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The Leh Town:Leh Ladakh part 2

All About Ladakh

Today morning when I woke up,I read this very beautiful quote on travel:

"Let your memory be your travel bag." -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  Sometimes the memories of a place is so prominent in your mind that you feel attached.Attached to a great extent.I read the quote,read it again,and felt the need to head onto my drawer.Oh those beautiful pearls and stones from Leh,how much I love them.Every beautiful occasion,I wear them,and I feel a great sense of happiness when they are with me.The image below is the necklace from leh I got for 120 Rupees...




 Nevertheless,those pearls have the same effect as those kodak printed moments 4*6 photo prints we used to have.Its all digital now,we still love,but we never have the same effect.Same with the difference of email and a postcard or hand written letter.It carries emotions.Wide range of..

 Sometimes my friends call me too emotional to drift off from topics.Here I was to tell you about the Leh town.

 To many people,the Leh town is a stopover or a base for higher further up altitudes.The information everywhere is so limited that besides shanti stupa and sangam,most tour guides,prefer going high up.But believe me leh town is at least worth spending a day or two.Who wouldn't want to shop for those pearls or beautiful souvenir.And not to forget those roadside fresh apricots.

Of course winters are different scene altogether when shops are closed,or open for one -two hours.



WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE LEH?

1)SHANTI STUPA: Shanti stupa is a Buddhist white domed stupa on a hilltop and it provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.The stupa looks beautifully illuminated at night and can even be seen from a distance.

Rating: 9/10

 Very near to the main city and can be reached anytime.Can even be climbed,to the hilltop on a leisure walk.

2)NIMMU: Nimmu is where Indus and Zanskar Rivers Meet.The difference in their colors can easily be identified.One can either be there for half and hour to one hour click some pics and go back, not much to do here.The bank is not so wide where we can camp.

Rating: 9/10


VIDEO ON WHITE WATER RAFTING THAT ENDS IN NIMMU,LEH




3)THIKSEY MONASTRY,LEH: Thiksey monastry or thiksey gompa is located on top of the hill,and has a 15 metre statue of maitreya covering two storeys.


Rating:09/10


4)WAR MEMORIAL HALL OF FAME :The Hall of Fame in Leh was set up by the Indian Army XV Corps as a Museum cum Memorial to the War Heroes. It is open to Public and is situated near the Leh Airfield.

Rating: 10/10


5)MAGNETIC HILL,LEH:This is one of the wonders of the world. There is a magnetic hill in Leh - Ladakh. It is one of the wonders of Himalayan Mountain. To experience the magnetic power you have to place your vehicle on a specific spot (Local authority has put up a bill-board to identify the place) and switch off the vehicle. Soon you will notice the vehicle will climb the hill at a speed of around 20 km/hr.


Rating:08/10


6)LEH PALACE:Leh Palace is one of the most captivating architectural ruins that attract the attention of the tourists almost immediately with its majestic setting at the edge of the Namgyal hill and overlooking the town.Though there is not much to see inside the palace,infact climbing up the stairs of the dark ruins could be just a waste of time,.Though the palace looks beautiful when illuminated at night.


Rating: 05/10


7)INDUS BANK:Sindhu Ghat is situated at 10 km up stream the Indus River from Leh near the Shey , it is a peaceful river bank
 




Rating:07/10


8)TIBETAN MARKET,LEH:It is fun to shop in these flea markets on the leh fort road but be sure to bargain well.The best buys could be woolens,handicraft and jewellery.

Rating:07/10

9)GURUDWARA PATHER SAHIB,LEH:In the Himalayas, about 25 km from the town of Leh, is the
Gurudwara, Pathar Sahib. The Gurdwara was built in 1517 to  commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev ji. It is believed that Guru Nanak Dev ji reached Leh via Sikkim, Nepal, Tibet and Yarkhand. The place is revered by both the local lamas and Sikh sangat. Currently
the Army is looking after the gurdwara.


