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September 01, 2015

The Wanderer

Street Food of Lucknow in Chowk: Tunday kebabs, Nimish and more!

When it comes to Street Food in Lucknow , Chowk is perhaps the first name that comes to mind. Many newer places have come up in the last few decades, especially around the Hazratgunj area which serve good food, yet the charm of Chowk remains completely unmatched.

So what exactly is Chowk ? It's an old market area located in the busy and bustling old Lucknow. The chowk area starts from Gol Darwaza on one side and ends at the Akhbari Darwaza on the other. It's a short stretch of a about 500m, yet it encompasses [...]

September 01, 2015 06:55 PM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu

Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu (KK) was the first hotel I stayed in Sabah, Malaysia. I spent two peaceful nights at the hotel. I visited KK on Silk Air FAM trip in collaboration with Sabah Tourism Board. The airport is very close to the city of KK. Hyatt regency was hardly a 15 minute drive. Hyatt Regency is a city hotel.

At the Hyatt Lobby

The Check-in

The check-in process at the Hyatt was smooth. They asked for our passports and handed us the room keys fast. The wifi password was also given, it [...]

September 01, 2015 05:01 PM (IST)

Indrani Share

Wordless - 344

Inviting your captions and titles on my wordless moments.  (Shot taken in Athens, Greece.)   -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you very much dear friends for all your lovely comments in my previous post. Few of your comments here: 1. I love my new fish oil dispenser! by Arnoldo L.
September 01, 2015 04:41 PM (IST)

Her Yatra Diary

Ancient Khole Ke Hanuman Temple in Jaipur: Darshan and Rajasthani Rasoi.

bhava-bandha-cchide tasyaisprhayami na muktayebhavan prabhur ahamdasa iti yatra vilupyate I do not wish to take liberation or to merge in the Brahman effulgence,where the conception of being a servant of the Lord is completely lost. ~ Srila Prabhupada. Perched near the summit of a wooded hill and approached by forested winding roads is the ancient and famous, Khole Hanuman temple of Jaipur. As our car, bound on the way to the temple, left the main road and took a detour – the sight of the enveloping [...]
September 01, 2015 02:26 PM (IST)

Itchy Feet

A French facelift

Bordeaux is a bit worried that nobody looks beyond its wines. It is not complaining, mind you, just fretting. After all, the city did not win the title of ‘best European destination of the year’ on the strength of its luscious reds alone. Just a decade ago, Bordeaux had slipped into near obscurity, become Europe’s Sleeping Beauty (La Belle Endormie,

The post A French facelift appeared first on Itchy Feet .

September 01, 2015 11:57 AM (IST)

A Wandering Mind

The Kangra Fort

The steep walls of the fort tower over us, and we strain our necks to get a better view. The car winds its way steadily upwards, and we walk into the imposing gates. Our stop at the Kangra Fort is meant to be a short one, tired as we are. As it turns out, the fort and its stories have us enthralled, and we lose track of time! 

The Kangra Fort, as seen from the road, with a temple on the hill behind

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September 01, 2015 10:34 AM (IST)

Miles to Write

An old western bus tour

In case the title made you think about old western movies, let me quickly say that this post has nothing to do with the wild west. It is about a bus tour of the beautiful American West coast.
Rewinding a dozen years, my mind drifts back to the time when we were living in Bay Area, California. My in-laws were visiting and so were the parents of one of our friends. This friend suggested a bus tour for the seniors that covers quite a few places - Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon [...]
September 01, 2015 09:10 AM (IST)


5 best gardens/ parks of Delhi

Are you a lover? Oh wait! A new lover from Old Delhi? Ummm…. just a recent one, may be your love bloomed this week outside her coaching classes or may be last Sunday, over that snacks corner down the street? Now here is the probable list of things you might find Continue Reading →
September 01, 2015 08:58 AM (IST)

Indrani Share

Souvenirs from Cordoba, Spain

So what did I get as reminder of my great experience in Cordoba? What to buy:  Souvenirs are plenty and it was not easy choosing just a couple of items to bring back home. Key rings and postcards, you will find them in plenty, Cordoba souvenir shops are stuffed with ‘flamenco dance’ associated stuffs. Clothes, hats, fans are available in different sizes, colors and prices. Locally made
September 01, 2015 08:26 AM (IST)

Painted Stork's Travels

OYO Rooms — Hotel Review and Analysis — Should you book an OYO Room?

I stayed at two OYO rooms properties last month to understand the value they offer, pros and cons of staying with them and what is their promise to travellers. I also spoke in detail with Kavikrut, Chief Growth Officer at OYO on why a traveller should stay with OYO.

