Bounties of the mountains: Sikkim Travelogue

Northeast India has always been one of the least accessible regions of our country. Partly because of geographic barriers that have not completely restored infrastructure. This is also an advantage because the region is less explored (and exploited) by tourists.

We visited Sikkim in the last week of January, when many warned us that “it will be too cold”. However, we wanted to see the snow, and we did not compromise on that. Despite being known for adventure tourism, we asked our tour managers to organize a family trail because we also had elders as part of our group.

Our trip started in Bombay from where we went to Bagdogra, West Bengal. From there, an SUV had to take us to our hotel in Gangtok, Sikkim. To say that this four-hour ride in the mountains is uncomfortable would put it lightly.

However, the stunning natural beauty we witnessed made us completely forget about everything else. On the way, just as we crossed the site of the hydrated dam Teesta IV, we were finally able to see the river Teesta in all its splendor.

We have also seen the Crown Bridge, which is apparently one of the few open bow bridges in India.

The itinerary of our first day had only one element: to visit the Tsomgo or the inhabitants, Lake Changu. Since this is a restricted area, mandatory authorizations have been made in advance.

After passing through the checkpoint, we realized that this beauty deserves to be overseen by our armed forces. It is magical to see the clear blue sky in the context of the snowy mountains. It also refers to the feeling of national pride that is in our country.

In the immediate vicinity of Lake Tsomgo, there are no restaurants, but huts, which serve the Wai Wai Cauldron with noodles and momos. In frozen temperatures, these local delicacies have a heavenly flavor. We suggest supplementing them with black tea, which helps to overcome high altitude diseases and displacements.

Close to the frozen lake you can also opt for yacht rides. While we were concerned about the torture of our animal friends, the guides assured us that they only had male yaks here.

“We left mummies and babies at home,” a yak pilot explained patiently, adding that the yaks have a carrying capacity of 300 kilos and that we would all be like “a bird in the back.”

Despite making jokes at our expense, we were finally persuaded – even though we had a 10-minute walk. The Yaks, we have discovered, are the cleanest animals; It is the benevolence of nature for them.

These four-legged inhabitants of India’s cleanest state, Sikkim, have approached a survey conducted by the National Bureau of Sample Survey (NSSO) – they naturally have all toilet, from fur to poo.

The second day was reserved to visit some of the famous monasteries. Buddhist culture unfolds in Sikkim and is evident among the inhabitants of peace. It was a pleasant surprise to see anyone missing out on the cold of the traffic jams.

In fact, it was “who is stuck and let me help the poor soul.” Most drivers agree as bhau (brother). We even saw someone lifting a rock off the road so drivers after him did not face similar problems.

However, the calm of Buddhism did not prevent the architectural splendor of its temples. Here, all the monasteries are colorful and vibrant with intricate details that adorn statues and pillars. In some monasteries, there is an arrangement to buy souvenirs, with pearls being the specialty.

The state is developed in natural beauty and the government has taken several measures to conserve nature. One of these places is the Conservatory of Plants.

It was created in 2015, under the aegis of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and helped the Sikkim Conservation and Forest Management project to create a recreational and conversational space. This place is a must for those who have an inclination for ecological conservation.

A trip to the hills of Almora can recharge your mind, body and soul

Whether the soul of a poet or the tired mind and the body of an inhabitant of the city, the hills can revitalize and inspire everything in an instant. The relaxing expanse of fresh green air and the rhythm of life in the hills can make you forget all the fatigue and anguish.

Such a beautiful interpretation of nature is Almora in the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. Deprived of the familiar colonial influence in other mountain resorts, this place has retained its rustic charm without effort.

On the way to Almora from Kathgodam is Neem Karoli Kainchi Dham, a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Although established in 1962 by Kainchi Village sage Poornanand for devotees to stay in the ashram and practice meditation, the place has received much attention since Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that “it was where the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, was informing him that he would visit when the old company was going through a brutal patch.

Well called the Land of the Gods, it is a region where rivers flow with clear divine waters, the hills are covered with pines, oaks and rhododendrons, and the many places and legends make a trip as splendid as the destination.

Such worst worst picturesque takes you to the temple of Chitai Golu Devta (52 km from Kainchi Dham). It was built in the 12th century and is characterized by countless bells suspended on the premises.

Dedicated to Golu Devta, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, he is expected to fulfill all desires made with a clear conscience. People transmit their wishes or problems to the deity by writing them down and tying them around the temple facilities.

