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August 29, 2012

Windy Skies

Roadside, And Waiting

Past Jhalki on the NH 13 bound for Solapur, villagers wait roadside by a temple, likely for a bus that winds through the countryside, past homesteads on farms that stretch to infinity, and beyond.

The sky is overcast and a breeze is about. The Bhima is a ten minute ride ahead where it flows by Vadakbal. Ah, the Bhima, such a long journey. So many memories.

And it’s a morning to spend by a window looking out at the world passing by, except I'm passing a world looking on.


August 29, 2012 11:03 PM (IST)

Be on the road

How to Experience Paris Just Like a Local

The chic Parisian style is often imitated, but never bettered, and that doesn’t only apply to their fashion. Whether they’re enjoying a meal or just getting around their city, the Paris locals do it in their own way - one that you’ll easily pick up after arriving on cheap flights to Paris, as long as you know where to start.
Getting Around
The roads of Paris are notorious for their traffic so forget pricey taxis and take the Metro, where you can rub shoulders with Paris’ [...]
August 29, 2012 09:00 PM (IST)

Safe Summer Trip Tips - 6 Ways To Make Your Travels Safer

Summertime is the time of the year when many people do most of their traveling. It’s important to consider safety when you’re on those crowded roadways, and when you travel abroad. Here are 6 ways to make your travels safer this summer.
Make sure your car is in tip-top shape
Before you head out on any road trip it’s very important to make sure your car is in good working condition. Do this by checking all the fluid levels, check the air pressure in the tires, make sure the wipers work, and [...]
August 29, 2012 08:59 PM (IST)

Guest Post: Tips for Traveling to India

If you are someone who is invested in traveling to India, you’ll find that you have a wonderful experience ahead of you. Whether you are traveling to India for business or pleasure, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind to ensure that you have a great time.
Limit Your Trip
India is big, and there is a great deal to see and do. While you might want to shop in Delhi and hit the beach in Goa before you take a look at the tigers of Madhya Pradesh, you’ll find that it is best to confine [...]
August 29, 2012 08:58 PM (IST)

Best Honeymoon Destinations for Active Couples

You've just gotten married, but your fantasy event is far from over! Now it's time for the honeymoon! Maybe you and your spouse aren't ones to laze around on the beach…maybe you want adventure, and experiences that might put you outside of your comfort zone, or those that allow you to challenge yourself physically.
If you are looking for a trip full of unique experiences for you and the love of your life, there are so many travel options for you!
1. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a [...]
August 29, 2012 08:57 PM (IST)

Top 5 Underrated City Destinations

City breaks are ideal for those who want to get away for just a few days or even a longer break. They all have plenty for the visitor to see and do and are perfect for those who enjoy spending time in the hustle and bustle of city life. However, they are all different and for those who want something a little more off the beaten track there are plenty of cities that are considered to be well worth a look.
1. Why not take a trip to the capital of Estonia? Tallinn is considered to be one of the most [...]
August 29, 2012 08:56 PM (IST)

Connect to Newcastle

Newcastle has much to offer in terms of theatre, music, dance, comedy and art this summer, with the Connecting Light festival as one of the most notable.
As part of the London 2012 Festival – which runs for 12 weeks from 21 st June until 9 th September – Connecting Light is a major new art installation which will take place along the line of Hadrian’s Wall.
On Friday 31 st August and Saturday 1 st September art-lovers all over the world can use digital media like iPads and tablets to [...]
August 29, 2012 08:55 PM (IST)

Samburu Tribals: Some People Photographs

The Samburu tribals are semi-nomadic cattle herders who live north of the equator in Kenya. They are related to the famous Maasai of Maasai Mara, but have their own traditions. Recently, I got to meet them while exploring the Samburu National Reserve. And I have to say that they are quite a sight with their bright attire, hair-do, bead work and customs.
Here are some people photographs I took during that visit. I plan to write in more detail about them in my upcoming posts. Do stay tuned for [...]
August 29, 2012 06:43 PM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels

Say it with flowers - Onam Greetings to all

Happy Onam folks. It has been a while since I visited Kerala and here are some beautiful orchids  from there. I was walking around some small villages around Kochi when I saw some lovely gardens and most of these orchids grow wildly and naturally there
August 29, 2012 10:25 AM (IST)

August 28, 2012

Be on the road

A festival not to be missed.... Coachella Music Festival

If you are a live music fan who loves big festival experiences that are one of a kind and totally unique, then Coachella is an event that you really need to attend. Occurring annually at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, this music and arts festival is traditionally a three day event in April that features a wide range of several different genres of music that includes Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop and Electronica and that has run since 2001...
Artists who have featured in previous years include Eminem, [...]
August 28, 2012 10:27 PM (IST)

Le Monde

Chotiwala at Rishikesh

Picture of the moment: Chotiwala at Rishikesh
Picture of the moment is a weekly series exhibiting pictures, through which I show you a bit of my world.
By the time you read this post, I would have reached Haridwar & if possible, Rishikesh.

Yes, you read me right. I am trying my luck once again for valley of flowers. Last year when we left Mumbai, the weather was good, health was perfect but I guess the time was wrong . Right from Haridwar we were surrounded by Kavari’s who were also [...]

August 28, 2012 09:05 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

And then there was a Rainbow!

When it was a bit sunny and there was a bit of rain I started hoping. I love rainbows and I don’t get to see many. The trouble was that when the rainbow started happening I was on my way back from work.

Rainbow at Gurgaon

I actually parked my car on the side and took out my DSLR and clicked. After three shots I realized that the camera said no memory. Thankfully I had the laptop with me as well, so I took the memory card out of it and went clicking. At one point there [...]

August 28, 2012 07:43 PM (IST)

Subbu's Wandering Soul


The trek from shang-pu to gangpoche would be a long one as per rawat. It would take us approximately 6 hrs to reach gangpoche. The inital plan was to camp at mato doksa and then proceed towards gangpoche the next day. However this had to be altered as there was no source of water at mato doksa and the distance to gangpoche is an hour or so.

As usual we started the trek after stretching exercises and breakfast. It was a the same routine as the previous day after climbing for 45min we took a break for a [...]

August 28, 2012 06:34 PM (IST)

In a Traveler's words

An offbeat trip to Lake Brienze in Switzerland

Summer time in Alps is the dream of almost everyone i know. And this summer, we did just that. Drive from the Nurnberg, Germany to Interlaken, Switzerland. The drive was through rains all evening and to rightly put it, you an never plan Switzerland or any mountain area in Europe by exact dates. The best thing would be to have a few days and take it by the best weather day.
Brienzersee or lake Brienze is the beautiful lake enveloped by the Alps all around. The color of the water a beautiful turquoise, [...]
August 28, 2012 04:11 PM (IST)

Lets go for a Vacation

How do you travel so much?

This post has been toying in my head for a while, so I decided to put pen on paper. One of the most common questions that people ask me is "Vamsee, how do you travel so much?". Depending on who asks me this question, I am always trying to give excuses - "I have lots of vacation time", "It was a work trip, but I went a day ahead", "A friend was going, so I tagged along" and my favourite "We have a lot of frequent flyer miles, so we got free tickets" (basically translates to "don't think I am travelling because [...]
August 28, 2012 12:41 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Gwalior, City of Music

From Bhopal the capital of Madhya Pradesh state we left by train in the afternoon to Gwalior. Next day morning we visited Mitavali and two other near by villages before proceeding with local site seeing.
The city has come into existence much before 6th century and has been ruled by dynasties such ad Hunas, Guptas, Tomars and Mughals. The city is known for Hindustani classical music. The city is the final resting place of Tansen, the musical genius and one of the nine gems of Emperor Akbar’s court. For [...]
August 28, 2012 12:07 PM (IST)

Tales of a Nomad


This stunningly beautiful field of sunflowers was a delight to capture. Rayalseema, Andhra Pradesh. August 2012.
Wish you all a Happy Onam...!! 
August 28, 2012 09:05 AM (IST)

