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‘Bara-lacha la’ or ‘Bara-lacha Pass’, Zanskar range, connecting Lahaul district in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.


'Bara-lacha la' or 'Bara-lacha Pass', Zanskar range

'Bara-lacha la' or 'Bara-lacha Pass', Zanskar range (Picture : Copyright Dj DeepS)


* The Baralacha Pass is a unique high mountain pass in Zanskar range situated at a spectacular 16,400 ft above sea level.

* The pass itself is 8 kilometers long, and is literally the pass “where many roads meet”.

* Here, routes from Zanskar, Ladakh and Lahaul meet which have for centuries been used by ancient travelers and crossed in all directions.

* The two great rivers of Lahaul, the Chandra and the Bhaga, also arise from the huge snowfields on opposite sides of the pass.

* The Bhaga river, a tributary of the Chandrabhaga or Chenab river, originates from Surya taal lake, which is situated a few of kilometers from the pass towards Manali.

* The other major tributary of the Chandrabhaga, the Chandra also originates from glacier in this region.

* The pass also acts as a water-divide between the Bhaga river and the Yunam river.

* In Rudyard Kipling’s novel Kim, there is a reference to Bara-lacha la pass the source of the Suraj Tal having been used by Kim’s Lama to enter India from Tibet.

* A trekking route leads from Bara-lacha la to Chandra Taal, situated by the bank of Chandra River in the Spiti.
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National Highway 22, Featured in the History Channel’s “Deadliest Roads”


National Highway 22, Featured in the History Channel's "Deadliest Roads"

National Highway 22, Featured in the History Channel's "Deadliest Roads"

* It is a 459 km National Highway in Northern India that runs from Ambala through Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh up to Khab on the Chinese border.

* It is also commonly known as Hindustan – Tibet Road.

* It starts from Ambala, in northern Haryana as an offshoot of NH 1, the NH 22 runs north towards Zirakpur, outside Chandigarh.

* This first 40 km stretch, running partly through eastern Punjab, is named as the Ambala Chandigarh Expressway, and is a modern and well-maintained four lane section with several bridges and three major flyovers.

* At Zirakpur, it meets the NH 7, and turns north-east through Panchkula to Pinjore, where the NH 21A heads north-west, then to Kalka and Parwanoo.

* This section is currently being widened to four lanes, and a concurrent project is underway to build a new road between Pinjore and Parwanoo, bypassing the highly congested roads in Kalka.

* After Kalka, the highway enters Himachal Pradesh, and as the terrain changes it becomes a mountain road with extensive hairpin turns.

* It continues north-east to Solan, and then north to Shimla, where it joins the NH 88.

* From Shimla, it heads approximately north-east towards the Chinese frontier, reaching the border town of Khab just before the Line of Actual Control.

* Beyond Khab, the road runs for a short distance through Namgial to the Shipki La pass, where it enters Chinese territory.

* The final 100 km stretch from Shimla was featured in the History Channel’s “Deadliest Roads” series for its poor maintenance and hazardous driving conditions all thru the year.

* GMR Corporation appears to maintain that 100 Km stretch because of the need to transport material to its two projects upriver.

* Beyond Dhalli, it is not maintained much but still a lifeline for the local people.
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Visapur Fort or Visapoor Fort, Lonavala, Maharashtra

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Visapur Fort or Visapoor Fort, Lonavala, Maharashtra

Visapur Fort or Visapoor Fort, Lonavala, Maharashtra (Picture : Mahesh Mahajan)

* It is a hill fort near Visapur village in Maharashtra, India.

* It is located in Pune district, 2.5 km from Malavli Railway station with an elevation of 1084 meters above sea level.

* It is built on the same plateau as Lohagad & is a part of Lohagad-Visapur fortification

* It was built during 1713-1720 CE by Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa, this fort was built much later than Lohagad but the histories of the two forts are closely linked.

* Visapur Fort is larger and at a higher elevation than its twin fort- Lohagad. Within the fort are caves, cisterns of water, a decorated arch and old houses.

* Making use of its higher position, the British troops in 1818 AD set up their canons on Visapur and bombarded Lohagarh, forcing the Marathas to leave the fort.

* The ruins of a large stone-built house inside the fort are known as the Peshwa’s palace.

* In addition to a huge carving of Hanuman, there are also several temple dedicated to him scattered all over the place. Hanuman (or Maruti) was likely the patron deity of Visapur fort.

* There is a well which local legend says was built by the Pandavas.

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Mulbekh Chamba, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir


Mulbekh Chamba, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir

Mulbekh Chamba, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir

* It is a 9-metre high rock sculpture of Maitreya, Buddha of future ages.

* Its execution combines esoteric Shaivite symbolism and early Buddhist art.

* The statue, carved on a hillside in the Suru Valley, belongs to 9th century.

* This imposing sculpture depicts a standing Bodhisattva with 4 arms and a headdress. It is adorned with jewels.

* Evidences reveal that this sculpture was made when Kashmiri Buddhist missionaries came traveling east of the Himalayas.

* Mulbekh in Jammu & Kashmir is a small sleepy village on Srinagar-Leh highway yet very very very beautiful, some 45 kilometers from Kargil towards east and 190 kilometers to reach Leh.

* The village resembles as it is sitting on the lap of barren mountains with some green toppings.

* Mulbekh Gompa is a nearby attraction.

* The thing to notice about the place is, if you are ascending to Leh from Srinagar side you will feel the presence of Buddhism from here only.

* Accommodation is not at all a problem with a JKTDC guest house and some other private options.

* Power or electricity is definitely a problem here. Only source is Diesel Generator which supplies power from 8-11 in night and 4-7 in the morning for prayer purposes.

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Shravati river, Western Karnataka, India


Shravati river, Western Karnataka, India (Picture : Copyright plsssnraju)

Shravati river, Western Karnataka, India (Picture : Copyright plsssnraju)

* It originates and flows entirely within the state of Karnataka in India.

* It is one of the few westward flowing rivers of India and a major part of the river basin lies in the Western Ghats.

* The famous Jog Falls are formed by this river.

* The river itself and the region around it are rich in biodiversity and are home to many rare species of flora and fauna.

* It originates at a place called Ambutheertha in the Thirthahalli taluk of Shimoga district.

* According to a legend of the times of Ramayana, this is the place where the Hindu God Rama broke a bow to win the hand of Sita.

* Total length of the river is around 128 km (80 mi) and it joins the Arabian Sea at Honnavar near Uttara Kannada district.

* The major tributaries of the river are Nandihole, Haridravathi, Mavinahole, Hilkunji, Yennehole, Hurlihole, and Nagodihole.

* With a major part of the river lying in the Western Ghats, the Sharavathi river basin receives a large amount of rainfall.
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