Friday, July 10, 2015

With a view

A couple of  photo's to beathe some fresh air in the blog.

Hot spring with a view of the Himalayas emoji // Tatopani Village, Tamang Heritage Trail, Nepal #nepaliloveyou
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Soaking in the hot spring
Jhinu hot spring, Nepal from puncturesandpanniers











Then over the mountains to Sichuan's Qamdo region, the first following photo picked up from Facebook, a soak in Kangding.

'Filming, playback over yak meat pizza, and impromptu natural hot springs, Tibet'.

If you made it to Dangling you deserve to have a bath at the local hot-springs. Do not think anything fancy, expect the real thing.
They are located in two areas, the first one at Benmu (‘fire bath‘ in Tibetan), rich in sulphur. The other site is at Kabu (‘grassland bath‘), surrounded obviously by grassland. The two springs are approximately 4 kilometres south of the Dangling village, the water level is the same all year round and the water close to the source can reach up to 75 degrees Celsius.
In winter, the enjoyment only gets better as you take the pleasure of bathing in the warm spring water meanwhile you indulge in the snow’s winter scenery.
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Attraction
 
еще одно святое место-горячие источники кхирганги (2850м) вода прозрачнейшая)греюсь☺️потом-пуховик и шерстяные носки)
amaaask#himachal #himalaya #kheerganga #hotspring
Over to India's Himal section, above the ever photogenetic Kheerganga, below Tattapani.
 
Hot natural springs in Tattapani near Shimla...The healing power of this spring attracts visitors from all over India. The high mineral content of the spring offer unique benefits for the skin ad entire body-mind system. Let's dip our bodies into natural hot paradise! Plan your trip to Himalayas and enjoy hot springs with www.nomadaytravel.com #nomadaytravel #shimla #tattapani #hotsprings #himanchal #minerals #relax #healingpower #bath #nature #instalike #instapic #mountains #river #sutlej #peace #woman 
 
Traveling couchsurfers Kirin, Ben and Tom take a dip in a hot spring bed found in the Pamir Mountains [of Tajikistan] in Jawshargor.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wandering

Ждём лётной погоды! emoji Waiting for helicopter!
On Kamchatka peninsula, Russia. Source

Common people?
Development related news for parts of the region.

As of yet there are no mentions made of changes in Nepal's hot springs due to the recent devastating seismic activities. 
It can be expected. I did hear that bear the epicenter of the first earthquake, some of the natural springs had discontinued.

#hotsprings #freezingriver #natural #swimmingfullyclothed #nepal #abc #annapurnabasecamp #trekking #travel #latergram #tb #myfootlookslikeronalds
Jhinu hot spring still in working condition, source.

Meanwhile there's no end in sight to China's thirst for upscale soaking. The most recent addition comes from Sheraton who are opening another hot spring related hotel in Yunnan (travelmedia.com, Jan. 3):
'Located close to the borders with Myanmar and Laos, Sheraton Xishuangbanna Hotel offers 326 rooms and suites, all equipped with balconies offering views of the surrounding forest.
Facilities include three restaurants (international, Chinese and Thai), a lobby bar, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, a business centre, fitness centre, spa and its own on-site hot springs, with six indoor and outdoor sulphur pools.
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Guests can choose to soak in the hot springs, explore the rainforest, immerse themselves in the local cultures and customs of Dai minority groups residing near the hotel, or take a bike ride to see the millennium-old Pu’er tree,” said the hotel’s general manager, Damian Chua'.
Elsewhere in Yunnan I recently came across this while doing research for this blog. It's another of those some weird and strange pictures. The following comes from the Yongning hot spring, northern Yunnan and what's happening here?

The new one where we went has a collective basin share in two parts one for women one for men, just separated by an enormous wooden beam,. It's open air so it is very pleasant.
When we ask to go to the collective bath the owner is surprised and refuses by saying to us "lao bai xin" what wants to say "common people" what in his eyes we are not!
The caption makes nothing clearer, but it certainly looks like the tourist is the odd one out for a change ... 

Basking
A recent article on research as towards soaking on Sakhlain  and Kuril islands, (far eastern Russia) has concluded that there's a lot of good in soaking, but enthusiasm needs to be tempered, this is still an area nearly dropped off the map ...
But not for the soaking enthusiasts in the accompanying photo:  



That said, below a what older photo from a Kamchatka expedition (source), mental and social health is certainly OK, don't know about the smoking. Caption reads translated as :
Bath of natural origin. In this cup flows over a rock hot water, so you can bask in even severe frost.
 Ванна естественного происхождения. В эту чашу стекает по скале горячая вода, так что нежиться здесь можно даже в лютые морозы.

