hidden gems of India

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The Dinosaurs’ Last Stand!!!

Along a secluded hill, facing the mighty Kanchenjunga range, the chill wind gusts downwards, past the dinosaurs running amok in this Jurassic Park!

The Last Stand Of The Himalayan Dinosaurs ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, its not THE Jurassic Park and neither are the dinosaurs alive ๐Ÿ™‚ This is one of the most unusual, surrealistic science parks I have come across. Situated well away from the town of Kalimpong, up on the hill that leads onto Delo (famous as a picnic spot with splendid views of the Kanchenjunga range) lies an often overlooked, splendid science park, simply known as the… Science City ๐Ÿ™‚

Whilst the actual exhibits in the building mid-way up the hill are the usual mini science experiments which are your usual run of the mill…the real treasures hide up on the crest of the hill. Walk up the path to the top and the vista will open out in front of you with an amazing array of life size, well crafted dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, looking well at ease on the wind swept hill. Making their home among these interesting specimens are a number of excellent large scale science exhibits demonstrating various principles of physics. All in all a beautifully made mini science park which does not get the due attention it deserves.

The next time you are in North Bengal – Kalimpong, do drop in for a visit. Kids will surely love the place and adults will be amazed and amused by it ๐Ÿ™‚

Just for the record, I end with the usual photograph of the spectacular Kanchenjunga range taken from the Delo viewpoint further up the road.

The Beautiful Mt. Kanchenjunga from Delo, Kalimpong


Rosabal – The Tomb Of Christ?


Here is another unusual site in India, something that is not very well known (or expected) and definitely controversial!

Some say Jesus is buried in Srinagar, Kashmir. The current site/tomb in a place called “Rosabal” and is protected by civilian volunteers who try to hustle you away if you try to click pictures of it. (to avoid needless controversy and trouble) There is nothing ostentatious, and the tomb is very simple but with an interesting feature in a corner on the ground floor. A set of footprints in stone purportedly being those of Jesus.

The Simple Tomb of Jesus? in Srinagar, Kashmir

The interior of the Roza Bal, showing the ornate wooden sepulchre which once covered the tomb. Image: Fortean Picture Library / Dr Elmar R Grubar

To add grist to the mill, watch this brilliant (and possibly controversial) ย documentary by BBC that seeks to unravel what happened two thousand years ago. I must admit I am keen to see what they uncover, but sadly my non religious demeanor would not go down too well ! ๐Ÿ™‚ So I shall stay and watch from afar how this remarkable journey unfolds!

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