4 of the Most Beautiful Mountains in the World

December 23, 2008 at 5:48 pm | Posted in America, entertainment, explore, hindi, Hindu, History, India, indian heritage, Information, news, tourism, Travel, USA, World | 2 Comments
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Most Beautiful Mountains in the World 
Perhaps Sir Edmund Hillary – the New Zealand mountaineer and explorer – said it best when he remarked, “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” No matter how daunting the task, pure human ambition has overcome unconquerable odds to subdue the tallest peaks in the world. If mountains are the “stairway to god’s heart”, we have no doubt stood beside him as equals. The following photoset celebrates the beauty witnessed along the way.
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First climbed in 1961 by the team of Mike Gill, Barry Bishop, Mike Ward, and Wally Romanes, Ama Dablam is a mountain in the Himalaya range of eastern Nepal. Literally meaning ‘Mother and Pearl Necklace’ the peak was adopted by UK’s Invesco group as their worldwide logo and signature. After a 2006 avalanche a climbing permit along with an officer are required before you can climb Ama Dablam.
The Shivling mountain, so-called because of its status as a sacred symbol of the Hindu god, Shiva, literally means ‘the phallus of Shiva’. Considered one of the most stunning peaks of the Garhwal region, the mountain soars 21,329 feet high. The Tapovan meadow which lies between Shivling and Gaumukh has become a popular pilgrimage site due to the stunning view of the mountain from that location.
Machapuchare, or ‘fish tail’, is revered by locals as sacred to the god Shiva and therefore has been declared off limits to climbing. At about 1,500 feet taller than Shivling, Machapuchare has never been climbed to its summit. The only known attempt at accomplishing the feat fell 50m short, after which the mountain was declared forbidden to climbers.

Sand Art…Wonderfull!!!

November 19, 2008 at 2:13 pm | Posted in America, entertainment, India, Information, tourism, Travel, USA, World | Leave a comment
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Sand Art…Wonderfull!!!

World’s 3rd, or Possibly 2nd, and Formerly 4th Largest Rotating Globe

October 21, 2008 at 6:25 am | Posted in America, entertainment, History, India, Information, tourism, Travel, USA, World | Leave a comment
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Massachusetts 

The big, rotating World that set the benchmark for all subsequent big, rotating Worlds is still around and still rotating.

At 25 tons and 28 feet wide, the Babson World Globe was the world’s largest rotating earth-ball when it was built in 1955. It was covered with porcelain-baked steel tiles that recreated the continents and oceans. They fell off in 1984 and for the next nine years the World looked like a big, rusted ball. But in 1993 it was restored, and has remained in global standard shape ever since.

After the Babson Globe established the record, bigger Earths were built to cast bigger shadows. The Unisphere, symbol of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, was the biggest of all at 120 feet in diameter, but it doesn’t rotate. A 30-foot-wide, rotating globe was built in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1957, and still stands in the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, but it no longer rotates. A septuagenarian in the small town of Apecchio, Pesaro, Italy, built a 33-foot-wide rotating globe in the 1990s, but it’s unclear if it still rotates or if it even still exists — and are you going to go to Apecchio, Pesaro, Italy, to find out? Better to stay right here, because the Italian globe was surpassed by even larger, named Eartha, which has rotated just up the highway from the Babson Globe, in Maine, since 1998.

While you’re visiting the Babson World Globe, drive behind the Coleman Map Building to see this odd marker:

“This monument has been erected by the Gravity Research Foundation. It is to remind students of the blessings forthcoming when a semi-insulator is discovered in order to harness gravity as a free power and reduce airplane accidents.”

E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona

October 7, 2008 at 8:38 am | Posted in America, entertainment, Information, Travel, USA, World | 1 Comment
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 The Millau viaduct is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona features the highest bridge piers ever constructed.  
The tallest is 240 meters (787 feet) high and the
overall height will be an impressive 336 meters (1102 feet), making this the highest bridge in the world.

