Saturday, 31 October 2015

Whale Splash inside School, We Don't need places like SeaWorld


Hello to places like SeaWorld, it is time to #EmptyTheTanks and #Captivity in the name of Education, Research and Conservation.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Trek to Langha Mata

How to Trek to Langha Mata

Langha Mata with temple site in the lap of Green hills looked over by Dhauladhar Mountains in Palampur side. This is an easy Day Hike trek, so we advice start early in the morning.

View of Langha Mata Temple and Shiva Temple

Trek But Please Do Not Throw Your Garbage on Trail and near Temple premises, carry an extra bag to put your garbage in.

To reach the starting point of trail to Langha Mata temple, you need to reach village Nanahar, which comes after Village Kandbari and Village Khas Bari.

You can board a Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation Bus (HRTC) leaves Palampur ISBT around 07:30 AM and goes through Old Palampur Bus Stand and bus stop near Punjab National Bank at 08:00 AM (keep a watchful eye if you decide to board from Old Bus Stand), this bus will drop you near Govt Sr Sec School and Primary Health Center of Nanahar and by the side water filtration system, the starting point of this trek.

The first HRTC bus leaves Palampur ISBT at 07:30 AM, consult the bus stand authorities a day in advance, though no need of advance booking for seat. Alternatively you can drive up to Nanahar, or can board any bus for Baijnath, Manali and ask for Dramman bus stop.
From Dramman bus stop either board a shared cab up to Kandbari or hire a taxi for Nanahar (a not so good option).

Once you reach Nanahar School, climb a steep concrete road going upward North. At the end of this concrete road turn left and then after 20 meter walk, turn right up side, here this trail has a shop on to the left...post this shop the concrete trail gets divided in to two parts.

You can take any of them… (a) the trail on to left will go through a house with temple of Lord Hanuman and a right turn through fields and will end in front of homes and a Water Well with a small temple on top… (b) if you take right hand concrete trail, which is a little bit of lengthy but straight and will end in front of the same water Well.
View from Nanahar point, here the Trail is divided in two direction
View from Nanahar

From the Water Well and after a little walk from the back side of the house and livestock point, one trail goes to left and other trail goes to right hand side...take turn to right hand up side trail and after a short walk, you will notice a waterhole on left...cross over and from there the single trail starts, climb up the pebbled trail and turn right up side…..and once you reach near the water tank do not deviate either left side or right side...just look out for the trail straight up side (North)….with two rest points on trail.
Trail Coming from Palampur side
On the last rest point...you will notice a punctured water pipe and another trail going down to left and one going to right...as said earlier once you are on main trail, Avoid any trail going left or right….keep walking upside and since here trail visibility is 100% clear, so no chance of getting lost.
Last of the Climb

View of Temple from Opposite side
With a bit of common sense you will make it to the temple of Langha Mata. There are no shops on trail or near temple, so carry your lunch, water and some fruits for refreshment.

You can come back to village Nanahar bus stop by least 03:00 PM or early and better reach bus stop of village Kandbari to retreat either Palampur or Dharamsala. The last bus from Kandbari leaves at 04:30 PM

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Chandigarh to Dharamsala via Kaza

Chandigarh to Dharamsala via Kaza


The Making


October 8, 2011

I’d been looking at the posters of Kaza terrain in one of the washrooms of Sector 34, Chandigarh for a long-long time and read more on only over the internet.

Then after 3 years came a moment when I decided to stop gazing at the posters and visit Kaza myself in practical. I searched on the internet about travel options, distance and choose my mode of transport and routes.

Fixed October 14, 2011 as final day to check out for Dharamsala (Aadi Himani Chamunda Devi) via Kaza from Chandigarh. Then I asked some of my friends if they would like to join me on this trip.

All declined with the excuse of beginning of cold weather in Kaza and which eventually set my mind also to postpone my Kaza excursion and instead head to my home.

Chandigarh to Kaza- Day First


As the days neared to October 14, I searched again on internet if it was right

decision to visit Kaza in October but found no response. Then I tried some forums
contributed by various travelers on internet, I joined them and put my question about visiting Kaza in October….but there too I got no response from senior members.

Well then it was the morning of October 14 and I was in the market of Sector 22 Chandigarh getting prints of some photographs for home and after getting the prints, something made me to reach my room as soon as possible. 
Upon reaching my room at 04:05 PM, I searched the internet for the contact number of HRTC Dept in Chandigarh and called them to inquire which and when bus to Kaza will leave Chandigarh.

