The Rajgad Fort is located around 60 km to the south-west of Pune in the sahyadris range. The fort lies 1,376 m (4,514 ft) above the sea level. the fort was the capital of the Maratha Empire under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which the capital was moved to the Raigad.
One can never explore the whole fort in just 1 day.
Sent on foot from Hikkim to Kaza every morning, which is then taken to Reckong Peo by bus, onward to Shimla, then loaded on a train to Kalka, and loaded again on a bus heading to Delhi. From there again towards its destination. This is the journey of any posts that you send from Hikkim post office.
After the arduous journey we found the post office among the traditional houses inside the Hikkim village distinguishable only by the board that announces its the World's Highest Post Office. We went inside and found a group of girls cheerfully choosing the picture postcards and taking selfies with it before posting it. The post master Rinchen Chhering was happily supplying the stamps and sealing the cards, with the same smile as he was doing for the past 30 years since the post office was opened. We also got our cards and dropped it in the box, obviously after posing for couple of photos.
After the trip all I had to do was just wait for the posts to take the long journey and reach me. People I wrote started receiving the cards right within 10 days as opposed to my thought that I will take weeks. Only exception was the card which I wrote to myself didn't arrive (Yes I did write one myself. Try, it's fun really). I became more anxious each day that went by without receiving it and even asked my dad to check with the local post office. When I had given up thinking it might be lost or stuck somewhere, to my surprise that card came to me. That brought me reassurance in the tagline the of Indian postal Service "All we need is an address".
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You can reach the lake via road these days. However, the real experience is when you start the trek from Baagi and go through the meadows and venture through the himalayan forest around.
Malana is an ancient Indian village in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This solitary village in the Malana Nala, a side valley of the Parvati Valley to the north-east of Kullu Valley, is isolated from the rest of the world. The peaks of Chanderkhani and Deo Tibba shadow the village
Meet us tomorrow at Polo Forest.
The ancient Polo city was built around the river Harnav, an ancient water body spoken of in the Puranas. It is believed to have been established in the 10th century by the Parihar kings of Idar, and was then conquered in the 15th century by the Rathod Rajputs of Marwar. The name is derived from pol, the Marwari word for "gate," signifying its status as a gateway between Gujarat and Rajasthan. It was built between Kalaliyo in the east, the highest peak in the area, and Mamrehchi in the west, considered sacred by the local adivasis. Together they block sunlight for most of the day, which might provide an explanation for the otherwise mysterious abandonment of the ancient city.
The 400 square km area of dry mixed deciduous forest is most lush between September and December after the monsoon rains when the rivers are full, but at any time of the year it provides a rich wildlife experience. There are more than 450 species of medicinal plants, around 275 of birds, 30 of mammals, and 32 of reptiles. There are bears, panthers, leopards, hyenas, water fowl, raptors, passerines, and flying squirrels (mostly heard, rarely seen), all living under a canopy of diverse plants and trees. During winter, all manner of migratory birds occupy the forest; during the rainy season there are wetland birds.
Shab-e-Barat is considered to be a blessed night for the Muslim community.
We were fortunate to be in the Dal Lake of Kashmir on the evening of Shab-e-Barat two years back. And, what a magical sight it was!
Every house boat standing on the lake lit candles on their porches as soon as the sun set.
The best I've seen of light and darkness so far! .
Stop living a life of following all the examples but learn to make a few examples of your own.
When life knocks you down, how will you respond? Well, we all know there are only two real options. You can either stay down and accept defeat, or you can conjure up the strength to get back up and keep moving forward. We all have had, without a doubt, our fair share of
challenges that pushed us to the brink, and the thing is, the mountain isn’t going to make things easy for anyone. Whether it’s pushing through fatigue, self-doubt, or even the elements, we know that it’s going to take a little something extra to reach the top.
My love for trekking and Himalayas developed on the basis of what I saw and experienced throughout my travel diaries. Those solo bullet rides to Spiti, Ladakh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and many from student exchange programs (college) trips to Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, etc. Along with solo alpine trekking expeditions to Kinner Kailash, Roookund, Kedarkantha, Pin Parvati Pass, etc.
There must be a connection between the mountains and us, which always grabs our attention towards them. In this fast-paced world, we all crave for solace deep in our hearts. We somehow find peace in the silence they have in the surroundings, the calm and soothing breeze that touches our faces, in the sun.
It warms our senses, and peeks through trees, in the rocks that challenge us to climb them with superior force of our bodies, in the wilderness that teases us with chirping of birds and sounds of animals in the distance, in the turquoise water, which calls us with its glimmering sounds, and crisp smells in the fresh air.
My first Himalayan Trek and look at this breathtaking view! River, Mountains, meadows everything together makes it so magical. The special thing about this picture is my friend Jay captured in this 🌲🏞🏔beautiful trail.
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Trek in diwali weekend. If you are not planning to go home visit here in the mountains.
Batch from :- 26-28 Oct (flexible dates).
Package Cost:- ₹5500/person.
*Transportation from Haridwar to Haridwar.
*3 time meals and evening snacks( healthy and hygienic food)
*Certified and experienced trek leader
*Stay in luxury camps
*First aid medical facility during the trek
Other treks in Diwali weekend:-
Kasol Kheerganga trek in Himachal Pradesh.
Tungnath Chandrashila trek lies in the Himalayan region of Uttrakhand. The 3 days trek covers a lot of beautiful places in Uttrakhand like Chopta, Deoriyatal, Tungnath Shiva temple, Chandrashila peak (4000m). Chopta is a small hill station in Uttrakhand comprised of meadows and evergreen forest with treks & camping. Chopta is known for its sunset beauty, you have never seen the sunset like that happens in Chopta. It is covered in snow in winters till March. People from all over the country come here to witness beauty of the region and adventurous people enjoys camping & trekking. Chopta is a perfect holiday destination for family & friends to spend a quality time together in the Himalayas. The trail offers scenic views with glimpses of the state bird Monal.
Continuation from previous post
We were kind of happy that we reached until Hikkim with all that had happened that day and mailed our posts. We were sure we can't make the journey to Komic which was next in our list and decided going back was the only option. But even to head back we needed petrol and there was no petrol in Hikkim either. Our last option was to ask some travellers if they had any extra petrol.
So when we were standing in the middle of road thinking whom to ask, we saw couple of bikes coming our way with KA registration and that got our attention. When we striked up a conversation we got to know they were from Mysore. We told them our situation and even before we could ask anything they told "Take petrol from us". They literally pulled out the tube to petrol tank in their bikes and got us not just 1 but 2 litres of petrol. They were ready to offer even more but we said this was only enough and thanked them heartfully for their gesture.
With the extra petrol we made our way to "Komic"- The World's Highest Village connected with motorable road. Riding an activa with almost no petrol at an altitude of 4500 m in a muddy road was something not in my bucket list but I'm happy now that I did it.
It was thoughtful to see how traveling presented us with problems and solutions equally. That day it taught me a lot of things about people and situations but the best of all was "Always check your petrol level before taking the bike".