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28 March 2016

Ride to Taj : Taj Mahal

The ride Experience- straight from the mouth of the traveler

Two crazy friends started the journey from Delhi to The Taj Mahal and then back to Delhi in one day.

In one of the friend’s own words:

“We started from Delhi. First of all, we rented a bike. We considered private transport the best because we had planned to go, explore and come back in a day. We started from Delhi and headed towards Gurgaon. Then we drove to Faridabad heading our way towards Mathura moving on to Agra and then finally the destination- The Taj Mahal. This route is not as easy as it seems. We need to have few things handy- a scarf to cover the face, sunglasses, glares which are night specific as well because of the dust through the route and of course, a water bottle should always be with you. If personal vehicle is what you are going by, you must be quite good at driving considering the traffic, rush and the roads.

 

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Well. Coming back to our ride, it took us a total span of 4 hours and 25 minutes from Gurgaon to The Taj Mahal on bike. The day was sunny and clear. Thus, it was not very tough to ride. By the time we reached Agra, we were quite tired. So, we stopped at a local shop and had lemon water. After having lemon water, we again started for The Taj Mahal. In some time, we reached The Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal witnessed immense beauty and moderate crowd. The crowd had people from different regions of the world. It included foreign tourists, tourists from around the country and some local crowd. It is really important to mention here that the local crowd there was very supportive and helpful.

Once we reached The Taj Mahal, we headed inside and I was ready with my Camera to take some shots. We both were really excited to see The Majestic Taj- the symbol of love- the pride and honor of the nation- one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We roamed in and around The Taj and pictures which I am delighted to share with you all. After we stepped out from The Taj, we went out to a local restaurant to eat which was really a delight because we were quite hungry by that time. After having food, we started back for Delhi and it took us exactly 4 hours and 7 min to reach back.”

 

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Gifts for an Art Lover

Dipped in art and architecture the beautiful city of Agra is one of the best specimens of art and architecture in the country.  Most of the art galleries in Agra are a place for exhibition of Visual Art, Paintings, Photographs, Illustrations, Applied Art, Sculptures, and music Concerts & Poetry readings. Since the city has a long and strong historical significance be it in the field of art, architecture, sculpture or poetry the museums and art galleries are filled with some of the best works ever produced. The city of Agra boasts of some of the finest museums and art galleries in India.

It houses two of the best places of art and artifacts in the country, namely the Spiritual Museum and The Taj Mahal Museum. The Taj Mahal museum is set just beside The Taj Mahal. This museum is home to some of the original drawings and detailed plans of the layout of the Taj Mahal. Some of the highlights of this museum include precious gems and stones, along with historic artifacts.

A peaceful place for the lover of arts is the Spiritual Museum in Agra. This monument provides splendid views of the grandeur of the Taj Mahal. This art gallery in Agra is characterized with local religious treasures.

 

 

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28 March 2016

Living Double Decker Root bridge by Asutosh Kashyap

During the midst of the year 2014, I went through the episodes of NatGeo Covershot, there was a task at the double Decker root bridge and according to the words of the contestants that task proved to be one of the toughest trekking task they have ever went through. So those verses stroke my mind to visit that natural phenomena ( the living bridge) . I waited for my exams to get over, and thus it ended and my urge was more to go for that tough route. I was very confident. It was a working day, I started my journey early morning, my driver said it’s a four hours journey surpassing the capital of Meghalaya. We went off towards my destination with music and negotiations with the driver, his experiences in driving and places he visited. I got to know that he was a driver at our Honorable Chief Minister’s Vehicle. We continued, the journey was pleasant because of the weather and the safe drive way roads and I would like to mention the beautiful natural beauty that we passed by. And by mid-day we reached Cherrapunjji.

