Monday, April 30, 2018

Course of Ganga river in Uttarakhand | Origin of River Ganga | Panch- Prayags of Uttarakhand |Places from where the Ganga river passes through in Uttrarakhand | Uttarakhand adventure guide | Nainital Travel Guide

About River Ganga

Ganga is a divine river of India, it has a great significance among Hindu religion followers, Ganga river has been given the title of Mother and is worshipped like a Mother by Hindus. It is believed that Ganga is one of the most ancient river of India and whoever takes a dip into the holy water of River Ganga gets absolution from all the sins one has committed in the past. That's why it has great cultural significance among the Hindu religion followers.
People keep Ganga water with them at their homes and use that water in religious ceremonies or drink or sprinkle that holy water in their body to purify themselves because people in India consider Ganga's Water as the most pure water in the Earth. Scientists also has proved that Ganga's water has self purifying properties.

Ganga river at Haridwar

Origin, Course of Ganga/ Panch- Prayags of Uttarakhand

Ganga river is the lifeline of North India, during its course of 2700 km it provides water to more than 40 crore peoples of India apart from this the Gangetic plains are home to variety of flora and fauna, Dolphins, Ganges shark, crocodile are some them.
Ganga river is not known by the name of Ganga from the very beginning, it is formed by many small and big rivers and tributaries. I will try to describe the whole course of Ganga in the most easiest way possible. Let's start
  • At first River Alaknanda  originates somewhere from Satopanth and Bhagirathi- Kharak Glacier in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

  • Then the Alaknanda river meets with Saraswati river at Mana, 10 kms away from the holy town Badrinath (one of the Dhams of famous Chardham).
  • After flowing around 30 kms down the hilly slopes of Badrinath it meets with Laxman Ganga at Govindhat in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

  • After some kilometers of flowing it meets with Dhauliganga river  ( originates from Niti pass - Chamoli) at Vishnuprayag in Chamoli (one of the Prayag of Panch prayags).

  • Then it meets with River Nandakini at Nandanprayag ( the other prayag) in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This river is still known by the name of Alaknanda.

  • After meeting with Nandakini it meets with River Pindar at Karnaprayag ( the other prayag) in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
  • At rudraprayag ( one of the prayag of  panch prayags and also one of the district of 13 districts of Uttarakhand) River Alaknanda meets with River Mandakini ( originates from Chora bari glacier of Kedarnath).
  • Finally Alaknanda river meets with River Bhagiratahi ( originates from the foot of Gangotri and Khatling glaciers at Gaumukh in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand) and from here it is known by the name of holy river Ganga.

Devprayag Sangam of two holy rivers
Meet of Alaknanda river ( in the right) and Bhagirathi river at Devaprayg.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How to reach Nainital from Kathgodam | How to reach Nainital, Kausani, Mukteshwar | Haldwani- entrance of Kumaun | Adventure Guides in Nainital | Nainital travel guide

How to reach Nainital from Delhi

Many people are feared about which way and how to go for Nainital from Delhi, the questions people ask me are- train from Delhi to Nainital, train from Kathgodam to Nainital, a direct bus from Delhi to Nainital, how to reach nainital from Delhi and many more questions related to Delhi to Nainital journey.
If you too have the questions similar to other people, then read this article till end.

Let's start
When coming from Delhi with Train the route is as follows- Ghaziabad, Rampur, Rudrapur, Haldwani, Kathgodam. From Kathgodam hilly area starts, and there is no train in hilly areas of uttarakhand.
So the queries- Train from Delhi to nainital and train from Kathgodam to Nainital are invalid, train is available till Kathgodam only.
Now the question comes how to reach Nainital then, so
 If you are coming from Delhi, UP, Or any other part of India for Nainital, Mukteshwar, Pithoragarh, Almora, Bageshwar, Kausani, Bhimtal, Sattal, etc., then the nearest railway station for these place is Kathgodam Railway station.

