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ShiviSeptember 17, 20213min330
Top 5 Wellness Tourism Destinations In India

 

Travel can be an effective mode of therapy. Whether it is your work stressing you out or any personal anxieties, you deserve a little bit of ‘me-time and some relief from the daily load of responsibilities. India, the land of spirituality and peace, has numerous wellness tourism sites that care for your physical and mental health. You can revive your motivation and re-energize yourself to get back to the routine with new zest and enthusiasm. Once you have paid a visit to these wellness tourism sites in India, you will have a boost in your emotional intelligence and regain your confidence.

Here are five top wellness tourism destinations in India discussed in detail so that you can pick the best one for you:

Sarovaram Ayurvedic Health Center, Ashtamudi, Kerala

A little distant from the bustling city, at the banks of Ashtamudi Lake, Sarovaram Ayurvedic Health Center is one of the most popular wellness centers in India. As the name implies, it makes use of ayurvedic and organic methods to relieve stress and anxiety. With consistent yoga and meditation practices, your body and mind will stretch to their best capacity, let go of any factor holding you back, and teach you to live in the moment. The Health Center is sprawled in a vast area and has a temple, herbal garden, spa, and mot more to ensure relaxation and rejuvenation of the clients.

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Specialization- The experts make the best use of Ayurvedic remedies, Yoga, Pranayama, and toxin-free vegetarian, organic diets to help you glow from the inside. They specialize in curing and treating arthritis lower back, depression, diabetes, infertility, impotence, psoriasis, sinusitis, and other disorders.


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ShiviSeptember 3, 20219min6150
Kaas Plateau Satara | Kass Pathar | The valley of flowers Best Season to Visit

 

Kaas Plateau opens to visitors from 1 September, last year due to pandemic the plateau suffered loss in tourism, now as the situation is becoming normal, it is opening gradually for the tourist. The valley is on full bloom during this period.

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Here’s how to access that flower power at the UNESCO Heritage Site – yes, do not get surprised.

Kaas Plateau is Maharashtra’s lesser-known valley of flowers that is best visited during the monsoon, between August and October. It’s not just gorgeous for Instagram—mostly a reserve forest, this land is home to more than 850 flowering species, some rare and endangered and many of which are new to botanical science, making it a crucial site for research.

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Let me tell you more about this place first – let’s dive in

It falls under the Sahyadri Sub Cluster of the Western Ghats, and it became a part of a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2012

It is famously called Maharashtra Valley of Flowers. Situated in Satara is an eco-sensitive place you can see the carpet of flowers after monsoon ends. During monsoon, Kas Pathar flower valley receives hefty rainfall; you can see different flowers throughout the year.

One particular Satara Flower Aponogeton Satarensis or Waytura Flower can only be found on Kaas Plateau now listed in endangered species. Kaas Plateau supports 175 species of wildflowers.

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Kas Pathar is home to many birds, butterflies, reptiles, wild animals.

The best time to visit Kaas Plateau season is just after the end of monsoon during September and October.

Once in eight years, Karvi Flowers blooms into mas flowering covering the entire Kaas Plateau in shades of Purple Blue and Pink.

Plateau seems to change the colours after every 15- 20 days as the cycle of flowering plants progresses

Elements of outstanding Universal Value Plateau is rich in its Bio-diversity. Very IMP for botanical studies and research work. Many species which are still new to the Botanical Science are observed on plateau. Many of the endemic, endangered plants are found on Plateau. Plateau will provide a potential site for future research in botanical studies. More than 850 species of flowering plants are reported.

How to reach

It is 25km from Satara, Kaas is about six hours’ driving from Mumbai, and three hours’ by road from Pune. So you can take the Mumbai-Bengaluru Highway (NH48) up to Satara and then exit for Kaas Plateau. The parking lot is a bit of a distance away, but there are ST buses that will ferry the distance for a small fee. Be prepared to not have access to food stalls or restrooms on the plateau itself.

 

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A special note from the NGO that is working relentlessly for this plateau

Remember that the plateau has many rare, endangered and threatened, unique plant species, found no where in the world other than this place. It is our responsibility to protect these and avoid extinction.

If we take care of the plateau and enjoy the beauty, without hurting it, it will be there for years to come for our enjoyment as well as for our next generations.

It is prestigious World Heritage site, recognized by world community as unique place. Damage to it will be shameful to us as a country.

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Let us not only put all responsibility on the shoulders of government, but own some responsibility of conservation.

The danger to this plateau are human beings – the plateau’s blooms are unfortunately threatened by visitors who trample on the plants, pluck flowers, litter and park on the plateau.

