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Hilarious Himalayan Tour
The beginning of May is the most beautiful time in the Indian Himalayas. A small settlement Naggar, where the main program of the tour is taking place, blooms with roses. They are especially beautiful in the environment of the snow ridge of the mountain, which is painted in purple or pink colors with the rays of the rising and setting sun.
Arrival in New Delhi. Departure towards the Himalayas. On the way - visiting the center of ethnography of culture of Punjab state and the sacred place - Kurukshetra.
Kurukshetra ("Kuru field", "Heaven on earth") - a legendary plain, revered in ancient Indian mythology as sacred. In the first verse of the Bhagavad-gita, Kuruksetra is called dharma-ksetra, the field of dharma. In Vedic times, the boundaries of the Kuruksetra area roughly corresponded to the boundaries of the modern Indian state of Haryana.
Accommodation in hotel in Pinjore. After a short rest we will explore the gardens of Pinjore and learn about their incredible history, as well as visit the open-air museum of archaeology. In ancient times, this city was called Panchpur or Bhima Nagar and was closely associated with the Pandavas brothers from the legendary epos of the Mahabharata.The gardens of Yadavindra were built by the famous architect of the 17th century. The large stone monoliths from which the palace was erected were taken from the destroyed huge Hindu temple of Bhima, built in the 10th century AD. The remains of the temple buildings can be seen in the archaeological park, which is next to the gardens.
Departure to the Kullu Valley (Naggar) in the early morning on one of the most interesting roads in the Himalayas. It was in this way that pilgrims and merchants traveled to Tibet, to the sacred mountain Kailash. Here are the sacred places of the Kullu valley, which has the name - the valley of the gods. This valley is mentioned in the legendary epic Mahabharata. On the way - visiting interesting places related to Hinduism. Tree-temple, place of Rishi Vyasa and Mahabharata, the most ancient temple of Shiva. Accommodation in hotel in Naggar.
Sightseeing tour of Nagar. Naggar is the former capital of the Rajas Kullu (XI century). It is located at an altitude of 1800-1900 m. Here are preserved: the palace of rajah - a unique monument of Himalayan architecture, the Hindu temples of the 11th century, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Godess Parvati, Vishnu, the extraordinary wooden temple of Tripura Sundri and the temple of Krishna, which offers a magnificent view of the Kullu valley .
The first half of the day. Visiting the Tibetan village in Patlikul and getting acquainted with the art of the thangka. Female Tibetan Monastery of Panga. In the afternoon, the Chamunda temple and the waterfall of yogis, where people can swim.
Climbing the mountain and one of the most sacred places in the valley of the gods Kullu - Bijeli Mahadev. Visiting Buddhist University.
The Bijali-Mahadev Temple is one of the most powerful shrines in the Kullu Valley in the northwestern Himalayas. The temple itself does not strike the imagination of travelers! But it is unique in that there is a large shivaling, which is destroyed during the monsoons and thunderstorms. Not often, about once every ten years. Bijeli Mahadev means the great deity of lightning and is dedicated to Shiva. The temple burns in this fire and is built again. And shivalingam is joined by a priest and ghee is smeared (melted butter). This is the process of destruction of the old and the renewal. For participants of the 3-day "Tracking on the places of Shiva" (alternative program), the first day of the journey begins here.
Visit the temple of the demon goddess Hadimba, as well as Buddhist monasteries. A trip to the hot springs of Vashisht, where the temple of Rishis Vashisht is located - the teacher of the legendary Rama. In Vashishte - the largest selection of various souvenirs.
Departure from Naggar to the Great Himalayan Reserve. The national park, whose area is 754 square kilometers, is perhaps the only huge reserve in the Himalayas, where virgin forests and a diverse fauna are preserved. It is in the mountains, whose height ranges from 1500 m to 6000 m. In June 2014 the Great Himalayan National Park was included in the UNESCO List as a World Heritage Site. The UNESCO Committee awarded the Great Himalayan Nature Reserve a World Heritage Site status according to the criteria of "exceptional natural beauty and preservation of the diversity of life forms".
In the morning after breakfast we leave the hotel. The first part of the trip passes through the valley of Kinnaur. The valley of the Sutlej River is called Keynor (Kinnaur) on behalf of the ancient Kinner tribe, which are mentioned in the Mahabharata. Here live the only representatives of the indigenous population of the Indian Himalayas, who did not mingle with the Aryan tribes and were not destroyed by them. It was along the valley of the Sutlej River, which starts near the sacred mountain Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, the ancient Indo-Tibetan trade route passed.
Residents of Kinnaur organized fairs and gave shelter to many travelers, pilgrims and traders. And opposite the sacred Indian mountain Kinner-Kailash was regularly held Kalachakra. Sarahan - here is the beautiful temple of Bhimakali, where unique services are held. In the evenings from Sarahan you can watch the sunset over the sacred mountain Shirkanj Mahadev.
Early in the morning we go to Recong Peo. Transfer about 4 hours.
In 1992, His Holiness the Dalai Lama conducted the Kalachakra here. This place is marked by the cathedral of Kothi. The former ancient village is famous for the Chandika temple. All the Kinnaur holidays are held in this village. Kalpa - a small town located opposite the sacred mountain Kinner Kailash (6050 m). According to the legend - the winter home of Shiva and Parvati. In summer they spend time in Tibet, and in winter they move to India, to the valley of Kaynor. Here you can find unusual shapes of temples and cheerful Keynor people. In the
evening, travelers enjoy the inimitable play of Kinner Kailash's colors in the rays of the setting sun. And in the morning - meet the first ray of the sun, which makes its way through the top.
In the morning we will take a short walk in the surroundings of Kalpa, return to the hotel and go to Rampur, the capital of the principality of Bouchard. About three hundred years ago, during the reign of Raj Kehar Singh in Bushehr, a trade agreement was signed between the principality of Bouchard and Tibet ... The rulers exchanged valuable gifts - horses were delivered from Tibet, and Prince Bushara presented a sword. Until recently, in Rampur since that very long time, there was the Fair of Lavi, where the local population and Tibetans traded. Through
Shimla was a mountain resort and the former residence of the British Vice-King in India. Here often happened R. Kipling. In Shimla, he created his famous "Utopia" and often traveled along the ancient Indo-Tibetan trade route to the east - to the Kinnaur and Spiti valleys.