Subscribe to RSS

Subscribe to latest updates on E-mail:

All Story From Blog

Mount Pilatus:Things To Do,Steepest Cogwheel

                       Chilling up at Mount Pilatus with AlpenDohle sharing screen space :)

High up in the mountains with the view of the snow covered valley below me and with the view of the Esel Peak(Donkey Peak) above, I gorgeously had my Alpine Macaroni(Älpler Magronen) with the apple sauce. Sipping on the local alpine wine together with Luzerner Chügelipastete ;I knew the answer as to why Bollywood chose Switzerland as their favorite.


Snow build up 
And this is summer(May) in Switzerland
To read all posts on Switzerland:Visas,Videos,Stories and How To Click Here


The couple who despite the tricky wind paraglided to perfection in the fog that seem to have built a canvas of beauty around the mountains as another Indian couple and me in awe of the surrounding and the beautiful slow clad peaks had our moment of tranquility. Just then came the Alpendohles with a bright yellow bill and bright red legs , the black rude birds from the area which resembled the crow and the raven in search of their bite of food. Pointing towards the mist in the far, we were told that that is where the popular Mt Titlis lies. The Indian couple said that Titlis was cold and windy, so they couldn't do the cliff walk. Up here is perfect. In the mountains, it is said that the weather changes very fast, but today it was a good day. On a clear day the Pilatus Mountain offers a panoramic view of 73 Alpine peaks.Watch my video here for insiders view on Switzerland

Over the next few photo ops,I take you to the world’s steepest cogwheel, the longest summit toboggan run, the largest suspension rope park all not so far from Lucerne on an easy day trip to the spectacular Mount Pilatus.

Reaching Kriens



Take bus No.1 from Lucerne Bus Station to Linde Pilatus Stop (15 minutes) and then walk your way to the Gandola Station of Kriens. Alternatively, you can also reach Alpnachstad by boat or train and then take a cogwheel train to Mount Pilatus. Please find the current list of cost to reach Mount Pilatus here

Mount Pilatus :On The Way


Lucerne is a very small city of around 70000-75000 people. When we were on the Gandola that offered panoramic views, we could say bye to the nice little castle of Kriens also known as Schauensee castle(Schauen meaning look and see meaning lake ; which sums up to look at the lake).Pointing out towards the lake, Colette who lives in the area said that Swimming in the lake is their favorite pastime during Summers. The water is so clear that you can swim past the lake with your mouth open, yet it is cold.

At one of the stops Colette said that yesterday they had Peacock with its feathers dancing in full glory. It was indeed sad that today she didn't come to say me hi.

Krienseregg and Fräkmüntegg : Stop in Between Mount Pilatus

                                                   
Remember ‘K’ for kids. The first stop for the cable car is Krienseregg, perfect for families and children with hiking and play options.

The next stop is Fräkmüntegg.

Remember F for fun and possibly Action. There is a  self-service restaurant which offers a variety of delightful Swiss specialties. For example, there are four different types of Rösti, including the spicy house specialty “Dragon Rösti“, a generous salad buffet, home-made fruit cakes and a tempting array of desserts. They have a wonderful rope park (largest suspension rope park in Switzerland) with 10 different trails, and longest summit toboggan run (1350m).



The rope park is there since 2005 and they always keep on developing this rope park, and there are 10 different trails, all in woods sand they have it for young and the adult alike. For adults, it’s more like team building events and so on. It begins with some easy trails after we sign on the liability waiver and doing all the trails takes around 2 hours of your time. They have special packages for families with kids as well.

Colette continues “It’s interesting to see the Indian couples specially the honeymooners up in this area. As you know in India, the married girl is not always familiar to the guy, and the girls are beautiful with henna tattoos still on their hands and this is one of the nice way they get to know each other. The girl believes in her husband and follows him like a protector which is very cute to see and kind of nice little story brewing up inside”

Mount Pilatus - On Top - Esel Peak and The Lunch



My childhood may be over but that doesn't mean playtime at Snow is!

At the top we have a small boutique hotel of 30 rooms called the Hotel Pilatus Kulm (Kulm meaning on top of something) where some people stay because they can’t resist the view limited them for few hours, some stay for wedding celebrations and some for meetings (I wonder what a place for meetings :P).