If you are coming with Train the nearest Railhead for Nainital region is Kathgodam, yet Haldwani is known as " the Entrance of Kumaun and the Market of Kumaun" (Kumaun is the one of the two unofficial halves of Uttarakhand, the other is Garhwal)
Haldwani railway station is 5 kms before Kathgodam railway station. From Haldwani, one can get the Bus, Taxi, Shared Taxi, Private Taxi for any part of Kumaun whether Nainital, Mukteshwar, Kausani, Ranikhet, Sattal, etc with very ease
In the honest opinion of uttarakhand adventure guide one should get off the train 5 kilometers before the Kathgodam at Haldwani railway station.

Now the question arises how to go to Nainital or any other famous hill station from Haldwani.
Let's check every route in detail

Before that Let's know about direct buses from Nainital to Delhi

There is a direct bus Uttarakhand Transport corporation bus  from Delhi's Anand vihar for Nainital that  Departs from Delhi at 7:15 Am and reaches Nainital by 4 p.m

  • Haldwani to Nainital
    There are two regular ways from Kathgodam to reach Nainital. One route is from Haldwani - Nainital via Jeolikote ( a 35 km route). Mostly Uttarakhand Transport corporation buses operate in this route and they charge Rs 65/- for this journey. And the other route is from Kathgodam - Nainital via Bhimtal ( a 40 km route). You will get shared taxis, private buses along with government buses on this route. On Haldwani- Nainital route via Bhimtal one has options to visit Naukuchiyatal, Bhimtal, Sattal, Chamfi, etc.Kindly note that you have to go 5 kms extra for Naukuchiyatal, 8 kms extra for Sattal and 6 kms extra for Chamfi, although Bhimtal is on the way.

  • Haldwani to Mukteshwar
    For going Mukteshwar from Haldwani one has to take the Haldwani- Bhowali via Bhimtal route and has to take a Ramgarh - Mukteshwar route half a kilometer before reaching main market Bhowali. Private buses and shared taxis are available from Haldwani for Mukteshwar but are very limited in number. Although you can hire a private taxi. Distance of Mukteshwar from Haldwani is 75 kms and it roughly takes 3 hours to reach.
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  • Haldwani to Kausani
    Kausani, a famous hill station in the foothill of Himalayas is situated at a distance of 52 kms from the ancient town Almora. For reaching Kausani from Haldwani one can get a sufficient number of private buses, shared taxis and government buses, apart from these one can also hire a private taxi for Kausani. The route to Kausani is- Haldwani-  Bhowali - Almora- Kausani. Kausani is at a distance of around 140 kms from Haldwani and it roughly takes 5 hours to reach. Apart from Almora route, there is one more route to Kausani that is via Ranikhet. 
    To go via Ranikhet route, you have to take the Ranikhet route from Kherna ( Kherna - a small town 21 kms ahead of Bhowali in Bhowali- Almora road)

Going on The Almora route, you will find Neem Karoli Maharaj Ashram, Kainchi, A must visit place. An ashram that inspired Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Apple's Steve Jobs.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Essential trekking & hiking tips for beginners, Backpacking (Trekking) gear list beginners.

Essential trekking & hiking tips for beginners-

Essential trekking tips for beginners, Backpacking (Trekking) gear list beginners.
We all aware that Trekking & hiking is done in places where the encroachment of people is least or not at all, only then you will be able to enjoy the real trekking & hiking experience and observe nature closely, for that one needs to visit serene places. Serene place means a place where there is no human interference and one come across real close to  nature i.e., home to varied flora and fauna.
When a person visit such place for the sake of adventure and exploring one may also encounter there certain kind of animals( grass eaters, men eaters), certain kind of plants ( life taking, life saving),that till date one only watched in the TV.
Trekking is not done on the recliner, sitting comfortably in the home, you have to leave your comfort zone, and have to leave for the remote area where there is non availability of food, water, where there is no signal in mobile network but signals of dangerous man eaters.
In the following points, I will try my best to mentally prepare you for the challenges of a hike and to make your trek or hike a memorable one.

Backpacking (Trekking or hiking) gear list Beginners

                                                                            Backpacking tips

Trekking involves detailed planning before you face the wild situations. Let's discuss the points which a beginner hiker must know and the things that money can't but are worth knowing before leaving for a trek. These are the things that one needs to remember before leaving for its first hike.