Please be a responsible traveller

Spread this message so that our planet earth can remain as beautiful and conserved it is. 

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ShiviJune 26, 20217min4950

Benefits of pranayama in yogic sciences dates back to 1000 years.

 

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There are many types of pranayama that has different benefits on our whole system. Below are these 8 types that are fruitful in your respiratory tracks and has other fantastic benefits on your body.

  1. Nadi Sodhana
  2. Shitali Pranayama
  3. Ujjayi Pranayama
  4. Kapalabhati Pranayama
  5. Bhastrika Pranayama
  6. Bhramari Pranayama
  7. Anuloma & Viloma Pranayama
  8. Sheetkari Pranayama

 

Let us understand first what is Pranayama – it is a Sanskrit word that means control of breath. And in yogic sciences yogis said it is prayan – the bio life and yaam is asnaa. So it is asan for life. In pranayama, we consciously control our breathing through various breathing techniques as it is a meditative practice.

The type of breathing techniques in pranayama is divided into three stages: Inhalation through the nose (Purak), retention (kumbak) and exhalation (Rechak). These breathing techniques are not only used in yoga practices but also in meditative practices. The rhythm of pranic energy can be controlled through pranayama. They are useful in all forms of meditation.

 

1 – The best among all which you can do for lung exercise is Kapalabhati Pranayama – also called as a breath of fire.

 

This type of pranayama is done by forcefully exhaling from the lungs and inhaling is done involuntarily. The exhalation should be so forceful that one should suck the belly by releasing the air. In the same way, when inhaling is done, the belly should go back to the same position. Usually, Kapalabhati Pranayama is done for warm-up. This cycle of inhalation and exhalation should be done for few minutes. This type of pranayama is quite beneficial in strengthening the diaphragm and abdominal muscles. It also helps in increasing focus, reducing anxiety and burning calories.

 

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6 – Bhramari Pranayama

Clinically it is being proven that this type of pranayama is effective in increasing lung capacity and respiration. It is also being said that the biochemist is researching this yogic practice as it has a tremendous capacity to decrease the spread of microbes in the lungs. Why, as it increases the nitrous oxide in our lungs. It is also said that eating a nitrous rich diet curb the spread of any virus in our lungs. As it has anti-viral property, it reduces replication of the virus thus it stops the spreading. Sit at a steady place, intact, close your ears, with thumbs, and eyes with your fingers. Then create a humming sound or you can also chant om sound while exhaling. This is also known as ‘humming bee breath’. Do it for 5 minutes daily morning and evening. It also helps in increasing concentration, alertness, relieving stress.

 

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3 – Anuloma & Viloma Pranayama

This pranayama is divided into two stages: Paused inhalation and paused exhalation. It is done by inhaling for 2-3 seconds and pausing, then again restarting inhalation and pausing for few seconds while sitting in a comfortable position. Inhalation should be done until the lungs are full of air. Exhalation must be done slowly. One must relax the mind and body. This is Viloma Pranayama where pausing of breathing is in regular intervals. In anuloma pranayama, one must breathe nostrils in an alternative way. Both are similar. These techniques help in relaxing, reducing stress and cleansing nasal passages.

 

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4 – Yogendra Prayanam no. 4 –  it is the best for diaphragmatic breathing.

It induces relaxation and letting go of the vairagya bhava. It will give you immense calmness and self-discipline. Lay down on the mat and place right hand on the navel and left on the side of the body, palm facing to the sky, legs fold and maintain equal breathing. Do not do force breathing. If you observe that the belly will rise and go down to the spine with exhaling. It is one of the natural ways of breathing. It is deep breathing practice – do it 10 times before sleeping or before Shavasana. It is effective in relaxation and stress reliever.

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ShiviMay 28, 20216min9540

Himachal Pradesh is one of India’s most picturesque tourist destinations to offer to passionate tourists around worldwide. Severely lauded and admired for its rich natural attractions, the state is well known for providing heavenly holiday experiences that become memories for a lifetime. Nestled mainly in between the Himalayan Mountains, several unexplored and offbeat places feature stunning hills, sublime valleys, historic monasteries, and gleaming lakes.

 

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Here’s a list of top unexplored places to visit in Himachal Pradesh that will satisfy your wanderlust.

 

Malana

When in Himachal Pradesh, you must visit the historical village of Malana. Despite being ancient, the town is surreally beautiful and based on the valleys of Parvati. While it still homes a handful of families, legends state that there are inhabitants who share ancestral links with Alexander the Great troops. The place is a subtle combination of natural beauty and thrilling folklore.

