Asola-Fatehpuri Beri – The Indian Village of Bouncers

The Christian Bible has 1 Chronicle 26 of the Old Testament, which gives the reference of the “Levitical Temple” having “Gatekeepers”! In addition to protecting the temple from theft, their duties included – stop illegal entry in temple area; and maintain order. This is similar to today’s functions of “Bouncers”.  Today’s “Doorman” or “Cooler” or “Bouncers” is a security guard hired by Bars, nightclubs, pubs, discotheque, concerts and sometimes celebrities as well.

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They in addition to security have to verify the legal age, maintain the compliance of the establishment, and handle crowd or individual who can indulge in a probable fight or arguments.

Asola Fatehpuri Beri – The Indian Village of Bouncers

There is a twin urban village near south of Delhi – Asola-Fatehpuri Beri, with a population of around 5000, 56% males. Around 200 males from the village are “Bouncers” and are working in the pubs or bars in Delhi. All these bouncers with biceps more than the average size of male thighs, square- jawed, tall and sturdy body type have common surname as well- Tanwar.

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It all started when Mr. Vijay Tanwar of the same village, fifteen years ago, did not get selection in the India’s Wrestling Team for Olympics. With nothing else to do, he started working as Bouncer in Delhi. Since then males from the village have started taking this muscle flexing, and body building as the source of livelihood. The villagers basically farmers, slowly left the profession and, took what is popularly known in Asola as, “Bouncery”.  They believed they can earn good, as the Bouncers get from Rs.10,000/- to Rs.50000/- as salary just for standing outside and flexing their muscles.

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Young boys with an aspiration of earning money get the training at a local wrestling School called “Akhaada”. They also follow a strict diet of eggs, banana, and 10 litres of milk daily. They don’t smoke or drink and practice long hours in the Gym (Akhaada), grunt and grin for that pump. Two hours in morning and two hours in evening workout are compulsory to get the desired body. They must wrestler, do hundreds of sit-ups, pull-ups, and all other exercises to strengthen their muscles and be impressive to be selected and hired at a Pub, Bar or Club.

Though the youngsters take up wrestling as sports and aspire to represent their country in Olympics but sooner or later this fades off and they land up becoming “Bouncers” in some Delhi Pub. This profession has though been taken up by the youngsters has slowly started fizzing out as they feel that this is not a very respectable job.

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We have so much of resources and will power within our cities and country but we lack to channelize their energies and make it productive. A proper training and a chance given to the villagers in participating in a wrestling competition, even in local or state level, sponsoring them in big fights and encouraging them might have given us a totally different village. Maybe then we would have called this village – “The Village of Champion Wrestlers”

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Kalayur – The Village of Cooks

Strange but true, the control on “Fire” was a turning point in human evolution. Not only did he got light, warmth, and protection but also got the method of “Cooking”. With this, the human geographic dispersion, cultural innovation and changes in behavior and “Diet” advancement took place.

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Cooking for pleasure and recreation rather than just a source of nourishment has become more common in the 21st century. We now have more cooking shows, cooking competitions, chefs and cooks around us. Cooking now is just now the work of only the ‘female’ in the family or society. We have a cook in the males of the family, we have cook in the children of the family, and we have cooks around, in our clubs but can you believe 30% of male in a village be “Professional Cooks”?

Kalayur – The Village of Cooks

A minuscule village of district – Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu with 356 houses and a total population of fewer than 1450 people and 65.94% literacy, this village has more than 200 “Professional Cooks” – all male! 300kms from Pondicherry, this small village will start giving the aroma of spices the moment you enter. Every family has cook in this family, in addition to the “Mummy Cooks”. Male members of the family are cooks and there are so many in this village that the village is known as “The Village of Cooks”!

Kalayur Village cooks

The “army of cooks” in Kalayur has cooking in their genes and it all started around 500 years ago when the well to do Reddiar community of Tamil Nadu started hiring the Vaniyars ( a nearby community). Traditionally fisherman, Vaniyars used to cook very deliciously, tasty Brahmin food. It’s been ages since then the tradition of passing the secrets of recipes of different cuisines to the next generation is on.

