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Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, India (Please Like and Share, if you love it) * With the height of 1100 feet (335 metres), It is one of the tallest waterfalls in India. * The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth. * Nohkalikai Falls are fed by the rainwater collected on the summit of comparatively small plateau and decrease in power during the dry season in December - February. * Below the falls there has formed a plunge pool with unusual green colored water. * Nohkalikai Falls hold pride of place among Meghalaya's beauty spots not only for its magnificence, but also for the story associated with it. * In Khasi language this fall is also known as "Jump of Ka Likai", it is linked to a legend about local women Likai who after family tragedy became insane and jumped off the cliff next to the falls. * The heaviest flow is towards the end of the rainy season which is around August - about the best time to visit Meghalaya. * During this season, there are a number of companion waterfalls making their dramatic leaps off the escarpment The falls nearly dry up by the early spring as there is hardly any rainfall during the winter. * There are steps that take you nearly to the bottom and the adventurous can take the footpath that leads from the bottom of the stairs right down to the pool.

The Lingmala Falls, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra. India Explore more with Know Your Destination * The Lingmala Waterfall is one of the most striking spots of on the Mahabaleshwar-Pune road. * The uninterrupted fall descends 600 feet from the cliff face. * The enchanting waterfall cascades into the Venna valley of Mahabaleshwar and a number of tourists can be seen splashing around at the foot of the falls. * The best season of visiting the falls is the start of the rainy season when the water level rises and waterfalls are a sight to behold or in November & December. * Don’t wait for the peak monsoons as during that time the hill station is practically shut down. * It is 6 kilometers from the main town. * The stream here precipitates over the face of steep cliff, unbroken when the torrent is swollen by rain but ordinarily divided by projecting rocks about one third of the way down into thin silver streaks and sprays often circled by rainbows. Picture : Copyright Raghunandan Kulkarni's @ Flickr

Waterfall in the Goa's highest village or say Waterfall refer as 'Falls of the #Beloved'. "Ladkyacho Vozar #Waterfall", #Surla Village, #Goa, #India. ## Know Your Destination## Explore, Share and Like more with us #KYD #KnowYourDestination * The spectacular Ladkyacho Vozar plunge waterfall is 1.5 km (0.93 mi) northeast of Surla in Goa's highest village. * A few kilometres ahead one crosses the Goa boundary into Karnataka, where strangely a narrow road leads one to a Goan village, Surla. * It comes under Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary in Goa. * A rocky plateau behind the village temple attracts nature lovers who stand there to gaze transfixed at a distant waterfall, the Ladkyacho Vozar, which thunders down into the valley below. * Interestingly, upstream of the waterfall, two rivulets, the Khalsa and the Vaigon combine and form the Barazanacho Vazar, another lovely waterfall before eventually tumbling down the cliff to form the Ladkyacho Vozar. * There are expansive views to be had from the lookout here, and the vistas are especially high on drama during the monsoons when the romance of water and wind is at its peak. Coordinates : 15°40′25″N 74°11′3″E Picture Courtesy : Natesh Shahane @ Panoramio

#Saach #Pass, #Chamba District, #Himachal #Pradesh, #India ## Know Your Destination ## : Share and Like with us #KYD #KnowYourDestination * It is a 4420 m/14500 ft high mountain pass in Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. * It is 127 km (79 mi) far from the District Headquarters. It connects the Chamba valley with the Pangi valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India. * The pass is open from June to mid October. The road is narrow and unmetalled. * It is the gateway to the Pangi Valley. * The pass offers a spectacular view of the show clad peaks, high mountains, and untouched and unspoiled surroundings. * It is the shortest route from Chamba to the Killar (170 km). Other routes are Chamba-Manali-Killar(680 KM) and Chamba-Jammu-Doda-Gulabgarh-Killar(570 KM). * The valley is not only blessed with natural and scenic beauty, but also offers a number of opportunities for trekking enthusiasts. * It is the shortest route to Killar. With the completion of this road(Sach Pass) the distance from Pathankot to Leh via Saach pass has been reduced to 670 K.M. While the distance from Pathankot to Leh via Manali is 800 km (497 mi). * The nearest airport to Chamba is that of Kangra, and Pathankot has the nearest railhead. * Sach pass to Chamba is 127 km. Sach pass to Dalhousie is 175 km. Sach pass to Pathankot is 247 km.