 

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Tirthan Valley

Nature can be found at its purest best if one can visit the Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The valley is surrounded by the Great Himalayan National Park and accompanied by the Tirthan River. The ethereal exhibition of lustrous greenery and gorgeous waterfalls make this place an ideal spot to relax and witness nature’s lap.

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Chitkul Village

Chitkul enjoys its fair share of tourist visits round the year due to organic firms’ presence and snow capped mountain peaks. Belonging to the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, this village is the last venue ahead of the Indo-Tibet border that won’t require you a visa permit for travelling. An abundance of apple orchards, mustard fields, and the Baspa River will captivate your imagination. Word of caution, the weather could get tricky. Hence it would be best if you are suitably prepared.

 

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Pabbar Valley

The riches of Pabbar Valley can ideally sum up the tourism offerings of the state of Himachal Pradesh. This valley will have tourists spellbound and amazed by its fruit orchards, picturesque brooks, and luscious meadows. If not much, you can stroll through the tiny villages in the vicinity while passing through cedar, oak, and birch forests and finally through snow-covered valleys. Nature enthusiasts can participate in outdoor activities such as camping, rafting, and paragliding as well.

 

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Thanedar

Famous for its numerous apple orchards, Thanedar has long hosted nature lovers and passionate tourists. Surrounded by apple and cherry orchards, this spot is highly recommended for people who enjoy some me-time during vacations. The countless orchards supply millions of apples both across India as well as abroad. You will find several accommodation arrangements in the location, with quite a handful of resorts available for boarding. Make sure you visit Hatu Peak to get a fascinating view of the snow-capped Himalayan Range.

 

Wrapping Up

Hopefully, you have come across some of the best offbeat and unexplored places for you to visit on your next trip to Himachal Pradesh. Each one of the names listed above will offer you a fantastic getaway from the madness of the city lifestyle. You can also check out the summer Delhi to Mcleodganj Package at the link.

Read about Unexplored Spiti Valley and know where to stay.

 

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PS: Before taking any trip in these tough times make sure to imply all the protocols and be a responsible tourist.  

 


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ShiviMay 26, 20218min3550
Lunar Eclipse 2021- Chandra Grahan

 

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What is a super moon?

A supermoon befalls when a full or new moon accords with the Moon’s closest approach to the Earth. The Moon’s orbit around Earth is not flawlessly circular. This means the Moon’s distance from Earth varies as it goes around the planet. The closest point in the orbit, called the perigee, is unevenly 28,000 miles closer to Earth than the farthest point of the orbit. A full moon that happens near the perigee is called a supermoon.

 

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The full moon, known as the “Super Flower Moon”, is seen over the Anitkabir, the mausoleum of modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in Ankara, Turkey May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Cagla Gurdogan

 

Total Lunar Eclipse 2021 – May 26th, 2021 will be visible in these locations.

The total lunar eclipse will be noticeable mostly from Pacific Ocean, Eastern Asia, most parts of North and South America and Australia. For most of India, the moon will be below the eastern horizon during the total eclipse and so people of the country cannot observe a blood moon, but in some parts, mostly from eastern India, people will see only the very last part of a partial lunar eclipse, (here too it is cyclone Yaas is occurring, hence it will be tough here too). It is will start at 2:17 pm as per Indian Standard Timing (IST) and be visible until 7:19 pm. India will not get to see the total eclipse.

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Why it is named as Super Blood Moon?

The totally eclipsed moon takes a dark blackish red colour and therefore it is called a blood moon. This occurs because of the comparatively less aberration of the red part of the moon light through the earth’s atmosphere and falling on the moon’s surface.

 

What will happen?

A glitzy full moon rose over New Zealand on Wednesday night as people there and around the world waited for a cosmic event known as a super blood moon. It’s when a full lunar eclipse accords with a super moon, which is when the moon is chiefly close to Earth and appears brighter than normal. For about 15 minutes, as the moon interchanges fully into Earth’s shadow, the moon will appear to turn red.

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Why does it take red color?

When the Moon is entirely enclosed by Earth’s shadow it will darken, but doesn’t go completely black. Instead, it takes on a red color, which is why total lunar eclipses are sometimes called red or blood moons. 

