Natalie Savors the Beauty of Matheran

Natalie Savors the Beauty of Matheran

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At a little over 800 meters, Matheran is not really in the running for the highest hill stations in Maharashtra, leave alone the rest of India. However, this tiny little town about 90 kms from Mumbai holds a very special place in the hearts of anyone who has visited there.

For this is the only hill station in Asia that does not allow any motorized transport, barring the ambulance run by the…

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Mithila Does the Great Lakes Trek

Mithila Does the Great Lakes Trek

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The Vishansar is the first of the lakes you encounter on the Great Lakes Trek that begins at Sonamarg and covers lakes that can only be accessed either by walking or by Pony. Vishansar is said to be lake of Vishnu. The lake lies at an altitude of 3710 meters and is about one km long.

As with most lakes this far up in the mountains, Vishansar too completely freezes in winter but is a riot of…

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Lili Bikes Through Ladhak

Lili Bikes Through Ladhak

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Adventures do not get any bigger, thrilling or challenging than this. Biking expeditions through the Leh-Ladhak region have, in recent years, become one of the best ways to tour through the rugged beauty of the Ladhak, a district in the state of Jammu Kashmir, that lies in the folds of the Himalayas.

Expeditions typically range from eight to 12 days and cover anything up to 1000 kms of riding…

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Anam Takes in the Natural Beauty of Panchmari

Anam Takes in the Natural Beauty of Panchmari

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Panchmari, is a sleepy hill station in Madhya Pradesh, discovered by the British in 1857. The town gets busy in the summer and monsoon months as tourists flock here first to escape the heat of the plains and to reveal in the natural beauty of this place situated about 3500 meters above seal level.

The name Panchmarhi, which translates to five caves, is derived from five ancient caves carved into…

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Naiya Heads to Kumbalgarh

Naiya Heads to Kumbalgarh

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It is not the great wall of China and it is not visible from the moon. Though it is the next best thing. The wall fortifying the Kumbalgarh Fort in Rajasthan has the distinction of being the second largest wall in the world. It is also 15 feet to 25 feet thick and could accommodate eight horses in parallel on its ramparts.

That wall is one of the reasons that Kumbalgarh is one of the few forts…

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Ravi Becomes an Early Bird at Nal Sarovar

Ravi Becomes an Early Bird at Nal Sarovar

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It’s the monsoons so water is pretty much the theme across India. Waterfalls, gurgling rivulets, gushing rivers, swollen lakes and yes the birds to go with them. We’re back again today with another great capture from the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary in Gujarat.

It is around this time that migratory birds start arriving here and with the birds come the tourists! The lake covers an area of 115 sq…

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Tati Finds Tranquility in McLeod Ganj

Tati Finds Tranquility in McLeod Ganj

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Mcleoad Ganj, and Dharamshala, is Dalai Lama territory. This little nook in the Himalays has become a home away from conquered home for the 14th Dalai Lama, his followers and Tibetan refugees who fled the Chinese conquest of their Himalayan Kingdom.

The Dalai Lama came here in 1959 and transformed this tiny, sleepy and salubrious hill station…whose only claim to fame till then was that it served…

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Vijaya Catches up on Dutch History at Tharangambadi

Vijaya Catches up on Dutch History at Tharangambadi

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Dutch history in India seemed to be the most appropriate way to go as their team take on Brazil for the third spot later today. This image of fishermen returning from the sea is of a sleepy little fishing village, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Tharangambadi was formerly the Dutch trading post of Tranquebar.

The Duth and the Portugese fought for a foothold over the southern coast of India even as…

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