The festival promises to be a walk along unexplored landscapes and breathtaking beauty
Festival visitors will have an opportunity to indulge in activities that are close to nature
This extraordinary advantage of the lit fest comes along with a stellar line-up of writers, artists, and performers
Thimphu, August 24, 2017: Literature festivals are quite the trend these days, but this one comes with an added attraction of the surreal beauty that the Land of the Thunder Dragon is known for. Literary stalwarts have already begun descending on Bhutan’s picturesque capital for the eighth edition of Mountain Echoes Literary Festival, but visitors will have much more than just literature to savor.
The festival promises to be a walk along unexplored landscapes and breathtaking beauty, as well as dzongs and monasteries steeped in history. With a legacy of culture, tradition and natural beauty like few others, festival visitors will have an opportunity to indulge in activities that are close to nature.
From a visit to the 15th century Punakha Dzong, that translates into the Palace of Great Happiness, to a trek along the Dochula pass at an altitude of over 10,000 feet, there are a lot of thrills in the itinerary of visitors.
This extraordinary advantage of the lit fest comes along with a stellar line-up of writers, artists, and performers who will enthrall the visitors. While lit fest regulars like Shashi Tharoor, Namita Gokhale, and Ruskin Bond will share their stories with book lovers, there are quite a few offbeat names like Markus Zusak, Padma Lakshmi, Pranay Lal, Francesca Beard and Phuntsho Namgyel that visitors may also look forward to for some interesting discussions.
Fashion is also one of the key themes this year as the festival aims to weave the traditional textile heritage of Bhutan and India with contemporary fashion and build a common thread between the two countries and their shared cultures.
The festival will be held from August 25 to 27, with a special inaugural ceremony on Thursday evening in Thimphu.
(Saket Suman’s visit to Thimphu is at the invitation of the organizers of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival) (IANS)
Sept 04, 2016: There is an assortment of traveller spots in Chhattisgarh, a significant portion of which lie for all intents and purposes unexplored. The untainted green woodlands spotted with beautiful waterfalls, grand levels, and winding streams offer a gala to eyes.
The hollows and posts of an overlooked time change it up as vacation spots in Chhattisgarh. Bunches of wild lives cover up in the backwoods of Chhattisgarh, which possess a colossal 42% of the state’s property surface. However, not the minimum essential to specify the draw of the intriguing tribal existence of Chhattisgarh goes about as a magnet to pull in vacationer to the city of Chhattisgarh.
The tribal state otherwise called “The Rice Bowl of India” was framed on 1 November 2000, by dividing 16 Chhattisgarhi regions of Madhya Pradesh. Chhattisgarh is the tenth biggest state with a range of 135,190 km, arranged in focal India. Because of good water system framework with massive dams and long trenches on various relentless rivers, hundreds of assortments of rice are developed in the state and therefore it is named as The Rice Bowl of India.
The state is amazingly gifted with tribal art, Kosa silk, wax workmanship (unfortunately, that is long lost) and brims with old landmarks, magnificent untamed life and stunningly cut sanctuaries. Fundamental attractions of Chhattisgarh are Chitrakoot waterfalls, Kutumsar hollows, Ramgarh and Sita Bengra, Bamleshwari sanctuary at Dongargarh, Danteshwari temple in Dantewada and a unique Buddhist focus in Malhar town. Given copious minerals, Chhattisgarh stands out as one of the essential electrical power and steel delivering condition of India. Today, a major portion of Chhattisgarh is dealing with numerous issues- Naxalism, Witchcraft and Ailing health but it is taking steps to counter the problems as well.
Chhattisgarh is known in old writings, engravings and in travelogues of foreign vacationers as “Dakshin Kosala”. It has a noteworthy tribal populace (32.5%) in contrast to the 7.8% of the total tribal population of India. Enormously blessed with natural beauty and resources, Chhattisgarh brags of having 12% of India’s timberlands. The Vindhyachal mountain ranges administer the state. Further, stunning waterfalls add to the wild grand excellence and alongside mountains feel completely soothing to the eyes.
Chhattisgarhi cooking styles are heavenly- rice is popular with the locals and cooked in several interesting methods. A significant portion of the conventional and tribal dishes are made of rice and rice flour like Pakhal Bhat, Kosa, Angakar Roti and Rice Flour Chapati. The tribal and urban folk appreciate local delicacy- made from a small, smooth white product of from a tree called Mahuwa. Mahuwa is a mainstream item and over the width and expansiveness of Chhattisgarh; diverse cooking styles are something to drool on- from jalebis to Safari (Barfi) and petha (sweets).
What makes Chattisgarh so interesting is that it has numerous places that have historical significance attached to it. The ten most sought after Tourist Places in Chhattisgarh are listed below:
I. Bastar: Bastar is one of the major districts in India which has the large tribal population and tattoos among the tribals are interest to many. The patterns, shapes and designs will win anyone’s heart.
II.Bilaspur: Bilaspur is better known for it’s Kosa silk and its excellent. It is the 2nd largest city in the state.
III.Sirpur: Sirpur is a small town about 84 km from Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. It is well known for its archaeological monuments.
IV.Kawardha: The place of Kawardha Palace itself is wonderful. It is situated at 941 meters altitude above sea level on Maikal Ranges. Bhoramdeo Temple or the ‘Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh’, designed on the rocky stones in the Nagar style is a historical Hindu temple focused to Lord Shiva.
V. Bhilai: The zoo cum park provides various attractions, and it is one of the famous picnic spots in the state. The popular Bhilai Steel Plant was founded by Maitri Bagh.
VI.Kanker: Known earlier as Radha Niwas Bagicha, Kanker Palace was developed in the 20th century and reconstructed in the year 1937. The stylish palace shows the impact of the colonial structure.
VII. Champaran: The city of Champaran was the birthplace of Saint Vallabhacharya.
VIII. Raipur: Raipur is one of the fastest developing cities in the state of Chhattisgarh not only in the context of industry but also tourism as it is attracting tourists from every part of the nation.
IX.Ambikapur: There are some amazing appeals of Ambikapur too that attract a large number of visitors every year. Some of these include Deogarh, Ramgarh hill, Dipadih, Kailash caves, Tattapani, Semarsot and Sita Bengra, among several others. The climatic condition of Ambikapur makes the areas of the spot suitable not only for farming but also for human habitation.
X. Jashpur Waterfalls: The Rivers, Caves, and Waterfalls in Jashpur are ideal for wandering and hiking. There are adequate Tourist Destinations in Jashpur.