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Sometimes a small word becomes the reason for your happiness. And one such is “Holiday”. At different ages, our holidays have various definitions. When we were kids, we had many sports to play, kid movies to enjoy, storybooks to read. But as we get older, this definition grows with us. Thoughts change completely. At teenage, I used to use my holidays to party all day with my friends. And at this age, when I hear the word holiday, the first thing I think is that I would definitely be going to go somewhere. Visiting new places always at every age gives tremendous joy. So get out of the monotonous daily life and go to a new place to live to feel that environment.

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Goa Is My Holiday Destination

If somebody asks me about that one destination, where I would like to be again and again. Then for India, I have only one name, Goa. Despite being the smallest state of India, Goa has tremendous beauty. This attracts people from all over the world. Holidays for me mean relaxation and fun. And no need to say that Goa is the perfect combination of both. The name makes me very happy, excited, and energetic. Portuguese influence has also made Goa care traditions. Besides the beaches, there is a distinct sense of courtesy between the people and the houses in the streets. This always draws Goa closer to heart. Your vacation can never be better without food and drink. Goa has always been famous for its seafood, cheap booze, and continental food with good music. Goa air has a positive energy that refreshes me from within all the time.

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Go Goa…

Goa has long been a siren call for travellers. India’s top holidays draw harnessed, packaged and sold to the 7 million tourists that visit here for one purpose to enjoy the fullest: to eat, drink and get the party. There is no off-season. Even in the rainy season, tourists like to go to Goa. And the beauty of Goa enhances more during the monsoon. Not only that, during monsoon, Goa tourism becomes much more budget-friendly.
Apart from Goa beaches and side seeing, the most exciting part is cafe culture. There are so many good cafes all over Goa. It depends on the situation near the sea or nature. But whichever you chose, all are perfect for taking care of your mood at any time.
Goa does not have an Ola Uber taxi service like other cities in India. But you can get scooters and bikes for the whole day. I think the bike is perfect for going around the local area in Goa. It is that destination in India where no one will ever talk about your outfit. So go Goa as you like.

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24hrs Excitement In Goa

There is always a different excitement of holidaying in Goa. In a short time, Goa attracted everyone to itself. I liked the different types of cafeterias in Goa. You don’t know how your time will go out sitting on the beach shacks and watching the sea with your favourite booze. Goa is a perfect experience to see the sunrise from anywhere. Honesty when I was in Goa, I used to get up every morning and get excited about what to wear for the day, as I know I have a very excited one ahead.

So plan your trip, go get lost in life. Goa is calling 24/7.

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Pandi curry is a traditionally famous Coorg dish all over India. This is a 500-year-old Indian traditional dish. This food has been around since the beginning of the Kodava culture. Preparation of this food has been going on since that time. Pandi curry, a spicy semi-dark pork dish. And it’s a perfect combination of pork and local spices and vinegar. This dish is found in many places in India. But if anyone wants to test the authentic Pandi curry then definitely he/she will have to go to Coorg.

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Kachampuli -The Main Ingredient In Pandi Curry

Coorg or Kodava people have some unique dishes, which have evolved. One of the most famous dishes is Pandi curry. This unique dish is not found anywhere else. Because it has a few special ingredients. The most important ingredient is kachampuli. It’s Fruit vinegar. In India Kachampuli grown only in regions around Karnataka. It has grown in Indonesia, thousands of years ago. It is used both as a souring and preserving the food. The liquid that is formed after the fermentation of this fruit is used in this pork curry. This liquid is very typical. With the seeping of the liquid, the fruit loses its bitterness. This bitterness gives this dish its correct taste. Vinegar used in Indian cuisine for over 2500 years. It is first mentioned in Buddhist literature.