 

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The place is beautiful, very beautiful indeed. Now ,there, we have faced a problem. It was the time tourist come across from all over the world and we were into a situation where we were out of hospitality and even food. We weren’t familiar to their environment. For another 3 hours we searched for a place to stay. We only got luxurious hotels costing 6000 bucks in Indian currency for only a day. We thought of sleeping inside the car. But while returning to a safe place for parking car we found a lodge, it seemed to be a normal lodge. I had asked a 2 bedded seat, and it costed me a 1000 bucks for a day, and I paid the bill, and at last I could take sigh of relief. We ate our dinner with two bottles of beer and some chicken wings. And the day ended with early night sleep. The very next day we were prepared, we started our journey at 5 o’clock in the early morning. The journey to the bridge in the car was very tricky, the route was pretty stiff and very dangerous on the hills of Khasi and Jaintia Hills. The environment was humid and comparatively colder. We had to put our car on top of the hill and we needed to walk downstream on the khasi hills towards jaintia Hills. The walking journey was totally on foot for atleast 5 kilometers. After few rounds on the khasi hills we reached the actual route towards Living root bridge, and the only way to reach there was to go through slippery steps

 

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But my confidence was much more than my phobia. I was dressed very casually and carried my camera, with some equipments and my wallet and my phone inside a small hand bag. I was walking and walking alone on the woods of khasi hills, and I could figure out lot of reptiles, amphibians, birds, etc during my walk through those slippery steps. And I was walking and walking, and world was not coming to an end. I climbed on a rope bridge, and again I was walking ahead with lot of water I consumed as I was exhausted walking for 3 hours. At one point, I was at the side of the khasi hills, I could see the jaintia hills on the other part and with the tiny water flow I figured out the root bridge and I was shocked and was totally petrified if i would be able to make it? Or this is my very last journey. With all these thoughts, I continued walking again. I reached an end where two rope bridges were in front of me and there I surrendered. I was exhausted and my whole body was in pain and sweating like my morning bath. I sat on a rock and was literally sleeping, then after some passing minutes, a short man with a dagger wearing very less clothes came from those rocks. I got real scared and the big knife frightened me more. I was shivering, he came towards me and spoke something in khasi and he mentioned root bridge, I directly said Yes! Without a thought in my mind, he waved me to follow him to the direction, I followed him but still I was little afraid. And after more than one and a half hour journey I reached my destination, and trust me this was triumphant. I took some shots and had a bath in the stream beneath the bridge.

 

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There, I negotiated with two foreigners – one from Australia and the other one from England. The village where it was located was Tyma Village. The people were very friendly but they didn’t know English or Hindi, they just knew Khasi. After some negotiation, I packed myself to get back to my car, the same journey repeated again and this time it was tougher as it was upstream, spreading all my energy on my feet.I walked along. At last, I came to my car and counted the steps, it was like 8000 steps in one way and like 4.64 kilometre into the woods . It was real exhausting, The bridge was made up from a rubber tree roots Ficus elastic. And ,thus,I returned to my home with memories.

You can find more of his work here: Website
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28 March 2016

Artist of the Month| July’15|Illustrator : Nilomee Jesrani

Nilomee Jesrani : Things come to you naturally because after all, destiny is destiny..!! To our artist of the month, things actually came naturally and visually. It was quite simple, She would get excited about executing ideas for art and illustration when She saw things that inspired her. Like we have always said, inspiration is the biggest motivation one can ever get..!!

As all artists face situations where they feel their work starts resembling their inspiration, but the more they draw, the more personal it becomes, and then a STYLE emerges, similar happened with our artist of the month. For a while, She felt that She didn’t have a STYLE till someone pointed it out to her. ‘Style’ could mean anything your choice of colours, the tools you use, the way you draw details, the subject etc. Her work reflects who she is. She loves trees, birds, animals etc. And she like colours. She also tends to day dream quite a bit-

 

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A DAY DREAMER- best of a creative soul..!! And her love for illustrations-she has been drawing since she could hold a crayon, and she never knew it was called ‘illustration’ till she went to Art/Design school. She likes it because she gets to define her rules in what she illustrates and gets to break them in her own way. She sees it as a form of expression, and a way to bring together her love for colour and drawing. She doesn’t have a set process. She process is defined by the medium. To do digital illustrations, she dives right in. She makes quick rough on Photoshop, and draws over it in. Usually the end result looks very different from the rough sketch.

