Friday, August 19, 2016

Tapping


Shigatse (Tibet) by mayaruonan 
Local way to enjoy bath. #hotsprings #waytorelax #shigatsesummer #summerfun☀️
I'm always tempted to provide as much info as possible from whatever I can find on internet. But concerning hot springs in the more mountainous regions of north-east Asia, there's very little to report about. It seems that (with exception of China) overall development and reporting on visits is poor and remains so. 
But it's also development itself that seeks to end many of the blissfull soaks. Take the following as an example.

The Nepali Times (13-19 May 2016) has an extensive article on the hot springs of it's mountains and what they could do for tourism.
'Nepalis have been using Himalayan hot springs for health reasons, but their full tourism potential has never been tapped.
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Geothermal expert Mahendra Ranjit says although research on geothermal energy started in Nepal more than 30 years ago, the emphasis was misplaced. “We looked mainly at generating electricity, which is difficult and costly due to the relatively low temperature of the hot springs in Nepal. What we need and should focus on is the direct use of these springs, like in tourism development and farming,” Ranjit told us.  
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All the towns next to hot springs in Nepal are called Tatopani, and there are dozens of them from Humla to Taplejung.
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In Nepal, the huge potential of hot springs remains untapped.  Tourism experts say the scope of hot spring tourism is vast and if properly developed can be a lucrative addition to the tourism market. “With the current infrastructure tourists may visit hot springs for the quaintness of it, but to attract international tourists we need to scale it up or leave everything natural,” says tourism entrepreneur Raj Gyawali. Combining thermal springs with yoga, ayurveda and even shamanism can make it a viable product, Gyawali adds.  
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In Myagdi, the Singa Tatopani on the way to Dhaulagiri Base Camp is often overlooked by foreigners but Nepali patients have been coming here for centuries believing in the healing property of the spring. Income from the spring is used to operate the local Sarvodaya Secondary School with over 300 students. Income from the Bhurung Tatopani is also ploughed into the Saraswati Higher Secondary School. Earnings from the springs are used in the development of not only the springs but the community as well'.
So development and tourism can go hand in hand. However whenever we see talk about developing hot springs, it usually spells the end of another great soak.

Jhinu hot springs, probably one of the most sort after hot soaks of Nepal. Note that development is long way away ... a conundrum? Source: achut12
 #those #days #nature #river #hotspring #friends #nepal
There Must Be Quite A Few Things That A Hot Bath Won't Cure But I Dont Know Many Of Them
Capping
Let's look at more hot springs along the south side of the Himal. 


#hotsprings #khirgangatrek #snowcappedmountains #himachaldiaries #incredibleindia #beautifuldestinations
Locals bathe in a natural hot spring along the Nu River near Liuku, in China’s Yunnan province, March 29, 2016. 
 From the Malaymailonline
A notre arrivée, le moine qui nous accueille nous explique comme il peut qu'il n'y pas de douche au monastère mais pas de soucis il y a une source chaude à quelques minutes de là... Le lendemain matin on découvre la fameuse source, c’est la plus belle salle de bain qu'on ait vu du voyage 😄 #hotsprings #bathroom #mountains #freedom #nature #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #experience #voyage #tourdumonde #travel #travelling #travelgram #passionpassport #travellovers #tourdumonde #adventure #lifeofadventure #backpacking #backpacker #traveladdict #wanderlust #landscape #landscapes #neverstopexploring #discover #1jour1lieu #china #sichuan #experienceroutard #lemondeaporteedemains
Tracking
The stan republics:

Garam Chashma, Tajikistan. danielsanwit:
Met blote Tadjieken in een warm bad #adventure #hotsprings #bloterts
Warm baths in the middle of the nature, no one around and a view on the river!AltynArashan. Kyrgyzstan.
Photo credit @vrouwopreis 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲 ➡➡ Follow @kyrgyz.nature
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#centralasia #naturekyrgyzstan #kyrgyznomad #mountains #beautiful #summer #sky #wonderfulplaces #tracking #horseriding #wonderfulplaces #aboveseelevel #nature #naturelovers #asia #backpacker #природа #природакыргызстана #горы #лучшегормогутбытьтолькогоры #кыргызстан #горыкыргызстана #issykkul #lake #altynarashan #hotsprings
Главный шеф-пилот велобуса и начальник авто подразделения Клуба вело приключений принимает водные процедуры на минеральном источнике во время Altyn-Emel Bike Tour
#veloalmaty #showedup #hotspring #altynemel #veloclubkz #biketrip #leaser #travel #alabike #alatau
Kyrgystan, Karakol, naport_soaps:
#горячиеисточники, сероводородные, попахивает тухлыми яйцами, вода горячая - градусов 40-45, долго не посидишь, рядом горная холодная речка, в нее можно прыгать :) #иссыккуль #караколь #кыргызстан #naportsoaps #hotsprings
everything centralasia, back in Tajikistan: 
Trip to Iskandarkul & Saritag with some friends.
Whaling
Finally Kamchatka and around ...
 Бассейн с голубой глиной на Дачных источниках. Отдых после похода на Мутновку.
#камчаточкалюбимая #камчатка #мутновка #горелый #горячиеисточники #туры #турыпокамчатке
Looking at the last photo, don't really know where this. Chukota refers to Chukotka Autonomous Okrug a large administrative tundra steppe area on the eastern most point of Asia / Russia. It could refer to Gil’mimyl Hot Spring, to Senyarinskiya Hot Spring (which does look similar, though more rustic) or to (Kukunyskie) hot springs near Lorino village. Read other possibilities here. 

Tundra hot springs and whale bones #chukotka #чукотка #arctic #tundra #hotsprings

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Best

#Камчатка #вулкан #Ксудач #горячие_источники #кратер #tourism #bestrest #kamchatka #hotsprings 
A short intermezzo, I seem to have less and less time. 


But during the last few months I've picked up the odd photo here or there. Well, mostly from instagram.

Starting off in the northeast, the wintery spheres of Russia's Kamchatka peninsula combines some fire for the ice.

 
Дачные горячие источники. Умиротворение и покой [grinning] 🏔 [bathtub] [camera] : @zhenyaswan #volcano #volcanoes #volcanos #relax #вулканы #горы #релакс #mountains #mountain #горячиеисточники #hotsprings #thermalsprings #гора #термальныеисточники #beautiful #instadaily #instagood #picoftheday #пейзаж #landscape #russia #россия #cool #cute #showmerussia #outdoor #outdoors #russiainside #instacool 

Fav

   
A bit of pampering at the Zmeeyovoe Thermal Springs with a view of the frozen lake and snowcapped mountains. What a strange place. The hot springs still constantly comes up even under the ice but the ice sheet doesn't melt. I'm in this baby pool which is Kesha's fav place to get some thermal treatments since childhood #zmeeyovoe #ustbarguzin #siberia #lakebaikal #hotsprings #pampering #relaxation #instamood #instamoment #mytravelgram #wilderness #iceadventure #snow #wildernessculture #openbath Thanks @dia_suttikulpanich for this cozy shot 
Staying in Russia a winter bath near the Baikal (above), while below we shift further south and west to Kazachstan and then Tajikistan.

 
regram @veloclub.kz Принимаем горячие ванны в рамках вело приключения Hot Spring Lazy Ride #ridemybike #hotspring #alabike #veloalmaty #veloclubkz #алматынавелосипеде #велоалматы #велосипед #huawei #nexus6p #tehnodom 

Гар-чахма - сульфитный горячий источник. Для жителей Памира, источники леченые и священные места, мальчики и девочки плескаются раздельно. Удовольствие стоит 5 сомони. #tajikistan #babblerdubbler #pamirsamsatrip #hotspring #girls

Cold coffee 
 
   
Hot spring but cold [coffee] #yumthang #NorthSikkim #india #GyuHuInSikkim #yomjaipaisikkim #journey #mylifeinindia #travel #backpacker #himalayan #himalaya #adventure #hotspring #onsen #nakedinonsen #nakedman #nakedinnature #naked #nakedadventure

Now we are in the Himal proper. 

On the south flank lie the small Yumthang hot springs (above) in what was once the country of Sikkim. 
Then moving eastwards one enters Bhutan while hopping further over the border eastwards, one comes to the Indian state of Arunachnal Pradesh and Dirang's rustic but enjoyable hot springs.