Kachampuli (Google Image)

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About Pandi Curry

Pork is a common dish in Coorg and any celebration not complete without it. Reference to pork eating in South India is found in the 2400-year-old Sangam literature. Historically, the curry made using pork is said that to be 500 years old. When Kodava culture was prospering in Croog. The animal known as the wild boar is not found easily. So the local people of Croog would go into the forest to hunt them. But in Coorg, it becomes a delicacy for now. The style of preparing this pork was perfected slowly over time. Thus the pandi Curry dish was developed over the centuries. Nowadays, Pandi curry is quite renowned amongst the people. This curry is always served in a classic combination. Pandi curry is served with Kurumbattus. These are steamed rice balls. These are amazing combinations that cannot be broken. These combinations have been created over time.

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My Story About The Traditional Dish

I waited about three and a half years for the 500-year-old traditional and original pandi curry.I first tried this dish in Mumbai but I didn’t understand what the test and smelled like. I have received so many good reviews about the dish that my demand for the food keeps increasing. But I had to wait to get the original pork dish I try to make this pork curry by watching Youtube videos but it never worked. Because I don’t have the real ingredients. When I finally reached Coorg about three and a half years later. I can feel the test of the original traditional Pandi curry. And believe me, I can’t express my feelings about the dish. it is really delicious.

My Coorg Food Platter

Coorg people or Kodavas are a well-known martial community in Karnataka. And they are the only community in India that can keep a gun without a license. Kodavas are a martial race and have been bearing arms for 300 years. They still worship weapons and consider them sacred. They obtaining the license for firearms such as pistols, revolvers, and double-barrelled shotguns.

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Why Guns Without License

So why do the Kodavas have special rights? Actually not just the Kodavas even original residents of Coorg who have jamma land (land granted by the king). So the people of Coorg (Kodavas, Coorg Gowdas, and other communities as well who have been granted land by the maharajas) have an exemption from certain sections of the arms act. So it was a simple system – take land for free and don’t pay property tax on it, but when the king needs you, come with your army to assist the king. They always had to be ready with weapons if ever there was a call from the king. For this, you were allowed to keep weapons and practice during peacetime. If you decided you don’t want to fight a war, you had to pay taxes on the land you Owned.

Kodavas Guns Tradition (Google Image)

British Era Rule

The Kodavas have been exempted from the Indian Arms Act right from the time it was introduced by the British in 1834. The British made an exception for this tribe in appreciation of their valiant support to them in their fight against Tipu Sultan. Of the 3.8 lakh people living in Kodagu, almost every family possesses a gun, some even ten. The only regulation is that the Kodavas should obtain an exemption certificate from the Government, which gives them the right to possess any gun without a license.

Another story is that Kodavas allied themselves with the British against the mighty Muslim warrior Tippu Sultan. So they were allowed to own and carry arms. Which was strictly prohibited at that time in other parts of India. Indian Government has decided to continue a British-era rule of exempting the Kodavas of Coorg.

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Use of Guns

There has been a very close relationship between the Kodavas and his gun. When there is a boy born in the family a single shot is fired in the air. During the funeral, gunshots are used as a mark of respect. During a house warming ceremony, the tradition is to carry a baby in a cradle, a lamp and the man of the house carries a gun. On completion of all the rituals, a gun is fired to mark the completion of the ceremony. Kodava mainly lives in a hilly area and their house is far away from each other’s house. They make gunshots in the sky when there is an emergency. And hearing that sound, other people ran towards the house for help.

Kalipodh Festival (Google Image)

Kailpodh Festival

The word Kailpodh means a festival of Armory or weapons. “Kail” means armory/weapon and “Podh” means festivals.

They place their traditional weapons like guns, swords, knives, spears, bows and arrows in the prayer room. They decorate the weapons with flowers and they pray to their God, asking for the well-being of their crops and to give them the strength to protect them from wild animals. This is the significance of Kailpodh. Getting everyone together is one of the main objectives of this festival.

In the world Bicycle one of the most useful vehicle. The Covid-19 pandemic has boosted demand for bicycles, with people using them to commute, for exercise instead of going to gyms and to get some fresh air. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released technical guidance on moving around during the Covid-19 outbreak, advocating cycling and walking overcrowded public transports to limit physical contact during the pandemic.

