Drive from Chamba to Chamera Dam for boating experience in Himachal Pradesh

During my recent Dalhousie trip, we planned to book cab for whole day and drive through Khajjiar, Chamba and Chamera Dam. After trekking around Diankund, enjoying the lush green meadows of Khajjiar and some shopping in Chamba town, we headed towards Chamera Dam.Chamera Dam is around 40 kilometers from Chamba Town. It takes approximately 1.5 hrs to reach the place is road condition is good. Overall it’s a little dry terrain as compared to Dalhousie and Khajjiar. And temperature also goes up as we go towards Chamera Dam.As you move out from Chamba town, you follow Ravi river for some time and then take right. After 45 minutes of drive, you get a glimpse of Chemera Dam.And after a while it again disappears as road goes deep inside the hilly terrains. And after some time, road keeps following Chemera Dam on left.Finally when you reach the entry gate of boating station, you see lot of tea stalls which would offer maggie, snacks, lemonade etc.My niece was accompanying us and we wanted to try boating. They ferry motor boats which can accommodate 8 people at a time and single ticket costs you 300 Rs. For kids, it’s 200 Rs. It’s 30 minutes ride. I didn’t find it worth as you don’t see anything exceptional. It’s worth if you haven’t done motor-boating in such huge dams. I would rather prefer speedboat, which is relatively costly. It costs 1200 Rs per couple. I tried motorboat in Banasura Dam in Wayanad, Kerala. That experience was much better than Chamera.And if you are not interested in boating, don’t come to this side of Chamera. Just take the highway from Chamba which connects Dalhousie through Banikhet.You get life-jackets for boating and they have life-jackets for kids as well. Urvi was super happy to see brighter life-jacket as compared to dull jackets we got :)After boating we came towards main raod and had tea with biscuits. The back drive from Chamera to Dalhousie was magical, because it was sunset time. All these sunset shots are clicked form moving car.Overall it was fun filled day with trekking, walking & boating experience in hills :)If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -- Manage your waste well and don’t litter- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite

During my recent Dalhousie trip, we planned to book cab for whole day and drive through Khajjiar, Chamba and Chamera Dam. After trekking around Diankund, enjoying the lush green meadows of Khajjiar and some shopping in Chamba town of Himachal Pradesh, we headed towards Chamera Dam. 

During my recent Dalhousie trip, we planned to book cab for whole day and drive through Khajjiar, Chamba and Chamera Dam. After trekking around Diankund, enjoying the lush green meadows of Khajjiar and some shopping in Chamba town, we headed towards Chamera Dam.Chamera Dam is around 40 kilometers from Chamba Town. It takes approximately 1.5 hrs to reach the place is road condition is good. Overall it’s a little dry terrain as compared to Dalhousie and Khajjiar. And temperature also goes up as we go towards Chamera Dam.As you move out from Chamba town, you follow Ravi river for some time and then take right. After 45 minutes of drive, you get a glimpse of Chemera Dam.And after a while it again disappears as road goes deep inside the hilly terrains. And after some time, road keeps following Chemera Dam on left.Finally when you reach the entry gate of boating station, you see lot of tea stalls which would offer maggie, snacks, lemonade etc.My niece was accompanying us and we wanted to try boating. They ferry motor boats which can accommodate 8 people at a time and single ticket costs you 300 Rs. For kids, it’s 200 Rs. It’s 30 minutes ride. I didn’t find it worth as you don’t see anything exceptional. It’s worth if you haven’t done motor-boating in such huge dams. I would rather prefer speedboat, which is relatively costly. It costs 1200 Rs per couple. I tried motorboat in Banasura Dam in Wayanad, Kerala. That experience was much better than Chamera.And if you are not interested in boating, don’t come to this side of Chamera. Just take the highway from Chamba which connects Dalhousie through Banikhet.You get life-jackets for boating and they have life-jackets for kids as well. Urvi was super happy to see brighter life-jacket as compared to dull jackets we got :)After boating we came towards main raod and had tea with biscuits. The back drive from Chamera to Dalhousie was magical, because it was sunset time. All these sunset shots are clicked form moving car.Overall it was fun filled day with trekking, walking & boating experience in hills :)If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -- Manage your waste well and don’t litter- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite

Main places to visit & explore around Bhuvaneshwar, Odisha

Main places to visit & explore around Bhuvaneshwar, Odisha

Konark Sun Temple - ASI maintains the temple and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Konark Sun temple is also featured in the list of 7 wonders in India, along with Meenakshi Amman Temple of Madurai, Dholavira of GujaratRed Fort of Delhi,Jaisalmer Fort of Rajasthan, Nalanda of Bihar and Khajuraho of Madhya Pradesh

Main places to visit & explore around Bhuvaneshwar, Odisha

Chilika lake is one of the popular places to visit in Odisha and it’s spread over Puri, Khurda and Ganjam regions of Odisha state. It’s on east coast of India which flows into the Bay of Bengal. It’s largest coastal lagoon in India and second largest lagoon in the world. The largest one is New Caledonian barrier reef. 

Castella De Aguada at a walkable distance from Bandstand || Bandra Fort, Mumbai

While in Mumbai , we visited Bandstand that was a little disappointing experience for me and if you are wondering why, check this .  After roaming around Bandstand, we walked towards Taj Lands End and finally reached Castella De Aguada towards the end. It's just across the sea and Sea-Link looks awesome from this place. This Photo Journey shares more about Castella De Aguada and why it's so popular amongst locals and tourists visiting Mumbai.It's also called at Bandra Fort. The Portuguese had established a base in this area during 1530s after defeating Bahadur Shah of Gujarat state of India. And they built various sea-forts along the western Indian coastline. Castella de Aguada  was one such strategically located fort, overlooking the Mahim Bay to the south, the Arabian Sea to the west, the islands of Worli to the south and the town of Mahim to the south west.During the Portuguese rule, it was armed with seven cannons and other smaller guns as defense.  Here is huge wall of Castella De Aguada from where you can enjoy awesome views of Sea Link and get photographs clicked. And in monsoons the views are even better with clouds in sky and everything cleaned up by drizzles.Above photograph shows the open space just in front of the fort and if you would try to search the fort, you would be disappointed. There is hardly anything which remained and look like a fort. There are high walls from where you can see Sea-Link and observe sea waves. You can find vendors roaming around to sell snacks. Structure of Castella De Aguada has been renovated a decade back and now it doesn't look like old forts but some of the walls still look strong and have old charm. Are you wondering what is the significance of Castella De Aguada?Bandra Fort Garden is very well maintained. Not sure if it seemed like that because of freshness of Monsoons or it's really handled well by authorities.Lot of folks come here, spend some quality time with friends by looking at the waves. Some of them just cross the wall and sit on rocks around the wall. Just notice folks sitting on the rocks in photograph below.Quick facts . How to Reach Castella De Aguada - It's at walking distance from Shah Rukh Khan's house :). So if you are visiting Bandstand, just walk from there towards Taj Lands End and cross that. Castella De Aguada Timings - I didn't find a way to close this but it seems castle is open from 6:30am to 7pm. There must be some entry gate which I missed.

While in Mumbai, we visited Bandstand that was a little disappointing experience for me and if you are wondering why, check this .  After roaming around Bandstand, we walked towards Taj Lands End and finally reached Castella De Aguada towards the end. It's just across the sea and Sea-Link looks awesome from this place. This Photo Journey shares more about Castella De Aguada and why it's so popular amongst locals and tourists visiting Mumbai.

12 Photographs to tempt you plan a trip to Dalhousie & Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

12 Photographs to tempt you to plan a trip to Dalhousie & Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

This Photo Journey shares 12 photographs from Dalhousie, Khajjiar and other surrounding areas. Just have a look and see if excites you to plan your vacation soon. 

In the spotlight - Aman Chotani, a Professional Travel Photographer with a unique style


In our 'In the Spotlight' series, here we bring an interview of another inspiring Photographer Aman Chotani.

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

I tell stories through my pictures, I live experiences through my journey. A Professional Travel Photographer from Delhi who has found acclaim across major exhibitions and brands. My motto is to travel to beautiful, rusty, adventurous locations to capture untold stories, unseen traditions and unprecedented experiences.

