Month: December 2014
Kalpa, how does it sound? Some new word….. Right? Yes, it is new, but, not just a word. It’s a place still unexplored like many other places in India about which very few have heard. Located in the Valley of Satluj River, and above Recong Peo in the kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, is the small town Kalpa situated at the height of 4300 meters, which was also one the favorite places of the British colonists in the past. The inhabitants of this place are called the Kinnauri. It comprises of the Hindus and the Buddhists. It is famous for its apple orchards which is the main cash crop in the region. Another attractive feature of this town is that it is surrounded by vineyards all around. And, looked northwards from the town, there lays the towering Kailash range.
The sight looks beautiful in the early mornings as the rising sun rays touches the snow peaks and gives it a golden look. One special feature of the Kailash when seen from Kalpa is, it changes its color throughout the day as the sun rays fall differently on them at different period of time. When it was the main town, it was called chinni. This beautiful and unexplored destination is said to be the winter home of the Hindu god Shiva. Stories say that the god used to come to this place to practice hashish. In the starting months of the year that is in the months of January and February the kinnaur gods meet here for the annual meeting with the lord.
Situated on the national highway, Kalpa is well connected and accessible by road. The roads are well maintained as they are the main transport route to supply to the army men at the borders. On the journey towards Kalpa, 60 kms from Shimla starts the Satluj River. 100 kms from there is the beautiful town of Rampur. Moving forward, we reach the village called Sarahan. The total distance of Kalpa from shimla is 259 kms and from Sangla its only 51 kms on the NH-22. On the journey towards Kalpa, Rekong Peo can also be seen. The road trip is full of beautiful scenery.
Kalpa has a temperate climate from April to October. Light woolens are recommended. The temperature at night is also low and sometimes even windy.
The major attractions of Kalpa are its apple orchards and its vineyards. These vineyards have an enemy. The wild bears. However the sheepdogs are good at their task of keeping these bears away from the yards. Pine nut forests can also be found. Another major attraction of the region is the temple of the god ‘Narena’. Bengalis from all corners of the country gather here and pray to the lord.
The places nearby that can be visited are:
Kothi: 3 meters above the recong peo, lays the temple dedicated to goddess Chandika Devi. The temple has a beautiful architecture and is surrounded by deodars on all sides. The beautiful image of gold of the goddess is exotic.
Morang: in the Tukpa Pargana of Tehsil Morang, there lays the largest village named morang. It is a village surrounded by mountains on three sides except the western part of the village. The village has an ancient fort which is said to be built by the pandavas.
Recong peo: to reach Kalpa, it’s necessary to cross recong peo. It has stunning views of the Mount Kailash. A place where everyone would like to get a picture clicked.
Kappa offers a variety of Himachal food. From vegetarian to non-vegetarian, its main cuisines are Tibetan and Punjabi. Some famous foods that it offers are Chouck, Pateer, Dham, Poldu, Indra, and so on. The food served is full of spices such as cardamom, red chilies and cloves.
There are a number of hotels in the region, which have a mid priced accommodation and also provide the tourist with all the necessary services.
Hotel Kinner Villa
This is the most favorite hotel in the region. It provides facilities like guest parking, bonfires and many more.
Kinner Kailash Cottage
It is a two storied British style cottage where people can get an old feel of the British times and enjoy the facilities provided by the hotel.
HPTDCs Hotel Kinner Kailash
This Himachal Tourism’s Mid-Priced Deluxe hotel is also one of the most famous hotels in the region which also provides many facilities.
Other places are:
Hotel Golden Apple Kalpa
Hotel Rakpa Regency
Hotel Monal Residency
Hotel White Nest
The prices of these hotels vary dependent on the off-season and peak-season.
SHOPPING IN KALPA
Kinnauri shawls, caps from the emporium and the tiny dry fruit known as ‘chilgoza’ can be bought in the region.
“Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand”
A beautiful saying from the pen of Margaret Mead makes us feel the essence of a relationship and a feeling of oneness with your loved ones. We will talk more about relationships and an important factor – Honesty in the survival of any relationship.
