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himalayan mountain range
Posted by : Debolina Sinha

Some of the loftiest peaks of the Himalayan mountain range in Nepal

style=”text-align: justify;”>Nepal is the only Hindu monarchy in the world that is nestled in the Great Himalayan Mountain Range-not only the highest of all the mountain systems in the world but the youngest as well. The word or name ‘Himalayas’ means ‘home of snow’ in Sanskrit. The entire mountain range straddles the countries of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India, China, and Pakistan and stretches for more than 2,400 km between the rivers Brahmaputra and Indus. Over three-quarters of Nepalese territory comprises the Himalayas. Of the 14 loftiest mountain summits in the entire world (all of which lie in the Great Himalayan Range), 8 peaks are located in the Nepal Himalayas.

Himalayan mountain range
The Himalayan Mountain Range in Nepal
Nepal is truly a Himalayan nation as a major area of the country is cocooned in the Himalayas. The country because of its unique geographical location and unparalleled topographical features attracts tourists in droves from throughout the world. Nepal earns more than 70% of its revenues from tourism as diverse groups of people including backpackers, trekkers, students, touring families, and mountaineers keep visiting the country throughout the year.
Himalayan mountain range
Nepal can be segregated into three distinct parallel strips extending from the southwest to the Northeast. The Great Himalayan Range spans the northern stretch of the country. All the peaks in this range remained enveloped in snow round the year and their average height is nearly 4,570 or 15,000 feet. This range is also home to the 8 steepest peaks that fall in Nepal and these are:-
·         Mt. Everest (8848m)
·         Annapurna (8091m)
·         Makalu (8,463m)
·         Manaslu (8163m)
·         Dhaulagiri (8,167m)
·         Cho Oyu (8,201m)
·         Lhotse (8,516m)
·         Kanchenjunga (8,586m)
Towards the South lies the mountain range where the mean altitude of the peaks is between 8,000 and 14,000 ft.  The Churia and the Mahabharat ranges are the major ranges of this mountain structure. Between the lofty mountain ranges lie the river valleys whose catchment areas are highly populated. The Terai is the southernmost area of Nepal and it is actually a marshy territory that extends into India.
Of the total inhabitants in Nepal, just about 8% live in the Great Himalayan Range running across the northern section of the country. One has many options of soaking in the atavistic beauty and charm of the Himalayas. The most convenient alternative is to book a seat in a chartered flight and view the snow-topped mountains. The second option would be to gape at the vista from a resort in Dhulikhel or Nagarkot in the Kathmandu Valley. The Pokhara valley also offers some of the most breathtaking views.
However, trekking offers you the best option if you want to have the best of both the worlds-enjoy the ageless natural beauty and splendor of the mountain. Also imbibe the cultural wealth and tradition of the Nepalese people. The best time to visit Nepal would be during the spring or summer when the snow thaws and turns into rushing torrents hurtling down the mountains and flooding the plains. Different species of flowers blossom on the mountains. The people harvesting crops on the mountain slopes and valleys with the cattle grazing all around, make for scenic views.
       
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Physical Fitness
Posted by : Write_77

Physical Fitness is on every mind, but what about fit during travel?

While it is true that physical fitness is the order of the day, how does one achieve it? Common sense perhaps indicates the right diet and hygiene, avoiding detrimental habits and working out at the gym, of course. Playing games like football or at least, walking, jogging or running on a regular basis should keep the body in good shape. Do you fancy cardio, martial arts, or aquatics? And for the technology guys, you have all those dainty gadgets that measure where you have reached in terms of calories, heartbeat and respiration, the steps you walked, a place to store your thoughts and feelings and communicate with friends.

The urge to travel!

Fitness

Humanity always hit the road down the many millennia of existence as we do each single day. Those hectic commutes to work and study are lengthy enough, though you return each night. Some professions are always traveling like the sales people whose incomes are derived from commissions, one of the most painstaking adventures. By the nature of their professions, drivers and air hostesses are constantly on the move.

The tourism syndrome

What about the global trade in tourism with high-flying air packages and glamorous resorts tucked away in deserts, beaches and mountaintops? An element of risk is involved in every kind of travel but that makes up the adventure and the thrill. The family package may bring greater worry compared to the lonely backpacker but millions accomplish family vacations each year.

Physical fitness during travel is the big question mark

The moment we depart from the traditional home comfort zone and expose to the travails of the road, we compromise the regular routine. A little whisper somewhere in the consciousness indicates that this fortnight or month is going to be different. The daily yoga and meditation, walks and runs, games and cards, would all be disrupted among strange places and crazy aliens. We take a holiday from life, it seems, left with no options. Professional travel rather than the dream setting does require discipline and stamina to cope with official needs like attending meetings. On the other hand, vacationers are lost in a vision of scenic beauty, famous landmarks, gambling perhaps, beauty treatments and sports too like skiing.

