West Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya, India
Betting game: 'Thoh Tim' is a type of weekly lottery that has a 'Tir' (archery) contest to predict results. Locals believe their dreams can help them win the lucky numbers. The 1970 Meghalaya Prevention Of Gambling Act passed fail to serve its purpose and spawned a powerful mafia syndicate. The state Government has now decided to legalise and tax 5% on daily collections.
Thimphu, capital of Bhutan, is a tiny land-locked hill-station.
Bhutanese society originally believed in Totemism before adopting Tibetan Buddhism in 7th century AD.
Sahyadhris mountain range and Dhom Lake in Wai - Panchgani Rd.
The five hills surrounding Panchgani are topped by a volcanic plateau, which is the second highest in Asia after the Tibetan plateau.
In the Sahyadri range, Satara district, Mahabaleshwar is highest hill station in the Western Ghats. It served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj. Its was known as the "a mild paradise of beauty".
The point located to the east of Mahabaleshwar, is named after Sir James Malcolm’s daughter Kate and is famous for its view of two reservoirs Balakwadi and Dhom.
View Point "C": The cliffs which overhang form this point resemble an elephant’s head trunk. The point got its name from the gap between the rock formation, which resembles the hole in a needle.
At an elevation of 1280-1370 metres, this point is known for the water reservoirs built during the ancient period. From this point one can see a magnificent view of Krishna valley and deep waters of the dhom dam.
In 1780 AD the Governor General of British India, Warren Hasting, wrote about this resort town, Digha, calling it the "Brighton of the East", in one of his letters to his wife .
Today, nearly 20 000 Pondicherry people live in France and nearly 10 000 french citizens live in the Territory of Pondicherry.
The ruins of Alamparai Fort lie near Kadapakkam, a village 50 km from Mamallapuram on the land overlooking the sea. It was constructed by musilm rulers during 1746 AD by Nawab of Carnatic Dost.
The Alamparai Fort once had a 100-metre long dockyard stretching into the sea, from which zari cloth, salt, and ghee were exported. In around 1760, this fort was destroyed by the Britishers. This fort was also further destroyed by earthquake and tsunami. Alamparai fort is one of the major spot controlled by State Archaeological Department.
Presently it is a picturesque and serene spot. On the east side of the fort is a marvelous view of the backwaters. The waters lap gently against the edges of the fort, and you can see the sea in the distance. The hypnotic blue of the sky and the sea are soothing. Local fishermen assist tourists in a pleasurable boating experience around the fort. The fort can be reached on driving down the East Coast Road, about 100 kilometers from Chennai, 50 kilometers from Pondicherry.
A Karbi boy named Kazi and an Assamese girl named Ranga, were in love. This match was not acceptable to their families so the couple disappeared into the forest, never to be seen again. This forest was named after them as Kaziranga.
There is a difference in altitude between the eastern and western areas of the park, with the western side being at a lower altitude. The western reaches of the park are dominated by grasslands.
Elephant Grass & Reeds, locally called Ekra, Khagori, Nal and Ulu Kher, tall grasses cover 41 per cent and short grasses 11 per cent of Kaziranga, with open jungle extending across another 29%, swamps 4%, rivers and water bodies 8% and plain sand 6%.
The first half of this tourist season, November to January, is when the national park is totally green and one can see 10-20 feet high elephant grass on the plains.
Come January, the forest department burns the grass and create a barren atmosphere. This burning of grass helps in rejuvenating the soil and also helps in better wildlife sighting.
Kaziranga is popularly known as the home of the "Big Five" - the elephant, rhinoceros, wild buffalo, tiger and Swamp Deer. I also saw plenty of Black-necked Stork, robin-sized Common Stonechat & Indian Roller birds, Brown Fish Owl, Crested Serpent Eagle & Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, vultures, White-vented Myna etc
The golconda fort used to have a vault chamber where once the famous Kohinoor and Hope diamonds were stored. At that time, only India, had the known diamond mines in the world.
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