The full moon, known as the “Super Flower Moon”, is seen behind Stonehenge stone circle near Amesbury, Britain, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

 

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ShiviMay 22, 20217min8390

by Author On Travel

Well, this sounds like never before, but now it is in action. I’m talking about Vaccination Travel – COVID 19. As the travel industry has gone for the toss in 2020 and half of 2021 is now almost under the attack of this pandemic. We see the travel and tourism industry is adversely affected. With this, The European Union has rolled out new travel policies to reopen its borders.

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How it is regulated?

The ambassadors from the 27 members of the states of the European Union has now allowed tourists from the rest of the world. It has also allowed the non-essential travellers who have been declined to travel earlier this year and in 2020.

Now, this move is seeing prospects as a crucial part of the economy for EU, especially for the tourism-dependent countries like Greece, Spain, and a few more. As it is summertime the bloc is one step closer to permit international tourists from safe countries. However, if in case you are not coming from the safe country ‘s list then probably you will have to show RT-PCR negative test, and also vaccinated from the ones which are approved by the EU bloc. (vaccines that are approved by EU – Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.).

While all this ease has come into the picture, health and safety remain paramount. Please see, that Europeans will be furnished with a digital certificate of vaccination which can be shown across borders while they travel. This travel restriction is open majorly for Britons and vaccinated Americans.

 

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Criteria:

Travellers should have received the final doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before travel.

This is for EU countries that have waived quarantine requirements for vaccinated citizens and it is also for non-EU vaccinated travellers.
It seems to be open 100% for all, but it isn’t.

Thus, we see that Portugal lifted a four-month travel for British tourists.
People only from seven countries, including Australia, Israel, Singapore, Britain, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not are allowed to travel.

Children are also being able to travel with vaccinated parents.

For India, an emergency brake has been proposed. This brake is to limit the risk of more infections and variants to spread and enter in EU.

Also there are a few travel agencies who are offering 21 days’ package to the EU, wherein you would get Sputnik jabs under proper supervision, further to which you can travel and stay in the EU. (please ensure it is authentic).

The changes could come into effect as early as next week.

Travel safe, and despite the fact, restrictions are loosened up, I advise you guys to travel safe, get vaccinated, wait for 14 days to get over, check with your doctor for any other ailments or illness you are facing and then move out.

#staysafe #behappy #covidtravel #eutravel #greecetravel

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ShiviMay 14, 20216min5962

Gloomy story; Maldives closed its door for India, due to rich Indians, perhaps.

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Gorgeous beaches, lively shorelines, beautiful sunsets and much more… Maldives has been the most loved destination among Indians. The Maldives was one of the three destinations that have opened their boundaries post-COVID 19 pandemic 2020. It showed a significant increase in numbers of tourists from South Asian countries of which India was the highest.

 

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The Maldives saw every second Indian celebrity holidaying in Maldivian Islands. When the social media and personal accounts got flooded with their flaunting pictures, it took them for a ride. People started criticizing their pictures saying amid the second wave in India when the situation is way worse, these pictures are distressing and how they are being allowed to travel. (yet it is their choice). 

 

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Due to this elevated numbers of tourists and India becoming the epicenter of the COVID 19 pandemic, Maldivian Government has regulated new rules by restricting the entry of Indian tourists. Maldives has now joined a slew of nations announcing travel bans and restrictions on flights from India including countries like Germany, Iran, the UK, US, Hong Kong among others.

 

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The new travel restrictions are commencing from 13th May 2021. On 8th May Maldives suspended the entry of work permit holders from south Asian countries. The list which included these south Asian countries are – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The Maldives has now banned travel from India. Maldivian government issues this notice with effect from 13th May 2021. Thus the rich Indians are no abler to fly to the Maldives during the pandemic situation.

 

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What are your views on the same, leave a comment and let us know what you have to say about it.

Is it great that rich Indians shall have this privilege all the time without serving the society in any way, except putting glossy Instagram pictures?  Or they shall be responsible enough towards their humanity.

Despite all this where tourism contributes 21% of the total GDP of Maldives, it will tough for the hoteliers and locals to keep the pace up. But guess, it is right for now.

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ShiviApril 26, 20216min6260

Travel restrictions in Himachal Pradesh – Check before you travel


To start this blog, I would like to first appeal to everyone not to travel for some time more until the situations become under control. India is on the brim of herd community and we may see it happening in coming weeks. I’m not scaring you, God forbid if the infection catches you and your loved ones it is super tough to come out. COIVD is not a joke. Anyway moving further to what I wanted to convey is the latest travel restrictions in the Indian state Himachal Pradesh.

 

We saw a surge of tourist flagging to this beautiful and holy state of India in the months from Jan 2021 to April 2021. Still, there are tour operators who are working on the packages and are ready to take the road trips and hiking tours.