The oldest cook in the village is 65 years old, also one of the four “Head Cooks”, claims that they work as a team and is proud of the achievements of the village. The village is in high demand as they provide quality, wholesome and tasty food. The popularity of the cooks is so high that their booking stands for 6months. They cook for traditional get-together, parties, and marriages.

Kalayur Village near Pondicherry

The training of becoming a cook starts at a tender age of 12 years. The kids literary play with spices at this age instead of playing with toys. It takes a lot of hard work and 10 long years for a youngster to become a cook here in Kalayur. From ingredients to the recipe each and every detail are taught by the senior cooks. An apprentice starts from cutting, chopping of Vegetables and moves up to graduate into a cook.

Though the father-son tradition in today’s world is very rare but the scarcity of youngsters in Kalayur taking up cooking as their profession is not at all visible. The youth here believes that they follow this profession as it not only gets them the livelihood but also keeps them in touch with the family they belong to. Another unexpected fact about the village- the cooks don’t cook in their houses, it’s entirely the right and honor of the females of the house!

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Marottichal – The Chess Village of India

The game of Chess was known as “Chaturanga” in Sanskrit, meaning four divisions, in the 6th century and believed to have originated in Eastern India. The game highlights the intelligence and mental training of the players and has been scientifically proved that champions in the game have above average IQs. Chess players have the capacity to memorize moves and patterns and with practice, they master the game. The chess experts are estimated to store from 10,000 to 30,000 position patterns in their memory. This is something amazing and astonishing which makes this game exceptional.

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Marottichal – India’s Chess Village 

Chess is most popular in countries like Iceland, Armenia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Russia. India as a country also has great Chess players and the popularity has increased over the years and is growing fast. Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand has been an inspiration for a lot of youngsters and parents to encourage their wards into the game. But there is a village in south India which has a very different reason for playing Chess; at least the reason to start it is very unique!

A slow-moving, placid, quiet, peaceful, sleepy village 25 kms from Amballur in Thrissur district of Kerala has a village with a population of 9000 and around 90% of them play Chess. This Chess playing village is – Marottichal.

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It is a known fact that in the 60s and 70s this village was addicted to alcohol and almost every family was troubled by liquor made locally in the village. Either the villagers were involved in brewing liquor or were consuming it. Slowly it spread to that extent that the whole community was suffering from it. The sufferings were so severe that villagers called the excise officials to raid the village. Then 16 years, C. Unnikrishnan, inspired by the young American Grandmaster Bobby Fisher got hooked to the game and started learning the Chess moves. His interest in the game went to the extent where he got addicted to the game and started giving free lessons to others. Today he runs a restaurant and has trained over 700 people. He also has a small shed where players from age 8 years to 80 years come and hone their skills in Chess.

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The villagers trained by Unnikrishnan are so addicted or call it their determination to eradicate the alcohol addiction, that today males, females, young, and children everyone play the game with same intensity and zeal. The enthusiasm and appetite of the villagers have even been praised by five times World Chess Champion – Vishwanathan Anand.

Marottichal inspires all that if determined anything can be done. It’s an example to show that you always don’t need legends to show direction; sometimes just the resolve and will can bring the change. If alcohol addiction can be replaced by Chess addiction than all other big social issues can also be tackled and resolved by us. Unnikrishnan endeavor gives us a lesson that individual contribution makes difference to a level where it can bring change in the society.       

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World’s 2nd Largest Wall at Kumbhalgarh Fort

The state of Rajasthan is the largest state in India by area and it is equally large and big in its culture, heritage, and history. Historically it is as old as the “Indus Valley Civilization” and has its ruins in it. The great Indian dessert “Thar Dessert” which is world’s 9th largest subtropical desert is also in Rajasthan. One of the thirty-three districts of Rajasthan is “Udaipur” which has the world’s second largest wall after Great Wall of China, called – “Kumbhalgarh”.

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World’s 2nd Largest Wall at Kumbhalgarh Fort

It is said that the kingdom of Mewar which was between Ranthambore to Gwalior was ruled by the king- Rana Kumbha. He was a great king and has designed around 32 fortresses of the 84 which guarded Mewar. One of them is Kumbhalgarh Fort, which is the most elaborate and never got conquered. It was built in the 15th century.