Be on the road

Nanyuki’s Equator Point: A great place to understand the Coriolis Effect

I am sure a lot of us would have read about Coriolis effect as part of our Physics course back in school. But, I am not sure if many of us remember what it means and its significance. However, if you are standing on the equator at Nanyuki in Kenya and see this experiment live, the Coriolis effect will have a long-lasting effect on your memory.
The Nanyuki town, which is right in the center of Kenya is known mainly for its equator point and hoardes of locals and tourists alike pay a visit just [...]
August 28, 2012 12:18 AM (IST)

Learning Swahili

I always find it real exciting to learn a new language. Knowing even some words from the local language elicit a lot of warmth from the locals. And this principle applies to the entire globe. During my recent trip to Kenya, I did manage to learn some Swahili words especially around the activities that I was engaging in and to form my basic language survival kit. I did manage to listen to some audio tapes prior to reaching Kenya, but as always first-hand experience and a local connect is the best way to learn [...]
August 28, 2012 12:02 AM (IST)

August 27, 2012

Be on the road

Off Road Driving in Alaska: The Life Time Adventure

Where Off Road Driving is the Norm
You’ll never find more four wheel drive vehicles per capita in any other state beside Alaska. There are two basic reasons for this. One reason is our incredibly harsh, unforgiving winters. Snow remains in some areas nine months out of the year. Changing weather conditions are accompanied by icy storms, torrential late summer rains, black ice and white-out blizzard conditions. Not only do driveways and off-roads become impassable, so does the main highway.
The [...]
August 27, 2012 10:56 PM (IST)

Fluttering and Wandering

Adventures of 'Vanya': A Juvenile White Headed Babbler

Just as usual, I went to the back yard on that fine Saturday, to keep food for my lovely winged friends & tree top tenants! (If you haven't read the last post, you may not know what I'm talking about, read it here ). And weirdly the White Headed / Yellow Billed Babblers started shrieking as I walked towards the compound wall, a shriek similar to the presence of a predator. I wondered if there was any cat on the other side, there wasn't. The shriek did not subside. I tried to see all over on what [...]
August 27, 2012 10:10 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

Taman Negara- A Nature Lover’s Paradise

Taman Negara in local language simply means ‘National Park.’ It is one of the oldest rain forests in the world. There is plenty to do at the national park and some of the things that caught my fancy are eating from floating restaurants, staying for a night at a hide out and the various trekking options. You can read a lot more about it here-  Taman Negara – A Nature Lover’s Paradise.

Taman Negara,Malaysia, Source: Wikimedia Commons

This article was part of a [...]

August 27, 2012 08:22 PM (IST)

Final Transit

3 facts about Chicago’s Cloud Gate (that surprised and impressed me)

The Cloud Gate (nicknamed ‘the bean’) is a public sculpture in downtown Chicago’s Millenium Park.

Chicago’s Cloud Gate is considered to be one of the top works of art around the world. The sculpture is beautiful bean-shaped object of giant proportions, with 168 highly polished stainless steel plates welded together seamlessly, creates an illusion of a drop of mercury. I absolutely loved this piece of art, it’s as good as a destination by itself! The $23 million project proudly adores [...]

August 27, 2012 08:00 PM (IST)

Tatkal Ticket

Kudremukha to Kainakary via Kashmir

This road trip was through some of the toughest terrains and roads which are not existing in the maps/GPS in Kashmir. If you want to drive your own vehicle, check out the details from HVK and Lalu KS at Team BHP .
Planning for a trip sounds a cliché; we are ready to roll on at any given motivation. That is what happened on Jul 20th when HV Kumar was chatting about his 'unplanned' Kashmir trip on a Friday evening. Cancelling our train tickets to Alleppey and booking the tickets to Delhi to catch up [...]
August 27, 2012 07:15 PM (IST)

Voice of Greenery

MetKal in Monsoon!

I’ve been there 4-5 times before but not visited in Monsoon, the region is wonderful in monsoon, with gusty winds and swirling clouds, misty mountains, lush green valleys, in grueling winds, numerous waterfalls and heavy downpour . So have to dig experience to the thrills of getting myself into a heavenly place, once again I chosen to visit Metkal in a fine Rainy day.

