Tinchuley – taste of Himalaya

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Tinchuley is a small mountain village in Darjeeling district and located at an altitude of 5,800ft.The word Tinchuley means Three Ovens (i.e. Tin Chullahs). And such name to the village has been given because of the three prominent hill tops that surround the place and which from far look like ovens or chullahs. Tinchuley faces the Kalimpong hills.

It’s a developing tourism place. In fact the organization WWF (World Wide Federation) has been actively assisting some 17 families here to develop a model organic village and promote village tourism.

If you love nature, the lovely views of the Himalayan range, like to see the meandering Teesta flow through the mountain landscapes, enjoy tea gardens, orange orchards, walking along village trails, watching birds, local culture, people and food, then this is the right place for you.

Attractions & Activities in and around Tinchuley 

1) Visit the lovely Orange Orchards of Nirmal’s (8kms drive from Tinchuley). This family owned property also has a factory producing fresh orange juice, marmalades and pickles which you can buy at reasonable prices.

2) Visit the Tinchuley Monastery. Here a Lama had meditated for 17 long years. You will see the long line of prayer wheels on outside wall.

3) There are six tea gardens within short distances where you can experience the garden life, watch tea plucking, visit the factory and see tea processing. The nearest tea estate is the well known Rungli Rungliot. Another one is Peshoke Tea Estate.

4) Watch the magnificent sunrise from Tinchuley View Point and see how the snow peaks of Kanchenjunga and other Himalan peaks sparkle as the day light breaks.

5) Walk for about 20 minutes through forest of ferns and reach Gumbadara, another great view point from where you see the river Rangeet and a part of Sikkim. The large rocks here have historical significance. They are great training grounds for rock climbers. There are also several caves here which you can explore.

6) Walk through the lovely nature trails, trek and explore the nearby villages. You can visit all attractions that I have described under Takdah as well. Tinchuley is only 3kms away from Takdah.

How to reach Tinchuley 

Tinchuley is 32kms from Darjeeling (1.5 hours by car),  73kms from NJP (about 3 hours), 77kms from Bagdogra (about 3.5 hours) and 35 kms from Kalimpong (about 1.5 hours drive).

While coming from NJP/Siliguri, you will need to go towards Teesta Bazaar and take a diversion towards Rambi Bazaar, then to a place called 27th mile, then Teesta Valley Tea Estate, Takdah Club, Takdah Bazaar and then to Tinchuley.

You can get reserved taxis from NJP, Bagdogra, Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Shared taxis/Jeeps are available from Siliguri (Sevoke Road, behind Vishal Cinema Hall or from Ranjit Garage behind 9/10 Hotel Sevoke) up to Takdah. From Takdah you will need to take a private taxi (like a Maruti van) for a short drive up to Tinchuley. From Darjeeling you can get buses up to Takdah (leaving in the afternoon).

You can get private and shared taxi fares here.

Best time to visit Tinchuley 

October to April is the best time to visit Tinchuley. This is the time when the sky remains clear and you get great views of the mountains all around. However November to February would be quite cold out here.

Where to stay in Tinchuley 

1) Gurung’s Guesthouse

Villagers have developed several guesthouses. One such guesthouse (more like a homestay, the most popular and the largest) is Gurung’s Guest House with slanted roofs. This simple yet charming guesthouse has four double bedded rooms, four 4-bedded rooms, two deluxe rooms, and one cottage. It’s spread out in a nice garden setting.

Rates: Double Bedded rooms: Rs. 1200.00; Four Bedded: Rs. 1600.00; Cottage: Rs. 2500.00; Deluxe Rooms: Rs. 3000.00. Additional 10% service charge is applicable. Note: You need to bring your own towels. They serve Indian meals (Rs. 600/- per person which includes morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening tea, and Dinner). Child between 5-10 gets 50% rate on food. Child below 5 is free. There is a separate dining area. They organize local tours and treks.

Phone: +91-9733326309; 9933036336; 8348215118

2) Abiraj Homestay

Abiraj Bhandari runs this nice homestay overlooking tea gardens with lovely views. There are double, triple and four bedded rooms (both standard and deluxe) with attached bath fitted with geysers. The deluxe rooms additionally have TV.

Rates: Doube bedded room (standard): Rs. 800.00, Triple bedded room (deluxe): Rs. 1200.00. Food Rs. 500 per person and includes all meals, tea, snacks. You can get room heaters at extra cost.

Phone: 09749370965, 07602985032, 09635562957

Email: abiraj.bhandari6@gmail.com, info@tinchuleyhomestay.com

 

 

 

Ranthambore National Park – tiger friendly land

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It is one of the largest and the most popular national parks in the Northern India, in Rajasthan.

The “tiger friendly land” proudly preserves the most recognized tigers in India . It is the only land in India where plenty of mother and cub tiger groups can be easily found.

History of Ranthambore

1955– The reserve was earlier being established as the Sawai Madhopur Gaming Sanctuary by the Government of India.
1973– Later it was declared as one of the Project Tiger Reserves in India.
1980– Ranthambore became a national park.
1984– The adjacent forests were declared as Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary.
1991– The tiger reserve was enlarged to include Sawai Mansingh and Kaladevi Sanctuaries.

Wildlife

Apart from tigers, the major wild animals include leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear and chital. It is also home to wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles. The reserve also has the thriving bird population of with more than 270 different species of birds.

Ranthambore tigers are world famous with their local pet names including the most famous tigers like Machali (T-16), Dollar (T-25), Sitara (T-28), Bina One, Bina Two and many more like them.

Ranthambore is an ideal home to

40 species of mammals
320 species of birds
40 Species of Reptiles
02 amphibian species
50 species of Butterflies
300 species of plants

Forest details (Fauna) of Ranthambore

The park is the dry deciduous forest type that makes the tiger sighting more common. The dry deciduous forests were once a part of the magnificent jungles of the Central India. The Ranthambore Park is being located at the edge of a plateau and is bounded to the North by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. The park is also being satiated with the historic Ranthambore fortress where several lakes can also be found. Ranthambore is also the site for one of the largest banyan trees in India.

