Travels Archive

  • “Om Sai Ram” There are virtuous and kind people who did exceptional work for humanity and then there are people with exceptional degree of holiness whose life, philosophy had touched human lives in a new way, who had successfully lead us to the righteous path of dharma and moksha.  Sai Baba of Shirdi was one of them, the holy saint who championed the idea of One God – Sabka Maalik Ek (There is only one GOD who governs all)”  and […]

    Spiritual escape to Shirdi Sai Baba and my initiation into street photography

    “Om Sai Ram” There are virtuous and kind people who did exceptional work for humanity and then there are people with exceptional degree of holiness whose life, philosophy had touched human lives in a new way, who had successfully lead us to the righteous path of dharma and moksha.  Sai Baba of Shirdi was one of them, the holy saint who championed the idea of One God – Sabka Maalik Ek (There is only one GOD who governs all)”  and […]

  • “Sullen clouds are gathering fast over the black fringe of the forest. O child, do not go out! The palm trees in a row by the lake are smiting their heads against the dismal sky; the crows with their dragged wings are silent on the tamarind branches, and the eastern bank of the river is haunted by a deepening gloom.”   ~ Tagore …and as I sat down to pen my wistful memories of rain soaked days spent in the lushful […]

    Best and top monsoon destinations in India – rain, rain come again

    “Sullen clouds are gathering fast over the black fringe of the forest. O child, do not go out! The palm trees in a row by the lake are smiting their heads against the dismal sky; the crows with their dragged wings are silent on the tamarind branches, and the eastern bank of the river is haunted by a deepening gloom.”   ~ Tagore …and as I sat down to pen my wistful memories of rain soaked days spent in the lushful […]

  • This will be my concluding post on Yellowstone national park and before we venture onto our new destination, here is a quick roundup of what you can do in Yellowstone national park. Yellowstone is world’s first and most significant national park, and it’s rich and varied topography, landscapes and flora-fauna has something for everyone. From off-beat hiking trails to geyser gazing sights, or chasing the herds of bison or one-to-one interaction with wolves and bears, fishing, camping and rafting you […]

    Top 8 attractions or things to do in Yellowstone national park

    This will be my concluding post on Yellowstone national park and before we venture onto our new destination, here is a quick roundup of what you can do in Yellowstone national park. Yellowstone is world’s first and most significant national park, and it’s rich and varied topography, landscapes and flora-fauna has something for everyone. From off-beat hiking trails to geyser gazing sights, or chasing the herds of bison or one-to-one interaction with wolves and bears, fishing, camping and rafting you […]

  • Of all the trail loops in Yellowstone National Park, Fountain Paint Pot trail is one of the most interesting trail of Yellowstone park. It lies in the Lower Geyser basin which is scattered over wide expanse of area and is characteristically marked by all the geothermal features like geysers, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. This unique feature made this part of the Yellowstone stand apart from the rest. Celestine Pool at a distant. While none of the geysers here […]

    Fountain paint pot nature trail – Yellowstone National Park part III

    Of all the trail loops in Yellowstone National Park, Fountain Paint Pot trail is one of the most interesting trail of Yellowstone park. It lies in the Lower Geyser basin which is scattered over wide expanse of area and is characteristically marked by all the geothermal features like geysers, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. This unique feature made this part of the Yellowstone stand apart from the rest. Celestine Pool at a distant. While none of the geysers here […]

  • Continuing from my previous post on canyons and wild life of Yellowstone, here we will take you through the most interesting features of Yellowstone – geothermal hot springs. Geothermal, geysers and hot springs are the centerpiece of attraction in Yellowstone park.  They are concentrated primarily into two areas – Norris Geyser basin and Upper geyser basin. So if you are touring the lower loop of Yellowstone park, you have to skip Norris Geyser basin. The Lower Loop highlights include the […]

