Monday, November 20, 2017

Temi Tea Garden, Ravangla

The Temi Tea Garden in Ravangla, considered one of the best in India and in the world. It is established in 1969 by the Government of Sikkim.



It is the only tea garden in Sikkim. The garden is laid over a gradually sloping hill covering an area of 177 hectares. 



Organic tea is produced in this garden based on the guidelines issued by the Institute of Marketology (IMO) of Switzerland.

Top quality tea is produced, which has great demand in the international market.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Flowers at Sim's Park - 1, Coonoor

Sim's Park in Coonoor is one of the major attraction that is feast for the nature lovers. Here one can see variety of beautiful and colorful flowers.



Here are a few of them.





Monday, November 13, 2017

ASI Museum Sculptures - 2, Shimoga

In Shimoga in the fort area is the 16th century Shivappa Nayak Palace  has been converted into a A.S.I Museum. There are many sculptures in this museum which were excavated from various regions. Some of them are sculptures of Bodhisattva. 


In early Indian Buddhism, Bodhisattva was primarily used to refer specifically to Gautama Buddha in his former life. Here is sculpture of 2nd century Gandhara style Bodhisattva Head excavated from Taxila.


Here is another sculpture of 5th century Gupta style Bodhisattva Head excavated from Saranath.


Tara in Tibetan Buddhism, is a female form of Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism. Here is sculpture between 11 - 12 century Gupta style Tara female Head in black stone from Alwar. Another is sculpture between 9 - 10 century Prathihara style Tara female Head in white stone excavated from Saranath.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Redstart at Gir

In Gir Sanctuary went for Safari in an open jeep and we could see some birds flying around. We spotted the Redstart in open areas of the forest.


The adult male has overall dark grey to black on the upper parts and a black breast. The lower rump and tail are orange-red, and tail feathers dark red-brown.They have bright orange-red tails. The wings are blackish-grey.


They are rarely seen on the ground. They are usually seen on the trees.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Parvati Temple, Kurudumale

At  Kurudumale there are many temples that are known for their architecture and spiritual importance. Here  Ganesha Temple and Someshwara Temple are very ancient.



Parvati Temple is one of the ancient temple here that is very simple. The temple was closed when we were in this place. 



However, we could see the deity from the window.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ravangla

Ravangla is a semi town that lies between Pelling and Gangtok. It is an elevation of 7000 ft and experiences snowfall during winter.



This picturesque place is a must visit for who tour Sikkim. When we reached this place in the late afternoon it was very cold and covered in mist.



The places of interest here are:

How to Reach: It is at a distance of 65 km away from the state capital Gangtok. From this place we drove a distance of 49 kms from Pelling.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Red Vented Bulbul at Coonoor

In Sim's Park of Coonoor among the various plants and trees one can also see a lot of birds. During tour of the park we also spotted many birds and one such bird is Red Vented Bulbul.



Their body is dark brown with a scaly pattern while the head is darker or black. 



The rump is white while the vent is red. The black tail is tipped in white. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sinquerim

Sinquerim is a coastal village in North Goa. This is a beautiful village around 16 kms from the state capital Panaji close to Candolim.



This village has pristine Sinquerim Beach and huge Fort Aguada that flanks it’s southern tip.