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Breathtaking road routes in India

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Kashmir, 18 April: Roads are meant to take us to our destination but there are many breathtaking routes which often led to the death bed to travelers due to various reasons.

Whether it is weather condition or topography, many times travelers loose control in these tracks which are like “Highway to Hell”.

Here are the top hilarious and thrilling road routes that are seriously dangerous due to their extreme locations in the mountains and remote terrains or forests.
1. Ladakh and KashmirLadakhThis is no doubt a real heaven on earth, the route which begins from Manali via Ladakh and passes through Kashmir is one of the most exciting motorcycling routes in the world. The route passes through high mountain passes and the steep valleys, one of the highest motorable roads in the world (Khardung La).
The intense atmosphere, the rich Buddhist culture and a feeling of being in heaven, makes one’s ride a lifetime experience.
While planning a ride here, one is spoilt for choice. The Khardung La top, the sand dunes of Nubra Valley, the path along the Zanskar river in Zanskar valley, the Buddhist monasteries of Lamayuru, the high altitude lakes like Pangong Tso, the beautiful city of Srinagar, they all look equally worth visiting.

The Best time to travel here is April to August.

2. Spiti ValleySpiti ValleyThe Spiti Valley route in east of Himachal Pradesh which is not so far from Ladakh, but it is not that much known as the previous route. However the route takes us to the beautiful landsape and awe-inspiring roads. The Hindustan-Tibet highway is the road that leads into Spiti valley and it surely makes your adrenalin keeps flowing on the ride.

This travelling on this way takes us the highest villages of the world. While Kaza, Tabo, Spiti and Pin valley make up for the real wilderness and inhabitant world, the Baspa and Kinnaur areas are worth mesmerising with eye-catching apricot and apple orchards added with Satluj river views and snow-capped mountain peaks in the background.
Best season to go: April to October

3. Zoji la Pass

Zoji la pasZoji La Pass, which is at an height of 3,538 mt above sea level is one of the most dangerous mountain pass in the India. The pass is traversed on the important Srinagar-Leh Highway.

The road is very narrow and also gets muddy during rains and becomes impassible during or after heavy downpours. The heavy snowfall, violent winds and frequent landslides make it one of the difficult passes in the Himalayas.

Best time to go: April to August
4. Rohtang PassZoji la pasRohtang Pass is at an altitude of 3,979 mt above sea level and is located on the eastern Pir Panjal range of Himalayas. The path is about 53 km from Manali and is crossed by Leh-Manali Highway. It joins the Kullu valley with the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti.

Rohtang which means ‘Ground of Corpses’ itself suggests the dangers of travelling via this way. The pass encounters huge inevitable traffic jams and is usually open from May to November. The route could be closed for infinite time due to heavy snow fall with constant sliding of hills and rain, the road gets covered with slush.

Best season to go: April to October

5. Nathu La PassNathu_LaNathula Pass is a mountain pass in Eastern Sikkim, on the Indo-Chinese border that is the trade link between India and China. Nathula Pass nestles at an top of 14,140 ft and ranks amongst the highest passes accessible by tourists via motorable road. Nathu means “Listening ears” whereas La means “Pass”.The Old Silk Route through Lhasa, Sikkim and Eastern India used to cross through Nathula Pass.

This mountainous pass is one of the oldest trading border posts joining Tibet and India. The Nathula Pass is marked by Entrance gates of both countries (India and China) and military bunkers on both sides of the gates. On the Indian side, we will see some fortified military bunkers, a war memorial, an army exhibition centre, a military canteen serving hot tea and fresh snacks to tourists.

Best season to go: May to mid November

6. Khardung La PassKhardungThe place which is already covered space in Guinness book of world records, Khardung La pass is the highest motor-able road in the world. Local inhabitants claim that its actual height is 5,602 mt while its actual height is 5,359 mt above sea level. It is situated in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir State in India.

These roads are not paved and are slippery due to the frozen ice and dirt mix. The road has a narrow trail with deep valleys on one side. There are steep drops along the entire route and weather conditions. At times, might make harsh conditions.