Rock edicts of Asoka, Odisha (India)

There are multiple edicts of Ashoka and spread across various countries including India, Bangladesh, Afganistan and Pakistan. Odisha state has some of these which have some messages by Ashoka which is influenced by him follower-ship of budhhism. While in Bhubaneshwar, we also planned to visit Rock edicts of Asoka. This Photo Journey shares some of the photographs along with some information.These rocks with edicts of Ashoka are covered with glass, so that visitors don't do anything to the rock which may impact the quality. It's a better way to keep heritage little safe. Unfortunately tourism is destroying lot of heritage in our country. So responsibility lies with all of us to respect these places and be aware about keeping them clean.There are different views about Ashoka's association with Buddhism and like many other historical stories, it's extremely difficult to know which one is correct and upto what extent. And practically it depends on who written about these historical events and how much bias was there. Even today 2 different people would describe our leaders in different ways. I don't want to mentions the names but pick any and think about 2 extreme thoughts about those.As per few recent articles in Hindustan Times, Asoka was one of the most cruel kings and following buddhism was just a political stunt. While there are some articles which say that after few wars Asoka felt bad about the blood-shed and then started following buddhism.Most of the things written on these rocks encourage peaceful events and empathy for other things on earth. Some of these edicts are little abstract and say much bigger things, which may not occur to your mind at first glance. All this makes these edicts more special.Try to read these boards. These are english and hindi translations of what is written on these rocks. Original edicts are carved in magadhi script. Some portions of it are decaying with time. And it's difficult to preserve the heritage in these coastal regions of the country.More about Edicts of Asoka can be checked at.

There are multiple edicts of Ashoka and spread across various countries including India, Bangladesh, Afganistan and Pakistan. Odisha state has some of these which have some messages by Ashoka which is influenced by him follower-ship of budhhism. While in Bhubaneshwar, we also planned to visit Rock edicts of Asoka. This Photo Journey shares some of the photographs along with some information.

The Great Indian Chai Experience || Cafe Shiva, Panchpula (Himachal Pradesh)

It was a sunny morning at Dalhousie. Our little niece, Urvi, was away at school and it was just us kids (at heart at least) at home. We had about 3 hours of idle time so we decided to check out the nearby Panchpula waterfalls. The falls were 4 km from our home and we decided to walk the way.Because of monsoon, we were happy to see, Panchpula had ample water. We climbed up as high as we could and found a group of men coolly bathing in the pool beneath the waterfall. Very coolly, we too stepped in. And oh the shock! The water was icy cold. After a few seconds, our feet went numb, and we couldn't feel much.After spending about half-an-hour playing around in the water and posing for silly photographs, we decided it was time for a CHAI EXPERIENCE. Some cafe's down the hills, close to the road, had put up tables in the water so that you could sit with your feet dipped in the water and sip on your tea. However, the cafe closest to where we were, Shiva Cafe, hadn't done so. The owner was perhaps being sensible because of the crazyly cold water temperature, but we requested him to allow us a little insanity. And to our delight he obliged and placed a table and three chairs in the water pool.We ordered three masala chais and a plate of sandwiches, all this while braving the ice-cold water lapping on our feet. After a while, a group of college students came and started eyeing our table. They sat on the edge of the water and patiently waited for us to vacate the now-coveted table. They were obviously hoping that we would hurry up and finish our tea. We, on the other hand, were enjoying our tea so much that we took our time with every sip. And then ordered another round.We decided, however, not to make the youngsters wait any longer and vacated the table in the pool,and ended up having our second rounds on the rocks where the youngsters had patiently waited out their time.But what made us order the second round. You guessed it! The first cup tea was too damn good. The second cup, however, was just okay. Here is a review considering both the servings:Color: MilkyStrength: MildFlavour: not too strong, a mixture of cinnamon, cardamom, and fennelTaste: Bordering on too sweet and too milky. You can ask them to tone sugar down a bit and add more tea leaves while making the tea.

