The struggle: From darkness to light
It began in Kashmir. Year was 1989.
It began in Kashmir. Year was 1989.
Previously in the series: LEX-42 starts exercising its newfound free will. Selina, unable to meet Neersa, takes off in disappointment from Mars towards Thrae.
Previously in the series: Selina finds the geofarmer on Mars, Neersa, suspicious. LEX-42 suffers limb failure and is marked for decommissioning.
Decay is constantEmpathy is absentNo relief heaven-sentCalamity in every instantYet we persevereOur vision is clearTo liberate from fearAll that we hold dearLearning as we goReaping what we sowOur children will knowTo bow their heads lowNature birthed usNature nurtured usNature devastated usNature will replenish us_____________________
ABOVE ALL ELSE: Make your trip zero-environmental-impact. Keep collecting ALL your non-biodegradable trash and deposit it into proper waste bins when you RETURN, not along the way or in nature. Every little bit we do has a positive effect – believe it.
A houseboat is a pleasant affair, to put it mildly. Right from the outset of the voyage (if I may call it that - you know what, I will!), the well-natured crew of three made us feel at home, taking us along the densely coconut-tree filled shore (ubiquitous on the Kerala logos and T-shirts, having seeped into popular culture as a representation of ‘God’s Own Country’ – with good reason) and near an island which lay just off the shoreline.
As I saw my childhood friends eventually move out and gazed at abandoned homes become dubiously built hotels, somehow, the street I lived in remained the same. Paharganj has been in a constant state of flux, embracing and resisting change year-on-year. To a non-denizen, it'd look like a vibrant, bustling and exotic hotspot of tourists, shops and whatnot, but to those who live here; certainly, things have been more or less grim.
If you think Bandra is hipster, wait till you see Mysore. Abuzz with yogis, fashionistas, vegans and expats, Mysore gives you a real taste of progress in a small city.
Popular for its coffee, pepper and cardamom estates, Chikmagalur can be a dreamy escape with enough to do. Here’s what I recommend:
As many of us itch to travel, we're also being mindful about where we go. Open-air spaces and being one with nature, finding that balance between #WFH and disconnecting from it have become the new normal. I’m not much of a trekker or wildlife junkie but I sure enjoy nature and being outdoor. The oneness I feel between the soles of my feet whilst walking on fresh grass or an open air Surya Namaskar, are exaggerated in spaces that offer comfort in the outdoors. I travelled to two outdoor boutique-luxury hotels in Rajasthan to experience nature in it’s grandeur.
I reached out to 45 women from different walks of life - entrepreneurs, actors, chefs, musicians, artists, housewives, designers, all of them who love to travel and asked them one simple question -
Delhi-Agra-Jaipur has been a coveted Golden Triangle for the international traveller. But for us, the Indian millennials, is it that exciting? Most of us have seen the Taj Mahal on a field trip or family vacay. Delhi has been a mix - business trips or culinary exploration. Jaipur has been hot for its music festivals and boutique hotels.
On the still super-moonlit night of 22nd March (2019, a full year before the COVID lockdown), it being just past the spring equinox, I got out of my comfy bed in the wee hours to wake and shake myself into action for another lightning trip – this time to Ahmedabad, India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City (or Amdavad, as they’ve taken to calling the city, led by its municipal corporation changing their name a few years ago).
I flew in on an early January morning from New Delhi, disembarking at Thiruvananthapuram airport from the flight at 8:30 in the morning. Just the previous day, my friend from Nepal had enriched me with a gift from Delhi Duty Free, and with it driving my enthusiasm, I packed my fav Unibic biscuits and Alo Frut juice and a couple of PBJ sandwiches.
Just an overnight bus ride from Delhi, we disembarked at the small town of Aut, 484 kilometers away from the polluted environs of the plains. Sipping tea in the early hours of the day, we breathed in the nip in the air that inescapably brought back fond memories of previous travels into Himachal.
#Deomali,koraput .. capturing the beauty of nature. #beautifulsunsetpoint
I visited the Munroe Island in Kollam, Kerala. I can help you with what to expect in the quaint peninsula south of Kerala.
