Suggi Huggi – OMITF 2019

The Suggi Huggi Jaatre was held on Jan 15th, 2019 at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore, India.

(Suggi translates to harvest festival, Huggi is a kind of porridge served at the festival and Jaatre is a Mela or Village fair)

This day long event that began at 11 am and ended after 7 pm, was yet another run up event that was conducted in order to raise awareness about the upcoming Organics Millets International Trade Fair, Jan 18th-20th, 2019 (OMITF 2019) that will take place at the Palace Grounds, Bangalore. This is conducted by the Govt of Karnataka, Dept of Agriculture.

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Smart Run – OMITF 2019

As a run up to the upcoming Organics Millets International Trade Fair 2019 (OMITF2019) scheduled for Jan 18th-20th, 2019, at the Bangalore Palace grounds, there are a series of related events that will take place at various locations.

The Smart Run (literally :-D) was a Run up event to the Organics  Millets International Trade Fair 2019 and took place on Sunday, Jan 6th, 2019 at Cubbon Park at 6.30 am. This was an initiative by the Department of Agriculture, Govt of Karnataka and was executed by the team of Roopamouli Mysore, the founder of Sahaya Hastha Trust.

This was the 3rd edition of the Smart Run, the first 2 being held during the earlier 2 trade fairs of April 2017 and Jan 2018.

The Smart folk of Bangalore, did not disappoint yet again and turned up in large numbers to Run for the farmer, Run for the planet, Run for health and Run for Karnataka … and as a reward there was nice, hot, delicious breakfast as a reward 😀

Read all about it and view the event virtually.

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Assam tourism – Things to do

My recent trip to Nagaland to experience the Hornbill festival, led me through the Gateway to the North East, the grand city of Guwahati in the state of Assam, India.

It is one of the largest cities in that region and is famed for its rich  culture and its presence in the history of the country’s independence struggle.  The mighty river Brahmaputra slices through the city and the several temples (one of them on the river itself) make the place a must visit for pilgrims.

Apart from being a transit hub that radiates towards the other North Eastern states and even Bhutan, it is obviously also the route to get to various places of tourist interest within Assam itself.

During my passage through the city, I managed to make the most of the few hours there, which certainly was an insufficient duration to explore the myriad points of interest within the city and its surroundings.

However, that does give me good reason to return 😀 and until then you can join me here and experience my fleeting glimpses of this land.

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Manas National Park, Assam – Safari

Manas National Park lies in the state of Assam in North East India. It is located at the foothills of the eastern Himalayan mountain range and is contiguous with the Royal Manas National park in Bhutan. The park is known for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife.

It was declared as a National Park in 1990 and it is also a Wildlife Sanctuary, a UNESCO declared Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve in Assam.

The park gets its name from the River Manas which passes through the park and is a major tributary of the mighty River Brahmaputra. The Manas river also acts an international border dividing India and Bhutan.

(some of the information in this post has been extracted from the official website of Baksa district)

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Smiling Tusker Elephant Camp-Manas National Park-Assam

The charming Smiling Tusker Elephant Resort was my home for the two days that I spent in the delightful environs of the Manas National Park during my visit to Assam.

Smiling Tusker is an initiative undertaken by a local NGO called Anajaree for the conservation and re-utilisation of trained domesticated Asiatic elephants.

The camp was established by a group of like minded people, in order to generate funds to support this activity and is located just beside the core area of Manas Tiger Reserve, bordered by lush tea gardens, tiny water bodies and neighboring villages. An ideal setting in the midst of endearing rusticity.


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