Nanga Parbat : The Killer Mountain

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She is a cutthroat but alluring bonny. She stands with all her grace since centuries in the greatHimalayan range in the south of the mighty Indus River. She is truly the prestige of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. The mountaineers worldwide at once would have known that we are talking about the astounding eight-thousander, the naked mountain which is commonly known asNanga Parbat. Nanga Parbat is a Sanskrit word which literally means the Naked Mountain. We named it as cutthroat due to its devastating trekking history which has killed many of the climbers in past. Even today it is famous with the name of Killer Mountain.

For the climbers and mountaineers, Nanga Parbat is certainly is a sensational destination that is no doubt monstrous in the sense of world’s the most dangerous summits. But for a naturalist, Nanga Parbat is a wonderful place to be visited once in a life. The Naked Mountain or Nanga Parbat is the world’s 9th highest peak having a summit elevation of 8,126 m (26,660 ft ) which is also not far from Karakorum range and it is located in the Astore District of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. For its deadliest trekking, Nanga Parbat is declared in the most prominent peaks of the world as well.

Nanga Parbat was first climbed on July 3, 1953 by Austrian climber Hermann Buhl, a member of a German-Austrian team. The climb of Nanga Parbat is so lethal due to the severe weather conditions and the dangerous avalanches. Nanga Parbat had taken more lives of the climbers than any other peaks of the world. Another prominent feature of Nanga Parbat is that it has never been climbed in winter. Nanga Parbat has three faces, the Rakhiot (Ra Kot) face in the north and south silver crags and silver plateau; the rocky Diamir face which converts itself into ice fields around Nanga Parbat peak. The Rupal face of Nanga Parbat is deemed the highest precipice in the world. It would not be an overwhelming statement that Nanga Parbat, the Killer Mountain is the top most dream for any professional alpinist, hiking of which is filled with ultimate adventure and thrill.

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque Of Brunei

Sultanate of Brunei is a wealthy and developed state of South East Asia and considered as one of the richest nations due to its extensive petroleum and natural gas fields. The capital of Brunei is Bandar Seri Begawan which is also the largest city of the Sultanate of Bruniei.

We’ll tell you about the most phenomenal feature of the capital Bandar Seri Begawan which is Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. This royal mosque is named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is located on the bank of the Brunei river at Kampong Ayer which is also called as “village in the water”.

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is deemed as the most exquisite architectural achievement by Brunei. The mosque occupies a very large area and it reaches a height of 52 meters and is topped with a gold dome supported by walls of Italian marble, which also forms the mosque’s columns, arches, and towers. Yes! The main dome of the mosque is covered with pure gold and thus it becomes the most distinguished feature. The Minaret is a very tall structure which provides a panoramic view of Bandar Seri Begawan. The stained glasses are fantastic which are handmade in England. The carpets are specially brought from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Similarly the marble is imported from Italy and the granite used in the building is brought from Shanghai.

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque of Brunei is the  most attractive tourist destination of the country specially for those who have interest in the unique architectures.

Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia

Indonesia has a fantastic Islamic structure which is famous for its magnificent white walls and superb black dome. This is known as Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia located in the center of the city of Banda Aceh, Aceh province.Baiturrahman Grand Mosque Of Indonesia

Baiturrahman Grand Mosque is a 130-years old mosque which truly represents the culture of the Acehnese people of Indonesia. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was designed by an Italian architect and built by the Dutch colonial administration as a token of reconciliation following their destruction of an older mosque during the Aceh wars. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was survived from the devastating tsunami in 2004 when hundreds of people sought refuge and the whole city was destroyed.

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The historic facts suggest that Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia was firstly built from wood in 1612 under the reign of Sultan Iskandar Muda. Although according to some historians Baiturrahman Grand Mosque was firstly constructed even earlier in 1292 by Sultan Alaidin Mahmudsyah. During the Aceh war in 1873, Baiturrahman Grand Mosque got fire and it was burnt to the ground. In 1879, Major General Vander who was acting as the Military General reconstructed Baiturrahman Grand Mosque as the symbolic emblem of the Acehnese culture. Baiturrahman Grand Mosque of Indonesia has a 35-meter tower, 7 grand domes and 7 minarets in total.

Al-Masjid al-Nabawi – Mosque of the Prophet

Al-Masjid al-Nabawi “Mosque of the Prophet”, often called the Prophet’s Mosque, is a mosque situated in the city of Medina. As the final resting place of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, it is considered the second holiest site in Islam by both Shia and Sunni Muslims (the first being the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca) and is the second largest mosque in the world.

