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Kasol is a small yet beautiful village in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. It was always in my bucket list since I came to know about the place through my friends. During the second week of June when the temperature was soaring in Raipur, I planned the trip to the cool hill station with my college friends. It was a 5 days/ 4 nights’ trip and we were a total of six guys travelling. 
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ある週末私たちは ヒマーチャルプラデーシュ州を通過するあいだにナナ・デヴィ神社からハミルプル町まで走っていました。バクラナンガルダムを渡したあと、私たちは緑豊かな森林を通ってゴビンドサガールにそってに3時間ほど運転しました。 軽い雨がフロントガラスを振りかけていた。そして無数の鳥の呼び出していた。ドライブは平和であり、ルートにはほとんど交通がなかった。

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When you are walking around Castle Square of Warsaw Old Town, there is a very probability that you would encounter a beautiful building like above on one of your sides and this one is called Presidential Palace. Now you must be thinking that how lame that description is, especially when a city has so many beautiful buildings all around. That's true but Presidential Palace of Warsaw is distinctively visible with security people in the front ward. This post talks about Presidential Palace of Poland and what are the main places to explore around this region, along with things to do and pubs to explore. 
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I was always debating if I should compile single post about Krakow or it's special places and more I thought about it, I realized that it may not do a justice to beauty of these architecture pieces which if I club them all and knowing specifically about them is important. Most of these places are adjoined and at walkable distance around Market Square of Krakow town in Poland. This post shares about Town Hall Tower of Krakow town and why this is so special in one of the most popular sites of this historic city in Europe. 
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We simply needed a break from our day to day busy life, hence we planned a short trip to Pachmarhi. Pachmarhi is widely known as “the queen of Satpura” and also called “the trekker’s paradise”. Pachmarhi is a hill station in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh state of central India. It has been the location of a cantonment (Pachmarhi Cantonment) since British Raj. This beautiful region in the hills was discovered by Captain James Forsyth in 1857. This most popular hill station of Madhya Pradesh is a treasure for travellers because of its ancient caves of the Buddhist era and its serene waterfalls..
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Today in our most inspiring & popular series 'In The Spotlight', we are sharing about Anshul Kapoor and above photographs tells you a bit about him. Without saying much, let's hear out in his own words - 


1. About you: Tell us about the place, where you were born; your education, and profession. 


I was born and brought up in a small town in Himachal, often known as the queen of hills Shimla. I completed my high school in Shimla and then pursued a Bachelor in Computer Application in Chandigarh .



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Look in any direction and you will fall for it. That's what came to my mind whenever I gazed at anything in Ladakh. It makes me ecstatic to even ponder over the time that I was fortunate enough to spend there. I have been hearing about Ladakh and its beauty for ages and really wanted to experience it in real time. I believe that it's always better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.

Ladakh is situated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in North India and in the recent times has become one of the favorite places of tourists to visit. It is also known as "Little Tibet" as it shares an international boundary with Tibet and is also home to many Tibetan Buddhists.

Ladakh being the highest altitude plateau region consists a number of hill stations. Now, when we think about hill stations we expect them to be lush green, filled with trees and flowers everywhere. However, Ladakh being one of its kind, you can expect to witness little to no greenery.

Before I present to you my itinerary, I would like to bring to your notice that Ladakh is a barren land and being located at a very high altitude, it has very low atmospheric pressure and low oxygen levels. I have put together a few points that you must take in account before planning your trip to Ladakh.

• Dealing with low Oxygen levels and Acclimatization 
Make sure you don't rush your trip when you are here as Acclimatization is an essential part when you are traveling to Ladakh. As soon as you arrive in Leh, don't immediately plan a road journey to Pangong or Nubra Valley. Please, give yourself at least the first two days to settle and adapt to the environment, or else you could easily get severe headaches, nausea or ataxia. 
1. Even the most physically fit people can be affected by mountain sickness, so it's important for everyone to acclimatize. 
2. If you suffer from asthma or heart ailments, you must double check with your physician and must take necessary precautions while being here. 
3. Please avoid smoking and keep yourself hydrated.
4. If by any chance you feel inability to breathe, feel free to visit any physician and he could do a checkup and pump oxygen into your body, if needed.


Day 1: Delhi ---> Leh 
We started from Delhi and took a 1hr 30 min flight to Leh. The flight to Leh is charming in itself. You get to see the beautiful snow-clad mountains much before you are about to reach Leh. As soon as I landed, the lovely cool breeze hit me and then I felt that I have finally arrived. Since my father is in the Air Force, we were going to stay in the Army Cantonment, so the drive from the airport to the Cant. was short and sweet. My father's friend advised us and told us the necessary precautions that we need to take for our body to completely adapt to the high altitude and low oxygen levels. So, we completely took rest for the first day and didn't step out anywhere. However, I took a small peek of the mountains that were visible from the Cantonment and was desperately waiting to explore the town of Leh.

Day 2: Local Sightseeing (Spituk Monastery and Sangam Valley) 
For the second day, we wanted to go out exploring but still not exert ourselves too much. So, we didn't have many places to visit on our agenda. My father's friend introduced a local monk who also happened to be his friend and he was supposed to guide us through the city and take us places. He had been living there all his life and was very well acquainted with the city. First, he took us to Spituk Monastery which happens to be 8 kms from the town of Leh. It is home to about a hundred monks and consists of three chapels. It provides a beautiful view of the town of Leh. 
After that, we went to witness the Sangam Valley also known as the Confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers. It is a 48 km drive. The two rivers can be distinctly seen at the confluence and is a scenic place to relax, spend time with family and friends and take pictures.

