Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Best bath

dipping.
#naturalhotspring
#10000ftabove
#kheerganga
#skinnydipping
#bestbathever
With the winter washing away, let's look at some imagery of soaking pleasure.

Of which. 
Above India's Kheerganga. Below, east India's Meghalaya provides the backdrop to a more nurtured hot spring.

Back in 2013: Jakrem (Hot Spring), West Khasi Hills. The hot spring water is believed that it can cure several diseases by taking a bath at hot spring waters.
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#swimmingpool #pool #hotspring #
Tendencies
Often highlighted in this blog are hot springs from Kyrgyzstan. 
Below a hot spring bordering the Yssyk Kul lake, while the more photogenic (and thus heavily featured here) hot spring near Altyn Arashan, up in the mountains.

Amazing #natural #hotspring pool on the northern shore of Yssyk kul #lake
Soo clear water and hot! Lucky for us there was no one!
#kyrgyzstan #nature #naturephotography #adventure #culture
 Chilling in a natural hot spring with @nature.kyrgyzstan is always a good idea 💦🇰🇬
Pour ceux qui me suivaient quand j'étais au Kirghizistan, vous savez que je m'étais foulé le genou à 4000m d'altitude et que j'avais dû tout redescendre en étant blessée 🙄 Ce hot spring d'Altyn Arashan, le village d'arrivée, m'a vraiment fait du bien, même si j'ai continué à boiter avec mon attelle pendant plus d'un mois 😅
Sur ce throwback, bonne soirée 😘
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#Kyrgyzstan #asia #montresettendance #forest #instaview #hotsprings #letsgosomewhere #naturephotography #hotwater #frenchgirl #heaven #wonderful_places #travel #travelgram #travelblogger #agameoftones #lifeofadventure #traveler #welivetoexplore #instatag #luxurytravel #igtravel #instagood #instatravel #fitfrenchies #jacuzzi #passionpassport #travelblog #naturelovers
Wild east
Someone by the name of jnburian has managed to find some great soaks while trekking on the eastern Siberian peninsula of Kamchatka. 
A couple of examples:















Cured

Enjoying natural hot water at natural hot spring, Tatopani Jumla-Nepal. It is believed that this water is good for your skin and cures skin related diseases too because of some chemicals that heat this water naturally underground. It was a good experience though.
#tatopani_jumla #jumlanepal #karnali #trekking #momentstoremember #loves_nepal #memories
Away from the main trekking tracks of Nepal, there's still lots of good soaking to be had. 
Above from the remote district of Jumla, below Chilime Tatopani, Rasuwa district.
 
Bramphotography on Chilime Tatopani, Nepal:
'Morning hot springs (serie)'
Furtheron he writes:
'Close to the border of Nepal and Tibet (China) you find in a little place Tatopani with some stone made hot springs. In the early morning I could experience how this ritual is done by everybody and it was a beautiful scenery. Although it is not as sophisticated as hot springs in other countries, it is popular among the people of Nepal who seek solace from pain and go for a refreshing bath in the scalding waters said to have medicinal and healing powers. The showers are shaped as colorful lion head spouting the spring water between their fanged teeth. There is swimming pool, populated by little children taking turns to do back flips into the murky water. Woman take showers with elegance and the atmosphere among al the local people there is peaceful, fun and calm'. 
Fever
Rounding off this blog entry with a more naturally soaking fun photo from Yunnan, China:
Jungle hot spring 〰
#junglefever #jungleboys #hiking #reward #gaoligongshan #jungle #hotspring #yunnan #china #travelchina #adventure #travelinspiration #storyofmyworld #getoutstayout #fun #travelgram #goyunnan #loves_china #travelphotography #chinatrip #forest #chinagram #amazing #trail #naturelovers #intothewild

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bath time

yewkwang at Kasol, HP India:
Nature is genius - it create a hot springs for people to carry on their daily as routine in winter 🙏
##travel #travelbug #wanderlust #instapassport #backpacker #travellogue #natgeoindia #India #Himachal #himachalpradesh #beautifulhimachal #Kasol #kullumanali #insta_himachal #nature #winter #mountainworld #lifestyle #hotspring #parvati
Elsewhere in the world a winter swim is hailed as a breaking of the past and a cleansing for the future. 
The same practice takes place in parts of the Himalaya. Hindu's for instance refer to this as Makar Sankranti, which nearly always falls on either the 14th or 15th of January.
In these Himalayan areas having a shower in the winter is a luxury most cannot afford, so all enjoy in taking a winter bath if not for the need for a shower at least for settling the score with the gods.

Few are as fortunate as those posted on instagram above; having access to natural heated waters. 

Winter also heralds the soaking season in the southern parts of the Himalaya, which contrasts with for instance Europe where traditional soaking resorts close for the winter, how strange. Then again taking a sauna or a banya in winter is quite ubiquitous.
Winter swimming is a tradition not solely monopolized by the mountain people, China's Guiyang province has a winter swimming festival (source) and our Russian friends to the north are particularly fond of ice swimming, not my cup of tea. In Tibet the Bathing festival (Karma Dunba) is held mid-summer (even then a wild swim is a challenge in the icy Himalayan waters). 