Safaris

To enjoy great safaris in Ranthambore through elephant, jeep or canter; the tourists must be acquainted with its perfect timings so they would get the maximum leverage of safari fun completely. For the information, safari in Ranthambore can be experienced through different accessible zones and the timings for it vary in summers and in winters. Check out the table below:

S.No. Month Morning Trip Evening Trip
1 1st October to 31st October 7.00 A.M. to 10.30 A.M. 2.30 P.M. to 6.00 P.M.
2 1st November to 31st January 7.00 A.M. to 10.30 A.M 2.00 P.M. to 5.30 P.M.
3 1st February to 31st March 6.30 A.M. to 10.30 A.M 2.30 P.M. to 6.00 P.M.
4 1st April to 15th May 6.00 A.M. to 9.30 A.M 3.00 P.M. to 6.30 P.M.

 

Travel Information

For a perfect reason and season of November to March the tourist/ tiger lovers can make their tiger trip in Ranthambore more successful and is closed during monsoon in the months of July to August.

By Air : Jaipur being the nearest airport to reach Ranthambore is simply at 180 kms of distance from the reserve area.

By Rail : Ranthambore National Park is around 11 km away from Sawai Madhopur railway station that lies on the Delhi to Mumbai trunk route.

By Road : Ranthambore is the area which is directly connected to many road links with a good network of buses to reach at Sawai Madhopur. Though the frequency of bus services is not great but and is best advisable to hire a car or taxi to reach at Sawai Madhopur. The Kota-Ranthambore mega highway is simply 1.5 kms away from the location.

Hotels

For a perfect tiger tour in Ranthambore, some relaxing amount of time to devote is really needed. As it is not a matter of one day to explore all the tigers in the area. This is the reason; the tourists should make some comfy arrangements for accommodation at Ranthambore hotels and resorts. Depending upon their days to be spent here and the demand of their comforts, the area is skill fully being casted with great accommodative options. Although government lodges are available in the region but for a luxurious and urban stay amidst the natural environment there are other beautiful options of hotels and resorts in Ranthambore.

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Explore Dance and language of state of india.

  1. Andhra Pradesh
  • Dance
  1. The dance forms of Andhra Pradesh reflect the cultural heritage of the state. They differ in costumes, types and the musical instruments used. Kuchipudi: Kuchipudi is one of the most famous traditional dance forms of Andhra Pradesh. It gets its name from the name of the village where resident Brahmins practiced this art form. The dancers sway to the music and tune of a singer who is accompanied by musicians playing mridangam,violin, flute and tambura.
  • Language

Telugu is the official language of Andhra Pradesh. However, there are many local dialects that are also spoken in different parts of the state. Some of these dialects include Waddar, Chenchu, Savara, Golari, Kamanthi etc. Telugu has a strong reflection of Sankrit influence as it has absorbed tatsamas from Sanskrit.

  1. ArunachalPradesh                                                                                                                        
  • Dance

The dance forms of Arunachal Pradesh are filled with energy and colours. While in some dance forms, men and women dance separately, in others they perform together. The most common traditional dance form of Arunachal Pradesh is:

  • Bardo Chamm: This dance form depicts the fight between good and evil. There is an interesting folk lore behind this dance form. Dancers wear masks and dress up as animals and dance to the tune of drums and cymbals.
  • Language

Arunachal Pradesh is believed to be one for the linguistically richest states in the country as it home to possibly at least 30 distinct languages and innumerable dialects thereof. Some of the common languages spoken in the state are Tani, Bodic, Idu, Miju etc. Hindi and English are the official languages used in Arunachal Pradesh.

  1.  Assam

 

Dance Some of the common dance forms of Assam are:

  • Bihu: This is related to the harvest festival called Bihu. Young men and women dress up in colourful clothes and dance to the tunes of dhol, pepa or gagana.
  • Jhumur Nach: This is performed by tea garden workers to the beat of a drum called ‘Madal’.
  • Bagurumba: Performed by the Bodo tribal community, this dance is performed by girls alone.

Language The people of Assam speak the language Assamese. It is an Eastern Indo-Aryan language and is also the official language of the state.

  1. Bihar                                                                                                
  • Dance

The common folk dances of Bihar include:

Jhijian Dance: This a form of folk dance of Bihar where women sing and dance to appease Lord Indra.

Jat Jatin Dance: This is performed by a couple and the dance depicts the hardships and life experiences of an emigrant couple.

Kajari Dance: The dance is performed during the rainy season. Young girls dance like a peacock in this form of folk dance.

  • Language

Bihari is the collective name given to the different languages spoken in the region. Some of the common dialects spoken in Bihar include Maithili, Bhojpuri, Magahi, Angika etc. Hindi is the official language and also the medium of instruction in many schools in Bihar.

  1. Chattisgar

Dances

  • Panthi: The dance is performed on the birth anniversary of Guru Ghasi Das and has a lot of religious significance.
  • Raut Nacha: Performed by Yadavs or Yaduvanshis, this dances resembles the raas leela performed by Lord Krishna with his gopis.

Language

Chhattisgarhi is the official language of the state.The language like Hindi is written in the Devanagri script and has a strong influence of the Munda and Dravidian languages.

  1. Goa

                                                                                                                                                           

Dance

Dekni: This is a traditional dance form which is performed by women. The music exhibits influences of both the East and West and so is traditional and contemporary at the same time.

Kunbi: This dance form depicts the time before the Portuguese conquest of the region. It is mainly a social dance and is devoid of any religious connotation.

Gofftoo: It is a form of peasant dance and is performed after the harvest season.

