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Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year 2019 – Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a Very Happy New Year.

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Posted by on January 1, 2019 in Festival, Uncategorized

 

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Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Gangtok, Sikkim, India
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Gangtok, Sikkim, India. Gangtok is located in the eastern Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,410 ft). Gangtok rose to prominence as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840. In 1894, the ruling Sikkimese Chogyal, Thutob Namgyal, transferred the capital to Gangtok. In the early 20th century, Gangtok became a major stopover on the trade route between Lhasa in Tibet and cities such as Kolkata (then Calcutta) in British India. Today, Gangtok is an emerging as urbanized city with literacy rate of 94% of total population.

Pakyong Airport(PYG), a Greenfield project near Gangtok, was commissioned in 2018. It is the first and only airport in Sikkim. The nearest railhead connected to the rest of India is the station of New Jalpaiguri(NJP) in Siliguri, situated 124 km (77 mi) via NH10 away from Gangtok.

Rumtek Monastery, located on the outskirts of Gangtokone, is one of Buddhism’s holiest monasteries.

Nathu La (Devanagari नाथू ला; Tibetan: རྣ་ཐོས་ལ་, IAST: Nāthū Lā, Chinese: 乃堆拉山口; pinyin: Nǎiduīlā Shānkǒu) is a mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m (14,140 ft) above mean sea level and forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Nathu means “listening ears” and La means “pass” in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Only citizens of India can visit the pass, and then only after obtaining a permit in Gangtok.


Night view at M.G. Mall Road, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim, North East India. Mahatma Gandhi Road or MG Road, is a street which is one of the focal point for tourists in Gangtok. Lined with shops both with branded items and with street-bargaining style shops.

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Panoramic view of Kanchenjunga from Upper Pelling, Sikkim. North East India.
Panoramic view of Kanchenjunga, Himalayan mountain range from Upper Pelling, Sikkim, North East India.
Panoramic view of Kanchenjunga Himalayan mountain range, Pelling-Rimbi Rd, Pelling City, Sikkim, North East India.
Tourists at Kanchandzanga Falls (कन्चंद्ज़ंगा फॉल्स), Pelling-Yaksam Road, Sikkim. North East India.
Kanchandzanga Falls (कन्चंद्ज़ंगा फॉल्स), Pelling-Yaksam Road, Sikkim in North East India.
Street portrait of Sikkim lady in traditional attire at monastery.
Sanghak Choeling Monastery (संघक चोएलिंग मोनास्ट्री), Pelling City, Sikkim is a 17th-century Buddhist monastery in a remote area on a hill. North East India.
Sky Walk Pelling Sikkim (स्काई वॉक पेल्लिंग सिक्किम) at the Sanghak Choeling Monastery (संघक चोएलिंग मोनास्ट्री), Pelling City, East Sikkim. North East India. This 17th-century Buddhist monastery on a hill has a great view of Kanchandzanga mountain.
Buddhist golden prayer wheels at Sanghak Choeling Monastery (संघक चोएलिंग मोनास्ट्री), Pelling City, Sikkim, North East India. This 17th-century Buddhist monastery is located on a hill near Kanchandzanga mountain.
Buddhist golden prayer wheels with a great view of Kanchandzanga mountain from Sanghak Choeling Monastery (संघक चोएलिंग मोनास्ट्री), Pelling City, Sikkim. North East India.
Entrance to Pemayangtse Monastery (पेमयांग्त्से मोनास्ट्री), Geyzing, Sikkim, North East India. Multi-level historic buddhist monastery built in the 17th century and featuring a number of traditional statues, sculptures & paintings.
Pemayangtse Monastery (पेमयांग्त्से मोनास्ट्री), Geyzing, Sikkim. Multi-level historic buddhist monastery built in the 17th century and featuring a number of traditional statues, sculptures & paintings. North East India.
Panoramic view of Karma Shri Nalanda Institute (करमा श्री नालंदा इंस्टिट्यूट), Dharma Chakra Centre, Rumtek, Sikkim, North East India.
Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre (रूमटेक धर्मचक्र केन्द्र), Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche, Sikkim, India. Colourful 17th century tranquil Buddhist monastery. North East India.
Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre (रूमटेक धर्मचक्र केन्द्र), Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche, Sikkim, India. Colourful 17th century tranquil Buddhist monastery. North East India.
Mountain & valleys on Jawaharlal Nehru Road, enroute Gangtok to Nathula Pass, East Sikkim, India. Indian army presence at regular intervals as this location is close to Indo-China border.
Yak ride at Tsomgo Lake (त्सोम्गो लेक). The Tsomgo lake at an altitude of over 10,000 ft is surrounded by mountains.
Nathula Pass (4,310 m), East Sikkim, India. Indian army post guard this Indo-China border which is even today in use and once used to be part of the ancient Silk Road between India and China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. Nathu means “listening ears” and La means “pass” in Tibetan.
Stunning sunset view enroute Gangtok to Nathula Pass, East Sikkim, India. Close to Indo-China border.

