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Pictures 1-5: A 15 minute walk down a rather slippery road, this living root bridge is located just 2 kms from Mawlynnong. To reach the site it is a 900 m trek, approx 500-600 steps (roundtrip). It is a simple trek with minimal exhaustion but is a good enough warm up of sorts for the Double Decker Living Root Bridge. Visit this site during winters as it gives an eerie ‘Monster Movie’ feel. .
Pictures 6-10: The Double Decker Living Root Bridge of Sohra (aka Cherapunjee) is one of the few double decker root bridges. It is a 7km trek,7200 steps and the whole trek can take upto 4-6 hours (depending on the time you spend at the site). More info and trek videos will be up soon.
Living root bridges are a form of tree shaping common in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. They are handmade from the aerial roots of Rubber Fig Trees (Ficus elastica ) by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples of the mountainous terrain along the southern part of the Shillong Plateau. Root bridges have also been observed in the Indian state of Nagaland.
The local Khasi people do not know when or how the tradition of living root bridges started. Inventive members of the Khasi tribe have trained them to grow from the roots of ancient rubber trees, native to the northeast region. The root bridges provide a stable alternative to wooden bridges, which decay and get destroyed during the lengthy monsoon seasons.
It takes around 15 years for a new root bridge to become strong enough to bear the weight of people crossing it. However, it will continue to grow and strengthen even more over time. Some of the bridges are believed to be hundreds of years old, although no one knows their exact age. Their tangled webs of roots are almost eerie in nature and wouldn't look out of place in a fantasy world.
Though the ‘Generations By Hand’ method is the most common and genuine method of building root bridges, the ‘Bamboo or Wood Scaffold’ technique is getting popular.
Datça Yarımadası, Özel Çevre Koruma Bölgesi olarak ilan edilmiş olması dolayısıyla bozulmamış doğası, 235 kilometrelik sahil şeridi ve 52 koyu, zengin flora ve faunası, Knidos antik kenti ile gelecekte bölgenin en önemli turizm merkezlerinden birisi olmaya adaydır. Datça’nın birçok mavi bayraklı plajı bulunmaktadır, bunlar Aktur Tatil Sitesi Plajı, Aktur Kamping Plajı, Karaincir Plajı, Hastanealtı Plajı, Periliköşk Plajı, Billurkent Plajı olarak sıralanabilir. Çevre turizmi açısından geniş olanaklar mevcut olup, Bodrum ve Fethiye arasında yoğunlaşan Türkiye yat turizminin odaklandığı bir yer olarak önem taşır. Öte yandan yörelerimizde tatillerini geçiren yerli ve yabancı turistler için trekking, sörf, yelken gibi doğa ve su sporlarının yapılabileceği ideal ortamlara sahiptir. Sürekli esen rüzgarı ile nemin hissedilmediği tatil imkânını sağlaması ve bol oksijeni dolayısıyla sağlık turizmi için de ideal bir yerdir.
Datça Peninsula is a prized location for tourists visiting Turkey, especially by sea, because of the beauty of its many coves and larger bays, which are favored ports of call for those undertaking the celebrated Blue Cruise along Turkey's spectacular southwest coast. Boats (usually gulets) depart either from Bodrum or Marmaris, or from Datça itself for these tours.
The road from Marmaris to Datça may still be a little bumpy in some parts, and winds along a fauna that gradually but strikingly differs from that of the mainland.
Varadharaja Perumal Temple - 2 “Guardians of the Galaxy (Prasadam)”😝 These priests were sweet enough to pose for the click. One must never miss the prasadams which also includes snacks like murukku and thattai. The priests of the temple are believed to be the descendants of Yagya Valkier.
Thathacharyas are often regarded as the custodians of the temple.
One of the most famous architectural pieces in the temple is the huge hundred pillar Mandapa/hall which is an amazing creation of the Vijayanagar rulers. It is said that it is from one solid rock. There are stone chains that were sculpted from a single stone.
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Me relishing food with my eyes 👀
Who wouldn't when the food looks so appealing & smells yumm too..
This was the Pav Bhaji Fondue served at @thebakeroommumbai
Typical Bombay Pav Bhaji served with a twist as a Fondue. The buttery bread was sliced into tiny bits in order to be immersed in the thick creamy gravy.
I'm still drooling over it 🙈
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