Palace with one of the largest private dwelling built till date and four times the size of #Buckingham #Palace #Laxmi Vilas Palace, #Vadodara, #Gujarat, India ** Know Your Destination ** Explore, Share and Like more with us #KYD #KnowYourDestination * Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara is one of the famous monuments in Vadodara that is high on tourist value. * People visiting Vadodara make it a point to visit Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara. * A wonderful exemplification of the Indo-Sarcenic architectural style, the palace is a majestic structure that warrants a special visit if you wish to marvel at the detailed and exquisite work from the close quarters. * It is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling built till date and four times the size of Buckingham Palace. * At the time of construction it boasted the most modern amenities such as elevators and the interior is reminiscent of a large European country house. * It remains the residence of the Royal Family, who continue to be held in high esteem by the residents of Baroda. * Its ornate Darbar Hall, which is sometimes the venue of music concerts and other cultural events, has a Venetian mosaic floor, Belgium stained glass windows and walls with intricate mosaic decorations. * Outside of the Darbar Hall is an Italinate courtyard of water fountains. * The palace houses a remarkable collection of old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble & terracotta by Fellici. * The palace is open to the public and an audio tour is available. * The Palace "compound" is of over 700 acres (2.8 km2) and houses a number of buildings, particularly the Moti Baug Palace and the Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum building. * Adjacent to the Motibaug Palace and the Museum is the Moti Bagh Cricket Ground, the offices of the Baroda Cricket Association, and a very rare indoor teak floored tennis court and badminton court (where the All India Badminton Championships were previously held). * The Maharaja constructed a miniature railway line, which circled the mango orchard within the palace compound, to take his children from the school to the main Lakshmi Vilas Palace. * The train engine was recently refurbished by Ranjitsinh Pratapsinh Gaekwad, who was the maharaja during the time, and can be seen at the entrance to the Museum. * The palace also boasted a small zoo. The only remnant of the zoo is the pond where a number of crocodiles remain. * The Navlakhi (literally meaning "of nine hundred thousand") Well, a fine 'baoli' or step well, is 50 metres north of the palace.

#Chadar #Trek, #Zanskar, #Ladakh, #India ** Know Your Destination ** Explore, Share and Like more with #KYD #KnowYourDestination * The word Chadar means blanket and is used to refer to the trek along the frozen Zanskar River. * The most amazing thing about the frozen river is how unfrozen it is. * Spring water prevents the blanket from completely smothering the river which in places retains it rapids. * All the more fear some in temperature of -30ºC the trek goes by shuffling along the icy path. * It allows one to penetrate this isolation and also to examine some of the villages along the Zanskar River in the midst of winter and thus catch a glimpse of the life cycle during this unique time of the year. * A spectacular and at times challenging trek across the Zanskar with opportunities to savour ancient Buddhist monasteries and remotes villages nestled in the depths of deep gorges valley of Trans Zanskar ranges. * Chilling and Lingshed are the only sizable villages on this trek until Hanamur and Pidmo before Pishu and Zangla in Zanskar, all the rest are names of places and caves along the route. Picture : Ciao (