    Old Faithful and Upper geyser basin trail – Yellowstone National Park part II

    Continuing from my previous post on canyons and wild life of Yellowstone, here we will take you through the most interesting features of Yellowstone – geothermal hot springs. Geothermal, geysers and hot springs are the centerpiece of attraction in Yellowstone park.  They are concentrated primarily into two areas – Norris Geyser basin and Upper geyser basin. So if you are touring the lower loop of Yellowstone park, you have to skip Norris Geyser basin. The Lower Loop highlights include the […]

  • The scent of damp earth, the whiff of fresh air, the wind on my face, slight nip in the air, the silent gurgling of the water, tiny fishes playing around my ankle soaked in pristine crystal clear lake water, sound of birds chirping nearby and under the big sky Montana as I began to pen down my thoughts on my travel notebook, time traveled backwards…twenty years back, for the love of travel I chose to become a geologist . … […]

    Yellowstone national park – canyons & Hayden valley part I-

    The scent of damp earth, the whiff of fresh air, the wind on my face, slight nip in the air, the silent gurgling of the water, tiny fishes playing around my ankle soaked in pristine crystal clear lake water, sound of birds chirping nearby and under the big sky Montana as I began to pen down my thoughts on my travel notebook, time traveled backwards…twenty years back, for the love of travel I chose to become a geologist . … […]

  • Intro – The quieter you become the more you can hear, like the sound of whistling Thrush that keeps you accompanied on the winding trails through the jungles of Sahyadri. Solitude is bliss, the pure “me time” when you want to be left alone to let yourself soaked in the warmth of early morning sunshine, seating at Arthur’s seat and watching as the first rays of sun paints the green valleys in hues of golden yellow, orange and ombre shades […]

    Mahabaleshwar – the gem of Western Ghats

    Intro – The quieter you become the more you can hear, like the sound of whistling Thrush that keeps you accompanied on the winding trails through the jungles of Sahyadri. Solitude is bliss, the pure “me time” when you want to be left alone to let yourself soaked in the warmth of early morning sunshine, seating at Arthur’s seat and watching as the first rays of sun paints the green valleys in hues of golden yellow, orange and ombre shades […]

  • Vibrant, Vigorous, Vivacious…. Varanasi! Popularly  known  by its monikers “Kashi” and “Banaras”, Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities of the world with a history that goes beyond 3000 years. It is situated on the western riverbank of the Ganges River in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh; believed to be an abode of Lord Shiva. It is popularly known as “The City of Lights” and “The Spiritual Capital of India”. It is considered a Holy City by the […]

    5 Interesting Things to Do in Varanasi

    Vibrant, Vigorous, Vivacious…. Varanasi! Popularly  known  by its monikers “Kashi” and “Banaras”, Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities of the world with a history that goes beyond 3000 years. It is situated on the western riverbank of the Ganges River in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh; believed to be an abode of Lord Shiva. It is popularly known as “The City of Lights” and “The Spiritual Capital of India”. It is considered a Holy City by the […]

  • Top 7 Himalayan treks: Since time immemorial the perpetual snow covered lofty mountains has challenged human lives. Sage, saint, hermit and vagabonds has found solace in its mighty arms that has spread across throughout the subcontinent. The wonder of wonders that has never ceased to amaze man,  with its abundant beauty that nature has chosen to bestow on it, diverse flora and fauna and many life forms that it has supported through eons, Himalayas are most sought after and at the same […]

    My most favourite Top 7 Best and most beautiful Himalayan treks

    Top 7 Himalayan treks: Since time immemorial the perpetual snow covered lofty mountains has challenged human lives. Sage, saint, hermit and vagabonds has found solace in its mighty arms that has spread across throughout the subcontinent. The wonder of wonders that has never ceased to amaze man,  with its abundant beauty that nature has chosen to bestow on it, diverse flora and fauna and many life forms that it has supported through eons, Himalayas are most sought after and at the same […]

  • Two years back when we moved to North Bangalore, I was charmed by the beauty of this man-made lake, so peaceful, calm and serene. The view from the flyover is really beautiful, specially during sunsets. As a budding photographer I was so enthusiasts to capture the landscape of Hebbal lake at sunset, but could not find a place to shoot, as it was surrounded by the filth, garbage and acts as a dumping ground for the construction works. The view […]

