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Siachen, The World's Highest Battlefield

The Siachen glacier (in eastern Karakoram range in the Himalaya Mountains), at an altitude of about 20,000ft, is regarded as the world's highest battlefield. India and Pakistan both claim the area and have thousands of soldiers stationed there.  Weather is the biggest foe. Bone-chilling winds whip the landscape and the sub-zero temperatures, can induce acute depression. 

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Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar Falls (literally meaning The Sea of Milk in marathi and konkani) is a tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the state of Goa, India, on Goa’s border with the state of Karnataka. It is 60 km from Panaji. The falls lie high up in the Mandovi River’s watershed and so are not particularly spectacular during the dry season. During the monsoon season however, the falls are transformed into one of the most powerful falls in India. Dudhsagar Falls is listed as India’s 5th tallest waterfall and is 227th in the world at 310 m.

#karnataka #india #placestosee #goa
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Kolkata tram- Kolkata is the only city in India which still has tram and is the oldest operating electric tram in Asia.  The city's first tramcar was rolled out in 1873, a 3.8km (2.4 miles) service from Sealdah and Armenian Ghat Street. 

The tram service is managed by Calcutta Tramways Company. In recent years, it has introduced modern-looking trams,even an A/C tram, but passenger traffic continues to fall.Trams have been an integral part of the city’s history for centuries and even after all the criticism for creating traffic hurdles, trams have emerged unscathed and are likely to glide on the rails and do their jobs for many more years.

#kolkata   #india   #westbengal  
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Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur!

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in forts. It is also the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur, infact, in the whole Rajasthan. The fort is amongst the popular tourist places in India. It is situated on a 150 m high hill. It was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. The Mehrangarh Fort can be reached from the city, 5 kms below, through a circular road. 

Seven gates have to be crossed to reach the fort. The gates still bear the marks of the various battles fought in the bygone era. Its second gate still stands witness to canon ball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur during wars. One of the gates is Jayapol, meaning victory. It was built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Another gate, Fattehpol, again meaning victory, was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh as a celebration for defeating the Mughals. 

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Makar Sankranti, India

Makar Sankranti (Uttarayana, Jan 15) is one of the most auspicious days for the Hindus with great devotion. Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path and is a major harvest festival. Owing to the vast geography and diversity of culture in India, this festival is celebrated for innumerable reasons and in innumerable ways depending on the climate, agricultural environment, cultural background and location.

Wishing everyone a Happy Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan, Maghi, Pongal, Magh Bihu, Shishur Saenkraat, Makara Vilakku Festival and Khichdi

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Lingaraj Temple,Bhubaneswar

It is dedicated to Harihara, a form of Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the East Indian state of Orissa. The temple is the most prominent landmark of the Bhubaneswar city and one of the major tourist attractions of the state.

It is the largest temple in Bhubaneswar. The central tower of the temple is 180 ft (55 m) tall. The temple represents the quintessence of the Kalinga Architecture and culminating the medieval stages of the architectural tradition at Bhubaneswar. The temple is believed to be built by the kings from the Somavamsi dynasty, with later additions from the Ganga rulers. The temple is built in the Deula style that has four components namely, vimana (structure containing the sanctum), jagamohana (assembly hall), natamandira (festival hall) and bhoga-mandapa (hall of offerings), each increasing in the height to its predecessor. The temple complex has 50 other shrines and is enclosed by a large compound wall.

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Kerala Backwaters!

The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Keralastate in southern India. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from theWestern Ghats range.
The backwaters have a unique ecosystem - freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea.

Ashtamudi Lake is the most visited of the lakes, covering an area of 200 km², and located in Kollam. 

#kerala #india #backwaters #placestosee
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Vidyasagar Setu,Kolkata

Vidyasagar Setu (commonly known as the Second Hooghly Bridge), is a bridge over the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. It links the city of Howrah to its twin city of Kolkata. The bridge is a toll bridge for vehicles, but is free for bicycles. It is one of the longest bridges of its type in India and one of the longest in Asia.

The bridge is named after the 19th century Bengali reformist Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.

It is a cable-stayed bridge, with a main span of a little over 457 metres, and a deck 35 metres wide. Construction started in 1978 and the bridge was finally inaguarated on the 10th of October, 1992.

#kolkata #bridges #India #placestosee
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Ramnagar Fort,Varanasi

The Ramnagar fort lies about 14 km. from Varanasi and is situated on the opposite bank of river Ganga. It is the ancestral home of the Maharaja of Banaras. Maharaja Balwant Singh built this fort-palace in the eighteenth century. The fort is built in red sandstone. The Ramnagar fort has a temple and a museum within the grounds and the temple is dedicated to Ved Vyasa, who wrote Mahabharata, the great Indian epic. Legends have it that Ved Vyasa stayed here for a brief period. 

#varanasi #uttarpradesh #india #placestosee
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Buland Darwaza,Fatehpur Sikri

Buland Darwaza or the loft gateway was built by the great Mughal emperor, Akbar in 1601 A.D. at Fatehpur Sikri. Akbar built the Buland Darwaza to commemorate his victory over Gujarat. The Buland Darwaza is approached by 42 steps. The Buland Darwaza is 53.63m high and 35 meters wide. Buland Darwaza is the highest gateway in the world and an astounding example of the Mughal architecture. The Buland Darwaza or the magnificence gateway is made of red and buff sandstone, decorated by carving and inlaying of white and black marble. An inscription on the central face of the Buland Darwaza throws light on Akbar's religious broad mindedness.

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