Frozen Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake), Ladakh, India


Frozen Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake), Ladakh, India

Frozen Pangong Tso (Tso:Ladakhi for lake), Ladakh, India (Picture : RKBharat)

* It is a high altitude brackish/salt water lake situated in the himalaya at a height of about 4,350 m (13,900 ft).

* It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. The lake is supposedly 5 km wide at its broadest point.

* A third of the lake lies in India while two thirds of the the lake lies in China.

* During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water.

* The lake is in the process of being identified under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance. This will be the first trans-boundary wetland in South Asia under the convention.

* Pangong Tso is about five hours drive from Leh, most of it through spectacular valleys.

* The road also traverses the third-highest pass in the world, the Changla pass, where army sentries and a small teahouse greet visitors. The Tea is FREE.

* Road down from Changla Pass leads through Tangste and other smaller villages, crossing river called Pagal Naala or “The Crazy Stream”.

* An Inner Line Permit is required to visit the lake as it lies on the Sino-Indian Line of Actual Control. While Indian nationals can obtain individual permits, others must have group permits (with a minimum of three persons) accompanied by an accredited guide; the tourist office in Leh issues the permits for a small fee. For security reasons, India does not permit boating.

* Bollywood 2010 movie, 3 Idiots (Aamir Khan) last scene was shooted here.

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Gulmarg (means Meadow of flowers), Baramula, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Saturday February 11th, 2012 in Adventure Sports, India | Be the first to Comment »

Gulmarg in Summer (Picture: Copyright shahbasharat@flickr)


* It is a majestic hill station in the district of Baramula of Jammu and Kashmir in India.

* The hill station, at an altitude of 2730 m, was earlier known as Gaurimarg, where Gauri stands for Goddess Parvati the wife of Lord Shiva. The name Gulmarg was given to this place by the King Yousuf Shah Chak.

* Nestled with stunning peaks in the Himalayan ranges, Gulmarg is a spectacular picnic spot attracted by all kinds of tourists with its lush green backdrop, beautiful landscapes, flowering gardens, serene lakes and pleasant climate during the summers and falls.

* This imposing hill station was a pleasure resort for kings and royal family members and a summer retreat for the British officers during the British rule in India.

* Gulmarg is an eye catching place with picturesque surroundings, beautiful gardens with mind blogging flowers and fragrance.

* This is one of the best ski resorts in India as it gets heavy snowfall, especially during winter.

* Some of the highest ski slopes in India lies in the sloppy Himalayan regions in Gulmarg.

* Gulmarg is credited with the longest and highest cable car project in Asia.

* The experience in this cable car is breathtaking and really memorable.

* Gulmarg was spotted as one of the potential location for 2010 Winter Commonwealth games.

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Uttarakhand to set up airport under PPP mode

In view of a large number of pilgrims and tourists coming to Uttarakhand every year, Government of Uttarakhand has decided to set up an airport under PPP mode between Haridwar and Laksar areas of the hill state. During a meeting in Dehradun, Subhash Kumar, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttarakhand directed the forest and revenue officials to identify land for the purpose within a week. According to a PTI report, the airport would also cater to the needs of the people coming to the state due to rapid industrialisation in the area.


Catch a nap at Delhi’s T3 for Rs. 315 an hour

Monday November 29th, 2010 in Airport / Air Flights, India, Travel News | 5 Comments »

You can now take a nap inside the swanky new Terminal-3 of the Delhi airport if you are tired and have some time to catch your flight.

But it will come at a price.

At an hourly payment of Rs 315 or $7, you can avail of these ‘snooze cabins’ equipped with a bed, a working table, wi-fi facility, electric-plugs, flat screen TV, DVD player and cell phone charging sockets, airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited said.

A passenger in transit or having some time to catch a flight can avail of the facility, with officials saying that such travellers will not have to worry about reservations in nearby hotels for early or late departures as they would get a comfortable place inside the terminal where passengers can work, sit, sleep, relax and unwind.

With its sleek design, efficient space and integrated technology, best suited for passengers’ needs, these snooze cabins are yet another addition to the host of passenger- friendly facilities being provided by DIAL at T3.

‘Snooze cabins’ have been put in place at the IGI airport’s plush new T-3 for the first time anywhere in the country.

These cabins are currently being provided at select airports across the world, including London Heathrow’s Terminal 4, Gatwick South Terminal, Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport, Singapore’s Changi and China’s Hong Kong Airport.