 

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THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE-

It was her  first film ‘The Runaway Circle’.She studies Animation at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. As her first independent project, she had to come up with a story, animate it, add sound, edit it etc. It involved bringing together her  skills as an artist and tested her  at many levels. The film is about a chalk circle that runs away from a (blackboard) duster that wants to erase it. In the end she had a really good time making it, but she struggled with finding the right ending to the story till the right idea hit her and then it all fell into place.

 

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INNER SATISFACTION OF LOVE FOR WORK-

She is not satisfied with on a daily basis but it is natural. As an artist, you tend to constantly question your skills, but when she works and gets ready absorbed in an illustration, she looses track of time and feels happy with what she is doing. After she finishes it, the feeling of SATISFACTION she gets is amazing.

She wants to learn illustrate with paper. She has been meaning to do that for a long time because it involves using her hands and crafts skills. She tends to stick to digital because of the bright colours she can use on a computer, but she knows that it’s possible to achieve something as beautiful and crafty even out of paper. She also wants to try painting on canvas with acrylics. She loves the matte finish they give.

 

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THE WISE ADVICE-

Learn how to get your work out and how to share it on social media. Loom around and look at every opportunity to put your work on things. Think about the other skills you need to pick up to put your work on a new platform and learn them.”

You can find more of her work here: Website
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28 March 2016

Ganpati Series : illustrations by Siba Sahu

It is rightly said, “You are actually born the day you find out why?” About our artist, it was the series of pursuing his hobby which made him realize his goal. It was his hobby of scribbling which turned into beautiful illustrations. And of course, wherever there are colors, there is something creative. “Go with the flow” is probably suits our artist the best. He used to flow with the theme or trend to showcase his works. Ganpati name series was usually dedicated to his lovely followers. After number of request flown, so he decided to go with more Ganesha typo series. Work processed by brain and his hand.

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28 March 2016

Bharat Mata – The Iconic Painting

The month of August is very nostalgic of the Indian freedom struggle for all Indians. Looking back into history, we see a remarkable visual representation being created to evoke the nationalist feelings in Indians during the freedom struggle. It was in the form of a painting titled “BHARAT MATA”. Abanindranath Tagore, the nephew of Rabrindranath Tagore depicted the theme of the motherland in this painting. He depicted “The woman as the Nation”, a very revolutionary depiction which was mainly conceived keeping in mind the Swadeshi movement and the patriotic fervor of that time.The painting made in water colours depicts the Bharat Mata as a four-armed Hindu goddess as the central figure in the painting. She is depicted in delicate tints of saffron, pale green and luminous white. The facial features are very Indian with fair complexion and a golden body. The entire rendering is very symbolic yet quite real. She is wearing a saffron colored robe, and in her four arms she holds food( anna), clothing( vastra), a manuscript for education(siksha)and beads of salvation (disksha) instead of weapons as the earlier images of Hindu Goddesses.

The impact of this painting was that Bharatmata became the new deity of the country and was used as a mobilizing artifact during all the Quit-India processions. This image became the face of new Swadeshi India, the free and the Independent India, in which the Bharat Mata, the motherland was not in chains or shackles but radiant and promising a bright future to its people.

Words By Dr. Guneeta Chadha

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28 March 2016

Rising sun of Arunachal : Lobsang Nima

Arunachal Pradesh is said to be the land of rising sun, Lobsang Nima as the name goes by is no less than a rising sun for his home state and also for his homeland Tawang. Lobsang, who is just 14 year old, has already set a huge benchmark for the youth of his state. He belongs to a heavenly place of Tawang, located at the Indo-Tibet-Bhutan border. Lobsang was discovered by Art for Cause, a charitable trust based in New Delhi when they organized 15 days camp in Tawang district on various creative art fields, which included photography also. Ishu, the founder of Art for Cause and also a photographer and filmmaker discovered his passion and extraordinary vision for capturing the moments. He was than awarded scholarship by the same trust to provide him extensive training in photography during his summer vacations which gave him a lifetime opportunity to travel various places like Ladakh, New Delhi, Dharamshala etc under the mentorship of Ishu who gave him his camera since last December to learn and experiment. Lobsang Nima, who now studies in 10th grade in one of the government school of Tawang, use to do odd jobs to support his family, where mother works in PWD and father just lost his government contract based job, plus he has three more siblings.