It was a sunny morning at Dalhousie. Our little niece, Urvi, was away at school and it was just us kids (at heart at least) at home. We had about 3 hours of idle time so we decided to check out the nearby Panchpula waterfalls. The falls were 4 km from our home and we decided to walk the way.Because of monsoon, we were happy to see, Panchpula had ample water. We climbed up as high as we could and found a group of men coolly bathing in the pool beneath the waterfall. Very coolly, we too stepped in. And oh the shock! The water was icy cold. After a few seconds, our feet went numb, and we couldn't feel much.After spending about half-an-hour playing around in the water and posing for silly photographs, we decided it was time for a CHAI EXPERIENCE. Some cafe's down the hills, close to the road, had put up tables in the water so that you could sit with your feet dipped in the water and sip on your tea. However, the cafe closest to where we were, Shiva Cafe, hadn't done so. The owner was perhaps being sensible because of the crazyly cold water temperature, but we requested him to allow us a little insanity. And to our delight he obliged and placed a table and three chairs in the water pool.We ordered three masala chais and a plate of sandwiches, all this while braving the ice-cold water lapping on our feet. After a while, a group of college students came and started eyeing our table. They sat on the edge of the water and patiently waited for us to vacate the now-coveted table. They were obviously hoping that we would hurry up and finish our tea. We, on the other hand, were enjoying our tea so much that we took our time with every sip. And then ordered another round.We decided, however, not to make the youngsters wait any longer and vacated the table in the pool,and ended up having our second rounds on the rocks where the youngsters had patiently waited out their time.But what made us order the second round. You guessed it! The first cup tea was too damn good. The second cup, however, was just okay. Here is a review considering both the servings:Color: MilkyStrength: MildFlavour: not too strong, a mixture of cinnamon, cardamom, and fennelTaste: Bordering on too sweet and too milky. You can ask them to tone sugar down a bit and add more tea leaves while making the tea.
It was a sunny morning at Dalhousie. Our little niece, Urvi, was away at school and it was just us kids (at heart at least) at home. We had about 3 hours of idle time so we decided to check out the nearby Panchpula waterfalls. The falls were 4 km from our home and we decided to walk the way.

Because of monsoon, we were happy to see, Panchpula had ample water. We climbed up as high as we could and found a group of men coolly bathing in the pool beneath the waterfall. Very coolly, we too stepped in. And oh the shock! The water was icy cold. After a few seconds, our feet went numb, and we couldn't feel much.

The Time-Turner Series || Revisiting the Pebbly Beach of Llandudno, North Wales, UK

Ever notice how traveling down the memory lane is like traveling on a super-fast train. Everything outside the windows is a blur except the stations where the train stops for a bit and you are able to take in the surroundings with a little more clarity. Some places we have visited in the past stand out like these train stations for some reason or the other. One of them is Llandudno, a little resort town on the North Shore of the Irish sea.I visited Llandudno with my besties Hannah and Kelsey, who were both much younger to me. Now they are both engaged and about to get married. How time flies! Anyways, they are both supercool people and it was half because of them that this trip is so special to me.Llandudno was the base for our explorations of the North of Wales and we spent our free evenings strolling on the calm beach, which was mostly empty except for a couple of families and surfers. We stayed out till late evening but it was no bother at all because the days were really long.The beach was pebbly and the water was swarming with Jellyfish and yet we ventured into it. In the distance, white windmills rose out of the cobalt blue water. Great Orme and Little Orme separated the Llandudno bay from the rest of the world. Life was calm and relaxed. And it seemed like we had unlimited time on our hands.I remember strolling through the streets, choosing pubs and eateries at whim, sending random unexpected letters back home and to friends, buying fridge magnets, and talking rubbish. There was one little shop that was selling flags, and I was disappointed to see that it did not have an Indian flag. But no problem, I forgive the Welsh. They will catch up eventually.Compared to Newcastle, Llandudno was a laid-back little place, perfect to retire in. Close to the beach, cold, but less so than Newcastle, rainy and pretty. Would I want to visit it again. Yes, why not. Thinking of the place brings back pleasant memories that fill my heart with a warm sunshine, but do not tug at my heart in the same way as the Scottish Highlands do. Llandudno is beautiful, but not heart-breakingly so.

Ever notice how traveling down the memory lane is like traveling on a super-fast train. Everything outside the windows is a blur except the stations where the train stops for a bit and you are able to take in the surroundings with a little more clarity. Some places we have visited in the past stand out like these train stations for some reason or the other. One of them is Llandudno, a little resort town on the North Shore of the Irish sea.