If you live in any large city in India, you are probably not very far from a hotel touting the name of OYO rooms . OYO has expanded rapidly in recent months and has a large number of budget accommodation choices, now spread over hundred cities [...]

September 01, 2015 06:37 AM (IST)

Desi Traveler

Travel Tuesday Picture: Nihang Soldiers

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Travel Tuesday Picture: Nihang Soldiers

The Nihang Warriors : Torchbearers of a glorious Tradition   In today’s  Travel Tuesday picture I bring to  you  Nihang Sikh Soldiers / Sadhu from the land  of golden fields -Punjab. If you are not aware of the Sikh history, then you may wonder why I am mentioning the Nihang as both Soldier and Sadhu. Well during the middle ages, the [Continue Reading [...]

September 01, 2015 02:18 AM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels

Journeys and Jottings

Welcome to this new edition of Journeys and Jottings . Nostalgia seems to be the flavour of the season. If a traveller collects something, it is memories . A sight, a sound, a familiar touch strikes a chord. Memories can be many things for a traveller – a post card, a conversation, an experience, a photograph, a souvenir, an evening with a stranger, a warm bowl of soup, a piece of chocolate, the sound of laughter.. I have been lost in a world of memories all of August, with very little travel on [...]
September 01, 2015 12:04 AM (IST)

August 31, 2015

Be on the road

Liberty House: Serenity at Poyilkkavu Beach, Kerala

Have you heard of Poyilkkavu beach? I chanced upon this serene stretch of beach on my recent motorcycle ride through Kerala. This beach lies a bit north of Kappad beach, one of the famous and pretty beaches north of Kozhikode. In simple terms, the Poyilkkavu is a fisherman’s beach and that is its charm. It is untouched by travelers and even domestic tourists and yet offers everything that Kerala stands for, be it greenery, coconut palms, delicious food and gorgeous beaches. This is a kind of place you would [...]
August 31, 2015 11:42 PM (IST)

The Wanderer

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces: A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Switzerland

The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site located from the Chateau de Chillon to the eastern outskirts of Lausanne. Till I time I visited Switzerland, I didn’t even know about Swiss Wine, leave alone these iconic wine yards. It was not my first visit to a wine yard and I have visited the famous Napa Valley in the California’s Bay Area, Yara Valley in Australia as well as our vineyards Nahik in Maharashtra. However, Lavaux Vineyards are unlike any other. 

Spread over 700 hectares, [...]

August 31, 2015 09:21 PM (IST)

Aravind's Treks 'n Travels

Ruins of Panamaram

26 July 2015

I am always interested in looking at old and architecturally significant temples. So when I saw a photograph of a ruined Jain Temple displayed at Pazhassi tomb museum in Mananthavady, I did not take much time for me to decide to visit that place. The itinerary was slightly modified to accommodate the ruins!!

Reaching Panamaram was not a problem but it took little time to find out the road that led to the ruins. The rains were just next to the road but inside a coffee plantation. It is quite [...]

August 31, 2015 08:26 PM (IST)


Great Britain: A Journey by Train

When I was approached by Visit Britain , the national tourism agency of the UK, a few months ago to cover the country’s touristic attractions, both sides were keen to come up with something different. We had multiple creative sessions over chilled coffees and green teas before finally agreeing to map a journey by train.

I have always enjoyed travelling in the UK, and the rest of Europe, by train; the networks are optimized to take you between places conveniently and efficiently. The trains themselves [...]

August 31, 2015 07:36 PM (IST)

Indi Tales

Drive to resolve the curiosity of Giu Mummy

I first read about the Giu Mummy when I was reading my itinerary for the Himachal Odyssey. I was curious, but in reading about all other places, I did not give much attention to it. My only rendezvous till then with a Mummy was in Hyderabad’s AP State museum where mummy of a young Egyptian ...