 

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Ishu has adopted Lobsang since last year and is taking care of his all expenses and also promoting him as the face of Tawang to make this heavenly land popular through his work. Lobsang now feels great on being recognized as the youngest photographer in whole  Arunachal. Lobsang’s work really surprised   everyone at recently held Tawang Festival where Art for Cause displayed his work.  Art for Cause recently concluded it’s second Tawang Autumn Camp just like last year, but this year Lobsang proudly joined the team as the mentor and taught various kids of his district. At the same camp, he was felicitated by the trust as the official youngest photographer of Arunachal and in upcoming Metropolis festival he will be launched as the youngest photographer from whole North East. Ishu is planning to take Lobsang to either USA or Germany in year to host his first international exhibition for which he needs financial support.

 

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“I see my own reflection in him, he is more like my son and I am sure soon he will even cross my footsteps in photography. He is getting what he deserves. His journey has just started which has no limits”,said Ishu.

Lobsang Nima, now, wants to study outside Tawang for his higher schooling and wants to become professional photographer and  filmmaker to make his family, homeland and mentor proud.

“I still remember Ishu sir said in our very first class that keep your eyes always open, look around and discover, you will never know when an angel will come and change your life. I never thought this can come true and he is no less than an angel for me, I feel safe and happy with him, he can change anyone’s life”,said Lobsang.

 

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Lobsang wants to travel and capture various moments and show people great things. He loves to travel, loves nature, people, street photography and one day wants to try  underwater photography also.

 

 

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Trek to Spirituality : Manimahesh, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh | Inspiro India

“I and one of my friends planned to do the Manimahesh Trek in the time of the famous sacred Manimahesh Yatra. We started from Pathankot. We preferred public transport because the distance was large and we had an idea of how tired we would be on the way back after the trek, so driving on our own was not an easy option. We boarded a bus from Pathankot at around 12 midnight. We reached Chamba in the morning at around 5 am. Then, we boarded another bus from Chamba for Bharmour and reached there at around 11am. It took us around 3 hours from Chamba to  Bharmour.  Then we decided to stay at Bharmour for the day.

 

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It is believed by the local crowd that if one is going to Manimahesh Trek, one must do the Brahmani Devi trek first and take a spiritual bath in the water in the temperature of around  -degree Celsius. It is said that one’s Yatra to Manimahesh stays incomplete if one does not take this spiritual bath. So, we first decided to visit Brahmani Devi  and take the spiritual bath. It is a very beautiful trek covered by apple trees on both sides and surrounded by mesmerizing landscapes. The trek was quite easy. On the peak is the temple of Brahmani Devi . Before going to the temple, one has to take the spiritual bath. We reached the peak at around 7 pm. When we attempted a dip in the water body there, we realized it was not going to be easy. The water was chilling cold and cold winds were blowing. The water body was 4.5 feet deep. It took us around 15-20 minutes to take the bath and we were ready to go to the temple. We took ‘Prasad’ and started for Bharmour again. By the time we started our walk back, it was all dark around. We reached Bharmour in few hours and stayed at ‘Churasi’- the temple of 84 ‘Devtas’.

