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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.
High resolution images of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India can be seen at: https://www.photonicyatra.com/Destinations/India-West-Bengal-Darjeeling/
A few minutes into 2017, did a Facebook Live:
Big crowds celebrating arrival of #New #Year #2017 at #Hiranandani Gardens, #Powai, #Mumbai. #HNY
Watch: Facebook Live: Happy New Year
Click below to see a few of the images:
Also watch a short video clip:
Short video on Instagram
To view the high resolution travel images please see: Photonic Yatra Destinations
The Harmandir Sahib (Punjabi: ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ), also Darbar Sahib (Punjabi: ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ, Punjabi pronunciation: [dəɾbɑɾ sɑhɪb])(The abode of God), and informally called the “Golden Temple”, is the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, North India. The city was founded in 1574 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das and the Harmandir Sahib was designed by the fifth guru, Guru Arjan, who had the cornerstone laid by the Muslim Sufi saint Sai Hazrat Mian Mir on 28 December 1588. Guru Arjan completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, in 1604 and installed it in the gurdwara. The upper floors of the gurdwara are covered with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and its name – Golden Temple. The Harimandir Sahib is considered holy by Sikhs. The holiest text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is present inside the gurdwara during daytime and the holy book goes for Sukhasan during the night time and brought again in the next morning. The temple was mainly constructed to have a place of worship for men, women and children from all walks of life. There are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, which symbolise the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions. On an average day, over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine and also partake in the free community kitchen and meal (called Langar) that is a hallmark of all Sikh Gurudwaras. The gurdwara is surrounded by the Sarovar, a large lake or holy tank, which consists of Amrit (“holy water” or “immortal nectar”) and is fed by the Ravi River.
Next to the temple is The Jallianwala Bagh, wellknown for the Amritsar massacre which took place on 13 April 1919 when a crowd of unarmed, nonviolent protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims were fired upon by troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer. More than 1,500 people were killed.
Not far from Amritsar is the Attari/Wagah (Punjabi (Gurmukhi): ਵਾਹਗਾ, Hindi: वाघा, Urdu: واہگہ) border which lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India, and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
The Harmandir Sahib (Punjabi: ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ), also Darbar Sahib (Punjabi: ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ, )(The abode of God), and informally called the “Golden Temple”, is the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, North India.
The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka. Originally called Vijayanarayana Temple, it was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, Hassan district by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana. Channakesava is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu. Belur is famous for its marvelous temples and have been proposed to be listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can see the rest of the pictures here: Belur Gallery or as a slide-show
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Two Books available in JPG & PDF online for free – Reaching the Unreached & Transformative Impact of ICT
In December 2009, I had shared the pictures of the book release function of two books – “Reaching the Unreached” and “Transformative Impact of ICT” (which are posted at Book release function) and had informed that these two books would be available for download in full as JPG & PDF files online for free.
Many wrote back asking for this. Thank you. I’m happy to share the link below which has the JPG images and the link to the PDF files:
The first books is about how information and communication technology is impacting rural areas and the lessons learnt. The second is about human impact – listing change stories from rural India.
Reaching the Unreached
Transformative Impact of ICT
Please do visit MSSRF Books and I welcome all feedback.
Pictures of book release function held on 4th December 2009. Two books published by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) authored by Arundhathi, Suchit, and Prof. Arunachalam were released by Dr. Bruce M. Alberts, Editor-in-Chief of Science (AAAS) (and former Distinguished President of the National Academy of Sciences) and Prof. M. S. Swaminathan (Chairman MSSRF & Member of Rajya Sabha). They released the two books “Reaching the Unreached” and “Transformative Impact of ICT” at the 6th Convocation of Jamsetji Tata National Virtual Academy (NVA) Fellows, at CLRI, Chennai, TN.
Pictures of the book release and convocation are from the MSSRF Archives.