Practice simple physical exercisesPhysical fitness on a daily basis to remain fit!

Eat a balanced diet, even during journeys

Fitness

Since travel is always so hectic and exhausting, a good diet is compulsory, deliberately eaten to satiety. The opposite is usually true when fast food often serves the purpose with no attention to diet. Spinning around from morning to night, undertaking lengthy travel and witnessing unfamiliar sights does cause dehydration too. Healthy foods like cheese and fish and meat would find appropriate niches on the menu along with plenty of drinking water to make up for the extreme loss of energy. Vegetarian diets too could serve the purpose with a variety of nuts included.

Continue the usual daily dose of walks or runs on foreign territory

Fitness

Unlike the usual practice, the daily walk, jog or run should continue during travel and vacation days! Strange as it may sound.The truth is that hills and valleys occur during vacations too like always. After hectic sightseeing for a couple of days, the itinerary allows a rest day to recover your strength and nerves like if you have been trekking or mountain climbing. Even if it is a tight schedule, a brief run, walk or jog early in the morning before you depart would refresh you for the day. The endorphin factor Is crucial and you feel good too.

Instead of getting carried away in wonder, keep the feet on the ground and continue that early morning brief spell to prep you up for the day. Many people find that quite funny, but what is so odd about it? You are preserving health and physical fitness. Make sure you carry the right shoes.

Swimming is a rather common activity, even during holidays and many indulge in indoor or outdoor pools. Those few minutes are rather important like a daily dose of prayer.

If you wish to do things quietly in the hotel room rather than expose to curious glances of the natives and locals, the jump rope would be your intimate friend. Working out this way should be good enough to deliver ample exercise, followed by refreshments and rest. It needs to be done on a regular daily basis, though with the appropriate number of jumps.

Physical fitness is no big deal really.A pair of boxing gloves if you fancy that would relieve a lot of tensions. A boxing bag is not really necessary. Working out with the gloves should allow a lot of strenuous exercise in a thin air unless you want to go to the wall.

Attempt exotic methods of taming body and mind

Fitness

Each activity required some basic materials that you carried. Yoga and meditation require no specific equipment unless it is the mat, but the carpet would be found everywhere. Practice a few simple postures or breathing exercises to revive feelings, thoughts and emotions. Commune with nature in devoted meditation. A stint at bedtime would ensure restful sleep with sweet dreams.

The well-bathed secret to good health

Bathing often, observing personal hygiene and changing inners on a daily basis.It would ensure that you remain in tip top condition. Carrying enough clothes would be bothersome. But worth it when you consider the advantages of refreshed days and peaceful nights amidst mystic nature and the wafting scenario of faraway ambiances.

Record and share experience with the world

In order to make sense of all that you are doing, find some time to enter information in the mobile phone app and even chat online to exchange notes about experiences. Besides, you would have a record for future reference. Some people do it thoroughly with fitness software and record a lot of autobiographical detail that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Uploading photographs online would be an excellent way of sharing.

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hill stations
Posted by : Debolina Sinha

Queen of Hill stations- Ooty

Friends who like to travel, very often this blog post is just for you. Ooty is a very famous hill station in South India. The place is also known as Udhagamandalam which is the capital of Nilgiri district in Tamil Nadu. Nilgiri mountain ranges are older than the Himalayas.

hill station

Basic information

It was a land of tribe Todas.Later it was taken over by British governor John Sullivan.It is situated at an altitude of 2240 meters above the sea level.Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru named it as Queens of hill stations.The main attractions of Ooty are Coffee & tea plantations on the sloping hills, teak & chinchona trees,Vegetarian land Hairpin bends, and scenic beauty.The second largest city after Ooty is Coonoor in the Nilgiri district.

hill station

The famous places to visit and spending time in this hill station are

  • Ooty Lake
  • Doddabetta Peak
  • Pykara Falls
  • Pykara Lake
  • Ooty Botanical Garden
  • Catherene Falls
  • Droog Fort

hill station

Visiting Places in Coonoor

In Coonoor Lamb’s Rock, Sim’s Park, Dolfin’s Nose are famous viewpoints of side seeing.It was a great experience to go through Nilgiri Mountain Railway from Ooty to Coonoor which takes 1 hr approx.

If you go from Bangalore to Ooty

From Bangalore to Ooty route you will get Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary. You can stay there one night.Then you can start for Ooty. Best time to visit in Ooty is May or June in Summer & September to November in winter.In Coonoor, the favorite past time would be bird watching and spotting.It is the best place for photography.Special items to bring from there are tea, coffee,spices,gourmet cheese handicraft items etc.