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June 03, 2015

Painted Stork's Travels

Nubra Valley in Ladakh – River, Greenery and Slow Travel

I found my ideal do-nothing place in Ladakh’s Nubra Valley. It was a place for long walks in the meadows, reading books with a cup of tea in a garden chair, eating seabuckthorn fruits on the riverbed, relishing apricots straight off the tree, hiding behind the bush watching a herd of Bactrian Camel in the wild, chasing shepherds, walking along the river and watching sunsets while listening to sweet sound of the flow. The days in Nubra were filled with activity and yet I wasn’t really doing [...]
June 03, 2015 05:03 AM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Chennai Coastal Cleanup 6 Links

Registration Links:
Individual Registrations
Group Registration
Awareness Campaigns:
CTC Mugs
Plastic Collection Mela
CTC Stainless Steel Water Bottles
Call for Volunteers - Recycle Shops
Waste Management at Apartments
Role Model Series:
Role Model I
Role Model II
Post 1
Post 2
Five Things You Shouldn't Be Missing Out In CCC6
India Clean Sweep: 
Coimbatore - Vizag - Thanjavur
Hyderabad [...]
June 03, 2015 03:05 AM (IST)

Be on the road

Paradise of Western Odisha – ‘Pradhanpat’

Nature has different dimensions to enhance the beauty of various places. It could be in the form of flowing streams, static lakes, hills or forests. 
The state of Odisha is full of natural beauty and resources. Most of them are explored and maintained by OTDC and associated districts administration. There are still a few unexplored or uncovered places that are full of natural beauty and which needs to be highlighted.
Nature has never neglected our state. It has gifted a lot of [...]
June 03, 2015 02:58 AM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Chennai Coastal Cleanup - Final Countdown has begun....

Green Army

The strength of our troops is growing day by day as we are readying ourselves for the battle against plastics - close to  8000 volunteers  are gearing up for this Sunday. Final call to be part of history:  individuals  &  groups .

The battle will be fought on 18 different fronts simultaneously starting Sunday 6am. Update your  FB Wall Cover  to sensitize your friends.

Sponsors & Partners

We are thanking our official Sponsors and Partners [...]

June 03, 2015 02:48 AM (IST)

Be on the road

Art, sea and city - COCHIN BIENNALE 2014

I travelled to Cochin during the Christmas eve of 2014. The focus of the trip was Fort Cochin. The protagonist was drenched in the spirit of Biennale. Biennale is a contemporary art festival that pitches itself once in every two years. During the festival, the sleepy town of fort Cochin with its 2000 inhabitants transforms itself into a thriving hub of art and tourism.
The setting welcomes all kind of tourists from local to international, from backpackers who would trod open the city on foot [...]
June 03, 2015 01:41 AM (IST)

June 02, 2015

Chennai Trekking Club

India Clean Sweep II - Coastal Cleanup @ Pondicherry


Participating Groups


In Pondicherry the programme was organized in June 2014 under  ‘India Clean Sweep’  campaign by the CTC members & volunteers at Pondicherry.  To educate and sensitize the public on the non-use of plastics  various stage shows was successfully conducted by team of volunteer’s in Pondicherry beach road. From June 3 rd  to [...]

June 02, 2015 10:36 PM (IST)

Climber & Explorer

Hathnikund Barrage in Haryana

Hathnikund Barrage is at the foothills of the Himalayas in the Yamunanagar district of Haryana. It is about 40 km from the Yamunanagar town on the road to Paonta Saheb, a famous Sikh shrine 23 km ahead and Dehradun.
Scenic Hathnikund Barrage with the Hiamalaya foothills in the background 
The road is very good except the last part where you have to leave the National Highway and take the Major District Road (MDR). In fact it is hardly a road and it is not even a levelled kutcha (non-metalled) [...]
June 02, 2015 03:57 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Sri Krishna Temple, Udupi

Sri Krishna Math at Udupi is one of the prominent place and is surrounded by many other temples. It was founded in the 13th century by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhwacharya one of the greatest saints, philosophers, and religious reformers of India. 
It is here that he installed the idol of Lord Krishna that he found in the sea that was covered in sandalwood. Present temple has seen many renovations and  has become very colorful.
Adjacent to the temple is sacred tank, where it is believed [...]
June 02, 2015 02:20 PM (IST)

Painted Stork's Travels

Kite shops on the streets of Jaipur

Last December, I spent a few days in Jaipur exploring some interesting places in the city and in the periphery. One of those days, we visited this street where they have several shops making and selling kites. The narrow streets filled with kites made a beautiful decor.