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The strategic location of the Kumbhalgarh fort made it very difficult, in those years, to conquer it. There are 13 mountains peaks around it, the massive walls around it are 36 kms in length. Kings and Sultans like – Ahmed Shah 1, Mahmud Khilji attacked the fort in the 15th century but their efforts were futile. The great Maharana Pratap was born in this fort.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

There are 31 forts in Rajasthan, in terms of their historic importance, and Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important fort after Chittorgarh. One of the massive yet elegantly built forts of Rajasthan; it is built on a hilltop (Aravalli Range) 3600 ft above the sea level (1100 m). There are seven fortified gateways, 300 Jain temples, 60 Hindu temples, fifteen feet thick front walls, and the palace – Badal Mahal at the top. There is a huge tank inside the fort – Lakhola Tank measuring 5 km in length to 100m to 200m in width and a depth of 12m (40ft).

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The Ganesh Temple inside the fort is on a 37 ft platform. There is a shrine of lord Shiva depicted in 2 hands and is made of black stone. According to folklore, to provide light at night to working farmers, Maharana Kumbha used to light a huge lamp which consumed 50 kg of ghee and 100 kg of cotton. It is also believed that initially, the construction of the wall was unsuccessful several times but after a spiritual consultation and a human sacrifice it was able to construct the walls. To commemorate this sacrifice there is a shrine and a temple at the main gate of the fortress – Hanuman Pol.

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The World Heritage Committee at its 37th session at Cambodia in 2013 declared Kumbhalgarh as a “UNESCO World Heritage Site”. It was recognized as Rajput military hill architecture. Situated 82 kms Northwest of Udaipur this fort today is a major tourist destination and it’s a must visit for somebody who is visiting Udaipur. It’s quite amazing when one reaches the Palace at the top and the view is breathtaking from there. It’s a remarkable example of Rajasthani culture and Vastu Kala at its best! The Rajasthan Tourism Department organises an annual festival to celebrate the passion of Maharana and is three-day festival is very popular amongst the visitors. It even includes a light and sound show in addition to various dance and concerts.

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Mattur – India’s Last Sanskrit Speaking Village

Across South Asia, Inner Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia for nearly 2000 years Sanskrit was the language of influence and traditional order. Sanskrit meaning “refined speech” is mainly a sacred, philosophical language in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Dating back to early 2nd millennium BCE Sanskrit was used in poetry, philosophical, religious, drama and technical texts. Though it is in the list of the 22 scheduled languages of India, nowadays it is restricted to only Hindu religious rituals, or in hymns and chants. A lot has been done to preserve and popularize this language but the efforts of a twin village in Karnataka are remarkable.   

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Mattur – India’s Last Sanskrit Speaking Village

On the banks of river Tunga, around 8 kms from Shimoga, Mattur Village which is inhabited by only 5000 people, mostly Brahmins, is known for the people speaking Sanskrit even for their daily day-to-day talks. Also, this village has one software professional from almost every family. Till the age of 10 years, children are taught Vedas, in Sanskrit, by the elders of the village.

History

Around 600 years ago an ancient Brahmin community, Sankethis, migrated from Kerala and settled here. Primarily they cultivate areca nuts and paddy and speak a language – Sankethi, which is a mix of Kannada, Tamil, bits of Telugu and Sanskrit. It is claimed that the “Seer of the Pejawar Mutt”, during a 10 day Sanskrit workshop in this village, by seeing the interest shown by villagers to learn the language, exclaimed – “A place where the whole family speaks Sanskrit”!

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The villagers took it to heart and as a result of today, each and every person from a vegetable vendor to a Graduate speaks in Sanskrit. Even when children fight, row, the quarrel is also in Sanskrit. Sign boards, graffiti, slogans, are written in Sanskrit.   So much so that the village has produced 30 Sanskrit professors who are teaching in Mangalore, Mysore and Kuvempu Universities.

Ancient Tradition living in Modern days

It is not that these followers of Sanskrit, clad in dhoti and white drapes, chanting Vedas in “pathshala” are not connected to the modern world. People wearing T-Shirts, riding bikes, handling Sanskrit palm leaves in one hand and expanding the script on a computer in another hand can be very well seen. From practicing Gamaka Art, the ancient art form of singing and storytelling, to wearing Jeans, flaunting mobile phones go side by side here. It is very evident that the village not detached from outside world, from the fact that a lot of IT Professional from here work abroad.

