Indian Gold Mines in detoriating condition

Gold is certainly an auspicious metal and has gained a lot of significance for the people of India since time immoral. This yellow piece of metal is often regarded as the woman’s jewellery. It is therefore a ritual during marriages to offer the bride with some gold to preserve her honour in the family. Moreover, from the economic point of view, it is considered as universal currency. The Indian Rupee is also backed by gold which is one of the key factors in determining the exchange rate.

Of lately, the demand for the gold in terms of jewellery, gold coins or bars have increased to a great extent. Adversely, the gold mines production has been continuously detoriating in terms quantity.

Gold in India

The aggregate in situ production of raw gold are assessed at 22.4 million tons. India’s commitment to world gold creation is quite meagre capped at 0.75 for every penny. However, the gold creation of South Africa is 60 times, of Canada 22 times and of Australia is 5 time than that of India. This proves India contributes a lot less to the world gold production.

There was a steady decrease underway for a long time since independence to 1990-91 after which the changing patterns have been closely observed. On the other hand, some recuperation has been made after 1999-2000. This helped the Indian Government to achieve slightly higher gold production from the mines.

There are three gold fields in India, Kolar Gold mine, Kolar region, Hutti Gold mine in Raichur region (both in Karnataka) and Ramgiri Gold Field in Anantpur region (Andhra Pradesh).

Kolar gold mine

Kolar Gold mine

Kolar Gold field is located in the south of the Karnataka state. The Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) a Public Sector company was established by the then Indian Government to look into the affairs of the this gold mine. It was called “Little England” by the Britishers due to its cool temperate weather and landscapes similar to England. It was earlier regarded as the gold town of India but had to close down due to low level of production.

hutti gold mine

Hutti Gold Mines

These Hutti Gold Mines are also located in the Raichur district of Karnataka. It is one of the ancient gold mines to be known to the Indian subcontinent. The Hutti Gold Mines Co. Ltd. Under the Government of Hyderabad was created to manage the process drilling, transportation, purifying etc. The fundamental issue with the Hutti mines is the second rate of metal. It is the only few gold mines in India to produce gold.

anantapur gold mine

Anantpur Gold Mine

Anantpur district is located in Andhra Pradeshwhich includes Ramgiri gold mines. One special thing about this gold mine is that 50% of the gold is used for making gold jewellery.

Little amounts of gold are gathered from streams in Shimla and Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, Kargil zone along the porches of the Indus River and in alluvial and morainic stores of Dras River in Jammu and Kashmir, Balaghat, and Seoni locale in Madhya Pradesh, Bastar, Raipur and Raigarh in Chhattisgarh and parts of Purulia region of West Bengal.

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6 Best Destinations To Visit in South-East Asia

Besides major cities like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi and so on, South-East Asia also has some great ancient temples, ruins, serene beaches, picturesque towns and more. Here are 6 must-visit destinations to visit in South-East Asia:

1. Bali, Indonesia:

bali beach indonesia

Indonesia has over 13,000 islands – and Bali is the one that everyone wants to visit. This beautiful paradise lies just 2 kilometers off the east of Java.

 

2. Bagan, Myanmar:

bagan temples myanmar

The ancient town of Bagan is famous for its endless array of temples. The capital of the ancient kingdom of Pagan had 13,000 temples, out of which almost 2,000 still stand today making it a spiritual trip.

 

3. Tubbataha Reef, Philippines:

tubbataha reef philippines

Tubbataha Reef is a marine formation just about 98 miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City on the island of Palawan. The reef is popular for its high density of marine species.

 

4. Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, Indonesia:

bromo tengger semeru national park indonesia

Mount Bromo in particular is one of the most stunning places on the entire planet to watch a sunrise. If you have visited enough temples in Indonesia, this stunning volcanic landscape is definetely a must-visit.

 

5. Luang Prabang, Laos:

luang prabang laos

Luang Prabang is a town located in north central Laos. Beyond its quiet temples, the town has some surprisingly powerful waterfalls, bathing pools and echoing caves on the outskirts.

 

6. Vigan, Philippines:

vigan town philippines

Vigan is a seven-hour bus ride away from Manila, which is must-visit if you’re a fan of Old World European architecture. Vigan is a very well-preserved Spanish colonial town, complete with cobblestone streets and a design sensibility that fuses European colonial architecture with Asian designs appropriate to the climate.