The representative of HRTC told me the bus will leave at 06:00PM sharp. As I was staying at a distance of about 1 hour of travel from ISBT Sector 43 of Chandigarh (Since all buses to HP, Jammu and Uttaranchal depart from Sector 43, except for Delhi, Ambala that depart from Sector 17 ISBT of Chandigarh) I hurried and packed up backpack with my laptop, one jacket and other stuff and was ready to leave room by 05:05PM. 

At the bus stop the local bus showed up by 05:15 PM and I was not sure if I would make it to Sector 43 ISBT on time....and as I’d assumed, the local bus dropped me at Sector 43 ISBT at 06:10 PM.

I felt the bus might have left already….and walked to the platform from where buses to Shimla leave and was surprised to see the bus to Kaza still there, but it was already almost full and I was looking for a window seat on left hand side.

Still happy to see the bus still available approached the ticket counter only to find out the last seat was already taken a few moments ago :\ … As I thought it was the only and only one bus to leave for Kaza in a day….went for advance booking for the other day….and there the representative informed me that there will be another bus up to Reckong Peo leaving at 07:30 PM.

Hearing that I decided to wait for 07:30 PM and board the bus up to Reckong-Peo. In the mean time I inquired more and found there were at least more buses that leave at the interval of 2 hours up to 04:30 AM from Chandigarh up to Reckong Peo!

At 07:30 PM I lined up to board the bus from Chandigarh to Kalpa near Reckong Peo. But the conductor gave me the ticket up to Rampur and the ticket cost was INR -270 and he told me from Rampur, we’ll have to change the bus to Reckong Peo, and from Reckong Peo I need to change another bus for Kaza.
Well there started my maiden trip to newer districts of HP beyond Simla.

Chandigarh to Kaza- Day Two in Reckon Peo


As I read in internet fellow travelers complained it was not easy to travel in regular buses for 14 hours up to Reckong Peo and further up to Kaza….some suggested a deluxe bus service up to Reckong Peo and a shared taxi from Reckong Peo to Kaza.

But I felt no unease on traveling more than 12 hours in a regular bus (probably because of my curiosity of new place and a night travel) wearing only a T-shirt and jeans (though I was carrying a jacket).

As the bus entered Parwanoo in Himachal from Kalka, we were stuck in the traffic for about 1 hour as some irresponsible truck driver had parked his truck in the middle of the left side lane, blocking the traffic flow coming down from Simla.

Further to my surprise after getting out of the traffic jam….the HRTC bus driver held mobile on his left hand and steered the bus with his right hand and to my surprise no one complained to conductor and neither the conductor stopped the driver from using mobile.

Since the road on which the driver was using one hand drive is accident prone with hundreds foot deep slide, I was concerned but could not gather the courage to ask the driver to stop using mobile on drive and he continued for more than 2km with one hand drive on night and then he put the mobile aside.

Well we stopped at Sonawaar for dinner and arrived Simla new ISBT at 01:25 AM. I was welcomed by all new ISBT of Simla in Tutikandi….and saw some fuming passengers there,  who had no bus to reach the old bus stand of Simla about 7km from new ISBT. Since I was wearing only a T-shirt and jeans felt the cold of Simla and had second thoughts about the weather in Reckong Peo and Kaza ….but even then did not brought out my jacket.

At 03:30 AM the bus stopped somewhere in a shop for tea….and there I’d to pull out my jacked from bag….as I didn’t wanted to spoil my trip with cold that gets severe on me mostly.  At the outside of the shop I saw an aged driver bathing with cold tap water….seeing that gave me some courage to face the cold.

I could not sleep all night not because it was cold but because I was more enjoying seeing the dark woods and mountains silhouette out from the window of my seat.

Then came the sunrise and we were still on ride….and as I was sitting on the left window side and down the road which was amazingly carved out of the solid mountain sides could see the river flowing.

You will be surprised (If you visit for the first time) to see how the personnel of Border Road Organization have cut out the road on mountain sides  and only a professional can drive here….!

But the drivers of HRTC are more competent here and some were driving as if they were on an open wider Broadway. Though I’d been riding (bus ride) on such roads from childhood but these were the extreme sort of and giving me more of joy than fear.

As the bus was moving up and down some time slow, some time fast….I was just enjoying the beauty outside and had the desire only if I could get down the bus and feel the surroundings myself for a little longer.

But we were on constant move and reached Rampur of district Kinnaur around the morning of 06:30 AM. At 07:45 AM from Rampur, I boarded a private bus up to Reckong Peo with ticket cost of INR 110, the bus stopped at Jeori stop for breakfast from where on right hand side there is another road for Sarahan with a distance of around 17KM, another interesting point with temples of Bhima Kali and more.

Further from Jeori the views outside are just amazing and for some like me an open invitation to come again. The road gets more adventures (If you can manage own vehicle, it’ll we more of more adventures, but please do not throw garbage).

