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Author Archives: Manish Khamesra

Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave – Treasure trove of Indian Mythology

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Kumaon Itinerary

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Kumaon Itinerary“If you will not visit these caves, you are not a true Indian”. Some other time, I would not have liked this absurd comment to my eight year old kid from a stranger lady. It is difficult for me to digest how someone may consider visiting a cave complex as a test of person’s love and loyalty for his country. However, on that day, I was not really unhappy […]

Eurasian Jay- Mimicry Artist of the Avian world

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Kumaon Itinerary

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Kumaon Itinerary“Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc., and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe they are smarter for exactly the same reasons. ” -Douglas Adams (a writer, dramatist and a musician) Out of two hundred and eighty seven species of Indian hill-birds described by Salim Ali, about two hundred […]

The Ancient temple of Someshwar Mahadev in Ulsoor

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Ulsoor Heritage Walk

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Ulsoor Heritage WalkThe parichay heritage walks organized by INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) in Bengaluru sells like hot cake. Most of the times even before I get an opportunity to read the mails sent by them, I see another mail in my inbox informing of registration being closed. Also, Jaishree was complaining for long that her shift to the IT city has curbed her freedom, thanks […]

Chaukori – The health prone nature zone

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Kumaon Itinerary

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Kumaon ItineraryLife is hectic. Time is preciously scarce with two young kids, a demanding job, high amour-propre, and with immense interest in never ending supplies of good books and movies. We still dare to plan vacations on our own with pitfalls of certain ideas dying prematurely, or missing timely train reservation or booking of the preferred accommodation. It happens even though the decision about our next travel destination is always […]

Pasham, Pundit Explorer and Pricey Fungus at Mr Pangtey’s Museum

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Kumaon Itinerary

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Kumaon ItineraryOn the way back from Darkot village we stopped at the tribal heritage museum. It has a small yet good collection of artifacts, traditional clothing and accessories of the region and is established by Dr S.S. Pangtey, a PhD from Kumaon University and a professor of history at a government college in Munsiyari, who belongs to Shauka tribe. When we visited the museum, he was not there and his […]

Munsiyari maximized

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Kumaon Itinerary

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Kumaon ItineraryAll over Uttaranchal, Lord Shiva is worshiped with his consort Parvati. It is believed that even nature celebrates their embracing in the merger of sky (Lord Shiva) with earth (Parvati). It is Parvati’s incarnation as Nanda Devi that is omnipresent in Kumaon. She represents her icy, unmoving and stolid form in endless anticipation of her beloved – Shiva. Her abode is usually atop a high mountain peak and its […]