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Places To Visit In Ladakh

If you are looking for something extraordinary, Ladakh is your answer. It’s a traveler’s dreamland with massive lakes, high altitude ranges, deep valleys, and scenic trails. The land of high passes is also known for facilitating the best adventure sports.

1. Pangong Lake

Just about 160 Kms from Leh is a beautiful lake named Pangong Lake, the beauty of Pangong lake is itself a reason to warrant a trip there. A ride to this lake will result in one of the most wonderful experiences. But the location is so remote that it takes a good 4-5 hours ride from Leh. However, there are other things to do at Pangong Lake that will keep you excited during the duration of your stay there, one of them is camping. Camping at Pangong Lake can be an enthralling experience.The route to Pangong Lake is as beautiful as the lake itself, to get a glimpse of this beauty, stop about 11 km before reaching Pangong Lake if you are coming from Leh, you will be greeted by a few signboards displaying this ” Stop Here To See Rare Endemic Species MARMOT”. Marmots are large squirrels that are found in mountain areas.My sole aim of writing this blog is to reveal that staying in Pangong for overnight camping is Ten times worth than returning back in just one day. Since I was short on time I returned back in just one day so I was not able to click many pictures.

 

Rayagada-The Hidden Treasure Of Odisha

‘Rayagada is situated in the southern part of Odisha, it has a population of around 10 Lakh, the majority of the population speak Odia & Telugu. It is surrounded by mountains and two rivers go through it named “Nagabali” & “Jhanjabati”. For nature lovers and travellers, it’s no less than a paradise. As I belong to Rayagada I always wanted to make it a tourist destination. Rayagada being a remote area, people do not get to know about it. In this blog, I will be showing the mountains, waterfalls, rivers and temples which are worth visiting.

Majhighariani Temple

 

 

This famous temple in Rayagada, Odisha attracts tourists from far and near, particularly from the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh. The deity is a grama devatha or a local goddess.The temple is located beside the railway track connecting Raipur and Visakhapatnam. The original temple was built in the 14th century. The Goddess was worshipped as a form of Shakti. The Britishers tried several times to build a bridge for the railway tracks over a rapid stream connecting to the mighty Nagavali river. This point, only a stone’s throw from the shrine was very deep and narrow, about a 100 feet going down. The massive piers gave away thrice.Legend says that the temple Poojari had a dream was the deity commanded that a temple is built first. It was built and then the bridge could be completed without any difficulty. The bridge was finally built connecting two hillocks without building any piers in the stream.Sundays and Wednesdays see a quite heavy throng of pilgrims. Several of them offer goats and chicken to the deity. Food is cooked on the premises and consumed before leaving. Utensils etc are available for hire. Several shops are available to buy bananas, coconuts, flowers, Prasad, sarees, photos etc. The Dussehra period is quite crowdy. The rush abates in the evening hours.The Goddess looks fiery and covered with red vermilion. The devotees are given a vermilion paste on leaves. The Goddess uses a horse as her mount and is said to patrol around the town warding off all types of evil from her devotees. Local residents are said to hear the hoof sounds of the horse.Rayagada can be accessed from Visakhapatnam or Raipur or Bhubneshwar airports. Trains are also available from these places.

Jagannath Temple

 

 

Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are the main deities in the temple. The present structure of the temple, with a new look, has been built in 2007. The Gajapati Raja of Puri honoured the inaugural function of the new Temple on June 20, 2007. Rath Yatra is the main festival of the deities.

Jhula Bridge

 

 

“Odisha’s second hanging bridge”Chekaguda, Rayagada,India.The bridge over the Nagavali River links the town of Rayagada to the villages of Mariguda, Chakaguda etc. It spans 151 metres (495 ft) and is 30.48 metres (100.0 ft) above the rocks below. The area is attractive with natural beauty.

Nagavali River

 

 

Nagavali River originates from a hill near Lakhbahal village in Thuamul Rampur block of Kalahandi District. It touches Nakrundi, Kerpai areas of Kalahandi, Kalyansinghpur and Rayagada of Rayagada district of Odisha and merged in the Bay of Bengal near Kalingapatnam after crossing by the side of Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh. It is an independent river with its own basin. The total length of the river is about 256 kilometres (159 mi), of which 161 kilometres (100 mi) are in Odisha and the rest in Andhra Pradesh.

Some mountains of Rayagada

Nako Pahado

 

 

Hatipathara

 

 

Vansadhara River (Gumuda)

 

 

The river originates in the border of Thuamul Rampur in the Kalahandi district and Kalyansinghpur in Rayagada district of Odisha and runs for a distance of about 254 kilometres, where it joins the Bay of Bengal at Kalingapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The total catchment area of the river basin is about 10,830 square kilometres.

