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Friday, July 19, 2013

Spectacular Places of Mysterious India ( by Tony Chacko)


Spectacular Places of Mysterious India (by Tony Chacko)
I used to wonder about the lackadaisical approach by any government of India to market it as the most spectacular tourist spots
in the world. I just did a long search for unique picturesque places and I am stunned by my own ignorance of the beauty of our
poor but great country of resources. Tell me dear readers after you have seen these pictures, that you also not stunned ?????? 
THE TAJ MAHAL, AT AGRA.
THE SACRED GANGOTRI GLACIER, SEEN IN THE BACKGROUND ARE THE BHAGIRATHI PEAKS AT GANGOTRI, UTTARAKHAND
AMIDST THE NATURALLY GREEN SETTINGS OF TEA PLANTATIONS AT MUNNAR, KERALA -----TRULY A BREATHTAKING SIGHT.
                                                  PICTURESQUE MUNNAR----         
                       
THE FARTHEST AND THE HIGHEST THE ROAD CAN TAKE YOU... A MAGNIFICIENT VIEW OF THE HARSH AND RUGGED TERRAIN... THAT IS THE HIMALAYAN REGION OF LADAKH... THIS VIEW IS TAKEN FROM KHARDUNGLA PASS... THE HIGHEST MOTORABLE ROAD IN THEWORLD..
The lure of the mountains...a mountaineers paradise.. This is a section of the climb to roopkund or skeleton lake in uttaranchal.
You have to be there to feel the grandeur of the Himalayas.
VIEW FROM THE PARI MAHAL IS TRULY MESMERISING... THE ROYAL PALMS GOLF COURSE IN THE FOREGROUND NAD DAL LAKE IN THE BACKGROUND.. IS TRULY A SIGHT TO BEHOLD, @ SRINAGAR, J K
A quiet spot for some rest and relaxation.. The beautiful Cole Park at Tezpur ,  Assam
THE ROOT BRIDGES OF CHERRAPUNJI, MEGHALAYA, INDIA
About the Living Root Bridges                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Living root Bridges are built in the deep valleys of East Khasi hills in central Meghalaya, Northeast India. The people of these villages (Nongriat,            Laitkynshew and others) are isolated from rest of the world as these are located in a deep valleys which can only be reached by an arduous trek.                   Now though the situation is better as there are steps built to visit the valley. You have to descend and climb more than 2100 steps at a time. Since          these valleys were inaccessible for a long time people came with this ingenious solution to cross rivers which were very full due to tremendous rainfall             in the monsoon. They plant the strangler fig trees on both sides and once they grow they use guides such as bamboo poles or string for the roots to grow around them. Then in 10-15 years (mostly more), a bridge is grown.                                                                                                                                              This is multi-generational effort. these bridges are extremely durable an last 5 to 6 centuries.
 
THE GOLDEN FORT OF JAISALMER, RAJASTHAN
Made of sand stones and locally known as Sonar Quila, the Jaisalmer Fort is a dominating structure amidst sands.            
 Fort Jaisalmer
This hillock is near Gwalkot - a mid-point village on Almora-Kausani Road in Uttarakhand. River Kosi which is partially visible on the right,
takes a 'U' turn around this hillock.
Paddy fields on a hillock
The Kankaria Lakefront Development Project initiated by the Government of Gujarat under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, stands                              complete while restoring the lake and attracting tourists in large numbers.   
            
HOUSE BOATS ON DAL LAKE IN KASHMIR.
Hogenakal Waterfalls (is on river Kaveri) in the border of Karnataka and Tamilnadu,
THE FAMOUS NEHRU SNAKEBOAT RACE AT ALLEPPEY BACKWATERS, KERALA
Kye Monastery is situated 12 kms. north of Kaza in Lahaul and Spiti district and serves the western population of Spiti. in Himachel Pradesh  
APPLE ORCHARDS OF HIMACHEL PRADESH   
THE PERIYAR WILDLIFE NATIONAL PARK, KERALA.  
Nainital hill station, hill stations in india, north india hill stations, Nainital
THE WINDING ROADS OF HILLY NAINITAL AT UTTARANCHAL
SNOWY GULMARG OF KASHMIR.   And Below is a Learners" Ski Resort in Gulmarg.   
GORGEOUS SNOW LEOPARDS OF HILLY UTTARAKHAND
ARE YOU STUNNED BY THESE SEA RESORTS OF LAKSHADWEEP??? I AM STONED BY THIS SIGHT.
NATURAL FLOWERFIELDS OF RISHIKESH IN UTTARAKHAND
NATURAL ROCKS OF THE BEACHES OF GOA
RICEFIELDS OF KERALA.
TAMIL NADU'S FAMOUS BULL RACES AND JALLIKATTU ( Bullfights).
THE SPECTACULAR TULIP GARDENS OF SRINAGAR, KASHMIR
Sripuram-Golden-Temple
The Sripuram Golden Temple was built in a short span of 7 years. It was inaugurated on August 24, 2007. The entire temple was
designed by Amma, as conceived through the divine vision. Sri Narayani Peetam headed by a 31-year-old god man who calls himself
 Narayani Amma. Devotees hail the temple as 'one of the wonders of the world'
and say that it is the only temple covered fully with gold.
MANJULI RIVER ISLAND OF ASSAM IN INDIA.
 
THE ELEPHANT WATERFALLS OF SHILLONG, ASSAM.                        CHERRAPUNJI WATERFALLS, MEGHALAYA  
 
VALLEY OF FLOWERS IN UTTARAKHAND.

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