A long exhilarating bike ride in incessant pouring rain we reached at Hosangadi, a small hotel used to be opening just as we reached and [...]

August 27, 2012 11:09 AM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels

Cambodia - where trees and trunks tell a tale

Roaming around the Angkor complex, I was taken in by the ancient trees that surround the temples. It is the trees that add so much character to the monuments. Like Ta Prohm, for instance. The trees add to the drama here. Here is a story on Ta Prohm that was published in Yahoo recently .
The guide book says that you would need an hour to look around, but I can spend an eternity here. The roots of the silk cotton trees which have an ageless sense around them entwine around the ruins, giving them [...]
August 27, 2012 10:31 AM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Colors of Life

The color have the ability invoke various emotions and memories in us. Here are some of the colorful images that I had captured during my journey across India and they reflect happy memories. Two people Rupam Sarma and Bhushavali promoted me to participate in this Capture the Color Contest by TravelSupermarket and share the colors with you all.
This is ancient Jain Basadi on a hillock at Karkala, a small town in Karnataka. The ancient Chathurmukha Basadi built in the year 1586 looks very plain [...]
August 27, 2012 05:58 AM (IST)

August 26, 2012

Be on the road

Red and Blue Car Travels: A Luxury Car Rental Service in Mumbai

A month back Red and Blue Car Travels , who call themselves a boutique luxury car rental company approached me to evaluate their services. And I did get a chance when I stopped over in Mumbai for a day to meet family and friends enroute from Nairobi to Bangalore. It was decided well in advance that I will get to evaluate their services when I land at the Mumbai international airport and that they would drop me to my destination of choice in Mumbai city. I had totally forgotten about this arrangement while I [...]
August 26, 2012 11:48 PM (IST)

A Wandering Mind

Galtaji, Jaipur

This is not among   the more popular tourist places in Jaipur. It is more of a pilgrim place, and a favourite among locals. Since we visited Jaipur as guests of a local family, they decided to give us a tour of the city... or rather; to places that they thought, we would enjoy seeing the most. First on their list was the temple of Galtaji. Honestly, I had no idea such a temple existed. In fact, I had never thought that I would visit temples while in Jaipur!! However, this temple turned out to be a surprise [...]
August 26, 2012 11:28 PM (IST)

Subbu's Wandering Soul


The actual trek began only today and it was also relatively short one for about 4 hrs.  We were asked to be out with the bags by 7 and after some stretching exercises we began the trek. We would be crossing lot of streams and boulder crossing and we were asked to wear our shoes.

The trek began after our breakfast and we started the long walk towards shang-pu. The initial path was on a well marked trail which lead from the camp and continued towards the river.

The march towards shang-pu

The [...]

August 26, 2012 04:51 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

Sunday Shots- Toy Tea Cups

Over the weekends I often try to click pictures of things around me. This weekend as I am at my sister’s place there is no dearth of things I can try my hand at.

Toy Tea Cup on Yellow Background

This is a small porcelain cup that was lying around. So I asked her for two plates from the kitchen and went clicking.

Toy Tea Cup on Black Background

Which background do you like more, the yellow one or the black one?


August 26, 2012 01:11 PM (IST)

Wandering Soul's Wandering Tales

Why I have never traveled out of India!

When will you travel out of India?

It is one of the most frequent questions I get asked. How long will you keep wandering here (in India)? Seems the entire existence of my blog has been a lost cause! I started this blog when I started (re)discovering India. I wanted everyone to know there was so much to see here. I have ranted here before and there's a very good chance I might get into that mood by the end of this post. :) Let me warn you dear reader, this post addresses those who keep insinuating [...]