I saw new faces of Kinnaur region and noticed that here men also use eyeliners.
We crossed many villages, bridges but the river was constantly flowing on the left hand side. I was amazed to see how the electricity wires were put up from one point to another point with thousands feet of depth and across the wide mountains.

After climbing another 1000 feet we reached Reckong Peo around 12:00 PM. As there is only one bus leaving to Kaza early in the morning by 06:30 AM so I headed to Kalpa and after returning from Kalpa stayed in a guest house and next morning woke up early by 05:30 AM.

Chandigarh to Kaza- Day Third in Kaza


Since the bus leaving to Kaza is the only one so there is good crowd.

I reached Reckong Peo bus stand at 06:15 AM, but the bus arrived at 07:00AM half an hour late. After getting the ticket to Kaza for INR -260….I witnessed the sun rays slowly kissing the mountain series above Reckong Peo.

Well the bus started off at 07:30 AM. Prefer a seat on the right hand side window as 98% views are on the right side with calm and constantly flowing Spiti river and here too the road is well engineered by Border Road Organization though in most of points the work is still in progress rest the road is in good condition.

Not to mention here, also on this route the HRTC driver was careless or overconfident as he was using mobile while driving….and this time inside the bus I noticed a number 09459100100 where anyone with complaint on driving or traffic violation could send instant sms.

I sent a text about the driver but lucky for the driver I was using a private mobile operator the service of which is not available there and the sms landed on outbox instead of sent item box :( and since the driver was using BSNL mobile  he was enjoying his chat.

Well then we stopped for breakfast and I took the opportunity to shoot some photographs. After the stop we started again and the views around were or are awesome and inspiring with each turn the bus went up a few feet more and more and some time were at a height of 2621 meter and then 2518 meter and 3624 meter. By 04:30 PM we reached the bus stand of KAZA.………to be continued

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam

Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam does it again… what he always does best ! Read out his below speech of last month..hats off to this man..we want men like him to be our CM, PM & President!!..but more importantly, citizens like him.

Dr. Abdul Kalam's Letter to Every Indian - Dated - 12/03/2014
  • Why is the media here so negative?
  • Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements?
  • We are such a Great NATION.
  • We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
  • We are the first in milk production.
  • We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
  • We are the second largest producer of wheat.
  • We are the second largest producer of rice.

Look at Dr. Sudarshan , he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit..
There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.

I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place.

The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news.

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.
Why are we so NEGATIVE?



Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things?
  • We want foreign T.Vs,
  • We want foreign shirts.
  • We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported?
  • Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?

I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is..
She replied: I want to live in a developed India.
For her, you and I will have to build this developed India.

You must proclaim.
India is not an under-developed nation;
it is a highly developed nation...
  1. YOU say that our government is inefficient.
  2. YOU say that our laws are too old.
  3. YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
  4. YOU say that the phones don't work, the railways are a joke. The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
  1. YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.
  2. YOU say, say and say..
What do YOU do about it?
Take a person on his way to Singapore.
Give him a name - 'YOURS'. Give him a face - 'YOURS'. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best.
In Singapore you don't throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores.
  1. YOU are as proud of their Underground links as they are.. You pay $5 (approx. Rs.. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM.
  2. YOU come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your status identity…
In Singapore you don't say anything, DO YOU?
  • YOU wouldn't dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai ..
  • YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah.
  • YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London at 10 pounds (Rs..650) a month to, 'see to it that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else.
  • YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, 'Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so's son. Take your two bucks and get lost.'
  • YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand ..
  • Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo?
  • Why don't YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston ???
We are still talking of the same YOU.
  • YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own.
  • YOU who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground.
If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country,
Why cannot you be the same here in India ?
In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan ..
Will the Indian citizen do that here?

  • We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility.
  • We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative.
  • We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin.
  • We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.
  • We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity.This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to the public.
  • When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child! and others what do we do?
  • We make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home.
                         OUR EXCUSE?
'It's the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my sons' rights to a dowry.'
So who's going to change the system?
What does a system consist of?
Very conveniently for us it consists of our neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities and the government.
But definitely not ME & YOU.
When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a Mr.CLEAN to come along & work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. 

When New York becomes insecure we run to England. When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government.

Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country.
Nobody thinks of feeding the system.
Our conscience is mortgaged to money.
Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great deal of introspection and pricks one's conscience too…..
I am echoing J. F. Kennedy's words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians…..'

ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE INDIA WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY'
Lets do what India needs from us.

Forward this letter to each Indian for a change instead of sending JUST JOKES.
Thank you …

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Hindustani

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Dolphin Save Our Souls

Dolphin SOS is from the enclosed tiny tanks of many Marine Parks like SeaWorld, Dolphin assisted therapy, Swim with Dolphin Pools and from the Secret of Taiji Cove. 