  • A Compass & Map is Must- Before leaving for a jungle trek, you must acquire complete knowledge about the trekking (hiking) destination and should take a map and a compass with you. Regardless of how much you have enquired about the trekking or hiking place, but when you face the jungle, mountains in reality you start to realize how small you are before the power of nature. At that time a map and a compass comes handy.

  • Share your plans- According to several hiking experts, sharing your trail plans with those closest to you is very important especially if you'll be trekking (hiking) alone. You need to inform them when you will start, which trail you are going to follow as well as the time you'll return.

  • Sufficient food and water- Whether you are trekking/hiking for a day or more than a day you can never know when the circumstances go contrary for instance if you going for a mountainous pathways, there is a danger of injury and if unfortunately you get a serious injury then you will realize the importance of your stocked up food, so make sure you pack enough protein bars, nuts and extra water with you. Alternatively, you can consider taking water purifier tablets of your choice just in case you run short of water.

  • First Aid Supplies-  As everyone is aware of the fact that you can never tell the next thing life could be so before you go out hiking, make sure you have a first aid kid with essential items.
    Although everyone has different medical needs, one should at least have a basic kit that must include  bandages, antiseptic liquids, sting and bite treatment, scissors, adhesive tapes, etc.

  • Stay safe- When you go for a trek/hike you don't confront there with humans rather you may have to encounter there with damnific  animals and plants that you have only seen on Television till date. Make yourself prepared for the confrontation. One of the basic safety rules is not to touch, pick up, or eat any fruits, flowers, plants along the way.

  • Have necessary tools- You have to make sure to take all the necessary tools and weapons with you before heading for a trek. One must have a big army knife, a lighter, a rope, a small tent, a torch, etc. These tools definitely come handy for every trekker/hiker.

  • Don't use deodorant- This point may sound absurd but this is the fact. According to trekking (hiking) experts before leaving for a trek make sure to not use any deodorant or fragrance in your body. As these fragrances may attract dangerous jungle bees towards you apart from those bees bears are  also very sensitive to fragrances. A bear can sense the fragrance from several kilometers away.


  • Clothes-
    Make sure to fully cover your body, Wearing clothes that are sun proof, wind proof and rain proof is extremely necessary, apart from that wearing protective clothes also keeps you safe from insect bites and other small cuts that can occur during trekking (hiking) especially in Jungle. Before leaving for a trek, keep in mind that you don't have to wear colorful clothes. Colorful clothes attract animals toward you. So make sure to wear camouflage before you go for a trek.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Naukuchiatal distance from Delhi, naukuchiatal kayaking, naukuchiatal paragliding, naukuchiatal weather, naukuchiatal lake uttarakhand, naukuchiatal distance from Nainital, naukuchiatal adventure sports, naukuchiatal best time to visit,

In this blog post we will know about naukuchiatal adventure sports, naukuchiatal best time to visit, naukuchiatal current temperature, naukuchiatal distance from Delhi, naukuchiatal distance from Nainital, bhimtal to naukuchiatal distance, naukuchiatal how to reach, naukuchiatal lake length and depth, naukuchiatal kayaking, naukuchiatal places to visit, naukuchiatal paragliding rates, naukuchiatal things to do, naukuchiatal lake uttarakhand, naukuchiatal weather 

Naukuchiatal lake Uttarakhand

Talk about the sights of Nainital, the lakes are the main attraction for the tourists visiting Nainital. Here in Nainital district along with Nainital lake there are Bhimtal, Sattal, Naukuchiatal which also got the lakes.
Nainital has turned into a concrete jungle, during the tourist season there is a traffic jam most of the day all over the Mall road, now even the DM of Nainital has ordered that the tourists should arrange for their car parking before coming to Nainital.
read here my article about why one should not visit Nainital.

Naukuchiatal lake length and depth

At the same time, the beauty of the lake of Naukuchiatal, the greenery and natural beauty of the lake will still attract you. The words that one will definitely utter after reaching Naukuchiyatal, "This is the place I was looking for". Because of nine corners this lake is known as Naukuchiatal, this lake is situated at an elevation of 3969 feet above sea level, it is 983 meters long, 693 meters wide and 175 feet deep.
Water level in this lake is almost the same throughout the year. It is said that there is natural source of water inside the Naukuchiatal lake, because of that the water level never decrease in this lake.
According to popular beliefs, "whoever sees all the nine corners of lake at one shot, attains Nirvana."

