Friday, 17 October 2014

10 Pictures Of A Delhi You've Never Seen Before

Ever wondered how Delhi was when your grandparents were your age? When flyovers were unheard of and metro rail was stuff seen in sci fi movies. When trams ran in Chandni Chowk and horse drawn carriages were the main mode of transport for the average Delhi-ite. Do we have your attention? Good. Read On

1. Connaught Place was designed as a part of Lutyens Delhi, and is one landmark that defines the capital even after all these decades. This picture was taken when the then Premier of the Soviet Union, Nikolai Bulganin visited India in 1955.

2. In the 50's parking space in Connaught  Place was so easy to find. Few people had cars and finding a parking spot was the least of people's problems.

3. This was Chandni Chowk before all the illegal encroachments made the place an eye sore.

4. Today, our President travels in snazzy cars. But nothing can beat the classiness of a cavalcade of horse drawn carriages. Here’s our first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1950.

5. Your only association with tongas is probably Dhanno in Sholay, but in your grandparents time they were the primary mode of transport in Old Delhi.

6. No, this wasn’t the venue of a dharna. Just the mess left behind by the crowds after witnessing the Republic Day Parade at India Gate in 1955.

7. Ok, so we won’t blame you if you have no idea what this contraption is. It’s called a Hydroleria Plane that was designed in the 50’s to run both on water and land.

8. Yes Delhi used to have trams too. Plying in the heart of Old Delhi

9. If you want to ride a bicycle, Rajpath is perhaps the loveliest road you can find to indulge your passion. In the 50’s such scenes were common.

10. And finally here’s a scene from a Ram Leela in the 1950’s. Some things don’t change with time!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

17 Breathtakingly Beautiful Places In India You Must Visit Before You Die

1. Yumthang Valley - Sikkim

Yumthang Valley is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in North Sikkim. At a height of 3,564 metres above sea level, it's popularly known as the 'Valley of Flowers'.
yumthank valley sikkim

2. Tea garden hill of Munnar

Munnar is a town that's situated in the southwestern region of Kerala. It's practically covered fully with Tea plantations, some as high as 7000 feet above sea level.

tea garden hill of munnar

3. Stok Range, Ladakh

At 11, 845 feet, Stok Kangri in Stok Range has is a popular mountain among climbers and mountaineers. It's often considered as a practice run for Everest.
stok range ladhak

4. Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Nubra is a high altitude cold desert with rare precipitation and scant vegetation.


5. Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji

Located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on earth, Nohkalikai Falls is one of the tallest plunge waterfalls in India. Name of the falls (in Khasi language - "Jump of Ka Likai") is linked to a legend about a local woman, Likai, who after a family tragedy became insane and jumped off the cliff next to the falls.
Nohkalikai falls_cherrapunji 

6. Nanda Devi

It's the second highest mountain in India. While the peak is not that easy to climb for regular folks like us, but the surrounding Nanda Devi National Park is a must visit atleast once in a lifetime.

Nanda devi mountain

7. Mizoram

Mizoram is a land of rolling hills, valleys, rivers and lakes. As many as 21 major hill ranges or peaks of different heights run through the length and breadth of the state, with plains scattered here and there.


8. Lonar Sarovar, Maharashtra

The Lonar Lake is a saline soda lake located at Lonar in Buldana district, Maharashtra, India which was created by a meteor impact.
Meteor impact at sonar

9. Matheran

The smallest hill station in India, Matheran which is only 90 km from Mumbai, provides a pretty dramatic view of the sunset and the sunrise.


10. Leh

Leh, the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh is best experienced via road trips from New Delhi.

11. Key Monastery

Key Gompa is a Tibetian Buddhist Monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 13, 668 feet above sea level close to the Spiti river in Himachal Pradesh. It reportedly, was started by 100 monks in 1855.

key monastery

12. Kashmir

It's not called paradise on Earth for nothing.

13. Hoggenakal Falls

This waterfall in South India on the river Kaveri is sometimes also referred to as the "Niagara Falls" of India.

Hoggenakal Falls_south india_kaveri river

14. Tungnath, Uttarakhand

Located at an altitude of 12, 073 Feet, at Tungnath mountains you can also find the oldest Hindu shrine of Lord Shiva.

15. Drang Drung Glacier, Near Kargil

It takes about 2 days to get here from the Srinagar airport.
Drang Dung Glacier

16. Deodar Forest, Himachal Pradesh

deodar forest himachal pradesh

17. Andamans

It has 325 islands which cover an area of 6,408 km2, with the Andaman Sea to the east between the islands and the coast of Burma.