Ever notice how traveling down the memory lane is like traveling on a super-fast train. Everything outside the windows is a blur except the stations where the train stops for a bit and you are able to take in the surroundings with a little more clarity. Some places we have visited in the past stand out like these train stations for some reason or the other. One of them is Llandudno, a little resort town on the North Shore of the Irish sea.I visited Llandudno with my besties Hannah and Kelsey, who were both much younger to me. Now they are both engaged and about to get married. How time flies! Anyways, they are both supercool people and it was half because of them that this trip is so special to me.Llandudno was the base for our explorations of the North of Wales and we spent our free evenings strolling on the calm beach, which was mostly empty except for a couple of families and surfers. We stayed out till late evening but it was no bother at all because the days were really long.The beach was pebbly and the water was swarming with Jellyfish and yet we ventured into it. In the distance, white windmills rose out of the cobalt blue water. Great Orme and Little Orme separated the Llandudno bay from the rest of the world. Life was calm and relaxed. And it seemed like we had unlimited time on our hands.I remember strolling through the streets, choosing pubs and eateries at whim, sending random unexpected letters back home and to friends, buying fridge magnets, and talking rubbish. There was one little shop that was selling flags, and I was disappointed to see that it did not have an Indian flag. But no problem, I forgive the Welsh. They will catch up eventually.Compared to Newcastle, Llandudno was a laid-back little place, perfect to retire in. Close to the beach, cold, but less so than Newcastle, rainy and pretty. Would I want to visit it again. Yes, why not. Thinking of the place brings back pleasant memories that fill my heart with a warm sunshine, but do not tug at my heart in the same way as the Scottish Highlands do. Llandudno is beautiful, but not heart-breakingly so.

आओ लेके चलें आज हिमाचल प्रदेश की बरोट घाटी - Travellingcamera's First Hindi Blog

When it comes to Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh you will quickly list down Shimla, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj, Dharmshala, Spiti etc, but places like Barot will not come in that list. It's good in one way, but bad for people who like True Natural Beauty with least commercialization and quite peaceful. Nature Lovers want such places to be isolated from tourists more interested in commercial hill-stations with hustle-busstle all around. Let's check out some of the landscapes from Barot Town, which is in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh (India).Barot is a small town and a popular picnic spot along with a famous tourist location in Mandi district in Himalayan State of India. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar, which is one of the big towns in Mandi having historical importance and 66 km from Mandi, which is district headquarters. The road to Barot branches off at Jogindernagar-Mandi highway... The road to Barot branches off from Ghatasni before JoginderNagar while coming from Mandi leading to Jatingri. Further ahead of Jatingri lies Barot at a distance of 14 km. (Info Courtsey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barot_%28Himachal_Pradesh%29)It is sometimes possible to use the trolley from Jogindernagar which reduces the distance to 13 kilometers, but we were going via car and during that time Trolley was not working due to some technical problem. The route includes terraced fields and thick cedar(Deodar) forests, rising to Jhatingri at the hilltop. The remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi are located at this place. Through the little village of Tikkan, the road carries on to Barot Town with some hydro plants with beautiful dams under high security. The town has a range of outdoor activities, including a trout breeding center from where fish are released into the Uhl.One can have license to do fishing in this water stream by paying 100 Rs for one day. Tourt Fish of Barot is very popular and there are various places you can get it. There is a Trout Farm and some local folks also sale it in small market of Barot. There are some decent Home-Stay options who have different cooking styles of Trout and we tried some of them during two days stay. Trout Fish of Patli-Kuhl/Preeni in Kullu is also very popular where former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to go for enjoying fish with wonderful weather all around. It seems Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee is staying around Manali onlyBarot Town also forms the gateway to the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which lies across the Uhl. The sanctuary is home to the monal, black bear and ghoral. Within this are forest rest houses at Thaltuckhod and Silbandhwari. One Guest House is controlled by DFO Jogindernagar and other by DFO Hamirpur, but be cautious about bookings there. Because high Political pressure may lead to cancellation any time, which happened with us as well :) . Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to KulluHistorically Barot region formed part of the Mandi riyasat before and during British times & was governed by the King of Mandi. Pre-Independence, Barot was also on the mule trail connecting Kullu valley to Kangra valley. The importance of this route declined once Kullu was connected to a road from Mandi. There is decent habitat now, but it seems some part of Barot comes in Mandi and other in Kangra.Barot Town is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination now. Many trekking trails pass through Barot town, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu etc. Most of the day tourists are attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Although the place can be boring for some folks who also want to do some shopping..The Uhl river, which flows through Barot Town, supports Trout breeding and Barot has a few fish farms as well. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to Ghoral, Himalayan Black Bear and a variety of pheasants. While coming back many of pheasants crossed our car from hill-side towards water streams on rightHere is a photograph of HPPWD Guest House of Barot, which is quite decent with 5 rooms in good conditionThe adventurous can also make a part of this journey by the PSEB (Punjab State Electricity Board) run haulage trolley, which may not be functioning all the times. So ensure that you have prior information about it for better planning.  This trolley was originally used to haul material upwards for the power houses but is now used to transport peopleIf you planning one day trip to Barot, there is a better option to stay in Jogindernagar town. It's a HPTDC Hotel on main highway - UHL. if you plan to stay at Barot only, there are few decent Homestay at nominal charges apart from three government guest houses - HPPWD & 2 Forest Guest Houses.आज पहली बार इस ब्लॉग पे में हिंदी में एक पोस्ट लिखने की कोशिश कर रहा हूँ। और शायद काफी गलतियां भी करूँगा। कृपया मेरी गलतियों को अनदेखा करें। धन्यवाद उन हिंदी ब्लागरों का जिन्होंने ये याद दिलाया कि हमारा देश हिंदीभाषी देश है और ज़्यादातर लोग हिंदी अच्छे से समझते हैं।  मेरी कोशिश रहेगी की मैं महीने में एक हिंदी पोस्ट पक्का लिखूं। 

