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“A Heritage Walk Around Gemini Flyover, Chennai on June 19, 2016 ” – K.J.S.Chatrath


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It is a good way for Fifty Plus friends to learn more about Chennai.

Regards…………….KJS Chatrath



A Heritage Walk Around Gemini Flyover

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‘Japanese Region’s New Anti-Flatulence Brochure for Tourists’ by Cara Giaimo

256b6b1d-7fec-44dd-86dc-b8936beb942bJapanese are admired the world over for their impeccable behaviour and consideration for others. One can surely learn from them.

In this connection you may like to read a Japanese Region’s New Anti-Flatulence Brochure for Tourists, suggests Cara Giaimo.  This  booklet, which is now available in English, counsels tourists on how to “understand the Japanese mind” by refraining from screaming and farting. …….Read on by clicking at the link below:

Some tips for safe travelling

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Photo by K.J.S.Chatrath, 2015

Here are some tips for safe travelling – nothing strikingly original, but good to keep these in mind:

1.      Avoid going to secluded areas even with friends.

2.      Always carry small change and avoid flashing around large notes.

3.      Always keep the number of the local embassy in case you run into trouble.

4.      Carry your money in a hidden waist wallet instead of a handbag.

5.      Do not talk to strangers even if they appear to be very friendly.

6.      Do not follow or get into a vehicle of a stranger even if they look harmless.

7.      Do not talk to local children as it might offend the parents.

8.      Do not take pictures of religious places or children as it might offend locals.

9.      Carry a copy of your passport and keep the original in the safe.

10.  Avoid getting into an argument with a stranger.



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‘Some scenic Train Rides Across India’

 Some scenic Train Rides Across India

Indian Railways has 63,028 km of tracks running through the country, and operates 14,300 trains on a daily basis

1. The Western Ghat Saunter (Karjat – Lonavala)


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The Western Ghats are rich in biodiversity, and during the monsoons this journey gets even more magical. The greenery looks refreshed with numerous streams and cascading waterfalls. The train passes through the village settlements of Thakurwadi before hiking up Monkey Hill, then crossing Khandala and reaching Lonavala.

2. Malnad Magic (Hassan – Mangalore) 


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The best stretch is from Sakleshpur to Subramanya where the trains chugs past rice paddy fields and Areca nut palm trees. It passes through 57 tunnels through the journey offering views of the misty mountains and sparkling waterfalls.

3. Arakku Valley Railway (Vizag – Arakku) 


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The route passes through the most beautiful landscapes including coffee plantations. This line would previously transport iron ore from Chattisgarh to Vishakapatnam. 

4. Flavours of Assam (Guwahati – Lumding – Silchar) 


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The train inches into the lush greenery of the adjoining valleys of Haflong, before joining the banks of River Jatinga and meandering along with it. A few hours later you will witness the wonderful tea plantations of the Barak Valley before heading towards Agartala.

5. Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Mettupalayam – Udhagamandalam) 


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Running for over 110 years, this is a train journey you should definitely have on your bucket list. Going through rocky terrain and meandering its way through tea plantations, the steam locomotive covers 46 km to Ooty in four and a half hours.

6. The Goan Experience (Vasco Da Gama – Londa) 


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A train ride from Vasco da Gama takes you from the serene beaches to the precarious curves of the Western Ghat Mountains offering a breathtaking sight of the Dudhsagar Waterfalls, one of India’s highest and most exquisite falls. 

7. The Konkan Railway (Ratnagiri – Mangalore) 


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The magnificent Sahyadris join in to make this one of the most sought after journeys for any railway enthusiast in India. The Konkan Railway is also an example of the expertise of the engineers of this country, who constructed this marvel battling against a hostile loose terrain with frequent landslide tendencies.

8. The Kangra Valley Odyssey (Pathankot – Jogindernagar) 


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Starting from Pathankot in Punjab, the train covers 164 kms to Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh, meandering through numerous passes and rivers of the Kangra valley. It is a laid back option for traveling across the Kangra valley. Yet the views it offers compensate for the speed.

9. The Snow Sojourn (Qazigund – Baramulla) 


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It is a refreshing ride through the Kashmir Valley, weaving through the snow capped peaks at a distance and the Chinar trees all around. The best time of taking this journey is during the winters when the surroundings are covered with snow.

10. The Kashmir Railway (Jammu – Udhampur) 


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The extremes of winter and summer along with the unfavorable terrain make this route one of the most thrilling of all Indian train rides. This route has 20 major tunnels and 158 bridges which offer astounding views of the rivers and valleys around the beautiful Shivalik Mountain Ranges.

11. The Chilka Route (Bhubaneshwar – Brahmapur) 


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The train route runs between the Eastern Ghats and the Chilka Lake providing all the stunning views of Orissa. The Chilka lagoon is a sight for migratory birds and is a perfect place for birdwatchers.

12. The Desert Queen (Jodhpur – Jaisalmer) 


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If you thought a desert route from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer would be dull, you couldn’t be more wrong. The sight of painted mud huts and numerous camel grazing is just so typically Rajasthani and magical. Witnessing a sunrise or sunset from the train is pure delight to the senses.

13. The Indian Maharaja Deccan Odyssey (Mumbai – Aurangabad 


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This train runs from Pune to Delhi and takes ten days in total. Not recommended for the business traveller but for the luxury traveller, as it comes complete with a library, ayurvedic massage centre, steam rooms and a gymnasium. It stops at stations which are close to tourist destinations and sights like the Ajanta and Ellora Caves and the Taj Mahal.

14. The Sea Bridge (Mandapam – Pamban – Rameswaram) 


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Running on the second-longest bridge in the country, this route is considered one of the most thrilling and dangerous as it is a thin bridge. It connects the Tamil Nadu mainland to the island of Rameswaram.