Language

The official language of Goa and the Konkan region is Konkani. Portuguese is still spoken in these parts by the elderly population of Goa. Marathi is also spoken in some places.

  1. Gujrat                                                         

Dance

Garba: Garba is a popular form of dance that is performed during the nine-day festival of Navratri. A picture or idol of Goddess Shakti or a lamp is placed in the centre and dancers stand in concentric circles for the performance.

Dandiya Raas: Dandiya Raas was traditionally performed by men to the tune of traditional instruments. Howevere, these days the dance form has evolved and men and women are seen dancing to foot-tapping numbers during the Navratri festival.

Language

Gujarati is the official language of the state. Gujarati is an Indo-Aryan language and according to studies it is the 26th most spoken native language in the world. The language owes its origin to Old Gujarati which gave birth to the modern day Gujarati and Rajasthani languages.

 

  1. Haryana

Dance

Saang Dance: This dance is performed in groups. Usually comprising of a group of 12, men dress up as women in this dance to play the roles of female characters. The dance is based on folk tales or religious stories.

Chhathi Dance: This is performed on the birth of a male child. Women perform this dance on the sixth day of the birth of the child. Usually performed at night, the dance depicts romantic stories.

Language

The language commonly spoken in this region is Haryanvi. The language is an Indo-Aryan language and is quite similar to Braj Bhasha. It is also considered to be a dialect of Hindi.

 

  1. Himachal Pradesh

Dance

Kinnauri Nati: A beautiful folk dance which is usually a mime and depicts the sowing of crops and the ensuing festivities.

Namagen: This is usually performed to welcome the autumn season. The costumes of the dances of this folk dance is particularly interesting because of the variety of colours and women dancers were extremely beautiful silver jewellery.

Language

Hindi is the official language of Himachal Pradesh. However, in some parts of the state people still speak the Pahari language, which has many dialects and sub-dialects too. Punjabi is also widely spoken in the state.

  1. Jammu and Kashmir

                                                                                                                                                    

Dance

Kud: It is basically a ritual dance which is performed to appease the gods. Usually performed at night, dancers sway to the tunes of instruments such as the Chhaina, flute and drums.

Dumhal Dance: This is a much popular form of folk dance. Only the men of the Wattal are allowed to perform this dance. The most interesting aspect of the dance is the colourful costume of the dancer.

Language

Kashmiri is the most popularly spoken language in the region. Hindi, Urdu and English are also widely used by people to communicate in J&K.

 

  1. Jharkhand 

Dance

Chhou : The Chhou dance is a form of tribal dance. Dancers wear masks made of paper mache and perform on stories from mythology. The colourful costumes and jewellery are the special attraction of this dance form.

Language

Although Hindi is the official language of the state, many other languages and dialects are used by the people living in different parts of the state. Such languages include Santhali, Mundari, Kharia, Ho, Bhumiji etc.

  1. Karnataka

Dance

Kunitha: This is a ritualistic dance performed by the men of the shepherd community.

Komb-aat: The Komb-aat is also a ritualistic dance which is performed within the temple premises. The dance depicts stories from mythology.

Language

Kannada is the official language of Karnataka. Other languages such as Tulu, Konkani, Kodava and Urdu are also spoken in the state.

 

  1. Kerala

                                                                 

Dance

Kathakali: A highly dramatized dance drama which depicts stories from mythology. This dance form is particularly important due to the make-up and costumes used by the artists.

Language

Malayalam is the official language of the state. However, Hindi, English, Tamil are the other languages that are spoken in the region.

 

  1. Madhya Pradesh

Dance

Tertali: This form of dance is usually performed by women of the Kamar tribe. Dancers cover their head with a veil, tie cymbals on different parts of their body and dance to the tune of a Manjira.

Charkula: Performed on the third day after Holi, Charkula is presented by women who place lit lamps on their head and dance to appease Lord Krishna.

Language

Hindi is the official language of Madhya Pradesh. Other languages such as Marathi, Malvi, Nimadi, Bundeli etc are spoken in different parts of the state.

 

  1. Maharastra

Dance Lavani: Lavani is a very popular folk dance form that is performed by women wearing sarees. The beats are quick and the dance form is noted for its powerful rhythm.

Language

Marathi is the official language of Maharashtra. However, due to high levels of immigration other languages such as Hindi and English are also use widely.

  1. Manipur 

 

Dance

Dhol Cholom: is a drum dance and is performed during Holi. Drums are an integral part of dances in Manipur

Language

Manipur or Meitei language is the state language of Manipur. However, other dialects are spoken in different parts of the state. English is widely used in Manipur.

 

  1. Meghalaya 

                                                                                                                                                 

Dance

Laho Dance: is one of the most popular traditional dance forms of Meghalaya. This is performed by a young girl who dances with two young men , hand in hand, as a person recites beautiful couplets on love.

Language

The main languages of Meghalaya are Garo and Khasi. English is the official language of the state. Nepali is also widely used by the people of Meghalaya.

 

  1. Mizoram 

Dance

Cheraw Dance: Cheraw dance is a very popular form of dance that is seen in Mizoram. Men hold bamboo poles to the ground and move them in a pattern according to the rhythm played on drums. Women jump through the gaps in these poles to the beat.

Language

Mizo is the most widely spoken language in Mizoram. Mizo language is also called Lushai. Other languages prevalent in Mizoram are Pawi, Paite and Hmar.

 

  1. Nagaland

Dance

Chang Lo: Chang lo is a kind of a victory dance which is performed on special occasions and important festivals such as Poanglem, which is a three day harvest festival.

Language

There are different languages in Nagaland which vary according to the tribes. There are about 20 different dialects, but these languages do not have a script of their own.

 

  1. Odisha

Dance

Gotipua: This is a part of the rich cultural heritage of Odisha. This dance is performed by young boys below the age of 14. This dance was performed in the temples of Odisha to appease Lord Jagannath.

