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Author Archives: Ramit Thakur

New Zealand is indeed one of the beat countries to live in and though being a small nation, it is a developed one. They have a distinct biodiversity in terms of plants, animals and fungals. The history of New Zealand dates back to 1250th CE. Sometime between 1250 and 1300 CE, Polynesian settled in the islands that later were named New Zealand and developed a distinctive Maori culture. In 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman became the first European to sight New Zealand. Maoris form the largest minority group followed by Asians and Pacific Outlanders. So without any further ado, let’s share “18 interesting facts about the beautiful country of New Zealand” 1) The place with the longest name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay. 2) No part of the country is more than 128km (79 miles) from the sea. Also, Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world. 3) Only…

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The western tragopan or western horned tragopan (Tragopan melanocephalus) is a medium-sized brightly plumed pheasant found along the Himalayas from north-eastern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northern Pakistan in the west to Uttarakhand within India to the east. They are known as “Jujurana” in Himachal Pradesh. So today we will share “10 facts about Jujurana: our state bird which is an endangered species“ 1) Our State animal Jujurana means “King of birds“. It was accorded the status of state bird of Himachal Pradesh in 2007. 2) The other name of the bird is western tragopan and is considered the rarest of all living pheasants. 3) The world population of Jujurana is estimated at fewer than 5,000 individuals, including a captive breeding population in Himachal Pradesh which numbered fewer than ten pairs in 2012. 4) CITES (the convention on International trade in endangered species of wild flora & fauna)has listed this species in Appendix I in order to discourage selling of its feathers. Representing the endemic bird…

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Indian refers to a nationality, but not an ethnicity or language. The Indian nationality consists of many regional ethnolinguistic groups, reflecting the rich and complex history of India. India hosts all major ethnic groups found in the Indian Subcontinent. The diaspora with Indian ancestry, as a result of emigration, are somewhat widespread most notably in the Middle East(UAE, Saudi Arabia), South East Asia, United Kingdom, North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe. Population estimates vary from a conservative 12 million to 20 million diaspora. So a question was asked by an individual on Quora titled,”Are people from India black?” For those of who don’t know what Quora is, here is how Wikipedia says about it, “Quora is a question-and-answer site where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users”. In response to this question the author, “Bawin” gave a beautiful and insightful answer to this which is enough…

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According to Wikipedia, a hot spring is a spring produced by the emergence of geothermal heated groundwater that rises from the earth’s crust. There are geothermal hot springs in many locations all over the crust of the earth. While some of these springs contain water that is a safe temperature for bathing, others are so hot that immersion can result in injury or death. Iceland, famous for its hot spring has harnessed this natural phenomena into a major source of energy and they produce good amount of electricity on top of it. In India, we have considerable number of hot springs especially in the state of Himachal Pradesh. We have 5 well known hot springs, located at Manikaran, Tattapani, Kasol, Vashisht and Kheerganga. So lets talk about “7 reasons why you must consider taking a bath in a hot spring” Image Source 1)The hot springs improves blood circulation in the body…

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Swach Bharat” , “Swach Himalaya” , “Harit Himalaya” !! The above line suggests “Clean & Green Himalayas” which is a good step towards “Swach Bharat” which is a dream of every Indian out there and is waiting for the day when our India will be dirt free and also a least polluted country in the world. The people of Lahaul- Spiti has the same feeling towards environment and that’s why they are starting a cleanliness drive from a place called ‘Koksar’ to District Headquarter ‘Keylong’ . We are happy and honored to be a part of such a noble initiative. Their Swach Campaign also  includes plantation of trees which is another wonderful step towards the Green Revolution and ‘Harit’ Himalaya which means ‘Green Himalaya’. As we all know in today’s scenario the hills are being exploited with wastes like plastics all over the places like in forests and in water…

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1) The full name of 14th Dalai Lama is Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso. Image source 2) In order to confirm his identity, The Tibetan Monks tested the 2-year-old Tenzin Gyatso by showing him to identify certain articles of clothing that belonged to the 13th Dalai Lama. He passed all the tests, then changed his name, took the throne at age 4 and became a monk at age 6. Image source 3) His Holiness The Dalai Lama hobbies include Meditating, Gardening and also enjoys collecting and repairing watches. Image source 4) The residence of The Dalai Lama, Potala Palace, and Norbulingka are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Image source 5) The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful moment of non – violence against China for the liberation of Tibet.   Image source 6) The greatest fear of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama…

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Image source Madan Lal – Cricketer   He was the member of 1983 legendary World Cup Winning Team.  His ancestors belonged to district Hamirpur of Himachal Pradesh.   Image source Charanjit Singh – Hockey Player He was a former Field hockey player. He was born in Mairi, Himachal Pradesh (then Punjab). He was the captain of the Indian Hockey Team that won the ‘Gold‘ medal in the 1964 ‘SUMMER OLYMPICS‘ at Tokyo, Japan.   Image source The Great Khali aka Dalip Singh Rana – Wrestler  Dalip Singh Rana aka Khali is world famous as an Indian and American professional wrestler. He hails from Dhiraina village in distt. Sirmaur. He is famous for his great height 7 ft 1 inch(2.16m). In 2014, he was described as the 8th tallest professional wrestler in the history of wrestling. Some of his achievements:- Pro Wrestling Illustrated – PWI ranked him # 83 of the Top…

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Andretta is a beautiful village in Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is famous worldwide for its artists’ colony. The artists’ colony was established in the 1920s, when Irish theater artist and environmentalist, Norah Richards, shifted here from Lahore. She was unhappy in England after her husband died and she longed to return. So, when she met an Englishman who was willing to sell her land in Kangra for Rs. 1, she bought it and this place was in Andretta. Image Source It is located near Palampur in the Kangra District, with Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas as a backdrop. Andretta over the years has attracted many noted artists, theater practitioners, painters and more recently potters. Two of the famous people who became associated with it early on were painters Sobha Singh and B.C. Sanyal. Image Source Image Source Tourist attractions in Andretta 1) Andretta Pottery and Craft Society Image Source…

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 The district of Lahaul-Spiti in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh consists of the two formerly separate districts of Lahaul and Spiti. The present administrative centre is Keylong in Lahaul. The district was formed in 1960. Kunzum la or the Kunzum Pass (altitude 4,551 m; 14,931 ft) is the entrance pass to the Spiti Valley from Lahaul. It is 21 km from Chandra Tal. This district is connected to Manali through the Rohtang Pass. To the south, Spiti ends 24 km from Tabo, at the Sumdo where the road enters Kinnaur and joins with National Highway No. 22. The language, culture, and populations of Lahaul and Spiti are closely related. Generally the Lahaulis are of Tibetan and Indo-Aryan Hindu descent, while the Spiti Bhot are more similar to the Tibetans, owing to their proximity to Tibet. Most of the Lahaulis follow a combination of Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism of the Drukpa Kagyu order, while…

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As truly said by Saint Augustine, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” This statement totally makes sense when you think about life as an opportunity to travel as much as possible to corners of the world and know and learn about various aspects of life, cultures, society, nature,etc. So today we will tell you about “These 5 reasons make Himachal a must visit place for once in a lifetime”. 1. To fall in love with Nature If you are tired of seeing and living in the same concrete jungle for a long time then it is time for you to change the view. God has gifted Himachal with splendid amount of wealth and beauty of nature. You can witness ravishing mighty Himalayan ranges, roaring fierce rivers, beautiful waterfalls, hot springs, plenty of lakes and mysterious deep forests within this small wonderland.…

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