    A quiet morning @ Hebbal Lake, Bangalore

    Two years back when we moved to North Bangalore, I was charmed by the beauty of this man-made lake, so peaceful, calm and serene. The view from the flyover is really beautiful, specially during sunsets. As a budding photographer I was so enthusiasts to capture the landscape of Hebbal lake at sunset, but could not find a place to shoot, as it was surrounded by the filth, garbage and acts as a dumping ground for the construction works. The view […]

  • Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 Flower show return to Lal Bagh this year with astounding display of floral replica of Mysore Palace and the famed Dasara procession. We happened to visit there on 15th of August. Not an ideal to visit as the crowd was huge.  The footfalls at the show was beyond the expectations of the organiser and they had to close the main gate number of times. Maneuvering through the suffocating crowd and handling the camera at the […]

    Lal Bagh flower show August 2014 & Dastkar handicraft fair

    Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 Flower show return to Lal Bagh this year with astounding display of floral replica of Mysore Palace and the famed Dasara procession. We happened to visit there on 15th of August. Not an ideal to visit as the crowd was huge.  The footfalls at the show was beyond the expectations of the organiser and they had to close the main gate number of times. Maneuvering through the suffocating crowd and handling the camera at the […]

  • A jungle odyssey can be an incredible experience. When you travel in the forest you must be sensitive and careful. You must respect the forest rules and take steps so as not to disturb the animals. Good jungle etiquette can help you to enjoy the rich fauna without a negative impact on the eco-tourism. Important travel tips are discussed in this primer. You must not get out of the vehicle to take photographs of the animals. You must take photographs […]

    Important Travel Tips For An Exhilarating And Memorable Jungle Experience

    A jungle odyssey can be an incredible experience. When you travel in the forest you must be sensitive and careful. You must respect the forest rules and take steps so as not to disturb the animals. Good jungle etiquette can help you to enjoy the rich fauna without a negative impact on the eco-tourism. Important travel tips are discussed in this primer. You must not get out of the vehicle to take photographs of the animals. You must take photographs […]

  • “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ― George Eliot Between summer and winter, there is  fall, a transitional phase when each leaves of the tree turns into golden, yellow and red before shedding themselves, paints the landscape in riots of color, before embracing harsh and cold winter nights in their bare branches . We are expected to be sad because soon the […]

    Fall in the dreamy Smoky mountains

    “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ― George Eliot Between summer and winter, there is  fall, a transitional phase when each leaves of the tree turns into golden, yellow and red before shedding themselves, paints the landscape in riots of color, before embracing harsh and cold winter nights in their bare branches . We are expected to be sad because soon the […]

  • Two weeks of travelling through the wild – wild west of America, hopping through six national parks and enduring through the range of climatic conditions, we are finally back with tired limbs, overwhelming experience, some lifelong memories and few mind-boggling three thousand plus images and bucket full of stories for you. Let me download everything first !  I need some real vacation now ! 😀 Before my hypnotic mind get restored to its original frame, let me brief you quickly […]

    Yosemite rim fire – should you visit Yosemite or not ?

    Two weeks of travelling through the wild – wild west of America, hopping through six national parks and enduring through the range of climatic conditions, we are finally back with tired limbs, overwhelming experience, some lifelong memories and few mind-boggling three thousand plus images and bucket full of stories for you. Let me download everything first !  I need some real vacation now ! 😀 Before my hypnotic mind get restored to its original frame, let me brief you quickly […]

  • This is the concluding part of our long Florida series.  To be at “Miami” or not to be …. well ! We have to stay in Miami for two reasons – one for return flight  and other for its proximity to Everglades. So in short we spend one and half day at Miami. Thankfully enough,  weather was cool in Miami and we did enjoyed partially though , just strolling through the streets, stopped at some curio shops, and sampled foods […]

    An un inspired day at Miami and few good moments !