Below a photo of the Kheerganga hot spring (likewise HP, India), of the inner ladies pools, quite hot. But very degrading that females need to be enclosed to enjoy a hot spring.

After the 6 hours trek, I deserve this... #HimalayasHotspring #jamsadventure2016 #jamstravel2016 #himalayas #kheerganga
Far
 
 

As said, Russia sees it fair bit of winter swimming but mostly in the ice; but naturally hot springs would be preferable. Above Dezlinda hot spring (source), north Baikal, Siberia.
Following are two photo's from Russia's Far East: Kamchatka peninsula which (besides heaps of snow) has also quite a few hot springs. 
 
Kamchatka's Paratunka hot springs by sergokk_life 
Верхнепаратунские термальные источники
#камчатка #санаторийМО #паратунка
vageikaa in the very volcanic Mutnovskaya valley
 Камчатка Мутновская ГеоЭС горячие источники Kamchatka Mutnovskaya-geoes-moshchnee hot springs #путешествуйпороссии #камчатка #мутновкаядолина #горячиеисточники #купаемся #трекинг #клубстранник #russia #fareast_russia #kamchatka #mutnovskayavalley #hotsprings #travel #trekking #clubstrannik
There's a recent (Jan. 25) top 10 of Kamchatka's hot springs (source). In Russian. 
 
Elementary
From Nepal we have a few snippets of news. 

First of all, the Nepali Times (Nov. 11-17) looks at being an amchi, a traditional Tibetan healer. Herbal baths are seen as a good therapy:
'Ani Kunsang, a female amchi from Tsum Valley explained: "The combination of several herbal ingredients with the qualitative value of the elements, water and fire, has the same therapeutic value as a bath in a natural, hot spring'.
Below a hot stone bath from Bhutan (mentioned is Hotel Taktshangview) infused with herbs.
 
Ophelio. #ophelia#shakespeare#hotstonebath#herbs
#hoteltaktshangview#parovalley#paro#bhutan#butão
As if development itself is not detrimental to the existence and enjoyment of hot springs, Osnepalnews (Jan. 10) reports on road building efforts along the Kali Gandaki river which will threat the hot spring of Bhurung:
'The gradual road expansion under the Beni – Jomsom – Kerala project threatens to bury the source of the hot spring prompting the irate locals to demand an alternative route'. 
Protesters demand an alternative route which may seem logical. However space is at a premium in what can be considered the world's deepest valley.

Probably at Jagat hot spring. ayshastravelcosmos:
So happy to have a natural hot spring all to myself 😆 #hotspring #traveltheworld #jagat #nepal #annapurnacircuit #day2 #solofemaletrekker #entertainyourself #radicalselfreliance #radicallove
For a change in what normally pops up as photographic evidence from Nepal, two hot springs en route to Manang, north of the Annapurna's. Above Jagat, below nearer Chame.
 
Y es que me la suda tanto..!! hoy después de 7 horitas y media y 30 kilómetros descansamos en las hot springs de "Chame", y lo bien que sienta el agua caliente después de tanto frío, ahora a coger fuerzas y seguir descendiendo mañana... #hotspring #chame #himalaya #himalayas #nepal #annapurna #annapurnacircuit #annapurnaregion #namaste #travel #outdoors #mountaineer #life #asia #travelworld #backpacker #explore
Monkey business
Kuenselonline (Nov. 22) on recent improvements on Denmang hot spring (Bhutan):
'A guesthouse, a neykhang (residence of local deity), bathroom, water taps, a new footpath within the Tshachu area covered by a canopy and secured with railing are also being constructed. Six new ponds have also been created besides improving the existing ponds.
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Dorji Dema, 61, from Trongsa who visited the tshachu in 2014 said it was quite difficult for her to even find a place to pitch a tent. “It is also risky to live in tents in the area since monkeys roll stones down the cliff,” she said'.
Marquandphotoblog:
Gasa Hot Springs, Bhutan
Resource
Tibetravel.org (Oct. 21) has a list of 8 Tibetan hot springs to enjoy. Soakers should heed this advice:
'Please avoid frolicking in the waters, or you’ll be breathless, fatigue, even faint'.
Scientific news from Tibet. The Eurasiareview (Jan. 7) reports on the history of human settlement in Tibet:
'Humans likely established permanent settlements on the high-altitude Tibetan Plateau between 13,000-7,400 years ago, according to new research published this week in the journal Science.
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The researchers conducted an extensive analysis of human handprints and footprints found in 1998 in fossilized hot spring mud near the village of Chusang on Tibet’s central plateau, at an elevation of 14,000 feet above sea level'.
Bowing out this blog entry, are two hot springs from the northern Himalayan Tajikistan; a quaint hot spring hovel along the Wakhan while the last picture comes from the more developed Garam Chashma hot spring.
Bathing in Tajikistan by Johanna and Linus
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Stripped

Пусть все будут счастливы, особенно сплетники, завистники и недоброжелатели ) #india #kheerganga #himalayas #православнаяатмосфера #himachalpradesh фильтрами убила небесно-голубую водичку..