Odissi: This is a beautiful dance form which was practiced by the devadasis of the temples of Odisha. The dance form is characterized by the beautiful costumes, graceful movements and stunning jewellery used by the dancers.

Language

Odiya is the state language of the state. However, languages such as Hindi, English, Bengali and Telugu are widely used languages in the state.

 

  1. Punjab

                                                                         

Dance

Bhangra: Bhangra is one of the most popular traditional dance forms of India. It is usually performed during the harvest season and is noted for the colourful costumes and peppy music.

Language

Punjabi is the state language of Punjab and is also the 10th most widely spoken native language in the world. Hindi is also widely spoken in Punjab.

 

  1. Rajasthan

                                                                                                                                                                          

Dance

Ghoomar: The Ghoomar dance was traditionally performed by the women of the Bhil tribe of Rajasthan. The dance is performed women who wear large swirling robes and sway to the tunes of men and women singing. The beautifully coloured clothes and the jewellery of the dancers are the special features of this form of dance.

Language

Rajasthani is the state language. It has descended from Old Gujarati.

 

  1. Sikkim

Dance

Singhi Chham: This is a traditional dance form wherein dancers wear masks to resemble the snow lion which is the cultural symbol of the region. The music is provided by beating cymbals.

Language

The Sikkimese language is also called Tibetan, Bhutia or Dranjongke. The language is spoken by the Bhutia community of Sikkim.

 

  1. Tamil Nadu 

Dance

Bharat Natyam: This is a classical Indian dance form and is reconstruction of the traditional dance form of devadasis practiced in the temples of Tamil Nadu. The dance form is named after Bharat Muni who wrote Natya Shatra.

Language Tamil language is one of the Dravidian languages of India and has been declared as a classical language by the Indian government. Besides Tamil Nadu, it is also spoken in the neighbouring states of Puducherry, Kerala etc. It is also a major lingua franca in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

 

  1. Tripura 

Dance

Hojagiri: Hojagiri is the traditional dance of the Reang tribal community of Tripura. Young girls dance on an earthen pitcher and balance an object on their head. The music is provided by beating of cymbals.

 

Language

The main languages of Tripura are Bengali and Kokborok. There is a large settlement of Bengalis in Tripura and a majority of the population in the cities speaks Bengali. The native tribals of the state speak Kokborok.

  1. UttarPradesh

Dance

Charkula dance: This is a form of traditional folk dance which is performed women. The performers usually cover their faces with a veil and carry a multi-tier arrangement of lamps on their head. There are about 108 lit lamps in this arrangement. The performers dance to the rasiya songs of Lord Krishna.

 

Language

Hindi is the official language of the state. However, many other languages, including Hindi, and their dialects are spoken in different parts of the state.

 

  1.   West Bengal

Dance

The Bengali dance has the shadow of folk tradition, influenced from tribes and the Indian tradition. The famous dances in West Bengal are Chau dance, a rare form of mask dance and the Gaudiya Nritya, the Bengali Classical. Various other forms of Indian classical dances have their origin in West Bengal.

 

Language

Bengali is the most common and widely spoken language in West Bengal. Other languages spoken are Hindi, Santali, Nepali, Urdu and Oriya.

 

  1.     Uttarakhand

 

Dance

 

When it comes to traditional dances, Uttarakhand is known for having unique and diverse forms of dances. The dance forms in Uttarakhand are not similar to that of classical dances in other states. It is rather simpler and beautiful to see. The most popular dance forms of Uttarakhand are Chancheri, Chhapeli, Bhotiya, Barada Narti, Jhora, Choliya, Langvir, Pandav, Jhainta and more.

 

Language

 

Garhwali and Kumaoni are the most commonly spoken languages in the hilly areas of the state of Uttarakhand. However, Hindi is widely spoken in the plains. Uttarakhand is the only state in India with ‘Sanskrit’, as one of its official languages.

  1.    Telangana

 

Dance

 

The Perini is the most popular dance forms in Telangana. The Marfa dance was also introduced in Telangana only. It is widely popular in the Arab countries, as well.

 

Language

 

Telugu is the official and most commonly spoken language in the state of Telangana. Urdu, is the second most commonly spoken language and English is also used in different parts of the state.

 

 

 

 

SPITI/LADAKH,LOOK ALIKE…

As Spiti and Ladakh Looks Alike, Many Get Confuse which one to choose. Here I am disclosing some info to help you to choose.But my personal choice is both.

Photos of SPITI/LADAKH,LOOK ALIKE... 1/2 by Debasree
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SPITI

Minimum time required to reach (Ex-Delhi):2 Days

Ease of Access:It takes at least 2 days to get in and 2 more to get out. The journeys are long and tiring. You’ll have to reach either Manali or Shimla and change another bus/jeep to get to Spiti. From Manali, it takes a day and from Shimla, it takes 2 days by road.

Comfort Level: Low

Open Season:Technically open all year round but road blocks are common and travel within the valley is restricted during off season, which is pretty much most of the year except June to October.

Tourist Infrastructure:Minimal.There are now guesthouses/homestays in many of the major villages across Spiti but getting around isn’t as easy as Ladakh. You’ll have to hitchhike or walk if you don’t come with your own vehicle. There’s only one ATM in the valley and forget Internet while you’re here.

Altitude and Acclimatization:Most of the villages in Spiti are at a height in between 3800m and 4500m, which makes acclimatization a major concern considering it is not easy to get out of the valley. Kaza is the only place that has a big hospital which proves to be inadequate most of the time since the only cure to AMS is going to lower altitude.

Major Attractions:

• In Spiti, the biggest attraction at the moment is the lack of crowd.

• Here, you can still expect to walk into a village or a food joint/cafe and strike up a conversation with fellow travellers or locals.