August 26, 2012 10:43 AM (IST)

August 25, 2012

Aravind's Treks 'n Travels

7. A journey into Tibet – Zhongba to Manasa Sarovar

July 2012

Previous posts:

A journey into Tibet - Kailash Manasa Sarovar
1. A journey into Tibet - At Kathmandu
2. A journey into Tibet – Mountain flight
3. A journey into Tibet - Manakamana
4. A journey into Tibet - Kathmandu to Nyalam Mu
5. A journey into Tibet - Rest day at Nyalam Mu
6. A journey into Tibet - Nyalam Mu to Zhongba
The D day for Manasa Sarovar had arrived. Most people had acclimatized which was clearly visible from their faces!! With high spirits [...]

August 25, 2012 08:31 PM (IST)

Itchy Feet


I was 15 when I first saw this song from Kinara and was fascinated by the place. Mandu. And it has been on my wish list for many many years now. Thinking back, I am surprised that at a time when the travel bug had not bitten (or I was not even aware of the existence of the travel bug!), a scene from a movie made me want to go. This song seems to have been shot outside the monsoon season, considered the best time to visit Mandu.

Finally, this year, I made it to Mandu. Unluckily, there have not been enough [...]

August 25, 2012 06:04 PM (IST)

Le Monde

Whispering to God

One one of my visits to Ganapatipule , as soon as I entered the Hindu temple complex, I was awestruck by the spiritual vibrations around me. I am not a religious person, but I could feel the presence of Lord Ganesha spiritually in the people. On the path leading up to the temple, there were rows of shops selling flowers, coconuts, sweets, incense sticks and other things that are required for offering prayers to the God.

Inside the temple, the sanctum’s gold plated dome sparkled with the glow of an opulent [...]

August 25, 2012 04:37 PM (IST)

Fluttering and Wandering

Colors of India!!!

No, its not VIBGYOR! Its BGYRW!!!

Some time back, my blogger friend of mine,  Niranjan , nominated me to take part in this contest. This is by  and is called Capture the Color ! Here's the task - Share 5 photos that capture the following 5 colors - Blue, Green, Yellow, Red, White! I chose to show of my country's colors for this contest and here's my post on it! 

Beginning with Cool Blue ! Many a times, whenever I am on a temple tour, I take a shot [...]

August 25, 2012 07:23 AM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

Mother Marry- It Happens Only in India!

Mother Marry School Van

This happens only in India? I only hope it is not the same spelling on the school doors as well! And the van did have a registration number, I have obscured it.


August 25, 2012 12:04 AM (IST)

August 24, 2012

Subbu's Wandering Soul


When coming back from pangong we saw huge welcome signs in leh, later we came to know His Holiness The Dalai Lama would be passing by and everyone were excited to see him.

Early next morning people had lined up the street waiting to catch a glimpse of His Holiness. We too waited for the convoy to pass by. Some of the people were waiting since early morning. As expected there was a delay and after waiting for another half hour or so we could final see the car approaching.

H.H The Dalai Lama

It [...]

August 24, 2012 02:49 PM (IST)

A Wandering Mind

Saptashrungi Temple, Vani - A different experience!

The mountains appeared in the distance, their peaks covered by the clouds.
As Samhith said , it appeared as if someone had tried to mix two colours – green and grey.

Moving further into the mountain ranges, the clouds seemed to disappear, and the lush greenery of the Western Ghats was clearly visible.

The higher mountains remained covered by clouds....

And as we moved towards them, the clouds came closer too..

As the roads took us [...]

August 24, 2012 10:54 AM (IST)

Subbu's Wandering Soul


Pangong lake is one of the largest lakes in ladakh. Covering a distance of over 300 kms the major portion of the lake lies in china. However there’s a vast amount of water present on the indian side as well.  The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. All together it covers 604 sq. km. During winter the lake freezes completely,

The lake is one of the popular destinations in ladakh and is a must do for any tourist in ladakh. The lake lies in a protected area and requires permit to visit [...]

August 24, 2012 09:58 AM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

Skywatch Friday- Up Close with Ama Dablam, Nepal

There was a lot of drama in today’s sky but I driving back home at that time. By the time I reached home the skies were quieter. So I fall back on my trek pictures once again! I need not say which trek.