Rating:10/10
To know more about my journey to the frozen Pangong Tso:
http://www.ankionthemove.com/2012/04/pangong-lake-lehwinters-diary.html

To know more about districts and regions of Leh,Acclimitization etc:
http://www.ankionthemove.com/2012/04/ladakh-regionsdistrictacclimatization.html
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Leh Ladakh:Travel,Photos,Videos,Reviews Part 1



                                                                 


WHY LEH LADAKH?

1)Leh Ladakh cauz of its no fuss travel,broad roads,lovely people and beautiful landscapes.

2)Leh Ladakh cauz of there are some places on earth you would love to just visit for no reason.Take for example,New Zealand.

3)Leh Ladakh cauz of military,any place which is forbidden or once was ,suddenly becomes an area of interest...specially when it shares border with two most interesting countries Pak and China.

4)Leh Ladakh cauz of bacterian camels.

5)Leh Ladakh cauz of 3 IDIOTS.

6)Leh Ladakh cauz I like the name "SIACHEN",the craziest reason to visit leh ever.



WHY LEH-ED THRICE?

I would love to introduce myself as a Leh lover.Been thrice summers winters autumn and every time Leh offered me a different view a different perspective.Not many places in India can be visited twice or thrice,but this place is just so serene that it could be the best thing ever happened to you, at least in India.

I know It all might sound a little exaggerated,but Leh is one place that offers a different ariel view,snow capped mountains and the bare mountains.Rivers all blue.And its so amazing that each time we went Leh,it was never that I slept in the plane,and the same for most of the passengers.People regret not taking a window seat here,taking a nap is just out of question.

TIP 01 FOR LEH-LADAKH


DON'T FORGET THE WINDOW SEAT,IT'S WORTH IT





LEH-LADAKH FROM THE PLANE

The planes which go to Leh,either fly at a lower height or the mountains are tall making it,just so nearby and so clearly visible.The first glance and you say "wow" is this where are you going..

And then..the announcement:

For those who travel from Delhi-Leh in March-April pls note that the winters in Delhi is summers compared to winters in Leh.The temperature goes in minus,and woollens and jackets can be the first thing to save you from the chill.

VIDEO ON LEH LADAKH





MY EXPERIENCE LEH-LADAKH: WINTERS 2009
,
I consider myself real lucky that I dun feel much cold anywhere,not in Delhi atleast.And since It was my first time Leh,I checked all the possible "accu temperature on net" which said the temperature in Leh could be anywhere 7-8 degrees.Rubbish,the announcement in the plane was -3 degrees temperature outside.

Now with the fashionista I am,I had my sleeveless on,no jackets no sweaters..and the moment I stepped out it was cold chill,more so the cold breeze.Luckily I didn't fall ill,but the jacket was the first thing I got from the Leh market.

TIP 02 FOR LEH-LADAKH


THE TEMPERATURE IN LEH VARIES EVERY DAY.YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU CAN WITNESS A SNOWFALL..EVEN IN SUMMERS,SO CARRY APPROPRIATE WOOLENS!







ACCLIMATIZATION IN LEH-LADAKH:AN UNHEARD FEAR OR IT IS SERIOUS

Acclimatization in Leh-Ladakh in late winters(mar-april) : It's bad,real bad.With trees covered with snow and Leh already being at 11000 feet,the lack of oxygen is the first thing you notice in winters.Not to worry,take a half a day rest or maximum a day rest.And then move on,first to lower altitudes then to higher ones.There could be a slight breathing difficulty if your plan is too packed up.

Acclimatization in Leh-Ladakh in summers(may-october) : Strangely for people who complain of acclimatization in Leh in summers,have no idea how winters could be.Take a half a day rest then explore Leh,the market,shanti stupa etc etc.

Depends, the trip to Leh with my parents was tricky.Somehow acclimatization for my mom wasn't proper due to hurried plans,and love the army meds out there,she was fine.Then again,you never know.

TIP 03 FOR LEH-LADAKH


AMS IS SERIOUS..Contact your nearest medical camp if you feel discomfort even after two days rest.Most people don't feel sick,so do not panic with just the name of AMS


REACHING LEH LADAKH

In Summers by road
Manali-Leh
Srinagar-Leh

In Summers by plane
Delhi-Leh

In Winters by plane
Delhi-Leh


The road trip from Manali to Leh is adventurous and Srinagar-Leh is scenic.I have been from Srinagar to Leh by road and from Delhi-Leh by plane.I am yet to explore the Manali route.If some one here has,please share your experiences.