And, as they say, legends and hills are inseparable; you would be intrigued to see many stamp papers around the details of the disputes. Once your wishes have been fulfilled, people come back and tie a bell as proof of Golu Devta’s appreciation.

Local people say that even those who do not do justice in the court of justice come here to seek justice and are seldom disappointed.

You will not be able to either end the day in Almora by watching one of the most beautiful sunsets from the window or the balcony of your hotel, savoring Kumauni food made with the simplest but freshest ingredients, the Sun granting the great pines indescribable tones of red and orange.

The area is full of the wonders of nature that would be for a sweet surprise when you arrive at Jageshwar Dham the next day. Only 16 km. From Almora, a billboard from the Indian Archaeological Survey, caught your eye.

Lakhudiyar, meaning “lakh caves”, is home to many cave-lined shelters once inhabited by cavemen. Recognized as the best in terms of illustrated scenes and activities of primitive men in this area, the colors of paintings depicting their daily lives, animals, hunting and others are still intact.

Another such spectacle is the sun temple of Katarmal. Hidden among a lot of hills and surrounded by green surroundings, you can access this architectural wonder of the 9th century excursions three kilometers from the main market from Kosi to Almora, or drive and then explore the track for two kilometers without rough road.

Once a year, the first ray of the sun falls directly on the temple and illuminates the statue of the Sun God. The day of the phenomenon attracts many devotees. There are 44 smaller temples around the main temple dedicated to other gods and gods.

If Katarmal has surprised you, wait until you reach Jageshwar Dham, considered the place of Nagesh (eighth among the 12 Jyotirlingas).

Within a small valley adjacent to the intersection of two rivers (Nandini and Surabhi) and covered hills of Deodar, the main temple complex contains 127 temples, Mritunjaya temple being oldest and largest in Dandeshwar.

There are around 500 temples across the hills surrounding the Jageshwar Dham, dating from the 9th to the 13th century. Besides marveling at temple structures, you can spend hours admiring the surrounding beauty as well.

This June, Lahaul Valley is the place to go for your holidays. We tell you why

Taking a leaf from the success of the festival Sindhu Darshan Leh, residents of the picturesque Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh have also decided to hold a similar event every summer at the confluence of the rivers the fact of Chandra and Bhaga a mixture of virgin nature and Buddhism .

This year will be celebrated on June 12 and the Minister of the Union in the Ministry of Tourism, Mahesh Sharma, and Haryana’s Minister-in-Chief, Manohar Lal Khattar, are expected to participate.

“We hold Chandra Bhaga-Sangam Parv Tandi on June 12, which will see the leaders of the congregation and Buddhist and Hindu spiritual disciples,” said Chander Bhaga-Parv Sangam President Samiti Chander Mohan Parsheera.

The festival, which aims to promote unity and common harmony in the country, is the second in the series. September is the best time to visit the Lahaul Valley, dominated by Buddhists.

“Seeing the success of the festival last year, we decided to hold this festival every year on the model of the Sindhu Darshan festival held in Leh,” said Parsheera. He said the festival would also stimulate the local tourism industry.

“More than 8,000 people, mostly local, participated in the festival last year, and this year we expect more than 10,000 people, including tourists,” he added.

The festival will take place in the village of Tandi in the district of Lahaul Spiti, located on the road of Manali-Leh and about 120 kilometers, where the rivers Chandra and Bhaga meet and give birth to Chandrabhaga later baptized in Chenab.

The main attraction of the festival includes a concert of 100 violinists and a folkloric dance of more than 1,000 local women, in addition to traditional ceremonies involving Buddhist prayers by the great Lamas.

Parsheera said that the priests of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu and Buddhist spiritual leaders of Bhutan were invited to participate in the event.

“Religious ceremonies will begin on June 2 instead of the festival and will continue until June 12,” he said.

It is believed that Draupadi, the wife of the five Pandavas, blew the last near the confluence of Chandrabhaga and their mortal remains were submerged in the river.

In addition to the innate beauty of the Himalayas, the seat of Keylong, located at an altitude of 10,354 feet, takes you to a land of Buddhism and monasteries and also offers a taste of adventure.

It is not open all year round, the Lahaul valley leading to the sea, made up of more than two dozen small and scattered villages, remains on the sidelines due to the large accumulation of December snow at the pass of Rohtang (13,050 feet) – the only connection with Manali in the district of Kullu.

Road links are only restored in mid-May when the snow is melting. Helicopters are the only means of transport for the inhabitants in winter.