When it comes to Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh you will quickly list down Shimla, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj, Dharmshala, Spiti etc, but places like Barot will not come in that list. It's good in one way, but bad for people who like True Natural Beauty with least commercialization and quite peaceful. Nature Lovers want such places to be isolated from tourists more interested in commercial hill-stations with hustle-busstle all around. Let's check out some of the landscapes from Barot Town, which is in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh (India).Barot is a small town and a popular picnic spot along with a famous tourist location in Mandi district in Himalayan State of India. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar, which is one of the big towns in Mandi having historical importance and 66 km from Mandi, which is district headquarters. The road to Barot branches off at Jogindernagar-Mandi highway... The road to Barot branches off from Ghatasni before JoginderNagar while coming from Mandi leading to Jatingri. Further ahead of Jatingri lies Barot at a distance of 14 km. (Info Courtsey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barot_%28Himachal_Pradesh%29)It is sometimes possible to use the trolley from Jogindernagar which reduces the distance to 13 kilometers, but we were going via car and during that time Trolley was not working due to some technical problem. The route includes terraced fields and thick cedar(Deodar) forests, rising to Jhatingri at the hilltop. The remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi are located at this place. Through the little village of Tikkan, the road carries on to Barot Town with some hydro plants with beautiful dams under high security. The town has a range of outdoor activities, including a trout breeding center from where fish are released into the Uhl.One can have license to do fishing in this water stream by paying 100 Rs for one day. Tourt Fish of Barot is very popular and there are various places you can get it. There is a Trout Farm and some local folks also sale it in small market of Barot. There are some decent Home-Stay options who have different cooking styles of Trout and we tried some of them during two days stay. Trout Fish of Patli-Kuhl/Preeni in Kullu is also very popular where former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to go for enjoying fish with wonderful weather all around. It seems Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee is staying around Manali onlyBarot Town also forms the gateway to the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which lies across the Uhl. The sanctuary is home to the monal, black bear and ghoral. Within this are forest rest houses at Thaltuckhod and Silbandhwari. One Guest House is controlled by DFO Jogindernagar and other by DFO Hamirpur, but be cautious about bookings there. Because high Political pressure may lead to cancellation any time, which happened with us as well :) . Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to KulluHistorically Barot region formed part of the Mandi riyasat before and during British times & was governed by the King of Mandi. Pre-Independence, Barot was also on the mule trail connecting Kullu valley to Kangra valley. The importance of this route declined once Kullu was connected to a road from Mandi. There is decent habitat now, but it seems some part of Barot comes in Mandi and other in Kangra.Barot Town is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination now. Many trekking trails pass through Barot town, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu etc. Most of the day tourists are attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Although the place can be boring for some folks who also want to do some shopping..The Uhl river, which flows through Barot Town, supports Trout breeding and Barot has a few fish farms as well. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to Ghoral, Himalayan Black Bear and a variety of pheasants. While coming back many of pheasants crossed our car from hill-side towards water streams on rightHere is a photograph of HPPWD Guest House of Barot, which is quite decent with 5 rooms in good conditionThe adventurous can also make a part of this journey by the PSEB (Punjab State Electricity Board) run haulage trolley, which may not be functioning all the times. So ensure that you have prior information about it for better planning.  This trolley was originally used to haul material upwards for the power houses but is now used to transport peopleIf you planning one day trip to Barot, there is a better option to stay in Jogindernagar town. It's a HPTDC Hotel on main highway - UHL. if you plan to stay at Barot only, there are few decent Homestay at nominal charges apart from three government guest houses - HPPWD & 2 Forest Guest Houses.