TIP 04 FOR LEH-LADAKH 

MANALI-LEH ADVENTUROUS,SRINAGAR-LEH SCENIC,DELHI-LEH BY AIR BEST ARIEL VIEW..CHOOSE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.


What to do in Leh town: http://www.ankionthemove.com/2012/03/leh-townleh-ladakh-part-2.html

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Skydiving in India:Types of Skydiving,Courses



Image Source: Google Images


Next Skydiving Camp: 14-16th September 2012

For details on previous camps and success skydives in India
Skydiving In India Rates And Dates

Charges are inclusive of jump and training only.For details mail me at Ankionthemove@gmail.com



WHAT DOES SKYDIVING MEAN?

sky·div·ing
The sport of jumping from an aircraft and performing acrobatic maneuvers in the air under free fall before landing by parachute.
Synonyms: Parachutism

We all have seen the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and we know by now what skydiving is...But we really are a little confused on the types of skydiving.Yes,most of us can guarantee that they do know a lot..But in simple terms how can we explain it.

SKYDIVING MY DEFINITION

A nomadic action which pumps your adrenaline to such an extent that jumping off a plane seems to be the most sane act in the world. Nether less true,it gives you a feel off "set free".

SKYDIVING IN VIRTUAL AND WORLD OF CINEMA

Facebook addicts would define it as a jump in which instructors are attached is skydiving..thanks to all friends and people out there,this seems to be the most safest of all.

Movie addicts could define skydiving as a jump where no one is attached,like the one Abhay,Farhan and Hritik..does in ZNMD.

TV Addict can define it as (those who have watched life me ek baar) as a jump where two instructors hold you from both sides,till you open a chute.

TYPES OF SKYDIVING,SKYDIVING IN INDIA


The Previous Skydiving fest was at Pondicherry  from 29th June-9th July at Pondicherry Airbase.There have been previous skydiving camps in Dhana MP,Baramati Pune,Deesa Gujrat and Pondicherry this year. Skydiving has finally arrived in India.Not many people know that It happens once in every two months,at various locations in India.






1)Tandem Skydiving)(Instructor piggy backing you):

Tandem skydiving is most popular for beginners. Tandem skydiving refers to a type of skydiving where a beginner or student is connected via a harness to an experienced skydiver. The experienced skydiver or tandem instructor controls the whole jump. The student needs only minimal instruction before making a tandem jump.

Chutes used in tandem skydiving:

The tandem skydiving equipment is relatively different from the normal skydiving gears. Tandem skydivers use the drogue parachute. The drogue parachute is immediately deployed after leaving the plane in order to slow the free fall speed of two people. This would lengthen the duration of the jump. Tandem skydivers also use larger main parachutes so that the weight of two people can be supported.

Who can be a tandem instructor:

A tandem instructor is not just an experienced skydiver you know. There are rules and regulations that limits who may skydive with a student. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration or FFA requires a skydiver to have more than five hundred dives and three years of skydiving experience before becoming a tandem instructor.

2)Static Line(Solo Jump) Skydiving



Static line skydiving is said to be the oldest method of learning how to skydive. This is similar to the way parachuting for military airborne soldiers. They have to jump 3,000 feet high with a cord hooked on a plane that pulls your parachute open.


How are static line courses done

A static line parachute jump involves no freefall. As the student exit the aircraft, the parachute is opened by a static line attached to the aircraft. Unlike tandem skydiving, this requires the student to land on his own. But his descent to the ground is done with the guidance of radio communications.



3)Accelerated Free Fall(Solo with instructors)


The last skydiving variety that beginners could try would be the accelerated free fall. Accelerated free fall is commonly called AFF, with this training discipline, there are two certified instructors that jump off the aircraft with the students. They would accompany the students while in free fall and will hold onto the student’s harness. That is why it can also be called Harness Hold Training.


How are AFF courses in skydiving done?