In Taiji Japan every-year from September to March a massive Dolphin slaughter is carried on in the name of Pest Control and Tradition (Taiji Dolphin started around 1950 - so it is not a Tradition)!

Many volunteers organisations (Dolphin Project,SeaShepherd-Cove Guardians)stage a peaceful protest in Taiji and do a media coverage everyday beginning from Sept to March. It is peaceful because if any of the volunteers tried to free the Dolphins, they (volunteers) will be sent out of Japan with lifetime ban for Japan and there will be no coverage of this inhuman marine massacare (second largest after Canadian Seal Hunt).

Now on Nov, 7th 2014 we are going to stage a Peaceful protest in front of Japanese Embassy in London with Richard O'Barry standing with us also there will be the screening of "The Cove" the First Documentary that revealed this "Secret of Taiji"! More detail at Dolphin Project

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Royal Bengal Tiger Reborn

We Humans prioritize the growth of mankind at the cost of other Earthlings say WildLife, Forests, Mountains and SeaLife.

(Image Courtesy - The Hindu)
Save our Forests

Every-time we repopulate and build new human homes, we demolish the Home of Wild and do difficult to "undo" damage to Nature!
We don't shy from blaming Wildlife killing our livestock, our fellow humans BUT forget that it is us the Humans who have at first place encroached the space meant only for Wild! 
To avenge we poison them or trap and kill! 

For our unrealistic desire of Hunting, Medicine and business,  we cross the limit and we hunt them down to the brink of Extinction! Like most latest the African Western Black Rhino was officially declared Extinct in year 2006! 
There may be many that go extinct undocumented, all just at the cost of Development for Humans.

We want good lifestyle but we generally ignore the difference between Improvement and Development!

As of our "National Animal" The Tiger, we even have pushed them to the edge of Extinction, thanks to the Poachers and Tiger skin smugglers who have immunity and indirect protection of "The System"!

Well so far some good news for our National Animal, with the financial backup of Sir David Attenborough we are finally going to give back to the Wild what belongs to them, their Home! Though a small part!

The project Save Bengal Tiger gets the help of £1m to Relocate the Human Population in phased manner, that has encroached upon the Forest and the home of WildLife...to read more follow this Wild News from "The Guardian"

Racing Extinction

If We Want then We Can Save our Earth and Earthlings, We The People make the Govt's, We make Corporation--so All We Need is Commitment and Practical Approach...Rest is our/your Choice how you/we want to contribute -- OPS6 Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS) Racing Extinction and The Cove also Blackfish

illUmiNations: Protecting our Planet #ProjectingChange from Oceanic Preservation Society on Vimeo.
#ProjectingChange

The United Nations Department of Public Information, Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), founded by photographer and Academy Award-winning director Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE), Obscura Digital, a creative technology studio that has staged multi-sensory media experiences all over the globe, and Fisher Stevens, Academy Award-winning Producer of THE COVE, lit up the United Nations headquarters in a revolutionary call to action for citizens of the world to demand action from their leaders to protect the world’s ecosystems. The musical score was crafted by Academy Award-nominated composer J. Ralph.

The visual showcase created by OPS, Obscura and Insurgent Media, was sponsored by TheDodo.com and the Lerer Family Foundation, and produced in conjunction with Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea, Vulcan Productions and Millennium Art.

ILLUMINATIONS PARTNERS

United Nations Department of Public Information
Oceanic Preservation Society
Obscura Digital
Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea
Vulcan Productions
thedodo.com
Millennium ART
Trailer Park
Picture Motion
Obscured Pictures

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60Solutions.org
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
James Balog
William Coupon
David Doubilet
Earth Vision Trust
GoodPlanet Foundation
HOME
Jerry Greenberg
Michael Greenberg
Howard and Michelle Hall
David Hannan/Ocean Ark Alliance
Shawn Heinrichs
International Center of Photography
Frans Lanting
Steve McCurry
Plankton Chronicles
SebastiĆ£o Salgado, Genesis
Joel Sartore
Louis Schwartzberg
Daniel Stoupin

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NASA
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Stefan Siebert
Steve Gschmeissner/Science Photo Library
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Dieter Paulmann
The Lerer Family Foundation
William von Mueffling
Dan Nelson
The Gerbode Foundation
Sarah Shaw
San Francisco Foundation Shaw Family Fund
The Moore Charitable Foundation
The Opel Family
Richard Schaden
The Baum Foundation
Trevor Bacon
Jill and Carter Wheeler
Paulette & John Kempfer
David and Diana Toole
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