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The Himalayas from 20,000 ft in the first ultra HD footage

Teton Gravity Research released the first ever ultra HD footage of The Himalayas. The Footage has been captured from 20,000 Ft above the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system in the world.

The vimeo update by the Teton Gravity Research states :

The aerial cinema experts at Teton Gravity Research release the first ultra HD footage of the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft. with the GSS C520 system, the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system in the world. Filmed from a helicopter with a crew flying from Kathmandu at 4,600 ft. up to 24,000 ft. on supplemental oxygen, these are some of the most stable, crisp, clear aerial shots of these mountains ever released, which include Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.

Hope you all will as much thrilled to watch the footage as we are!

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Theyyam- The ritual dance form showcasing the faith in divine.

To appease Nature, spirits and ancestors in ancient temples or ancestral homes (Tharavadu), artistes who’re believed to be the incarnate of God, perform a performing art form that is quite popular in the northern districts of Kerala.

This ritual dance form is a mix of art & ritualism. It embodies myth, dance and music & is called as  Theyyam  (Teyyam,  Theyyattam  or Thira).  The word Theyyam comes from  Deivam  that stands for God in Malayalam.

Each marked with a distinct costume, there are more than 400 different theyyam in Kerala. (Pic Credit: Kerala Tourism board)

Each marked with a distinct costume, there are more than 400 different theyyam in Kerala.
(Pic Credit: Kerala Tourism board)

Theyyams dress themselves in predominantly colour red for facial make up as well as in dazzling costumes, marked by headgears of varying size whereas each self made costume & facial make-up vary according to the role and myth of the forms.

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Make-up of Vishnumoorthi Theyyam
(Pic Credit: Wikipedia Creative Commons)

In the Malabar region of Kerala, the districts of Kannur and Kasaragod this art form has more dominance & from December to May, the region come alive with the sound of anklets, folk musical instruments & the thrill in the air.

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Theyyam,of northern Kerala showcase the faith in divine.
(Photo by binux on Flickr)

During the course of a Theyyam performance, the dancer along with the drummers recites a story in the form of ritual songs, of the deity to be propitiated. This performance is backed by playing folk musical instruments like chenda, tuti, kuzhal and veekni, played in a certain rhythm. So, Theyyam is a performance is a combination of playing of musical instruments, vocal recitations, dance, and peculiar make-up and costumes.

If you happen to be in Kerala these days- apart from Backwaters, spices gardens, Munnar hills fragrance; there is one more reason to spend winters here!

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“iTravel, iWrite” travelogue contest

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TriporTrap.com presents “iTravel, iWrite” travelogue contest. The travelogue contest is a major attraction for bloggers who just love to travel and explore. Let’s not miss a chance to grab this exciting opportunity and who knows, anyone can be lucky enough to get their hands on such exciting prizes.
Rules and Regulations
1. The contest is valid for persons residing in India.
2. There is no limit to travelogues a participant can write but make sure that all your travelogues are on different destinations and contain original work.
3. All Entries will have joint copyrights of http://triportrap.com/ and the participant.

4. Decisions announced by Triportrap.com will be final and no requests/complaints will be entertained once the winners are announced.
5. We reserve the right to cancel or postpone the contest if circumstances demand.
6. Any legal initiation will subject to the jurisdiction of the Ludhiana Courts.
By participating in “iTravel, iWrite” Travelogue Contest, participant agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions mentioned above.
Prize Details
Following are the prize details:-
1. Travelogue will be published to the leading travel information website http://www.triportrap.com
2. Highly liked & Shared travelogue will be entitled to win Travel related Book.
3. Professional Bloggers can be chosen to be an affiliate for a year with TriporTrap.com. Any article submitted in this period, subject to Terms & conditions will make them earn USD 20.00 per article.

What should be the part of your Travelogue?

• Your own personal travel experience.
• Memorable and good-to-share travel pics! (The limit is 5 pics per travelogue)
• Review about the hotel or accommodation you stayed in.
• Detailed coverage of the place (Let us be there virtually!)
• Interesting places to visit and important monuments and symbols etc. (Period! Yup that’s the idea)
• Things to do & what must not to miss out (Hang out places- Place which are icing on cake)
• Food & Cuisines, also notable restaurants & eat-out points.
• How to reach & direction of the places. ( Be our Guide)
How to enter the Contest
Submit your entries to: http://www.triportrap.com/travelogue
For any query, you can mail at info@triportrap.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Infographic: Tips for Healthy Air Traveling

A three step tutorial guide to educate & help you with possible problems while opting for Air Travel.
These Pre-flight, In-flight & Post- flight check-lists help you to ensure your journey to be safe, pleasurable & more enjoyable.