The students have their own parachute with AFF. As part of the AFF training, the students are trained to handle emergency procedures. Since the students will also direct their landing, their training also includes proper landing procedures.

Since instructors would also be free falling side by side with students, they would be able to correct the student’s body positions and other problems encountered during the free fall. The students may also radio ground personnel to direct the student to the landing spot, but the student must develop the skills for solo landing.

POPULAR MOVIES ON SKYDIVING

1)The skydivers:






2) Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara(Short Clip)





To know more information about skydiving in India,check my blog:


http://www.ankionthemove.com/2012/03/skydiving-indiadatesphotoseventspune.html 
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Skydiving In India:Dates,Photos,Events





Skydiving in India

If you are an adventure junkie,you needn't pack your bags and take a flight out of India.Represent your company or come as an individual,you are sure to have an experience of a lifetime.Enroll for tandem,static and free fall courses.

Skydiving instructors are...

Instructors are highly experienced instructors and expert jumpers who have trained hundreds of parachute jumpers in the past. The experience level varies from 500 jumps to over 5000 jumps. IPF also understands and distinguishes between an experienced jumper and an instructor, they are two different things which a lay man gets mixed up with. All training is planned by instructors. Selection of instructors has been made on merit.All IPF instructors have been former instructors at Paratroopers Training School of the Indian Air Force at Agra for a decade or more.

SKYDIVING IN INDIA..COMMON QUESTIONS FOLKS ASK..






Dates for skydiving india

Successful completion of camp in Dhana  from 16th August-22nd August.Previous Skydiving Camps

The 6 batches of Sky Diving Camps were conducted in Dhana (M.P.) between October 2011 and January 2012. The camps were a grand success.
Skydiving in Baramati 6th-8th April 2012: Completed
Skydiving in Pondicherry 28th-30th April 2012: Completed
Skydiving in Dhana 20th-22nd April 2012: Completed
Skydiving in Dhana 6th-8th June 2012: Completed
Skydiving in Pondicherry: 29th June-8th July 2012! Completed
Skydiving in Dhana:16th -22nd August 2012! Completed
Skydiving in Dhana:14th-16th September! Running Full
Skydiving in Mysore:28th Sept-7th October! Scheduled
Cockpit Flying in Mangalore:27th-29th September! Scheduled



Sno
 Type of jump

 Charges
Remarks
1
Static jump course with one jump
25000/-           
Includes jump cost, training, log book, certificate
2
Static jump course with two jump
40000/-
Includes jump cost, training, log book, certificate
3
Static jump course with three jumps

52,500/-
Includes jump cost, training, log book, certificate
4
Static jump course with five  jumps

75,000/-
Includes jump cost, training, log book, certificate
5
Tandem
35000/-
Includes jump cost, training, log book, certificate
6
Cock pit flying cost
(fly aircraft yourself)
These rates are subject to availability of three persons in one sortie, that means if persons are less the cost of vacant seat has t be borne by the rest.
20 mins slot cockpit flier/per person
7,500/-
Sight seeing/joy ride /per person
3500/-
40 min cockpit/per person

14000/-
40 min sight seeing and joy ride/per person
6500/-
60 mins circuit cockpit flying / per person
20000/-
60 Mins sight seeing Circuit No 3
9,500/-

Sun set sorties for 20 mins
7000 per person



Program in General - Mangalore
Sno
Date
 Type of jump

Venue

1
27th sep
1.Demo jumps at beach
2.Cock pit flying
3.Sight seeing
Mangalore

2
28th sep
1.Cock pit flying
2.Sight seeing
Mangalore

3
29th sep
1.Cock pit flying
2.Sight seeing
Mangalore




 Program in General - Mysore 

Sno
Date

Static line jump course
Tandem Jumps
Venue
1
28th sep
Friday
Static camp 1
0900 h: All students Arrive Mysore airport, for registration 
1000h – 1300h : Introduction to sky diving, Training for static line jumpers
1300 h: working lunch
1345 – 1745h: training continues
TANDUM JUMPERS CAN COME ANY DAY MORNING AND LEAVE SAME DAY IF THEY DESIRE.
0700 – 1630 tandem jumps

