Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Thursday March 15th, 2012 in India, Places to Visit, Travel News | 1 Comment »


Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India

Chadar Trek, Zanskar, Ladakh, India (Picture : Kamala Kar )

* The word Chadar means blanket and is used to refer to the trek along the frozen Zanskar River.

* The most amazing thing about the frozen river is how unfrozen it is.

* Spring water prevents the blanket from completely smothering the river which in places retains it rapids.

* All the more fear some in temperature of -30ºC the trek goes by shuffling along the icy path.

* It allows one to penetrate this isolation and also to examine some of the villages along the Zanskar River in the midst of winter and thus catch a glimpse of the life cycle during this unique time of the year.

* A spectacular and at times challenging trek across the Zanskar with opportunities to savour ancient Buddhist monasteries and remotes villages nestled in the depths of deep gorges valley of Trans Zanskar ranges.

* Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizable villages on this trek until Hanamur and Pidmo before Pishu and Zangla in Zanskar, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route.

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Mechuka, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh, India


Mechuka, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Mechuka, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh, India (Picture : amitnj)

* Its a small town nestled 6,000 feet (1,829 m) above sea level in the Mechuka Valley in West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh, India.

* Mechuka Valley is home to the people of the Memba tribe.

* These are mostly the believers of the Buddhism and speak Memba, Adi, Hindi and English.

* This place of Arunachal Pradesh is known for both its religious and historical significance.

* The major tourist attraction here is a 400-year-old Buddhist Monastery, which is located at a hilltop in the western most part of Mechuka.

* Numerous ancient statues can also be found here. Accommodations are available at Circuit House and Inspection Bungalow.

* Mechuka is 215 KM northwest of Along and is only 29 KM away from Indo-China border.

* Mechuka is gradually becoming a popular tourist destination in Arunachal Pradesh due to its Scenic beauty and exotic tribes.

* High hills, snow-capped mountains and River Siyom are the major attractions.

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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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Raneh Falls, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Raneh Falls, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh

Raneh Falls, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh

* Raneh Falls is a natural water fall on the Ken River, located in Chhatarpur district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

* Raneh falls is located just where the national park starts.

* It is an exquisite waterfall formed by river Ken running over one of the oldest rocks on earth, the Vindhya basalt with pure crystalline granite in varying shades of colors ranging from pink and red to grey.

* The main attraction here is the canyon (valley or gully) which is been formed by Ken River of a 5 kilometers long, and 30 meters deep.

* There is a series of waterfalls in the canyon. The larger and smaller falls run all through the year. Other seasonal falls appear during monsoons.

* It is about 20 kilometers away from Khajuraho. The Ken Gharial Sanctuary is located at the confluence of the Ken and Khudar rivers further down from Reneh Falls.

* The Pandav Falls in Panna National Park is also located nearby.

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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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