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Sanskrit considered being deva basha- means the language of the Gods, once considered to be the scholars of India, and the root of many languages, is spoken by less than 1% of the population today in India. Under these circumstances living Sanskrit each day, each second of the minute and forwarding the legacy to the next generation is really commendable. The villagers are even ready to teach the language whosoever is interested. The goal definitely keeps the flame glowing and not let this ancient language of India Die.

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Chand Baori : One of the Oldest and Largest Stepwells in India

Chand Baori is a stepwell located in Abhaneri village near Jaipur in Rajasthan. Abhaneri Village is a situated in the Dausa district of Indian State of Rajasthan at a distance of about 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra Highway. Abhaneri was originally named Abha Nagri, which literally means “city of brightness”. However, due to mispronunciation, the name of the place got changed. Although the city is now in ruins, but it still manages to attract huge number of tourists from across the globe. Chand Baori is situated opposite to Harshat Mata Temple and was built in AD 800. Chand Baori consists of 3500 narrow steps over 13 stories which extends to approx. 30 m (100 ft) into the ground, which makes it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India.

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History

Chand Baori is known to be one of the oldest and most attractive landmarks in Rajasthan. It was constructed by King Chanda of the Chauhan Dynasty between AD 800 and AD 900 and was completely dedicated to Hashat Mata, Goddess of Joy and Happiness after its completion.

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Rajasthan State falls short of rain every year, and the design and architecture of Chand Baori was made in a way to conserve as much water as possible. At the bottom of this stepwell, the air remains 5-6 degrees cooler as compared to the air on surface. Chand Baori was used as a place used for community gatherings for locals in the periods of excess heat. One side of this stepwell has a pavilion and resting room for the royals.

Architecture

Chand Baori, Abhaneri

The steps surround the well on 3 sides while the 4th side has a set of pavilions that are built one atop another. The side of the stepwell that has the pavilions have niches with extremely beautiful sculptures which include religious carvings. You will also find a royal residence with rooms which were made for the King and the Queen and a stage used for performing arts.

Movies Shot at Chand Baori

Chand Baori was also featured in the hollywood movies like ‘The Fall’ and also made a special appearance in Christopher Nolan’s popular movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

Entry Fee

There is no Entry Fee to visit the Step Well.

Timings

10 am to 5 pm

Address

Abhaneri Village, Jaipur-Agra Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302001 India.

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Dharnai – India’s First Fully Solar-Powered Village

Today the earth is endangered by global warming with the rise in pollution. The solar energy has come to us as our saviour. The environmentalist’s continuous hard work has paid off. As of now the solar energy is considered to be useful and the best kind of renewable energy that we have. Solar energy has provided us the viable option when the need of energy that has grown. Solar power not only saves our planet from global warming but it also is economical.

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India is a tropical country where the sun remains bright and hot throughout the day. On an average India receives sunlight for almost 300 days per year which roughly translates to 3000 hours of sunshine in a year. The use of solar energy is not limited to light but also for water heating. Water heating consumes lots of energy and is not limited to houses but it is also used by many industries and manufacturers.

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There are many projects that have come up for tapping solar energy in India, few of them are :

  • World’s biggest rooftop solar plant in Punjab,
  • World’s 1st solar powered airport in Kerala,
  • India 1st solar powered village Dharnai and much more.

Lack of power paralyzes the growth. Still, some villages in India are devoid of electricity. Dharnai was one of them a few years back. Dharnai is the village that falls in the state of Bihar in India. Though the electricity was initially provided by the state government but improper planning and lack of infrastructure made the people of Dharnai village suffer. The diesel generators were available but they were out of the reach due to the high cost of affordability.

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The people of Dharnai suffered without electricity for almost 33 years. It was then the two NGO’s – BASIX and CEED (Centre for Environment and Energy development) along with the Greenpeace took the resourcefulness to bring the solar power to this village, Dharnai. The result was the beginning of Dharnai village to step into light after years of darkness and sufferings. It is Dharnai village which is credited for being the 1st village of India to be completely powered by the solar energy.