Are you happy with your boyfriend/girlfriend? Are you bestowed the same respect that you demand from your partner? Are you the kind your partner takes you to be or you just bluffing? Well, these are the basic baffling questions one needs to answer oneself when one is in a relationship! It is no big a deed to get in a relationship, but it’s really tough to be in a healthy relationship and maintain a touch of honesty, integrity and fidelity with your partner. It is heart touching and a complete feeling of bliss to hear someone love you, but only if the relationship has a warmth of understanding and honesty nurtured in it. Otherwise, “love” is a just a mere word with “no-feelings” imbibed in it.
Relationship is a sweet kind of bonding two people share with a sense of responsibility to handle the warmth in it. The relationship may be interpersonal, intimate, direct or indirect. Be it any kind, honesty forms the basic entity in all. The famous maxim rightly defines honesty – “Honesty is the best policy”. In a true relationship, the partners share all matters with each other; be it worth revealing or not. A relationship can make or mar your life.
The present generation boys and girls are highly vulnerable to problems in a relationship. They counter to a relation, but lack maturity needed to smoothly strengthen the relationship. These days teenagers are used to speaking “white lies” just to avoid being uncomfortable or to keep the other person happy. This is because the society has defined some standards for honesty. Their definition suggests that one can lie if things don’t favor you. The young generation caters to these definitions and so the small lies they say for no biggies mitigate the love of their relationship.
“Bonds are weak until they are tested”. The above saying rings some truth. Only trust in a relationship can withstand this feeling in your bond with your partner. Trust is a stand-alone entity in a relationship. If you don’t trust your partner, then the weak links of your relation will soon end up in a feeling of remorse. So, it is always better to speak out things even if you don’t want to reveal, when you are in a relationship; which would anyways be known some other day. And trust comes when you are honest. Honesty is a key measure to know how strong you are related to your partner.
In this 21st century, faith and trust are “gone-away” words. To be completely honest, sometimes may leave us in a fix. Honesty is not always the heart of all what we say. But again, honesty has various degrees. Just consider a situation that a girl and her beau are going out for a party. This situation may have occurred to many of us. The girl dressed in marvelous attire asks her boyfriend whether she isn’t carrying an extra flab look with her dress. Now, if the guy honestly replies in a straight forward way that “yes, you are looking fat dear”, then the girl would feel hurt though it may be the truth.
Another way round if the boy replies that the dress is absolutely your feet and you look too gorgeous in it, then maybe at the party other people may cause embarrassment to the girl and the girl may later get angry with her beau. Thus, being completely honest or completely dishonest in a relationship doesn’t always help. Here, the correct way to reply is by reforming a degree of honesty. Things would have been fine if the guy replies that you are looking nice, but I think you look slimmer in the other dress which you wore the other day. Such a diplomatic reply would suffice the need of honesty with a blend of softness.
Now we will talk about the phobia of honesty! Many times you have certain secrets which you feel if revealed to your partner would lead to the sabotaging of your relationship. The unraveling things often are about physical intimacy, money or similar things. If you don’t tell your partner about your secrets, you will always find guilt within you. This reduces closeness with your partner and is not an open and trustworthy relation. This is not a strong relationship. It leads to melancholy and stress rather than joy and pleasure. Any relationship which is weak meets its dead end at an early or later stage, isn’t? So, do not hide anything from your partner and be honest in confronting everything. May be your partner would feel hurt, but if your relationship is strong and true, your partner will understand you. A true relationship is always ready for any kind of disagreement because the end is always peaceful. Truth hurts but it heals.
There is a continuous vicious cycle. If one is lacking self esteem, one is tempted to be dishonest. This leads to a fear of truth which ultimately indulges one to be dishonest. And again, being dishonest leads back to low self esteem. It is a difficult task to break through this cycle once a person is trapped in it. So better avoid lies and enhance your self esteem! Not only does speaking honesty makes you feel happy, but it also has other benefits. You build up self confidence, self worth and self esteem once you have spelled out all truth within you. Also, you develop better emotional resilience and the ability to be on the side of truth as you have succeeded in revealing the truth by being honest.
Lastly, a final note: Just believe in yourself and your partner! Then “Honesty” is bound to be a part of your relationship and you won’t be shy about your truths.