for the first time in visual form. Varanasi is different. It is historical, majestic, spiritual, classic, aesthetic, pious… [… running out of adjectives]. Before even I had embarked upon the journey I felt as if I knew the…