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Chopta Valley - The Unexplored Destination

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Chopta Valley - The Unexplored Destination

The relatively unexplored and untouched Chopta Valley in north east Sikkim is very popular among trekkers as well as people of several faiths. Chopta is famous for its monuments of historical and religious importance — from Chandrashila to the Tungnath Temple and more.  

The valley, at 13,200 feet, is a preferred destination for hiking, angling and water sports and the trek from Chopta Valley to Muguthang Valley is considered one of the best. It lies in the Greater Himalayas at 15,500 ft. Trekkers are assured of scenic landscapes with snow-covered mountain peaks on one side and green pine forests and meandering rivers on the other.

PLACES TO VISIT IN CHOPTA VALLEY

Tungnath Temple - Situated at a height of 3680 meters, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.  The temple is one of the Panch Kedar and Lord Shiva’s arm is worshipped here. According to mythology, Ravana performed penance to please Lord Shiva at this site.

Chandrashila - It is the highest point on which Tungnath temple and Chopta are located. It is situated at a height of 4090 meters. From Chandrashila, one gets to see 360 degree panoramic views of the Himalayas. Chandrashila is summit of the Tungnath . It literally means “Moon Rock”. 

Thangu Valley - The Thangu valley is the most scenic of all in Chopta valley and even in North Sikkim. The alpine trees scattered around some wooden houses, the vegetation and the rare seen species of flowers are the major attraction of Thangu valley. High altitude flowers like orchids are also found in this valley.

THINGS TO DO IN CHOPTA VALLEY

Trekking in Chopta valley - The Chopta valley is considered as a paradise for the nature lovers. The Chopta valley is about 2680 meters high above the sea level. This valley offers a great trek trails to the trekkers and adventure lovers. The trekking trail passes through the dense forest of rhododendron, pine and deodar. 

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Best time to visit Chopta Valley

Best time to to travel to Chopta is in Summers (April – June) and Winters (Oct – Dec). Travellers interested in snow fall or want to experience snow trekking in Chopta then Jan to March are the best months.

                    

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6 Most Historical Caves In India

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6 Most Historical Caves In India

The earliest civilized man is said to have made the caves his home, and though we have come a long way from the Stone and stick Age our fascination for caves and the myths associated with them has not subsided a bit. India, being the land of mysteries and spirituality, has a countless number of caves with fascinating legends and historical significance associated with them.

Some of the significant historical caves in India that you should definitely check out are:

 

1. Ajanta & Ellora Caves 

Hardly needing any introduction, the famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves signify the pinnacle of Indian craftsmanship. The oldest caves in Ajanta date back to the 2nd century B.C. and most in Ellora were formed between 5th and 10th century A.D. The artwork here is a mix of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist cultures.

2. Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves 

The Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves are famous with tourists and visitors because of their religious and historical significance. Jain monks are believed to have stayed here in the past and one can find many sculptures and artwork to validate this belief. These ancient caves are a short distance away from the capital of Orissa, thus being easily accessible for visitors.

3. Badami Cave

The 6th century Badami Caves are exceptionally famous and a popular tourist destination in Karnataka. The caves are set in a picturesque location, right at the mouth of a green ravine, and the Hindu and Jain temples built inside are a perfect combination of North and South Indian styles of architecture.

4. Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

Possibly the oldest caves in the Indian subcontinent, The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are a group of almost 700 caves dating back to anywhere between 100,000 to 30,000 years ago. The name translates to "sitting place of Bhima" as it is believed the Pandavas rested here for a while. The paintings here depict the life events of humans in the early Stone Age.

5. Elephanta Caves

One of the most popular caves in India, the Elephanta Cave is located on an island and can be approached by a ferry. There are seven caves here dedicated to Hindu and Buddhist religions. These caves have wonderful carvings and sculptures cut out from a single rock dating back to the 5th century A.D.

6. Belum Caves

Said to be the second longest cave in India, the Belum Caves extend to almost 4 kilometers in length and are made up of Black Limestone. Currently, only around 1.5 kilometer of the cave is open to tourists but is sufficient for viewing and comprehending the splendor of the cave.

                    

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10 Amazing Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Bhandardara This Monsoon

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10 Amazing Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Bhandardara This Monsoon

The charm of Maharashtra increases manifold in the monsoon months because of the rains that bring out the lush greenery and waterfalls in the region. Bhandardara which is a hill station near Nashik is one of the most scenic places you can go to in the monsoon. Not just a paradise for nature lovers, Bhandardara is also apt for trekkers for the many trekking routes it offers.

If you still aren’t convinced, here are 10 photos that will do the trick. Take a look.