The solar power revolutionized the lives of the Dharnai villagers. The outcome of solar power was the generation of 100 Kilowatt of energy that was enough to provide the much-needed power. Two schools, 50 commercial establishments, around 2400 residence, street lights, tube wells for farmers, and a health centre were powered and brought to life. And. this was not all, the provision of battery backup was provided to glide smoothly over cloudy days. The result was obvious, 24 x 7 power availability. The solar power affected the lives of all the Dharnai village residents for good.

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Only two years have passed since the solar power started operating but they are enough to change the dynamics of the Dharnai village. Everything looks bright for Dharnai starting from health, financial stability and moving towards entertainment. Dharnai has prospered in every sphere. From years of darkness, rural inscription and illiteracy the Dharnai village seems to have moved ahead towards future and is enjoying the life in top gear.

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Auroville – An Experimental Township for Human Unity

Auroville is an experimental township in the making for a population of more than 50,000 odd people from around the globe. Auroville is mere 10 Km from Pondicherry(now Puducherry) and falls 160 Km south of Chennai. There is regular bus service from Ooty, Bangalore, Madras, Madurai etc. that ply at a regular basis on the route. The best mode of transport is to hire a bicycle from Pondicherry and peddle down to Auroville.

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Auroville – A Brief Guide

The word “Auroville” means ‘The City of Dawn.” Auroville was founded by the Mother of Shri Aurobindo in February 1968. The Mother’s vision was to see all humans living together united irrespective of any caste, colour, creed, and nationality. In the inaugural ceremony, boys and girls from 121 nations and 23 states of India placed a handful of earth in a lotus-shaped urn meant as their part of the world. It was meant to signify the creation of a city devoted to international understanding, peace and a brighter future of mankind in the future.

Auroville

“Matri Mandir” also known as ‘The Soul of Auroville’ is situated in the centre of the city. The building which is a flattened sphere has in it the ‘Inner Room’ as envisaged by the Mother. The room is meant to practice the concentration of the mind to unlock the ‘real self’ or attain the higher level of consciousness. The hall has the largest single crystal globe in the world, and everything else is white.

There is no music, incense or flowers of any sort because the Mother did not believe in fallacies and neither is the room meant to represent any temple where idol worship is practiced. Everyone is free to sit anywhere in the room observing complete silence for a quiet meditation. Visitors have to obtain a pass to have access to the room which of course is free of cost but available only for a certain time per day.

People in Auroville

Matri Mandir is the major attraction of Auroville. It is surrounded by four zones namely:

Industrial Unit : Auroville is a self-sustaining city. Industrial Unit has many food processing and similar units for products like pickle, jam, bakery etc. It also has ready made garments manufacturing unit, electronic components assembling and similar kind of industrial units.

Cultural Unit : The cultural unit is a mix of educational, cultural, and sports activities which consist of schools, a youth centre, and a sports complex.

Zones in Auroville

International Unit : An International unit is the one that coordinates all kind of events and meetings for participants.

Residential Unit : The residential unit consists of individual houses, apartments as well as huts but no individual owns any house. All of the structures belong to Auroville.

There is a central community kitchen for citizens of Auroville, although there are some separate community kitchens too.

Entry Fee

Everyone is welcome to visit Auroville free of charge. There is no entry fee to Auroville and Matri Mandir. The international visitors have to apply for a visa which is usually granted for a month.

Where to Stay ?

It is advisable for both national and international visitors to find a place to stay as per their need and budget beforehand. For this purpose, one can also avail the Accommodation service provided by Auroville.

Best Time to Visit Auroville

Since the months of December and February are booked heavily due to dry and cool weather, the visitors should ensure their stay by booking early in the year.

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The Mysterious Lonar Lake of Maharashtra

Earth, its formation and development of life on its surface has been studied for centuries but there is nothing conclusive that can be said about it. Something similar is the case with the Lonar Lake. This lake is presumed to be formed due to collision of the meteor with the surface of earth in the Buldhana District in Maharashtra. Though this is assumed that this lake is formed by such an impact but still the reports on various aspects of this lake make it inclusive.