ImageSource:SwissTravelling.com

There are couple of short hikes from Mount Pilatus one such is Esel Peak also known as Donkey peak. We call it a donkey peak or Esel peak is because in the past the job of the farmers who were not so rich was to carry the rich tourists onto the top on the donkeys with their luggage. One of the first tourists was Queen Victoria from England in 1868 before the steepest cogwheel was there, and she was carried by the donkeys and the staff who took care of her. She was adventurous and brave.

Alpine Macaroni(Älpler Magronen)

In those days was the Bellevue hotel up here. Another great way to spend time on top is sip on the local wine with Luzerner Chügelipastete, a puff-pastry shell filled with diced veal and mushrooms in a creamy sauce. Yum.

And some local wine


Okay this is where I was :)


A ride To World’s Steepest Cogwheel

Celebrating 125 years

Celebrating 125 years this June 4th,the world’s steepest cogwheel runs on the great Mount Pilatus. The journey is really spectacular as it takes you from the top to the bottom in the downward slope you wouldn't have imagined passing through even few short tunnels. It is also where I met two American tourists who I had a brief conversation with. It was great to know “that they have seen the Bollywood movie Lunchbox which is unusually very known to Swiss Locals as well”. From where the train stops, you can get another train to Lucerne or you can also take a boat.

Passing through Tunnels


And reaching to where we board the train!

With this lovely visit to Switzerland, my trip comes to an end. Loved it? Your comments make my day, and your stories will make me visit Switzerland once more, So open up dear readers, I’d be more than happy to listen! Yo.


Continue Reading »


Lucerne:Top Things To Do

It is believed that “Some 20 million years ago, there was a shallow sea here with the Glacier” said she, and I could only think of what happened to that Sea. There is more mystery to Lucerne that just the Glacier Garden.

The Dying Lion: Memoir Built For Lost Soldiers
For all previous posts on Switzerland,click here

Lucerne is one of the top 10 destinations in Europe with around 7-8 thousand inhabitants. Walking past the Dying Lion, the 9 towers, the old Rampant walls, the Chapel Bridge(Kapellbrücke); Lucerne is one place where you will find Indians in plenty, chilling out by the Lake for their excursion to either Mt. Pilatus or Mt. Titlis. It was also where I thought of asking a few people on road on what it feels to be like in Switzerland. It was funny to know half of the Indian wives didn't know where they were going, around quarter of the Indian Men too were oblivious. When I dig in deeper, they gave a stern reply, “Tour Guide Jaha le jaega,waha jaenge” (Where the Tour Guide will take us, we will go there”).They might have come on a packaged tour, and wouldn't have known where to go in Lucerne ,and therefore making the Lake as their home in their free time. So for those Indians who remain clueless when they are there and for those who are yet to go, I have places to take you today.

                          Lucerne: The Snow Clad Mountains which you see from Everywhere

Just to update you before we start on travelling the city, Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Titlis both can be reached from Lucerne but you do have specific timings for the rope way. Even though the darkness of the night comes out late in Lucerne in Summers, you can’t reach Mt. Titlis if you say leave by 3 pm because the coming back rope way stops by 5 pm. And the best way to get all that information is from the Lucerne Station Tourist Center. And it’s very much do-able on your own .In fact the whole of Switzerland has got the best connectivity making it an easy and preferable choice for both solo and group travelers.

                                            While Eugenio Enjoys The Pleasant Weather

The Lake Lucerne

Lucerne is incomplete without the Lake Lucerne. When we cruised along the other day to the Lake, we could see the fountains welcoming us by the shore with the backdrop of Snow Clad Mountains. The view was to die for, Lucerne is beautiful. The name of Lake Lucerne is also called the Lake of four forest cantons due to the trail of Switzerland along the lake.

Lake Lucerne = Lake of Four Forest Cantons

As we discussed in the first blog post on Switzerland, Switzerland is divided into Cantons. In the middle of the 13th century, three primitive cantons were found around the lake and Lucerne was simply the first to join the young union. The culture in Switzerland is so diverse that the joke goes out that Every child - the German, the French or the Swiss is determined by the fact that the German says they are obviously bought by the stork, the French says they came out of the cabbage  and the origin of Swiss national various from one canton to another.