Next day, in the morning at 10 am, we started from Bharmour. We reached Hadsar at around 11am. We stopped there for breakfast. Hadsar is actually the place from where the Yatra begins. We went through the checking process there and then finally, we began our Yatra. Without taking a pause, we walked for around first 1.5 hours. The trek was quite steep right from the beginning. We stopped at a place after 1.5 hours to take a break. There was a beautiful river flowing nearby. So I decided to stop and take some shots there. After I was done with my captures, we started again. At a distance of about 3 km was Danccho. There is a beautiful waterfall at Danccho. Since I love photography, this place was a true treat for me. It is believed in Hindu mythology that when BhasmaSur was following Lord Shiva to attack him, Lord Shiva took shelter there. We stopped here and took a cup of tea. Immediately after having tea, we started again. Then we reached Sundrasi.  On our way, we met many people who crossed us and some of them whom we crossed. All this while, my Camera was at work. The nature was simply at its best. By this time, it had started raining. So we stopped for a while and because of the rain, we had to take a pause of around 45 minutes. This is, basically, the point after which even on a sunny day one starts feeling cold, so, one must carry jackets or sweaters or warmers.  Now next, we were supposed to cross a glacier. This path is totally covered with snow and you have to walk through it. We crossed it. The Sun was setting. The entire view was picturesque. All this while, I was trying to encapsulate whatever was around. Our next destination was Gauri Kund. If Hindu mythology is to be believed, only girls can go and take bath at Gauri Kund. We spent the night there in a tent. We brought a tent for Rs. 400/- . It is advisable to carry one’s own sleeping bags there because the weather is chilling cold there.

 

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Due to the weather, my friend preferred going and resting inside the tent where as I was more interested in spending time in nature and taking some shots. I came out of the tent and took some shots including first shots of the galaxy. This is the point from where you can actually see half of the view of Kailash. I took pictures from around 8pm to 9:30 pm. There are few shops here at this point but the price of the commodities is comparatively high. After taking few more shots, we had dinner and we preferred sleeping early due the weather being cold and the other reason being we had to get up early in the morning. We actually had to club 6 blankets together in order to beat the cold weather and even after that we were quite chilled. The good shot here is that Himachal Pradesh Govt. has made all the arrangements of toilets. It was completely comfortable staying here.  Also, there is no problem of water even at this height, all because of the successful efforts of Himachal Pradesh Govt. The next morning we woke up at 7am, we freshened up and got ready to continue the trek. From here, we saw two ways going to different destinations one of which we came to know goes to Dal Lake and the other one goes to Kamal Kund. Here, at this point, it becomes little tough to breathe. One must take frequent rest periods after this point. The trek goes on to be steeper. This point is above 12,000 feet where we find more of wild vegetation and it is advisable not to touch the vegetation here. The good thing is that the medical help is quite frequent and effective during the Yatra.  We, then, proceeded towards Kamal Kund. The way becomes steeper. The water there was quite less. It is believed that one must neither take bath there nor should speak any bad words here. Here, at this point, one feels like one is actually sitting in the feet of Lord Shiva. From here, one can easily see the Ariel view of Dal Lake. Between Dal Lake and Kamal Kund is a river. Two ways to reach Dal Lake from Kamal Kund is to cross the river and the other is to go back the same way back till Gauri Kund and then trek up 2.5 km more to Dal Lake. We came back to Gauri Kund and then walked towards Dal Lake. The sky was clear. We could see it clear. It is believed that blessed are the beings who can see the clear view of Kailash. All through this, we kept clicking lost of pictures. The trek from Gauri Kund to Dal Lake is again steep. Vegetation is very less.  After walking for 2.5km, we reached Dal Lake 14,500 feet at around 2:30pm where we saw lots of shops by local people. We took a water bottle there. We, then, took the sacred bath there. It is the most essential part of the Yatra, from the spiritual point of view. It is important to note that during the time of the Yatra, Police Men and medical help is quite active here. Then we took round of the lake again and then started enveloping the beauty around with my Camera. We, suddenly, saw many people coming from one side from there. When asked, we came to know that they were coming walking all the way from Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh.

