Umngot River: Pure & Pristine

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After seeing the beautiful images of Umngot river over a thousand times on Social media, I finally made up my mind to see it in real. I hired a cab from Shillong and headed to Umngot river, which lies at Dawki, a small town situated near the Indo-Bangladesh border. It took me nearly two hours to reach the place.

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It is probably one of the cleanest rivers in our country. The emerald green water, so pure and pristine. Surrounded by thick forest, the beauty of the river is unparalleled. It is a must visit place for any traveler. My driver told me that the river becomes crystal clear during the December-January period. Apart from enjoying the incredible view, one can take a boat ride, and do camping next to the lake. Local tour operators provide camping equipment.

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How to reach this place: This pristine river is located 95km away from Shillong. There are many options to visit this place. One can take a bus from the capital city to Dawaki. Megahlaya tourism department also conducts tours to this place. Their office is situated in the famous Police Bazar. I took a cab as I had very limited time and wanted to see many things.

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Labuan Bajo Port

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Hardly, you would come across a person who does not enjoy sunrise or sunset in this world.

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I was quite amused by the beauty of Labuan Bajo port, which is located at the western end of Flores in the Nusa Tenggara region of east Indonesia.

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While enjoying a memorable sunset at Paradise bar, I managed to capture a lot of images of this quaint port, which is gateway to the world famous Komodo National Park. You can clearly see here how nature can be awe-inspiring. Of late, this place has become quite popular among tourists because of its rare pink beaches and Komodo National Park. You can read more about Labuan Bajo here.

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Bishkek – An Unusual Destination

At the outset, you may feel that Bishkek is an insipid city with nothing much to offer. When I reached Bishkek, the capital and largest city of Kyrgyzstan, major renovation work was going on almost everywhere. I cursed myself for choosing this city over others. But as I explored more I found that Bishkek has a lot to offer its visitors.

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Ala-Too Square

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Tower with Chimes

Perched on the Tien Shan mountain range in the Chui Valley, Bishkek is home to some stunning monuments and statues. Perhaps this is the best part of this city. Wherever you go, you can spot a monument.

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Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom

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Aykol Manas (Magnanimous Manas). Ala-Too square.

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A monument to the Fighters of the Revolution (Chui-Soviet avenue)

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Kojomkul, Baatyr Kaba uluu (1888-1955). The monument was created at the Palace of Sports in 2004. Kojomkul was considered a legendary warrior of Kyrgyzstan.

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Monument of Victory – Victory Square

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One can also find many Soviet era buildings and apartment complexes. Also, this city has some huge beautiful parks.

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Though they have a great transport system, I suggest you  hire a taxi to explore this place as it is relatively cheaper. And don’t forget to visit Bishkek’s famous Osh Bazaar, where you can buy from dry fruits to salad.

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Few tips: Read the history of Bishkek before visiting this city. It will make your trip more interesting. Food and booze is quite cheap. People are quite friendly and if you know Russian then it will be cherry on the cake. One thing the city authorities really need to work on is – the street lights. If you are planning to take a stroll in the night just be wary of pickpockets.

Well, not every city can be a London or Paris. Bishkek, like any other beautiful city, has its own charm and rhythm. Perhaps it is Bishkek’s great party culture and low cost of living that it is attracting thousands of travelers every year.

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White House (presidential office building)