    This is the concluding part of our long Florida series.  To be at “Miami” or not to be …. well ! We have to stay in Miami for two reasons – one for return flight  and other for its proximity to Everglades. So in short we spend one and half day at Miami. Thankfully enough,  weather was cool in Miami and we did enjoyed partially though , just strolling through the streets, stopped at some curio shops, and sampled foods […]

  • Sanibel Sanibel ? what is that ? A beach in Florida ? Florida ? you say? Isnt Florida is all about Disneyworld ? Yes it is. Then why we should go to Sanibel ? Minutes later, we were looking for hotels in Sanibel !   I have seen beautiful picturesque beaches before, beaches where you will want to spend the rest of your lives lying on that crystal white sandy coast, but I have never seen a beach full of […]

    Sanibel and Everglades national park , Florida – on alligators, panthers and anhinga trail

    Sanibel Sanibel ? what is that ? A beach in Florida ? Florida ? you say? Isnt Florida is all about Disneyworld ? Yes it is. Then why we should go to Sanibel ? Minutes later, we were looking for hotels in Sanibel !   I have seen beautiful picturesque beaches before, beaches where you will want to spend the rest of your lives lying on that crystal white sandy coast, but I have never seen a beach full of […]

  • I know this space has been silent for over a week, you must be annoyed at my inconsistency in blogging , well I understand that. Summer is in full swing now and that means more outdoor activities will be waiting for us. We will keep you updated with that and before starting with my new adventures, let me first finish this Florida backlogs. I hate backlogs but sometimes has to deal with it. So here we are again after taking […]

    Magic Kingdom & EPCOT – Disney World Orlando

    I know this space has been silent for over a week, you must be annoyed at my inconsistency in blogging , well I understand that. Summer is in full swing now and that means more outdoor activities will be waiting for us. We will keep you updated with that and before starting with my new adventures, let me first finish this Florida backlogs. I hate backlogs but sometimes has to deal with it. So here we are again after taking […]

  • Continuing from my previous post on  Disney World – Animal kingdom park, which am sure you have loved it,  on this weekend travel post we are portraying Universal Studios through our lens. Universal studio is very fascinating, the buildings, the streets, the towns all modeled after their famous movies is worth seeing, worth visiting and we spent little over half a day there. For the shrimp lovers, Bubba Gump shrimps has their restaurant right there near the entrance to the park. Food […]

    Universal Studios Orlando – a photo essay

    Continuing from my previous post on  Disney World – Animal kingdom park, which am sure you have loved it,  on this weekend travel post we are portraying Universal Studios through our lens. Universal studio is very fascinating, the buildings, the streets, the towns all modeled after their famous movies is worth seeing, worth visiting and we spent little over half a day there. For the shrimp lovers, Bubba Gump shrimps has their restaurant right there near the entrance to the park. Food […]

  • A bunch of youngsters in their 20’s shouting, unapologetic, shrieking  laughing , singing and as the train speedily wind its way through the lower Shivalik foothills, passing though so many tunnels, all eyes were upon the breathtaking views that slowly unfolds before us and gradually the cluttered noises ceases to engulf a complete silence ! It was our study tour to Shimla but looks more like picnic party than anything else. Shimla welcomed us with a surprise shower of rain and the jeep that was assigned to take us to our […]

    Shimla the nostalgia never ends and 10 best things to do there !

    A bunch of youngsters in their 20’s shouting, unapologetic, shrieking  laughing , singing and as the train speedily wind its way through the lower Shivalik foothills, passing though so many tunnels, all eyes were upon the breathtaking views that slowly unfolds before us and gradually the cluttered noises ceases to engulf a complete silence ! It was our study tour to Shimla but looks more like picnic party than anything else. Shimla welcomed us with a surprise shower of rain and the jeep that was assigned to take us to our […]

  • I generally do not brag about my shopping escapades  and more than anything else I love to explore the markets rather than buying everything on its first sight …  but when someone asked me the other day what to buy from India?  I was perplexed, do not know where to start from ? Hence this post … India is a shopper’s paradise, you just can’t beat the incredible variety of gorgeous items at low prices, can be quiet overwhelming with multitude of choices and ranges, from […]