Related Posts Streets of Jaipur Delhi, Jaipur and Varanasi – Street Photography An evening with pigeons at Amber Fort, Jaipur.

The post Kite shops on the streets of Jaipur appeared first on India Travel & Photography [...]

June 02, 2015 05:23 AM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Chennai Coastal Cleanup/6, June 7th - Group Registration Open

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can  fill it out in Google Forms .
Chennai Coastal Cleanup/6, June 7th - Group Registration

Welcome to the 6th year edition of the Chennai Coastal Cleanup organized by The Chennai Trekking ClubOur ambitious target for June 7th is to collect 50+ tons of garbage from 20+km of Chennai beaches with 5000+ volunteers both individual volunteers, corporates, schools and NGOs all joining hands together to create a strong message of environmental [...]

June 02, 2015 12:52 AM (IST)

June 01, 2015

Be on the road

Hello from Washington DC

11 days ago, I was at Los Angeles. Today, I am typing this post out from a hotel room in the Dupont Circle area of Washington DC. In between, I traveled nearly all of USA’s south and boy did I enjoy myself. If you had been following my social channels or the hashtags of #DiscoverAmerica and #RoadTripUSA over the last 11 days, you would have seen the amount of fun I had at Los Angeles, San Antonio, Austin, New Orleans, Baltimore and now at Washington DC.
Each place had such a unique character. Their [...]
June 01, 2015 11:42 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Butterfly Park, Mysore

Butterfly Park is located in the nature park surrounding the Karanji Lake at  Mysore . So far about 45 species of butterflies have been identified here.
Among many other butterflies we spotted the common Dark Blue Tiger butterfly.
In this park there are various nectar plants are grown that are essential for the breeding of butterflies.
The park is also visited my many birds every now and then.
Mosaic Monday
June 01, 2015 08:44 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

CTC - Chennai Coastal Cleanup/6 2015 - Yet to Register?

15 days to go

​​ Is your Company/NGO/College/

​​ School

​/ Individuals

​ ​ not yet in the list below?

Is your Organization yet to register for Chennai's biggest  cleanup  event ?
It's high time to join forces now -   individuals  &  group registrations .

Motivate your friends, colleagues, your company CSR department to join hands with us.

Stepping into the second week, we have so far received 60+  registrations  from [...]

June 01, 2015 08:09 PM (IST)

Chennai Coastal Cleanup 6th edition - June 7 2015 - Battle to save our Shores

Chennai is Rising an Army to fight the war against plastics !!!

Have you Enlisted yourselves yet ??? 

Better late than never, last few days left to join the Forces.

Enlist yourselves  here  !!

Enlist your group  here  !!

Entering the last week of open registrations for India's Biggest Cleanup Effort, the volunteers count is rising high and approaching the 7k mark, including both individual and group registrations. With all the major corporates joining hands with [...]

June 01, 2015 05:30 PM (IST)

A Wandering Mind

The Pillars of Tadoba

“They used to light a torch right on top of that” insisted our guide. “How do you think they climbed up?” I asked, amused at the thought of someone clambering up the smooth pillar without even a hold of any kind. “They must have carried a ladder” replied our guide, his tone implying that he had never been questioned before. “Or maybe they rode elephants, and stood atop it to light the torch” added my husband, and the guide gleefully jumped at the idea, satisfied that the discussion was over. [...]
June 01, 2015 11:37 AM (IST)

In a Traveler's words

Dubrovnik Chronicles

That one best panoramic shot from the top of the walls
June 01, 2015 04:21 AM (IST)