Bicycle -The way to Home

In the world Bicycle one of the most useful vehicle. Covid-19, the pandemic has given us a scope to consider cycling as an important mode of commute as its environmentally friendly and economical. During the National lockdown in India, we hear about lots of real and courageous incidents to travel thousands of kilometers by cycle to reach their hometowns.

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Bihar girl who cycled 1,200km carrying injured father

A 15-year-old girl Joyti Kumari, won praise for carrying her injured father hundreds of kilometers across India by cycle. During India’s strictest nationwide lockdown Joyti and her father stuck in Gurugram (outskirts Delhi). A tenacious Jyoti asked her father to sit on the rear side carrier of her cycle and took him to his native place (Bihar), covering 1200 km in seven days.

Mumbai to Odisha

Migrant laborer Mahesh Jena pedaled 1,700 km across India over seven days to reach home. His biggest challenge was keeping the wheels moving. Jena followed his usual pre-dawn routine, but with an unusual plan in mind. Usually every day, he would head for his factory, a little over 10 km away in the industrial zone of Sangli in Maharashtra. But this time, he was headed home — to a small village called Bhangra in Odisha, nearly 1700 km away.

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Migrants On The Road

There is lakh of migrants people are travel by walk or cycling to reach their home during the lockdown, the cycle has also come to the rescue of people in an emergency. On social media, a short video of a batch of migrant workers from Bengal starting for their home on a bicycle from Chennai, embarking on a nearly 1,700 km journey. New Delhi to West Bengal, two Bengal youth are traveling 1600 km. 45 years old man traveled 1486 km on his cycle to reach his home. There are so many real travel incidents that happen across India, during the lockdown.

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India is turning to cycles again

As workplaces start reopening, some are choosing cycles to avoid the risk of contamination on packed public transport, while others improve fitness levels. Many people in India have decided to ride a bicycle. People repaired their old cycle or buy a new one. Some Intelligent people of India prefer to waiting a long line of cycle shops instead of a liquor shop. Across all over India people are preferring this mode of transport to move about, whether it’s to go to work, do chores, or exercise.
Cycling is one of the greatest medications of anti-depression. Many people say during these quarantine days they are stuck and depressed but when lockdown over they start cycling regularly and this work out are removed all kind of depression.

Why should you Cycling

Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels, and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level. And at the end of the list, you are Happy.

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The health benefits of regular cycling include:

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

Stay Healthy are the two most important words at the moment. If we want to travel somewhere right now, we have to think about our health first. Not only traveling but also our daily life and staying healthy are very important to us. Many people think that I have Mediclaim so I have no reason to worry if I get sick for any reason. It is more important to take care of our health than it to be Mediclaim. The most important thing for us to travel somewhere during this pandemic is to keep ourselves healthy. It’s never fun to fall sick when you’re on holiday.

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Stay Healthy it should be in the head all the time

When it comes to travel, we think a lot. where should I sit, what should I eat, where should I stay, how much protection should I take, how much protection should I not take? There is no reason to feel tensed about yourself. One thing we have to keep in mind is that we have to stay healthy anyway. And this is what we need to do during our travel.

Visit your doctor before and after your travel.

You need to visit your doctor before and after travel. And it is very important to take the advice of a doctor before travelling somewhere. And even after returning from travel, whether you have any physical problems or not, it is important to seek medical advice. In many parts of India, if a doctor’s prescription is more than a month old, you may find difficulties to get the required medicines.

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Maintain personal hygiene

Follow simple personal hygiene practices when you’re on your holiday, such as washing your hands regularly. It is good to carry some wet wipes, tissues, sanitizer, soap and face wash, etc to keep yourself clean. You can also carry a small towel and extra undergarments in case you need to take a shower or change somewhere.

A daily cleanser ensures that your skin is not dirty, doesn’t have any impurities and pollutants. A good moisturizer is also required to keep your skin hydrated. More so, a good SPF sunscreen is also vital to carry. Your sunscreen will go a long way to take care of your skin texture.

