Kinnaur – A famous tourist attraction of Himachal

The forbidden land of Kinnaur, which is placed at a very high level on the Himalayas, is open for a few selected groups of people only for six months. The select group of people who are allowed the access to this beautiful place include the general officials, the mountaineers who are looking for an adventurous and a dangerous trip and the Moravian missionaries, living here since 1853. For many centuries this place remained closed and out of reach of the general public especially because of the danger attached with this place. It is located at an altitude of 2670 m and the total area and population of this place is 6401 sq. kms and 78,334 respectively.
Kinnaur Himachal Pradesh
Kinnaur also has historical significance attached with this place as it lies on the prehistoric trade route that was heavily used between India and Tibet. It is surrounded by the majestic ranges of Himalayas and Dhauladhar. The angler’s please themselves by catching the trout fish that are found in the rivers of this place in abundance. The lush lands of Kinnaur are also the dwelling spot of Kinners who are the demi gods of the Pantheon. The deeds of the Hindu god Pantheon have been mentioned on several occasions in the ancient Sanskrit poems.

There are many popular tourist attractions in Kinnaur which include Recong Peo, Kalpa, Nichar, Sangla Valley, puh, Sumdo and the list in unending. Recong Peo is famous for the splendid view of the Kinner Kailash, which it offers. Sangla Valley, which gets its name from the Sangla village, is located on the banks of Baspa river. This valley is very popular for its natural beauty. One could enjoy the wildlife of Nichar wherein the most prominent animals are Ghoral, antelopes and bears, both black and red. Another place called Leo, which is located on the banks of Spiti river, is famous for the temple of Jamato.

Lion-sized attack for Akhilesh Yadav and Narendra Modi

The six beautiful lions from Gir in Gujarat who are in a zoo in Lucknow have spawned a cat fight in Uttar Pradesh between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.
AkhileshYadav and Narendra Modi

“We have made a huge cage in Etawah, where we will keep these Gujarati Lions and not let them out,” the chief minister said at a rally, suggesting the political taming of MrModi, who is running for parliament from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

At earlier public meetings, MrYadav’s father, Mulayam, who heads the Samajwadi Party, had said that MrModi will “not be allowed to turn UP into Gujarat,” a reference to the state’s communal riots in which hundreds of Muslims were killed in 2002.

MrModi’s full-throated repartee followed quickly, also at a rally in Uttar Pradesh. He said last year, Gujarat sent over six of the 10 lions requested by the Samajwadi Party for a safari that’s being planned in Etawah, the homestead of the Yadavs.

“The Chief Minister asked us for lions. We thought he would find some courage, but he cannot handle the lions of Gujarat. A lion from Gujarat only knows how to live with someone lion-hearted.”

The lions at the heart of the roaring debate feature prominently in ads promoting tourism in UP, largely because of the chief minister’s interest in them. The sudden infusion of politics bites, no doubt.

Chile: Earthquake strikes at Magnitude of 8.2, tsunami warning issued

A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake has struck off Chile’s northern coast, and officials ordered an evacuation of coastal areas before an expected tsunami. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the tremor, which also shook buildings in parts of nearby Peru and Bolivia.

Waves measuring almost 2 meters already were striking cities on the coast, and authorities said a tsunami was expected to come ashore later. Local TV images showed residents evacuating calmly. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued an alert for Latin America’s entire Pacific coast. Chile’s Emergency Office said a large tsunami wave was expected to hit the island of Juan Fernandez out in the Pacific just before midnight local time.

Chile’s emergency service reported some road blocked by landslides caused by the quake, but said no injuries had been reported so far. An official at Peru’s civil defense office said evacuations were underway on that country’s coast. The official, who did not give her name, said there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake left more than 500 dead and $30 billion in damage to infrastructure. The same coastal area has been the scene of numerous quakes in recent days.

Did IAF’s ‘US-made’ C-130J Super Hercules that crashed have fake Chinese Parts?

India’s newly-acquired American C-130J Super Hercules plane that crashed last week near Gwalior has been under intense scrutiny in the United States and Canada after a Senate investigation concluded that counterfeit parts in the aircraft’s display systems could cause it to “lose data or even go blank altogether” in midflight, with potentially catastrophic consequences.
C-130J Super Hercules

The aircraft, numbered KC 3803, was the number two of the formation and was carrying out a tactical flying training mission. The loss of the aircraft was ascertained by the lead aircraft and rescue choppers were sent from Gwalior,” an air force officer told The Indian Express.

What has come as a surprise is that the aircraft was believed to be in good technical condition and did not give out any distress signal before going down. “The crash was sudden and there was no indication from the crew that anything was wrong,” the officer said.