Mysore airport
2
29th sep
saturday
Training/Refresher /doubt clearing session followed by exam
0700 – 1630 tandem jumps
Mysore airport
3
30th sep
Sunday
Jumps
0700 – 1630 tandem jumps
Mysore airport
4
1st oct
Monday

Jumps
0700 – 1630 tandem jumps
Mysore airport
5
2nd oct
tuesday
Jumps
0700 – 1630 tandem jumps
Mysore airport
6
3rd oct
Wed
1.Cock pit flying
2.Sight seeing
0700 – 1630 tandem jumps
Mysore airport
7
4th oct
Thurs
1.Cock pit flying
2.Sight seeing
0700 – 1630 tandem jumps
Mysore airport
8
5th oct
Friday
Static camp 2
0900 h: All students Arrive Mysore airport, for registration 
1000h – 1300h : Introduction to sky diving, Training for static line jumpers
1300 h: working lunch
1345 – 1745h: training continues
TANDUM JUMPERS CAN COME ANY DAY MORNING AND LEAVE SAME DAY IF THEY DESIRE.
0700 – 1630 tandem jumps

Mysore airport
2
6th oct
Sat
0700 – 1200h: Refresher /doubt clearing session followed by exam
Followed by jumps if time permits
0700 – 1630 tandem jumps

Mysore airport
3
7th oct
Sunday
Jumps
0700 – 1630 tandem jumps
Mysore airport



Note that charges change from place to place
Contact me at ankionthemove@gmail.com or call me 9845088909 for the schedule and details.
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Clean India : Why,How,Where Part 2

THE AMAZING PEOPLE WITH THE MOTIVE TO CLEAN INDIA,JOIN THEM


THE UGLY INDIAN


The Ugly Indian, an uncategorizable Bangalore-based community organization, has been on my radar for more than a year. They have a fresh approach towards solving the problem of urban cleanliness; an approach that starts with acknowledging that we ("us Indians") have abysmal standards of public hygiene; an internalization that "WE Ugly Indians are part of the problem and only WE can fix it.


To know more about Ugly Indians,check the webpage:


http://www.techsangam.com/2011/10/19/the-ugly-indians-gift-to-bangalore-on-the-occasion-of-namma-metro-launch/

To join their facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ugly-Indian/123459791046618

An amazing blog which contains all the videos and places on what "The Ugly Indian" so far has achieved,

http://theuglyindianfan.blogspot.in/


CLEAN INDIA INITIATIVE PART 2





ECOFREAKS






Ecofreaks is a non-profit and is primarily driven by volunteers who share similar passion to see their localities, cities and country, a cleaner and more salubrious place to live in. We don't charge a penny form anyone as no one asks for rewards for cleaning one's own HOME.

Their mission is to clean. Be it streets littered with garbage or dump yards, be it ugly posters on the walls or people urinating along the roadside. No blaming the government or preaching to people. If you are fed up with the garbage dump in your locality or the dirty abandoned corner near your place, just drop a mail to us and we will help you clean it, completely FREE OF COST.

To join their facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/ecofreaks0


Come,Clean India

Come, Clean India is a national movement to make, and keep, public spaces clean in India. The movement is generating a national will and action among the people, parliamentarians, and government of India to solve the problem of cleanliness.

To regsiter for their activities to clean india:

http://comecleanindiawith.me/



"KEEP ROHTANG PASS CLEAN" by Youth Hostels India



Rohtang Pass (el. 13,051 ft (3,978 m)) 51 KM from Manali, is a high mountain pass that connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh. India. We had organized our first Trekking Programme in Manali area of Himachal Pradesh in 1970. Since then, we had never looked back and have been organizing programmes in Kullu-Manali regularly. During all these years, we have seen Rohtang Pass getting dirtier and polluted as thousands of tourists visit Rohtang Pass every day in the tourist season. They use their own cars, taxis and other vehicles to go to this Pass to enjoy snow and allied sports. Due to our long association with this region, we feel concerned about the deteriorating environment and pollution at such an important pass.