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One of the most notable features of the site is the Green Dome over the center of the mosque, where the tomb of Muhammad is located. It is not exactly known when the green dome was constructed but manuscripts dating to the early 12th century describe the dome. It is known as the Dome of the Prophet or the Green Dome. Subsequent Islamic rulers greatly expanded and decorated it. Early Muslim leaders Abu Bakr and Umar are buried in an adjacent area in the mosque.

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The site was originally Muhammad’s house; he settled there after his Hijra (emigration) to Medina, later building a mosque on the grounds. He himself shared in the heavy work of construction. The original mosque was an open-air building. The basic plan of the building has been adopted in the building of other mosques throughout the world. The mosque also served as a community center, a court, and a religious school. There was a raised platform for the people who taught the Qur’an.

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In 1973 Saudi King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz ordered the construction of temporary shelters to the west of the mosque to accommodate the growing number of worshippers in 1981, the old mosque was surrounded by new prayer areas on these sides, enlarging five times its size. The latest renovations took place under King Fahd and have greatly increased the size of the mosque, allowing it to hold a large number of worshippers and pilgrims and adding modern comforts like air conditioning. He also installed twenty seven moving domes at the roof of Masjid Nabawi.

Mazar-e-Quaid – Jinnah Mausoleum

The largest city of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Karachi, is also the final resting place of the founder of this country, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. This is famous as Mazar-e-Quaid in the local language, Urdu and it is also referred as Jinnah Mausoleum or the National Mausoleum which is located in the heart of Karachi.

The vast land was selected for the construction of the Mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah. The plot which was selected for Mazar-e-Quaid comprises of 53 hectares of land and it was later established as a public park. The size of the exact building of Mazar-e-Quaid was kept 75x75m on ground and 43m high and it was erected on a 4m high platform.

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The interior of the mausoleum provides a holy and sanctum feeling and the most attractive part is the hanging chandelier which was gifted by the people republic of China. The outer park also consists of the powerful spot lights which are lit at night and Mazar-e-Quaid flushes like a crystal which can be seen from miles away with naked eye.

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There are also the graves of Liaqat Ali Khan who was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan and Fatima Jinnah ( Mother of the Nation ) who was the real sister of Mohammad Ali Jinnah in the vicinity of Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi , Pakistan. Every year on the occasion of national importance, official and military ceremonies are conducted on this venue especially on 23 March, 14 August, 11 September and 25 December which are attended by the local as well as foreign VIP’s.Mazar-e-Quaid

For the love of tea !

Realistic Cooking Ideas

Masala Adrak Chai Final Picture

As someone who loves tea, I am always trying different tea leaves that include black, green, and white. Last year I started to add spices to make Ginger Honey Tea with a Splash of Lemon and Indian Masala Chai. I came across this recipe from the book “From Mom With Love… Complete Guide to Indian Cooking & Entertaining” by Pushpa Bhargava. You can find her book here. I was inspired by her recipe and made some modifications. I am sure you will do the same to make it your own!

It is a subtle tea with an undertone of spices. My preference is strong tea so I lean towards stronger flavor of spices. One of my favorites is Earl Grey loose tea brewed for at least 10-minutes. This tea was a little weak in flavor for me – but if I made it again I would either add more…

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Whimsical Wisteria Gardens and Tunnel in Japan

I think this is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Welcome to the Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu, Japan. The natural tree setting allows the perfectly lined strands of wisteria to fall where they may, and the varying lavender hues able to fade in and out to give the gardens some depth. The most fantastic part of this area is the tunnel formed from wisteria flowers, which would be an amazing place to let the mind, body and soul wander.

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The Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, in Kitakyushu, Japan embodies all of that and more. The natural tree setting allows the perfectly lined strands of wisteria to fall where they may, and the varying lavender hues able to fade in and out to give the gardens some depth. The most fantastic part of this area is the tunnel formed from wisteria flowers, which would be an amazing place to let the mind, body and soul wander.

Kawachi-Fuji-Garden-Wisteria-TunnelIt’s very far and few between these days that gardens are playfully constructed with the user’s perspective in mind. Japan has some interesting landscaping going on in many forms– with one of our favorites being a floral escape that’s just perfect for an Alice in Wonderland type day.

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