Monday, June 17, 2019

A Tryst With Royalty At The Heritage Club-Tripura Castle - Part 1

Come friends, explore the royal property and heritage hotel with me. Watch the video above..

Monday, June 10, 2019

Manipur Tour-Part 7: Visiting The World's Oldest Living Polo Ground In Imphal

Has the game of polo played on horseback ever fascinated you? If yes, then the Imphal Polo Ground in Imphal is a ‘must visit’ for you. If you are from India, you will be amazed to know that the modern game of polo that is now played around the world originated in Manipur. And the Imphal Polo Ground is the ‘world’s oldest living polo ground’.

Polo originated in Manipur as “Sagol Kangjei” that was played by the Manipuris on horseback. When the British visited the Northeast, they were drawn to the game and soon started participating in it. They were quick to learn the game and soon, it reached their kith and kin in England. Soon after that, polo became popular worldwide.

So, if you are visiting Manipur, make sure you take a tour of the world’s oldest living polo ground. It is located right in the heart of the city near other attractions like the Ima Keithel Market and the Kangla Fort. 

If you are lucky enough or if you arrange your tour accordingly, you can watch a game of polo in the ground and admire the skill of the Manipuri polo players as they gracefully play the game they invented. 

Another attraction of Manipuri polo is the polo pony. It is the original breed of pony that was used for centuries to play the game. Today, it is a highly threatened breed and needs global attention. The breed is as old as the game and needs to be saved to save the soul of the game. It has a steadily declining population that must be revived fast.

1. Manipur tour-part 1-Kangla Palace 
2. Manipur tour-part 2-Shree Govindajee Temple

3.  Manipur tour-part 3-Sadu Chiru Waterfall

4. Manipur tour-part 4-Keibul Lamjao National Park, World's Only Floating National Park

5. Manipur tour-part 5-Remembering Netaji And Azad Hind Fauz In Manipur

6. Manipur Tour Part 6: The Loktak Lake, A True Marvel Of Manipur

Sunday, June 9, 2019

A Visit To Mahima Gadi, Joranda, Orissa:A Peek Into A Religion That Discards Casteism

Ever heard of the Mahima Religion of India, a religion founded to discard the evil of casteism from India society? If not, watch the video to know more.....

A Tour Of Shillong's Colorful And Traditional Bazaars

Monday, May 6, 2019

What Is The Capital Of Arunachal Pradesh?

Where Is Arunachal Pradesh?

Arunachal Pradesh is India’s northeastern-most state. It shares its borders with the Indian states of Nagaland and Assam and the countries of Myanmar, China, and Bhutan. The McMahon line is the international boundary passing through the state defining the boundary between India and China. There are some tensions at this boundary with China claiming a part of the state’s territory as its own. Arunachal Pradesh covers an area of 83,743 square km with the highest elevation being at 7000 m above sea level. Arunachal Pradesh is known for its natural beauty and unique tribes.

What Is The Capital Of Arunachal Pradesh?

Itanagar is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. The three branches of the state government, the executive branch, the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, and the Gauhati High Court, are located here. As of 2011, the city was home to 59,490 individuals. 

Where Is Itanagar Located?

Itanagar is located in the southern part of Arunachal Pradesh close to its domestic border with Assam. The city has an average altitude of 750 m. It experiences a humid subtropical climate.

When Did Itanagar Become The Capital Of Arunachal Pradesh?

Itanagar became the capital of Arunachal Pradesh in 1978. Prior to that, Naharlogun was the capital of the state for four years. 

The Economy Of Itanagar

The economy of the city is largely dependent on agriculture. Most of the residents of Itanagar are engaged in farming activities. The other sectors contributing significantly to Itanagar’s economy are handloom, weaving, handicraft, and tourism.  Horticulture is also practiced and leads to the production of cardamom, mushroom, ginger, tropical fruits, medicinal plants, etc.

What Is The Capital Of Uttarakhand?

Where Is Uttarakhand?

Uttarakhand is a northern Indian state that is bordered by the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and the countries of Nepal and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. This state is often referred to as the “land of the gods or Devabhumi” due to its spectacular Himalayan landscapes dotted with numerous Hindu temples and pilgrimage centers. Uttarakhand has two divisions and 13 districts. 86% of the 53,483 square km of the state is mountainous. As of 2011, the state’s population was 10,086,292 individuals.