Be on the road

Only the ocean and you: Summer travel tips to Andaman Islands

After living in a metropolitan city for the span of their existence, for a lot of people the whole point of going on a vacation is to go someplace where the crowds are missing, roads are rough and the vistas – oh the magnificent vistas! A good deal of the urban population is often found travelling to lesser known places throughout the year, especially in summers. Summer is that time of the year when a city like Delhi suddenly gets transformed into an oversized microwave and unluckily so for its population [...]
June 01, 2015 12:46 AM (IST)

May 31, 2015

Windy Skies

On A String

At the three-day Sindhi festival, the puppeteer grabs a quick bite while the puppets look on.
May 31, 2015 11:45 PM (IST)

Travel with a Couple

Lombok: Go Beyond Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia for most travellers begins and ends in Bali. Little do they realize that the Indonesian archipelago has several other stunning islands, too, and Bali’s...
May 31, 2015 06:45 PM (IST)

Painted Stork's Travels

Ethics of Post Processing Images in Photography

Ever since photography went digital, a debate has raged on how much post-processing is acceptable. There have been strong debates – one that calls post-processing as creative freedom and the other calling it as manipulation. Here is a look at all the arguments about post-processing–both for and against–that I hear from people or read about.

The idea for this post came to me when I was working on one of my images. I was participating in a social-media campaign and was planning to [...]

May 31, 2015 04:43 PM (IST)

Climber & Explorer

Beauty has an address...Oman

When I got an invite to attend a road show of Oman Tourism at Hyatt Regency in Delhi frankly speaking the destination image that I had of Oman was desert, desert and more desert.
Oman has something to offer to everyone
But all this perception changed dramatically when Lubaina Sheerazi, the India Representative of Oman Tourism took us on a journey to Oman via her presentation. It was then that I realised that Oman is so much different from other Middle-East countries.
It is a mix of culture, nature [...]
May 31, 2015 03:19 PM (IST)

Jalan Jalan

A lonely little fort.....

Bhongir Fort . Bhuvanagiri, actually. Location : Nalgona District, Telengana.

Built by the Western Chalukya King  Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya IV in the 10th. Century . It snakes up a 500 -600 Ft high bald monolith , ending in a modest sized citadel ( bala-hisar) at the summit. Since the hill is a lonely  outcrop standing in a flat  expanse , the view from the summit is amazing , reaching far into the horizon on all sides. Quite a strategic location for an outlook. And the fort is supposed [...]

May 31, 2015 12:21 AM (IST)

Be on the road

Long haul flying made easy

The world’s most glittering destinations tend to be just that little bit further away. This can be a pain in terms of the amount of time you have to spend flying , but think of the end result!
Long haul flying can be made easier if you follow a little advice.
Making sure you’re well rested before you leave the house is the best way to start your travel adventure, and for this I would always stay in an airport hotel the night before departure. This cuts out the need to [...]
May 31, 2015 12:03 AM (IST)

May 30, 2015

Seven Sisters

Indian Railways : few interesting facts

Sharing some interesting facts about Indian Railways (source: TOI)

Interesting Facts about Indian Railway (TOI)

May 30, 2015 10:19 PM (IST)

Aravind's Treks 'n Travels

Thusharagiri waterfalls in Kerala

As I wait for the arrival of rains to start monsoon trips, the thoughts of some waterfalls visited last year hit my minds. For some reason the photos did not go out of computer. I did not think of posting anything about it. While I am doing nothing much, it is a good time to reflect some of the beautiful waterfalls visited last September with my friends Sankara and Chitrai. One of them was
May 30, 2015 05:24 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Five Things You Shouldn’t Be Missing Out In Chennai Coastal Cleanup 6

As we gear up for the 6 th  edition of the  Chennai Coastal Cleanup , here are the top five initiatives from our team that you shouldn’t miss trying out this season.
1.  #NoPlasticChallenge

Chennaiites have been restlessly checking out alternatives to reduce plastic in everyday life by taking up this 5 day challenge to stop dumping waste from their homes .   An idea initiated by a few CTC volunteers, #NoPlasticChallenge highlights the need to reduce, reuse and recycle [...]

