The name Old Magazine House had a hint of some Dak Bungalow from the colonial era hidden in it. Since I heard the name I travelled through my own world of fantasy to imagine an adventurous stay in the resort. Adventure stories from my childhood are to be blamed for such fantasies. Coming back to reality, Old Magazine House (OMH) is basically a bird watching camp located within the thick forest of Ganeshgudi near Dandeli under the Jungle Lodge and Resort chain.
Ratha Yatra, the annual chariot (Ratha) festival is held in many parts of India and also in some parts of the world. The Puri Ratha Yatra festival is the oldest and the most famous among all. During this festival Lord Jagannath along with his elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra starts for a grand journey to their masi’s (aunt) house which is the Gundicha Temple situated at a distance of 2 km from the main Jagannath temple. The grand procession from one temple to the temple is held every year with much pomp and grandeur and is called the Ratha Yatra.
Ever since I saw the first hornbill in my life from my balcony, I developed a strange affinity towards this bird. Even its shrieking call sounds musical to me. I can recognise the call and immediately start looking for it in the foliage. I search for Hornbills when I travel to places known for their presence. Just before the onset of the monsoon, we drove to Dandeli in search of the endemic species – The Malabar Grey Hornbill and the Malabar Pied Hornbill. Who does not know the abundance of these birds in the Dandeli timber depot? Thanks to my fellow bloggers and the social media for all the information. 🙂
The sacred tale of Ugyen Guru Lhakhang and the adventures of the people of Pangbisa is no less than a fairy tale revolving around miracles, faith, prophecy, treasures, mummified body, severed head and a lot more. This mystical story is based on the tiny village of Pangbisa situated close to Paro valley in Bhutan. Perched on the cliff within this green hamlet is the ancient temple, the Ugyen Guru Lhakhang. The temple is associated with many such legends and divine commands followed till date. Not known to many, Pangbisa with the Lhakhang is one of the hidden treasure in Bhutan.
In this post, I share my experiences of my final days in Bhutan which I spent in Paro. Hence I will also end my subsequent posts on Bhutan series. Living in Paro for a few days, it became our second home far away from home. We started feeling a connection with the valley and its people. Aimlessly loitering on the streets and gazing at the river and the mountains became our daily routine and we were relishing an unhurried easy way of life.
Chukha is the powerhouse of Bhutan where numerous glacial rivers originating from the Himalayas swiftly flows down through varied topography to provide the optimal condition for hydroelectricity generation. Chukha Hydroelectric Plant is thus the first and major hydel power plant in Bhutan constructed under Indo- Bhutan treaty in the Chimakoti village on the banks of the Wang Chhu. It has a perennial supply of water with the joining of tributaries from Thimphu, Paro and Haa Valley.
“Haa mane Hawa (Haa means wind)” he said and laughed to his heart. He has derived the statement after through observation. The newly coined relation of Haa with Hawa was interesting and I wholeheartedly accepted the new meaning. The tiny valley of Haa in the Haa district is seated at the foot of three mighty mountains together known as the Miri Punsum also called the three brother’s hill. The Haa river quietly meanders through this quaint valley originating from some glacier in Jomolhari. The valley is home to many ancient temples and dzong and is the place of origin of many legends.