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Harishchandragad via Nali-chi-vaat (Part 3)

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SubscribeFiled Under: Export, India, Trekking,by Neeraj

A recount of my thrilling trek to Harishchandragad via nali-chi-vaat, which is considered to be one of the most difficult treks in the Sahyadri Mountains (Western Ghats) of Maharashtra, India. This is a story about the most adrenaline-filled 48 hours of my life.

Click for: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four

Ghali (Gully)

The climb after lunch was intense and difficult. The channel had a number of large boulders, which we had to climb. The long lunch break made it especially difficult to get back into climbing again. Once again, I was happy being able to climb without luggage. Others were saying that we should take turns to climb without luggage. I took that as a joke!  Given my heavy bag, I wanted to conserve my energy for later.

Cliffs on the right side of Konkan Kada

Cliffs on the right side of Konkan Kada

We were getting closer to the Konkan Kada, but none of us really stopped to take pictures like we did before. It was getting late and we were climbing fast to make up for lost time. We also agreed to limit our rest breaks to a maximum of 5 minutes. The channel curved to the left as we got closer to the Konkan Kada. After a while, Konkan Kada was no longer directly in front of us, but on our right side.

Video: Idle No More @ Canadian Museum of Civilization


SubscribeFiled Under: Canada, Videos,by Neeraj

We were in the Canadian Capital, Ottawa in the province of Ontario, earlier this month and had the opportunity to visit the Canadian Museum of Civilization, which is just a 10-15 minutes drive from the Parliament Hall but on the Quebec side.

As we were visiting the various exhibits on the Aboriginal peoples of Canada, I heard some interesting sounds, which sounded like a performance.  I followed the sound to what turned out to be a very peaceful protest organized by members of the Idle No More movement.  I had been reading about this for quite some time, but this was the first time I actually witnessed it.

Idle No More is a protest movement by the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.  It has risen out of abuses of indigenous treaty rights by the incumbent Conservative government. It seems the government only celebrates Aboriginal peoples culture within the confines of museum walls.

Top 5 Things to do in County Galway


SubscribeFiled Under: Advertorial,by Catherine

This is an advertorial article by Catherine.

As one of the most popular cities in the Republic of Ireland, it’s an easy option to head for Travelodge’s Galway hotel and remain in the city throughout your stay – but with so much on offer in County Galway as a whole, why not head outside of the city limits to explore it?

Take a look of at the cheap hotels online in the area and if you feel a road trip coming on, you know you’ll be safe with a hotel to stay in. After all, it only takes a couple of hours to drive cross-country to Dublin, never mind the attractions you will see on the way. Otherwise, stick within County Galway and check out some of these fabulous activities and places to see.