Go-Slow Travel

Don’t try to see the entire city in one day. If you plan to do a lot in a big city, consider staying longer to slow down your pace and spread your itinerary. You’ll also get to know the area more instead of just being able to say that you’ve “been there.” Be active and roam the streets, but don’t overdo it. Take plenty of breaks in between.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

It’s easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re travelling, and this can lead to dehydration. It’s paramount to remember to drink plenty of fluids, even if this means using an app to remind you! Also try to eat foods that will energize your body, such as fresh fruits, and veggies.

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Working Out While Travelling

Even a workout for some minutes will help you feel energized. You can do a mix of squats, lunges, planks, jumps, push-ups, luggage rows, crunches, reverse crunches. Even the bare minimum of exercise should help. You can do breathing exercises anywhere and anytime. Take a deep breath, hold it and exhale. Repeat. It helps you relax and counter the stress of traveling.

Get enough sleep

The most important thing you can do while travelling is to sleep. Your body needs rest when you’re physically travelling. Making sure you’re getting enough hours of sleep is important in helping you stay healthy.

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Eat Healthy While Travelling

Don’t skip breakfast and go straight to lunch. Just don’t. Travellers who want to eat healthy while travelling they should plan. When heading out on daily tours, make sure you carry some fruit and nuts with you too much throughout the day. It’s natural to want to eat a lot of the local food you come across, but keep an eye out for the hygiene and cleanliness of your food.

Use Your Hand Sanitizer

Sanitisers come handy when water and soap aren’t available, which can happen quite frequently when travelling. You’ve been walking all day and coming into contact with people, things, doors etc. And the last thing you want to do is eat with dirty hands. Prevent the spread of germs and bacteria by cleaning your hands, especially before and/or after a meal.

Maintaining Social Distancing

I believe that people have learned a lot in the last year because of this pandemic. The main one is to maintain social distance. Whether it is travel or daily routine, maintaining social distance very important for us. It is our responsibility to maintain social distance; especially at the airport, railway station, bus station, any market where there large crowd. Maintaining this social distance is the easiest way to keep yourself healthy. So please Maintain your own distance.

KEEP CALM AND HAVE A SAFE TRIP.

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Coorg is a small district tucked away in, southwest corner of Karnataka state. It is famous for its beautiful coffee estates. The Western Ghat mountain range carve up the region into series of hills. The capital of Madikeri has nestled in a valley at an elevation of over 4000 feet. Kaveri river is the most important river in southern India. And it originates in the mountain of Coorg and worshipped by the local people.

The Kodavas of Coorg

The Kodavas, as the Coorgs call themselves, are fascinating people. They are different from other South Indians in their way of dress and tradition. Yet no one can say for sure from where they came actually. Their origin remains a mystery to this day. Their ancestors were worshippers and maintained an ancestral home. They also had warrior traditions going back to the days. They allied themselves with the British against, mighty ruler Tippu Sultan who, determined to conquer all of South India. Even today Kodavas, known for their exemplary role in the armed forces.

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Kodavas people (Google Image)

Kodavas connection with Alexander The Great

History says Kodavas are descendants of soldiers of Alexander the Great, who invaded India in 327 B.C. When his soldiers refused to continue fighting, many of them settled down in India. Some of them instead of returning to Greece married into the local population. Gradually these groups migrated to South India. They settled along with the west coast, going as far as Coorg. There they maintained a separate identity from the others. Later they merged with the local people very quickly.

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Traditional Kodava House (Google image)

Kodava Culture

Kodavas have a distinct culture. They never followed any particular religion but adopted some Hindu traditions. But more significantly, the Kodavas ancestors were worshippers, with family members maintaining an ancestral home called an Ainmane house. An Ainmane house is where Kodava people live their lives which stands apart in architecture. This house is a place of unique bonding. Ainmane has always stood as a mirror reflecting the Kodava culture, life, family practices, worship, and festivals according to seasons.

