We made a stop at Kuldhara, known as the ghost village of Jaisalmer, while on our way to the thar desert.
Established around the 13th century, it was once a prosperous village inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. It was abandoned by the early 19th century for unknown reasons, possibly because of dwindling water supply, or as a local legend claims, because of persecution by the Jaisalmer State's minister Salim Singh. A 2017 study suggests that Kuldhara and other neighbouring villages were abandoned because of an earthquake.
We entered this small little village in Kutch and a kid came running to us saying “aao main ghuma ke laata hun”.
As he started walking with us, there came more cute little tour guides along to take us on an experience that was going to fill our Kutch trip with beautiful smiles and lots of love.
This is Hodka.
Where kids show you all their hidden spots where they play after school. Where they let you play with their kites. Where everyone smiles at you as you enter their colorful lives. .
This is the tallest structure in this area and hence the first thing you would notice as you enter the Royal Enclosure. From a distance this looks like an ordinary elevated square stage. As you go close, the details emerge. The whole structure is made as a giant square structure in three layers.
There are mainly two stairways to reach the top. The front one (east facing) is highly decorated on either sides with carvings of elephants, horses and a host of other things. On the top there is nothing special to see except the great views on the campus around it. At the back of the platform a twin staircase is located. Probably this was used as a service staircase during the ceremonies. Generally one climb up through the front stair & get down through the rear, though there are no restrictions.
King Krishnadevaraya constructed this in commemoration on the victory over Udaygiri (now in Orissa). Archeologists believe that this platform had undergone systematic enhancements by successive kings came into power. The greenish schist stone additions in the front portions stands out from the rest and vouch this theory.
Let Lord Shiva reside in your conscience & guide you towards success!
Happy Maha Shivratri 🕉️ Sitting in a meditating position, with his eyes closed, the Lord Shiva statue on the banks of River Ganga at Rishikesh is undoubtedly a marvellous sight. Situated at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram where the atmosphere proves to be serene and picturesque, this Shiva Idol is 14 feet in height & is a popular tourist attraction. A Ganga Aarti is offered to the Lord Shiva Statue here every evening.
King’s Balance in Hampi is an ancient and rare balance scale. It is located to the southwest of the Vittala Temple, at the end of the Kampa Bhupa’s Path. This rare balance scale is also known as Tula Bhara or Tula Purushadana.
The King’s Balance was used in the 15th century. The story goes that the balance was used by the kings of the Vijayanagara Empire on special occasions like the New Year’s Day, Coronation ceremony, solar or lunar eclipse, Dasara, etc. The king used to weigh himself with gold, silver, gems, precious stones and jewellery and give away those things to the priests of the temples in charity.
The life you have led doesn't need to be the only like you have.
- Anna Quindlen
Munsyari literally translated means place with snow.
The Panchachuli peaks are a group of five snow-capped Himalayan peaks lying at the end of the eastern Kumaon region, near Munsyari, in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state.
The peaks have altitudes ranging from 6,334 metres to 6,904 metres.
If translated, Munsyari means ‘A place with snow’ and owing to its immense natural beauty.
Located in the Johar valley of north-east Pithoragarh district, Munsyari seems like a huge amphitheatre playing a spectacular show of the majestic Himalayan peaks glistening against the varying sunrays at all different times of the day with the Himalayan birds whistling melodious tunes as playback.
Hansling peak is located in Kumaon ranges of Uttarakhand.
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Zero Point, Khaliya Top ( 4000m )
The khaliya Top is one of the popular treks as the trekkers can savour the awe-inspiring views of the Panchachuli & Nanda Devi Range. It is situated at a height of 11500ft above sea level.
The Khaliya Top can be easily approached by covering an easy gradient of 6km from Blanti Bend near Igloo Restaurant.
हर एक खूबसूरत
शाम लाती है
जो दिल में उठती है
बस ज़बान तक नहीं आती
कहीं अंदर ही दम तोड़ देती है
जो लबरेज़ होती है
इस ख़्वाहिश से
के तुम्हे बताया जाए
उस लम्हे के
बदलते रंगों में
सिर्फ तुम्हारी आँखों का रंग
याद आ रहा है .