Sunday, January 31, 2016

Happy waters

  
 [hotsprings] #hotspring 
The Banyan Tree @ Chongqing Beibei. Source

A whiz around the mountains, anti clockwise. Starting off in China's Sichuan (above), followed by the winter wonderland of Russia's Siberia, with little indication where we might be alas ....

По традиции в новый год мы едем в бассейн под открытым небом #pool#hotpool#outdoorpool#outdoors#siberia#istandwithrussia#russia#winter#family#love
#vacation#together#amazing#bestoftheday#fotooftheday#instadaily#couple#daytime#rest
#life#fun#newyear#all_shots#cute#fam#happy#water#relaxing# 

Cooling off
 
   
Hot springs [hotsprings] in #Kyrgyzstan #travelstoke #thermal #hotsprings #karakol #foxtraveltour 
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Иссыккульский голубь @impigeon на ладошке в горячем термальном источнике [smile] #Kyrgyzstan #karakol #termal #pigeon #travelstoke #foxtraveltour source






South of the Siberian plains, high in the mountains lies the hot spring resort of presumed to be Karakol in Kyrgyzstan
However I believe the photo's above to be of Tash-su,  located close to Issyk Kul lake (panoramio). Or maybe also known Chon Uryukty which is the name referred to by tripadvisor
Or it could be a more accesible hot spring near the town of Karakol itself rather than the remote one up in the mountains ....

Below are two photo's from the Indian Himals, the more cultural soak of Vashist and the more natural soak of Kheergana.


印度式溫泉 Indian style #onsen インド風温泉 #vashisht #溫泉村 [hotsprings] #incredibleindia #himachalpradesh #himachalpictures  
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#khreeganga #hotspring #theoppositeofcooloff
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 Soaking

   
It was good day to relax on hot spring water..... @uppermustang #Hotspring #uppermustang #nepal 
To wrap things up, continuing along the south side of the Himals we first encounter a hot spring from the autonmous district of Mustang in Nepal (could it be the elusive Dhima?), finishing off in south of India's Sikkim, in the south of the state, but no name put forward ....
  
 
#soaking#up#on#hot#water#hotspring# 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Rave


#hotspring #temple #dharmsala #india #friends #enjoyinglife #instapic #instatravel #instalifo #dudebackpacking 

Herbal
An update of sorts, though mostly photo's. 

It's odd, when I report here it's mostly to report a hot spring falling victim to private control ...

Luckily on the Indian continent private control is still beyond the horizon ... 
Bhutan, Nepal follow, above India.

 
Ending the hike with a traditional #hotstonebath #herbsaregoodforyou #hikingbuddies #bestfriends #ravebuddiesforlife #adventuresinbhutan [leaves] [footprints] [herb] 
Not a bad place to put the feet up after a day of trekking ������ #AnnapurnaFoothills #NaturalHotSprings #JhinuDanda  

Bumped
Then that news on developments, probably less desirable. 
Singapore's Straittimes (Oct. 11): 
'The city of Chongqing in China is hot, and not just because of its spicy food - the area is also famed for its hot springs'.
What follows are a short description of Chongqing's sights as well as going on about the acclaimed Banyan Tree hot spring. 

Yesterday was my lucky day. Bumped into a hot spring! Hot water flowing out of the rocks. Just me. Enjoying. In the rain. Life can be good! #hotspring #purenature #jiawa #sichuan #china #adventure #luckyday #travel #travelbybike #travelgram 
Meanwhile not so far away dezeen.com (May 5) notes the construction of a hot spring resort: 
'Ruff Well Water Resort by Shanghai studio Aim Architecture is a 2.4-hectare spa retreat located around a series of hot springs at the foot of Luo Fu Shan, a mountain range in Sichuan Province, China'. 
Of course top notch style, though the photo's reveal a suspect missing of human beings ...

Lucky I can still share these natural soaking photo's ...

Truly one and the only, this natural hot spring resort. #underthesnowmountain #hotspring #natural #snowmountain 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Drama

Friends
To start off this photo post, let's see what recent pictures were published from the former Soviet republic. To start with current day Russia and the many hot springs surrounding the Baikal lake, Siberia. This being Zaibaikal:

 
#hotsprings #lakebaikal #russia #siberia #friends #howmanypeoplefitinonetub #rudelbumsinrussland #nature #baikalsee
dámské
In the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, this peculiar hot spring, a must-see of every off the trodden path tourist, source.
KAZAKHSTAN, BAIKONUR : People cool off in a hydrosulfuric spring at the bank of the Syr Darya river in Kazakhstan’s city of Baikonur, near the well-known Russian leased cosmodrome, on August 29, 2015. The temperature in the city reached 29 degrees celsius. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV
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Car wash
Heading more to the south, Mongolia and Tibet:

Mongolia!!! Paradise 
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 Many of the nearby hills were covered in prayer flags, as are almost all the hills in this part of the world. Nearby is the Northern Sichaun-Tibet Highway. Along the highway is Darjay Gompa, an important monastery that seemed like all the other monasteries to me. The dirt roads had Tibetan horsemen, roaming groups of village children (“I love you America!”) and monks on motorcycles. 
There is a small hot-spring with lukewarm water on the other side of a river from Talam Khang. There are always ten or more people there, taking baths and chatting and a nearby shop sells alcohol. Ana was hesitant to get into the water in the almost entirely naked man-infested pool. There was trash all around the edges – though almost all Tibetan people live off the land, they could hardly be seen as environmental stewards, the addiction to producing garbage has afflicted them, too. They drive their motorbikes and cars everywhere. It isn’t strange to see them herding yaks on motorbike, honking and whipping at them in the mountain grasslands, their campsites strewn with empty bottles and instant noodle packaging.
At night I went for a beer at the warm springs and was sitting on a rock with the Germans. A man drove his jeep right into the pool and started washing the mud off of it just a couple feet from us.
 objevily jsme horké prameny!
Somewhere on the Tibetan plateau, source

The Dezhong hot spring, Lhasa, Tibet, source

Wild and free
Then on to the Himal proper: later Nepal. 
From India comes this photo entry from ramblingwiththerickshaws, a thoroughly enjoyable and different experience of India.

 I never thought smelling like sulfur would become such a memorable and special experiment and although I am fully clothed the rest of the time here in India, going wild and free will always have a special meaning meaning for me, especially in the Himalayas.
This hot tub is acceptable. #nepal #chame #yodo #yolo #yolohomo #rkon #rkoi #hottubbin #hottub #hotsprings #annapurnacircuit #annapurna #annapurnasanctuary @eyes_without_a_face_369 - 
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Monsoon season is already here in the Philippines, despite the summer heat. Don't know why, but it made me think of this place. After a tiring and hot second day on the Tamang Heritage Trail, we finally made it to the village of Tatopani. And this was our reward - a relaxing and steamy bath in the village's hot spring with a view of the Himalayas. At night it rained and hailed. But it was quite warm inside the dining hall. A bad Nepali (or maybe it was Indian) drama tv show being watched by the village children made us laugh and entertained us throughout the night. I miss trekking in Nepal. // Tatopani, Tamang Heritage Trail, Nepal