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weapons are worshiped (Google image)

Martial Tradition

The Kodavas are the only community in the country that is being exempted from obtaining arm licenses. Which is strictly prohibited in another part of India. So why do the Kodavas have special rights? Actually not just the Kodavas even original residents of Coorg who have Jamma land (land granted by the king), Coorg Gowdas have an exemption from certain sections of the arms act. So it was a simple system – take land for free and don’t pay property tax on it, but when the king needs you, come with your army to assist the king.

Those people who had grant land had to provide service to the king when they were summoned. For this, you were allowed to keep weapons and practice during peacetime. If you decided you don’t want to fight a war, you had to pay taxes on the land you owned. So weapons are worshiped and kept sacred even today.

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Dear readers, consider this blog as a humble request. Please see wild animals in their natural habitat by visiting National parks or animal sanctuaries instead of zoos. The wild animals are best in the wild. Having fun watching wild animals from outside in captive cages cannot be part of a healthy society. At the moment all the animal lovers around the world are stopping going to the zoo.

National parks in India

The national parks of India are treasure troves for nature lovers. India’s first National park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. Now known as Jim Corbett National ParkUttarakhand. By 1970, India only had five national parks. In 1972, India enacted the Wildlife Protection Act and Project Tiger to safeguard the habitats of conservation-reliant species. There are 105 national parks in India at the moment and 50 tigers reserves in India.

Please see wild animals in their natural habitat. As you chose to visit their home, I think to be their guest, not master. Here I will be listing Indians’ top 5 national or safari parks.

Jim Corbett national Park, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve. The first national park to adopt the Project Tiger. And this park is home to the Himalayan goral and the Barking Deer. Corbett has the most magical landscape and most popular tiger fables. 

Best time to visit- November to June.

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Kanha National park, Madhya Pradesh

Kanha National park, lush meadows provide sustenance to species including Barasingha. Barasinghas can be seen in the wild only in Kanha. You can keep your eyes peeled for tigers, wild dogs, and hyenas. This national park is popular as the Tiger reserve. And it has bagged the title of one of the finest wildlife areas in the world. Kanha National Park was declared a reserve forest in 1879 and revalued as a wildlife sanctuary in 1933

Best time to visit- November to April

Bandipur National park, Karnataka

The one-time private hunting reserve for Mysuru’s maharaja. Elephants and Indian rock pythons are abundant in Bandipur National Park

Best time to visit- November to March

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga is famed for the endangered one-horned rhinos. And it is home to breeding populations of tiger and leopards.

A World Heritage Site, the park today hosts two-thirds of the world’s greater one-horned rhinoceros.

Best time to visit- November to April

Sundarbans national park, West Bengal

Sundarbans is a stunning mangrove forest. It is most renowned for its tiger population. There is a lot of other fauna to spot in a unique ecosystem. Irrawaddy dolphins, flying foxes, and a diverse marine ecosystem worth exploring.

Best time to visit- October to February

See the Wilds in the Wild

India has many national parks or animal sanctuaries. I have listed the names I have visited. Every living thing has the right to live free. For personal entertainment, it is not right to cage them. To see the wild animals in the wild.

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We wish everyone happiness at the start of everything. Be it a new year or festival, it should be happy always. But do we know what is happiness in actuality? And what can decide our happiness? I think when our senses feel something pleasant, unexpectedly good, and excitement then you feel the emotion named Happiness. And when we name all these together it combines to one simple thing – Travelling. Seeing something new, knowing something new, the thrill of being in a new place brings a surge of joy in our minds. I Know, in this pandemic situation, it has become difficult like earlier. But today I would list a few things for us which can make things look a little easy.

