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“Tarana-E-Hind” award posthumously conferred upon legendary poet Muhammad Iqbal

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Kolkata: Legendary poet Muhammad Iqbal, author of the iconic poem “Saare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara”, was posthumously conferred the “Tarana-E-Hind” award by the West Bengal Urdu Academy on Friday, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee personally handing it over to his grandson Waleed Iqbal.

“There are some occasions in life when you feel really honoured,” Banerjee said at the function held before a large audience in the Nazrul Mancha.

She said the nation will never forget Iqbal. “I thank the Urdu Academy for this initiative for honouring Iqbal ji”.

The chief minister also inaugurated the three-day ‘Jashn-E-Iqbal’ celebrating the contributions of the literary genius.

The celebration is an attempt by the Academy to revive the long-lost glory of Iqbal, widely known as Allama Iqbal.

As many as 45 delegates – scholars and poets – from six countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan and Mauritius are slated to take part in paper presentations and international mushairas (gatherings of poets) during the course of three days.

A photo-exhibition showcasing Iqbal’s rare photographs will be launched at the Academy premises on Saturday along with the grand opening of the “Gosha-E-Iqbal”, a dedicated section of Iqbal’s books at the Central Urdu Library.

To honour Banerjee for her contributions to the revival of the Urdu Academy as well as for her work in the past three years, the title of “Pasban-E-Urdu” (protector of Urdu)was bestowed upon her.

In addition, guests and participants were given Banerjee’s book of Urdu poems titled “Tamanna”. (IANS)

 

 

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Every Traveller Must Visit these Offbeat Destinations

Offbeat destinations for new year's getaway

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Every traveller will love visiting these travel destinations. Pixabay

This holiday season, treat the traveller inside you with offbeat destinations nestled in the lap of refreshing natural landscapes.

1. Ponmudi Hill Station, Kerala

Ponmudi offers so much to travelers who love to explore the winding paths and surely have a thing for long drives. Set in the Western Ghats of Kerala, it is a picturesque hill station that is surrounded by lush greenery and a sheen blanket of mist. Trekking is one of the most adventurous activities that one may wish to delve in, here.

The place has started getting traction in recent years, which has resulted in the creation of cottages and resorts in the hilly area. A hill so close to the city, Ponmudi hills makes it a perfect choice for travelers who look for small weekend getaways.

Those planning to visit Ponmudi, the time between November and March is highly recommendable.

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Sandakphu is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge where a traveller can enjoy the dazzling peaks of Everest and Kanchenjunga. Wikimedia Commons

2. Silent Valley National Park, Kerala

Another natural piece of wonder located in the godly lands of Kerala, Silent Valley National Park is the finest destination for every nature lover, ever existed. It offers the opportunity to be exposed to wild jungles and its wilderness enveloped by numerous adventurous activities.

Apart from the purest marvels of nature, this place offers rich history and grandeur and remains the largest tract of evergreen rain forests in the North-eastern corner of Palakkad district. The flow of river Kunthi that descends from the Nilgiri hills makes it a natural splendor and one may want to keep watching it, forever.

It is recommended to visit this park between December and April, as heavy rains from June till November makes it difficult to explore the beauty of this place.

3. Sandakphu, West Bengal

Situated at the peak of West Bengal, Sandakphu is the highest point of the Singalila Ridge where tourists can enjoy the dazzling peaks of Everest and Kanchenjunga as the first sunlight strikes the surface. River Teesta that flows through this place makes it a perfect destination for water-sport aficionados.

To enjoy all of these, one must trek around 8-10 km from Maneybhanjan. It will take around 12 hours to reach the finishing line. Although it sounds tiring, the activity will certainly make you feel refreshed when you finally reach the peak – the beautiful vantage point from where you can clearly view the natural wonders.

Best is to visit this place between October and January.

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If you’re a traveller seeking an adventurous trekking experience then you must visit Sar Pass in Himachal Pradesh. Pixabay

4. Jawai Hills, Rajasthan

Also known as the Leopard hills, Jawai is located in the Pali district of Rajasthan and is home to leopards and other wild animals such as chinkaras, jackals, hyenas, etc. It is also a place where you will find migratory birds aplenty. Apart from these, there is a Kalka Devi temple, where one can find the maximum leopards roaming around the caves and stairs.

Here one gets amazing options of Safari rides to relish the inner view of the wilderness and also peek into the lives of local people who live there. A wonderful place to find solitude, Jawai is a perfect destination for tourists who wish to chill and adventure, away from the hustle-bustle of the cities.

The best time to visit Jawai is between October and April to avoid humidity and enjoy chilly nights.

5. Sar Pass, Himachal Pradesh

When speaking of winter breaks, it is the thought of hill stations that first crosses our mind. One such hill station that meets all your trekking desires is Sar Pass. Perfectly nestled in the Pir Panjal mountain range, Sar Pass is completely surrounded by high-rise mountains, waterfalls, and lush green forest.

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Although very tough, it is still one of the best routes and longest treks (5-7 days) in Himachal Pradesh that offers great campsites with views never-seen-before. You can start the trek from Kasol, also known as Mini Switzerland, and relish the nature all across the way till you reach the zenith.

October is the best time to visit Sar Pass, but since it’s a winter trek, there is no harm in planning for the later months. (IANS)