OKAY, I know that the industry had immensely affected by the pandemic and the tourism industry is one of the most impacted and is going under loss. However, breaks are imperative on this phenomenon as it is, directly and indirectly, increasing the cases. The worst part is that this virus mutant shows signs in 14 days and it remains for around 14 days, which makes it daunting to monitor and know where al all it is spreading.

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In Himachal recently the Government has imposed a night curfew in certain districts. Solan, Sirmaur, Kangra, and Una, imposed night curfew from April 27th to May 10th – 10 pm to 5 am. Also Himachal Pradesh government also made the RT-PCR test mandatory within 72 hours for those who are coming into the state. Those who are not tested will be required to go into home quarantine or isolation at their residence for 14 days.

 

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Additionally, other states have restricted the entry of buses, flights, and inter commute for a certain period. Please make sure to move only if it is necessary and urgent. Request everyone to be safe and avoid travelling for leisure and holidays for some time.

 

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ShiviApril 18, 20213min6971

 

Kumbh is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Kumbh is held periodically at four different locations in India — Nashik, Haridwar, Prayagraj, and Ujjain. In normal circumstances, Kumbh continues for nearly four months but this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the duration of the congregation has been curtailed to one month.

 

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The first shahi snan was held on March 11 on the occasion of Mahashivratri, while the second was held on April 12. Kumbh Mela Officer Deepak Rawat Tuesday inaugurated the world’s largest Diya on Aastha Path, according to the state government. The diya is also named in the Guinness Book of World records.
Wow, this is incredible – India is incredible but are we meaning with it.

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Despite rising COVID cases, Haridwar is jam-packed with pilgrims for Kumbh Mela on April 12. COVID protocols were flouted as devotees performed the rituals.

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“Maha Kumbh has been challenging for the country, Uttarakhand Police is comparatively small in strength but Maha Kumbh takes place on that very scale. This event comes in the backdrop of the state recording its highest single-day rise in India of COVID cases.


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ShiviMarch 18, 202114min14310
Global Recycling Day – Did you Know about it? We are Dying!

 

Global Recycle Day

 

Today the world is moving towards a sustainable future. Business tycoons, big conglomerates, huge industries, start-ups, small and medium scale business are understanding the need to work on reducing waste and working on sustainable grounds for the impact of the global waste management crisis.

In 2018 it called for a dire need to commemorate Global Recycling day. The last decade has been the hottest on record, and we are now facing a climate emergency of unparalleled proportions. If we don’t make significant and rapid changes, we will see continued rising global temperatures, the melting of icecaps, continents on fire and rapid deforestation. (www.globalrecyclingday.com).

 

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This directly affects humanity with increased poverty, immigration from displaced communities, job losses, waste mountains and natural habitats disappearing. We have the power to make lasting changes to combat this, and with recycling being recognized in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030, we are already seeing many individuals, governments and organisations taking direct action to support the global green agenda.

Recycling is a key part of the circular economy, helping to protect our natural resources. Each year the ‘Seventh Resource’ (recyclables) saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030. There is no doubt recycling is on the front line in the war to save the future of our planet and humanity.

The Global Recycling Foundation is pleased to announce the theme of Global Recycling Day 2021 as #RecyclingHeroes. This will recognise the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future that will benefit all.

Go green reuse recycle

Below are 10 ways to recycle, some of which also help with reducing and reusing.

 

Use reusable bags instead of plastic

Using plastic bags are banned in some parts of the world. Still, there are places where they are used, sadly it is not beneficial for the environment and health too. What you can do is, instead is to use cotton or cloth bags. Reuses them, wash, dry, use and reuses – with the same process.

 

Reuse scrap paper for crafts

This is something I would like to point out as reusing the scarp papers at the office and in the house of elsewhere is a wonderful technique to reduce waste. Wasting paper is wasting trees. We can reuse these scrap papers for mailing craft, strips tapes, colorful and decorative paper strips for other crafts decoration etc.

Use cloth napkins and towels Using cloth napkins and towels in the kitchen and bathrooms will help to reduce paper consumption and give you a reusable product, possibly saving you a couple of hundred dollars a year.

 

Repurpose glass jars and containers

Why pay extra for these food-filled glass containers, why not reuse them for other household items that need a new container? You can look up many DIYs and green décor ides on Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram. They show how to reuse and recycle plain glass jars into pretty home-products, ranging from food containers to decorative light-hangers.

