• PENANG, George Town – A Captivating Microcosm!

    George Town is part of Penang island and the capital city of the Western Malaysian state. Ranging from Colonial and Chinese to even Thai and Burmese besides of course Malay, Penang offers a diverse experience and a tremendous mix of culture and history contained in its architecture, temples and bylanes. However, the interactive street art stole our hearts.

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  • BIR – A Sleepy Hamlet in Himachal Bestowing Indelible Memories

    Bir is a picturesque village in Kangra. Popular as the paragliding capital of India it also houses a Tibetan settlement and is populated by tea gardens and monasteries. The nature lover can lose himself during hikes in breathtaking vistas amongst the rolling hills, quaint villages, meandering rivers, emerald meadows, swirling clouds with the sky a riot of colors.

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  • Angkor Wat,The Temple City – A Traveller’s Travesty!

    Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia is the largest Hindu Temple ever built. It took 30 years to build, 300000 workers, 4 million tonnes of stone, in the 12th century. Seeing the day’s last rays of the sun fall on the temple and bathe it with golden light is a magical experience.

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  • Stilt Fishermen in Sri Lanka.

    Eclectic Experiences in Sri Lanka

    A 2 week road trip took us through 2000 year old Buddhist caves in Dambulla, the 5th century AD Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, our tryst with wildlife at Udawalawe and Bundala, whale and dolphin watching at Mirissa, a stint at stilt fishing (a dying tradition), getting close to sea turtles at a conservatory and more.

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  • Sigiriya Lion Rock, Sri Lanka

    In Central Province of Sri Lanka, lies Sigiriya Lion Rock, also called the 8th Wonder. Said to have formed from the magma of an extinct volcano, Sinhalese King Kasyapa I built it in the 5th century A.D., atop a plateau, 200 meters above the surrounding jungles. At the entrance of the palace is a gateway in the form of an enormous lion.

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  • The Elusive Great Indian Bustard At Desert National Park, Rajasthan

    Jaisalmer – Beyond the Golden Fort, Havelis and Sand Dunes. We spotted the Great Indian Bustard, amongst the heaviest flying birds, the number having dwindled to 300, critically endangered now, amongst clumps of sewan grass and ker trees. The ‘Godawan’ is the state bird of Rajasthan, endemic to India. Also viewed vultures, eagles, chinkara, coursers, wheatears…

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  • Gir National Park – Home to the Asiatic Lion

    Sasan Gir near Junagadh in Gujarat (India) is home to the Asiatic Lions found only here in its natural habitat. Gir National Park is a declared sanctuary since 1965. Gir offers both the Gir Jungle Trail in the core forest area and the Devalia Park Safari which is more like an open zoo.

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  • Franschhoek – Historic Tales & Vineyard Trails

    Franschhoek in South Africa’s Western Cape Province surrounded by the vineyards, lying in the shadow of dark enigmatic mountains has a storybook setting with a stunning landscape. It is considered to be the food and wine capital of South Africa. The highlight of our stay indisputably was the The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour.

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  • Nature’s Canvas With Changing Hues At Park Woods Shoghi

    Park Woods Shoghi is an excellent destination offering myriad experiences of misty mornings, dew kissed forests, verdant valleys and untouched countryside with panoramic views. A nature and adventure resort, 15 kms before Shimla off the NH-22 highway in Himachal Pradesh (India), offering accommodation in deluxe tents and quaint cottages.

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  • Sangla Valley – Forbidden Land of Yore

    Sangla Valley in Kinnaur – with the beauty of Baspa River, Kinner Kailash Ranges, Himalayas and the last Indian Village, Chitkul. Close to the Indo–Tibetan border (Nagasthi) in the Northern Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh (India), 238 kms ahead of Shimla. Hikes to mountain lakes, the quaint village of Batseri and glacier points.

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India – Hues And Reflections

BIR – A Sleepy Hamlet in Himachal Bestowing Indelible Memories

Bir is a picturesque village in Kangra. Popular as the paragliding capital of India it also houses a Tibetan settlement and is populated by tea gardens and monasteries. The nature lover can lose himself during hikes in breathtaking vistas amongst the rolling hills, quaint villages, meandering rivers, emerald meadows, swirling clouds with the sky a riot of colors.

The Elusive Great Indian Bustard At Desert National Park, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer – Beyond the Golden Fort, Havelis and Sand Dunes. We spotted the Great Indian Bustard, amongst the heaviest flying birds, the number having dwindled to 300, critically endangered now, amongst clumps of sewan grass and ker trees. The ‘Godawan’ is the state bird of Rajasthan, endemic to India. Also viewed vultures, eagles, chinkara, coursers, wheatears…

Gir National Park – Home to the Asiatic Lion

Sasan Gir near Junagadh in Gujarat (India) is home to the Asiatic Lions found only here in its natural habitat. Gir National Park is a declared sanctuary since 1965. Gir offers both the Gir Jungle Trail in the core forest area and the Devalia Park Safari which is more like an open zoo.

Receding Glaciers – Himalayas In Winters

At 8000 feet, Binsar in Uttarakhand (India) surrounded by alpine flora, offers excellent views of the greater Himalayas. The 300 km spectacle of Himalayan Ranges are dominated by the massifs of Nanda Devi, Nandakot, Pachachuli, Chaukhamba. The forests of Himalayan oak, rhododendron and pine are excellent for trekking. The place to stay is within The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Rediscovering the Ganges

REDISCOVERING THE GANGES

We had gone to Gangotri in the summers. The power and purity of Bhagirathi overwhelmed us. Three months later at a hamlet, near Rishikesh, one morning I was sitting by the Ganges. Its beauty catapulted thru’ my eyes and mind onto paper. The humble, spontaneous words which spilled, I somehow managed to gather and ensemble.

Nature’s Canvas With Changing Hues At Park Woods Shoghi

Park Woods Shoghi is an excellent destination offering myriad experiences of misty mornings, dew kissed forests, verdant valleys and untouched countryside with panoramic views. A nature and adventure resort, 15 kms before Shimla off the NH-22 highway in Himachal Pradesh (India), offering accommodation in deluxe tents and quaint cottages.

Sangla Valley – Forbidden Land of Yore

Sangla Valley in Kinnaur – with the beauty of Baspa River, Kinner Kailash Ranges, Himalayas and the last Indian Village, Chitkul. Close to the Indo–Tibetan border (Nagasthi) in the Northern Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh (India), 238 kms ahead of Shimla. Hikes to mountain lakes, the quaint village of Batseri and glacier points.