Maharashtra’s Mysterious Lonar Lake

Lonar Lake was made around 52,000 years back has a diameter of 1.2 km. The lake lies 137 meter below the rim that was formed due to the impact of the crater. The depth of the lake is 150 meter.

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This huge lake that lies in the state of Maharashtra is still unknown to most of the people in Maharashtra. Though this is the largest lake on earth that has been created due to impact of a meteorite, only a few locals and the tourists and trekkers have knowledge about this lake.

The meteorites are very common things that move with high velocity towards earth but such large meteorites are very rare and it happens once in a while that the meteorite is able to impact the surface of earth to create a crater without being burnt down to ashes by the atmosphere of earth.

The special thing about the lake is that it is salty and alkaline at the same time. This rare occurrence is not found anywhere else. The other surprising thing is that this lake has micro-organisms that are only found in this lake and nowhere else. Also, the compass does not work in some parts of the lake. This raises many questions regarding the peculiarity of the lake and what kind of substance is there at the bottom of the lake.

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Another strange thing is about the jungle that surrounds the lake. The belt of these large trees is around one mile thick and has concentric rings that are found all around the lake. First ring is formed by the date palms that have tamarind trees standing behind them followed by a ring of Babool trees. The inside of the Lake is surrounded by no-vegetation muddy zone. The no-vegetation zone is several meter broad and has alkaline and slippery soil. This soil drains into the lake at the time of rains while in the summers the water level reduces and various types of salts and soda are collected from here. There various hills of small and medium height that surround the lake and two streams drain into this lake to supplement its water.

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The mention of this lake is found even in the Vedic scriptures and in the documents that were written during Ashoka era, Chola era, Mughal era and many more but the first British to visit this lake was J. E. Alexander.

This lake has a lot to offer to the tourists in the form of varied fauna and flora. There are various species of animals that reside in the jungle surrounding the lake.

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Chail Cricket Ground – World’s Highest Cricket Ground

What could be better than to play your favourite sport amidst the beautiful scenery? Such is Chail Cricket Ground. Chail is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh and is also the home to world’s highest cricket ground.

This cricket ground was built in the year 1893 and this needed the massive work of leveling the top of a hill. This could only be done by a royalty and indeed Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh took the initiative and developed as his capital during summers. It was during his stay in Chail that this ground was used for the friendly matches between his guests and him. This ground was later taken over by the military school.

Chail Cricket Ground – The Highest Cricket Ground of the World 

This cricket stadium that stands 2444 meters above sea level is 49 km away from Shimla was built out of royal rage. When Lord Kitchener forbade Maharaja Bhupinder Singh from entering the summer capital of Shimla, Maharaja decided to build one for himself. He chose Chail for this and reconstructed this hill station according to his needs.

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Chail is known for the architectural beauty of Chail Palace while the Chail Cricket ground is known for the picturesque beauty of the area surrounding the cricket ground. There are beautiful and high rising Deodar trees all around the ground. This hill station that is famous also by the name of hiker’s paradise which is totally opposite of the hustle and bustle you witness in the city of Shimla.

The story of Chail cricket ground is very interesting. When Maharaja of Patiala got infuriated with the ban on his entry in Shimla and got this amazing cricket ground made. But after India got her independence Maharaja Patiala donated a lot of buildings that were under his possession there to the Chail military school. This cricket ground is used by the school as playground while during the vacations polo is played on this ground. Also, there is a basket ball court which is well maintained. This ground is also a football ground as there are goal posts on either side of the ground.

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This cricket ground was though made for playing cricket but the irony is that there is never any major cricket match played in this ground. There are many reasons why till yet there has been no matches played in here. First of all for a first class match to be conducted here this ground needs renovation. Then, before any match can be organized here there is a requirement of the permission of the military school. Also, when first class matches are held sixes are hit and in such case the ball may roll down the hill. There are fences to stop the balls that are normally reaching the boundary but when the ball crosses the fence there is no way it can be stopped.

Though BCCI has strengthened its commitment of developing this highest cricket ground for playing international cricket matches but Lahaul Spiti has put up a competition as they are planning on building a cricket ground on their dry and barren land. It is to be seen that which f these towns will be able to win this bet.

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