Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Switzerland of India

THE SWITZERLAND OF INDIA 

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"At above 6000 feet above sea level, the view of the hills in the vicinity and the snow-covered peaks, leaves one speechless and rightly so. Meadows till one's eyes could see, Dalhousie is called the 'Switzerland of India'." ++

sometimes sometimes (once in a while) in my heart i get these thoughts +
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"On 7 July 1992, Mr. Willy T. Blazer, Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India brought Khajjiar on the world tourism map by christening it "Mini Switzerland". He also put a sign board of a yellow Swiss hiking footpath showing Khajjiar's distance from the Swiss capital -Berne 6194 km. Khajjiar is among the 160 locations in the world that bear topographical resemblance with Switzerland. The counselor also took from Khajjiar a stone which will form part of a stone collage around the Swiss Parliament to remind the visitors of Khajjiar as a Mini Switzerland of India."

sometimes sometimes (once in a while) in my heart i get these thoughts
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"Gangtok- Switzerland of India
Wreathed in clouds, Gangtok the capital city of Sikkim is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet. The important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India."

that you've been made only for me
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"Known as the 'Switzerland of India', Manipur lies in the deep corner of the northeast part of India. This beautiful land is surrounded by Nagaland in the north, Mizoram in the south and Assam in the west, and shares a common international border with Burma in the east."

that you've been made only for me
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"Kausani is nestled atop a ridge overlooking the river Kosi in the district of Bageshwar in Uttarakhand. Mahatma Gandhi had spent a fortnight here in 1929. So enchanted was he by the beauty of Kausani that he called it the ‘Switzerland of India’. He is said to have wondered why Indians went to the Alps in Europe, when they had such a beautiful place right on their doorsteps offering splendid views and rejuvenation."

before this you were among the stars somewhere
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"Manali and its surroundings area are charmingly beautiful having extreme nature beauty. The town is blessed with fantastic beauty of nature and never fails to lure visitors coming from different parts of the world. Due to its beauty and cool & delightful climate this picturesque hill station is often referred to as the Switzerland of India."

before this you were among the stars somewhere

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"Her 'Destination Darjeeling Project' is no longer a myth. Infrastructure and tourism development among others, would be the priority areas for her Trinamool Congress-led government. Darjeeling will become Indian counterpart of Switzerland.
SWITZERLAND IS a wonderful place in Europe, which is lovingly known as ‘heaven on Earth’."

you've been called down to earth only for me
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"It was the biggest Kolkata joke that Mamata Banerjee will make Kolkata London, give Sunderbans the exotic experience of African safaris and make Darjeeling Switzerland. Unfazed by such jokes of her enemies, Mamata is undertaking a bigger plan of exploring the tourism potential of Darjeeling. Of late, Mamata reiterated her promise during the swearing-in of the members of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration last week to make Darjeeling Switzerland and she looked quite serious.

There are many in the state to take potshots on Mamata Banerjee by saying that Switzerland is not one city and the entire hills had to be developed if her dream of turning Darjeeling into the European country is to be realised. Darjeeling alone cannot be Switzerland. But there is no denying that Darjeeling is Indian counterpart of Switzerland. It is a gem in the crown of the Himalayas."

you've been called down to earth only for me
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"North Sikkim - Really Switzerland of India
Hi All,

This time North Sikkim... from 18th Jan to 20th Jan. 

I will write the detail trip log as soon as I finish the pending work.

Starting with a snap of Lachung on 18th Jan......"


sometimes sometimes (once in a while) in my heart i get these thoughts
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"Switzerland of India
North Sikkim offers such a panoramic natural and cultural vista that it can keep a travel photographer in click frenzy for months...
A valley of stark landscapes with snowy peaks touching the sky, gurgling rivers dotting the highlands and an ancient civilization that has survived for thousands of years preserving its cultural heritage against the onslaughts of modernity; North Sikkim offers such a panoramic natural and cultural vista that can keep a travel photographer in a click frenzy for months.
Our tour operator had stressed that North Sikkim is the Switzerland of India."

that this body and these looks are my treasures
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"Manipur may lose the title “Switzerland of India”

Looking into the facts and sadly considering the current scenario the policy maker seems to have not taken tourism in its true perspective as an industry for Manipur. There are different types of tourism and it has its own brand. A tourist destination in the world, whether it is Switzerland, Goa, Kerala, have over the years developed a brand name for themselves. Switzerland is known for its ‘European Splendour’, Kerala is known as ‘God’s Own Country’, Goa as a party destination. Manipur has been defined as the ‘Switzerland of India’. But the fact is that this brand or name may not be with Manipur after few years. In fact, in some blogs I have read about tourism in India, one person stated, Himachal Pradesh as the ‘Switzerland of India’. And that we can’t challenge them right now.

There are thousands of ways through which we can promote this industry."

that this body and these looks are my treasures
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"A Switzerland of Rajasthan - Mount Abu
Mount Abu is the one and only hill station in Rajasthan. Some times in the past days it was the summer capital of the Rajputs and later for British. But nowadays, it is the most enchanting place of the desert state. It is placed on the highest peak of Aravali area in Rajasthan. It is distributed over an area of 25 km and is situated at an height of about 4000 feets above sea level. It is nearly 185 km from Udaipur. It is also called as the 'Oasis of the Desert' as it has beautiful rivers, waterfalls, lakes and abundant forests. Apart from this, the holy shrines also signifies a part of Mount Abu. Because of these reasons. this place is renowned among the visitors."

this shadow of your thick beautiful hair is only for me
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"Shimla…the Switzerland of India


Summers are just on the verge taking the fa├žade so as the demand of the provinces, offering pleasant climatic conditions. The province in the northern region is seen frequented with the tourists from all across the globe for its breathtaking scenic views, soothing climate, sheer nature revealed through the emerald lush foliage, along with the lustrous gorges cascading down the mighty hills adding majesty to the backdrop making a picture perfect enveloped in the serene ambience, arousing the sense of spirituality. Himachal Tours are among the most sought after tours, having a little bit of everything to offer to its tourists.

Witness the emerald hues of lush vegetations and shimmering gorges which cascades down to the mighty hills with a scenic backdrop in Himachal, making a picture perfect scene surrounded by tranquility, which evokes a sense of spirituality among the tourists."


sometimes sometimes (once in a while) in my heart i get these thoughts
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Christine Rogers, 2013
++ all quotes are taken from various travel websites
+ italicized quotes are from the song Khabie Khabi mire dil mein by Sahir Ludhiavani 


Friday, May 24, 2013

Time Out Bangalore!

My upcoming show "The Switzerland of India" got some press in this week's Time Out Bangalore! So exciting!

The show opens May 31st, installation images are coming soon.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

photography and liquid intelligence*

*jeff wall

dreaming of water, mountains, ice and waiting for things to thaw in the hot bangalore sun.

Bangalore Runoff (Saach Pass Rocks, Dalhousie)



Friday, May 3, 2013

roads and chopta valley

the longest roads, landslides, love songs, and snowed in valleys. north sikkim. remote and timeless.

Rusted Canisters

Roads

Clouds

Construction Worker

Snow Ladies