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Himalayan Mountains of Northern India

by HH » Mon Sep 12, 2005 11:27 am

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15m 7-4-1 pan-fused Landsat 7 image of the Himalayan mountains of Northern India, close to the Chinese & Nepalese borders, displayed at 1:100,000

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Hide and Seek with Fog

by HH » Sun Sep 25, 2005 4:21 pm

Hide and Seek with Fog - Yercaud in the Off Season

Why are you going to Yercaud in the off season?” many asked us when we booked our train tickets. Only if they knew.

As we started to ascend the Yercaud hill from Salem at around 7.15 am, there was no sign of sun but only fluffy white clouds. We began negotiating the 20 hairpin bends over a stretch of 32 km and soon fog started descending on the hills. The long and winding road became hazy and, at one point, we were worried whether we could make it. But the cab driver, an experienced hand, assailed our fears and said the route would be clear soon. His words came true but only for a few minutes. Again the area was shrouded in fog and nothing was visible. Muttering prayers, all of us, sitting on the edge of the seats, waited to reach the peak.

That we did and after breakfast and freshening ourselves up in the hotel room, we left for Lady’s seat, one of the highest points in Yercaud. Again fog covered the area and it was a spotless white screen that stopped us from seeing the scenic beauty of the plains below.

Nature showed some sympathy on us when we reached Gents seat and Children’s seat for the fog by then had disappeared. We had a panoramic view of the gorgeous green ghats with a host of monkeys playing pranks on boulders.

From there, we headed for the Rose garden. As well as roses, we found colourful flowers, pine trees, orange shrubs and pepper climbers. As we were enjoying the quiet ambience of the sprawling garden, mist surrounded us. ...

- B Vijayalakshmi, Thursday September 22 2005
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THE Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

by HH » Sun Oct 02, 2005 8:46 pm

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THE AMAZING LOOP at Chambatta, India on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

THE Darjeeling Himalayan Railway -

THE Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the engineering feats of the world. Although the steepness of the gradients on this narrow-gauge line is eclipsed in other parts of the world, and the 7,407 ft. altitude of the summit at Ghoom station is less than half the height of some of the railway summits in the South American Andes, the achievement of the engineers who built the line in the 1880's is a noteworthy one in the history of railways.

This little railway has a gauge of 2 ft. and a length of fifty-one miles, with steep gradients and amazing loops, It climbs from the plains—which are most oppressive in the hot weather— to the coolness of the "hills," as British residents in India call the lower slopes of the Himalayas on which are situated the towns, or "stations," to which they go periodically to preserve their health.

At one time the journey from Calcutta to Darjeeling was an exhausting one involving many changes. The passenger went by train to Sahebgunge, 219 miles distant. Here a bullock cart had to be taken to the River Ganges, at a point opposite Dingra Ghat. After the river was crossed, by means of a steam ferry, to Carragola, another bullock cart journey ensued to Purneah and Siliguri, over a hundred miles from Sahebgunge. At Siliguri the ascent began to Darjeeling. The whole journey took from five to six days. In 1878 the Northern Bengal State Railway was opened, reducing the time of the journey to less than twenty-four hours. The mail train from Calcutta left the terminus of the Eastern Bengal State Railway and ran 116 miles to Damookdeah, on the Ganges, where passengers and mails were taken across the river by ferry steamer to Sara Ghat, on the northern bank. From Sara Ghat the railway went on to Siliguri, a distance of 196 miles.
In those days dinner—the fish course of which was "strongly recommended"—was served aboard the ferry, and the vagaries of the great river made the crossing interesting. Since the river was constantly cutting away the bank at one place and increasing it at another, the points of departure on one side and of arrival on the other had frequently to be altered, sometimes by as much as several miles. As an aid to navigation of the ferry steamer at night, small boats were moored in the river, showing coloured lights. In after years the Ganges was bridged to carry the line from Calcutta to Siliguri, and the Eastern Bengal. State Railway, now operates the territory formerly served by the Northern line. The Hardinge Bridge, which spans the river, was opened in 1917, connecting the 5 ft. 6 in. gauge lines of the system south at the Ganges with the metre gauge lines on the northern bank. It comprises fifteen girder spans of 345 ft. 1-1/2 in., with three land spans of 75 ft. at either end.

It is at Siliguri that the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway begins its remarkable journey to Darjeeling. Before the railway was built, a first-class road, built by the Government at a cost of £6,000 a mile, wound upwards to Darjeeling. In March, 1878, a scheme for the construction of the railway was drawn up, and estimates and plans were submitted ...

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Seven Hills City - Bhopal

by HH » Sun Oct 09, 2005 8:03 pm

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Seven Hills City - Bhopal

South of Gwalior, Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, spreads over Seven Hills and around Two lovely Lakes. More recently the city was ruled by begums (queens), some of whom initiated innovations including a postal system, railways and water works. Today, evocative monuments are juxtaposed with contemporary buildings, teeming markets-places in the old walled city give way to shaded avenues and residential complexes, and traditional lifestyles mingle with modern with modern bustle. Bhopal is a useful base for several interesting short excursions.


Construction of the Taj-ul-Masjid, one of Bhopal's more recent monuments, began under Shah Jahan Begum, who ruled from 1868 to 1901, but was completed only in the 1970s. Among the largest mosques in the country, it has an impressive main hall, a striking facade and huge courtyard. Other important mosques include the Jami Masjid and the Moti Masjid. A curious mixture of European architectural styles, Shaukat Mahal at the entrance to the Chowk is said to have been designed by a remote relative of the Bourbons of France. Sardar Manzil close by was once the hall of public audience of former nawabs.

An important modern center for the art, the officially sponsored Bharat Bhavan houses a museum of folk art, an art gallery, a fine library of literature, and an active repertory theatre. The main palace of Dost Muhammad at Islamnagar, effectively combines Hindu and Islamic decorative art. Chaman Mahal and the two-storey Rani Mahal are the other lovely structures of the palace complex.

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Kodaikanal

by HH » Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:24 pm

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Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is one of the most popular serene hill stations in India.With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal will mesmerize any visitor.

Kodaikanal, or Kodai is a serene hill station, set high in the Palani Hills at an altitude of over 2100 metres. Wooded hills. Pleasant walks, picturesque waterfalls and a magnificent lake, make Kodai one of the most beautiful hill stations in India.

Kodaikanal is rich in flora and fauna. It has a unique plant - the Kurinji, which blossoms once in 12 years, making the hill slope a blaze of purple.

Kurinji andavar Temple (3.2 kms.) : The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Murugan. From this point, one can get a beautiful view of the northern plains and Plaani Hills.

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Kodaikanal High Spot

by HH » Mon Oct 17, 2005 6:04 pm

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Kodaikanal High Spot

Kodaikanal nestles 7500 feet above the sea level and The Carlton is the only 5-star hill resort spread over 3 ½ acres in this unspoilt paradise.

The Carlton overlooks the most popular tourist spot - the Kodai Lake. ...

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Re: YERCAUD HILL STATION

by Hill station in South India » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:24 pm

Hi Really an amazing and attractive hill station is Yercaud in South India.
The best location eco-friendly destination in South India .There is a lot to enjoy oneself and get accomodated in Grand Palace.
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Re: Kodaikanal High Spot

by Kodai » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:27 pm

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Kodaikanal High Spot

Kodaikanal nestles 7500 feet above the sea level and The Carlton is the only 5-star hill resort spread over 3 ½ acres in this unspoilt paradise.

The Carlton overlooks the most popular tourist spot - the Kodai Lake. ...

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