During MAY 2009, MAY 2010 and MAY, 2011 we have successfully completed the programme wherein our volunteers gave their services which was highly appreciated by the tourists and local administration. Once again as part of the strategy to continue the programme it was decided to organize this year also during the month of MAY 2012.


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Haryana Events,Festivals:Dates,Photos

Planning a trip to Haryana?Here are some important festival dates/events which might help you in planning your trip to Haryana:



1)Baisakhi At Pinjore,April in Haryana

Baisakhi festival in Pinjore, Haryana is celebrated to mark the start of the wheat harvest season. The festival falls on 13th April every year and is also observed as the first day of the New Year as per the traditional Vikrami calendar in India. Baisakhi is celebrated to welcome the arrival of that time of the year when the farmers prepare for the harvesting of wheat.

Pinjore Gardens, also known by the name of Yadavindra Gardens, are located in the town of Pinjore, Haryana, around 20 km from the capital city of Chandigarh in Punjab. The lush green gardens serve as a perfect excursion site from Chandigarh and sprawl over an area of about 100 acres

2)Pinjore Heritage Festival,October in Haryana



Pinjore Heritage Festival proudly exhibits the culture and tradition of Haryana. The event is largely a cultural flux, wherein artists from all over India gather to exhibit their art and make the event successful.

The Festival is so well planned by the Tourism Department that throughout the event all activities pack the schedule engages the visitors. Many attractions such as Garba dance, Folk Dances, Musical concerts, Rock bands, Classical Music, Shopping and food Bazaar provide a wide spectrum to all participants and viewers.

The Yadavindra gardens are so beautifully decorated that the complete ambience reflects back to Vedic times and Mughal times. The lighting, decoration, music, dance all culminates to make this a memorable event.


3)Kurukshetra Festival,November/December in Haryana

During the Kurukshetra Festival in Haryana, the pilgrims all gather to take a holy dip in the Brahma Sarovar and the Sannehit Sarovar, the waters of which are considered sacred.

There are religious men telling stories from the Bhagwad Gita, the holy book of the Hindus, recital of religious shlokas as well as other celebrations such as dance and drama performances and the ‘Deep Daan’ at the Brahma Sarovar which are all a part of the religious festivities of the Kurukshetra Festival. There are also free medical camps, exhibition of books and classical Bhajan and recital programs are organized

4)Mango Festival,June/July in Haryana


Summers can never be complete without a good feast on delicious mangoes. The people of Haryana know it well and the Mango Festival in Haryana is a testimony to that. It takes place at the Yadavindra Gardens in Pinjore. This place is about 20 kilometers from Chandigarh.


 The visitors at the Mango Festival get the chance to taste all the different and traditional varieties of these summer fruits during this festival in Haryana. Along with the mangoes, there are also the latest hybrid fruits from the different agricultural universities.

5)Mahabharata Festival,December in Haryana


 A number of theatre groups also participate in the festival to add more zeal to the Mahabharata Festival at the Kurukshetra. There are also other cultural events such as Bhajan recitals, the ‘beautiful ‘Aarti’. And the ‘Deep Dan’ that happens at the Brahma Sarovar holy water tank at Haryana. All of these events are memorable and a poignant experience for all participants.

The Mahabharata Festival in Haryana is thus essentially a cultural festival. There are striking classical and folk dances as well as troupes who come from all over the country and give brilliant performances based on the theme of the epic Mahabharata.

6)Sohna Car Rally in Haryana

The best part about the Sohna Car Rally is that it gives one the rare opportunity to see so many motoring glories of the past. All these old cars which stormed the roads at one point of time now vie with each other for the coveted honors. There is strong competition in every field right from restoration to maintenance to performance. Many trophies are kept to be distributed.

7)SurajKund Crafts Mela,Feb in Haryana


Surajkund Crafts Mela is an annual event that is organized on a large scale by Haryana Tourism from 1st to 15th February. The fair is aimed at bringing to light the enormous talent of artisans and craftsmen in India who display their exquisite handlooms and handicrafts before a large audience at the fair. Every product is artistically produced after much painstaking effort and is truly a masterpiece.