    Best things to buy from India – a shopping destination

    I generally do not brag about my shopping escapades  and more than anything else I love to explore the markets rather than buying everything on its first sight …  but when someone asked me the other day what to buy from India?  I was perplexed, do not know where to start from ? Hence this post … India is a shopper’s paradise, you just can’t beat the incredible variety of gorgeous items at low prices, can be quiet overwhelming with multitude of choices and ranges, from […]

  • Guest Blogger Sophie takes us off the mainland to a hidden paradise in the Atlantic – The Canary islands . Sun , Sand and Sangria ! Now Revealed The Best of Gran Canaria Often acknowledged as a small continent, Gran Canaria is the second most inhabited island of the Canary Islands. The island is bordered by three continents Africa, Europe and the America making it a multi-faceted travel destination for holidaymakers. With an exciting blend of adventure, fun, leisure, sightseeing and […]

    Gran Canaria, Spain island vacations

    Guest Blogger Sophie takes us off the mainland to a hidden paradise in the Atlantic – The Canary islands . Sun , Sand and Sangria ! Now Revealed The Best of Gran Canaria Often acknowledged as a small continent, Gran Canaria is the second most inhabited island of the Canary Islands. The island is bordered by three continents Africa, Europe and the America making it a multi-faceted travel destination for holidaymakers. With an exciting blend of adventure, fun, leisure, sightseeing and […]

  • We are back with exciting stories from Florida and I can not tell you how much we have enjoyed our days there. Florida is all about Disney world and at the same time beyond Disney is what defines Florida. Orlando no longer belongs to Florida or US only, it has assumed the stature of an international city, people from all walks of life, from all over the world flocked to see what a magical fantasy kingdom has been created by Walt Disney. To summarize the experiences […]

    Animal Kingdom park – Disney’s best kept secret

    We are back with exciting stories from Florida and I can not tell you how much we have enjoyed our days there. Florida is all about Disney world and at the same time beyond Disney is what defines Florida. Orlando no longer belongs to Florida or US only, it has assumed the stature of an international city, people from all walks of life, from all over the world flocked to see what a magical fantasy kingdom has been created by Walt Disney. To summarize the experiences […]

  • Yes you have read it right ! We are going to Disneyworld finally !!! I know Disneyworld is specially for kids and we might be little out-of-place, but it has many more fantastic things for the adults like the EPCOT worldshowcase and Animal Kingdom, who would not love those jungle safaris and not to mention the magical castle of Cinderella !  Disneyworld has lots to offer and it has something for everyone, quiet literally. How to Reach Orlando : Now before heading to my itinerary, let […]

    Disneyworld and my Florida itinerary

    Yes you have read it right ! We are going to Disneyworld finally !!! I know Disneyworld is specially for kids and we might be little out-of-place, but it has many more fantastic things for the adults like the EPCOT worldshowcase and Animal Kingdom, who would not love those jungle safaris and not to mention the magical castle of Cinderella !  Disneyworld has lots to offer and it has something for everyone, quiet literally. How to Reach Orlando : Now before heading to my itinerary, let […]

  • New York is perhaps the most vibrant, lively and chaotic city in the world, full of life, beautiful, amazing, a city that never sleeps and no word can ever describe the spirit of New York.  A city of many contradictions and opinions, where art thrives and shines in every dusky corner of the city, city of graffiti, theaters, music, fashion and undoubtedly the food capital of the world. There is certain insanity in the air of New York and it consumes you […]

    Essential New York travel guidelines for the first-timers

    New York is perhaps the most vibrant, lively and chaotic city in the world, full of life, beautiful, amazing, a city that never sleeps and no word can ever describe the spirit of New York.  A city of many contradictions and opinions, where art thrives and shines in every dusky corner of the city, city of graffiti, theaters, music, fashion and undoubtedly the food capital of the world. There is certain insanity in the air of New York and it consumes you […]

  • ” A penny saved is a penny earned ” – Saving is difficult and spending is lot easier, but with careful planning and little effort you can save few bucks that will earn you rewards later in time. My mantra is to plan ahead, be well-informed, look for combo and cheap deals, travel light and be flexible, while this will cost you nothing but in the long run it will save your hard-earned money. So here are five essential tips […]