May 30, 2015 04:36 AM (IST)

India Clean Sweep II - Hyderabad, Madurai and Dharmapuri

India Clean Sweep  is an annual event organized by Chennai Trekking Club. Started in 2014, in its first year cleaning activities were organized at 10 different cities in South India. 
This year we are spreading across to 11 Cities, which will be participating in the mega event planned on June 7.
It’s time to introduce the participating cities and the teams which will be coordinating the event. Below are the team/event details of the second 3 cities participating in this year [...]
May 30, 2015 03:25 AM (IST)

May 29, 2015

Rajesh's India

Images of India - 114

A glimpse of heritage monument of India in black and white. Other posts will give you more details about this monument.
Vishwanath Temple  at  Khajuraho  
May 29, 2015 10:51 PM (IST)

Ocean Windz

Yellow flip flops and Poornachandra Tejaswi

When it came to my notice that our maid's daughter was working in our home. (The small girl is 7 years old - her name is Saumya). I scolded both - maid and my mother for making her do small chores (peeling onions to cleaning furniture). But both had their answers ready. Firstly, maid quipped - "School ge Dasara raja Naveenanna" (It is time of Dasara holidays). Whereas, mom went
May 29, 2015 06:37 PM (IST)

In a polio vaccination camp - 1996

As NCC cadets in our high school(Anubhava Mantapa/Taralabalu), we had to do service in a polio vaccination camp. Unaware of what was in store in this service, we (me and a friend close to our house) made it to Davangere Governement Hospital aka Old Hospital. As the name of hospital suggests, it is in old part of Davangere. At the venue, there were NCC cadets from many schools.      The
May 29, 2015 06:36 PM (IST)

Jalan Jalan

Where Vasco once lay.......

  One of the first  buildngs the  enterprising portuguese erected in Kochi, right after the local Raja gave them his benign nod to put up a " fort" for their trading  purposes, was a logwood Church decicated to  St . Bartholomew . 

That was in 1503. With further privileges granted by the Raja, it was reconstructed in brick and mortar in 1516 and the grand new edifice was dedicated to Santo Antonio, patron saint of Portugal. (  Bye, Batholomew? ) 

It underwent [...]

May 29, 2015 05:02 PM (IST)

The early european footsteps .....

   Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica , Fort Kochi.
Five centuries old Roman Catholic place of worship , one of the landmarks of Fort Kochi .A handsome white edifice with two soaring spires built  in a blend of Indo-European and Gothic  styles. 

The interior is  richly decorated with frescos and mosaics, created by the 19 th Century Italian painter, Fra Antonio Moscheni and his Indian student, DeGama.
But the building  itself is not 500 year old. 

Commander [...]

May 29, 2015 03:32 PM (IST)

A Wandering Mind

The Story of my Summer Trip.....

Hello everyone!!! I have been away all May, and the blog has been sorely neglected. I have, as you would imagine, been travelling, and have returned with loads of stories to tell. However, before I begin the detailed blogs, here is a glimpse of what I have been up to! I have collated these photos from my tweets and Instagram photos through Storify, and I hope you like the result. Do let me know what you think!
[ View the story "#Summertrip 2015" on Storify ]
May 29, 2015 11:56 AM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

India Clean Sweep II - Coimbatore, Vizag & Thanjavur

India   Clean   Sweep  is an annual event organized by Chennai Trekking Club. 

Started in 2014, in its first year   cleaning   activities were organized at 10 different cities in South   India . 

This year we are spreading across to 11 Cities, which will be participating in the mega event planned on  June 7 . Its time to introduce the participating cities and the teams which will be coordinating the event. Below are the team/event details of the first 3 cities [...]

May 29, 2015 10:16 AM (IST)

Le Monde

Indonesia from Above

Not only in airplane but bus, car, train … I love my window seat and I would probably sulk if I do not get a window seat. Vasu knows it very well and when we travel together, he doesn’t even utter a word about taking that seat or looking out of window!

So as usual, while going to Indonesia , I had reserved window seats for all four sectors. I was flying Mumbai-KL-Bandung and took the same route for return journey.