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August 31, 2015 02:00 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Kedareshwara Temple, Halebid

Kedareshwara Temple at Halebid is just about 500 m away from the famous Hoysaleshwara Temple . As per inscriptions in this Hoysala temple dedicated to Lord Shiva it is constructed by Hoysala King Veera Ballala II and his queen Ketaladevi.
This magnificent temple is built using soap stone around 1219 A.D stands on a 16 corner platform that is five to six feet in height. The layout of the main shrine is star shaped with two smaller shrines that have perforated windows on the sides.
The temple has eight [...]
August 31, 2015 01:28 PM (IST)

The Wanderer

Heritage Doors, Windows and Houses of Lavaux, Switzerland

Heritage Doors, Windows and Houses of Lavaux , Switzerland may not be mentioned in any guide books on Switzerland, but as soon as you enter Lavaux area, they strike you the most. Right after you get over the gorgeousness of the terraced vineyards which have intrigued the travelers for centuries, these heritage houses can overtake your senses.
In my case, even before we reached Lavaux, our new friend and host Neha had already told us quite a bit about these doors and windows. I am generally quite a sucker [...]
August 31, 2015 12:56 PM (IST)

Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle): Switzerland's most popular castle

Château de Chillon or Chillon Castle , located on the eastern end of Lake Geneva, is one of the most visited castles in Switzerland and Europe. With the perfectly blue lake on one side, green   mountains on the other and mighty white Alps in the background, the castle is a picture perfect relic of the past which still retains its old beauty and charm.
Chillon castle is actually located on a tiny rock island, barely a few metres away from the coast. It is easily reachable by a walk across the old [...]
August 31, 2015 12:56 PM (IST)

Tales of a Nomad

A Serene Morning...!!

Tranquebar, Tamil Nadu. August 2015.
August 31, 2015 08:17 AM (IST)

Voyager for Life

Where To Stay In Srinagar?

I’m so glad to have travelled to Kashmir Valley. It is indeed a sublime place – a place you would want to go back to again and again. Besides the abundance of natural beauty in the villages, Srinagar, the capital city also has so much to offer. But, to experience it deeply, you must choose your accommodation carefully. I believe a good stay adds a lot of substance to your travel experience.

Also read It’s Easy To Fall In Love With Srinagar

When I was planning my trip to Srinagar, I was particularly [...]

August 31, 2015 05:00 AM (IST)

Travel Tales from Mridula

Postcards from Lahaul and Spiti

Everyone should visit Lahaul and Spiti once in their lifetimes. It was my third third trip to the region. I went in 2007 when we trekked through the region and then more recently to Chandratal in 2014. I say that one trip per year to Spiti is a must! I hope you will enjoy my postcards from Lahaul and Spiti

Near Rohtang Pass Near Rohtang Pass

I have gone beyond Rohtang Pass only when I ventured into Ladakh or Spiti. It has never been a destination on its own for me. It used to be a pain with so many [...]

August 31, 2015 01:03 AM (IST)

Voyager for Life

Have Fun With Your Travel Photos!

My travel photos are my most prized possession. I guess you’d say the same if you love traveling like me. Travel photos refresh memories. They take you on a virtual trip all over again – the desert of Rajasthan, the stunning streets of Sydney, the orchards of Kashmir and the beaches of Goa… What if you add a dash of fun and creativity to your pictures?

A beautiful collage or a pretty frame would just make the experience of viewing your travel photos even better. I recently came across Fotor , a free [...]

August 31, 2015 01:01 AM (IST)

Shadow's Galore

To Zoji La and Beyond ..

As soon as the Zoji La opened for traffic again, we were on our way to paradise. In the lap of the Himalayas, bliss and nirvana at 11000 feet !

The post To Zoji La and Beyond .. appeared first on Shadows Galore .

August 31, 2015 12:38 AM (IST)

Desi Traveler

September 2015 Calendar – Download Desktop Wallpaper

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September 2015 Calendar – Download Desktop Wallpaper

September 2015 calendar desktop wallpaper: Satpura Ke Ghane Jungle September is here and so is our September 2015 Calendar desktop wallpaper for download,  from your friendly neighborhood desi Traveler. Most of us when we go to jungle, focus on the big cats and return totally disappointed if they are unable to spot tigers. Don’t  get me wrong, [Continue [...]

August 31, 2015 12:25 AM (IST)

August 30, 2015

Desi Traveler

The Game of Surprises : TinyOwl comes to rescue

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The Game of Surprises : TinyOwl comes to rescue

How My plan to surprise Wife jee & Kids backfired and how TinyOwl Saved the day   Disclaimer:  All Characters in this story are absolutely  real, and any resemblance to them is purely intentional.  What is a life without a few surprises? Every now and then life gives us surprises; some sweet and some not so sweet [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...] [...]