What Is The Capital Of Uttarakhand?

Dehradun is the interim capital of Uttarakhand. It is also the largest city in the state and is home to a population of around 578,420 people, as of 2011. 

Where Is Dehradun Located?

Dehradun is located in the Garhwal region in the Doon Valley and has an average elevation of 450 m above sea level. Dehradun is located 236 km north of New Delhi, the capital of India. The city experiences a humid subtropical climate.

When Did Dehradun Become The Capital Of Uttarakhand?

Dehradun is linked to centuries of rich Indian history and was one of the most important and prosperous cities of ancient India. It is linked to both Ramayana and Mahabharata events. There are many historical and religious sites in the city that are related to major kingdoms and dynasties of ancient India. Dehradun had several names before it received its final one. It was known as Sudhanagara in the 7th century and later as Kalsi and Gurudwara. The name Gurudwara came from its association with Sikhism. When the Seventh Sikh Guru, Hari Rai, set up his camp “Dera” in the "dun" (valley) in 1676, Dehradun received its name from 'Dera Dun’. During the British period, Dehradun played an important role as a summer retreat for the British officers ruling in India and also as an administrative center for the region surrounding it. Post independence, Dehradun became part of Uttar Pradesh state of India. In 2000, Uttarakhand was carved out as a state from Uttar Pradesh and Dehradun made its interim capital.

Economy Of Uttarakhand’s Capital City

Dehradun has been experiencing strong economic growth since the last two decades. It has a per capita income of around $2400 which is higher than the national average of $800. The establishment of software technology parks and special economic zones have helped the city develop fast. However, agriculture continues to be the profession of a majority in the city. Many residents own farmlands around the city. Some manufacturing units are also present in Dehradun. It is also a popular tourist destination in India with a plethora of natural, historical, and cultural attractions.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hassan Tour Day 1 Part 2: Visiting The Hemavathy Reservoir And Dam At Gorur

After our tour of the Hoysala Village Resort as described here, we took some rest in our room and freshened up to prepare ourselves for a short tour of the closest sightseeing destinations near our resort. It was already 3 pm when we set out in a car from the hotel to visit these places.

It took about an hour for us to reach the Gorur Hemavathy Dam and Reservoir Project area. Our driver appeared more excited than us to see the dam. After leaving our car in the parking lot, we headed towards the gateway leading to the dam. At the entrance of the project area, was a sculpture of warrior fighting with a lion. Although we admired the sculpture’s beauty, we had no idea of its significance. It was only when we visited the fascinating ancient temples of Belur and Halebidu the next day that we learned about the meaning of the sculpture.

As we entered through the gates, we could see a long stretch of a wide pathway leading to the dam in the distance. By then, it had started drizzling but luckily, we had taken our raincoats with us and that saved our day. The wind was too strong there to use an umbrella. 

In the distance, we could see the foaming white waters of the Hemavathy Dam. Let us learn a bit about the geography of this river and the history of the dam.

The Hemavathy River is a rain-fed river starting in the Western Ghats. It then flows through the Chikmagalur District of Karnataka to enter the Hassan District of the state. Here, the Yagachi River joins it. After that, the river continues to flow into the Mandya district to finally enter the Kaveri River near Krishnarajasagara. The river flows for about 245 km in total and drains an area of about 5,410 square km. 

In 1979, the construction of a dam on this river was completed. The dam was built in Gorur in the Hassan District. It was built just downstream of where the Hemavathy River joined the Yagachi River. The 8502 hectares large Gorur Reservoir was created by the construction of this dam. The Hemavati Dam has a height of 58 m and a length of 4692 m.

As we approached the dam by walking towards it, we admired this human-made mega-structure. However, we also thought of the ill-effects of damming on the region’s wildlife and the displacement of locals. Standing there we realized that dams can be both a blessing and a curse. 

Leaving the dam, our car cruised its way through the tree-lined roadway towards a destination that I was super-excited to see, the Shettihalli Rosary Church.

Read about it here.

1. Hassan Tour Day 1 Part 1: Exploring the Hoysala Village Resort