 

Recycle Electronics

Even if you’ve tried everything you can to revive your electronic device, laptop or computer, don’t just dump it in the garbage. You can donate it to charities that can fix it up or send it back to the manufacturer that will end up recycling the body and parts for other products. Some ink cartridge manufacturers will give you a prepaid label to mail back used-cartridges to recycle. Look into the manufacturers of your devices and find out about their recycling programs.

 

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Some are extreme ways to recycle

The above are the basic that you can do every time daily. Now 5 extreme ways to recycle, and if you are super serious about green living then you can continue using these tricks for recycling.

Recycle water – This one is a big investment, as you’d have to reconfigure your water pipes so that bathwater and sink water can be used for either flushing the toilet or for watering your yards. You’ll be recycling the water to serve more than just a single purpose and as a result, also saving more on your water bills.

Make your compost – How much do you consciously and unconsciously leaving behind the waste have you ever realised. What you need to do is leave your organic waste in a compost bin to decompose so that you can recycle the compost for plants. Be sure that you have the right container and put only decomposable items in.

Switch to using cloth diapers – Using cloth diapers for your child may seem outdated, but women used them for ages. Today what we have – Disposable diapers aren’t usually put into recycling categories, so you can choose to use cloth diapers if you truly want to go green. Search on google you may find many companies and start-ups that are providing these.

Collect rainwater to use for watering plants – if you are not living in a state like California or an Indian state like Chennai – which is almost a draught then you can perfectly harvest and conserve rainwater. You must take advantage of the rainy season and recycling the rainwater. Save more money on your water bill by using natural water for watering your indoor or outdoor plants.

Buy secondhand furniture on Craigslist or eBay – Check out secondhand furniture found on Craigslist or eBay. It’s one of the greatest ways to recycle furniture that is still usable and also reduces trash in the landfill.

True green living requires a lifestyle change, but there are little things you can do that will help our landfills from becoming unusable. Just follow these ways to recycle, and you’ll be on your way to having less garbage and wasted resources.

 

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Quick Facts:

India is known to generate over 65 million tonnes of waste every year. Not to your surprise it is one of the highest in the world.

India ranks third in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. All thanks to poor waste management.

By 2050, if the world survives India will be staggering to 88 square km of land for waste disposal through landfilling.

As per the recent report by a private research frim India is 77%  of waste is disposed in open dumbs, whereas 18% is composted, and only 5% is recycled.

Not to shock you – India is also the third-largest in the world for producing electronic waste after China and the USA.
Globally 23% of disposable water bottles are recycled each year

Glass is 100 % recycled and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in quality and purity. However if unrecycled it could take 4000 years or more for it to recycle or decompose naturally.

70% of total waste in Indian offices is of paper.

The whole idea is that today we have a couple of sustainable options for living wherein we can use them and we have a means for producing them too. The only thing lacking is we do not do it on our own. We preach and only preach. I have started my bit in my way for plastic, reuse glass bottles, cloth bags, planting trees, kitchen garden, sustainable tourism, handmade paper use, reuse of paper etc. if I initiate this from my home, my kid is watching and doing the same.

 

Please start today! Do your bit, if you want the planet to be as beautiful and gorgeous as it is.
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ShiviMarch 10, 20213min9020

 

The Most Mystical Temples Of Lord Shiva – Significance of Mahashivaratri

Maha Shivaratri or the ‘Great Night of Lord Shiva’ is one of the most significant festivals for Hindus across the world. The fourteenth day of every lunar month or the day before the new moon is known as Shivaratri.

Among all the twelve Shivaratris that occur in a calendar year, Mahashivratri, the one that occurs in February-March is of the most spiritual significance.

 

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Mahashiavratri is very significant for people who are on the spiritual path. for the ascetics, it is the day he became one with Mount Kailash. He became like a mountain – absolutely still. In the yogic tradition, Shiva is not worshipped as a God, but considered as the Adi Guru, the first Guru from whom the science of Yoga originated.

Here’s the facts and some lesser known things about Shiva temples in India

The Most Mystical Temples Of Lord Shiva

 

The Tungnath Mandir in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand is considered the highest Shiva temple in the world and the most scared. Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. It is located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila. The temple is believed to be more than 1000 years old and is the third (Tritiya Kedar) in the of the Panch Kedars.

 

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ShiviMarch 4, 20216min18790

World Book Day | Encourage to Share a Story | Bookshelf

This year the theme for World book day is – share a story. It is apt, as all of us have ample stories and experiences to share. This is the 24th year that the event has been held. It comes around on the first Thursday of March every year, in the UK. This day is also acknowledged globally in over 100 countries across the world. Other countries celebrate World Book Day on William Shakespeare‘s birthday – April, 23.