Strange
An article (Tribune, Apr. 9) on Chitral hot spring, Lotkoh valley in Pakistan:
'Many find the water too hot to even touch, let alone take a dip in. As a solution, locals have built public bathrooms within the vicinity where the spring water can be mixed with cooler water, said another visitor, Mohammad Jamil. “People bathe using this water for five to 10 minutes and then sit for the next 10 to 30 minutes in a warm room as it is advised not to step out in the open immediately.”
People who have indulged say they feel “fresh” afterward; some go as far as saying the water has magical characteristics which has relieved them from fatigue'.
A blog article on Maharashtra's hot springs with this photo:

 The pond for men...
It describes stumbling on this hot spring:
'We were in for a complete surprise when we reached the small village which housed the lake. In fact, there was no lake at all. However, what we discovered was this lovely hot water spring called Rajvade. An old woman from the village saw us as two lost wanderers and decided to take us around to the our destination. She spoke only Marathi and we spoke none, so our conversations were fun; all she could figure out was that we were strange people from Pune :)'
Struggle
Finally, recent unrest in Tibet explained (Tibet Post, May 5) as locals of Awong (Gonjo county) oppose developing a hot spring. Amongst their other complaints that is, as the development of a hot spring is lead to believe to be a pretext for mining a sacred mountain..
"On April 2nd, the local government told all the people of the village that there were plans to convert the natural geyser water near the mountain into hot spring baths," the sources told the TPI.
"Locals agreed to the plan, understanding that the project could attract many tourists and generate income," the sources also said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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Many locals were injured in the struggle, many of which refused treatment from the government hospital, instead going to private hospitals'.

Back to India, recent news is that the country is in the grips of a heatwave; not so for these fellas:
Wash your spirit clean in a warm bathing pool at Kheer Ganga. #hotsprings #holy #religion #mountains #snow #winter #himachalpradesh #himachal #india #kullu #parvativalley #kheerganga #water #instatravel #love #nature #beautiful #instaindia #spirit #wanderlust #wanderer #outdoors #explore #travel

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Enough

Time for another photo overview of just how pretty and unique the natural hot springs of the Himalaya are. 

Holy
Let's start off with a hot spring not highlighted in the Himachal Pradesh, India posting. Kangra district  has hidden a number of hot springs. Kevinhaas has a blog entry on the village of Ladwara with this picture on what are essentially lesser known hot springs:

The town has several warm springs along the river with small temples and sites of morning bathing and washing...

Furthermore from this part of India are the following:

#oldshots #manikaran #manali #holybath #hotwaterspring 
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Skipping Nepal briefly one ends up in the former kingdom of Sikkim, another part of the world hooked on soaking. And by the looks of it, recording it on yer mobile!

#Buddhist #pilgrims #bath @ #Khadosangphuk #hotspring in the #west of #Sikkim #state #northeast of #India #asia #people #faith #love #peace #kindness #buddhism #prayer #flag #travel #igasia #everydayasia 
Throw back emoji️ #hotspring #borong #southsikkim emoji️ 

Difference
A couple of too many photo's from Nepal need to be shared!
 
Tatopani Hot Springs   
These natural hot springs are said to contain ancient healing powers. The feeling of immersing ourselves in these hot waters after a long day's hiking was the best remedy!  
Chilime hot spring, or Tatopani, high up in the Himals close to the Tibetan border. From the photoblog on the Tamang trail by man vs map

Not so far away, on yer way to and from Langtang there's a hot spring to be discovered near Lama hotel as napo b live discover:

We spent the afternoon camping by the hot spring, reading,  talking and blessing this place. We cooked some noodles at the camp then went down to the sulphur hot spring, where in the afternoon I diverged some water to a large stone and mud hole. We set up candles and ate chocolate and watched the moon appear over the mountainside. 
Unlike hot springs near volcanos, our 'TATOPANIS' r user-friendly but not properly developed. See the difference 
And who says soaking is not socializing? 
Well not always, on yer way to Annapurna base camp top off yer trek at Jhinu's riverside hot spring:

Day 4. Yesterday we passed by natural #HotSprings, the temperature inside +30, outside 15. It's an amazing place, which made us relax a little. Now we are at 3200 m. snow everywhere and its f*cking freezing... emoji it's a kind of hard track started for us emoji#Nepal
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Roaming
Further eastwards, locals in Bhutan prefer the ultra social soaking solution!

A 7 hour road trip on windy, dusty, bumpy roads, freezing overnight wild camping with a small Himalayan black bear roaming around the campsite and a short hike to join half of Bhutan at Gasa Hotsprings! #gasa #hotsprings #bhutan #everydayasia #EverydayEverywhere 

Can't fully locate the next one, it's probably on the upper reaches of the Mekong (Chinese refer to this as Lancangjiang), well into Tibet. Looks neat ...!

A Han tourist enjoys himself in a hot-spring pool beside the Lancangjiang river at a resort in#Tibet #China #曲孜卡 #温泉 #盐井 #芒康 #TheChangingTibet

Perfect end
Then hopping over the mountains back west, we end up in Tajikistan's Wakhan valley.

Goats on the road
'It was the perfect end to the perfect day in the Pamirs'.

Enough of gina, time for some guy time for me. At the Bibi Fatima hot springs in Tajikistan! #sexypose #hotspring #travel #tajikistan #centralasia #footprintsacrossasia #travelmadedifferent #ssbd #wakhan