Adventures in Border Roads-Thrilling UTTRAKHAND Experiences

My husband is working in Border Roads Organisation(BRO).From the day he joined Border roads,we are travelling in the Borders of India๐Ÿ˜Ž….As i’m having tons of adventurous stories with me in Border Roads, I have started this blog to share our unforgettable experiences with all..๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘ง

Proud to Serve our Nation๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™‡
Creates, Connects and Cares…, โ€˜Shramena Sarvam Sadhyam (โ€œEverything is Achievable through Hard Workโ€) โ€“ This is the motto of Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

Greatest achievement of our BRO

The Badrinath temple

We were in the last village of India named Mana, during the year 2011-2013.Mana is a village in the district of Chamoli in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, located at an altitude of 3,200 meters.Mana is the last village before the Mana Pass and is 24 kilometres from the border of India and Tibet.The village is at a distance of about 3 km from the Hindu Pilgrimage Badrinath and the two places are culturally connected with each other.

Mana,the last Indian Village

We stayed in a place named Pandukeshwar,which was inbetween Joshimath and Badrinath.It is 21 km down from the Badrinath.

The location where we stayed

Pandukeshwar is a sacred place located in-route to abode of Lord Vishnu ‘Badrinath’ at an elevation of 1829 mtrs. At a distance of 18 km from Joshimath and 3 kms from Govindghat, Pandukeshwar is located. Pandukeshwar, as per believe is the place where King Pandu, father of great Pandavas of Mahabharat epic, worshipped Lord Shiva.

Temples of Pandukeshwar

In June 2013, a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides becoming the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ขThe reason the floods occurred was that the rainfall received was on a larger scale than the regular rainfall the state usually received . The debris blocked up the rivers, causing major overflow.

As of 16 July 2013, according to figures provided by the Uttarakhand government, more than 5,700 people were “presumed dead.”

Flood damages

Govindghat before flood

Govindghat is a town in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India, located at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers. It lies around roughly 22 kilometres from Joshimath on NH58 at an altitude of 6,000 feet (1,800 metres). It is the roadhead on the way to Shree Badrinathji yatra – One of the important places of worship of Hindus and the starting point for trekking to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Hundreds of people, mostly Hindu pilgrims to Shree Badrinathji and Sikh pilgrims on way to the holy shrine of Shree Hemkund Sahibji and occasional tourists to the Valley of Flowers, arrive here every day.We stayed at 3 kms from Govindghat.

Govindghat after flood

The main day of the flood was on 16 June 2013.We were there at the spot……๐Ÿ˜ญIt was raining heavily and continuously without stopping for 4 days.That was the fifth day.

Around 3 am,We heared someone knocking our house door.We were scared and opened the door.Our Driver bhaiya told to evacuate our home at the earliest,as lot of houses were washed out in flood and the water was approaching towards ours.๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญEven one helicopter was washed away in the flood in Govindghat which was 3 km from our place.

Then we shifted to my husband’s office(only one room) which was located on the roadside above our house.We carried only few important things with us.Even now, while thinking it my heart is filled with so much of fears and tears.๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ข

Washed out roads in flood

Here I want to stop and share my thoughts with all……๐Ÿค”On that day I realize “Vanity of vanities,all is vanity”.We may have lot of property,wealth,fame,beauty,riches of this world……. But nothing will last till end,only our good deeds….Life is too short….Live each minute with joy……Do good to others as possible…. Be friendly with all…. Open your hands to poor….Be thankful to God who created you…..Enjoy your beautiful life that God gives you….Don’t waste it…..โ˜บ

Ok I will continue again๐Ÿ˜‹……Dear Friends,I can’t express my feelings in words, how i felt on that day…๐Ÿ˜ฅI’ll try my best….It was so terrible…I was carrying my second child at that time…..Totally Pandukeshwar and all above places including Badrinath were disconnected from Joshimath…There was a total cut-off…..No Electricity…..No Mobile network….No foods…..All connecting roads get washed away…..๐Ÿ˜ŸWe manage those days,with what we have in stock.

We stayed in my husband’s small office for around 8 days….We can’t communicate with anyone for more than 4 days….completely disconnected from outside world……We never knows what happened next……If it was raining continuously,definitely we have no other place to go….So,I started praying to God earnestly to stop the rain….As none can help us,except God๐Ÿ™‡……

God heared our prayers…..๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ŠThe rain stopped pouring out…..Without my knowledge,my husband arranged for helicopter.If known before,I would refuse to go from there without him.Then myself along with my elder daughter and another BRO family, we came to Joshimath in a chopper.But my husband stayed in Pandukeshwar for 45 days.I stayed in one BRO officer’s house with my daughter.๐Ÿค๐Ÿ˜ฃI’m very grateful to that officer’s family till now.๐ŸŒ

During those days,Our BRO department with other forces(Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) worked very hard to connect the roads.๐ŸžEven my husband lost around 9 kgs in one month, by trekking daily to connect the roads(as roads were completely washed out).There are so many unsung Heroes in Border Roads Organisation.Hats off you Guys.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

I can’t sleep those days as my husband was there in Pandukeshwar๐Ÿ˜”…… Even if it drizzle, my heart beats faster.I was mad those days………Finally by God’s grace we departed from that place and reached Chennai on first week of August.๐Ÿ˜ŠI’m very thankful to God to keep us alive.Also the home we stayed is very safe till now.Thank God.๐ŸŒž

But not happy, as Many more lost their souls,lives,relatives,friends in that worst disaster.May their soul RIP.๐Ÿ™‡I am praying to God that all should be safe and happy.May such bad experiences should not happen to any one in their life.