  
Two Mikes, a Swiss couple, our guide and a new Bhutanese friend Tashi at the local #Gasa #hotspring - Tashi's father is a wealthy man with a lot of businesses, two wives and fourteen children 

  
 Blub Blub, [sweat_drops] making bubbles in the natural hot springs of the Dirang Valley! Meet my new Bhutanese friends [tada] #hotsprings #bhutanese #tibet #dirang #arunachalpradesh #incredibleindia #bubbles   

Blush

   
Kumaoni boys at the local hot spring. All of them dream to move to cities to make money. Very few of them return back. The countryside is emptying out in India like much of the rest of the world. #hotspring #Himalaya #India #Uttarakhand @natgeocreative
 source

Today's westernmost soaking photo is that of possibly (?) Madkot. Below we have some young damsels soaking in Nepal's Tatopani.
 
   
People said that " Hot water removes all our tiredness n bodyache " & it's true it really works [+1] [smile] Hainata kti ho?? #hotwater#chill#fresh#fun#friends#tatopani#beni#jomsom [raised_hands] [kissing_heart] [blush] 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Four seasons


   
#камчатка #источник #купаться_зимой #лед_в_волосах #Снежинка #мечтысбываются 

Above a wintery hot spring from Kamchatka peninsula (though the source fails to pinpoint exactly where) heralds a whirl around central Asia's hotter springs. Below same region, same snow, but same place? At least there's a reference to Vilyuchinskiy volcano.

 
Отдыхать хорошо, а отдыхать в красивом месте прекрасно! Четыре сезона на одном фото! Такое возможно только на Камчатке :) // I like relax in wonderful places! Four seasons on one photo. Kamchatka, Russia #travel #traveling #Russia #nature #flowers #lake #kamchatka #sky #montain #snow #Россия #Камчатка #камчадал #путешествия #путешествуй #весна #горячиеисточники [mount_fuji] #вилючинскийвулкан 

Free souls 
 
 
 #tajikistan #oldmemories #traveller #freesoul #travelgram #hotsprings #타지키스탄 #추억 #여행자 #자유로운영혼 #여행스타그램 #온천 

These Koreans (?) have travelled into the Central Asian countries of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and let their hair down, so to say ....
 

#kyrgyzstan #oldmemories #traveller #freesoul #travelgram #hotsprings #키르기즈스탄 #추억 #여행자 #자유로운영혼 #여행스타그램 #온천

 


#kyrgyzstan #oldmemories #traveller #freesoul #travelgram #hotsprings #키르기즈스탄 #추억 #여행자 #자유로운영혼 #여행스타그램 #온천 




Stop 
 
 
What are men to rocks and mountains? #kheerganga #kullu #parvativalley #himachalpradesh #india #himalayas #mountains #hotspring #snow #naturelovers #nature #neverstopexploring #getoutstayout #outinnature #outdoors #discoveryourworld #wanderer #wanderlust #winterwonderland #wilderness #waycoolshots #natgeotravelpic #landscape #instalandscape #instahimachal #instaphoto #instadaily #homeiswherethemountainsare #bestpic #igers

And then into / onto the Himal proper. Above the picteresque Kheerganga hot spring (India), below other popular hot springs, that of Gasa (Bhutan) and Jhinudanda (Nepal).
Finishing off somewhere near the Tibetan plateau (China).

Whilst staying in Gasa, the most northern province of Bhutan, high up in the Himalayas, which borders Tibet, I visited the hot springs where people journey for days from all over the kingdom to take the cures and heal their ailments. I was told this was a quiet day at the baths! The crowd could not have been friendlier and I even ended up having a soak once I finally put my camera down. #Gasa #Bhutan #hotsprings @georgehlewis @mybhutan


Taking a much needed rest, chilling in the hot springs on the bank of Modi river after three days of continuous trek #hotspring #rest #chill #aftertrekking #nepal #riverbank #himalayas  






 
海螺沟 [monkey] #throwback #china #sichuan #backpacking #travel #hailuogou #glacier #cantseeit #also #hotsprings #frozenhair #endlichwarm #kekse #schnee und #monkeys