Day 3: (Magnetic Hill Road, Shey Palace and Monastery)



The Magnetic Hill Road is a tourist attraction and is called such because of a scientific reasoning attached to it. Magnetic Hill is basically an optical illusion in which a slight downhill appears to be an uphill slope. The alignment of the road with the slope of the background can give the illusion that cars are able to drift upwards. We even tried it with our own car and were amazed by the result. 
Next, we went to Shey Palace and Monastery. It is located 15 kms from the south of Leh. The huge image of the seated Buddha is believed to be the biggest metal idol and the second largest Buddha state in the Ladakh region.



Day 4: Always expect the unexpected (Khardungla Pass, Nubra Valley) 
 Now that we had adapted to our environment, we planned to finally go to Pangong, to behold the beautiful lake that we had been seeing in movies like "3 Idiots" and "Jab Tak Hai Jaan".
We left our place early at around 8 am in the morning and were hoping that "Khardungla Pass" wasn't closed because of snowfall. 
Khardungla Pass is at an altitude of 5,359 meters and is 39.7 km from Leh. Journey from Leh to Khardungla was a painful 3 hours’ drive up on a winding road, interrupted by minor landslides and avalanches. It is also believed to be the highest motorable road in the world. Khardungla Pass is an important gateway to the Nubra and Shyok Valley.
Nubra Valley is about 120 km from Khardungla Pass and we were lucky enough to reach there in time as Khardungla Pass had closed down because of too much of snowfall and landslides. 
We were quite tired when we reached Nubra, however we didn't want to miss the scenic sand dunes and double hump camel Safari. It is one of the most incredible activities and many tourists are seen enjoying it. The Camel Safari is a great way to enjoy the scenic view that the Valley has to offer.  

Since, Pangong is too far and it at an even higher altitude, we didn't want to travel at night, so we decided to stay the night in a small village close to Nubra known as Shyok. As there are no hotels in Nubra Valley, 'Homestay' is quite a popular way to reside there. 'Homestay’, a word used to refer to accommodations in people's own houses where they provide you food and accommodation and charge you accordingly. Now, speaking of our home stay, I have a very important point to bring to you. You only get electricity there from 7pm to 11pm and the power is cut for the rest of the day. This is the case in most of the parts of Ladakh. Shyok village is even famous for their Sulphur Water Baths which are known to be great treatments medically.

Day 5: Like I said, always expect the unexpected (On our way to Pangong)
We left in the morning at around 10 am for Pangong. Pangong is almost 274 km from Nubra Valley and we were expecting to reach Pangong by 5-6 pm. We left for Pangong and were amazed to see the beautiful mountains and deserted areas with no tourists around. Our journey was long but still smooth and easy, until we were driving on the road and suddenly, much to our surprise our car had stopped. It was horrifying for all of us. Why? Because our car had been stuck in the sand. And what was even more horrifying?  The fact that our car was stuck in the sand in the middle of nowhere, with nobody around to help. It was almost 4 pm and as you know it gets darker early there and the sun had almost started setting. We waited and tried to remove the car from the sand but nothing happened. However, we were lucky enough to receive help at around 6 pm, as a few workers were returning home. We finally left and reached Pangong at 11 pm in the night. Out of all the road trips I've had, this one was the most terrifying. There were no lights around, and the mountains were scary looking and the roads were not wide. Honestly, this is the reason why you shouldn't travel to Pangong late at night. Please don't risk it.

Day 6: (Pangong Lake and Returning to Leh)


The first glimpse of Pangong Tso is a sight I'll never forget in my life. The huge lake is more like a land locked sea, only one third of which is in India and the rest lies in Tibet (controlled by China). We were mesmerized by the shades of the blue water. At one glance it was turquoise, the next azure and next indigo... and so on... It is truly one of an experience and cannot be put into words. You have to visit it yourself to truly understand what I am trying to convey. We then left for Leh and were very tired, so we had dinner and slept.

Day 7: (Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery) 
The monasteries in Ladakh are much more than religious centers. Located in heaven that Ladakh is, these prestigious monasteries are purifying places where one can find inner peace. 
We visited Thiksey Monastery which is 19 km from Leh. If you are interested in staying in monasteries in Ladakh, Thiksey lets you realize your dream.

Then, we went to Hemis Monastery which is 40 km from Leh. This is one of the most charming Buddhist monasteries in Leh Ladakh, managed and run by the Drukpa sect of Buddhism. It boasts of a spectacular copper statue of Buddha and beautiful paintings, Stupas, depicting various aspects of Buddhist culture.
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I was not aware that I am entering into World's one of the oldest parks which was opened for public. But as I entered and started walking around the Saki Park, I realized that it must be very special. I was not even aware of the name of the park, so opened maps and checked the name. Soon after I read more about it and was super impressed with it's history & how it evolved. 
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In city life we live & travel in cement jungle. We need to breath and experience true nature and its love. Matheran is really such amazing place where nature is playing active role with you and where you can enjoy every breath with nature.
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Smartphones have improved over a period of time and we have reached a phase where almost every camera is good. Now we can certainly debate how that's possible and shouldn't we compare one camera with other & see which one is better. That's a valid point, but I go via other route - identify what you need in a phone-camera and then find a best device. Rather keep comparing phones and get confused with some of the jazzy marketing terms by companies. Does it sound reasonable? Either ways, I would encourage you to read more for better understanding about core things that almost all cameras are offering these days and what extra you get by paying more.
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