August 30, 2015 11:27 PM (IST)


Lietzensee park, Charlottenburg, Berlin

I and Sam share a lot of things in common. Like birth month, Birth days (not falling apart for more than 24 hours); we are nature lovers; we think same about the life and spirituality. Though he thinks he is smarter, sorry sam! but not always. Hehe. Anyway. Being nature Continue Reading →
August 30, 2015 11:17 PM (IST)

Be on the road

Keremane Homestay: Solitude in the Western Ghats

In today’s era of technology, I hardly find places where I am not connected and hence I was super surprised when I landed at a homestay that had absolutely no kind of connectivity. No internet, no TV and not even simple cell phone connectivity, which we have gotten used to these days. Located about 4 kilometres from Sringeri on the Sringeri-Chickmagalur road lies 36 acres of green gardens and plantations surrounded by the dense green mountains of the Western Ghats. This place, run by a local family offers [...]
August 30, 2015 11:06 PM (IST)

Indrani Share

5 Must See Places in Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba was an important Roman city in the middle ages and it still has the reputation of being important in the map for tourists of Spain. Cordoba is an amazing compact place with major sightseeing sites within walking distance of each other. You can easily plan to spend just a day here and yet cover the major sites. We did exactly that. We were there on a day’s trip from Seville. The 5 must
August 30, 2015 10:52 PM (IST)

The Wanderer

Revelaed: My Ultra Secret Travel Photography Gear!

If you love taking great pictures when you travel, your Travel Photography Gear becomes extremely important. Over the years I have experimented with many different products and have also evolved with the times, which means that a selfie stick is also a part of my travel photography gear now :)
For me as a traveler, I love to take pictures, especially of the unique moments while I am on the road. A good eye is perhaps the most important thing when it comes to taking good pictures, but good equipment helps [...]
August 30, 2015 12:10 PM (IST)

Painted Stork's Travels

On the streets of Varanasi

Ali is a washerman who spends his morning hours washing clothes near Prabhu Ghat and letting them dry on an open ground on the bluff nearby. Strolling through the lanes of Varanasi, I saw him resting under the ficus tree after finishing the day’s work.

Related Posts Rose Ringed Parakeets Moods of the Market Ghats of Varanasi glittering in the night

The post On the streets of Varanasi appeared first on India Travel & Photography Blog .

August 30, 2015 11:50 AM (IST)

Indian Backpacker's Travels

On the Cooum trail in Chennai

Think Madras or Chennai and the Marina Beach flashes in front of your eyes . The temples, the churches, the bridges and the buildings follow one after the other.  And yet there is one sight that you do not wish to see. You switch off your senses the moment you walk past it so that you are immune to the stench and the dirt that surrounds it – the River Cooum, a dead river, a sewage dump that empties out into the Bay of Bengal.

The estuary of Cooum and the Bay of Bengal

The river is as much [...]

August 30, 2015 11:26 AM (IST)

The Wanderer

Tamil Nadu (தமிழ்நாடு) Solo Road Trip - Sid the Planner!

Planning a solo road-trip in Tamil Nadu   (தமிழ்நாடு)  and looking for a trip planner ? Plus,  does the idea of a road trip  on a hot and sweaty day with no one else to give you  company  to attend a wedding  sound  good? If yes, you will love my story below! I had actually not quite planned for this trip (except  booking  the flight tickets in advance) and so the  experiences  that came  out  of it were unexpected and  [...]
August 30, 2015 09:10 AM (IST)

August 29, 2015

The Shooting Star


I had an unshakable image of Germany in my head – drinking freshly brewed craft beer at an open-air beer garden, hearing locals cheer “prost” with every chug and watching women dance in traditional dirndls. But two weeks ago, when I arrived in the Rhine Valley, an hour from Frankfurt, that image was shattered. The Rhine River flowed gently amid hills covered in steep vineyards, Rudesheim’s cobble-stoned streets brimmed with wine stalls, wine gardens tucked away under vines replaced [...]
August 29, 2015 06:34 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Indian Pond Herons at Hebbal Lake, Bangalore

Hebbal Lake  in north  Bangalore  is favorite spot for various colorful birds. People have identified nearly 100 spices of birds here.  One among them is Indian Pond Heron. 
August 29, 2015 01:56 PM (IST)

Aravind's Treks 'n Travels

Banasur Meenmutty falls

26th July 2015

While driving towards Banasur sagar dam, I saw a board towards “Meenmutty waterfalls”. It seemed interesting and we drove towards the waterfall. At the end of the road was a small forest department check post where we had to take tickets to visit the falls.

When asked for directions, the guard provided us with two options. First was the easier path that provides the front view of the waterfalls. The second option was a steep uphill stretch taking us to the base of the falls. We decided [...]

