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Rajahmundry (Andhra Pradesh): At least 27 pilgrims were killed and over 60 injured in a stampede during Godavari ‘pushkaralu’ here in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, officials said.

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The victims, all hailing from coastal Andhra, include 11 women and four children.

The bodies of the victims were shifted to the Rajahmundry government hospital. The injured were also brought to the hospital where the condition of some of them was stated to be critical.

The tragedy occurred on the first day of the festival at one of the bathing ghats in Rajahmundry in East Godavari district on the banks of the Godavari river.

A large number of pilgrims at Kotagummam pushkar ghat rushed towards the three gates and tried to scale them, leading to the stampede.

Officials said pilgrims tried to vie with each other to reach the ghat as taking a holy dip in the early hours is considered auspicious.

The failure of the authorities to anticipate the huge crowds at the ghat and the lack of proper arrangements to regulate the pilgrims apparently led to the incident.

The pilgrims coming out after a dip and those trying to reach the ghat were caught in the rush at the gates. A survivor said officials did not heed to repeated appeals to open the gates.

The Godavari maha pushkaralu, a once in 144-year event, began on Tuesday morning.

The 12-day pushkaralu, described as the Kumbh mela of the south, began in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who had a holy dip in Rajahmundry on Tuesday morning, rushed to the control room to monitor the situation.

He appealed to people to form queues. He also requested the pilgrims to move to other ghats.

The incident forced authorities to open the VIP ghats to the public. Crowds were also diverted from overcrowded ghats.

Naidu, who later visited the hospital to call on the injured, announced an ex-gratia of Rs.10 lakh each to the families of the dead.

In a voice chocked with emotions, the chief minister said the incident occurred despite all precautions taken by the administration.

He said a comprehensive probe would be conducted after completion of the pushkaram.

(IANS)

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Lambasingi: A Snowfall Experience Like Never Before

Lambasingi temperature can go as low as -2 degrees celsius in the month of December

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Lambasingi is slowly emerging as one of the favourite tourist places in Andhra Pradesh. Wikimedia Commons
Lambasingi is slowly emerging as one of the favourite tourist places in Andhra Pradesh. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Lambasingi is a tourist place in Andhra Pradesh
  • The place is famous for experiencing snowfalls
  • It is a beautiful, nature-friendly place and great for a recreational break

When you think of snowfall, you think of Kashmir, Manali, and all other hill places in North India. However, what many don’t know is, that snow falls in South India too. Lambasingi in Andhra Pradesh is a small picturesque village where snowfalls are beautiful.

The previously unknown village is now being promoted by Andhra Pradesh tourism. And it is also slowly becoming one of the favourite tourist places of Andhra Pradesh.

India has some of the most beautiful hill areas in the World. Wikimedia Commons
India has some of the most beautiful hill areas in the World. Wikimedia Commons

Lambasingi is a misty hill station, which at an altitude of 1025 meters above sea level is situated in the Chintapalli region of Arakku Valley. It has experienced snowfalls many times in the past.

Lambasingi temperature can go as low as -2 degrees Celsius in the month of December, and when that happens, the place gets covered in a layer of snow. Lambasingi weather is mostly cool and can get freezing in the months of December and January. It is one place which must be on your travel list.

Lambasingi is also home to many tribes. Wikimedia Commons
Lambasingi is also home to many tribes. Wikimedia Commons

But what do you do in Lambasingi other than wait for the snow? Here are some clues:

Enjoy the Farms and Gardens

Lambasingi is famous for its coffee and pepper farming. In winter, you can take a walk in these farms r the beautiful orchid gardens. It will make you feel like you are strolling through the clouds.

Visit the Waterfall 

27 km away from the beautiful hill station, lies the Kothapally waterfall. In between enchanting forests, the crystal white water of this waterfall will leave you enchanted.

Lambasingi is also famous for its coffee and pepper plantations. Wikimedia Commons
Lambasingi is also famous for its coffee and pepper plantations. Wikimedia Commons
Enjoy the Misty Mornings 

Mornings in the mountains are the best, and in Lambasingi the experience is just as beautiful. The Lambasingi temperature throughout the year stays less than 10 degrees Celcius, so you can expect a beautiful, chilly morning every day during your stay there.

Also Read: Travel and Tourism Fair in Kolkata aims at Exploiting Huge Travel and Tourism Potential in the Country 

Stroll through the Forests 

Lambasingi weather is beautiful, it needs no reiterating. And there are even more beautiful and lush green forests for you to stroll through to make yourself feel at peace. One can also observe various birds, plants and animals, to make for a more thrilling experience.

Forests in Lambasingi are green and lush, perfect for walks. Wikimedia Commons
Forests in Lambasingi are green and lush, perfect for walks. Wikimedia Commons
Try Adventure Sports 

The Lambasingi travel guide also promises adventurous experiences. You can go trekking, rock climbing and rappelling as well.

Also Read: Goa pins ‘bird’ing hopes to attract tourists

Lambasingi is becoming one of the hottest tourist places in Andhra Pradesh really fast, and the people are capitalising on it like anything. Lambasingi has hotels now which promise an amazing experience and comfortable stay. This place is a pocket-friendly trip you can enjoy with your family.