Laxmi Narayani Temple (Therubali)

 

 

Laxminarayan temple is located at IMFA factory of Therubali, Rayagada district, Odisha. The deities Laxminarayan, Hanuman, Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Lord Siva are worshipped by thousands of devotees.The temple is about 25 km from the district headquarters. It is one of the tourist attractions of the Rayagada district. Visitors and devotees visit this place especially more on Tuesdays.

 

 

This is the image of the temple from the left side.

Tikiri

 

 

Tikiri to Laxmipur roadway and railway.

 

 

Tikiri to Kashipur.26km roadway

 

On the road to Tikiri, you will find one of the best places for a biker.

 

 

Hukumtola

 

 

It is situated 3km away from Muniguda.

Chatikona

Chatikona is a small village of Rayagada district. It is famous for the shiv temple and waterfall by the side of shiv temple.

 

This is the Shiv temple.

 

These are some of the images of the waterfall.

 

 

THESE ARE SOME OF THE IMAGES OF THE TRIBAL PEOPLE AND FARMERS IN RAYAGADA.

 

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Places To Visit In & Around Vishakapatnam.

‘Visakhapatnam, the “City of Destiny“. It is called that because of its picturesque landscapes and very attractive beaches.

That’s me sitting in front of the Love Vizag sculpture in front of the TU 142 Aircraft Museum. There are many places to explore in and out of the city of vizag such as RK Beach, INS Kursura, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Kailasagiri, Rushikonda Beach, Borra Caves, Araku Valley, etc. On my last motorcycle trip to vizag i covered some of these places,they are listed below. This blog will be updated with more details of places to visit when i visit vizag again.

INS Kursura

The mighty INS Kursura was a Kalvari-Class diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy. She was the 5th submarine to be commissioned for the Indian Navy on the date of 18 December 1969. After 31 years of service, she was decommissioned on 27 February 2001. Sometime after decommissioning she was converted into a museum for public access on RK Beach. She participated in the Indo-Pakistani War Of 1971, where she played a key role in patrol missions, after the war ended INS Kursura participated in several naval exercises with other nations and made many goodwill visits to other countries.

 

A tiny human in comparison to the massive size of INS Kursura. Sadly photography was not allowed inside the museum so we had to keep the cameras in our bags. The entry ticket for an adult is around Rs 40 (Not Sure). Inside you will see how the submarine crew lived and worked, the machinery required to run the submarine, the total number of crew members required/allowed to run INS Kursura was 75.

 

TU 142 Aircraft Museum

 

TU 142 Aircraft Museum is a preserved Tupolev Tu-142 which is an maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. This aircraft served 29 years with the Indian Navy and had 30,000 hours of accident-free flying by the time of its retirement on 29 march 2017 at INS Rajali. The photos you are about to see are from the buildings around it, as no photography is allowed inside the actual aircraft you saw in the above picture.
Below are some images that i took inside the museum.

 

 

The Cockpit of one of the pilots.

 

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Most of these were used to detect submarines under the sea, they were dropped from the plane into the sea and the antennas you see in the above picture were the ones that detected the submarines.

 

Survival kit included the essential things such as Flares, Med-Kits, Life Jackets, Oxygen Cylinder, Fire-Starter Kit, etc. that are required to survive for days without help if the crew was trapped in the sea or some island awaiting rescue.

 

 

One of the engines that propelled Tupolev Tu-142 into the air. Ignore the guy doing yogasan to my right side.

 

Borra Caves

 

 

The way to borra caves was full of these lovely twisties, it was a joy to ride on this road but beware of the reckless drivers in this stretch of road.

 

 

My co-rider.

 

 

The Bikes!

 

 

The scenic views we encountered during our ride to Borra Caves.

 

 

We found this tasty dish at the shops near the entrance of Borra Caves it is known as Bamboo Chicken, it is a traditional tribal cuisine of Araku Valley. Prepared by stuffing the bamboo shoot with chicken and then cooking it on charcoal. Bamboo chicken is an oil free and nutritionally rich dish.

You have to get a ticket to enter the caves, it costs around Rs 50(for adults). For taking pictures using digital cameras, DSLR’S, etc. you will have to get a separate ticket.

 

 

All the details related to this cave formation is given in this board, do have a read if you want to know about its history and geology.

 

 

This here is the Gosthani River flowing from Ananthagiri Hills of the Eastern Ghats through Borra Caves, it flows for 120 km before joining the Bay Of Bengal through an estuary near Bheemunipatnam.

 

 

The DBK (Dandakaranya- Bolangiri,Kibur) train track is just above the caves near the holes you see in the above pic.

 

 

 

I apologise for the blurry/noisy photos my phone’s camera din’t have good low light capability. The cave had RGB lighting all around, it had paths inside to traverse around. Be ready for a cardio session because you will have to go up & down the stairs a lot.

 

RK Beach

 

The only picture i managed to take of this place, i must say RK Beach is a very good place to just relax and watch the ships go around in the sea.

 

More Places Will Be Added When I Visit Vizag Again!

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