While a court of inquiry that has been ordered will rely on flight data information from its black box as well as the account of the lead aircraft of the formation, the investigation is expected to focus on a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) situation or a sudden loss of control due to a technical or human error, among others.

The C-130J is a modern aircraft which was inducted into the IAF in 2010. In the last three years of its operations we have exploited capabilities of this aircraft during Uttarakhand floods and landing at DBO, which is the highest landing ground in the world.

Barack Obama holds Japan South Korea Summit as North Korea Test fires ballistic missiles

From last four days, North Korea has conducted multiple launches of short range and scud missiles and

rockets too to coincide with the annual joint military drills whereas South Korea is conducting with the

United States.
Barack Obama holds Japan South Korea Summit as North Korea Test fires ballistic missiles

North Korea has test-fired two ballistic missiles, as US President Barack Obama hosted a landmark

Japan-South Korea summit and pledged “unwavering commitment” to Tokyo and Seoul’s security

concerns in the face of Pyongyang’s nuclear threat.

South Korea’s defense ministry said both missiles flew 650 kilometers (400 miles) into the Sea of Japan,

upping the ante after a series of short-range missile and rocket launches by the North in recent weeks.

The Scuds are at the longer edge of the short-range spectrum, with an estimated reach of 300-800

kilometers – capable of striking any target in the South.

South Korea condemned the Scud launches as a “reckless provocation” but both Seoul and Washington

stopped short of calling for UN sanctions, given the short-range of the missiles and a recent easing of

North-South tensions.

The North Korean military had defended the tests as “ordinary military practice”. North Korea has

hundreds of short-range missiles and has developed and tested – with limited success – several

intermediate-range models.

Its claims to have a working inter-continental ballistic missile have been treated with skepticism by most

experts, but there is no doubt that it is pushing ahead with an active, ambitious missile development

program. South Korea’s military exercises with the United States, which will wind up next month, are an

annual source of North-South tension.

Rupee hits more than seven months high against dollar

On Tuesday, Rupee strengthened to its highest level in more than seven months. It gained 29 paisa to close at 60.48 against dollar on sustained selling of the US currency by exporters and banks. By tracking huge global losses in the dollar and as foreign investors continued to buy a record setting camp in domestic shares this month.

The US dollar nursed broad losses early on Tuesday, having come under pressure late in New York as investors bought the euro and drove the Australian dollar to its highest this year. Hefty capital inflows helped the rupee to bounce back to a high of 60.44 before settling at almost seven-month high of 60.48, a rise of 29 paisa from its previous close.

Rupee-hits-seven month high

The last time the rupee closed at this level was on August 1, 2013 when it ended at 60.43. In three straight sessions of gains, the local currency has spurred by 86 paisa.

By all the facts and graphs it has been seen  that persistent dollar inflows into equity and debt markets are supporting the rupee. Monthly dollar demand is likely to put pressure on the rupee but the positive sentiment on account of relentless capital flows is seen restricting the losses, this statement has been given by Abhishek Goenka who is founder and CEO of India Forex Advisors.

The Western Ghats – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Western Ghats, which are also referred to as the Sahyadri, is a mountain range running along the western side of India. It was made a world heritage site in the year of 2012 and is also a member of esteemed list of most important hotspots of biological diversity, where in there are only eight members in the whole world. On several occasions it is referred to as the Great Escarpment of India. The Sahyadri are present on the western side of Deccan Plateau and runs down in the southern direction. It also acts as a separation between the plateau and Konkan, which is a part of the western coastline of India and it includes the coastal districts of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa.
The Western Ghats - A UNESCO World Heritage Site
The border of Gujarat and Maharashtra is where the Western Ghats initiate. After running through a distance of 160 km, crossing Goa, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, it ends at Kanyakumari which is the southernmost tip of India. The elevation on an average is about 1200 m. The hills of Western Ghats cover around 160,000 sq. km. and helps in the formation of a drainage system that helps in draining around 40 % of the whole of India. In addition to these the Western Ghats is geographically prominent also because it blocks Deccan Plateau’s rainfall.

This area is blessed with wide variety of flora and fauna. This includes about 5000 species of flowering plants. 139 species of mammal species, 508 species of birds and 17 species of amphibians and in addition to this many experts are of the opinion that even now many different species residing over here are undiscovered. About 325 species that have been declared as endangered dwell here in Western Ghats. Contrary to the popular opinion the Western Ghats are not real mountains but only Deccan Plateau’s faulted edge. It is believed that it was formed during the break up of Gondwana, the super continent, around 150 million years back. However there is another theory regarding the formation of the Western Ghats according to which western coast of India was formed after it broke from Madagascar.

