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The Wanderlust

The Wanderlust: Kamrunaag and Naina Devi(Rewalsar)

हिमाचल प्रदेश, सदियों पहले यहाँ पहाड़ केवल कुछ जनजातियों और ऋषियों की तपोभूमि थे। इन मंदिरों की मान्यता और धार्मिक आस्था के कारण अक्सर लोग कई कठिनाइयों का सामना करके इन्हे श्रधांजली अर्जित करते हैं।

Not the electronic Antennas by Ashish  on 500px.com

 

In the middle of Himachal lies District Mandi. I remembered from my childhood days, that Mandi was known for news about Wild animals(Wild cats & Bears) hurting villagers. And I had these hazy visuals of its very dens forests in my mind. So, I was curious enough to look these places for real when we decided to visit Kamrunaag

Indeed a curiosity, which is not the most active thing in falling 20s.

A scene from the tales of Womderland by Ashish  on 500px.com

 The Journey starts from Delhi. Like all engineering graduates from Himachal, we’re also here for livelihood, but keeping most of the heart in hills. I don’t know for everyone, but my dream is still alive, to go back and live in hills, forever. We were in a HRTC Kinnaur Bus, which was heading towards Sangla.

Now, you know these Badass Kinnaur route HRTC drivers could be known as “Special 26″ (HP26 is Nichar RTO and HP25 is Kalpa  number for vehicles).

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The Wanderlust: Ahmedabad, Gir & Diu, Part: 3

Div(An Island) or Diu, it’s unbelievable how Portuguese colonized it for so long, but this is a place, to stop your pace of life. Island of Calm(Ilha de Calma), that’s what tourism department says. You must have seen it’s very impressive advert on TV or youtube. They have put astonishingly impressive video featuring all the places around this Island. This place has got serenity. So visit it before its crowded by tourists, just like Goa.
Horizon diminishing across Nagoa beach

“Ilha De Calma” or Island Of Calm

Diu has alcohol legal contrary to Gujrat. Gujjus come here to quench their thirst. It gives you a glimpse of Arabian sea which is more calm than east coast of India. It’s amazing feeling to know you have nothing in between you and Africa, except the Arabian Sea. If you want to experience the luxury of life, that too at a very small cost, feast on the Apna-foodland and watch a sailors life just on the connecting shore, where they anchor their ships and do daily chores.
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The Wanderlust: Ahmedabad, Gir & Diu, Part: 2

 

GIR…probably the best maintained Jungle in India; one and only home for both Asiatic lions and Indian leopards. They have increased the lion population from almost extincted two figures to 411. Do make sure you get the morning safari as its the best time to spot wild life, or you got to have a luck like us, because we were exceptionally fortunate to spot both lion and leopard.

Interestingly the lions once thrived up-to Greece. They are different from African lions. Difference are, the lesser prominent mane on male, the dangling skin below their bally and the most important, their social behavior. They keep smaller herds with lesser population and a short spree of male. My luck with feline worked. यूँ तो सिंह जंगल के राजा है and Asiatic lion is special and rare at the same time. But what makes spotting Indian leopard memorable is its shyness, its sheer agility, it being quickest mammal in jungle.

उसका दो क्षण के स्वरूप का व्याख्यान पूरी किताब भर सकता है।

उसकी लंबी पूंछ जो की उसका संतुलन बनाती है। When we saw him, his dark spots were still visible on it’s dirt ridden body. उसका उज्ज्वलित स्वरूप जो की रह रह कर झाड़ियों में ओझल हो रहा था। ये कुछ ऐसे विन्ह्गम द्रिश्य थे जो की मैं कभी भूल नही सकता।

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The Wanderlust: Ahmedabad, Gir & Diu, Part: 1

कहते है भ्रमण भ्रम मिटाता है।

आपके उलझे सवालों के सुलझे जवाब देता है

It helps you come out of your vicious circle, which gives you more questions than answers. ये केवल मेरे लिए पूर्णतः निहित है या इसका एहसास सभी को है, पर मुझे भ्रमण करने पर जिंदगी जीने के कुछ और मक़सद मिल जाते हैं। मैं यह बचपन से पढ़ता आ रहा हूँ कि भारत सांस्कृतिक सम्रिध देश है, पर इसका एहसास आपको तभी होगा जब आप इस देश के एक-एक छोर, एक-एक कोने तक यात्रा करोगे।

This is a short journey experience of Gujrat and Diu(Daman and Diu). It’s important to share your travelogue because:

  •   It gives the real insight of a journey, which one may not find on internet.
  •   It keeps memories alive. On some sad boring day, a flashback of the journey can get your spunk back.
  •   It fills your blog. :D
  •   It will do post analysis of your journey.

I would stop myself here, as it feels like I am filling my answer-sheet of Professional Development exam of engineering.

हम गुजरात पहुँचे वॉल्वो बस से जो की बीकानेरहाउस दिल्ली से चलकर अहमदाबाद जाती है। यह रास्ता आपको हरियाणा से शुरू कर के राजस्थान के डूंगरपुर होते हुए गुजरात में दाखिल करवाता है। जयपुर तक का रास्ता किसी औद्योगिक क्रांति से कम ऩही है। Various new projects are blooming, one of them is Japanese Industrial Town. राजस्थान का डूंगरपुर आपको गुजरात का एहसास दिलाता है। राजस्थान की एक ख़ास बात है हर नाम से पहले श्री, आप दुकानों, बसों और बड़ी बड़ी ब्रांड्स के नाम में भी श्री लगा पाओगे।

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The Wanderlust: Champawat(Chamba)

I always had this exquisite feeling about Chamba, glimpses of it always traversed the corners of my mind. Pictures of high grasslands, where Gaddi moved their flocks of sheep; beautiful people living their life in most cultured way; hills echoed in their beautiful mountain music, and much more which I think any Himachali would have experienced. It’s simply because it has always been a symbol of very an ancient Himachali culture, be it’s songs, folklore or beautiful people.

Chamba, one of the twelve districts of Himachal Pradesh located in very north of it, touching Punjab in West, Kashmir in North and Kangra in South east. It is confluence of influences of all these rich cultures, which is very conspicuously reflected in it’s ow n heritage. I have had chance to visit Chamba recently, though it was not an elaborate one, but I do want to share what I felt and observed.

Ashish Sharma’s Slidely by Slidely Slideshow

Dalhousie:

  • We woke-up in a fresh snowy morning in Chamba, for me it was unique, because I had never experienced this much  snowfall in my life.
  • I was very much fascinated by the whiteness and I loved this whole white fuzz around. It’s amazing how a thick white layer of glittering crystals takes a place, very close to heaven.

“बर्फ का धरती पर आगमन बहुत खास होता है, बर्फ की एक लंबी सफेद चादर, पत्तों से बर्फ के सिरकने की आवाज़, ताज़ा बरफ़ पर पाँव का धँसना, एक बहुत ही खुशनुमा एहसास की उत्पत्ति करता है!” Continue reading

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The Wanderlust – Jodhpur, Ajmer & Pushkar

May be, this will be one of the briefest accounts of any travel experience with these three cities, in Rajsthan. But you ought to share your true experiences, so here it is. I don’t want to put up a story right from Ajmer’s streets to Mehrangarh’s fort, but yes, I would like to mention the unique observations and special moments of this small journey.

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