Lucerne Celebrates in summer

Crazy and Delicious Eat Outs:One such was Restaurant Lapin

Lucerne is just over with its half marathon on Sept 7 and its going forward with Bike Marathon on Sept 14.Meanwhile September 14 looks like a happening day for Lucerne when we also have culinary theme walk, the Central Switzerland Organic Market, a culinary theme tour, the Milk and Cheese Trail or the Swiss Museum of Agriculture at Genuss'14 Lake Lucerne .Lucerne also celebrates the Cheese Festival in October. So if you are in Lucerne or around, enjoy!

Lucerne Celebrates in winter

Dancing in the ally with the cacophony of carnival music, bizarre clad people and fantastic masks that may not be your idea of Lucerne. But during February, the whole of Lucerne including the entire region surrounding Lake Lucerne celebrates the carnival. The three highlights of the festival are “Dirty Thursday”, "Fat Monday” and “Shrove Tuesday”.

The Fritschi Parade, which starts from the Hotel Luzernerhof at 13:45 on 12 February, the day known locally as “Schmutziger Donnerstag” (“Dirty Thursday"
The Wey Parade, which starts from the Hotel Luzernerhof at 13:45 on 16 February, the day known locally as “Güdismontag“ (“Fat Monday”)
17 February (Shrove Tuesday) is the day of the Monstercorso Parade, which starts from the Bahnhofstrasse at 19:30.

The carnival starts here at thirsty morning and they call it fat thirsty because it starts at 5 in the morning with a big bang and celebrates till the last early hour of Wednesday and sometimes even till Dirty Thursday.

Bourbaki Panorama

Bourbaki Panorama is panorama round circular painting which has got a 3 dimensional foreground. The main subjects of these paintings either depict Battles, Bible or Landscapes. An episode from the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71 has also being highlighted.Defeated in several battles, the French army of General Bourbaki was driven towards the French-Swiss border in February 1871.The painting shows an endless trek of soldiers in deplorable condition crossing the border. 21 life-sized dolls in historical uniforms, a real railway box car and scattered historical army equipment on a faux-terrain in front of the painting add to the illusion taking the spectators right into the scenery. Also this was the first humanitarian action by the Red Cross society after the war happened. Initially the panorama painting was in Geneva where the Red Cross Society was there, and then it was shifted to the Lucerne Library.

The Dying Lion


In former Switzerland, there was Food Trade and there were mercenaries who hired Soldiers to Foreign armies. As a country Switzerland had Barren soil, only 30% of the surface was where people live and work and therefore in earlier times where they lived Food trade was one of the means of their livelihood. It also happened that there were some 800 Swiss mercenaries who were bodyguards for some French Royal families i.e Loui VI and his wife. During French Revolution in Paris the castle to the Royal Family was invaded and captured. Some 800 Swiss mercenaries died in Paris and when this happened, their commanding officer was on leave. And it was then he took the initiative to have a memoir built for his lost colleagues. And it took him some 40 months to carve the detail of the proud animal suffering in his battle. The dying lion symbolizes loyalty. Once the carving was complete, the artificial pond was built .

Glacier Garden

According to local sources, when the digging started for building a wine cellar in the area around the Dying Lion, just by accident they found Shells, Rocks, and even pieces of dead Shark. It was then it was found that there was some shallow sea in the area around 20 million years ago with the Glacier. Currently the Glacier Garden has Ice At Different Temperatures, Maps on how they used to live in previous Lucerne, Stories of Evolution etc .It also contains the mirror labyrinth "Alhambra", which has 90 mirrors and was originally built in 1896 for the Swiss National Exhibition in Geneva, is also located in the Glacier Garden which resembles the courtyard of Alhambra of Granada in South Spain. And behind that is another small attraction called Alpineum (3D-Alpine Panorama) of Alps where you have semicircular painting similar to the panorama we saw at Bourbaki, over here you get a feeling of staying on the peak of one of the mountain surroundings and this was a huge tourist attraction before they had cable cars.

