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Royal Bengal Tiger – Vision To Reality In Nagarhole?

The tale of our jeep safaris and sightings at Nagarhole National Park (Tiger Reserve) in Karnataka, South India. My impressions of the imperial beast were only from William Blake’s The Tyger, Maneaters of Kumaon, Life of Pi and Nat Geo Wild inspite of having visited many sanctuaries earlier! Did the much anticipated encounter with the regal predator happen?

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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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Pabbar Valley Trail – Offbeat Excursion in the Apple Belt of Himachal

Pabbar Valley Trail is an offbeat excursion in the apple belt of Himachal Pradesh (India).

Pabbar Valley Trail is an offbeat excursion in the apple belt of Himachal Pradesh (India). Lying in the lap of virgin nature below the breathtakingly beautiful Chanshal mountain range, Pabbar Valley ahead of Shimla and Narkanda, near Rohru is a haven for offbeat travelers. At 13926 feet, Chanshal Pass remains open from May to October.

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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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Bastakiya Quarters Dubai

Open Art Galleries in Bastakiya Quarters, Bur Dubai.

Bastakiya Quarters in Bur Dubai is a quaint neighborhood built in 1890s by Iranian merchants and restored by Dubai Municipality in 2005. Walk through labyrinth alleyways and visit heritage courtyard houses topped with wind towers. Enjoy the open art galleries and those within the restored traditional houses. Here is a photo essay of Bastakiya’s mystic old merchant settlement!

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Seeking To Define Travel

We are trying to find a definition for “travel”. Confused with the ‘travelling’ we have been doing, we want to rediscover its meaning. The thesaurus synonyms are journey, tour, trip, voyage, backpacking. But how would the whole experience give us fulfillment? Can TRAVEL be a pithy word and fill the mindscape with a vivid canvas of awe and excitement?

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Fall in love – with Shoja in the Seraj Valley (Himachal Pradesh)!

Densely populated conifers in Shoja, Himachal Pradesh.

Shoja in the Seraj Valley of Himachal Pradesh (India) is 5 kms from Jalori Pass (10500 feet) and a gateway to the interesting forest treks to Serolasar Lake and Raghupur Fort with a 360 degree view of the Himalayan Ranges. Slopes of majestic cedars, in various hues of green, rising upto the treeline characterize Sojha.

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