The Rohtang Tunnel, under construction and under the Rohtang Pass, will provide all-weather connectivity between the Lahaul Valley and Manali.

Official sources said that public transport vehicles in the tenants and transit tourists, who are related to the Lahaul valley are allowed to cross the Rohtang pass, while private passenger vehicles would be allowed to the following week.

The whole valley is populated mainly by the tribes. The weather conditions of the district are difficult because much of the land is part of a cold desert where mercury drops below minus 20 degrees C during the winter.

The staple food of the inhabitants is buckwheat. Barley, wheat and rice are also consumed, as well as a lot of “chhang” (beer extracted locally) and salty tea mixed with butter.

The consumption of arah, a local liquor extracted from the barley, and “challo”, or the game, are part of all the occasions of the inhabitants.

The Buddhist-dominated valley in Himalayan relief at altitudes ranging from 15,000 to 20,000 feet above sea level attracts globe-trotters.

Don’t use your index finger! Or tap people’s heads. 7 things you must not do in Bali

The very thought of Bali conjures up images of beaches and surfing, and the Balinese people are a very warm and generous person.

This is one of the reasons why this is one of the best vacation destinations for people all over the world. It is part of the coral triangle, which has the highest biodiversity of marine species.

The average temperature in Bali is about 30 degrees Celsius and the humidity is around 85%. The Bali real estate industry has experienced a rise mainly in the tourist areas of Kuta, Legian and Oberoi.

Bali can be a great idea for a vacation, but you need to know a few things to get the most out of your experience:

1. If you are taking medicines in Bali, you can be executed. In 2015, Bali Nine, a group of nine Australians convicted in 2005 of drug trafficking were executed. Drug trafficking is considered a very serious crime.

2. The head is considered holy, so do not touch the Balinese people in the head. They think it is the most revered part of the body. Even the playful touching of a child’s head could be considered a rude behavior.

3. Make sure they are well covered when going to Hindu temples in Bali. Also, within the temple, do not point your feet at any of the sacred objects, as this is considered disrespectful.

4. Always remove your shoes when visiting someone’s home. In fact, even if you visit most local cafes and industries, you should do the same thing that would be considered rude if you have your shoes.

There will always be a place right at the entrance where everyone has to remove their shoes and that is where you can keep your shoes.

5. Preferably, do not give things like money, using your left hand because it is considered inappropriate. The reason for this is that we are supposed to be using our left hand for cleaning purposes in the bathroom, so it is considered impure.

6. Do not point people who use your index because they are considered rude. If you need to indicate something, use your whole hand or the thumb of your right hand.

7. Pay attention to the water you drink, as it may not be suitable for your system. It is advisable to drink bottled water.

What’s up for fall in New England? Ideas from Yankee mag

Festivals, train rides and walks around New England offer opportunities to enjoy the autumn color of the region, and the September and October issue of the Yankee magazine lists numerous suggestions for activities and destinations.

Yankee’s recommendations for fall foliage trains include the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railways in Maine; The Hoosac Valley train rides operated by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum of North Adams, Massachusetts; the Conway Panoramic Railroad based in North Conway, New Hampshire; Mount Washington Tooth Railway of Bretton Woods, New Hampshire and Essex steam train in Essex, Connecticut, with a choice of river walk on the Connecticut River.

The events that are featured in the fall edition of Yankee are extended to the festival fairs food festivals Jack-o-Lantern show, from 5 to 5 October. 5 at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, an exhibition of 5,000 carved and illuminated pumpkins.

Other events include Westport, Connecticut on October 1 Chowdafest; the Pawtucket Arts Festival, with a month-long event in Rhode Island; Mount Snow Oktoberfest, October 7-8 in West Dover, Vermont; Fryeburg Fair Maine, October 1-8, plus Harvest at Port in Portland, October 17-22; the Big E Expo in Springfield, Massachusetts, September 15-15, and the Topsfield Fair, north of Boston, September 29-29.

Yankee also see the roads to enjoy the classic autumn landscape of Vermont, Lana Falls and Ascutney Mountain a cruise on Lake Memphremagog and a walk through the woods on the unpaved Bayley-Hazen military road between Lowell and Montgomery. Other recommendations include Vermont enjoying rocking chairs on the sidewalks and Brandon honoring the lost dogs loved the Chapel and the Dog Mountain Dog in St. Johnsbury.

And for those who care more about Halloween than the fall color, Yankee also benefits from Salem, Massachusetts, famous for its 17th century essays and witchcraft performances. Today the town has modern self-proclaimed witches, and the house that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s gothic novel “The House of the Seven Roofs” and all the museums and the witch kitsch.