• The villages are much more atmospheric, accessible and picturesque.

• Highly recommended for solo/independent travellers and those who enjoy sauntering.

Going Offbeat:

Kind of difficult to go offbeat in Spiti as there are not many options in the valley to be fair. But it works now because entire Spiti itself is offbeat so far, like how Ladakh was probably 10 years ago.

Any exploits to go beyond the usual path would require a lot of planning and support from locals. The valley’s only artery, the national highway is limiting when it comes to exploration. However, smaller metal roads to the far flung villages of the valley can provide an exhilarating alternative to those interested in offroading.

Best suited for:Culture vultures/Independent travellers

Lakes:Dhankar Lake and Chandratal, both need hiking.Vehicles can’t reach

Monasteries:Kye and Dhankar whose location and setting is unmatched!There are plenty of old monasteries in Spiti apart from these two but none as big as those in Ladakh.

LADAKH

Minimum time required to reach (Ex-Delhi):1hr

Ease of Access:There was once a time where reaching Leh took at least 3 days. Now all it takes is two flights from down south and you’re there at the roof of the world in half a day! Also, the roads are much better compared to Spiti.

Comfort Level: High

Open Season:Open all year around thanks to flights. Within Ladakh, roads are kept open by the Indian army so you can get around easily all through the year.

Tourist Infrastructure:Well developed.All ranges of hotels/guesthouses available and it’s very easy to find a shared ride to many of the famous places of Ladakh. Multi cuisine restaurants, Internet cafes, Bike/Equipment Rentals, Trek Operators etc, you have all of these in Leh.

Altitude and Acclimatization:Leh is at 3500m but all other places of interest are between 4000m and 5800m high. Acclimatization wise, Leh is a perfect base to get your body used to the low oxygen before heading into higher grounds. Evacuation out of Leh, in case of a casualty, is super convenient and there are plenty of army camps across the region to help with basic medical aid in worst case scenario.

Major Attractions:

• The variety of landscape in Ladakh is unparalleled. From shimmering blue lakes to vast plateaus to big mountains, there’s plenty to see here.

• The area is so huge, you can escape the crowds easily whenever you want to.

• Brok Pa people, Islamic community, Buddhists, Changthang nomads and more. There’s a huge variety in the culture as well.

• I want to add landscapes again because the,Scenery in ladakh is so epic I can’t explain in words but perhaps repetition will drive home the point.

Going Offbeat:Ladakh is so vast, it’s a gold mine for offbeat explorers. Beyond the well trodden paths, there’s a whole other world waiting to be explored. Since it is also an army bastion, there are little traversed routes that can take you to the most remote corners of the region like Chumur, Demchok, Hanle, Chushul etc.

Ladakh is the classic case of the journey being more important that the destination. You might have seen Pangong Tso before but reaching there through Chushul/Tsaga La in Changthang or via Agham/Shyok route from Hunder is the stuff that dreams are made of!

Best suited for:Landscape lovers/Road trip aficionados

Lakes:Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri among many others. Vehicles can reach both.

P.S – Spiti’s lakes are no match for these two mammoths!

Monasteries:There are more monasteries here in Ladakh than you can visit. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

 

India’s Oldest China Town in Kolkata..

 

Tiretta Bazaar(China Town) is a neighborhood in the eastern part of the city of Kolkata. The traditional occupation of the Chinese Indian community in Kolkata had been working in the nearby tanning industry as well as in Chinese restaurants. The area is still noted for the Chinese restaurants where many people flock to taste traditional Chinese and Indian Chinese cuisine.2564232692_52905b65b2.jpg

Dimsums and momos are always the most sort after items. Spring rolls and pork sausages are not far behind. Pau, the ball shaped oversized dumpling, which comes with all sorts of pork, chicken, and fish filling is definitely on the must have list.

The food is cooked in home style following the authentic Chinese recipe and are served with homely warmth. The place has a laid back attitude, with elderly Chinese reading the Chinese newspaper and sipping on cups of green tea and women talking about the latest gossip in Chinatown.

In the recent years the Chinese Breakfast has become extremely popular but sadly popularity has its ill effects too. Many have the age old Chinese stall have stop selling pork items and ingredients and recopies have been modified to meet the requirement of Indian, Even stall selling puri – bhajis and other standard Indian breakfast items have also sprung up.

 

Must-try Traditional Chinese Restaurants in China Town of Kolkata

Beijing

Kim Ling

Golden Joy

Big Boss

Fung Fa

Kafulok

 

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Lets Explore The Tribal States of India

 

In INDIA there are certain states in India where the number of tribal  population is much more than that of the other states. Due to the presence of these tribes India has receive various flavors and the tribal people are the real treasures of our countries. Major population of tribes are found in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesha and North .The tribes peoples of India are also know as “Adivasis”. The specific meaning of Adivasis is the original inhabitants of a given region. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands  are also the home for various tribes like The Great Andamanese, Onge, Jarawa and Sentinelese.

Chhattisgarh

Tribes of Chhattisgarh are unique in their lifestyles and have beautifully retained their own culture and traditions for centuries. Bastar is the largest tribal district of Chhattisgarh and Gonds tribes Gonds of Bastar being the most prominent among them. The Gond Tribes include the Baiga, Korba, Abhuj Maria, Muria and Dhurvaa tribes.The tribal women love to wear ornaments made of cowries, shells, bones, mixed metals, copper and bronze.

Orissa

The number of tribes that reside in Orissa is the highest anywhere in India. Chhattisgarh is the neighbor state of orissa, so Gond and Baiga tribes also found in some part of Orissa. The major tribes of the state are Kondhs, Koyas, Gadabas, Oraon, Juangs and Santals. Tribes of Orissa are very hard worker, they work in mills and plants. The major occupation of tribes are agriculture, fishing or hunting. Bamboo is used to make arts and crafts by the tribe peoples, and these are really very attractive. Tribes women wear a lengthy cloth material that they wrap around themselves, girls are seen with tattoos on their faces.