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Tame Your Mind to be happy

The first and foremost thing is to make a decision. In this pandemic, roaming around may cause trouble. But locking yourself to a safe zone forever also is not possible either. We all understand that this pandemic is not going anywhere soon. It will stay, and we need to make a few lifestyle changes to fight this. We all need to practice and adopt frequent hand wash, wearing masks, sanitization. Please be cautious and take the necessary precautions before and after touching everything. Be aware of the symptoms and act responsibly. Things can be heard and repeated in the past few months thousands of times. But adopting these things will help our movement a little less restricted. Most importantly, learn to tame your mind that these things are not difficult rather easy to follow. A happy mind can do anything.

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Add quality then quantity

Earlier in the year, I used to travel 4/5 times. But now I plan for 2 destinations. Due to the pandemic, the travel cost has increased. We need to choose a hotel, travel mode places carefully. Also, we need to add good travel insurance. These are not luxury but a necessity. Also ignoring a few things may cause a big problem. So better be sure than sorry.

Travel means Happiness

A travel memory stays with us forever. We can cherish those specials moments any time. It brings instant smile on our face. So don’t put a pause, rather gear up with new rules, and adopt the new normal. May this bring good travel in all our life.

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Hatu peak in Himachal Pradesh, one of the places connected with also epic literature Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Hatu Peak is perhaps one of India’s most scenic destinations. With dense forests dotting the slopes for miles. And tall conifers and oaks standing proud, it presents a breath-taking view to visitant. Situated at an altitude of 12,000 feet above sea level. As the highest point in the entire district of Shimla. You can catch the sights of the thick green cedar and fir shield. For nature lovers, this place will be a fascinating experience. Among trekkers, Hatu Peak is also popular as the lush green alpines sweep across the trail, the views are truly bewitching.

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The Epic Connetion

Hatu Peak is located in Narkanda in Shimla district. Another famous religious spot to visit in Hatu Peak at a height of 3400 metres is an ancient Hatu Mata Temple. The distinctive wooden architecture and Chinese-style carvings make it one of its kind. As per popular belief, Hatu Mata is Mandodari, Ravana’s wife herself. Ravan was the great villain of the epic Ramayana.

Also, Its believed to be a place where Mahabharata great heroes, Pandavas cooked their food while they spent their days in exile. Bhim Chullah is believed to be two hearthstones near the temple made by Bhim. You will come across curious mythical stories based on Ramayana and Mahabharata. The location is common among bikers seeking short but exciting hideaways.

Bheem Chullah

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Hatu Peak

If you plan one day for the trek in Hatu peak, then you will get everything in this Himalayan trek. Dark pine forests, mountain range views, enchanting meadows and silence. There are some places where you don’t want to do anything, you just want to sit down and see the views. Such a place where one can get close to nature. About 8 km from Narkanda, and 63 km from Shimla a beautiful road surrounded by pine forest. It is Completely off-road is a pleaser for people, who drive in the mountain. On the Way to the peak from Narkanda, Place has a tea shop where minimal items are available.

Hatu Peak

The Peak View

When you go towards the view-point you will be amazed by the fascinating view of almost 360-degree snow-clad mountain of  Pir Panjal, Dhaula Dhar & Trans Himalayan ranges. This peak is more beautiful during spring and winters. A spiritual place with mesmerizing views all around you, make you feel like staying here for a day spending a night under the stars.

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Nagaland is the destination of colours, rituals, and festivals. The diversity of people and tribes, each with their own cultures and heritages, create a year-long atmosphere of celebrations in the state. The most prominent festival is the Hornbill festival. A lot of tourists from all over the world come to this destination to attend this festival.

Festival Destination

The dazzling array of ethnic lifestyle opens up fresh insights into a land that has a prism-like beauty. In their festivals, we get to know about their rich culture and tradition. The sixteen tribes of Nagaland hold separate festivals with their culture and lifestyle. In that sense, Nagaland has a festival every month. The tribes in Nagaland have festivals around the elements like the spirits that saunter the villages and forests; the fertility of soil; community bonding; purification and rejuvenation. Nagaland is a perfect destination to explore unknown festivals.

