The Heritage we are proud of || Celebrating the World Heritage Day

Dharmshala & Mcleodganj have been very popular Hill Stations in Himlayan State of India (Himachal Pradesh) and it's more popular now because of wonderful Cricket Stadium there. The New Cricket Stadium at Dharmshala is hosting various IPL Cricket Matches apart from regional ckicket and many folks are coming to this beautiful town for sports as well as exploring natural beauty. This Photo Journey talks about various options around Dharmshala for better holidays with Sports !!!If you are planning to go to Dharmshala for IPL Cricket matches, apart from basic planning about travel & hotel you may want to explore some of the beautiful places around Dharmshala. Here are some of the options and you can pick a subset, as per time you haveThe very first photograph shows St. John's Church near Mcleodganj. Mcledoganj is most popular tourist place around Dharmshala with Dalai Lama's Temple and Tibetan colonies. Apart from interesting market of Mcleodganj - Chruch, Bhagsu Nag Waterfalls, Triund Trek etc can be good places to explore. To know more about places around Mcleodganj, check out - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2011/04/dharamshala-heaven-on-earth-beckons-all.htmPalampur is another interesting place, which is not as commercialized as Mcleodganj is. Palampur is rich in terms of natural beauty and also known as Tea Estate of North India. Wonderful landspaces with snow covered hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges and widely spread Tea gardens. There is a famous temple on the way from Dharmshala to Palampur - Chamunda Devi ! Although these photographs don't do justice to the beauty of Palampur, but you can have a brief idea about the place by looking at - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2010/07/catch-some-amazing-views-of-snow-capped.htmFurther on, there is a wonderful drive from Palampur to Baijnath.  On the way there are some wonderful landscapes and whole road is quite good except few small stations. At Baijnath, there is a Shiva Temple made up of huge rocks and has some important stories associated. At Baijnath, Dussera is not celebrated. To know more about this temple, check out - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2009/08/historical-shiva-temple-baijnath.htm If you still have time before back journey, Bir Billing can be next destination in same direction. Bir Billing is the place for people who want to experience Paragliding. The popular site hosts Paragliding World Cup and very popular among adventure lovers. To know more about the place through photographs, check out - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2010/07/travelling-camera-sharing-some-high.htmlOn back journey towards Delhi or Chandigarh, you may plan to go via Masroor, which is small temple with a site of Archeological Survey of India - Monolithic Temples of Masroor. This is a series of temples carved out of a huge hill. A wonderful place to see... To know more about Masroor Monolithic Temples, check out - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2012/02/ellora-of-himachal-pradesh-maintained.htmlGoing further towards Una Railway Station, you will see wonderful views of Pong Dam on the way till Dehra. If interested, you can have a small diversion to go closer to this lake for spending some moments around the place. It's like a beach in North India and very peaceful, unless you encounter migratory birds... Check out more about Pong Dam Lake at - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2012/02/some-sunset-moments-with-wild-wings-of.htmlHere is another place which can be targeted, but may need sufficient time to actually explore it in better way. Check out more about bath Temples at - http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2012/04/bathu-temples-dipped-inside-pong-dam.htm
There are many things that we being Indians should be thankful for. The unimaginable languages, the countless cuisines, varied landscapes are just some of them. And very important in this list is our architectural Heritage. It's the most appropriate that we pay respect to this part of our culture today as it is the World Heritage Day. This Photo Journey shares some photographs from various Indian Heritage Destinations and importance of World Heritage day, along with some interesting facts.

During one of my recent visits to Shimla, schedule was really busy and I also wanted to visit Viceregal Lodge. Usually I go to Viceregal Lodge via HPU route or walk down from Mall Road. This time the route changed and first time I climbed from Boileuganj...Here is first view we get after climbing a hill from boileuganj.I have stayed in Shimla for 3 years approximately but never went through this route, although it's quite easy and quick one to reach Viceregal Lodge. Buses for Boileuganj are very easily available from bus stand and Himachal Pradesh University. And then it's a 15 minutes climb which is not very steep.It starts from the chowk where roads from Tutoo, Summerhill, Bus-Stand and University meet. And lagoors will be there to welcome you. It's not very special because they can be found anywhere in Shimla to welcome you :)During the climb, HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corp.) Hotel 'Peter Hoff' can be seen just below the TV tower of Shimla. Peter Hoff is one of the good hotels in Shimla and it's situated next to Viceregal Lodge. Exactly it's in the middle of Chaura Maidaan and Viceregal Lodge. Via bus, it's accessible from 103. 103 is a bus stop near tunnel-no 103 and very popular stop in Shimla.New Bus Stand of Shimla is also visible during the climb. This is first time I saw this bus stand and it was amazing. I wanted to compare it with IGI airport but stopped myself :) ... But for sure, it's best among all the bus stands we have in North India at least. it's situated near Dhali. Old bus stand has been converted into Local bus stand and there are regular shuttles between new and old bus-stands. While coming back to Delhi, I did some mobilegiri at Shimla Bus stand and will share soon...Himachal Pradesh Judicial Academy also comes on the way from Boileuganj to Viceregal Lodge.It's a wonderful walk from Boileuganj to Viceregal Lodge as whole stretch is full of trees and nice flowers around. At times it feels like you are crossing through some garden. There are some governments residences as well, which makes this hill more lively.Apart from some institutes and houses, there are some buildings which seemed to be locked for last many years. But somehow, colors lie about these buildings. The building above shown was closed from all the directions and there seemed to be a long silence around the place.After a quick climb, we reached Viceregal Lodge. It was so quick that I forgot to mention that one of my cousin was accompanying me and we also discussed some changes happening in his institute in HPU (UIIT). Overall this was a fastest route to Viceregal Lode but probably I will still prefer the longer route which comes through Vidhan-Sabha, Cecil etc.
   

