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

    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). 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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  • 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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  • Open Art Galleries in Bastakiya Quarters, Bur Dubai.

    Bastakiya Quarters 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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  • 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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WILDLIFE – THOSE STILL FREE AND NOT EXTINCT!

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.

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.