The Chappel Bridge


Walking in Lucerne is a delight. What you will cross through are these wooden bridges that color the panorama and the crystal clear water with swans that sweeps off your feet. All this and more in the backdrop of snow clad mountains. It is said that the very first settlement of Lucerne was in the 8th century when all it had was a very small chapel, Benedict monastery and some wooden houses. The Chapel Bridge got its name from the chapel of the patron saint in the city hall. Build in 1333, the bridge formed fortification from one bank to another bank to defend the city.


The bridge also contains some very old 17th century paintings and architecture on the roof which has influences of Italy and Germany as well as the history of the city. Why so? Because, in those days, during the middle 80’s the only to transport was through mules in the Alpines as there were no Alpine passes and they only could transport goods on the back of mules. So these goods they came from northern Italy and were unloaded on southern part of the lake and then was transported to 38 kms in the lake of Lucerne and therefore the market price of Lucerne kept growing. They were really on the core of Western Europe at a very important transit, and this also influenced the architecture (influences of Italy, Germany) in Lucerne.

The Chappel Bridge - No Smoking Zone




Around 21 years ago there was a big fire on the bridge, and in that fire about 2/3 of those paintings were lost. The bridge was rebuilt but the paintings were lost. It is said that the fire was due to carelessness, because of the Cigarettes which flamed the boat underneath the bridge which was loaded with fuel and another is said to be arsenal or criminal act, but no threatening letter was found. Ever since smoking is banned on the bridge.

The Mill Bridge, The Rampart Walls and The Watch Towers

A part of the old rampart walls was built in 1386 and we could see them from our walk on the Chapel Bridge. Between the inner and outer run of Rampart Walls were vineyards. There was a hotel from the 19th century and also a place where Queen Victoria stayed on a month holiday as she fancied Switzerland and went onto Climb Mount Rigi on mules as in those days there were no cable cars. There is also a mill bridge which is situated on where there used to be artificial mills.

How the old Lucerne used to look like....

There are watch towers open to the public(Schirmer, Zyt, and Maennli)  Which you can also climb for free. The oldest city clock built was by Hans Luter in 1535 is on the Zyt tower. This clock is privileged to chime every hour one minute before all the other clocks and big enough for the fisherman from the lake to see.

Jesuit Church

Jesuit Church is one of the first sacred Barrack Church in Switzerland.Initially it was built without the onion shaped towers. Then they were added in the 19th century with the money won in the lottery. This church is dedicated to Jesuit missionary Saint Francis Xavier patron of Lucerne's Jesuit Church.Saint Francis Xavier is buried in a missionary in Goa. Isn’t the world connected!

Museum Collection Rosengart

The Rosengart offers a selection of Classical Modernist art, with collections by Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee plus further world-famous 19th- and 20th-Century artists as Monet, Cézanne, Vuillard, Bonnard, Matisse, Braque, Léger, Mirò and Chagall. Thanks to his friendship with S. and A. Rosengart, Picasso is particularly well represented with 32 impressive paintings and some 100 drawings, watercolors, graphics and sculptures. Photos by David Douglas Duncan also offer an insight into Picasso the artist and Picasso the man. The Klee collection extends to 125 watercolors, drawings and paintings from all creative periods.

Lucerne - The Old Town

We had the yum fondue in the Old Town
More to do in Lucerne,read here

Stroll around the narrow pedestrian street of Old Town Lucerne to find the local stuff in the boutique shops. Even if you do not get to buy, the feeling of walking around in this street is amazing. Meanwhile, we end our trip with some Fondue in the old town and a piece of delicious lamb we had our heart on.

Lucerne - Where to Stay


Short walk to the hotel and check-in
Ibis Styles Luzern City
Friedenstrasse 8
CH- 6004 Luzern
Phone: +41 41 418 48 48
E-Mail: H8549-RE@accor.com
Website: www.ibisstyles.ch

The hotel is located in the historic center of the city of Lucerne and the distinctive old town with its boutiques and cafés is easy to reach on foot. We stayed there,and it was very comfortable due to its proximity to important places in the city.

Here is a list of best casinos and bars in Lucerne.Hope you enjoy!