तो आज मैं आपको ले के चलता हूँ एक छोटी और खूबसूरत जगह, जिसका नाम है बरोट. ये एक छोटा सा गांव है भारत देश के हिमालयन राज्य हिमाचल प्रदेश में. यूँ तो ये मंडी ज़िले में पड़ता है, परंतु दिल्ली से जाना हो तो आपको पालमपुर और बैजनाथ होक जाना चाहिए। दिल्ली का ज़िक्र इसलिए किया क्योंकि ये एक ऐसी जगह है जहा से रास्ता हर कोई समझ सकता है।  आप अपने शहर से बरोट का रास्ता आराम से पता कर सकते हैं।  Google Maps भी आपकी सहायता कर सकते हैं।  

Opulence galore at JW Marriott Sahar, Mumbai - #MobileGIRI

Few weeks back I was in Mumbai and stayed JW Marriott Sahar, which is close to the airport. This Photo Journey shares some of the photographs of this property and all these photographs are clicked with phone camera.Above is photograph of swimming pool at JW Marriot, Sahar. Thanks to rains for adding a different feel to the place. Everything looks so fresh and colorful.Hotel has 2 receptions. This is secondary one which was empty and there are huge conference halls on this side of the property. Some of the sections were under construction/renovation when I visited in August'16.A quick glance at the room. It was Spacious and facing the pool. There is a huge washroom with bathtub.Seating arrangement near room window. It was raining most of the times, so we spent time in rooms except the first day when we chose to move out in-spite of rains.This photograph is clicked at glittering reception. This is main reception of the property and a cafe on other side of the reception. This area looks stunning during night.Clouds were keeping an eye on us. As we moved out, rain started and then we headed to Sea Link, Band Stand, Juhu Chaupati etc.

Few weeks back I was in Mumbai and stayed JW Marriott Sahar, which is close to the airport. This Photo Journey shares some of the photographs of this property and all these photographs are clicked with phone camera. 


Few weeks back I was in Mumbai and stayed JW Marriott Sahar, which is close to the airport. This Photo Journey shares some of the photographs of this property and all these photographs are clicked with phone camera.Above is photograph of swimming pool at JW Marriot, Sahar. Thanks to rains for adding a different feel to the place. Everything looks so fresh and colorful.Hotel has 2 receptions. This is secondary one which was empty and there are huge conference halls on this side of the property. Some of the sections were under construction/renovation when I visited in August'16.A quick glance at the room. It was Spacious and facing the pool. There is a huge washroom with bathtub.Seating arrangement near room window. It was raining most of the times, so we spent time in rooms except the first day when we chose to move out in-spite of rains.This photograph is clicked at glittering reception. This is main reception of the property and a cafe on other side of the reception. This area looks stunning during night.Clouds were keeping an eye on us. As we moved out, rain started and then we headed to Sea Link, Band Stand, Juhu Chaupati etc.

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