Sunday, 27 September 2015

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UNESCO’s World Heritage Historic Kalka Shimla Toy Train

Kalka Shimla Toy Train is one of the most scenic train journeys in India which was built by British in 1903 to provide access their summer capital Shimla. The Kalka Shimla railway line is not only popular for its scenic beauty but also for history related to its construction as well. 96 kilometers railway line not only connects Kalka and Shimla but also passes through 20 picturesque stations, 102 tunnels, more than 800 bridges and 900 curves. This railway line is designed in such a way that its wheel do not skid during heavy rains. Due to these facts on 2nd July 2008 UNESCO’s world heritage decided to add Kalka Shimla Railway to world heritage list and later on 9th November 2008 it was officially declared by UNESCO.

The average speed of train is 22 kilometer per hours. The longest tunnel which stretches for more than one kilometer is near the mail railway station at Barog, which was named after Engineer Colonel Barog who earlier dug tunnel from both end and was unable to align both end and was fined Rupee 1 for this. And due to shame he committed suicide inside the incomplete tunnel.
Station between Kalka and Shimla are Taksal, Gumman, Koti, Sonwara, Dharampur, Kumarhatti, Barog, Solan, Salogra, Kandaghat, Kanoh, Kathleeghat, Shogi, Taradevi, Totu and Summer Hill.
For train schedule and fare one can visit official website of Indian Railway IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited)

List of Toy Trains from Kalka to Shimla with number:
1. 52457 – Kalka Shimla NG Passenger.
2. 72451 – Kalka Shimla Rail Motor.
3. 52451 – Shivalik Deluxe Express.
4. 52453 – Kalka Shimla NG Express.
5. 52455 – Himalayan Queen.
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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

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Folk dance of Kullu

Folk dance of Kullu District is Naati and it is performed in group. Naati not only performed during function but also while worshiping the local Deities. It is a group dance by both male and female and Dhol, Nagara, Shehnai, Karnal and Ransinghe are the popular music instruments played during Naati with the folk songs.

Female dancer wear traditional Kulluvi woollen dress over their cloths called Pattu. Pattu is a woollen cloth little bigger than shawl which have beautiful embroidery of woollen threads. Pattu is tied with the pins with silver chain and women wear lots of silver and golden ornaments. Their heads is covered with a piece of cloth called Dhatu and they wear the handmade footwear called Pullas.

While on the other hand , the male dancer wear a long woollen coat with pleats called Chola and tight woollen pant called Suthan and Chola is tied on the waist with the help of a piece of cloth called Dora. Male also wear a woollen cap with hanging garland made up of colourful threads. 

One can see this dance during some function in Manali or even during season period local Naati is also arranged by Himachal Tourism at Mall Road Manali to entertain Tourists. Last year more than 8000 female dance of Kullu Valley dance together in Kullu Dusherra and made a record. This local dance shows the rich culture of Kullu Valley.
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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

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Wild Flowers in Himalayas

Flora in Himalayas
It is always adventures while climbing to high hills. But during spring season it is more attractive due to wild flowers or we can say flora which mesmerise the whole atmosphere of Himalayas with its fragrance. Meadows of Himalayas range are full of these wild flowers during monsoon period and its look like a colourful carpet. These flowers and herbs are used for medicine purpose and even some of these are very costly as they are rarely available and of precious value. Not only flowers there are lots of wild fruits, wild animals and birds added beauty to Himalayas.

One can easily find some of these wild flowers during their visit to Rohtang Pass which is only 51 km away from Manali. During monsoon season Rohtang Pass also witness variety of flora and attracts lots of tourists. Not only Rohtang Pass but Dhundi is also a place which is also easily approachable from Manali where some wild flowers are available.

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