Rajmachi Trek is a perfect trek which promises most scenic views Sahyadri Hills and its flora-fauna. It is the full nature package where you will experience lush green mountains, waterfalls, green valleys, beautiful forts, most amazing thrilling trails & many more attractions. Another wonder you will experience on this trek is watching fireflies at night from the campsite. This trek is also known as the Rajmachi fireflies trek. Here the environment at Sahyadri Hills region is very easy for fireflies to live and flourish. These belong to the bug family and exhibit bioluminescence which makes them special. During the night from the campsite, you can easily spot them which will make you spellbound. It will be a wonderful experience for you throughout life.The Rajmachi fort is near Lonavala which is the famous hill station near Mumbai, Pune settled in the Western Ghats at Sahyadri Hills. The Western Ghats is a world biodiversity heritage site. It is perched at the elevation of 2710 m above sea level. Throughout the route on Rajmachi trek, you will have the chance to see the flora & fauna of Western Ghats. The specialty of this area is it remains evergreen and in the monsoon season it becomes green heaven. It is the best getaway near Mumbai, Pune to rejuvenate your selves from the routine work stress. Here you will enjoy being kind in the lap of mother nature. If you have time available then you can also visit one of the wonders near Rajmachi Fort that is Kataldhar waterfall. While trekking to the fort you will find 3 mango trees from there is the only way to reach Kataldhar Fall. There you will find a cave where 100 people occupy at the same time. From there enjoying the views of Rajmachi -Shrivardhan Fort Balekilla is the most amazing thing. During monsoon, you will experience many small waterfalls throughout the route which makes it wonderful.Rajmachi Fort Trek is the full package for the person that has an interest in archeology and history as well for nature lovers also. The surroundings make it so beautiful as from there, and you can capture the natural beauty of the Sahyadri range’s lush green hills and forest. It is the perfect spot for shutterbugs for quenching the thirst for photography. The difficulty level of trek is easy to moderate. It is advised that if you are a beginner level trekker then start trekking from the base village Udhevadi and if you are an experienced trekker then the trek route from Kondane caves will be the most amazing option for you. During monsoon, the trek becomes a little slippery so be careful about that and trek carefully. About LocationRajmachi Fort is one of the best examples of Maratha architecture. It is settled in Sahyadri Hills of Western Ghats. It comprises two forts Manaranjan and Shrivardhan near Udhewadi Village. Shrivardhan fort is named on the basis of Shrivardhan Ganpatrao Patwardhan which was one of the maratha official.The structure of this fort looks like a watch tower. It has two water tanks where one water tank has an iron pole in between the tank. It is considered that it was used as a watch tower.Manaranjan fort is low in height as compared to Shrivardhan fort. It is a neighbouring fort and has large rampant and three gates. From Manaranjan fort you can enjoy the views of Karnala Fort. The base village is Udhewadi from where the trek route starts. It is situated in Mawal Taluka of Pune district, Maharashtra. The exact location of Udhewadi is the southern foot of Rajmachi Fort.As a brief history, Satvahans established this fort under their ruling, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured this fort from the Bijapur Sultan in the year 1657, After as the time passed Mughals ruled over this fort and stayed in the year 1704 to 1705. In the year 1818 British took over this fort as the Maratha powers became weak. The Architecture of Rajmachi Fort is impressive and shows the glimpses of past ruling time. This fort has secret gates, water reservoirs, vast ramparts, strong walls, broad and high gateways, residential units, and many more attractions. All these specialties are enough to make you in awe. Apart from these attractions, there are several temple complexes there in which the Kal Bhairava temple between Shriwardhan and Manaranjana fort is main. It is the central religious spot for the nearby peoples, and also visitors can seek blessings from there. Another point of attraction is that ancient caves belonging to Buddhism are considered to built-in 200 BC. Activities to DoThe main activity on this trek is trekking. Other activities are camping, bird watching, fireflies