Street joints and empires both thrive in noodle-crazed Hong Kong

If you are planning a vacation in Hong Kong, do not forget to try the best of its rich and varied noodle culture.

From decades of holes in the wall to multi-million dollar business, the Hong Kong noodle scene is a moneyspinner in a city that works with fast and affordable comfort foods.

Steamed bowls are served 24 hours a day, often in clear and richly flavored broths and surmounted by fish balls, beef tendons or pork noodles. Other favorites are accompanied by spam and fried eggs, an echo of the British colonial past of the city.

Lau Fat-cheong is one of the last traditional noodle makers in Hong Kong, preparing them fresh every day for customers of its three Lau Sum Kee restaurants in the popular areas of Sham Shui Po and Cheung Sha Wan.

In an old method rarely used now, he sits at the end of a bamboo pole five feet long, bouncing on it to beat dough balls on a bench below.

Lean and wiry, in the mid-1940s, Lau began working for the family noodle business at the age of 11. His grandfather founded it in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in the 1940s before Lau’s father took him, traveling to Hong Kong and selling shrimp dumplings and noodles from a streetcar.

“We’ve done it all these years and we’ve developed an emotional connection,” Lau said, explaining why he respects traditional methods. “There is satisfaction at work.”

Guests in their restaurants offer more than 500 bowls of fresh egg noodles around HK $ 30 to $ 40 ($ 4.5 or about Rs 300) each day.

The best-selling dishes are delivered with molds of mushrooms – shrimp and pork – or thrown freely with dry shrimp eggs, dating back to the origins of Hong Kong as a fishing village.

“It’s great, you feel it’s way better than anywhere else,” said Gavin Lee, a 17-year-old student who prefers Lau’s creations to Hong Kong tycoons.

But despite the steady stream of loyal visitors, Lau said rising rents and salary levels are a challenge. He fears that the next generation will take over the mantle, admitting that work can be “difficult and tedious.”

Big Deal

Tam Yunnan’s rice noodle chain, popular for its basic variety of spicy broth and customizable side dishes, was recently sold at the Japanese restaurant Toridoll for HK $ 1 billion.

Tsui Wah, which started as a small cafeteria in 1967, has also become a multi-million dollar chain serving Hong Kong products alongside the most up-to-date alternatives.

But food writer Janice Leung Hayes said independent companies like Lau continue to survive due to a sense of nostalgia and classic flavors.

“They never went out of style, so I feel that even if there are big chains trying to dominate, children still have a chance,” Leung said.

The Hong Kong noodle culture reflects its history as a city of emigrants from all over China, as well as its colonial history that has led to the western-style noodle slabs of canned tomato cheese and lunch meat, imported by first time in the 1950s after the war.

A quick and full bowl also called the fast pace of Hong Kong, office workers often grabbing one on their breaks, a cheap option in a city where the cost of living their sky.

The Ho Shun-kan boutique, Kan Kee Noodles, located on a leaning street in the heart of the central district, is a hub of the city’s noodle scene and has been serving customers for 70 years.

Packaged with noodle cabinets made in the Ho family recipes, the store provides 200 restaurants in Hong Kong and Macao as well as selling to individual customers.

History meets humour: Here’s why a trip to London should be on your bucket list

This millennium was supposed to last only five years, but was put into the habit of 17 years. The slow woodcutter takes 15 minutes to reach the top and it is fashionable for the elite to offer his darling in a booth all but “it could be the longest 15 minutes of his life if she said” no “like Mathew Samson, a passerby who caught me with attention to the wonder, put it.

No cars and taxis are allowed in the visitor’s areas of interest, which makes the city very equal, which is often a wonder that still lives behind these walls of granite scaffolding with embroidered doors.

All important buildings are rehabilitated. Prince Charles’s office is modest and is known to be a vehement critic of the ugly buildings in London surrounding St. Paul or interspersed between Globe Theater and ITV, but the guide’s joke is currently: “Charles knows something about ugliness, la.

For a city that sells royalties, Londoners are very upset to show more than 30 million visitors annually in the back of Buckingham Palace, the gardens open in a sunny and sunny August. Everyone knows that the queen is not there … “she prefers to stay away when visitors walk through the palace’s open halls.”

In smaller palaces, anecdotes about memorable kings and cholera; Whatever the stories, Londoners know how to amuse the lost visitor; the city is a city that thrives on tourism and great stories. The city knows how to literally feed the imagination of visitors: 18,000 restaurants, about 5,000 pubs and about 40 cafes and sit-outs per mile.

