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Badrinath portals closed for winter

Friday November 25th, 2011 in Uncategorized | Be the first to Comment »

Portals of the Central Himalayan Hindu shrine of Badrinath in the Chamoli district of the state were closed for the winter today.

At a height of 10,248 ft above sea level, Badrinath shrine was closed for the winter in the afternoon in presence of priests, dharmadikaris and other temple committee members.

Badrinath Dham’s temple committee office bearer JP Sati said the temple was decked up with flowers and other decorations. An Army band was also present on the occasion.

The ‘Utsav Doli’ has also left Badrinath for Pandukeshwar, where the presiding deity will be worshipped during the winter.

With the closure of the shrine, the Char Dham yatra has come to a close in Uttarakhand. The other shrines of Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri have already been closed for the season.


Mana pass in Uttarakhand dethrones Khardungla as Highest Motorable Road in the world

Friday November 25th, 2011 in Uncategorized | Be the first to Comment »

Khardungla pass in Ladakh holds a special position on the world map, for having the highest motorable road in the world. But not any more.

Mana pass (elevation 5,608 m or 18,399 ft), alternatively as Māna La, Chirbitya, Chirbitya-la, or Dungri La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas between India and Tibet ( the pass contains the Deotal Lake from which the Saraswati River originates) has now become the highest motorable road in the world; displacing Khardung La (Khardung Pass, la means pass in Tibetan) (elevation 5359 m or 17,582 feet) is a high mountain pass located in theLadakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India.



Flood Waters Move in on Bangkok, Thailand

Friday October 28th, 2011 in Uncategorized | Be the first to Comment »

Thai authorities say flood waters creeping down from the north could soon swamp the Thai capital, Bangkok, leading thousands of people to leave the city.

Thai monks, soldiers, and local people hammered particle boards in between two concrete walls along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.

They dropped sandbags into the space between the walls, extending the height by about half a meter.

The hope is that the makeshift barrier will prevent, or at least slow down, flood waters from entering the Kaew-Fah-Chulamani temple.

Phra Rattanamaythee, head monk at the temple, says he thinks the mass of water headed to Bangkok will probably spill over the wall. But, he says as long as the water is not too high they can still live on the temple’s second floor.

He says the flood disaster is worse than in past years. The government and people tried to prevent it, but the water mass is a larger amount this time. He says they have used all of their personnel and equipment, but could not stop the water. He says they have done their best.

The swollen river is already seeping through flood barriers, covering a nearby neighborhood in shoe-deep water.

Machines hum away at the Bang Sue water pumping station just between the flooded neighborhood and the temple.

Thammarat, an officer at the station, says the water level today was much higher than yesterday and admits the station itself could soon be flooded.

He says they will not evacuate the station. If it is flooded, he says, they will have to work constantly to pump out the water. He says they must be prepared because they cannot abandon the equipment. He repeats they will not evacuate.

While residents near the river and swollen drainage canals are already getting wet, most of central Bangkok is still dry. But many businesses are now racing to prepare for the water.

On a busy downtown street, workers layer cement and stack cinder blocks in front of small shops, building up waist-high walls.

Across the street, a monstrous three-meter-high wall of sandbags is protecting a bank.

As more residents jammed highways and bus terminals for coastal areas or the mountains, sandbag and cement walls sprung up throughout the city.

Thai authorities say it is only a matter of time before flood waters seep into central Bangkok, though it is still not clear how widespread or deep they could get.

Source:, Yahoo! News

World’s First Ferrari Theme Park: Featuring Heart pounding Roller Coaster

Wednesday January 19th, 2011 in Uncategorized | Be the first to Comment »

You would be forgiven for thinking that this is a space ship of some kind when viewing it from the top. It certainly looks like one. It’s probably the most futuristic building (if one could call it that) that I have ever seen.

However, upon closer inspection even from the air, you would notice an all too familiar logo on the structure’s roof. Yep, that is none other than the Ferrari logo. So have Ferrari now jumped on the band-wagon and joined the space race afterall? Actually, no, this is not the case.

What they have done however, is build what is apparently the world’s very first Ferrari Theme park. Yes, Abu Dhabi in the Middle East is now the home of the world’s first and most elaborate Ferrari Theme park. And, considering the amount of money that has been poured into the oil rich nations of the middle east over the past decade in an effort to establish tourist destinations for when the oil eventually dries up, this theme park is certainly one of a kind in the world.

The figures are quite impressive – the park covers an area roughly the size of 7 football stadiums. Yes, seven football stadiums. And if the structure is not impressive enough from the outside, tucked underneath the roof is the world’s fastest roller coaster. (We could not have expected anything less now, could we? This is afterall Ferrari we’re talking about.)

The roller coaster, called Formula Rossa, is a heart pounding, 150 mph (240 Km/h) adrenalin rush, designed to exert the same G-force a real Formula 1 driver would experience during a race. The park does however also cater for kids.

The park has over 20 different attractions, and also caters for kids.

Here are just some of the park’s features:

The G-Force allows you to strap yourself in and be launched over 60 meters into the sky, this designed to give you a sense of what the G-force of an accelerating F1 racecar feels like.

The V12 ride gives you a glimpse into the heart of a V12 Ferrari 599 engine. You literally move through the engine with this ride, to see what goes on in the heart of the V12 engine.

The Scuderia-challenge is designed to simulate driving conditions of a F1 race car, giving you all the thrills of actually racing, by putting you in control.

The park was officially opened just a few days ago, ready for Decemember 2010, during an inauguration ceremony where HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, was present.

“The ambitious development projects in progress in Abu Dhabi will help position the Emirate prominently on the global map as a sought after tourist destination. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a quality addition to our tourism industry which is one of the pillars of our national economy,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

The park naturally also features the ultimate display of Ferrari cars all the way from 1947 to the present day, and the ceremony attracted 2000 VIP guests.

Contributed By: Ankita Bansal on Facebook


Aqua-Zorbing introduced in Andhra Pradesh

Tuesday July 20th, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Hyderabad, July 19 (ANI): The adventure sport of aqua-zorbing has been introduced for the first time at a children’s park in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Originating in New Zealand in the twentieth century, basic Zorbing involves rolling down a slope encased in a large plastic ball known as the ‘Zorb’, which is made of plastic. The rider is strapped inside the transparent inflatable ball and then rolls at speeds that can go as high as 40 kph.

Aqua-Zorbing sees the Zorb float on water while the rider uses the ball’s momentum to direct it.

“In Yogi Bear Park everything is non-electronic. This is non-electronic. Second, if you had tried it, you would know that within ten minutes you have physically used up lot of energy. That energy you have used up is the main concept of the park – how to make every person who comes in physically active,” said Yogini Agarwal, owner of Yogi Bear Park.

She further said that the zorbing balls have come from China and she is receiving tremendous response from children and parents alike.

“This is very hygienic for children. There is no water touching children. No more of strain in this game. They like it very much. There is so much of fun in this game. We liked it,” said Pavithra, a parent.

The transparent Zorbing ball is placed in approximately three feet deep water. The rider enters the ball, which is then inflated. The ride lasts from 10 to 25 minutes. (ANI)