Best season to go: April to October

7. MeghalayaMeghalayaThe ride through the wettest place on the plane is a mix of unique culture, extremely pretty women, some of the highest waterfalls in the country, the cleanest village in India and the living root bridges of Nongriat. The drive from Assam to Meghalaya to the wettest place in the world is enthralling with deep ravines on the road throughout, great pin turns and dangerous slopes.

Best Season to go: October to February

8. Kolli HillsKolli hillsThis route’s important point is 70 continuous hairpin bends. The Kolli hills or also infamously called as the mountains of death is one of the best routes for edge of the seat ride. This hill station, which is in Tamil Nadu, on the Eastern Ghats is worth visiting for its tropical climate, famous waterfall called Agaya Gangai and the old Shiva temple. This route is dangerous but yet thrilling and makes for an ideal ride from Bangalore.

Best season to go: All year around

9. Chalakudy (Kerala) – Pollachi (Tamilnadu) RoutevalanThis is one the best monsoon ride in the country. This route goes through the beautiful rain forests of the Western Ghats starting from Chalakudy in Kerala, heading west beside the Chalakudy river via Athirapally-Puliyilapara-Malakkapara-Sholayar-Valparai- Aliyar and finally reaching Pollachi in Tamilnadu, across the western ghats. The famous Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls are on this route.

This pass connecting Pollachi in Tamil Nadu to Chalakudy in Kerala is covered with some of the best cloud forests, tropical rainforests and evergreen forests in the country.

Wefornews Bureau

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Can mangoes make you fat?




New Delhi, April 25: Summers are the bearer of the sweet aroma of memories of vacations, lazy afternoons and mangoes. This fruit is loved by all young or old but lately it has been infamous for its sugar content and is considered as a cause of weight gain so can mangoes really make us fat?

Saumya Shatakshi, Senior Nutritionist, Healthians, suggests the pros of eating mangoes and what to keep in mind:

* Mango is not just pure indulgence but a powerhouse to various nutrients like it has vitamin A, iron, copper and potassium.

* Mango is an energy food and provides sugar rush to the body which helps boost the energy levels of the body and keeps you active throughout the day.

* It is a storehouse to Vitamin C that increases the immunity and it is also rich in dietary fibre content

* Eating too much of mangoes can be harmful for health so maintaining the portion control is the key

* A medium-sized mango has nearly 150 calories, eating anything beyond the permissible calorie limits results in weight gain. Hence, it is advised not to overeat.

* Eating mangoes after meals increases the overall calories intake.

* We should replace our mid-morning or evening snacks with mangoes. It helps one enjoy the king of fruits without worrying about piling calories.

* Avoid having mangoes at night. It is preferable to have it during the first half of the day.


Celebrity nutritionist and dietician Nmami Agarwal suggests:

* The number of calories that food carries tells you how much energy it provides. Excess calories are stored as fat, which is why over eating leads to weight gain.

* Mangoes are inversely high on sugar, which generally is an enemy. This is because it causes insulin spikes and falls, which can leave you hungry and cause you to overeat.


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6 herbs to include in your daily diet for a healthier, happier you



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New Delhi, April 23: Focusing on health in the hectic and stressful lives that we lead today is becoming difficult. Incorporating relevant herbs in your daily diet is the first step towards a healthier you.

Ayurveda texts and modern research say that herbs contain compounds that have beneficial health properties that can help prevent many lifestyle disorders and rejuvenate our bodies.

Dr Shruthi M. Hegde, Ayurveda Expert, The Himalaya Drug Company, suggests incorporating the following herbs in your daily diet to practice preventive wellness and take a concrete step towards maintaining good health.

Tulsi: Popularly known as “The Queen of Herbs”, it yields beneficial results for respiratory wellness. It has compounds which are known to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and expectorant properties. Tulsi helps modulate healthy immune response and supports early recovery from respiratory conditions. Use it to get relief from a cough and cold, especially during seasonal changes, when your body is particularly prone to such respiratory ailments.