Naukuchiatal Best time to Visit (Naukuchiatal weather/ Current temperature in Naukuchiatal)-

Baboon in Naukuchiatal

The maximum temperature in Naukuchiatal from April to June increases by up to 30 degree Celsius but touching the lake water and the cold wind around the lake fills us with new zeal and refreshes our body and mind.
The monsoon season remains till mid of September, due to the difficulties of travel and the problems of landslides, people avoid travelling to these hilly areas, though after sufficient amount of rain the mountain look like a new bride.
During winter the tempearature ranges from zero degrees to 20 degrees in Naukuchiatal, if you are planning to visit here during winter than do not forget to take sufficient warm clothes.

Naukuchiatal distance from Delhi,  Naukuchiatal distance from Nainital,  Bhimtal to Naukuchiatal distance, (Naukuchiatal how to reach)-

Naukuchiatal is located about 24 kms from Nainital. Apart from local shared taxis, there are 2-3 government buses also operate between Nainital- Naukuchiyatal.
Nainital - Bhowali - Bhimtal - Naukuchiatal ( 24 kms)Shared taxis are available from all the towns mentioned above. Public transport is not only inexpensive but also you get the opportunity to interact with local peoples and get to know about their customs, rituals, etc.
Kathgodam is the nearest railhead for reaching Naukuchiyatal, distance between Naukuchiatal and Kathgodam is 26 km, one need to reach Bhimtal  there is no need to visit Nainital if coming straight from Kathgodam towards Naukuchiatal.

Those who love to spend some stressfree time in the lap of nature, or want a good weekend destination, Naukuchiatal is perfect for them. The special thing is that Naukuchiatal is not much distant from big cities like Delhi and Lucknow.
 From Delhi one can hop on the Ranikhet express and reach Kathgodam by 6 A.M, Naukuchiatal is just 1 hour away from Kathgodam.
 If you are coming from the road  then the Delhi - Rampur - Moradabad - Rudrapur road is best, there is four lane highway till Rampur and beyond that 2 lane highway till Kathgodam (Haldwani).
The distance from Delhi to Kathgodam (Haldwani) is 292 kms and from Kathgodam (Haldwani) to  Naukuchiatal is 30 kms. It barely takes 5-6 hours to reach Naukuchiatal from Delhi.

Naukuchiatal Things to do, Naukuchiatal Adventure sports 

Paragliding at Naukuchiatal
Paragliding at Naukuchiatal

Famous Bajrangbali statue

Naukuchiatal kayaking, Naukuchiatal paragliding 

The most common attraction for visitors of Naukuchiatal is the lake there, seeing branches of trees lying in the lake and watching the monkeys playing on those branches, hearing tweets of birds around the lake is a blessing in itself.
Due to multi cornered lake there is often rain in one corner and sunshine in other, seeing such a scenario is different experience in itself.
Nowadays kayaking in the Naukuchiatal lake is becoming a favourite adventure for tourists especially for youth. Kids enjoy the water zorbing activity in Naukuchiatal lake.
Besides above activity river crossing is also done in Naukuchiatal lake. Naukuchiatal is also famous among tourists for paragliding. Paragliding provides bird eye view of lake, hills and valley which attracts lots of adventure seekers.

Naukuchiatal is also famous for bird watching because there is huge green vegetation spread around the lake that attracts a lot of birds in Naukuchiatal.
Just before entering Naukuchiyatal, hanuman mandir is an attractive place for devotees. Here 52 feet tall Bajrangbali statue draws one's attention from far away.
There is a spectacular view of the terraced fields, mountains and valleys from the temple complex.
Artificial caves of Vaishno devi are also here in Naukuchiatal.

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Water zorbing at Naukuchiatal

Kayaking at Naukuchiatal
Kayaking at Naukuchiytal

Naukuchiatal places to visit-

Naukuchiatal is a serene, far from crowd place, still there are some decent hotels and homestays in  there. Staying around the lake is an exhilarating experience. Apart from this there are many options available for resting in the near town Bhimtal, just 5 kms from Naukuchiyatal.