And people love to point out the attic of Elton John, “No one is there now, of course … everything blows in the wind …”, Hard Rock … the Beatles and Michael Jackson and Madonna and now John Beatty . The house of Jamaica Wine House, the first London cafe that opened in 1652, is one of the most famous pubs in the city.

Naturally, there are observations on how Peppy did “nothing” in the great London fire and simply wrote his diary. Only five (officially only 16 people) were killed in a fire that destroyed two-thirds of wooden London and also destroyed the city’s Great Plague. And how the great Christopher Wren rebuilt it in stone by stone.

They will even show you the steps you took to the ferry to cross the Thames when you built St. Paul. The 1212 fire, which the London stone bridge survived and was built, witnessed many fires, the last being that of the Grenfell Tower.

At Waterloo Bridge, “an excellent job, ladies,” thumb “, you built this bridge … although it was overseen by a man,” a little nerdy, but it’s London for you. Independent predictor Oxford Economics predicted that London will receive 35.6 million visitors by 2020.

And they simply move, or in the “hybrid” of electric buses or the tube, which itself is more than 150 years old. With babies, especially in strollers, toddlers, teens, everyone goes to London. Could we say that it’s great for London? Especially when one could be a tourist anywhere in the world. “Well, we have Ripley,” says my London bus driver from Africa.

It is amazing to see the number of people turning around Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square, watching a street game in Hyde Park or entering the eleven strange theaters in and around Leicester Square or just watching the jugglers performing or visiting in the city of China. Soho is no longer the scene of the James Bond crime; It has become an elite neighborhood.

And in London, the world financial center? All banks were transferred from Bank Street to Canary Wharf. Margaret Thatcher began living there for voting migrant banks, now that housing is office towers in Dockland. Money is in tourism not in the banks; Visitors to London spend almost £ 18 billion on hotels, restaurants, shops and annual visits.

London is a great survivor; will always take the risk. At PRET, with the Filipino family at the next table, all ears, a little talk about organic cappuccino or English breakfast refer to North Korea. And another story, of a famous artist placed in the dungeons of the Tower; When they took it out, they found it to be Trump.

Take an offbeat trip. Visit a mammoth active volcano in Chile

From the peaks of Hawaii to the highlands of Iceland, whether active or inactive, volcanoes inspire travelers’ imaginations.

There are volcanic destinations for all types of tourists. One of those places to visit is the Cordillera Patagonia and Villarrica, which is the most active volcano in Chile.

A country with many volcanoes, Chile is particularly home to Villarrica, which surpasses the lake of the same name.

Located in Patagonia, a region that attracts many visitors, and rises to 2,847 meters above sea level, the giant volcano is one of the most active in the country.

The most recent major eruption, which occurred in 1971, created a 4 kilometer long crack that spilled 30 million cubic meters of lava.

In March 2015, several thousand people were evacuated from the surrounding area after a less violent eruption.

The fiery past of this stratovolcano, composed of several successive layers of hardened lava, did not dissuade the audacious visitors.

Villarrica means “house of the devil” in the language of Mapudungun, and can be climbed by hiking enthusiasts, who are accustomed to fighting steep slopes.

Those who retell the story emphasize the importance of proper preparation for a walk that, depending on the season, can become a calvary.

Equipped with hiking poles, helmets and trekking boots, climbers take from four to five hours to reach the summit. The trek requires a full day with an early start in the morning.

It is a region that can be visited in winter and summer. Villarrica is also a popular ski area. A chairlift takes skiers to the first mountain range at an altitude of 1,860 meters.

While there, they have the opportunity to inspect the remains of another lift that was destroyed by the 1971 eruption.

For vacationers, the first objective is the Pinguinera, surrounded by snowy peaks.

The highlight of the hike is the crater 200 meters in diameter, where hikers will be greeted by the sight of the fumaroles and the sound of magma rumbling beneath their feet.

Finally, when they reach the summit, climbers are rewarded with an extraordinary panoramic view of the region.

If you are lucky, you can see other volcanoes in the vicinity, and even Argentina.

Several bus companies operate the services on the 800-kilometer road between the Chilean capital Santiago and the coastal town of Pucón, which is the main starting point for exploring Villarrica.

When planning your departure from Santiago, it is important to take into account the weather conditions that you may encounter during your hike.

Upon arrival in Pucon, the best option is to hire a professional guide who will be aware of the security risks involved in visiting the mountain.