We Indians are fan of movies. Whether it’s a romantic drama, a comedy, a thriller or an adventure movie, we love them all. We love their characters, we laugh with them, we cry with them, then why not to travel with them. The exotic and stunning locations in India can compete with any of the foreign locations. Many of the Indian movies shot in Himachal Pradesh towns and colourful small villages. Here are 10 Indian movies shot in Himachal Pradesh. This is the third part.
A young man was admitted to Presidency College in 1913. Sublime voice, bright eyes. Occasionally he gathered his classmates and used to give anti-British speeches. He loves to eat too. After class, he with Hemant Sarkar and a few other friends reached the back of the college at 82 Bhabani Dutt Lane, Kolkata-73. Calling the hotel owner, “What’s in the menu today, Mangobinda? Please serve food quickly, we are hungry. ” Subhash Chandra Bose used to sit in a circle with his friends to eat and discuss about current political situation of India. Today I will share the story of Swadhin Bharat Hindu Hotel.
We, Indians, love to travel; travel and take pictures and update our social media profiles with some of our travel goals. But let’s admit that traveling can be pretty heavy on pockets and we certainly don’t believe in spending our hard-earned money on unwanted things. We try to save as much as we can while traveling by coming up with some interesting ideas that might be absurdly crazy to others! But hey, who cares till it’s not burning a hole in our pockets? Here are 10 Top Tips for Budget Family Trips on how to plan a trip on a limited budget while keeping it organized and simple!
Ladakh, ‘Land of Mountain Passes’ narrates the entire experiences and adventure one can have during a road trip. Welcoming an increasing number of guests every year the roads in and out cutting the barren mountain ranges give an awe-inspiring view of the landscape. The major passes in Ladakh have its own importance and on top of the passes, you will see prayer flags all around fluttering high in the air and a small shrine. The experience will be at its best while passing the high passes. Here I am trying to discuss Mountain passes of Ladakh Part 2.
Ladakh is also known as ‘Land of Passes’, offering spectacular views that truly are a lifetime experience. In the medieval ages, the Himalayan mountain passes were used as vital trade routes by the South-Asian nations for the trading of goods like silk, spices etc. These passes act as ways of the Indian subcontinent to stay connected to the rest of the world. Here I am trying to discuss Mountain passes of Ladakh Part 1.
Today these mountain passes hold immense significance for the military as the help in moving of several military facilities like ammunition, fuel and food. These passes also offer support in the development of the tourism industry of the country with Ladakh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhad. However, some of these passes become inaccessible in winters due to heavy snowfall.
1. Khardung La
Khardung La is a high mountain pass in Ladakh Union Territory. It serves as the entry to Shyok and Nubra Valley. Khardung La is popular as the highest motorable road in India at an elevation of 5602 metres( though this is not true). However, contrary to the belief, its actual elevation is 5359 metres making Umling La the highest motorable road pass in India.
Khardung La pass is an ideal getaway for adventure enthusiasts, peace seekers and mountain bikers. An Inner Line Permit is compulsory by the tourists to go in the pass and travel through it. Due to heavy rains and snow, the Khardung La pass remains closed from October to May.
Khardung La was built in 1976 and was opened for civic in 1988. The pass is very significant for India as it is used to carry goods to Siachen glacier. From the top, you can get striking views of the Karakoram Range and the Himalayas.
2. Chang La
Ladakh is abode to the most famous high altitude mountain passes in India, and Chang La Pass is one of them. The third highest motorable mountain pass in the world, it lies en route to Pangong Tso Lake, an admired tourist attraction in Ladakh & is a must visit during a tour in Ladakh.
Chang La Pass is situated at a height of almost 5,360 meters, and gets its name after a well-known saint called Changla Baba. A temple which stands here is devoted to him. The pass itself is about 15 kilometers long, and is maintained by the Indian Army.
The foremost attraction of Chang La Pass is it’s out of this world beauty & the stunning views everywhere. There is also a tea junction maintained by Indian Army where one can rest & enjoy various snacks.