Clouds were playing their role. Whether I am up in the air or down on earth, [...]

May 29, 2015 08:00 AM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

CCC6 Initiative - CTC Stainless Steel Water Bottles

To fight the battle against the never ending stream of millions of plastic water bottles which we use every day and directly throw away, polluting our environment CTC's creative team has made some beautiful Stainless Steel Bottles designs which you will be able to order soon with CCC/CTC logo and a strong visual message to create awareness among your colleagues and friends.

We would also like to introduce CTC Stainless Steel Bottles to promote  #NoPlasticChallenge  as part of the Chennai Coastal [...]

May 29, 2015 02:23 AM (IST)

May 28, 2015

Aravind's Treks 'n Travels

A surprise defeat at Bananthimari betta

23 May 2015 Bananthimari betta is one of the hillocks near Kanakapura. We had climbed nearby Bilikal Rangaswamy betta and Kabbal durga before and hence we decided to knock of another hill. Little did we expect to return back with failure!! View from the top (Almost!!) I and Krishna started in the morning to hit Kanakapura at breakfast time. Vasu hotel, a good but small hotel was our
May 28, 2015 09:30 PM (IST)

Jalan Jalan

Tucked in a corner of somewhere.....

Riverbanks always supported settlements......agricultural lands.......pastoral  communities.....some of them aggregated and upgraded to modern cities......some vanished.....a few linger on, in secluded pockets on the sidelines of grown cities.......

On the other  bank of  Kaveri that surrounds the island, Srirangapatna , are little, old hamlets with histories of their own. Historic monuments of their own.

Baburayanakoppal , on the bank opposite the Nimishamba bank of Srirangapatna : a [...]

May 28, 2015 01:55 PM (IST)

May 27, 2015

Aravind's Treks 'n Travels

How do I travel so much?

This is the question posed to me by many friends. They are surprised that how I can find time to travel with all family commitments. True, it is not an easy task if you are married and have kids. The flexibility of bachelor life cannot be expected but that does not mean that people have to stay indoors. In the subsequent sections, I would try to explain how I manage to handle my travels. By
May 27, 2015 10:04 PM (IST)

Ocean Windz

Silk Worm and The Path

A Silk Worm A Silk Worm is born in the warmth of a hut. Under its shade - it eats and fattens. It fattens to eat again. A Silk farmer For 2 cycles of moon - he boils rice for food, And waits for silk worms to grow and fatten, Then on the next day - he boils his silk worms. A weaver Weaves all the dead and dried silk worms and makes them shine, Gives it to a dyer so that he can dine. A Dyer In
May 27, 2015 08:08 PM (IST)


May 27, 2015 08:03 PM (IST)

Ustad hotel - Sufism

Had read good reviews about Ustad hotel movie a year ago or so. And last week - watched half an hour of it. I have no clue of Malayalam language. I postponed watching it so that I could get subtitles. One more week passed and I got the subtitles searched. Story is about a family spread across 3 generations who work-own restaurant(s) and hotel. But each have their own perceptions of work - hence
May 27, 2015 08:01 PM (IST)

Be on the road

Travel Video: Rimba Tubes Music from Santa Monica

California is full of street artists and some of them are so good they can’t do much but stop and appreciate their skills. Be it awesome dance or mind blowing music, it has it all. Some days back, I was at Santa Monica and was exploring the 3rd street Promenade, a beautiful walking street a couple of blocks away from the open ocean. I was walking through this street when I came across this street musician who was playing some unbelievably good music.
This music was so different from anything [...]
May 27, 2015 10:45 AM (IST)

Life Lessons that Travel Taught Me

And then, in the blink of an eye, the vacation is over and you are back to where you started. The first couple of weeks is when you are deeply philosophical, playing the vacation like a recorded video in your mind, smiling at the memories that you will more likely than not, relish for the rest of your life. All the missed trains, lost bags and muddled bookings will now become amusing (and fond) anecdotes that you will tell whoever makes the mistake of asking you about your vacation!
As I go through [...]
May 27, 2015 10:36 AM (IST)