However the bottom line remains that the Western Ghats is one of the most unique geographical features of India and is also very crucial for the climatic patterns of India and for the flora and fauna.

Travel To Agra and Relish The Experience Of Its Palaces And Forts Especially The Agra Fort

India is considered to be an ideal tourist destination for the world. The first name which comes up when visiting India is the city of Agra. When you think of Agra, immediately the Taj Mahal comes to your mind. However, the Taj Mahal alone does not define the beauty and majestic past of the city of Agra. When you make your travel plans to Agra, you will be amazed to know that the city reveals its glorious past. This is because the city has many beautiful places to offer to the visitors other than the magic and excellence of the Taj. One such famous spot in Agra is the Agra Fort.
Agra Fort
While visiting the Agra Fort, you will be able to take genuine and good pictures of the Mughal customs, their many different types of life style and culture of the people of the 15th and 17th centuries by visiting the Agra Fort. Other than the Taj Mahal this is another tempting attraction to in see in Agra city. It is a master piece when it comes to its design and architecture of the medieval period in India. It was in 1565 A.D. that Akbar built it. Once there, you will be able to see many buildings inside the Agra Fort.

Red stone is what was used to build the Jahangir Place. The stone was brought from the nearby places of Rajasthan and also from central India. The entrance to a huge courtyard is through a huge gate. It has a big room where the queens once lived. You can watch and marvel at the beautiful stone carvings on the walls of the rooms which are all of Persian art designs and architecture. All of these are worth witnessing while you are on your Taj Mahal tours.

It acquired the status of a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1983.

The Taj Mahal an abode of True Love

All over the world the Taj Mahal is popular for its beautiful and stunning white marble dome. It is located in Agra, India. More than a million tourists from all over the world come to see the Taj Mahal. It was in 1632 that the construction of the Taj began under Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan was the one who built the mausoleum after he became broken hearted on the death of Mumtaz Mahal his third wife, who died in 1631.
Taj Mahal Agra
The Taj Mahal represents the Mughal style of architecture which combines Indian, Islamic, Turkish and Persian styles in a masterful way. The principal designer was an architect known as Ustad Ahmad Lahuri. The interior and exterior of the Taj Mahal is intrinsically carved where as the outside is covered with all sorts of decorative elements. On the inside of the Taj Mahal you will be able to marvel at the many precious stones and panels of bas-relief and even more beautiful calligraphy. It is the pure white marble of the Taj which gives it a special effect in different times.
inside the taj mahal india
A common story which is doing the rounds is that the head architect and even many of the craftsmen were murdered. Shah Jahan did this so that it was impossible for them to design and build another structure which could rival the beauty and the grandeur of the Taj Mahal. However, there are no sources to prove this fact. It was in 1648 that the mausoleum dome of the Taj Mahal was completed whereas the rest of the rest of the complex was completed in 1653. It was in 1983 that the Taj Mahal was declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

It still remains as one of the most beautiful masterpiece of art and architecture in the world.

The Jantar Mantar Jaipur – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, which is an astronomical observatory, was built in the 18th century. It has about 20 fixed instruments which help in observation and research. Of all the historic observatories this has been kept in the best situation and with the help of some maintenance it has stood the test of times. This monument tells about the astronomical brilliance and skill of the prince who lived during the last phase of the Mughal period.
Jantar Mantar Jaipur
The importance of this observatory and the instruments and masonry present over here is emphasized from the fact that it enables and facilitates astronomical observation with naked eye. The concept and the whole system of the Jantar Mantar is influenced from the Ptolemaic positional astronomy system. With the help of this kind of observation the completion of the Zij’s astronomical tables was facilitated.
Jantar Mantar  Jaipur A UNESCO World Heritage Site
The creation of this monumental observatory is owed to the prince Jai Singh II. The prince made an attempt on several occasions to ensure the meeting of different scientific cultures at this place. These meetings led to the birth of many ingenious social practices that had strong relation to cosmology. The innovative idea of Jantar Mantar, its instruments and scientific meetings underscored the importance of royal authority. Many historians believed that it ushered in a phase of study of cosmology which was very important for that time. In addition to this the Jantar Mantar affected many other spheres and aspects of society like social, political and religious.

The Jantar Mantar is under the protection of the Rajasthan Monuments Archaeological Site and Antiquities Act of 1961, under 3rd and 4th section. In the year of 1968 it was adorned with the esteemed label of “Monument of National Importance”. This act emphasised the importance of this building in the scientific and archaeological growth of the country. In the year of 2010 it was made a World Heritage Site.