Continue Reading »


IPledgeATree With Vodafone And GrowTrees

There was a time here when there was deforestation to such an extent that we couldn't even spot a Fox in the patch confirmed one of the laborers. Today,just before we arrived,there was a Tiger with its two cubs crossing the same area,which even killed a bull.They proudly said there are 50-60 Cheetahs in the forest .The question in our mind arose “Tigers,Don’t they harm people” to which they replied “Not if we stand still and do not disturb them! He is also scared of us” We were at the Kanha - Pench corridor trying to do our bit to nullify the Carbon Footprint as well as create future livelihood and contribute to nature.We were growing future trees by planting saplings with the help of Vodafone and GrowTrees

Planting a Sapling of Hope

Shooting out to Mandla in our caravans early in the morning,we didn't know what was ahead.We just knew the journey is going to be for almost 4 hours one way as we were being told.Surprisingly as I expected Jabalpur to be,it exceeded my expectation.I remember 6 years back when I was in Bilaspur and I came to Jabalpur to visit the Dhuandhaar Falls and the Marble Rocks(which is India’s Niagara,if you haven’t visit this place,add it onto your list),things were different.And now,Jabalpur has a small airport(may be even then it had which I never heard of),and the smallest luggage belt I have ever seen.It starts from one corner and ends at another,i.e making it quarter the size of a regular airport belt.Once we were out,we could spot the black birds to which the 2 Rahuls said are bats.But after a while we realized they were birds! And there were plenty , touching their nest at the airport roof and flying out.We wondered what was the mystery behind this random touch and go!

50 Shades of Green

After about an hours ride,we reached Jabalpur where we stayed at Hotel ‘Satya Ashoka’ .My room had a view of the Jabalpur Stadium.The rooms were neat and large,the food was great,and the best part was it even had a Beauty Parlor(which I didn't get the chance to use).Sadly the WIFI didn't seem to work as we expected and it had a shady bar which we as girls entered only to hear the old Hindi songs,some uncle with whiskey glasses in their hand who were stunned to see our presence and we were told by the staff that the beer can be served at the restaurant too upstairs.So we cleverly moved upstairs.We also could take a walk in the Stadium at night only to find out that the people use it more like Joggers Park.The tracks are laid and the Stadium is clean and open,so that makes it perfect for people to burn some fat quite peacefully.


Jabalpur To Mandla : The Journey

Watch the video to know how I #IPledgeATree with Vodaphone and GrowTrees At The Kanha Pench Corridor



Now this stretch is already so Green,you would wonder why and what are we doing.In fact you could see 50 shades of green in various forms,in forms of trees enveloping the roads,in form of green fields which pass by,in form of random waterholes that you say hi to,in forms of everything.The roads are fabulous,no potholes,no crowded streets.But what was not-known to us was the patch we were planting trees had been affected massively due to deforestation by nearby factories for their internal usage thus creating a corridor in between Kanha and Pench.I love Madhya Pradesh by the way,its so underrated,yet its beautiful.Not for the Kanhas and the Bandhavgarhs and the Dhuandhaar and the Khajuraho,but as a whole.The road drive in Madhya Pradesh are no less than awesome.Along the way,we stopped at Madhya Pradesh Tourism Hotel which served good food.After which to the plantation site was another hour.


In between the discussion arose,on what kind of trees are we planting,and will they survive if not taken care of.We came to know that the trees being planted were local to the area like  Karani, Harra, Baheda, Bamboo, Khamer, Ladiya, Mango  and Amla. Rahul who shared his knowledge said,not all trees help.Rather not all trees are trees.Some which look like trees are bushes like the ones we saw on the two sides of the road.Neither all trees help in ecological balance.Some trees erode the soil,like Bamboos,which is a grass,which spreads its root in a massive way.That is why Bamboos are planted to create natural external fences around the other trees.While Anusha shared her stories from the treks and trips which she does for the cause 'Summiting For Hope' and her company 'Bohemian Adventures'  and her journey as a mountaineer to where she is today, and Rahul 2 told about why he skips conventional journeys to more offbeat ones in search of his own peace of mind.He plans to do Parvati Trek till Spiti sometime in the future.Amrit said he doesn't like trekking after an extensive course at HMI,Darjeeling but he told me about his popular video on vimeo which is on 'Because Rape is not always about Sex'.While I listening to all I could,had my eyes on the beauty of the nature which was every second passing by.