Hats off to these Driver driving Loaded Trucks on second highest pass on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway !!! #Zoji La, #Jammu and #Kashmir, #India ## Know Your Destination ## : Like and Share with us #KYD #KnowYourDestination * Zoji La is a high mountain pass in Indian Kashmir, located on the Indian National Highway 1D between Srinagar and Leh in the western section of the Himalayan mountain range. * Though often referred to as Zojila Pass in the foreign press, the correct English translation is Zoji Pass or simply Zojila. * since the suffix 'La' itself means pass in several Himalayan languages. * The usage of the word "La" can also be seen in the Khardung La, Fotu La, Namika La and Pensi La etc. * In modern-day North Indian languages, 'La' and 'Darra' are both used interchangeably to mean a mountain pass. * Zoji La is 9 km (5.6 mi) from Sonamarg and provides a vital link between Ladakh and Kashmir. * It runs at an elevation of approximately 3,528 metres (11,575 ft), and is the second highest pass after Fotu La on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway. * It is often closed during winter, though the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is working to extend traffic to most parts of the year. * The Beacon Force unit of the BRO is responsible for clearing and maintenance of the road during Winter. * During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, Zoji La was seized by Pakistani raiders in 1948 in their campaign to capture Ladakh. * The pass was captured by Indian forces on 1 November in a daring assault codenamed Operation Bison, which achieved success primarily due to the surprise use of tanks, then the highest altitude at which tanks had operated in combat in the world. Picture Courtesy : Vishal Sindhe

Rajgad Fort - "The king of all the forts" Rajgad Fort, Pune District, Maharashtra, India ## Know Your Destination ## : Like and Share with us #KYD #KnowYourDestination * Formerly known as #Murumdev, it is one of the famous #Pune District Fort in #Maharashtra, #India. * This fort is approximately 1326 meters above sea level. * It was capital of the #Maratha Kingdom (Hindavi Swarajya) ruled by #Chhatrapati #Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which he moved to #Raigad #fort and made that his capital. * Rajgad is south-west 40 Kms from Pune. Rajgad is famous for its construction. * Rajgad is famous for its #Padmavati Machi, #Sanjivani Machi, #Suvela #Machi and 'Bale killa' - the Pride of Maharashtra. * Padmavati Machi(North End) is main place of the fort, it contains The Padmavati temple, lake and two houses on the machi which are important places to watch for. * The temple is very old and the only place to rest for the #trekkers. One can also see 'Chor Darawaja' and 'Pali Darwaja' on the machi. * Suvela Machi(south east) is one of the strongest places on the fort, Also you can see a hilarious view from this place. * Sanjivani(southwest/west end) is very beautiful too. One can go to #Torana from Sanjivani machi which takes almost 8 hrs to reach. * Bale killa(meaning "small fort", centre) - is one of the best fort in Maharashtra. It is very difficult to climb. * One can see various places and forts especially from #Rajgadh. It includes Torana, #Raireshwar, #Mahabaleshwar, #Pratapgad, #Raigad, #Lingana, #Bhatghar, #Tung, #Visapur and #Sinhagad etc. * The diameter of the fort at the base is 40 km making it difficult for anybody to lay siege to it. Picture Shared By : Lucky Singh

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Western Ghats, Starting from Gujarat and #Maharashtra border to #Kanyakumari. **Know Your Destination** Explore more with us #KYD #KnowYourDestination * The Western Ghats, Western Ghauts or the Sahyādri constitute a mountain range along the western side of India. * This range runs north to south along the western edge of the Deccan Plateau, and separates the plateau from a narrow coastal plain along the Arabian Sea. * The range starts near the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra, south of the Tapti river, and runs approximately 1,600 km (990 mi) through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala ending at Kanyakumari, at the southern tip of India. * These hills cover 160,000 km2 and form the catchment area for complex riverine drainage systems that drain almost 40% of India. * The Western Ghats block rainfall to the Deccan Plateau, The average elevation is around 1,200 m (3,900 ft). * The area is one of the world’s ten "Hottest biodiversity hotspots" and has over 5000 species of flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species and 179 amphibian species. * It is likely that many undiscovered species live in the Western Ghats. * The Highest point in this range is Anamudi 2,695 m (8,842 ft). * The Lowest point is the Palakkad Gap in Kerala at a height of 300 m (984 ft). * The Western Ghats have several man made lakes and reservoirs. The well known lakes are the Ooty (2500 m altitude, 34.0 ha) in Nilgiris, and the Kodaikanal (2285 m, 26 ha) and the Berijam in the Palani Hills. * The majority of streams draining the Western Ghats and joining the Rivers Krishna and Kaveri carry water during monsoon months only and have been dammed for hydroelectric and irrigation purposes. * The major reservoirs are: Lonavala and Walwahn in Maharashtra; V.V. Sagar, K.R. Sagar and Tungabhadra in the Malenadu area of Karnataka; Mettur Dam, Upper Bhavani, Mukurthi, Parson's Valley, Porthumund, Avalanche, Emerald, Pykara, Sandynulla and Glenmorgan in Tamil Nadu; and Kundallay and Maddupatty in the High Range of Kerala. * The Western Ghats form one of the three watersheds of India, feeding the perennial rivers of India. * Important rivers include the Godavari, Krishna, and Kaveri. These rivers flow to the east and drain out into the Bay of Bengal.