At the Haryana Surajkund Crafts Fair, several small thatched roof platforms are specially provided to create an authentic rustic ambience. Under these thatched roofs, a large number of master craftsmen arriving from all parts of India gather to display their unique talent


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Kashmir Events,Festivals:Photos

Have you ever heard of keukenhof festival in holland,or wine festival in spain or wine and beer fest in czehk republic?How amazing it is to plan your trip during the festive season.The whole city brightens up.

India too has many events/fairs and festivals celebrated for many years,many of you might not know about.Here's a list of the Indian fairs and events statewise:

1)Kashmir: Kashmir is a poetry of nature.Every terrain promises a different view.From the stunning beauty of its countryside to its many rich culturally attractions,Kashmir is a paradise.While you can enjoy the scenic shikara with the "kahwa" at dal lake,gulmarg promises an altogether different kashmir.World class skii amidst the snow bound mountain,not to forget the amazing cable car.Pahalgam is another scenic place along the "lidder" river while Sonmarg is a gateway to "thwajis glacier".

Aamir Khan having a  Shikara ride at world famous Dal Lake in Srinagar 

Aamir Khan having a  Shikara ride at world famous Dal Lake in Srinagar on Thursday. Aamir Khan in Kashmir \

Festivals in Kashmir:


Tulip Festival : Spring is when Kashmir is at its most picturesque, and is also the season for flowering tulips. This special time of year is beautifully captured by the Tulip Festival in Srinagar, home to Asia's largest tulip garden. There are over 2 million tulips there. As well as this arresting sight, the festival features daily cultural programs, Kashmiri folk songs, sale of local handicrafts, and traditional Kashmiri cuisine.



When: First two weeks of April each year.
Where: Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Srinagar, Kashmir. It's located in the foothills of Zabarwan range, overlooking Dal Lake.
Cost: Entry to the Tulip Garden is 50 rupees for adults.

Saffron Festival,Kashmir:

Autumn is associated with saffron flower harvesting in Kashmir. The ideal mix of climate conditions and altitude make for an expanse of violet this time of the year. Some call it an ethereal sight. And rightly so.The flowering season although short but truly a magical experience starts by the end of October and is over by the first week of November.




This festival is held in October every when saffron is in bloom.Kashmiri saffrom is famous the world over and the festival offers an opportunity to see the intricate harvesting of saffron in the colourful fields providing enchanting view during the moonlit nights.

Snow Festival,Kashmir

 

This festival is held in early January & February every year at Gulmarg, the winter Games capital of India,in which winter games teams from various states of the country besides teams from abroad participate in snow skiing,snow boarding, cross country. The Winter Games Federation Of India and J&K Tourism Department organise the festival in which local artists also perform the cultural shows.

Movies Shot In Kashmir


1)Kashmir Ki Kali



2)Mission Kashmir



3)Yahaan

 

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Clean India : Why,How,Where Part1



 Toast to this beautiful world,
 To the beautiful country
 AND THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE..
 TOGETHER LETS MAKE INDIA BEAUTIFUL!!!


 I am a blogger, a travel blogger and as most travel bloggers I love to travel.There's something about the green grass and the long clean stretches of sea,that makes me go weak in my knees.I'm sure that's true for most of us.We all love to travel,and travel around anywhere.But there are sometimes,when we neglect what was beautiful,and what is now not,and we look for other options.

We keep on searching and searching for greener pastures and we somehow forget what is now there wasn't the same some years back..and in some way we have been part of this "not so liking" the place.

 Confused,about what I am talking about?India is a beautiful country with many religions,festivals,amazing landscapes.What is missing is someone responsible to take care of it,politically as well as ethically.In that case there are places totally neglected and I agree its not totally our fault..but let me give you an example.

WHY CLEAN INDIA?



1)Lets say you bought a home,a nice sweet home.Over the years,due to laziness or extra work,you keep neglecting your home.Now you could always easily say your mom or dad would take care.But when they refuse to..do you sit back and stop taking care or cleaning home.We love our home,and each person is responsible for a clean home.

WE KNOW IT,WE CLEAN IT..AND HOW DO WE..?