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Posted by on November 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Darjeeling, West Bengal, North East India is located at an elevation of 6,700 ft (2,042.2 m). It is noted for its tea industry, views of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a very popular tourist destination in India. Darjeeling has several British-style public schools, which attract pupils from all over India and a few neighbouring countries.

The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, located 90 km (56 mi) from Darjeeling. However, during monsoon season, the road and railway communications can get disrupted due to landslides.

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Darjeeling, West Bengal, North East India
Sunrise at Tiger Hill. Darjeeling, West Bengal, North East India.
Awesome to see the sunrise at Kanchanzanga – 3rd highest peak of the world.
Tiger Hill is located 11kms (6.8 miles) from Darjeeling town and above Ghum. It’s the highest point in Darjeeling hills at an altitude of 8482 feet (or 2590 meters).
Panoramic sunrise at Tiger Hill. Darjeeling, West Bengal, North East India.
Awesome to see the sunrise at Kanchanzanga – 3rd highest peak of the world.
Tiger Hill is located 11kms (6.8 miles) from Darjeeling town and above Ghum. It’s the highest point in Darjeeling hills at an altitude of 8482 feet (or 2590 meters).
Panoramic sunrise at Tiger Hill. Darjeeling, West Bengal, North East India.
Awesome to see the sunrise at Kanchanzanga – 3rd highest peak of the world.
Tiger Hill is located 11kms (6.8 miles) from Darjeeling town and above Ghum. It’s the highest point in Darjeeling hills at an altitude of 8482 feet (or 2590 meters).
Panoramic sunrise at Tiger Hill. Darjeeling, West Bengal, North East India.
Awesome to see the sunrise at Kanchanzanga – 3rd highest peak of the world.
Tiger Hill is located 11kms (6.8 miles) from Darjeeling town and above Ghum. It’s the highest point in Darjeeling hills at an altitude of 8482 feet (or 2590 meters).
Darjeeling, West Bengal is located at an elevation of 6,700 ft (2,042.2 m). North East India.
Darjeeling, West Bengal, North East India is located at an elevation of 6,700 ft (2,042.2 m).
Prayer flags flying in the wind. Shiva Statue, शिव प्रतिमा, Shree Dwarika Estate, Publbazar-Jorethang Road, West Bengal, North East India.
Bridge between the border at West Bengal and Sikkim on the Pulbazar-Jorethang Road. , North East India.
 
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Posted by on November 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Wishing a Very Happy Diwali (Deepavali) 2018

Wishing a Very Happy Diwali (Deepavali) from Anu and Suchit Nanda, 2019.

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Posted by on November 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Wishing a Very Happy Diwali (Deepavali) 2016

Happy Diwali (Deepavali) greetings from Anu and Suchit Nanda, 2016

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Posted by on October 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest (Hungarian: ˈbudɒpɛʃt) is the capital and the largest city of Hungary. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with the unification of Buda and Óbuda on the west bank, with Pest on the east bank on 17 November 1873.

Budapest’s extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second-oldest metro line in the world. It has around 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. The city attracts about 4.4 million tourists a year, making it the 25th most popular city in the world, and the 6th in Europe.

 

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Posted by on April 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague (Czech: Praha [ˈpraɦa]) is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava River. The English spelling of the city’s name is borrowed from French. Prague is also called the “City of a Hundred Spires”, based on a count by 19th century mathematician Bernard Bolzano, today’s count is estimated by Prague Information Service at 500. Nicknames for Prague have also included: the Golden City, the Mother of Cities and the Heart of Europe. Prague has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters. It has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its 1,100-year existence. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was not only the capital of the Czech state, but also the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire and after World War I became the capital of Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.

Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The city boasts more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits.

 

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Posted by on April 16, 2016 in Uncategorized