Month: October 2015

The legend of Tunganath – the highest of the Panch Kedar

What is so special about Tunganath? The fact, that it has the highest temple of Lord Shiva at a height of 3680 metre. Or the fact that it offers a completely stunning, mesmerizing panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. It might also be the fascinating legend behind the Tunganath shrine. Tunganath is about 3.5 km from Chopta, the mini Switzerland of India. An easy uphill trek will take you to one of the five Kedars (Panch Kedars) or Tunganath. Start of the trek to Tunganath The legend of Tunganath is very intimately related to the epic Mahabharata. Mahabharata tells...

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Darjeeling – nothing’s gonna change my love for you

Let me make the confession – I am hopelessly in love with Darjeeling. Right from the first time I set my foot on the hills! I had been lucky to visit many places with my family as they had equally itchy feet. Every holiday we used to pack our bags and the whole family went for a holiday.  But, despite being a Bengali, I never happened to visit Darjeeling all these years. And how I longed to visit that place! So when the opportunity to visit Darjeeling came, I was super excited. Though skeptics warned me that Darjeeling was...

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On top of the world at Chandrashila – the Moon Rock

Chandrashila literally means the “Moon Rock”. It is the summit of the Chandranath Parbat on which the Tunganath Temple is situated.  Legend has it that the Moon God Chandra spent time here in penance. Another legend says that Lord Rama meditated here at the Chandrashila summit after defeating the demon king Ravana. Whatever be the legend, the peak offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges of Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi peaks, Kedarnath, Kedar Dome, Gangotri and Yamunotri peaks. Perched at a height of 12077 ft above the sea level, there is a temple dedicated to the Ganga at the...

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Celebrating a year of blogging – Tale of 2 Backpackers

So without waiting further, we published our first post on October 17, 2014. We had this “finally we did it” kind of feeling. Writing and sharing our travel tales and photographs had always been on our mind for long, and after much deliberations and brain storming, we actually published our first post! Blogging did seem to be rocket science then! And today we complete one year of our journey as bloggers. How do we feel? Simply wonderful! We have shared our travel experiences and journeys on this blog. There has never been a better platform to share our thoughts....

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Kumartuli – Seeing the Goddess come alive

As we moved through the bye lanes of Banamali Sarkar Street, the official address of Kumartuli, we marvelled at the artwork being produced before us. It was drizzling and the half made clay idols were covered with tarpaulin. The idols were in different stages of construction and the kumors or artisans were at their work. Kumartuli or Kumortuli literally means the potter’s quarters. It is said that the first kumor or potter was brought from Krishnnanagar at Nadia district of West Bengal by Raja Naba Krishna Deb of Sovabazar to build the Durga idol. This was done to commemorate...

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Maluti – the hamlet with 108 temples

Maluti, a nondescript hamlet is situated near the Bengal– Jharkhand border at Dumka district of Jharkhand. What sets apart this village from others is the presence of as many as 108 temples clustered in a radius of about 350 metres. The History: It was during the reign of emperor Alauddin Hussan Shah of Gour (1495 – 1525) when the Sultan had camped with his entourage near Maluti. During this time, the Begum had lost her pet hawk (Baaj pakhi in Bengali) and was quite upset. The Sultan, to please his queen announced that anyone who finds the bird will be rewarded handsomely....

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