Chellarkovil View Point, Thekkadyi, Kerala, India ** Know Your Destination ** Like, Share and Explore more with us #KYD #KnowYourDestination * It is next to Thekkady and is located in Kerala, India. * Four kilometers off Thekkady on the Munnar- Kumily road is this sleepy wind-stricken village. * The panoramic view and the silver cascade of water falls add to the charm of the place. * From here one can view the majestic plains below. * A small diversion from the mainline lead to this wonderful viewpoint. * There are some signboard indicating the direction of viewpoint. * The path may puzzle many as it is not straight. * One can hire local guides to see this and other viewpoints exist there. Picture Courtesy : Ram Kumar

#Gidara #Bugyal, #Uttarkashi, #Uttarakhand, #India # Know Your Destination # : Share and Like to Explore more with us. #KYD #KnowYourDestination * Gidara is a collection of virgin meadows inhabitable for most part of the year. * Gidara Bugyal is perhaps one of the most beautiful alpine meadows in India. * The meadows stretch out far and wide and all around the meadows are the many towering snow peaks. * Shepherd (one or two at most) come here for four months starting late June when the snow has receded till early September till the fresh snowfall starts. * They bring along with them herds of sheep as large as 500 nos each which roam around the slopes giving the place a unique feel of worthiness. * These Sheeps come here in search of salt which they like and can smell from a distance. * The place is full of water streams all around. * The melting snow from beneath creates many natural bridges of snow. * One gets a breath-taking view of "Bandar Punchh", "Draupdi ka danda", "Jonli" & "Shreekanth" peaks on one side and the beautiful valley covered with grass and snow on the other. * Fuel – Wood/Kerosene is the most valuable commodity at this place. * If it s frozen – fuel is equivalent of water. * Bamsarukhal Pass is a pass which can be covered in a day from here. So trekers pitched there camp here and come back after reaching to Bamsarukhal Pass. Picture Shared by : Deepak

"Highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris" #Baba #Budangiri Range / #Dattagiri Hill Range, #Chikkamagaluru, #Karnataka, #India ** Know Your Destination ** Explore, Share and Like more with us #KYD #KnowYourDestination * Baba Budangiri is a mountain 1895m high in the Dattagiri Hill Range / Baba Budan Giri Range of the Western Ghats of India. * It is a sacred place for both Hindus and Muslims. The hills holds the shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Baba Budan and Guru Dattatreya. * It is located in the Chikkamagaluru District of Karnataka. * The Shrine is inside a Cave like formation. There is waterfall named #Manikyadhara just 4km from the shrine. * The Bababudan hill range is a trekkers paradise. Its often clubbed with Mullayanagiri for trekking. * #Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in the Baba Budan Giri Range. With a height of 1930 m (6317 ft), it is the highest peak between the #Himalayas and the #Nilgiris. * There is famous trek trail between Mullayanagiri and Bababudangiri. * The Baba-Budan range has taken its name from the 1895 meters high Baba-Budan Giri, situated just 28 kms north of Chikmagalur town. * The peak takes its name from the Muslim saint, Baba-Budan, who took up residence here for more than 150 years ago and brought the coffee seeds for the first time from #Yemen. * A beacon lighted here during Deepavali can be seen at Chikmagalur. Picture Courtesy : Arpita Misra