Places nearby Sattal just 16 kms read here
chamfi 15 kms  read here
Mukteshwar  52 kms read here
There are many more famous places in the vicinity of Naukuchiyatal, you can contact us

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Golu Devta Temples | Ghorakhal Temple of Golu Devta | God of Justice of Uttarakhand | Chitai Golu devta temple | Temples in and around Nainital |Travel Guide in Ghorakhal | Adventure guide in ghorakhal


Golu Deity or God Golu is the famous mythological god of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state. Originally Golu Deity is considered as the incarnation of ​​Shiva.
It is said that he was a brave child of Katyuri King Jhal Rai and Kalinka. Historically, the original place of Golu Deity has been accepted in Champawat.

By Manoj.singh.mahar [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]

According to another story, Golu Devta was a general in the army of Chand King  Baj Bahadur (1638-1678) and he died while displaying gallantry in a war. Golu devta is prayed as key god (isht dev) by most of the peoples in whole Uttarakhand.
Golu devta is known as God of Justice among the people of Uttarakhand but to seek justice from Golu devta you have to write a letter to Golu Deity. Yes, you heard it right.
So far, you may have seen people praying in temples, but in the Almora and Nainital districts of Uttarakhand, to express your desire with the Golu Devta you have to send a letter, or write a letter and tie it in the temple premises.

Most of the people marry in Golu's temple as people believe marrying in front of Golu deity help them in having successful  after marriage life, that's why one invitation card is send to Golu deity as well.

There are many temples of Golu Devata in Kumaun, and the most popular are at Chitai, Champawat and Ghorakhal. It is popular belief that Golu Devta dispenses quick justice to the devotee.

Devotees in turn offer bells and sacrifice animals after the fulfillment of their wishes. Thousands of bells of every size can be seen hanging over the temple premises. Many devotees file a lot of written petitions daily, which are received by the temple.
BHOG Two male goats (preferably black) are offered to Golu devta are sacrificed as BHOG to Golu devta by the people.

Almora's Chitai Golu devta temple


As i said Golu devta is the chief deity among many Kumaun region people so obviously there are many temples of Golu devta in whole Kumaun region. Still only two temples are most popular among all of the temples of Golu devta. One is in Almora's Chitai and the other one is in Nainital's Ghorakhal village.

  • Almora's chitai Golu devta temple is located at nearly 12 kms away from Almora market and at around 4 kms from Binsar Bird Sanctuary.
    According to popular belief other legend says that Golu Devta was killed by the king of Binsar due to some false doubt, and he was beheaded by the king and his body fell at Gairad at Dana Golu and his head fell at Kaparkhan, near modern-day Binsar, a few km from Almora. At Dana Golu, there is the original and most ancient temple of Golu Devta.

Sattal Hill station, Sattal Ashram, Sattal Adventure activities, sattal bird watching, sattal places to visit, sattal distance from Delhi, sattal weather,

In this post you will know about- Sattal Hill station, Sattal Ashram, Sattal Adventure activities, sattal bird watching, sattal Christian ashram address, sattal distance from Delhi, Sattal Haunted lake, Garud Tal Haunted Sattal estate uttarakhand, sattal lake uttarakhand, sattal places to visit, sattal distance from Nainital, Delhi to sattal, sattal weather, sattal in june, sattal things to do , sattal waterfall, sattal birding guide, best time to visit Sattal.

 Sattal Hill Station ( Sattal lake uttarakhand)

Sattal is a group of seven freshwater lakes in which three are interconnected viz. Sita tal, Ram Tal and Laxman Tal and the rest four are distant with one another viz. Garud tal, Nal damyanti tal, Purna Tal and Sukha Tal . Sattal region located in Nainital district, just 20 kms away from Nainital city. Sattal is a heaven for Nature lovers.
 Perched at an altitude of around 1400 metres above the sea level. Due to being a very popular tourist destination and in view of the ever increasing tourist, this area has been declared as a major tourist spot by the Tourism Department. Sattal lake is surrounded with oak, pine tress and it is one of the most cleanest lakes in Nainital District. Here every season is very pleasant, therefore there is movement of tourists throughout the year. Sattal has its own unique look in every season, especially in rainy season there is a rush of greenery in Sattal, whole of the Sattal turns into green island. 
The surroundings of Sattal lake is heavenly clean, greenery is spread all over the Sattal area. Sattal is considered as one of the most untouched regions of India. The jungles in the sattal is home to variety of flora and fauna. In short, Sattal is heaven for Nature lovers.