3. Umling La
Umling La situated in Ladakh and The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has constructed this world’s highest motorable road. The road is higher than Khardung La (17,582ft) and passes through Umling La Top, at an elevation of over 19,301ft. Before the creation of this road, Bolivia is believed to have held the record for its road to the dormant volcano Uturuncu at 18,953ft.
BRO’s Project Himank completed this 86km long road. Located about 230km from Leh it connects Chismule and Demchok villages, both close to the Indo-China border. Demchok is a military camp that has the Line of Actual Control (LAC) pass through the southeast section of the village.
Construction of the road itself has been quite an achievement. Fundamental logistics were a great challenge as their equipment faced multiple breakdowns and construction workforce had to be acclimatized at three stages—in Leh, Shakti and then Numa before being inducted into the site. In the past, Project Himank has the experience of constructing roads such as Khardung La and Changla Pass in Leh.
4. Taglang La
Taglang La is one of the highest mountain pass in Ladakh. Situated at an altitude of 5,328m above sea level, it’s the abode of nomadic Changpa herdsmen who are primarily cattle and goat herders. Taglang La Pass is located adjacent to the Leh-Manali highway. Two of the adjacent settlements to Taglang La Pass are Sarchu towards Manali and Upshi towards Leh. At Upshi, this is a stopover on the route to Leh, tourists stop for a cup of tea.
During winters, it’s about impossible to cross this road. However, for those who are experienced, this pass can present an exciting challenge. Taglang Pass should be avoided by those who are unfamiliar to driving on unpaved mountain roads. Wet surroundings make driving along this road even more challenging. It should also be remembered that in Taglang Pass, oxygen is in short supply and people start feeling altitude sickness. It’s important to get ready yourself thoroughly in order to have a pleasant trip on the road.
5. Rezang La
Rezang La is a mountain pass on the Line of Actual Control separating the Indian-administered Ladakh and the Chinese administered, but Indian-claimed, Spanggur Lake basin, administered as part of the Rutog. It has a height of 5,199 metres (17,060 ft), and forms the source of the Rezang Lungpa watercourse that drains into the Spanggur Lake.
Rezang La was the spot of the 13 Kumaon, during the Sino-Indian War in 1962. The company was led by Major Shaitan Singh, who won a posthumous Param Vir Chakra for his vravery. In this act on 18 November 1962, 114 Indian soldiers out of a total of 120 were killed. A memorial in Rewari, where most of the soldiers came from, mentions that 1,300 Chinese soldiers were killed in the clash.
6. Bilafond La
Bilafond La is a pass situated on Saltoro Ridge, sitting immediately west of the vast Siachen Glacier, some 40 km from Line of Control between Pakistan and India as a part of the Simla Agreement. Bilafond La is on the traditional Silk Route linking the Indian Subcontinent and China.
Bilafond La was famous during the 1984 start of military action within the Siachen Conflict between India and Pakistan. The Indian Army captured the pass in 1984 along side Sia La to the north and, Gyong La to the south, in 1987. India currently maintains a fortified military base at Bilafond La.
7. Fotu La
Fotu La is the top point on the Srinagar Leh Highway, but is counted among the tourist attractions of Ladakh for its magnificent photography opportunities. It’s situated at an elevation of 4,108 meters on the way from Heniskot to Lamayuru.
Although the pass itself is paved with a thick layer of pitch, it can get pretty challenging at some points. On the way towards the Fotu La Pass, you’ll pass the type of landscape which you’ll have seen in pictures of the moon. As you drive further, the outstanding views of the Snowclad Mountain greet your eyes. A Prasar Bharti television relay station is additionally situated on the pass.
8. Gyong La
Gyong La is a pass located on southwest of the vast Siachen Glacier, about 20 km from the road of Control between India and Pakistan. With Pakistan controlling areas just to the west along Chumik Glacier, Gyong La area has been under India’s control since 1989.