Jharkhand

State of tribal peoples, it is one of the most industrialized states of India, including Wildlife Sanctuaries and Forest. The tribes of Jharkhand are expert in making plates made up of Sal leaves joined together by tiny sticks. Kharias are one of the important tribes of Jharkhand, other tribes of Jharkhand are are Baiga, Asur, Santals, Oraons, Mundas and Hos.The tribes of Jharkhand also use bamboo for making baskets,hunting & fishing. Tribal peoples have tattoos called Godna, on their bodies instead of wearing ornaments, Bow and arrow is the symbolic weapon of the tribal of this area.

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh was the largest state in India before the state of Chhattisgarh was carved out. Dhar, Jhabua and Mandla  districts have more than 50 percent tribal population. The main tribal groups in Madhya Pradesh are Gond, Bhil, Baiga, Maximum population is Gond tribes. The Bhils live in the mountain regions in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Bhils are considered as the third largest and most widely distributed tribal groups in India. Bhils tribes also found in some states of Rajsathan.

North East States

The north eastern states of India holds a large number of tribal population. The tribal chiefs enjoying a lot of power and status in the region. The northeastern states comprise thick forest and the virgin land are home of several North east tribal. The main tribes of north east states are Naga, Garo, Khasi, Maram, Tripuri, Reang, Monpas, Bamons. The Naga tribes had social and political links with tribes of Assam. Each tribes is having its own custom, language, dress and jewelery. The main occupation of these tribes is cultivation.

 Nagaland

There are 16 major tribes in untamed Nagaland, which shares a border with Myanmar in remote north east India. Whether you venture to the villages just a few hours from Kohima, or to the far-off districts of Mon and Mokokchung, you’re sure to be engaged by the fascinating tribal village life in Nagaland. Many people prefer to take an organized tour, but it’s not a must if you’re adventurous.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan has 5% more tribal population than overall Indian 10% population living as tribes. The Bhil tribe tops the list among all the tribes and is considered to be the original inhabitants of Rajasthan.Inhabiting the southern Rajasthan in particular, this tribe attracts many travelers from every nook and corner.

Maharastra

With a large tribal population, Maharastra holds nearly 50 tribes in its ambit. Some of the major tribes include Gonds, Bhils, Mahadeo Kolis, Pawras, Thakurs and Warlis. The tribes live in perfect accord with the nature thus depicting harmony and peace. Of the mentioned tribes, the Mahadeo Kolis extend more warmth and are friendlier.

 

Indian traditional dresses of different states…

 

It is amazing to see, that within the country there is a diversification of fashion and clothing which could be due to the weather condition and culture of the society. Let’s explore it:

  1. Assam:

Men Wear:

Dhoti Gamosa-The traditional wear of men, gamosa is a rectangular clothing with red border and motifs along with which dhoti is draped on the below bodice. Gamosa is a sign of respect and love.

Women Wear:

Mekhela Chadar,

Muga Silk Sari:The rarest silk of Assam that is opulent and a must-have for the sari lovers. The unique designs with gold threads are awe-inspiring. The best thing about the Muga silk is that with every wash the silk shines brighter.

Jewelry:

Gamkharu:The handmade bracelet which is gold plated is a traditional jewelry of Assam. The broad bracelet can be worn both with western and traditional wear.

Thuriya:Thuriya is gold earrings, mostly worn by the older women, but the rich floral design is worth noticing.

Junbiri:The half moon pendant or Junbiri is made keeping in mind the beauty and elegance of a woman. The silver jewelry with gold plating is a most adored jewelry of Assamese women.

  1. Uttar Pradesh:

Men Wear:

Sherwani:A blend of style and classy emanates from Sherwani which belongs to the city of Lucknow and is a favorite outfit of every groom. Designed with rich zari work, the Sherwani definitely tops the list of traditional dresses of Indian states.

Dhoti Kurta:Another common attire, worn across the nation during traditional festivals and functions- dhoti kurta. These days readymade dhotis are available to ease the difficulty of pleating.

Women Wear:

Banaras Brocade:The bridal trousseau is incomplete without the Banarasi sari, inspired by the Mughals the artistry carried on the Banarasi sari reflects the heritage and tradition of India.

Chikankari:The delicate and chic look of chikankari work salwar suits are the perfect companion for the summer seasons. From office wear to party wear, chikankari is the perfect choice for all occasions.

Jewelry:

Passa (Maang tikka):Uttar Pradesh is well-known for its silver jewelry and impeccable maang tikka that is worn by the brides. From side maang tikka to other unique head accessories, UP is the home to fabulous and regal jewelry.

  1. Bihar:

Men Wear:

Long kurta with Dhoti:Every man living in Bihar enjoys wearing the loose-fit kurta and pair it with the dhoti. Whereas the younger group of men wear kurta with pyjama and bring an uber-cool look.

Women Wear:

Bhagalpuri silk:Bhagalpur is the hub for Bhagalpuri silk also known as tussar silk which is famous and quintessential wear for parties. The rich designs and patterns give an elegant touch to the sari also, women of Bihar generally style their sari in seedha pallu style.

Jewelry:

Hansli:The Dhokra tribes residing in the eastern part of the country are famous for designing the traditional hansuli which has a charm and ethnicity sure to allure all.

Kamarbandh:Indian heritage boasts about ethnic jewelry and the women of Bihar enjoy silver and gold jewelry. Some of the most loved jewelry are the Kamar bandh, which is a famous accessory for brides. Kamarbandh has now become a staple wear for all the brides across the nation.

  1. Jammu & Kashmir:

Men Wear:

Pheran:In the Indian traditional state wise list, the northern region of India, Jammu & Kashmir outfits is unique and designed according to the weather. Pheran is a popular dress which is worn both by the men and women. It is a loose knee length tunic which is worn with fitting trousers.