(Infographic courtesy: coolpicsbro.com)

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Infographic: Tips for Healthy Air Traveling

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Contest Alert: Food on the Go

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Contest -Food on the Go
World Food Day, 16-10-13

India love to Eat and travel. We have blended these two quintessential Indian traits into one and We are announcing a fresh Contest Called ‘Food on the Go’. The contest has been organised to commemorate the “World Food Day” falling this 16th October. Participants have to upload clicks and get maximum likes on the Facebook page of TriporTrap

Detailed guidelines are as follows:-

Rules for Participants:

  1. Contest period- October 12 to October 15, 2013 and Contest is to commemorate “World Food Day” to be celebrated on 16th October.
  2. Upload on our Facebook page or Inbox us at info@triportrap.com, any Random/Amateur Photograph of participant along with Food available on Highway/Streets/Outdoors or Traveling.
  3. This Contest is exclusively for Facebook fan of TriporTrap.com
  4.  Uploaded/ In-boxed image should have few lines with description about where & when the image was captured. 
  5.  After Scrutiny, we will put that image in Our Contest Album on Facebook. Once your image is updated in our album “Contest- Food on the Go- Entries”, you may tag your friends & family to get maximum likes.
  6. Every Voter has to do these two actions- A.) Like TriporTrap.com’s Official Facebook page. B.) Like Your uploaded picture.

    (Please note that vote will be counted only when the voter likes our Facebook page & As per Facebook algorithm, sharing and commenting by your friends on your Entry; enhances the chance to get votes from friends of friend)

  7.  Last date to submit your entry- October 15, Midnight.
  8. Only one entry per person is allowed.
  9. The criteria for judgement will be 50% dependent on the number of votes & 50% on our management’s decision.

Rules for Uploaded Images:

  1. Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this contest.
  2.  Format: JPEG or JPG
  3.  No details of the participant (example- name, copyright mark etc) should be visible anywhere on the photograph.
  4.  All work MUST be original. Plagiarism will lead to disqualification. 
  5.  The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the organizers, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.
  6. You may adjust and edit your images to optimize the photograph. Only basic aspects such as cropping, brightness, contrast, and colour balance can be adjusted.
  7. Colour and B+W images may be submitted.

The Best entry will be featured on both our Blog Page & as our Cover Picture on Facebook on the 16th of October, World Food Day and Best entry winner will get surprise discount voucher from the management!

So, Go on and Upload your photo which you clicked while traveling!

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Backpack and Hit the Rough Routes

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Backpacking- To travel is to live
Pic credit: Pinterest

For some travelers it is the destination that matters, and for some it is the journey!

Backpackers are of the latter sorts! There are many reasons why people choose to take a backpacking trip. It is not just budget travelers who choose to do it, but rather people in search for an experience of the real. Backpacking in any country allows you to see past the superficial layers that exist in travel brochures. It leads you to encounter the soul of the county, beyond a typical bus.

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Backpacking- No place in Particular
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The world is a crazy place to go backpacking and the sheer variety of countries and destination options means that you can travel for months and barely even scratch the surface of the world has to offer. Backpacking differs from typical tourist trips, starting with the amount it costs. For backpackers average accommodation is dirt cheap as you are on the lookout for the most basics.

Food is available to suit a variety of tastes and pocket sizes. With the variety of transport facilities, you can be sure to get to any parts across the world or locality, quite easily. If you are not a fan of moving around on two, get four. Hit the roads for a road trip, stop at all the small places and take Another highlight of backpacking, is the opportunity of meeting a multitude of people from varied walk of life, when you take the rough routes, you come to interact with the local people and get to know their native languages, food and also customs. People are happy to meet and talk to you, when you are one among them. This constant contact with people, despite language barriers, helps improve your social skills. You become street smart! A backpacker has to adapt and improvise as there is not always a fixed plan or routine! But on a backpack trip, it’s your own time and there is no late or rush, so you have the liberty to do whatever you like!

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Glow Sign- Let’s go anywhere
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Another fascination could be amazing culture and heritage. From art and craft to architecture, local delicacies to dialects; as a backpacker the world is your oyster. Get away from the humdrum of mundane life and venture into the unknown. It’s an experience in survival with bare minimum. You can wear the same clothes every day because nobody will ever know. Remember you are on the move! Click pictures and say, ‘been there, done that!’

All these different experiences (good and bad) just make you feel alive. To go beyond your own boundaries and discover the lesser known places and experiences which tell you so much about the destination and about yourself; that’s what backpacking is all about. The reward for those who take the back roads and are prepared to rough it; is an experience that is impossible to forget –an up close view of the land and its people and a real journey!

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Dream is to travel the world

Enjoy the rest of your journeys, for you have many left. So, keep few clothes & items for daily chores and let’s hit the Road.

Happy Traveling!

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Insight into Rann Utsav at Great Rann of Kutch

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Rann of Kutch
Photo credit: nandadevieast / Foter / CC BY

The stark beauty of the salt desert of Kutch is the backdrop for the colourful affair of the celebrations!