August 29, 2015 11:07 AM (IST)

Indrani Share

Seville Cathedral, Spain

Seville Cathedral was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. This was built on the site of grand Almohad Mosque in the years 1402 – 1506. It was hard to capture the cathedral and its bell tower (Giralda) in the same frame. Giralda (ht. 105m) was the minaret of the mosque that existed there. This was constructed between the years 1184 to 1198. The cathedral is also famous as burial place
August 29, 2015 10:34 AM (IST)

Desi Traveler

New Rules of Travel Photography in age of Facebook and Instagram

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New Rules of Travel Photography in age of Facebook and Instagram

Get more likes on Instagram and Facebook on your Travel Photographs The Times They Are a-Changin,  Said good old Boby Dylan and we took him very seriously.  Nothing is untouched by the change happening around us. Travel photography or more correctly the family travel photography has changed beyond recognition. There was a time when we will go [...]

August 29, 2015 09:41 AM (IST)

Indrani Share

Faces of India - 228

I saw the tourist framing herself for a pic by her friend. Seeing her framed so well I knew half my job of taking a pic was done, I immediately clicked the moment. The pic was taken at Adalaj Step well, Ahmadabad. Faces of India, a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. See more here.   
August 29, 2015 07:30 AM (IST)

Voyager for Life

How Did I Learn Travel Photography?

So how did I learn to take beautiful travel photos? Okay, I’m not trying to sound like I’m an expert when it comes to taking great travel photos. But, I can confidently say that I’m able to produce quite decent travel photos and I’m ever eager to hone my skills.

Also read Travel Photography Tips on National Geographic

Travel photography is something that I enjoy immensely and that’s why it’s my top priority on all my travels. I’d say travel photography is not something that you can learn [...]

August 29, 2015 12:59 AM (IST)

August 28, 2015

Be on the road

Gramam Homestay: Blissful Kerala Backwater Paradise near Kochi

Every now and then, I end up staying at properties which I do not wish to leave and pray that I can return there soon. Recently, when I did a 3 week monsoon motorcycle ride across Kerala and Karnataka, I was lucky to come across quite a few of these gems. One such property is an authentic Kerala backwater retreat about 15 kms from Kochi, one of the most happening destinations of Kerala. This property called the Gramam Homestay (which literally means village homestay) is run a local couple and is located right [...]
August 28, 2015 10:42 PM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Images of India - 127

A glimpse of heritage monument of India in bl ack and white. Check other posts that will give you more details about this monument.
A facade of Kailasa Cave at Ellora
August 28, 2015 10:28 PM (IST)


Krakow, Poland – The Best City in Europe?

Of all the cities I have visited in Europe, I would rate Krakow as tops for the overall experience it offers.

The second largest and one of the oldest cities of Poland located on the Vistula river, not many tourists from India consider Krakow as a part of their itinerary. But, when KLM came up with an exciting #LetsGoDutch offer, I instantly decided to pen down things I’d love to see again with their massive discount of 150 Euros on hotel stays. With an irresistible offer like this up for grabs, [...]

August 28, 2015 09:33 PM (IST)

Be on the road

Prague: Stag Capital of the World

If you are a stag and looking for some serious action (drinking, classic action, entertainment), I am sure your holiday options would be Bangkok, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Seoul, London or Istanbul. While these are iconic stag destinations in their own right, the current stag capital of the world is Prague , the capital of the Czech Republic. It offers everything that a stag looks for; from pub crawls to guns, from race and adrenaline to babes and drinks and from crazy game action to stunningly beautiful women, Prague [...]
August 28, 2015 04:03 PM (IST)

Le Monde

ASEAN tourism to pickup for Indians

On 26th August 2015, Representatives of 10 ASEAN countries joined together to inaugurate the Indian edition of ASEAN Promotional Chapter for Tourism (APCT). This forum has been formed to leverage the incredible tourism potential in this region. The nations in this forum are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

We were invited for this event and if you remember I had tweeted about it . Read here what kind of queries it has generated.

Why [...]

August 28, 2015 12:19 PM (IST)

Climber & Explorer

Delicious Food at Ali’s Restaurant in Dehradun

As I wrote in an earlier post on Dehradun, I had some spare time before I catch a train back to Delhi. On Gandhi Road near the Jama Masjid area I noticed several restaurants serving non-vegetarian food. It was still early for dinner, so I marked one of them – Ali’s.
Ali's Non-Vegetarian Restaurant on Gandhi Road, Dehradun
Later on I returned to Ali’s Restaurant. The decor of the place was nice and the place looked hygienic. I did wonder though why there were hardly any families around and it [...]
August 28, 2015 10:30 AM (IST)

Painted Stork's Travels

U Bein Bridge, Taungthaman Lake, Mandalay.