Sattal Kayaking
Kayaking at Sattal 

Sattal bird watching
Bird watching at Sattal

Things to do in Sattal (Sattal things to do)

To spend some stress free moments in the calm valleys of mountains Sattal is the nearest ideal location with the most natural beauty.

Sattal Adventure activities

One can do Boating here, Kayaking is also famous among the visitors of Sattal.
There is a rush of Aves lovers in Sattal for Bird watching  Sattal is home to a large number of different species of birds, around 200 bird species have been recorded in Sattal. These freshwater lakes and lusty green jungles are paradise for birds and paradise for bird watchers too.Some of the birds  that can be seen in Sattal  are- Himalayan griffin, Verditer flycatcher, Grey hooded warbler, common Kingfisher, etc.
Apart from Bird watching and kayaking there are many other adventure activities available in the Sattal lake, like Lake crossing is done from one end of lake to other and Water zorbing is also available for kids.
Short one day treks are also there for the explorers.

Places to visit in Sattal / Adventure activities in Sattal

Butterfly Research Centre- 

Near the Sattal christian Ashram there is a trail that leads to the one of the most important yet less discovered attraction of Sattal; The butterfly research centre. It was established by Federic Smetacek in Sattal estate. There are more than 2500 species of butterflies and 1100 species of local insects inside the museum. Federic Smetacek was given the title of "The Butterfly Man of India"
Federic died in February 2012, since then the area is looked after by his brother Peter.

Sattal Bird Watching-

Sattal estate is home to more than 200 species of national and international birds. This place is heaven for Bird lovers. The ambience of this place attracts a lot of birds every year. That's why this place is among the Uttarakhand's renowned bird watching spots.

Sattal Waterfall (Subhash dhara)- 

Near the Purna Tal in the mid of dense forest, there is a narrow craggy stony trail that eventually ends at the beautiful waterfall of Sattal. Subhash Dhara is a very beautiful fall and worth visiting is a  20 minutes straight trek from Sattal.

Sattal Haunted Lake- 

A kilometer before reaching Sattal, there is a lake that is regarded as the Haunted lake, although the lake is very serene and pristine. The name of the lake is Garud Tal or Panna tal.
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sattal lake crossing
Lake crossing

Best time to visit sattal- Sattal weather

One can visit here all around the year. Weather is pleasant all around the year and Sattal has something new to show in every season. The greenery of Sattal in rainy season is is similar to being in Amazon rainforests.

Sattal How to reach

Sattal from Delhi (Distance of Sattal from Delhi)

The distance from Delhi to Sattal is only 320 kms, which takes about 6-7 hours to cover. The best route to go Sattal from Delhi is via Rudrapur, Moradabad. There is a magnificent 4 lane highway from Delhi to Rampur and two lane highway ahead of Rampur. One can visit Sattal with Train as well, the nearest railway station to Sattal is Kathgodam which is just 30 kms from Sattal.  Hill path starts from Kathdgodam.

Kathgodam is nearest railhead.
Kathgodam- mehragaon ( 25 kms)
Mehragaon- Sattal ( 7 kms)

Distance of Sattal from Nainital ( Sattal from Nainital)

Sattal is situated at just 22 kms from Nainital, many travelers visit Sattal during day time and go back to Nainital at night. Other famous lakes like Bhimtal and Naukuchiatal are also situated minutes away from Sattal and Nainital.

Tagore Top Ramgarh, Tagore Top, Tagore top Trek

In this blog we will know about Tagore top situated in Ramgarh, Mahesh khan to tagore top trek, Tagore top photos, KMVN Ramgarh to Tagore ...