15. The Dooars Voyage (Siliguri – Newmal – Hasimara – Alipur 


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The train route which recently converted to broad gauge has minimum traffic but passes through notable wildlife sanctuaries that are rich in flora and fauna. It crosses Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Chapramari Forest, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and Buxa Tiger Reserve along with numerous stream crossings.

16. The Matheran Hill Railway (Neral – Matheran) 


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The only heritage railway in Maharashtra, Matheran still is a favourite among locals and visitors. This narrow gauge rail line was built by Akbar Peerbhoy between 1901 and 1907. It runs through large patches of forest and covers a total distance of 20 km.

17. The Island Express (Kanyakumari – Trivandrum) 


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A short train journey, but one packed with visual delights, this journey takes you through tightly packed coconut trees, and past coastal architecture. This train ride is through South India’s most picturesque locations.

18. The Mandovi Express (Mumbai – Goa) 


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The train that connects you to both these lovely places is one that gives an equally stunning view of what is sandwiched in between the Sahyadari hills and the Arabian Sea. Rumbling through 92 tunnels and on 2000 bridges, this route gives you Instagram moments every five seconds.

19. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Siliguri – Darjeeling) 


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Running from Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling, the journey takes you as close as possible to the tea pickers with baskets strapped on their heads and the smell of tea leaves that wafts in the air. An interesting thing to note about this train is that it runs on the metre gauge and is also a UNESCO world heritage site since 1999.

20. The Himalayan Queen (Kalka – Shimla) 


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The heritage railway between Kalka and Shimla features in the Guinness Book of World Records for offering the steepest rise in altitude in the space of 96 km. It passes through 102 tunnels and 864 bridges, flanked by the picturesque Shivalik Mountains on both sides. The fresh air, and the whizzing views of oak, pine and maple trees are just some things that make this journey memorable.

21. Shindavane and Ambale (Pune-Satara) 


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The railway cuts deep through the barren and lofty Sahyadri mountains and passes through loose rocks on all sides. This lies in the Pune-Satara section of the Central Railways.


I do not know who took these photographs and who wrote the text. I do not claim any copy right on these which would rest with the photographer/author. I am sharing these for the readers of my website in good faith. …..KJS Chatrath

‘Plan your summer trip’ – K.J.S.Chatrath



I am sharing a message received by me from GIO Adventures. I went with them as a full paying participant  for a short trek to Chopta in Uttrakhand last year. I would give them 6.5 out of 10 for that trip.

Of course you should fully satisfy yourself before taking any decision.


Regards………………KJS Chatrath




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‘INTACH Delhi Chapter is really steeped in history!’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

I was going through INTACH Delhi Chapter’s website about its forthcoming heritage walks and look what I found: “Plans are being finalized to add seven more heritage walks to this list in time for the Commonwealth Games, 2010.”

INTACH Delhi Chapter is really steeped in history!

‘Lathmaar Holi in Mathura’ – by K.J.S.Chatrath

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I am sharing herewith an email received by me about the forthcoming Holi Festival.
Take a look if you find it of interesting. is sharing it for information of its readers and is not, in any way connected with the organising or running of this event.
Regards………………KJS Chatrath


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‘Visit Konark Festival in Odisha’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

KF Hoarding (10x20)2Thirty five km. to the north-east of Puri lies the World Heritage Monument, the Sun Temple of Konark. Twelve hundred craftsmen had toiled hard for 12 long years to erect this monumental wonder where 12 year’s revenue was spent. Modelled after the floating chariot of the mythical Sun God, the temple is a quintessence of imaginative craftsmanship of ancient Odisha. The temple architecture was designed as drawn by twelve exquisitely carved stone wheels and seven galloping horses. And the kings, queens, generals, foot soldiers, sages, priests, elephants, horses, courtiers and courtesans depicted on the walls and the panels with finesse open a window to the nostalgic times of medieval Odisha.

The Annual Konark Festival, which is held in an Open Air Auditorium with the temple as the backdrop, showcase a magical parade of India’s classical and traditional dance forms. Eminent dancers and their troupe delight visitors in the wintry evening of early December with dramatic choreographies.
Besides, the dance performances the visitors are treated in an Artist Camp to an exhibition of Odishan temple sculptures which are often described as poetry transcribed on stone. Sand Art exhibition is also another attraction for tourists.
 It is a festival of classical dances of India performed at the backdrop of the Sun Temple, Konark.
Konark Festival was organised for the first time in 1989 in the Open Air Auditorium at Konark constructed with the financial assistance of Government of India. The festival is being organised for a period of 5 days i.e. from December 1-5 every year.
Conceived as a festival of Classical Dances of India, the objective of Konark Festival is to promote Konark as well as Odisha as place of tourist destination.


Konark is connected by excellent all-weather roads with Puri (35 kms) and Bhubaneswar (65 kms) which are also nearest Railheads. Nearest Airport is Biju Pattanaik Airport, Bhubaneswar.

Local Transport:

All types of tourist cabs are available from Bhubaneswar and Puri. Further tourist luxury coaches are being operated by Odisha Tourism Development Corporation.
Besides, OTDC is also offering Special Tour Packages from 1st to 5th December 2014 to witness the Konark Festival. Click here for more details..

1.12.15 Odissi Srjan, Bhubaneswar
Manipuri Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy
2.12.15 Satriya Jatin Goswami & Group
Odissi Suprava Mishra, Ahmedabad & Group
3.12.15 Odissi GKCM Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar
Kuchupudi Vyjayanthi Kashi
4.12.15 Bharatnatyam Kalakshetra (Priyadarshini Govinda)
Odissi Ashis Das & Group
5.12.15 Odissi Orissa Dance Academy
Kathak Rajashree Shirke

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