U Bein Bridge, Taungthaman Lake, Mandalay.

The evening wouldn’t get better than this. U Bein bridge bears a festiva atmosphere as the sun moves towards the horizon. Young couples from Mandaly come here to spend time holding hands and chat up with a slice of watermelon or a fried crab. Monks walk back and forth – to or from their monastery in Amarapura. Cyclists, not permitted to ride on the bridge, trudge slowly pushing the two wheels. Tourists flock to see all this, decorated by a golden [...]

August 28, 2015 09:58 AM (IST)

Visor View

Bengaluru Marathon 2014 – flashback

Oct 19

She had just had a purple poppins, like a 2 year old would have her candy, with no care in the world for those sticky little fingers. But we are parents, we care. “Let’s wash your hands”, I said as I lifted her off on to the stool. She reached out to the tap and tried to open it. I helped her. She playfully held her hands out to the jet of water. She must have got her sleeves out, I thought. I said, “ enough enough”, now get down and handed out the towel that we normally let to dry out [...]

August 28, 2015 09:05 AM (IST)

Sujoy Das

The Boardman Tasker Prize Long List for 2015

The Boardman Tasker prize is given every year to one outstanding book on mountain literature. This is one of the most prestigious awards a mountain  book can get and this year the list of books are awesome. It would be a very difficult job for the jury to pick a winner from the list below. In the meantime while the jury deliberates and decides,  try to read as many of these great books as you can.
My personal recommendations are :
Alpine Warriors  Bernadette McDonald ISBN 978-1-771601-09-2 [...]
August 28, 2015 02:30 AM (IST)

Shadow's Galore

Gulmarg – Meadow of Flowers

While waiting for Zoji La to open, we decided to make a sweet little trip to Gulmarg - the meadow of flowers, and were not disappointed...

The post Gulmarg – Meadow of Flowers appeared first on Shadows Galore .

August 28, 2015 12:52 AM (IST)

August 27, 2015


How to make the most of your 20s

Your 20s are the one which are filled with mixed messages from the people you know and you don’t even know. You are told to live in the present and yet are advised on saving huge sum of money for your retirement. You are told to make mistakes but people Continue Reading →
August 27, 2015 07:39 PM (IST)

Indi Tales

Surajkund – from the pages of history of Haryana

Surajkund – the name evokes the visuals of a colorful rustic fair that brings together all the exotic elements of India at one place every February. Craftsmen from around the country come with their hand made products. Folk artists come and enliven the place with their performances. You get to eat food from all parts ...

The post Surajkund – from the pages of history of Haryana appeared first on Inditales .

August 27, 2015 02:00 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

CTC Green Day 2015 - Participating Regions (Nellai, Madurai, Dharmapuri & Pondicherry)

CTC's  Green   Day  is an annual event organized by Chennai Trekking Club across various cities to promote  green  cover in major cities. 

This year its planned on August 30.

Along with Chennai its planned in Pondicherry, Madurai, Tirunelveli and Dharmapuri.

Its time to introduce the participating cities and the teams which will be coordinating the event at each cities.

Team :  Maram Madurai

Location : Ulaganeri, near High court branch [...]

August 27, 2015 12:38 PM (IST)

Green Day 2015 - Ainthinai - Forging ties with the Tamilnadu Forest Department

Forging ties with Tamilnadu Forest Department

Over the past 2.5 Years Tamilnadu Forest Department has been actively involved in supporting the environmental conservation efforts of Chennai Trekking Club – Ainthinai’s  Green  Initiatives across Tamilnadu at various levels.  The association of CTC with Tamilnadu Forest Department grew stronger with the support of eminent higher officials who passionately encouraged, participated and granted permissions for our  Green  Missions. [...]

August 27, 2015 12:33 PM (IST)

Green Day 2015 - Ainthinai - For a Greener Tomorrow - Aug 30th

Register  here  to participate in CTC's Annual  Green   Day  2015 !!!
Do you know that  Ainthinai- ஐந்திணை  - CTC's  Green  team - engages in 10 different types of activities regularly in and around Chennai to create a  greener and future  for us and our next generation ?   This includes  tree plantation, coastal cleanup, organic farming, seed sowing, terrace gardening, tree walks, waste mgmt, lake cleanup, sapling maintenance [...]
August 27, 2015 12:32 PM (IST)

Ainthinai - CTC Green Day - 30th Aug 2015

Ainthinai - CTC  Green   Day  - 30th Aug 2015

Register   here  !!!