 

When it comes to counting colours, moods, moments & occasions, no other place in India, if not the world, is more versatile than Gujarat. Blessed with rare geographical diversity & rich flora & fauna, Gujarat also attracts tourists for its ethnic, colourful people.

There are a few things in life as colourful as the desert- hidden in these barren land is a riot of colours, reflecting in the people who live there. A highlight to this is the tribal community of the hauntingly beautiful Rann of Kutch, that remains committed to tradition, rituals, customs & of course, Festivals. Here is my attempt at familiarizing the intrepid traveller with one of Gujarat’s Biggest & most popular fair-festival: The Rann Utsav. This festive extravaganza is the highest tribute to the beauty & spirit of this glorious region that is known for enveloping the state in a frenzy that can put the best vocabulary to shame.

A unique geographical feature of Kutch is the Great Rann of Kutch, an expanse of about 30,000 sq km of salt desert & seasonal marshland that lies between the Gulf of Kutch & the Indus River. The area was once the shallows of the Arabian Sea before geological uplift closed off the connection of the sea, leaving behind a vast lake which turns into a desert.  

The Rann Utsav, an annual festival, offers an incredible opportunity to explore the Great Rann of Kutch & the Banni grassland to the north of Bhuj. In December-January, a huge tented village near Dhorodo village is set up by the Gujarat tourist authorities to accommodate tourists for the festival. As the evening shadows lengthen, camel carts are readied to take tourists into the salt flats & marshes of the Great Rann of Kutch. You can witness the brilliant sunset from the camel carts. After disembarking, trudge on the salt flats to enjoy a superb view of the white desert shimmering in the moonlight. The atmosphere is especially breathtaking on a full moon night. Food is served in the desert wilderness & musicians sing folk songs of the region, known for its Sindhi ‘bhajans’ & Sufi music.

Another unique experience of the Rann Utsav is the trip to Kala Dungar, literally Black Hills, of Kutch. The drive winds up the hill to the Dattatray Temple which has a singularly beautiful view of the vast expanses of the salt desert of the Great Rann of Kutch stretching towards the India-Pakistanborder. The surrounding scrub vegetation trills with the call of birds. When the priests of the temple call, ‘Lo-Aang’, packs of jackals come out from the scrubland to feast on the temple offerings laid out for them.

Dhorodo lies in the heart of the Banni grassland where pastoral villages produce some of india’s finest hand-embroidery with a variety of styles that differ from one community to another. You can tour the gamut of villages that dot the grasslands like Sumrasar Sheikh, Bhirendiaro, Hodka, Gorewali, Dhorodo, Ludia, etc. to watch women doing embroidery. You can stay at Shaam-e-Sarhad, an endogenous tourism resort in Hodka designed using local craft skills.

Northwest of Bhuj, the villages of Zura & Nirona are home to many lesser known craft skills. At both these places, it is possible to watch ‘luhar’ (blacksmiths) hand-casting melodic bells. These villages are also known for their lacquered woodcrafts. The folk art that is now limited to just one family is ‘rogan’, which involves an intricate process of creating colours by mixing pigments with castor oils. Southwest from Bhuj, Mundra is the centre for ‘namada’, the art of felting.  Dhamadka is a traditional centre for ‘ajrakh’ block-printing. For bold embroidery of the Ahir community, visit the villages of Dhaneti & Padhhar.

Together with craft villages & the unique salt desert landscape of the Great Rann of Kutch, the Rann & its adjacent Banni grasslands are delightful for bird watching. Flocks of flamingos & storks mingle about the pristine fresh-water lakes & salt marshes, along with a good number of larks, eagles, falcons & other raptors. 

A visit to Bhuj is an experience of its sorts. Though the 2001 earthquake devastated Bhuj & destroyed its grand palaces, it is still one of the best places to get an introduction to Kutch with fine monuments, museums & markets.

Tera at Kutch is a heritage village with a scattering of mosques, temples, stepwells, havellis & a medieval fort with Ramayan-themed frescoes inside. A notable feature of Tera’s havelis is the gateway- carved wooden doors framed by ornate stonework featuring Indian & western motifs.

The north western tip of Kutch, with its fortified villages, was once an important centre for sea trade & the villages here grew prosperous from the maritime activities.

The festival also features folk performances, competitions & handicraft demonstrations. Choose from excursions organised to various sites, from the archaeological site at Dholavira to the holy lake of Narayan Sarovar.

FACTFILE:

  • Dates: varying from last week of December to mid January.
  • Places to stay: Gujarat tourism sets up tented village at Dhorodo, Shaam-e-Sarhad or Rann Riders.
  • Must eat: Dhabeli, Gulab Pak & the Gujarati thali.
  • Must haves: powerful sunscreen & enough cash in hand.
  • Kutch is a shutterbug’s paradise, so a good camera is a must.
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