There was military action at Gyong La, and nearby passes Sia La and Bilafond La, starting in 1984 during Operation Meghdoot. In March 1989 Operation Ibex by the Indian Army attempted to require hold of the Pakistani post overlooking the Chumik Glacier. The operation was ineffective at dislodging Pakistani troops from their positions.
The Indian Army under Brig. R. K. Nanavatty then launched an missiles attack on Kauser Base, the Pakistani logistical node on Chumik Glacier. The destruction of Kauser Base induced Pakistani troops to go away their Chumik posts just west of Gyong La, and Operation Ibex finished.
9. Indira Col
The Indira Col is located at the height of 5,764 metres or 18,911 ft in the Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram . There are two Col in this area; one is eastern and another is western. Eastern Col was named Indira Col in 1912 by Bullock Workman. Indira Col is situated in the west from 3 km of Sia Kangri, the peak has the boundary of India, Pakistan, and China.
Colonel Narendra “Bull” Kumar reached West Indira Col in 1981. The typical winter snowfall is quite 35 ft and temperatures can drop upto −50 °C in this region. The land to the north of Indira Col is a part of the Trans-Karakoram Tract, controlled by China under a 1963 border agreement with Pakistan but claimed by India.
Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful, green place to find some peace and serenity. Bang on NH 34, yet once you go inside, the noise from the highway fades off, and you can’t help but notice the dissonance of bird calls in the dense forest. Keep yourself calm and cool, sit inside the jungle and listen the music of jungle. That is precisely what you need to do here. Quiet down, and let the calm seep in, as you walk through dense greenery. I visited this place and spent one night at WBSFDA Bethuadahari Cottage.
Kashmir is not only the land of charisma and scenic beauty; it is the land of art, music, romanticism and courage as well. The State of Jammu and Kashmir has given India some of the best persons who have proved their determination in their respective fields. Read on to know about some famous personalities of Jammu and Kashmir.
Staying at Hollong is a remarkable experience for forest lovers and travel bloggers and wild-life photographers. The lodge is situated deep inside the dense forest with a salt pit just in front of it. Forest security personnel go and keep salt at the pit regularly to attract wild animals like elephants, gaurs (Indian Bison), one-horned rhinos, deer-like Chitals, Sambars, etc. This is an amazing service by the forest personnel which enables tourists to spot the wild animals of Jaldapara very closely. Staying in Hollong and spending a couple of nights is really a lifetime achievement. But getting a confirmed booking depends on your good luck. There is a 0.0001% chance of getting a room at Hollong Bungalow through online booking. Here I will discuss step by step How to get confirm booking at Jaldapara Hollong Tourist Bungalow. You have to try these steps multiple times.
Mirik is one among the several tourist locations of Darjeeling district, West Bengal. Tourism in Mirik is gaining popularity supported by its striking hill location. The road of Mirik is beautifully blessed by a number of the foremost breath-taking mountains cover with tranquil pine forests, gardens, and lakes. Mirik is usually considered an ecstasy for nature lovers and supply unlimited adventure options, and have thrilling views of the mountains with delicious local food, historical temples, and monasteries. The town is found in Mirik subdivision of Darjeeling. The Word Mirik derived from Lepcha word “Mir Yok” meaning place “burning by fire”. Situated at the bank of Sumendu Lake, the town has become a well-known tourist destination in West Bengal for its climate, natural environment, and simple accessibility. Due to Covid pandemic all the monasteries, temples, and churches are closed. Here I’m getting to share my experience regarding 4 Points never miss once you are in Mirik.
Mirik is a small town and a municipality of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. The name Mirik comes from the Lepcha word Mir-Yok meaning “place burnt by fire”. Mirik Bazar is the center of the region where people from the adjacent villages and tea gardens come to trade and buy their requirements. A playground stood within the present garden area where British officers used to play polo. Here I will try to give you detailed information about ‘How to reach Mirik’ Mirikduring the covid unlock period.