Chennai Trekking Club along with our Green Team "Ainthinai" is proud to announce yet another signature event of the year "CTC's Green Day " - a special annual event dedicated to "Mother Earth" to sound the cause of Environment and Sustainable living. This event will be our big step forward to create awareness by planting trees on a larger scale and to create the impact of Greener Ecosystem.

Over [...]

August 27, 2015 12:29 PM (IST)

Painted Stork's Travels

A Konyak man at Hornbill Festival in Kohima, Nagaland.

Daily photo: A Konyak man dressed in his traditional best, during Hornbill Festival in Kohima, Nagaland.

Konyaks, a tribe from Nagaland, are known for their history of headhunting. The practice apparently lasted until as late as the 1960s. The tattoos on the face served as recognition of a headhunter’s proud acquisitions.

Photographed last year, when I was leading my annual photography tour to the hornbill festival .

Related Posts The Last Living Head Hunters Photo: A Portrait from Melukote [...]

August 27, 2015 08:48 AM (IST)

Voyager for Life

4 Bloggers Share Their Love For Travel Photography

Today, I invite four awesome bloggers who share my passion for travel photography . They enjoy travelling and snapping photos; they understand the art and zealously hone their skills. Of course, each of them has different perspectives and fortes. But, the joy of capturing a beautiful moment is what makes all these lovely people alike.

The gleam that you see in a photographer’s eyes after taking a great shot is just like a child’s innocent squeal as he grabs his favourite candy. So, let’s enjoy this [...]

August 27, 2015 07:25 AM (IST)

Indrani Share

Senior Couple Sitting on Bench, Lal Bagh

This post is for Thursday Challenge: BENCH. I saw this couple in their sunset years of life deeply immersed in talking in a colorful bench in Lal Bagh, Bangalore. The arms of the bench looked so menacing but the couple sitting on it seemed sober. They may be discussing their problems, or may be their happiness. Whatever! I hope they found peace! Truly, the bench is a boon to idlers. Whoever
August 27, 2015 05:55 AM (IST)

Be on the road

Top 6 Seychelles National Parks

Seychelles, a jewel of the Indian Ocean is one of the top beach holiday destinations of the world. This East African archipelago is synonymous with romantic holidays, honeymoons and luxury beach retreats. While the white sandy beaches and lagoons are top class, these islands are also home to some legendary coral and marine life. From the giant land tortoise to the whale sharks and from tiger sharks to manta rays, this coral paradise of the Indian Ocean offers many opportunities to see such exotic plant and [...]
August 27, 2015 01:24 AM (IST)

August 26, 2015

Chennai Trekking Club

Chennai Trail Marathon - Sep 13th - Call for Volunteers

Chennai Trail Marathon - Sep 13th - Call for Volunteers Sign up here
More then 1000 of South India's best runners are coming down to Chennai on Sep 13th to participate in the 4th edition of the Chennai Trail Marathon. Run categories - 21K, 42K and 50K along the scenic Cholavaram lake. CTM is known as one of the more challenging and beautiful multi-terrain trail runs across dams, lakes, rivers, forest, canyons, grasslands and more. Started in 2012, CTM has build up a strong reputation within the running [...]
August 26, 2015 11:18 PM (IST)

Sandeep's World

Meesapulimala Trek

When myself and Preethu visited Gayathry at Ambala, after a Leh trip, we had an agreement with her that whenever she and Deepak takes the next vaccation, we would plan a Western Ghats trek. When the time for their vaccation came, we discussed a few options.
August 26, 2015 10:07 PM (IST)

Travel at Bhushavali

Cars & Bikes at Indian Luxury Expo - Part 2 (Chennai - Tamil Nadu)

Next super bike there was Indian Motorcycles, which was the first motorcycle company in America. There were 2 models in the display - Scout and Road Master. The Road Master is a 1800cc bike weighing 400kg. That's pretty heavy! Both front & rear are floating rotor ABS brakes. The tank capacity is almost 21lt and comes with a 6 speed gear box. The tires are Dunlop tires. The engine is a Thunder Stroke 111 engine. There's an option of keyless button start ignition as well..

Every thing about this bike [...]

August 26, 2015 08:48 PM (IST)

Anki On the Move

Backpacking Rome:Trevi Fountain,Spanish Steps

From the Trevi Fountain that was left dry with a few visible wishing coins,I gulped down the famous Gelato cone and walked down the Spanish Steps.
Fountain of the Ugly Boat

From which angle does this look ugly??

at Rome,Italy
No matter what anyone says no matter if going to a place as significant as Trevi Fountain is important,skip it if you get a hint that it's under construction still.I regret the fact that the internet never warned me on this as it's expected to be under renovation till [...]