Ama Dablam at Dingboche, Nepal

This is the majestic Ama Dablam as seen from Dingboche in Nepal. I was here as I was trekking up to the Everest Base Camp. The place is accessible by foot only. I remember asking my guide if the locals would prefer a road through the region. [...]

August 24, 2012 12:04 AM (IST)

August 23, 2012

Indian Backpacker's Travels

Skywatch Friday - An evening in Paris

A beautiful evening by the Siene, I was in Paris barely a few weeks ago..The memories are so fresh that I feel like it was yesterday .
To see more beautiful skies around the world, visit Skywatch
August 23, 2012 10:41 PM (IST)

Le Monde

A guide to visiting Sofia

Note:- This is a guest post by Kieran Chapman.

As one of the EU’s newest capitals, Sofia manages to combine its growing cosmopolitanism with a charming traditionalism. The compact city is easy to navigate on foot, and has plenty of green spaces to offset some of the busier streets. As something of a culture vulture, I particularly love Sofia’s museums, art galleries and theaters, which are the best in Bulgaria.

Photo credit : Lauras

Numerous low-cost airlines offer Sofia as a [...]

August 23, 2012 08:56 PM (IST)

Final Transit

How I cross the international border at Niagara Falls on a bicycle

Most people drive or take a bus to Niagara Falls. However, there’s an alternate and stylish option: Three bridges across the Canada-USA international border can be crossed on a bicycle, opening up the whole region to bicycling day trips.

Located on the Niagara River which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the Niagara falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 50m (165 ft). Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, [...]

August 23, 2012 07:07 PM (IST)

Subbu's Wandering Soul


It was a slightly delayed start to the day and we first headed to the lamayaru monastery which is located top the hill and was only a couple of minutes from the guest house.

The lamayaru monastery is one of the older monasteries in ladakh. This monastery is one of the attractions on the way to leh, however it is in ruins. The monastery is atop a hill. Except for couple of  paintings there’s nothing else left in the monastery.

Lamayaru Monastery and paintings

Photography is prohibited inside [...]

August 23, 2012 11:11 AM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Daulatabad, City of Prosperity

From Aurangabad our first destination is Daulatabad on the way to Ellora. We started to this place early morning which is 15 kms away. The city is also known by names Devgiri or Deogiri. Here is the famous medieval fortress, which is visible from the highway. The Devgiri Fort dominates the entire landscape of the city.
The history of the place dates back to 12th century, as the capital of the Hindu Kingdoms in Deccan. The fort was constructed by Raja Bhillamraj of Yadav Dynasty. Later the city was controlled [...]
August 23, 2012 10:04 AM (IST)

Four Seasons - Wine is Fun

“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.”
― Andre Simon
This Sunday afternoon (19 Aug), I was at the event organized by GingerClaps for Four Seasons at Royal Orchids. The idea was to get a feel of different classical wines of the brand.
The occasion was graced by Four Seasons brand ambassador Miss Ea rth Shamita Singha who did a small talk on different types of wines and how they are prepared.
Apart from this another important program [...]
August 23, 2012 09:43 AM (IST)

A Wandering Mind

Sons of Thunder: A Motorcycling Anthology - Book Review

Driving is not one of my passions , and motorcycles and I have no connection whatsoever. The nearest I have come to motorcycles is riding pillion with a couple of my cousins, and those opportunities were few and far between. Of the Bajaj scooter though, I have loads of memories.... again, not of driving, but of being driven... When I got the book ‘Sons of Thunder – A motorcycle anthology’ for review, I must admit, I hesitated for a while. Would I be able to enjoy a book that dealt with something I wasn’t [...]
August 23, 2012 09:31 AM (IST)

Le Monde

Apam Balik – A Malaysian Street Food

Apam Balik – A Malaysian Street Food
I call Malaysia my second home and the one thing that has always fascinated me about this beautiful country is the variety of food available for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Malaysians love to eat and I heard from one of the locals that they eat a minimum of six meals a day! He was so right; wherever I go in Malaysia there is always ample food in sight.

I’d mentioned earlier about a street dish called Apam Balik. Now you can read a detailed article [...]

August 23, 2012 09:29 AM (IST)