Bhopal, 27 August, 2014:  Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecom services providers,and Grow-Trees.com, the exclusive Indian Planting Partner for United Nation’s Environment Program’s Billion Tree Campaign, today announced the formal launch of their join initiative to create India’s first private wildlife corridor. This corridor is being developed between Kanha-Pench wildlife reserves by planting 3,00,000 trees over a 3-year period.To formally launch this plantation drive, Mr. Rohit Adya, External Affairs Director, Vodafone India and Mr. Ashish Chandra, Business Head – MP&CG, Vodafone India, handed over a sapling to Mr. Bikrant Tiwary, CEO, Grow-Trees.com.

The Plantation Site: Things We Didn't Know


The Plantation Site was spread across 100 acres mainly in land of patches for which the distance between each patch is recommended by the forest department.The trees were bought in from nurseries of forest department,which in turn the locals and Grow Trees create their own local nurseries near to the site,and from these nurseries the saplings are brought in as then bringing them is easier to the site.


According to their understanding of the area,75% of the Saplings survive,while there is 25% mortality rate.These 25% are replanted.The trees grow in different shapes and sizes and takes their own time,some grow faster,some slower.But on an average for about 3-4 years it needs monitoring.



Rata Village:The People,The Livelihood,The Trees


The produce which comes out of these trees belongs to Rata Gaav.Rata Gaav has 180 families.
To which when we asked ki “Aap apas me kaese bante ho" and he had a simple answer “Aesa tanav ni rehta sir.Jo jaha paya wo uska hua”.They continued that now since the season is monsoon,they make their livelihood by farming mostly Dhan Khet.The plants such as Mahua is its best in January while Mangoes in March.Hence it fills the gap.Meanwhile the Mahuas are used to produce wine,Tendu leaves are used in Bidis.The other plants grown in this area are Awla,Bahera,Harra. Usually the produce is being sold to the forest department than the local markets because they give better rates.

Vodafone and GrowTrees: Working together for a cause

The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is a planting partner of Grow trees which help in collaborating with local committees,involving them with responsibility of taking care of the trees so that the man animal conflict that which we are facing now,would be talk of yesteryears.In his statement,Tiwari,the head of Grow Trees said “We all talk about Green House Effect but seldom act,we are giving a platform to act and Vodafone has supported us fully in this beautiful cause.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rohit Adya, External Affairs Director, Vodafone India, said,“Vodafone India is committed to supporting sustainable initiatives that benefit all – the organisation, the community and the environment. With this unique project, we will be able to offset 33 million kg of carbon footprint generated by our offices every year for 3-years. In addition, we will be able to support livelihood opportunities, enable reforestation and create a corridor between Kanha and Pench to facilitate habitat connectivity in tiger breeding areas.”

Elaborating on the significance of this initiative, Mr Ashish Chandra, Business Head – MP&CG, Vodafone India, said, “Madhya Pradesh is endowed with rich and diverse forest resources. With 9 national parks and 25 wildlife sanctuaries, almost 25% of the state is covered with forests. Home to a large tribal population and an attractive tourist destination, these forests provide a source of income to several thousands. This initiative with Grow-Trees.com is our way of supporting conservation of an importance natural resource and means of livelihood.”

 This project will create about 25,000 workdays of direct jobs mainly for women and tribals inhabiting the area in addition to supporting several allied livelihood generating activities such as farming, fruit and honey gathering etc. on a sustained basis. The site is in Sijhora Range and would be jointly protected by three villages - Majhipur, Jogisoda and Chandiya. A variety of trees, including Karani, Harra, Baheda, Bamboo, Khamer, Ladiya, Mango  and Amla, that are local to the region will be planted. Saplings of these are already being grown in the special nurseries funded by Grow-Trees.com.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bikrant Tiwary, CEO, Grow-Trees.com, said, “Approximately 45% of India's land is degraded primarily due to deforestation, unsustainable agricultural practices, mining and excessive groundwater extraction. More than two thirds of this can be regenerated and our endeavor is to facilitate this by providing planting opportunities to individual and corporate customers. We are delighted to have Vodafone India as our corporate partner to support this novel project of wildlife corridors for enlarging wildlife habitats. The size and scale of this private reforestation initiative is the biggest till date in the country. The planting process on site will be led by our on ground partner FES.”