August 26, 2015 08:06 PM (IST)

Chennai Trekking Club

Write Up - Emperor's "Trek to Heaven" 22-23rd Aug 2015

Trek to Heaven – Venkatagiri Hills 22-23 rd  Aug, 2015

  This was not yet another regular CTC Treks, myself having done some CTC treks in past will definitely say this was one helluva rare fun treks.  First of all I would like to say thanks to organizers (Arun, Masu), volunteers (Vel, Manoj, Abdul, Prakash) and all those helping hands and fellow trekkers.

Venkatagiri hills lies in the Venkateshwara National Park, near Venkatagiri town, Nellore district, AP. It has a fort built on top [...]

August 26, 2015 07:19 PM (IST)

Chennai Triathlon Aug 2015 - Finishers / Rankings

Half Iron Open Male
Rank BIB Name Swim T1 Cycle T2 Run Total Status 1 H163 Nagaraj MR 0:44 0:03 3:06 0:04 1:55 5:52 Podium 2 H170 Sunil Menon 0:47 0:03 3:18 0:10 1:56 6:14 Podium 3 H133 Samreth Singh 0:38 0:03 2:48 0:03 2:47 6:19 Podium 4 H173 Lokesh Nagar 0:38 0:03 2:59 0:02 2:39 6:21 Finish 5 H132 Ashwin 0:32 0:05 3:30 0:05 2:49 7:01 Finish 6 H166 Abhishek Mishra 0:59 0:09 3:36 0:07 2:43 7:34 Finish 7 H127 Nagender Singh 0:52 0:07 3:43 0:07 2:50 7:39 Finish 8 H128 Shubham Kajale 0:34 0:01 3:55 0:02 3:08 [...]
August 26, 2015 04:54 PM (IST)

Be on the road

My Very Own Travel Video: Courtesy Discover America

I already consider myself privileged and lucky to be able to travel the way I have been and see the world from a different perspective. But, when someone sends a professional video team with you and make a cool travel video with you as the center piece, you are totally blown away. I have to say that I feel insanely proud and happy to be the lead model/anchor/actor in this short travel video. I hope this is the start of many to come and hopefully, one day, you will see me on the TV and/or on other media.
August 26, 2015 11:13 AM (IST)

Miles to Write

To the top of Texas: Guadalupe Peak Hike

On the way to Guadalupe Mountains NP As the long weekend was approaching, we started searching the map for some places we could drive to from Austin. We had heard about Carlsbad Caverns National Park and it looked like a reasonable drive of about 7 hours. On zooming in, we saw that Guadalupe Mountains National Park was quite close to it. Until recently, we had not even heard about such a national park. The park was primarily for hiking. Out of all the hikes, Guadalupe peak hike was rated the best by many sites. [...]
August 26, 2015 08:36 AM (IST)

Rajesh's India

Siddhar Gundu, Shravanabelagola

At  Shravanabelagola  on the Indragiri hill there are various ancient monuments. all over the hillock. One among them is Siddhar Gundu.
This is a huge boulder with carvings of Jain Tirthankaras is located just 30 steps on the upward journey after one crosses another monument Tyagada Kamba. 
At the top portion of the boulder there is a carvings of of Lord Adinatha and his one hundred children.
There is also a unique carving of Lord Bahubali in padmasana and this we can [...]
August 26, 2015 06:57 AM (IST)

Voyager for Life

5 ‘Offbeat’ Stays In India I’d Like To Experience

I have always believed that an offbeat stay experience on your travels adds a lot of substance to your trip. Thus, you should always make it a point to choose your accommodation carefully. Like in my case, I wouldn’t want to stay in a characterless, plain and lacklustre hotel room. For me, it’s important that I get an experience in each place that I visit. Whether it’s a simple village hut in the mountains or a swanky heritage haveli in Rajasthan , I want a certain aura that I can take back home.

Offbeat [...]

August 26, 2015 05:38 AM (IST)

August 25, 2015

Indrani Share

Faces of India - 227

I met her at Lal Bagh, Bangalore. She is one of the cleaners of the garden. I watched her for some time doing her duty very diligently; taking care to see no dry leaf or twig lay scattered around the sand sculpture of Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam. When I requested her for her pic she said everybody takes pic of Kalam Sir. (Noticed her hand that held a broom, adorned with glass bangles?)
August 25, 2015 10:36 PM (IST)