 

Wilson Dam

Umbrella Falls

Amazing landscape at Bhandardara

Sunset at Bhandardara lake

Bhandardara lake during the day

A view from the top

Twilight at Bhandardara

Bhandardara in all its green glory

The setting sun against the calm waters of the lake

Nature’s beauty at its best in Bhandardara

Still need more inspiration? Happy Travelling!

                    

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10 Amazing Things to do in La Paz

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10 Amazing Things to do in La Paz

La Paz is a city that isn’t on every traveler’s radar, but it should be. It’s an amazing city, set among the Andes Mountains and is the highest capital in the world. As Bolivia’s largest city there is a wealth of things to do in La Paz: great museums, stunning views of the mountains and the opportunity to get around by cable car rather than a boring public bus.

Here's a list of few things which can be done in La Paz :

 

10. Chacaltaya Ski Resort

Chacaltaya Ski Resort was Bolivia’s only ski resort. Unfortunately, the 18,000-year-old glacier it sat on no longer exists. Little remains today of what was once the world’s highest ski resort because the glacier melted, a victim of global warming. There’s been no skiing here since 2005.

9. Plaza Murillo

Surrounded by government buildings, including the Presidential Palace, and a cathedral, Plaza Murillo is the central square in La Paz. The square is filled with pigeons, people feeding them and people resting on benches when the city’s high altitude overcomes them. The plaza is also a place where many city celebrations take place.

8. Witches' Market

Visitors may want to take an amulet to ward off evil spirits when they go to the Witches Market or Mercado de las Brujas. Herb and folk remedies also are available as are products used to manipulate spirits that exist in the native world.

7. Huayna Potosi

Experienced hikers and mountain climbers may want to give Huayna Potosi a try, but only if they’re fully acclimatized to high altitudes. Located about 24 km (15 miles) from La Paz, this is the most popular spot for hiking in the area.

6. Basilica of San Francisco

The Basilica of San Francisco predates the founding of La Paz by a year. Construction on the church, dedicated to St. Francisco of Assisi, started in 1548. The church is a blend of cultures: Bolivian native and Catholic art. Its Baroque exterior is decorated with native symbols, including birds, snakes and dragons.

5. Calle Jaen

Calle Jaen, near the Plaza Murillo, is a cobblestone street that is considered the finest colonial street in La Paz. The narrow street is lined with brightly colored houses built in the 16th century. Boutiques, cafes and entertainment spots also make up the street’s complexion.

4. Valle de la Luna

Only a handful of people will ever travel to the moon, but those who want to see what it’s like can visit Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) just a few miles outside of La Paz. Not really a valley, but an amazing collection of canyons and spires that are reminiscent of the moon’s landscape. 

3. Cycle the Yungas Road

Dubbed the “World’s Most Dangerous Road” Yungas Road runs from La Paz to Bolivia’s Amazon rainforest region in the north of the country. From La Paz, the road climbs around 4,500 meters (15,000 feet) before descending around 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) to the town of Coroico.

2. Day trip to Tiwanaku

Located 72 km (44 miles) west of La Paz, near the south-eastern shore of Lake Titicaca, Tiwanaku is one of the most important precursors to the Inca Empire. The community grew to urban proportions between the 7th and 9th centuries, becoming an important regional power in the southern Andes. 

1. Mi Teleferico

Travelers looking for a different way to get around La Paz may want to consider Mi Teleferico or My Cable Car. It’s a great way to get bird’s eye views of the city while moving around. The state-of-the-art cable car system opened in 2014 with three lines serving 10 stations; additional lines are planned. When it opened, it was the longest aerial cable car system in the world at 10 km (6.2 miles). 

                    

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Quotes That Will Inspire The Latent Traveler Within You

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Quotes That Will Inspire The Latent Traveler Within You

There is arguably nothing more thrilling than to find yourself in a strange land where no one knows your name, to discover the paths around an unknown city on your own, to eat new food and meet new people, to have your horizons expand and your heart burst with novel ideas.

Here's a compiled list of quotes to awaken the traveler within you; perhaps one of these might be the one to finally convince you to book that flight :

 

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
― Christopher McCandless

“Every hundred feet the world changes”
― Roberto Bolano

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
― Isabelle Eberhardt

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
― Pat Conroy

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
― Mary Anne Radmacher

“Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.”
― Ryu Murakami

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.”
― Agnes Repplier

“No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.”
― Patrick Rothfuss

“I had a desire to see something besides my own shores, if only to be content to return to them someday. If I wish to live in my native land and love her, it should not be out of ignorance.”
― Margaret George

                    

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