Pathani Suit:A stylish suit of the time which is popular worldwide and worn by men on a special occasion- Pathani suit. It has an aura of sophistication and dapper that would immediately make any man look best.

Gurgabis:A unisex shoe that come in intricate zari and embroidery work which is perfect for the steepy mountains.

Women Wear:

Pheran:Though Pheran is worn by both men and women, for women the look is slightly different, it is vibrant and rich with embroidery work and shows the rich culture of India.

Taranga:A head dress worn by the natives of Kashmir, which is bright and vibrant with detailed embroidery work. The unique cap brings and the dupatta flowing from the head brings a feminine look.

Pashmina Shawls:The love of every woman, pashmina shawls have a smooth and warm feel that makes it perfect for winter outfits, though many use this even as an accessory to their outfit.

Jewelry:

Dejhoor:The long pair of gold earrings that hang on thin gold threads and passes through the ears give a different look. Brides of Kashmir wear this along with heavy jewelry and elevate their traditional look.

Silver Jewels:Apart from dejharoo, Kashmiri girls love silver jewelry and often accessorize themselves with silver jewels.

  1. West Bengal:

Men Wear:

Dhoti Kurta:Most of the men in the north east region wear dhoti-kurta for casual and merriments. For the weddings, the grooms prefer silk dhoti and kurta.

Women Wear:

Baluchari:The grand pallu of the Baluchari sari would grab the attention of any woman. The intricate designs and amazing craftsmanship shows the majestic culture of Bengal.

Kantha:Kantha means ‘old cloth’, but there is nothing old about this fabulous looking saree which is dazzled with rich embroidery work. A perfect wear for morning puja functions, office wear.

Jamdani:Jamdani is a Persian word, Jam means flower and Dani means vase, so the floral prints are spread across the saree and brings a vibrant look. From daily wear to parties Jamdani sari is a favorite pick of every woman. 

Tant Saree:The tant is handloom cotton sari perfect for corporate or business look. The pallu designs reflect the rich heritage of India a must buy for professional ladies.

  1. Odisha:

Men Wear:

Dhoti-Kurta and Gamucha:Even in Odisha men prefer wearing dhoti-kurta and sweat towel, gamcha. However, the younger group of men prefer wearing trousers and shirt.

Women Wear:

Bomkai sari:The handloom saree, Bomkai sari is one of the oldest handloom saris and has grandiose craftsmanship which still lists it in the most loved saree.

Ikat sari:The unique process of the making of the saree makes it special and favorite wear. The dyeing of threads and weaving them together to create a unique saree speaks about amazing skilled artisans.

Sambalpuri saree:Another handwoven saree which shows the finesse of the weavers and designers. There are paintings, embroidery and tie and dye process which altogether makes the saree an elegant piece.

  1. Andhra Pradesh:

Men Wear:

Pancha:Similar to the dhoti, Andhra Pradesh men are seen wearing pancha as their traditional outfit. Weddings, functions and other ceremonies men prefer wearing pancha and shirt.

Women Wear:

Pochampally silk sari:Pochampally silk sari is another gorgeous saree that is handwoven with ikat designs and is a bridal pick as its light weight and has a glossy finish.

Mangalagiri Sari:Mangalagiri is a holy hill and it is believed that Lord Vishnu blessed a weaver with the fine skills of weaving a mangalgiri saree. The Mangalagiri cotton saree is of solid shade with stunning designs on the pallu, whereas the mangalgiri silk saree, rich with zari work, is a sartorial pick of brides of Andhra.

Gadwal Sari:Gadwal saris are rich brocaded sari with floral, fauna, mythological designs, kalamkari prints adorned on the pallu and border of the saree. A perfect saree of weddings, and merry-makings.

Jewelry:

Pearls:The city of Nizams is famous for fresh water pearls and is a must-buy if you are visiting the city.

Paizeb:Paizeb is anklets that have loose gold or Kundan chains encrusted with uncut diamonds and the ends of the anklet is adorned with small bells bringing a grace to the anklet.

  1. Tamilnadu:

Men Wear:

Lungi:The staple clothing of the men residing in Tamil Nadu is the lungi and shirt. Lungi is a sarong wrapped around the lower bodice and comes in stripes, checkers and other prints.

Women Wear:

Kanchipuram silk sari:Kanchipuram saris are the epitome of grandeur, royal and tradition. The regal golden threads woven to give ancient designs such as temple, mango butti and others makes it one of the best bridal trousseau wear in the list of Indian states and their dresses.

Madurai cotton:The city is known for its handloom cotton and the sarees are weaved in raw cotton and rich threads adding a regal look to the crisp cotton saree, that you can wear to your work.

Jewelry:

Temple Jewelry:Women of Tamil Nadu adore gold jewelry and prefer wearing it on regular and high profile functions. The brides of Tamilnadu are found wearing temple jewelry which is royal and ethnic.

Ottiyanam:A gold belt that is worn over the saree has goddess Lakshmi crafted at the center of the belt and has floral and peacock patterns spread on the belt.

Pullaku:A center nose ring which is still worn by the Brahmin brides of Tamilnadu as well as by the Bharatnatyam dancers.

  1. Kerala:

Men Wear:

Mundu:A staple wear of Kerala men which is similar to lungi, but the wearing style is different in comparison to lungi. Along with the mundu, veshti which is a shirt.

Women Wear:

Kasavu:Among the various names of dresses of different states of India, Kasauli is a popular wear of Kerala women, worn during Onam celebrations, but recently several celebrities have sported this look in Bollywood movies.

Jewelry:

Kasu Mala:The coins assembled together to form a chain is known as the kasu mala, worn majorly at festivals and weddings.