Finally Friends…..Please enjoy each and every moments of your life๐Ÿ‘…..Life is so precious…โค๐Ÿ’ฅDon’t waste your time…..Use your time wisely๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ŠThis is the day and This is the time….Never wait for tommorrow….

Thank you all for reading my experiences patiently…This may be a boring post for some….But my experiences which i have shared here will never fade from my memories throughout my lifetime….

Meet you again in my next post…๐Ÿค—

Bye for now๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ



Dear All…I’m Santhiya..๐Ÿ˜ŠI’m very happy to write my first post in my blog..โ˜บ

As my husband is serving for our nation in Border Roads Organisation,I am having amazing experiences in Jungles of India which i want to share with you all…๐Ÿ˜‹โ˜บTo share my lovely moments, i have started this blog…๐Ÿ™„

God gave us a wonderful oppurtunity to live at Ukhrul town which is in the state of Manipur,India.

Here I want to share my most admirable Longpi Black stone pottery of Ukhrul district.Ukhrul is a district in the north eastern state of Manipur in India. It lies about 91 kilometres north east of Imphal.The Tangkhul Naga tribes are living there.

Longpi Pottery or Stone pottery or Nungpi(village name) pottery is a traditional craft from Ukhrul in Manipur. Longpi derives its name from the village Longpi in Ukhrul district of Manipur, India. Thangkhul Naga tribes practice this exceptional pottery style. A single village of 400 houses in the district Ukhrul of North – East Manipur, with perhaps just 200 artisans plying the craft, is the nerve center of Longpi earthenware.

This is the traditional cooking pot of Tangkhul Naga tribes.They used to cook in this type of big cooking pots for the whole village during local festivals

The raw materials used for making these pots are weathered rock and serpentine rock, which according to locals, are available at Longpi alone. The two rocks are crushed to a powder and mixed with water in a ratio of 5:3 to form a clay-like consistency. The dull-brown mixture is kneaded the entire day and flattened on a wooden board for the initial slab work.

Unlike most pottery, Longpi does not resort to the potter’s wheel. All shaping is done with the hand with the help of molds and tools. Once the shaped clay has dried and is hard enough, it is taken to an open bonfire and heated for 5 to 7 hours at temperatures over 1200 degrees centigrade. The pottery is taken out when still hot and scrubbed with a local leaf known as the machee, giving it a smooth finish and nice shine. The final products are gray-black cooking pots and kettles, charming bowls, and mugs and trays, frequently accompanied with a lacing of fine cane at the handles and knobs. They have a distinctly earthy, yet contemporary appearance.

These are some snaps of Longpi servewares

Set of Kettle with mugs

Huge collection of Nungpi potteries

Almost every family in Longpi knows how to make black stone pottery, an art that is unique to this village. Whether they sell it or not, they do make the pots for their own use.

Longpi Hamlei pots and pans can be used for direct cooking over gas stoves or firewood, and are microwave-safe as well. ๐Ÿ™„…Although several of these pottery items are decorative in design, they are conceived for utility-cooking and prepared with a basic hardiness. Particularly, these pots are good for simmering and slow cooking for hours over a low flame, homogenizing and condensing meat and lentils. The contents of the pot continue to sizzle for a long time after it is taken off the heat, ensuring that the food continues to remain hot.๐Ÿ˜Ž

The raw materials used in the pottery are completely natural and no chemicals are used, ensuring that food prepared in them does not have any adverse health effects.Longpi stone potteries are 100% eco-friendly,toxin free,inert,non-reactive
and chemical free. Black color is naturally obtained during the manufacturing process, no paints or chemical are used for the same.๐Ÿค—

Foods prepared in these pots are very tasty and healthy.Mosty Tangkhul Nagas are using these pots for cooking.Only disadvantage of them are they are fragile and needed to be handle with care.๐Ÿ‘

As we are in urge to save our environment, it’s better to buy eco-friendly items to protect it.As it is impossible to visit Ukhrul for all,you can shop it online nowadays.If you are interested to buy few, you can visit the below websites.It is worth to buy.๐Ÿ˜ŽIt’s somewhat expensive in websites than buying inperson. But please remember the hardworks of the artesians who are behind it.

If my husband was not posted here, definetly i must not be aware of these unique Crafts of these lovely tribal artesians.I thank God for these wonderful oppurtunity….Thank God…

Thank you all for reading it patiently.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™‡Hope you have enjoyed this article..๐Ÿ˜ƒ

See you soon….๐Ÿ™Œ