 

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What’s happening this year?

Due to Corona Virus Pandemic things are quite silent this year. Everything is virtual and webinars are held online. There is hardly anything happening offline. Books are offered for just £1 – through book tokens, and they can be used to buy one of the exclusive books on offer through the scheme or used to buy a full-price book or audiobook that costs £2.99 or more. Kids are also being encouraged to share their stories with one another and prizes are on offer for the best. A selection of free audiobooks are also on offer, which launched on February 18. A Book Club is also being launched in March 2021.

 

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On this note a quick tips for kids on how you inculcate them to read more and share more. Let them share their stories and encourage them to become who they want to:
  • Create a reading area.
  • Read in front of your child
  • Make reading a daily habit.
  • Create a reading space.
  • Take trips to the library.
  • Let your child pick what to read.
  • Re-read favorite books.
  • Find reading moments in everyday life.
Remember: READING SHOULD BE FUN, NOT FRUSTRATING!

 

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ShiviFebruary 15, 20219min11110
Year of the Metal Ox – All you need to know

 

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So in 2021 it’s the “Year of the Metal Ox,” which hasn’t happened for 60 years. The Ox represents the first year of the 12-year zodiacal cycle, with 2020 being the “Year of the Metal Rat.

 

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How it is significant to the world? Ohh yeah it is, Friday, 12 February, 2021 celebrated “Chinese New Year,” it is one of the globe’s biggest annual celebrations as a fifth of humanity celebrate with rice cakes and dumplings despite it being a mostly virtual event this year. We all know why…

 

Solnal in Korea 2021

 

However, as well as also being called “Spring Festival” it’s also referred to as “Lunar New Year.”

Why? What has this occasion go to do with the Moon? How is Chinese New Year calculated and why is Chinese New Year always on a different date? What Chinese New Year animal are you? And what is a “lunar year” anyway?  Here’s all you need to know about it all.

 

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Chinese New Year 2021 starts on the day after the first New Moon that falls between January 21 and February 20 each year—which this year occurred on Thursday, February 11, 2021—and ends on the first full Moon of the lunar calendar two weeks later. This new year begins on February 12, 2021 and ends on January 31, 2022.

 

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The Chinese New Year 2021 animal is the Ox. Each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac (literally “circle of animals”), which is based on the Moon and has a 12 year cycle. Interestingly, so does the planet Jupiter, which takes about 12 years to orbit the Sun. However, there is also a cycle of five elements—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—which together creates a 60 year cycle. So in 2021 it’s the “Year of the Metal Ox,” which hasn’t happened for 60 years.

 

metal of the ox

 

Which Chinese New Year animal am I?

Don’t make any assumptions if you’re born in January or February and want to find what Chinese New Year animal you are. It’s no use knowing that, for example, 1976 was the “Year of the Dragon.” It was, but only for those both on or after January 31, 1976. What you need to know is that exact date of Chinese New Year in the year of your birth. For example, anyone born on January 30, 1976 was born in the “Year of the Rabbit,” and anyone after that in the “Year of the Dragon.” calculate what Chinese New Year animal you are.

 

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It’s the final full Moon of the astronomical season of winter in the northern hemisphere. In China the celebrations close with a Lantern Festival. 

 

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“Chinese New Year” or “Lunar New Year?” While the former refers to the event in China, the latter—and another term, “Spring festival”—is used to recognise the fact that the event is celebrated all over Asia, not just in China. Lunar New Year is celebrated in Vietnam as Tết, as Losar in Tibet and as Solnal in Korea. 

 

Vietnam as Tết

When is the next Chinese New Year? 

In 2022 Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 when it will mark the beginning of the “Year of the Water Tiger.” 

Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes. 

Facts and Dates with Data taken from – Jamie Carter (Forbes)

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ShiviFebruary 11, 202110min19190

Bheemkund – Mysterious water pool in India #incredibleindia

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It is a magical water pool. Natural in nature, with clear blue waters. Also known as Neelkund. There is an uncovered story about this place, which keeps you intrigued. It is situated near Bajna village in Chhatarpur district, Madhya Pradesh. It is 77 km away from Chhatarpur by road in the Bundelkhand region. Bheemkund is astonishingly a natural water reservoir and a holy place that purportedly dates from the era of the Mahabharata. The water of the Kund (tank) is so clean and transparent that one can see fish swimming in the water.