The GoPro,The Train Driver And The End


GoPro catches rare fascination and its every time.Poor Amrit,when he started his go pro for the Ariel shots of the plantation instead of people doing their own work had their camera shutters on for the GoPro. He jokingly said “Once someone started interviewing him for his machine”.He also told how he once lost his go pro during the Ariel.

Returning back,we could see the train following us for a stretch.We asked the driver to which he said the train goes from Jabalpur to Mandla and the crossing which you see ahead “Since the British days and even now,the driver himself closes the crossing while the guard opens it”.India - Land of Strange Stories,isn't it?

Have you been to Jabalpur or Kanha or have you been associated with a cause similar to this,feel free to share your stories :)

Continue Reading »


Decathlon Celebrates National Sports Day on August 29

The series of camping tents welcome us,the players in the net court are oblivious.Just when I went in,the cycles come out,and so does the amateur skaters in their full glory.That is Decathlon,a place where you can be your Sporting best,so doesn't matter if your hair strand is out of place,or you haven’t got your best of shoes with you yet.Because Decathlon symbolizes Childhood joy that titillates your Sporting Spirit.It is where I see the oldies become the footballers for a while,or the children play with their BTWIN cycles.It is where I see Mommies peeking through the Badminton Rackets confused in thoughts "whether they must start playing so that they can beat their sedentary lifestyle” while simultaneously checking the quality, .It is where the professionals get their very best equipment.I always pick up one thing or two from there.And I always feel convinced of my choice.

How Green Can Your Run Be? - On Decathlon Mysore Road
Like Them At Facebook At: Decathlon Mysore Road,Decathlon Mohali

Decathlon “The Name Synonymous To A Warehouse Of All The Sporting And Gaming Equipment” is one of my favourite.Why so,because I have been externally part of it since the day it started its store in India in Bangalore.Rugged,Affordable and Genuine,there are stuff of every adventure lovers fancy.Over the years,along with the kind of stuff they have,they also came up with great activities and cycling trips as part of their program,which people if they desire can participate.The passion towards Sports and the drive for taking it forward by Decathlon in a way that affects everyone is commendable.

          Me,carrying the Forclaz 40 backpack (brought from Decathlon)in Blue Mountains,Canada 

Decathlon India,celebrated the National Sports Day on August 29 in all its Stores in India.A cycling event was conducted at Decathlon Mysore Road on behalf of National Sports Day, and the track was of 6 kms. A lot of enthusiastic participants were present to make the cycling event a success.An event consisting of Skating and Cycling was also celebrated at Decathlon,Mohali.


Hanging up the Skates - Decathlon Mohali

So Why Do We Celebrate National Sports Day? 

To honour the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand Singh,the Greatest Hockey Player India has ever seen,India celebrates its National Sports Day every year on the 29th August.29th August happens to be the birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand, who made India proud by his extraordinary sporting skills. This day is celebrated by organising friendly matches between different Indian hockey teams at the Dhyan Chand National stadium in New Delhi which was constructed in the respect and honour of Major Dhyan Chand. On this day, sports persons commemorate this day in a sportive way.

To know more about Major Dhyan,Read his biography here 

The President of India Bestows prestigious awards such as the Arjuna and Dronacharya Award, Dhyan Chand Award, etc to the sports persons who have contributed to the growth of sports all through their sports career and also after retirement. A lot of schools throughout the country celebrate this day as their Annual Sports Day and young people are also encouraged and made aware of the possibilities in sports and what all advancement the country has obtained in sports.

Decathlon Celebrates National Sports Day:Glimpses

                                                Decathlon Mysore Road Celebrations                                                   
The enthusiastic contestants waiting to start the race


First Prize WInner - Kaushik, Time - 11.10.66 — at Decathlon Mysore Road.


Second Prize Winner - Srivatsa, Time - 12.51.17 — with Sijin NL at Decathlon Mysore Road.

Third Prize Winner - Srinivasa R, Time - 12.54.32 — at Decathlon Mysore Road.

                                                  Decathlon Mohali Celebrations                                                             


The Decathlon Mohali Crew

Fitness comes First



The Young Junior!






Continue Reading »


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...