watching at night, photography, vlogging, etc. The Rajmachi Trek is one of the heavenly treks in western ghats. You can capture all the amazing scenes in your camera for lifelong memory. Trekking and Camping in the lush green surroundings cast a spell on you. You will be mesmerized by the views. Vlogging will also be the most interesting activity there. There you can make the most wonderful blog which will be a gift to your subscribers from your side. About StayThere are two kinds of stay options available there one is Camping and another one is a homestay. The Kalbhairav Temple complex is suitable for camping which is nearby the base of Rajmachi Fort. Another good option is homestays offered by locals. You can stay there and enjoy their hospitality. It is the best way to know about the area with the help of locals. How to Get in ThereThe Rajmachi Fort lies in between the Mumbai - Pune route. So either from Mumbai or Pune, you can reach from both sides for the Rajmachi Trek. The direct train is not available for Rajmachi as there it does not have its own railway station. The nearest railway station is Lonavala which is 84 km away from Mumbai. After reaching there you can hire a private tourist cab or through sharing taxi services to reach the start of the trek. The Udhevadi is the base village to ascend Rajmachi Trek. There are two ways to reach Udhevadi, one is from via Kunhe Village, and another route goes to Udhevadi from Lonavala is via Tungarli, Nandgaon.
The Mullayanagiri Peak Trek and the weekend adventure camp start at Bangalore. This trek takes you up the highest peak of Karnataka to a height of 1950 m! You will also have the amazing chance of hiking through the jungles and taking a dip in the cold, clear waters of roaring waterfalls. This is considered to be one of the best trekking places in Karnataka and a splendid tourist place in Chikmagalur. This adventure camp is ideal for a weekend getaway from Bangalore, for those looking for an adventure in the Western Ghats, away from their daily lives. Quick facts about Mullayanagiri trek-Location- Western GhatsState- KarnatakaIdeal duration: 3 to 5 hours (depends on your walking speed)Difficulty level: Easy to moderateMaximum altitude: 6,330 feet above the sea levelMullayanagiri Trek distance: 3 to 4 kilometersMullayanagiri Trek Route: Sarpadhari – MullayanagiriDuring the 3 km long trek to the peak, enjoy the beautiful vistas of the lush green forests and the rustic beauty of the route. The splendid trekking experience in Chikmagalur is considered to be of an easy level of difficulty, undertaken by beginners and first-timers as well as avid trekkers looking for adventure! At the top of the Mullayanagiri Hill, pay your blessings at the Mullappa Swamy Temple at the summit, after which the peak has been named. You will also explore Datta Peeta/Bababudangiri and a lot of adventure activities as part of this adventure camp like kayaking, banana ride, cross boat ride, bumper ride, speed boating, and others! During the Mullayanagiri Peak trek, you will be staying in camps on multiple sharing bases. Revel in the sheer joy of camping in the mountains, and enjoying a cozy bonfire and swapping stories around it! You may also enjoy the comforts and luxuries of staying in dormitories on multiple sharing bases if the weather does not permit camping out in the wild. Mullayanagiri is located in the Western Ghats which are captivating. Every year thousands of tourists all across the globe visit Mullayanagiri for several purposes. Adventure sports like trekking, camping, hiking, mountain biking, etc. and wonderful things like astrophotography, nature photography, bird watching, etc. can be enjoyed to the fullest at Mullayanagiri. The place is filled with a love for outdoor activities. The total distance of the Mullayanagiri trek is 3 km. The route to the top is surrounded by lush green landscapes, meadows, enchanting water streams and a massive variety of flora and fauna. Upon reaching the summit, you will be amazed to see the alluring views of the green Western Ghats, the setting sun and the rising sun. It all will make you feel like you’re on top of the world.Mullayanagiri is a happening place in the state of Karnataka. It is also counted as the highest peak in the state. Located at an altitude of 6330 feet above sea level, it is a part of Baba Budangiri Hills of Chikmagalur taluk. The hill derives its name from a tomb at the summit that has been dedicated to Mulappa Swamy, a holy man who’s said to have meditated in caves nearby.
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