There's less and less time in my life for updating previous posts unfortunately, so let's look especially at some photo's popping up recently. 

Alphabetically? 
As there's nothing available from Afghanistan, Bhutan or China (not really, China's contributions fall under Sichuan and Tibet, following), let's start with India
First off, the ever beautiful Kheerganga (above), this time the women's side (bathing is strictly gender divided), somehow they need to be protected from some of the most beautiful views of any soak on this globe. 
Lower down the vales of the Himal (we're looking at the second photo), soaks are more visited and less picturesque. Always like a simple picture with a nice personal story.

  
#Gangnani desperately clings to a mountainside en route Gangotri, as if a gust of wind could carry it away. It's a tiny hamlet, famed for its #hotspring. In the #ladies bath house, the steaming #water gushes down a narrow rock face and into a cement #pool. Wisps of steam curl from its surface into the crisp air. While we stripped and entered the water as if in a spa, for others it was a religious experience. They were here to be blessed by one holy arm of the Ganga. A quick dip in the early morning, a hand placed at the feet of the deity and then the practiced task of draping their #saris.
Miracles

Natural hot spring when looking for the perfect #aoolchic with @samrukmasa #picoftheday #kazakhstan #hotsprings #saltywater #miraclewater
Over to the not-often-featured-here Kazakhstan. Contrasting pictures, from the deserts to the mountains (summer to winter?)

Nearby Kyrgyzstan though has only mountainous hot springs on offer.

Radon hot springs on the outskirts of Almaty, Gorelnik (Kazachstan) by veyizak: 
Гаааааайййс! Мы с @savydova ходили на радоновый источник по пути на турбазу Горельник! Много позитива, заряда энергии и отличного настроения, не смотря на холод в горах, вам обеспечены! Всего то нужно залезть в эту бочку/ванну/корыто с термальной, минеральной водой. 🐳🏞🏔❄️🌊
Altyn Arashan, source

Soaking in the hot springs after our four and a half hour walk
Also from Altyn Arashan, Karakol, source

Wow factoring
 
Natural hot spring water in Chame, by Marsyandi khola, Annapurna circuit, Nepal. Simply wow
#Annapurnacircuit #Nepal #Trekking #Chame #naturalhotspring #Himalayas
Halfway through the alphabet we get to Nepal; again two contrasting pictures. Note how the first picture (above, north of the Annapurna's) is a soak below the adjacent river.
 
Missing Nepal 💋#vacation #beauty #trip #traveling #travelingram #travelgram #vsco #love #beautiful #wanderlust #instatravel #tourist #photooftheday #happy #nature #travel #trek #amazing #annapurnacircuit #hotspring 💦💦
Wait
Winter is coming here in Shanghai and I am missing this natural outdoor #hotspring at Brilliant Resort and Spa in #Chongqing... Cannot wait to try the one in Yunnan next time ♨️♨️♨️ #luxurytravel
Somewhat of anomaly between the gorgeous natural soaks, just a picture to show the new breed of Chinese soaking for the elite sites: tasteful, but little character (?).  

Then below), back to nature: they hardly get better than these few from Siberia"s Kamchatka peninsula. Natural, beautifully located and remote enough to drop the suit, if that's how you like to soak.

 
Тимоновские Горячие источники) и пускай весь мир подождет) #kamchatka #outdoors #neverstopexploring #tour #travel #hotsprings #тимона #Камчатка #турыпокамчатке #приезжайтевгости
На Чукотке, между посёлками Лаврентия и Лорино, прямо у дороги с твёрдым покрытием, есть горячий источник. В образовавшемся озерке температура в среднем +45-50 ºС, ближе к самому источнику повышается до +80. Окунуться в горячую воду особенно приятно, когда вокруг мороз около -30 ºС. В советские времена здесь был маленький санаторий с гостиницей, рядом в парниках круглый год выращивали овощи. Сейчас власти Чукотского района мечтают восстановить былое.
Hot springs! Hot springs! 🙈🛀#picoftheday #instagood #kamchatka #kamchatkalife #hotsprings #volcano #warmingup #instadaily #mothernature #nakedplanet #adventure #travel #traveling #travelphotography #travelpics #friends #кусилося
Ritual
Hot spring near Bulunkul. From siconquesoporfavor:
The first destination a remote hill side shack that housed a warmish spring with, strangely enough, a bathtub built in for the water to run through. The water wasn’t that warm but blocked from the wind we took a dip anyway amongst the discarded razor blades the local sheppherds use to shave with and the shabby shack effect is great for a half hour soak after not having a shower last night.
To finish off this entry a couple of rambling affairs which have remoteness and naturalness as common factors as well.  
Above a hot spring near Bulunkul (Tajikistan), following a soak from near Tidrum (I think, located not too far away from Tibet's Lhasa) and rounding off with some (hot) pot affairs.
 
 #tibet#hotspring
   
After a long climb spending some quality time at the hotspring with the monks. #danamonastery #nangqen #tibet #Qinghai #hotsprings #travelchina