Either we hire a maid,or we start on our own,we get phenol,broom,harpik,everything,and once our home is clean we are relaxed happy.

We all love to mess around,kids as little as 5-6 years to even grown ups.But why don't we at home because since childhood,we have been told to arrange things..or someone might scold you..

BUT WHAT DOES THAT GOT TO DO WITH CLEANING INDIA??

The mind always has a complex relationship with your personal interest.You might love to clean your own home,but when it comes to cleaning your neighbourhood you would refuse,or you might even be too busy.You would simply ask..oh common why me,,what do these sweepers do then,aint they paid well,cant they do if its their job.

Well,frankly,these sweepers ideally do their job,if they don't,the roads would be a pile of garbage,and we would be buried in tons of stinking sewage.BUT THAT NEVER HAPPENS..

If any of us have had a chance to take a walk in the early wee hours in the morning,you would see those sweepers working at their best,and still why is it that the roads are dirty!

IS IT BECAUSE OF US...UGLY INDIAN SAYS IT IS

And we all agree,and somehow we all know this fact deep inside.India is unclean because of our manners,the same manner which gets drastically improved when abroad.Cauz we know if we play around and mess in other countries like we do here,we might end up in jail or we might be ashamed.But never here...

AN EXAMPLE..

I always envy the way europe is..it is my dream destination,who wouldnt want to live in a place so picturesque!!But then who would want to live in europe with the same mess,we create in India,we know it wouldnt just be acceptable.We might very well say,India is been like this since a long long time..

But for how long?I live in Bangalore and many of my friends who are born and brought up here say that bangalore used to be a green clean garden city.Not anymore...so what do you think have had happend?

This is process of pure neglect over the years by us, by everyone.

AND CAN THAT BE CHANGED,CAN SOMETHING LEAD TO CLEANER INDIA

Yes.If you very well know how to clean your home,clean India would not be that difficult.It might take 3-4 years,but it is not impossible.

BUT HOW CAN ANYONE HELP IN CLEANING INDIA..

The same way we clean our home.It all starts from within.Imagine a few days without a roadside sweeper,would you love to walk in pile of mess,or would you rather clean.

Its simple:

1)All you got to is "make a group of couple of friends" and work when you have free time.Start from your neighbourhood.

2)If there is noone who is with you,start on your own.There are still people in India who would love to join

3)Get creative,design your own road walls,neat and clean.

4)Remove posters..fix the pavement,fix manhole.

5)There are so many things which can be done,and one thing leads to another.

BUT WHY WOULD YOU?


I travel a lot,travel to places and its been recently that I see a whole lot of tourist places full of dirt.The beautiful goan beaches with plastics flowing,treks turning into a nightmare.

WOULD YOU PREFER TO TAKE YOUR GF TO A PLACE LIKE THIS,,OR WOULD YOU LOVE YOUR SON TO GROW UP IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHICH COULD BE AS UNHEALTHY AS IT CAN...BE


TO VIEW PART 2 OF THIS VIDEO..CHECK THE BLOG
http://www.ankionthemove.com/2012/03/clean-india-whyhowwhere-part-2.html






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Manali Rafting, Paragliding ,Skiing ,Amazing treks 9 days


Rafting, Paragliding ,Skiing and some amazing treks for 7 days...Mail us at ankionthemove@gmail.com for more details.


Day 1
21st April Saturday
Delhi To Manali(overnight)
12 hrs,Journey- By Bus


22nd April Sunday
Reporting at camp and chill till lunch
After Lunch Visit Burua Village
200 Years Old Houses & Natural Water Chakii

















Day 3 
23rd April Monday
River Rafting-Some White Water
fun in the Beas River

Day 4 

24th April Tuesday
Jogni Water Fall Trek




















Day 5 
25th April Wednesday
Skiing and Snow Boarding


Day 6 
26th April Thursday
Trek To Patalsu Peak






 












Day 7
27th April Friday
Paragliding in Solang Valley

Day 8

28th April Saturday
Visit Manali Mall Market
04:30 Departure To Delhi

Day 9 

29th April Sunday
Arrive at Delhi By 9 AM
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