 

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The pool lies in a cave, about 3 metres from the mouth. To the left of the passage is a small Shivalinga. The pool is a deep indigo blue which distinguishes with the red stone walls. Folklore attached to this place dates back in the times of Mahabharata, linking Bhimkund with the Pandavas. Exhausted under the sweltering sun, Draupadi fainted of thirst. Bhim, the strongest of the five brothers, hit the ground with his Gada, water swelled out and the pool came into being.

 

The roof of the cave has a small opening just above the kund; this is the place Bheem is said to have hit with his Gada. Closely monitoring, it does look like the head of a Gada. It is 20 meters in width. During the Tsunami in India, there were 30ft high jump in water levels. 10 ft high tides arose from the deep waters. The locals have observed it.

 

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The water is blue, deep blue naturally. It keeps on shifting its colours as well. No one till date could examine the depth of – the real depth of this bheemkund. 200 ft deep down the pool if you go you experience water cyclone. Whenever there is a natural calamity there is an effect of it seen in this pool.

Even the earthquake of Nepal had an impact of it here. The pandits and locals have witnessed 7 ft high tides of water. Same was with the earthquake in Japan. It is being said that this place always indicates about the natural calamities to take place. It is a mystery that how this place indicates the natural calamities before it even occurs. And after a few hours, we see some of the other natural mishap happening.

The water is holy and can be kept for years as it is. No algae, no bacteria, and no dilution occur in the water. It is like Ganga and other holy water we keep with us. If this has a connection with oceans or a way to the ocean, then why this pool does not have saltwater. There are theories based on them but no one can prove it. Chattarpur has no connections with the ocean for 1000s km.

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Pujari Ramesh Prasad Pandey Ji – serving there for four generations of his. To know the real depth of this pool huge pumps and pipes have been places and people have returned from 80mtr saying that we can’t go deep than this. The administration had tried to pump out the water for 24 hours everything outside was blocked but the water was not dipping an inch also. They were amazed.

 

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International sky drivers and researchers came to know the mystery they put the camera down and took pictures of somewhere around 200ft down and still did not got the ground layer. Another mystery is that if someone gets drowned in the water and dies – the body is undiscoverable. One cannot find the body of the person, usually, the body of the person floats on the water once dead, but here it vanished.

 

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The archaeologists and the excavators have used their best methods to measure the depth of this Kund but none have succeeded so far. A few years ago a team from “Discovery channel” visited BheemKund and tried to calculate the depth of Kund but unable to do so.

Usually, when a man dies underwater, his body floats above the surface after his death. Whereas, the body once drowned in Bheemkund, never floats up and shockingly the body goes missing and can never be found back.

 

What you have to say about this mysterious place in #india Tell me in the comments below. 

Location: Bheemkund 

State: Madhya Pradesh

Country: India 

Reach by road from Chattarpur District 

Air Route: Indore or Bhopal or Gwalior

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ShiviJanuary 29, 20216min7340

2020 has been particularly hard, and it has taught us some important lessons. How about stepping into 2021 with this checklist of how to stay content and feel happy? We think it’s a great plan!

 

Wake up early 

It may sound alarming and awkward to many but it is the need of the hour 

Start practising a routine for a healthy life. Practice a routine of sleeping on time and waking up at the same hour every day. Start your day with a positive mood. How about giving it a try huh! 

Begin every morning with a smile

Just a smile for 10 secs maybe. You may think of  doing it while no one is around. It may sound funny, trust me to start the day with a smile is something will for sure work. Tell yourself it’s going to be a day full of happiness and contentment, and have a wide smile on your face. It might sound silly, but trust us, it will set the tone for the day ahead!

If possible start meditation 

People who are not used of it and don’t know how to start, gear up for a minute. Start at least for a once guys it will help. In fact, research shows that our brain releases an anti-anxiety chemical called GABA when we practice meditation or yoga. A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found there is a 27 per cent increase in GABA levels after an hour of meditation.

Take up a habit of reading 

I know I know many would say that if not possible because I can’t read a single page. I have language issues and many others would have other excuses for not reading. The biggest of them is the time. DO not worry, take out10 minutes’ start reading in whichever way you wish to and whatever you love to. Get a book from your favourite genre, slip into the quilt, and sip on some hot chocolate as you immerse yourself in a different world.

Last but not least -Give hugs and love 

Spread more and more and more. When you hug a person, your body releases the cuddle chemical, oxytocin. That’s why you end up feeling happy! It is a hormone that is linked to social bonding, fostering trust and loyalty. Moreover, a hug also lowers your blood pressure and helps you release anxiety. So, hug away to glory.

 

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