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Aksharadhool: Wildflowers of Kaas – Part IV The whole setting here is quite spectacular. The weather beaten, vertically cut, cliff faces in basalt, look super imposing and the deep gorge has some kind of eerie feel about it.

Aksharadhool: Wildflowers of Kaas – Part IV

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Aksharadhool: Removing the scars

Aksharadhool: Removing the scars

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Aksharadhool: North of Northeast Part XII As dawn arrives, Kaziranga gets transferred from a dark dangerous world to a 'pleasure for eye' land with plethora of mini water ponds and fields with tall elephant grasses, swaying in the wind. I climb the stair case to mount an elephant. There are two types of elephant rides available, one where you can sit with legs spread across like a motor cycle ride or the other where you can sit sideways.

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Aksharadhool: North of Northeast Par The driver brings me back to hotel. I want to pay him for the ride. The hotel manager turns up and says the ride is on the house. I just do not know how to thank all these wonderful people, who are giving me such a wonderful service as a part of their job. Leaving aside all the disappointment of the morning, I am feeling so much better with the compassion and warmth shown by these people.

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Aksharadhool: North of Northeast Part VIII After the long and grueling drive of yesterday, it feels nice that today we would be doing only local sightseeing without much travel. As we assemble outside near the cars, weather is surprisingly warm because of the bright sunshine. Our first destination is the Tawang Monastery. Tawang, is spite of its remote location, is a bristling town with number of four wheelers zooming about.

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Aksharadhool: North of Northeast Part VII As I stand at Jaswantgarh, facing the Tawang Chu valley, I remember these geographic and historic facts to appreciate how strategically important Jaswantgarh really was. On my right is the deep and constricting ravine of Nuranang Chu river before is falls down to meet Tawang Chu.

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Aksharadhool: Cambodia's Vulture restaurants vulture population fell drastically in the 1990s, when the carrion-eating birds fed on the carcasses of cattle that were treated with Diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat livestock that is highly toxic to vultures. Luckily for them, this drug was never used in Cambodia, and its small native populations of Red-headed, Slender-billed, and White-rumped vultures found Preah Vihear province a relatively safe haven

Aksharadhool: Cambodia's Vulture restaurants

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Aksharadhool: North of Northeast Part VI The Nyukmadong War Memorial is located on a specious 1.5 acre plot of land, overlooking the famous battle ground of 18 Nov 1962. It nestles in a three tired terraced landscape with beautiful coniferous trees planted around. The main memorial is in the form of a 25 feet high ‘Chorten’ conforming to the local ethos and traditions.

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Aksharadhool: North of Northeast Part IV A friend calls me and says that its time to move on. Within minutes, we all are out of the town, entering the enthralling valleys of the the Himalayas; kings of the mountains of the world.

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Aksharadhool: North of Northeast- Part III After the visit is over, we all return to the hotel for a quick lunch and checkout. As our car flotilla moves out, my mind is filled with sadness for having to leave this beautiful city, but the car driver tells me that we have yet to visit Shillong's most popular tourist spot, “Bara Pani.”

Aksharadhool: North of Northeast- Part III

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