Understanding Color Management and It's relevance in Adobe Photoshop Elements || PART-1

Most Common Problem in Photography is - 'You see is not what you get'. Photographs look different on Screen and final Print. Many folks try to find a simple solution, which is not practical unless you exactly understand this business of Color Managements. So to begin, here are two basic things you need to do -

Slideshows in Adobe Photoshop Elements : A Unique way to create sharable content(Video or PDF) out of your Photographs

Most of you must be knowing about popular slideshows in Adobe Photoshop Elements. I have impressed my friends many times through PDF Slideshows which are very unique. If you don't know, let me share that Slideshow feature helps us creating a PDF file out of photographs which can be played as Slideshow with background music and nice transitions. Just check it out. Other option to output a slideshow is to convert it into a WMV video. Lets see how can we create a Slideshow in Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer....

How to open different images as Layers || Opening different photographs as layers of single image.

First software in hand build your habits for using a particular type of application during your work and many times we see folks upgrade from GIMP or Picasa to Adobe Photoshop Elements. In GIMP there is wonderful functionality through which multiple photographs can be opened as Layers of single image with one click and many times GIMP users try to figure out the way to do the same in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Let's see how can we do it in Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor -

First software in hand build your habits for using a particular type of application during your work and many times we see folks upgrade from GIMP or Picasa to Adobe Photoshop Elements. In GIMP there is wonderful functionality through which multiple photographs can be opened as Layers of single image with one click and many times GIMP users try to figure out the way to do the same in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Let's see how can we do it in Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor -First of all, unlike GIMP we can't open images as layers in Adobe Photoshop Elements. So it would not be a single click affair to achieve the same thing in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Here are we going to dicuss set-by-step guidelines to know - How can we have multiple Photographs as layers of single photograph or image. So here are some detailed steps with appropriate screenshots -1. Open the base while where you want to place all Layers. Simply open this file through File Menu Open option.2. When done, open other files you want to put as layers. Initially these will be opened individually in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Here I am taking an example with two photographs open in Adobe Photoshop Elements Workspace. Please the image below showing two images side by side in project bin.3. While second image is being shown in Adobe Photoshop Elements, click CTRL+A to select whole image and press CTRL+4. Go to base photograph where you want other images as layer and press CTRL+V (Paste). It will create a new layer with image-2 and it will be shown as top layer in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Similarly you can continue with multiple images, as much as you want.Please provide your feedback about this tutorial and do let us know in case you are looking for something very specific about any version of Adobe Photoshop Elements.

2 Hour drive from Pune Airport to Baramati through Sugarcane & Grape Farms


In the month of Feb, we visited Four Seasons Vineyard in Maharashtra state of India. We flew from Delhi to Pune and then took taxi for Baramati, where this beautiful vineyard is located. This Photo Journeys shares about this 2 hours drive in Maharashtra state and some interesting experiences.
Four Seasons Vineyard had organized a Blogger Meet in Baramati and hence other bloggers from other Indian cities were also visiting. So two bloggers from Banglore & another one from Delhi was accompanying us in same taxi. Journey started with brief introduction by each blogger, their blogs and other things they do in life. It was an interesting round of discussions around Travel, India, Culture, Women, Politics, Arvind Kejriwal, Monetizing Blogs etc.It was Shivaji Jayanti on same day and we noticed lot of celebrations happening on the way. Since main highway was heavily jammed due to various processions, our driver chose to drive us through countryside roads and this decision made our journey more exciting.We crossed through various villages of Maharashtra. And it was awesome to see Shivaji Birthday celebrations everywhere. We noticed Shivaji statues outside almost every house on our way. Shivaji Bhonsle was an Indian warrior king. An aristocrat of the Bhonsle Maratha clan, Shivaji, carved out an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur that formed the genesis of an independent Maratha kingdom with Raigad as its capital. To know more, you may want to check out - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ShivajiIt was harvest season, so lot of bullocks on the way with tons of sugarcane. This part of Maharashtra state in India is popularly known for Sugarcane and Grapes production. Most of the farmers in this part of country are dependent on these two crops and it's very important for them to have good crop & take the output to the market without any problem. Many times weather doesn't support these folks and total loss is in hundreds of crores at times.I had never seen grapes shops like these. There were hundreds of such small counters to sell different types of grapes. This photograph is clicked on main highway, where lot of vehicles were stopping around these counters to buy good quality grapes at reasonable rates. Maharashtra state of India occupies the western and central part of the country. It's spread around Arabian Sea. The Sahyadri Mountain ranges provide a physical backbone to the state on the west, while the Satpura Hills along the north and Bhamragad-Chiroli-Gaikhuri ranges on the east serve as it’s natural borders. It's surrounded by Gujarat to the north west, Madhya Pradesh to the north, Chattisgarh to the east, Andhra Pradesh to the south east, Karnataka to the south and Goa to the south west.From Pune to Baramati, terrains changed but few things were common - dressing sense of folks in rural Maharashtra, architecture etc. Nehru cap is quite popular in this part of the country and can be seen very easily. This 2 hours journey exposed us to lifestyle of Maharashtra State.

In the month of Feb, we visited Four Seasons Vineyard in Maharashtra state of India. We flew from Delhi to Pune and then took taxi for Baramati, where this beautiful vineyard is located. This Photo Journeys shares about this 2 hours drive in Maharashtra state and some interesting experiences.

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