Palakka Mala:The leaf necklace is another elegant jewelry of Kerala, which has emerald stones studded in the form of a leaf.

Kolusu:Kolusu or anklets worn by the girls and women on weddings and festive, mostly designed in silver metal. The trinkets hanging from the kolusu is a symbol of a lady’s presence.

  1. Karnataka:

Women Wear:

Mysore Silk:The zest looking saree is a must have for the festivals and weddings. The soft, light weight yet lustrous look of the sari brings a very royal look.

Jewelry:

Netri Chutti:Maang tikka is also called the netri chutti has intricate ethnic designs and worn by the girls and brides during weddings.

Haaram:A long chain bedazzled with rich lotus, peacock and goddess designs enhancing the beauty of the woman.

Tholu Bandhi:A favorite jewelry of all Kannada brides, tholu bandhi is an armlet which has elegant artistry and unique patterns.

Pacha Kempina Ungaru:

Rings are favorite of every woman, but this stylish ruby and emerald stones encrusted ring is an exceptional ring for the classy woman.

  1. Maharashtra:

Men Wear:

Dhoti-Pheta and Pagadi:Maharashtrian men’s traditional attire consists of dhoti, kurta and a pheta (Marathi term used for the traditional turban). The pheta or the headdress is a turban that is made of silk or cotton worn especially during the weddings.

Women Wear:

Paithani Sari:Made from the finest silk, Paithani sari have extensive border and pallu work adorned with peacock, floral motifs, the traditional motifs are Asavali, Narli and petal designs. The rich and vibrant colors of the sari brings a luxurious look.

Lugade:The nine yards saree, is a traditional saree of Maharashtra worn by the elder group of women, which is draped in the Kastha style or the Maharashtrian dhoti style.

Narayan Peth Saree:The treasure of Maharashtra, Narayan Peth saree are famous in the Solapur region and has an opulent look due to the zari work and has flamboyant motifs embellished on the border.

Jewelry:

Kolhapuri Saaj:21 leaves of different designs clustered together form the Kolhapur saaj, which is a famous jewelry of Maharashtrian women and gives a grandiose look.

Thushi:Thushi is a bridal jewelry which symbolizes prosperity, the Kolhapur famous choker necklace has gold beads held together by a piece of rope.

Guchhedar Nath:The unique nath which is worn by the brides on their wedding is a famous jewelry radiant with pearls and is in the shape of a cashew nut. The most popular nath is the Brahmin nath known for pearl and emerald.

Bangadi:The green glass bangles is a popular set of bangles worn by the bride after her Mehendi ceremony. It depicts fertility and new life and is worn always in odd numbers.

Mundavalya:A unisex headpiece worn by both bride and the groom on their wedding day is made from pearls and flowers. The bride wears the mundavalya when she walks towards the mandap.

  1. Gujarat:

Men Wear:

Chrono and Kediyu:A famous outfit worn by men during the garba nights, the kediyu is a heavy pleated top which is paired with chrono or tight fit churidar. Along with this few men even pair headgear known as phento.

Dhoti Kafani:The upper-class men wear the silk or cotton dhoti and team it with shirt known as kafani or pehraan.

Women Wear:

Chaniya Choli:Fashioned similar to the lehenga choli, but the chaniya choli has an exuberant look, rich with colors and designs perfect for celebrations.

Panetar:It is a pure white saree with maroon or red motifs spread on the saree and the border, which is worn by the brides on their wedding.

Tanchoi silk saree:A priced possession every Parsi family in Gujarat, Tanchoi silk saree have exquisite weaving with the gold threads and royal motifs making the saree a royal possession.

Patola Saree:The handmade sarees that are woven in silk and in double ikat fashion is one of the aristocratic sarees of Gujarat. It takes about six months to a year in designing a Patola saree.

Jewelry:

Kandora:A fancy kamarband worn around the waist known as kandora is the popular jewelry of Gujarat. It is mostly designed in silver and adoring accessory for many women.

Matha Tikka:A head jewelry which has several gold chains linked together with enticing motifs encrusted with rubies and emeralds. Shinka has several trinkets hanging which adds a grace to the jewelry.

Patla bangles:The specialty of patla bangles is that they are wider than the usual bangles and they have rich detailed work in kundan, pearls and other precious gemstones.

  1. Rajasthan:

Men Wear:

Dhoti- Angrakha:The classic wear of Rajasthani men is the dhoti with angarkha, which comes in vivid shades emulating the rich culture of Rajasthan. To complete the look, men even wear pagri or turban which come in rich colors.

Mojaris:An iconic footwear, that is worn by both men and women, is a definite buy for pairing with your ethnic wear.

Women Wear:

Kota Doria Saree:  Soft touch and crisp look of Kota Doria saree are sure to grab your attention. The square shaped Khats designed on the saree makes it look rich and exuberant.

Bandhej Saree:The world famous saree, Bandhej comes in vivid colors and patterns arresting the eyes of all. The tie and dye process of the threads come in a wide variety and is a must have for the Spring wardrobe.

Lehariya Saree:Lehariya symbolizes the waves of the ocean and comes in magnificent colors, adding a vibrant look to your wardrobe. The distinct patterns such as zig zag, stripes show the intensive work of the artisans and.

Jewelry:

Borla:A stylish maang tika with a spherical or cylindrical pendant that hangs at the center of the head is a famous headgear worn by brides and women of Rajasthan. It comes in colorful and eye catchy patterns which any age group of woman can wear to weddings.

Karanphool Jhumka:Elegance radiates from the jhumka which is embellished with pearls, diamonds and rubies. The jhumka is fashioned in the form of the bell and the center of the earring has a majestic looking floral design.

Haath Phool:A famous bridal accessory also knows as panchagnula which is designed to decorate the back of the palm and fingers. A floral motif at the center is linked with 5 rings for the fingers and is mostly made from silver and Kundan.