18 Seater Return Air Taxi to Amritsar from Chandigarh Started

Mantra also called Air Mantra is the Regional Schedule Operation Airline of India. They had deployed 18-seater Beechcraft for air taxi service to Amritsar and back.

They are planning to have daily flights from Amritsar, Chandigarh, Dharamshala and Jammu, but as of now this low-airfare flight has started his operation to Amritsar from Chandigarh and vice verse. The service was started on July 23 with two flights either way in the morning and evening.
The ticket costs approximately Rs.2,000 with all taxes etc, and can be booked online on www.airmantra.com.
Air Mantra has started special Schemes also for there Clients which can be seen at : http://www.airmantra.com/Static/Special-Offers.aspx

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.
Reference Link : Know Your Destination

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The Man Who Put Waste to Use

Monday August 9th, 2010 in India | 1 Comment »

Figures made of glass bangles at Rock Garden

Does the name Nek Chand ring a bell? Well if you’ve been to India’s own ‘The City Beautiful’ – Chandigarh, chances are you’ve had a glimpse of Nek Chand Saini’s legacy.  The once upon a time road inspector for the Public Works Department decided at some point in the 1960′s to build a garden on a patch of forest land near the famous Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.

Nekchand began by using rocks and stones to build his garden on the clearing of forest land. He then expanded by using materials from demolition sites around the city. His job as a road inspector aided his endeavour. The only problem was that what Nek Chand was doing was illegal – the area he was using was a land conservancy which nothing was allowed to be built on . The garden soon became Nek Chand’s passion and he spent his nights working on it in secrecy for fear of being discovered by authorities.

By the time authorities uncovered the garden in 1975, it was a 12-acre complex of interlinked courtyards with hundreds of sculptures.  While the establishment wanted the garden destroyed, public opinion was on Nek Chand’s side and with their pressure, authorities decided to open up the garden to the public. Nek Chand was also given a salary, a team of 50 labourers and the full-time job of expanding what was then named ‘Rock Garden’.

One of the several waterfalls at Rock GardenToday, Rock Garden is a 40-acre maze of rocks, sculptures, waterfalls and courtyards. The entire garden is built with recycled products – from industrial waste to home waste contributed by the people of Chandigarh.

When I first visited Rock Garden a couple of weeks ago, what amazed me aside from the expanse were the various unique ways in which Nek Chand has put together aesthetic artifacts, rows and rows of sculptures and walls – all from those very things that we all routinely dump into the waste bin. Broken crockery, tiles, rags, earthenware, broken glass bangles, sockets, discarded human hair collected from barber shops – these are just some of the raw materials that caught Nek Chand’s fancy.

In order to protect the thousands of figurines throughout the garden and make them visible to the public at the same time, Nek Chand has placed them on high sloping surfaces.

Written By Jharna Kukreja Chauhan – August 9th, 2010

Source: http://in.yfittopostblog.com/2010/08/09/the-man-who-put-waste-to-use/