The Trans Bhutan Trail reopens after 60 years
Once the lifeline of Bhutan, the 403km Trans Bhutan Trail connected the affluent western districts of Haa to the remote far eastern Trashigang district. The trail was used by monarchs, traders, pilgrims, and messengers for centuries but fell into disuse soon after Bhutan developed its highway in the 1960s. Until now.
The Magical Lake of Kashmir and its Splendid Houseboats
In the remote northern region of Kashmir, the gorgeous Dal Lake provides livelihood to the growing population surrounding Srinagar city. A historical landmark and popular tourist destination, the lake is home to ancient houseboats and extensive floating gardens. But massive urbanization, land encroachments, waste problems and a myriad of other environmental issues threaten its sustainability.
The World's Highest Railway Bridge
35m (114ft) higher than the Eiffel Tower and spanning 359m (1,178ft) above the Chenab river bed in the Himalayas, the Chenab Rail Bridge will be the world’s tallest railway arch bridge once completed. It will surpass the record of the Beipan River Shuibai railway bridge in China.
Sacred Birds of Bhutan
The black-necked cranes are a revered species across the Himalayas. Believed to be an embodiment of the Sixth Dalai Lama, there are less than 10,000 that survive on the roof of the world. In the scenic Phobjikha Valley of Bhutan, the natives eagerly await their return each winter. Monks of the local monastery pray for their safe journey and legend has it that they circle the monastery three times upon arrival. They feature in ancient Buddhist paintings of longevity and their mysticism is comparable to that of Dragons and Eagles.
Dark Sky Reserve On The Roof Of The World
The Trans-Himalayan village of Hanle - a cluster of six hamlets on the roof of the world in Ladakh, India - has been declared a Dark Sky Reserve, a designated area protected from light pollution. Located in the rain shadow region of the barren Karakoram mountains, this plateau has a remarkably huge window of more than 270 clear sky nights a year, which makes it ideal for unravelling the secrets of the universe.
India's Unconquered Sea Fort (Murud-Janjira)
The Murud-Janjira fort on India's west coast may be the only sea fort in the country that stands unconquered throughout history. Ruled by the Siddi kings for over 400 years, the fort was attacked by several armies including the British, French and Portuguese, but none of them could set foot inside.
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The World's Largest Walnut Harvest
Every year during the autumn months, a village in Kyrgyzstan undergoes a mass exodus. Around 3,000 families move into the forest for over two months to undertake the world's most unique harvest.