Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chardham Yatra- A Spree To The Salvation

As believed in Hindu Mythology-“the more you suffer the more kindness you will receive from the God”. These golden words bring out the real soul of Hinduism and hence are relevant for every individual. The difference between pain and sufferings can be experienced only when you take the pious expeditions and one such memorable and spiritual expedition comprising of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath at the grandiose and attractive peak of Garwahal Himalaya in Uttrakhand is Chardham Holy Yatra.

The sacred expedition starts from Yamunotri-the origin of river Yamuna, followed by Gangotri- the seat of Goddess Ganga. The next shrine is Kedarnath dedicated to lord shiva is one of the twelve joytilingas. The journey ends in Badrinath-the most enchanting and rousing image of Lord Vishnu. The one meter tall contemplative pose of Lord in the form of Shaligram stone can be found at Badrinath temple where every year, thousands of pilgrimages mark their presence to seek blessings and to learn the essence of Hinduism.

The four dhams are not only consecrated with scenic beauty, but also is blessed with divine energy. Every Hindu wishes to go on Chardham yatra to give a meaningful end to his life and get rewarded with ecstasy.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Development Leading To Environmental & Traditional Degradation Of Ladakh

Ladakh is one of the most attractive tourist spots in India. Surrounded by the mountains on both the sides this snow land incorporates beauty, peace, calmness and serenity and is the perfect holiday destination for summers. Ladhak is also popular among tourist loving adventure sports as it offers unique adventures in trekking, mountaineering and white water rafting.      
Tourism in Ladakh has increased remarkably in past few years, majorly because of development of good hotels in the region and better transport facility. But the tourism and economic development of the region is leading to the degradation of its magical beauty and simplicity. The land is under acute water stress mainly due to development of hotels using modern sewage system.

Insensitivity of tourists toward the environment and nature is also responsible for the degradation of Ladakh. Air pollution caused due to increased number of vehicle, and enhancement in tourism related activities is disturbing the peace and serenity of Ladakh. The freshness of the air and the untouched beauty of the valley has been replaced by diesel fume and streets littered with plastic wrappers.

Communities like Ladakh Ecological Development GROUP (LEDeG) and Aama Tsogspa are extending their extensive support to conserve the natural beauty of the valley.

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