Click on the below link to view the image

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World’s Largest Natural Bridge – Rainbow Bridge National Monument

September 25, 2008 at 8:14 am | Posted in America, entertainment, History, Information, tourism, Travel, USA, World | 1 Comment
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Rainbow Bridge National Monument is administered by Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, southern Utah, USA. Rainbow Bridge is often described as the world’s largest natural bridge. The span of Rainbow Bridge is 275 feet (84 meters), and at the top it is 42 feet (13 meters) thick and 33 feet (10 meters) wide. Two other natural arches, Kolob Arch and Landscape Arch, both also in southern Utah, have confirmed spans several meters longer than Rainbow Bridge, but by most definitions of the terms are described as arches but not bridges. With a truly impressive height of 290 feet (88 meters) Rainbow Bridge does indeed stand taller than either of its longer competitors, but it is outdone by Aloba Arch at 394 feet (120 meters), which is in turn dwarfed by the world’s tallest arch, Tushuk Tash in China at an estimated 1,200 feet (366 meters). While it may not be the tallest or the longest in the world, Rainbow Bridge is the world’s most famous example of a natural arch. It is probably the most accessible of the large arches of the world, as it can be reached by a two-hour yacht ride on Lake Powell or by hiking several hours overland from a trailhead (obtain a permit from the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona).

Rainbow Bridge seen from the Lake Powell side.

– Shantan

World’s longest rail tunnel in Kashmir

September 23, 2008 at 5:29 pm | Posted in America, dubai, entertainment, explore, hotels, India, Information, news, roads, tourism, Travel, USA, World | 4 Comments
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World's longest rail tunnel in Kashmir

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra Wednesday conducted an aerial survey of the upcoming 10.96-km Pir Panchal rail tunnel, which is set to become the world’s longest railway tunnel.

Considered the longest in the Indian Railway network, the tunnel from Banihal in the Jammu region to Lower Munda in the Kashmir Valley is estimated to cost Rs.24 billion (Rs.2,400 crores). About 95 per cent of the work is complete and around Rs.22 billion has been spent.

Railways to set up 3 wagon repair centers

The railway project comprises three sections – Udhampur-Katra, Katra-Qazigund and Qazigund-Baramulla, taken up at a cumulative cost of Rs.110 billion (Rs.11,000 crores).

The Qazigund-Baramulla section in the valley will have 15 stations and the Srinagar (Nowgam) station is billed to be, architecturally and aesthetically, the most beautiful station of the Indian Railways.

After the aerial survey, Vohra reviewed the progress of the Jammu and Kashmir railway project at a meeting of officers here.

When he asked about the job opportunities the project would provide to Kashmiri youth, Northern Railway authorities told Vohra that once completed, it would generate direct employment for 3,900 people in the valley, apart from many opportunities for indirect employment.

Railway officials told the governor that appointment letters had already been issued to 120 candidates, who were now undergoing training in different parts of the country.

Vohra was informed that a trial run on the Kakapora-Pampore-Nowgam-Badgam track in the Qazigund-Baramula section had already been conducted. The train has air-conditioned coaches with heating system and push-back seats.

The Katra-Qazigund segment of the project will have the third highest bridge in the world over the Chenab river at Arnas in Jammu region. The special feature of this section is that 80 per cent of the 148-km track would be covered by tunnels and 12 per cent by bridges, thus leaving only eight per cent open.

For ensuring adequate security for the railway project, the state government Wednesday sanctioned the appointment of 2,637 security personnel.

7 Amazing Holes – Don’t Dare to Miss this!

September 11, 2008 at 8:51 am | Posted in America, explore, History, news, science, tourism, Travel, USA, World | Leave a comment
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Looking at photos like these scares and fascinates me in equal doses. The sheer scale of these holes reminds you of just how tiny you are. Mirny Diamond Mine, Siberia. I’m pretty sure most people have seen this one. It’s an absolute beast and holds the title of largest open diamond mine in the world, at 525 metres deep with a top diameter of 1200 metres there’s even a no-fly zone above the hole due to a few helicopters being sucked in.

The red arrow in the photo below is pointing to a huge truck

Kimberley Big Hole – South Africa apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1097 metre deep mine yielded over 3 tonnes of diamonds before being closed in 1914.

The amount of earth removed by workers is estimated to total 22.5 million tonnes.

Glory Hole – Monticello Dam – A glory hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the resevoir.

This is the glory hole belonging to monticello dam in california and it’s the largest in the world, its size enabling it to consume 14400 cubic feet of water every second.
The hole can be seen at the top middle of the photo above. if you were to jump in for some reason your slightly damp body would shoot out near the bottom of the dam (below).

Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah, this is supposedly the largest man-made excavation on earth. extraction began in 1863 and still continues today, the pit increasing in size constantly. in its current state the hole is 3/4 mile deep and 2.5 miles wide.

Great Blue Hole, Belize situated 60 miles off the mainland of belize is this incredible geographical phenomenon known as a blue hole. there are numerous blue holes around the world but none as stunning as this one.
at surface level the near perfectly circular hole is 1/4 mile wide, the depth in the middle reaching 145 metres. obviously the hole is a huge hit with divers. read more here.
Diavik Mine, Canada this incredible mine can be found 300km northeast of YellowKnife in Canada.
The mine is so huge and the area so remote that it even has its own airport with a runway large enough to accomodate a boeing 737. it also looks equally as cool when the surrounding water is frozen.
Sinkhole, Guatemala – a sinkhole is caused when water (usually rainwater or sewage) is soaked up by the earth on a large scale, resulting in the ground collapsing.
These photos are of a Sinkhole which occured early this year in Guatemala. The hole swallowed a dozen homes and killed at least 3 people.

Officials blamed the monster of a hole on a ruptured sewage pipe.

– Shantan

Road to Death – Crazy Routes

September 4, 2008 at 8:38 am | Posted in America, History, India, Information, roads, tourism, Travel, USA, World | 1 Comment
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Crazy Routes in Andes, Albania & New Zealand

Necessity may dictate that you choose the “road less traveled”, but for goodness sake, leave weaker-nerved passengers behind. They might experience life-changing (and underwear-changing) circumstances that they will never forget, or forgive. One of the Chinese military roads to “boost the morale of their troops”

 

And here is how they navigate it:

Tirana to Elbasan Road in Albania
This is a hairy route, very high, badly maintained with high volume of heavy truck traffic – count on these Albanian drivers to be dare-devils, too. Whatever pictures we could get, look pretty serious: The cool thing about this road is that it leads to various interesting “rabbit trails” with ancient ruins at the end:

The Skippers Canyon Road near Queenstown:

 

Katie Laurence writes to us:
“This road is made from a very narrow cut in the middle of a sheer cliff face. The large tourist buses go along it, and it’s so narrow that if two vehicles have to pass each other, one vehicle might have to reverse for anything up to 3 kilometres of winding narrow road to get to a place wide enough to pass. It is the SCARIEST road you could imagine…”

And this is how it looks close up, with sheer drops just outside the single lane (with almost not enough space for tires) –
Stelvio Pass Road – redefining switchbacks – A Scenic yet Dangerous Road!
Height – 2757 meters
Location – in the Italian Alps, near Bormio and Sulden, 75 km from Bolzano, close to Swiss border. (The road connects the Valtellina with the upper Adige valley and Merano)
Claim to fame – “the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, after the Col de l’Iseran (2770 m)”
The Pulpit Rock Hike – if you fall, it’s 1000 meters down

This place is indeed so spectacular, that we are going to write a special post about it. For now, just to give you a taste of some scenery – a few shots of people definitely having fun (not forgetting thousand-meter drops at every turn)

Unique Amazing Hanging Restaurant

September 4, 2008 at 8:23 am | Posted in America, entertainment, FlyByWire, hotels, Information, tourism, Travel, World | 1 Comment
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Any one interested in having a unique dining experience?

You can have breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktail or invite your boss for a meeting while enjoying your meal.

50 meters above ground dining event arranged by a professional event arranger of Benji Fun company. It provides seating for 22 complete with Chef, server, musician and you can select your own location without limitation. Guaranteed safety with the hoisting crane which can accommodate a whole band of musicians.

This restaurant is in Belgium.

-Shantan

Driving Nightmares versus Beauty – Shantan

September 4, 2008 at 8:16 am | Posted in America, entertainment, History, India, Information, roads, tourism, Travel, World | 2 Comments
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Is this done just for the view…?

Driving over then under the water…

And if this guy meets another bus going the other way…?
Up , up, up and away…
A couple more pics of the same bridge…
Another way t o elevate travelers in a short distance…
I’ve heard of wiggly roads before but this one takes the cake…! Actually, it looks like fun!
Night View

– Shantan

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