 

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Well, then we stopped there. It was quite soothing here because there was sunlight and warmth around and it was a delight to stand in the sun after the cold bath. But, the evening was all rainy and foggy. The visibility was only 400metres. My friend had to leave after this because of a prior commitment. He left for home and I stayed back. I slept a little early and woke up at 2 am. At this point, the weather was clear and the surroundings were beautiful. I woke up and I realized that the weather was very cold and chilly again. But, I had decided to take pictures. So I freshened up and geared myself up myself. I started walking towards Kamal Kund again, but later due to the suspicion of Leopards and other wild animals, I decided to stop and wait. In the morning at around 5 am, I started for Kamal Kund. I took lots of pictures with starts, sky and the beauty around. At around 6:30, the sky was clear. I just turned back and looked at the sky and I was amazed to see a Mani in the sky. I was astonished to see it. I had heard people saying that it is the Mani which shines on the head of the SheshNag of Lord Shiva. I was spell bound and excited at the same time.  This is why it is called MANI MAHESH. By this time, some people came up the same path who asked me the way to Kmala Kund. They belonged to Kashmir. I told them the way and they went. This place gifted me some really beautifu lpictures. Now, in order to save up on the time I went through the river, the shorter way. I put my best to save my shoes and clothes from getting wet but I simply could not. I reached Dal Lake and captured the first Sunrise. It was beautiful beyond words. It is rightly said, “Whatever man keeps making, God will always be the best creator.” When the Sun was finally completely out, I took bath. This spiritual bath is called ‘Chotta Nahaun.’  I took the spiritual dips and trust me, it fell amazing.

 

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As they say,

“Best of the feelings in the world cannot be put in words.”

After the bath, I decided to start my way back. Having no option, I had to wear wet socks and wet clothes. By this time, I was really hungry. I ate some food there and sat at a spot for a while because the warmth of the Sun there was really soothing. It is advisable to take food before one walks down. I even saw a person faint there because of weakness. I started my way back and by the time I reached Gauri Kund, I had taken lots of pictures. Walking from Gauri Kund, I realized that walking back was quite easy. It took less effort and was less tiresome. I took some shortcuts on my back.  Then, I stopped after a while near the water fall, took rest and took some shots.When I reached Hadsar, I took a taxi for Bharmour and then I took a bus for Chamba.

This travel experience was the most pleasing I have ever had.”

 

Geographic Location

Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India

 

Instant facts

1. Manimahesh Kailash has not been successfully summitted by mountaineers and is a virgin peak.

2. An attempt to climb the peak in 1968 by an Indo-Japanese team led by Nandini Patel was aborted. This failure is attributed to the divine prowess of the peak since it is revered as the holy mountain of Chamba according to the staunch devotees of the Manimahesh Lake and the peak.

3. It is believed that Lord Shiva created Manimahesh after he married Goddess Parvati who is worshipped as Mata Girja.

4. Devotees believe that that they can view the peak only if the Lord wishes so. Bad weather covering the peak with clouds is also explained as displeasure of the Lord.

5. The snow field at the base of the mountain is called by the local people as Shiva’s Chaugan (play field).

 

Where to Eat?

The trek, if done in the ‘Yatra’ season (from Janamashtmi to Radhashtmi), witnesses a lot of Lord Shiva followers putting up Langars for the people. One can easily eat there. But once the Yatra is over, it is advisable to carry food material with oneself.

 

How tough it is to trek?

The level of difficulty in the trek is Moderate. If one does it with normal speed, it takes around 7-8 hours to complete the trek. It is advisable to take a carry stick with oneself. And essentially, one must carry nutritional bars, energy drinks and water. Also, private helicopters are available to reach the top whose price goes in thousands.

 

Local Crowd

The local crowd is hugely supportive and leaves no stone unturned in helping a traveller find the way.

 

At Manimahesh, for an Art/Photography Lover

Manimahesh is a paradise for Art and Photography lovers. Nature walks with you, step by step. Beautiful River flows from the glacier. An artist who loves live sketching will spend beautiful time there. Nature, here, is at its best and there is a huge scope for Landscape Photography.