 

As you are now all set to visit Southeast Asia, do take care that you don’t fall for these travel scams as you are touring.

 

Picture Sources: Go Asia and Readers Digest Canada

5 Best Motorcycling Routes In India

Bike riders and motorcyclists are always in the search for new and adventurous motorcycling destinations. A country as big as India has a lot of exciting spots. Let’s look at 5 of the best motorcycling routes in India.

1. Ladakh and Kashmir:

ladakh motorbike tours

Northern India, particularly around Ladakh is one of the most popular destinations. The route is a combination of high mountains and serene climate which gives a feeling of being at the top of the world.  The most ideal time to visit is from April to August.

2. NH 17:

nh17 motorcycle ride

NH 17 or National Highway 17 runs along the western coast of India, parallel to the western ghats. This is undoubtedly the best coastal ride in India and is very similar to the 101 highway in the States. Ideal time for a bike ride would be October to February.

3. Sikkim and Darjeeling:

sikkim darjeeling bike riding

Enjoy the true beauty of Eastern Himalayas on this route. It runs along the Himalayan Railway, which was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. You can visit this route for a motorcycle ride all round the year.

4. Eastern Coast of Tamil Nadu:

tamil nadu east coast motorcycling route

Another popular coastal ride is the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu. Also called as State Highway 49, it is a two way highway along the coast of Bay of Bengal. It is a very scenic ride alongside beautiful beaches. Best time for a ride would be December and January.

5. Thar – The Great Indian Desert:

thar desert motorcycle tour

Thar, the 9th largest subtropical desert in the world, is situated within the state of Rajasthan. It acts as a natural boundary between in India and Pakistan. Riding through a desert would not be the most amusing thing for most you, but as the area is very sparsely populated, you don’t need to press your brakes here. The most ideal time to visit would be December to February.

 

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Top 5 Monsoon Destinations Near Mumbai

Though late, the monsoon has finally arrived in Mumbai and bringing relief from the scorching heat. Trips, outings and treks are common during this season. So, if you are planning one, here are top 5 destinations around Mumbai where you can go and enjoy the season to its fullest.

  1. Lonavala:

Undoubtedly, Lonavala is Mumbaikars’ favourite destination during the rainy season. As soon as it rains, people start saying “Chalo, Lonavala jaate hain” (Let’s go to Lonavala). It is on the Mumbai-Pune highway, around 96 kms from Mumbai. The place popular for its scenic beauty – lush green mountains, numerous waterfalls and the Bushi dam. Besides its natural beauty, it is also famous for its ‘chikki’

 

  1. Matheran:

Matheran is a hill station around 90 kms from Mumbai. It is located on the Western Ghats range at an elevation of around 800 m (2,625 feet) above sea level. So, you can only imagine its beauty during the rainy season. It is a beautiful hill stations, where motorized vehicles aren’t allowed. And hence the place is pollution-free. One can travel around Matheran on foot, horse backs and hand pulled rickshaws. The hill stations is connected via one of the only five toy trains in India.

 

  1. Alibaug:

Alibaug is a coastal town in the Raigad disctrict. The beautiful beach-town is located around 110 kms from Mumbai, and is a very popular tourist destination in other seasons as well. The town is famous for its many beaches namely Alibaug, Nagaon, kihim and lot more. Alibaug is a also a Monsoon getaway of many rich and famous like cricketers Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, Sunil Manohar Gavaskar and business tycoons like Adi Godrej, Ratan Tata.

 

  1. Panchgani:

Panchgani is a hill station in the Satara district, and located around 285 kms from Mumbai. The famous hill station is nestled in the middle of five rolling hills of Sahyadri mountain ranges, located near to the another hill station of Mahabaleshwar. Panchgani has many tourist attractions such as Table Land, Sydney Point, Krishna river Valley and Mapro Garden.It is also renowned for its many premier residential educational institutions.

 

  1. Bhandardara:

Bhandardara is a holiday resort village near the western ghats. The village is located in the Ahmednagar district, about 185 kilometers from Mumbai. Bhandardara provides plenty of opportunity for small treks and hikes for adventure lovers, especially during the monsoon season. The village has two most beautiful waterfalls, Umbrella and Randha, which are most active during Monsoon and make the place a must-visit during this season.