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16 Tribes And Their Main Festival In Nagaland

The Angamis

The Sekrenyi festival of the Angami Nagas is their main festival. It is a celebration of purification accompanied by feasting and singing. A highlight of Sekrenyi is the Thekra Hie. Village youth gather and croon the traditional songs throughout for the day.

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The Konyaks

Aoleang Monyu is an ancient spring festival. Konyaks tribe celebrates this festival in the first week of April. The forefathers of Konyak believed they were direct descendants of Noah. And they have biblical names like Mosa, Kaisa, Aron etc. Added to this, it is believed that they crossed a mythical gate called Alem-kaphan. Which the Konyaks interpret as the gate of the sun. The village heads still use the word “Wang” for themselves which means “the beginning of everything”.

The Chakhesangs

A new year of activities begins with the arrival of spring. Tsukhenye festivals all activities related to sports and entertainment begin after the harvest. The first morning the festival, the village priest sacrifices the first rooster that crows. The menfolk purify themselves by bathing in a designated well. No women are allowed here. After bathing, they invoke God for strength, long life, good harvest etc. Sukrunyi is one of the essential Chakhesang festivals. Girls and boys are consecrated through religious ceremonies and rituals.

The Aos

The Aos celebrated Moatsu festival after the season of sowing is over. The festival celebrated with vigorous singing and dancing continues the customary practices of making the best rice beer.

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The Sumis

Sumis main festival is Tuluni which means rice beer. As the festival sees a lot of consumption of beverages and food during the summer. That’s when the granaries are full and food abundant.

The Changs

Naknyulem is a festival of bonding through the exchange of gifts and delicacies amongst friends and relatives. Meat, wine and freshly packed bread are abundantly used. Festival run through lots of fun sports and games. For this festival, the Chang decorate their houses with a special kind of tree.

The Rengmas

Nagada is an annual celebration of the Rengmas Nagas. It is the festival of thanksgiving and rejoicing. Also, this underscores the end of the agricultural year.

The Sangtams

The Sangtams have about twelve festivals spread over the calendar year. All the festivals are connected to food production, blessings, and prosperity. Mongmong is one of the important festivals of the Sangtams. The main feature of the festival is the worship of the God of the house and three cooking stones in the fireplace.

The Phoms

Moneu is a new year festival. And Monyu’s arrival is announced by the beating of log drums with a distinct tune. The features of the festival are men folk showing respect to their married daughters or sisters by offering them specially prepared food and rice beer. This custom reflects the high status of women in a Phom household.

The Pochuris

Yemshe is the festival for blessing the upcoming harvest. all the Pochuries celebrate this festival with great pomp and gaiety anticipating a good harvest.

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The Lothas

The Lothas celebrates Tokhu Emong once the harvesting is over. And the granaries are full. The entire village participates in the celebrations. The main features of the feast are community songs, dance, feast fun and frolic.

The Khiamniungams

Miu is a bonding festival. The main purpose of Miu is to build and reinforce relations between a maternal uncle and his nephews and nieces.

The Kukis

Kukis celebrates Mimkut, a harvest festival for a week from the 17th day of Kuki month of Tolbol. The village medicine man sacrifices fowls and performs a series of rituals. Because they believe to propitiate the spirit of demon-god during this festival.

The Kacharis

The Bushu is a post-harvest festival in January. And Kacharis people generally celebrate it around a full moon night.

The Yimchungers

The Yimchungers celebrate the Metumniu festival after the millet crop harvested. And Young girls and boys are get engaged during this 5 days long festivals.

The Leliangs

Hega is Leliangs matrimonial festival, dedicated to the almighty. It is considered as an auspicious time for young couples to tie the nuptial knot. The festival begins with a variety of programmes and merrymaking.

Celebrate the life

Nagaland is a land of challenges is due to its geographical placement and weather. Most importantly, the tribes know how to take challenges positively and celebrate life. For them, festivals are meant for connecting with the community and thanking nature and God for food and life. This spirit of living is badly missing in the city. Hence once we should go and visit the destination of the festival to learn to celebrate life.