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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:28 pm    Post subject: Leh & Attari(Wagah) border interesting pictures Reply with quote

Posting my blog links in Non Aviation section since they do not involve flights.

Leh - Travel & Pictures


Photo essay - the unseen Attari border images
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Leh & Attari(Wagah) border interesting pictures Reply with quote

Ameya Sir, thank you! Two nice trip reports involving an under-rated place I always wanted to visit, and an over-rated one, that I do not really fancy visiting. In order, as well. Had it been me, I would have possibly included these as a part of trip reports, since I go by Mr. Samir Pal (PAL@YWG)'s school of thought in a trip report having enough about the place visited as well, and having a Trip Report in an aviation forum include enough of aviation as well. But that is just me, perhaps, with my own biases.

I read, and re-read both the reports in detail.
Leh
A typical Ameya-style report (not to miss the characteristic humour), with some serious content, possibly coming from Mrs. Joshi, replete with some breathtaking pictures. I think your styles complement each other beautifully!
You both have given a nice traveller's perspective on a how-to and what-to in terms of Leh, right from altitude sickness, to a lovely quote, to trip planning details. A rivetting read.
Some points:
- I guess the altitude TODOs include partaking of Diamox, avoiding oily foods, and letting the body acclimatise itself at least for the first day. While in a typical writer's style, this is mentioned indirectly, I guess dunces like me need to be told some things directly. How much of a difference is there in what you perceived, vis-a-vis what was a medical practitioner's opinion? One might quote `RTFM', but it would be nice to her your point of view on this, and tips about going around, to be least bothered about the altitude and its effects.
- Can you tell us more about Magnetic Hill, from what you experienced? I have read a bit about it, but would love to hear it in the first person, from you.
- Interesting, about a mountainous Himalayan salt water lake, and the Zanskar-Indus confluence. Do you have any other pictures (including close-ups) of the latter? Did you spot any water fauna?
- Your visits have a beautiful take on what you observed about people in the region, and their unique points. I love this perspective of yours, which comes in beautifully into most of your trip reports.

Wagah
- your pictures, and the interesting captions had me spell-bound (and laughing, as well)! You really have an eye for detail, Sir.
- Nice tailor-made' comment Smile

Thanks for sharing these with us, Sir.
Cheers, Sumantra.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:20 am    Post subject: Re: Leh & Attari(Wagah) border interesting pictures Reply with quote

sumantra wrote:
Ameya Sir, thank you! Two nice trip reports involving an under-rated place I always wanted to visit, and an over-rated one, that I do not really fancy visiting. In order, as well. Had it been me, I would have possibly included these as a part of trip reports, since I go by Mr. Samir Pal (PAL@YWG)'s school of thought in a trip report having enough about the place visited as well, and having a Trip Report in an aviation forum include enough of aviation as well. But that is just me, perhaps, with my own biases.


Thanks for the kind words. People already have given feedback saying my regualr aviation TR itself is too long, hence adding this as part of Aviation TR, would have been a bummer.


sumantra wrote:

Leh
Some points:
- I guess the altitude TODOs include partaking of Diamox, avoiding oily foods, and letting the body acclimatise itself at least for the first day. While in a typical writer's style, this is mentioned indirectly, I guess dunces like me need to be told some things directly. How much of a difference is there in what you perceived, vis-a-vis what was a medical practitioner's opinion? One might quote `RTFM', but it would be nice to her your point of view on this, and tips about going around, to be least bothered about the altitude and its effects.

Diamox is over rated. People who had diamox had trouble as well as people who did not.

sumantra wrote:

- Can you tell us more about Magnetic Hill, from what you experienced? I have read a bit about it, but would love to hear it in the first person, from you.

The driver turned off the car and the car did go ahead on its own, but thats about it. One person tried to drive his M800 on the hill, but all on engine power, nothing on magnet.

sumantra wrote:

- Interesting, about a mountainous Himalayan salt water lake, and the Zanskar-Indus confluence. Do you have any other pictures (including close-ups) of the latter? Did you spot any water fauna?
- Your visits have a beautiful take on what you observed about people in the region, and their unique points. I love this perspective of yours, which comes in beautifully into most of your trip reports.

Sent the pics on your email Smile No water fauna. . or may be we never observed it

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Wagah
- your pictures, and the interesting captions had me spell-bound (and laughing, as well)! You really have an eye for detail, Sir.
- Nice tailor-made' comment Smile

I think Wagah is an experience to have if you have a VIP pass !
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both reports were fun reads Ameya - thanks for sharing!

The packaged tours to Leh sounds like a good option, especially as the costs are more reasonable this way. The Wagah border is a horrible experience, I don't know why so many folks insist on going there (I'm included as I went there and regretted it too). In Amritsar, besides the Golden Temple (an amazing place), the only thing else to do is eat and eat - heavenly food at every nook and corner Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nimish wrote:
Both reports were fun reads Ameya - thanks for sharing!

The packaged tours to Leh sounds like a good option, especially as the costs are more reasonable this way. The Wagah border is a horrible experience, I don't know why so many folks insist on going there (I'm included as I went there and regretted it too). In Amritsar, besides the Golden Temple (an amazing place), the only thing else to do is eat and eat - heavenly food at every nook and corner Smile


Thanks!

Yes certainly about Amritsar. However, the area near Golden Temple has only pure veg restaurants and you have to venture out to other parts of the city to try amritsari fish or chicken.

However, other parts of Punjab - Patiala & Chandigarh have better options for non veg than Amritsar - where Veg is pure bliss.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Leh & Attari(Wagah) border interesting pictures Reply with quote

ameya wrote:
People already have given feedback saying my regualr aviation TR itself is too long, hence adding this as part of Aviation TR, would have been a bummer.
I strongly disagree, Sir: there can never be too much of something good and wholesome!
ameya wrote:
Diamox is over rated. People who had diamox had trouble as well as people who did not.
Thanks for this perspective, Sir. I have been a bit loathe to even think about Leh, since with my middle-heavy frame, I find myself short of breath even at sea-level.
ameya wrote:
sumantra wrote:
Can you tell us more about Magnetic Hill, from what you experienced? I have read a bit about it, but would love to hear it in the first person, from you.
The driver turned off the car and the car did go ahead on its own, but thats about it. One person tried to drive his M800 on the hill, but all on engine power, nothing on magnet.
I wanted to know this since if a magnetic force were that strong, all coins would leave our pockets quicker (literally, as well as figuratively), and smaller metallic objects would feel the force even more.
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No water fauna. . or may be we never observed it
I guess I got over-excited, since the rare Indus river dolphin would not have such waters as its habitat: it would be much more comfortable farther downstream, in the plains. Normally confluences of different water currents bring with it fish, but again, I guess this is far too upstream for such things to occur.
Cheers, Sumantra.
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