Ashvagandha: This herb contains rejuvenating properties, and being an adaptogen, helps cope with stress, reduces harmful effects of long-term stress on the body, and promotes healthy sleep. This makes it particularly useful in our stressful lives, where good work-life balance is often difficult to maintain.

Triphala: It’s difficult to always consume healthy and hygienically prepared food in our hectic lifestyle, making digestive issues a common problem. Triphala helps promote overall digestive wellness in a number of ways. It acts as an effective colon cleanser, regularises normal bowel movements, and aids healthy digestion.

Neem: This helps fight acne by inhibiting the bacteria that causes acne growth. The herb helps promote skin wellness, which becomes even more important during summer, when the skin is more prone to acne breakouts and inflammation. It helps rejuvenate your skin, and prevents the recurrence of acne and blemishes.

Haridra: This herb contains beneficial inflammation-relieving properties. It boosts cell health through its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, helping improve overall health. This makes it a potent tool in your preventive wellness toolkit, helping you overcome a number of health problems before they even have a chance to make an appearance

Guduchi: This herb supports the immune system and helps fight against infections by increasing the effectiveness of disease-fighting white blood cells. Including this herb in your daily diet will help increase your body’s resistance to stress and illness.

Make a commitment to getting healthier and staying fit by including these health-boosting herbs in your daily diet. Regular usage of these herbs in addition to other activities such as exercising and consuming a balanced diet will lead to a healthier, happier you.


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Treat sunburn, improve gastro immune system with yogurt



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New Delhi, April 21: Yogurt, the versatile dairy product, is filled with nutrition and is equally useful for skin and hair. Treat sunburns, acne and improve your immunity with yogurt, say experts.

Himanshu Chadha, Founder, APS Cosmetoofood, and Nmami Agarwal, Nutritionist and Dietician, have listed the goodness of yogurt:

* Treat sunburn: Spread yogurt on the affected area, leave it for 20-25 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Yogurt is rich in zinc and has anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains probiotics that will help restore your skin’s natural barrier.

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* Treat acne with yogurt as it contains natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Rub a dab of the creamy yogurt onto acne-prone areas. Rinse it off after 30 minutes. A regular beauty regime with a yogurt facial mask will help keep skin cleansed, which will also reduce irritating breakouts.

* Yogurt is a great ingredient for a hair conditioner. It has moisturising properties which helps repair dry and damaged hair.

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Take a cup of yogurt and whip it. Apply it on your scalp, hair and hair ends by massaging it well. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let it rest for 20 minutes, then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

* Using yogurt, which is full of nutrients that are good for your hair, can help stop hair fall. Due to the presence of vitamin B5 and D, yogurt helps nourish the hair follicles.

A mixture of pepper and curd used daily for washing the hair helps in reducing hair fall. Curd and Amla powder can be mixed together to make a paste that can be applied on the scalp and hair to reduce hair loss.

* Since it is a well-known probiotic food, it helps to flourish the healthy bacteria in your gut which can improve the gastro immune system. Along with this, it aids in digestion by reducing the side effects of the irritant stomach such as diarrhoea, bloating and irritable bowel syndrome.

* Strengthen your bones by adding yogurt to your everyday diet. It will add that daily dose of calcium which your body requires for stronger bones as well as for regulating the bone mineral density.

By having a diet in a combination with calcium and vitamin D, it can work as a treatment for osteoporosis.

* Yogurt works perfectly for women. It is often advised for women to consume freshly prepared yogurt in their diet considering they are powerful for fighting against the yeast infections such as Candida which can be a causing trouble to a lot of women.

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The bacterium, Lactobacillus acidophilus found in yogurt, kills the yeast infections and improves health in the longer run.

* Consuming probiotic yogurt helps reduce inflammation and improve the overall body immune response to counter with several viral or gut related infections and illness.

Along with this, yogurt also helps in increasing the absorption of trace minerals such as magnesium, zinc, and selenium.


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