    5 essential and practical tips for flying in India on a budget

    ” A penny saved is a penny earned ” – Saving is difficult and spending is lot easier, but with careful planning and little effort you can save few bucks that will earn you rewards later in time. My mantra is to plan ahead, be well-informed, look for combo and cheap deals, travel light and be flexible, while this will cost you nothing but in the long run it will save your hard-earned money. So here are five essential tips […]

  • Don’t be startled if I say India can be one of the gourmet destination in the world, its rich and varied cuisines is spectacularly diverse and ironically enough it is highly unpopular because of its unsafe and unhygienic food standards. Contrary to western standards, food in India is mostly  prepared fresh, and since frequent power cuts are a major  issue even in metro cities, so refrigeration suffers and that attributes to the poor and stale quality of meats and other food items. But due to its spectacular […]

    How to enjoy the Indian food and stay healthy

    Don’t be startled if I say India can be one of the gourmet destination in the world, its rich and varied cuisines is spectacularly diverse and ironically enough it is highly unpopular because of its unsafe and unhygienic food standards. Contrary to western standards, food in India is mostly  prepared fresh, and since frequent power cuts are a major  issue even in metro cities, so refrigeration suffers and that attributes to the poor and stale quality of meats and other food items. But due to its spectacular […]

  • “… coming annually in an endless migration from colder climates, to alight here once in the long journey of their lives ” {adapted from Brian Moore} Lake Matamuskeet in North Carolina is largest natural lake of the state and is shallow coastal lake of depth range between 2-3 ft and is full of nutrients, dotted with cypress trees is home to winter migratory birds from the colder climatic zones. Geographically speaking, the lake is a wetlands depression that fills with […]

    Lake Matamuskeet – North Carolina

    “… coming annually in an endless migration from colder climates, to alight here once in the long journey of their lives ” {adapted from Brian Moore} Lake Matamuskeet in North Carolina is largest natural lake of the state and is shallow coastal lake of depth range between 2-3 ft and is full of nutrients, dotted with cypress trees is home to winter migratory birds from the colder climatic zones. Geographically speaking, the lake is a wetlands depression that fills with […]

  • “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ” ~ John Muir … and so on a Sunday morning we packed some banana pecan quick breads, along with some tea and decided to spend the day in the woods …  sat beside the pristine Falls lake in Wake forest and enjoyed the […]

    Hiking in the woods @ Falls lake NC

    “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ” ~ John Muir … and so on a Sunday morning we packed some banana pecan quick breads, along with some tea and decided to spend the day in the woods …  sat beside the pristine Falls lake in Wake forest and enjoyed the […]

  • I know I am little lazy in posting my travel post or weekend getaways, time flies away, season changes and almost another quarter of this year is about to complete, but before it hit exactly 365 days, let me take you to the beautiful coastal town or city of Newport, in Rhode Island, a small unglamorous state whose existing is almost overshadowed by the towering neighbouring Massachusetts state. After moving to Rhode Island in last June, on one fine and […]

    Postcard from Newport – a cliff walk along the Atlantic

    I know I am little lazy in posting my travel post or weekend getaways, time flies away, season changes and almost another quarter of this year is about to complete, but before it hit exactly 365 days, let me take you to the beautiful coastal town or city of Newport, in Rhode Island, a small unglamorous state whose existing is almost overshadowed by the towering neighbouring Massachusetts state. After moving to Rhode Island in last June, on one fine and […]

  • Continuing from the Grand Palace … Once you are out of the Grand Palace, the next Wat or temple that will caught your attention is the Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun on the other side of the Chao Phraya river, this temple is another exemplary of Khymer style architecture. If you have some time in your hand, then do visit the temple, it can be accessed only by ferry if you are on the Bangkok side of the city. […]

    Wat Pho and shopping, eating @Bangkok

    Continuing from the Grand Palace … Once you are out of the Grand Palace, the next Wat or temple that will caught your attention is the Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun on the other side of the Chao Phraya river, this temple is another exemplary of Khymer style architecture. If you have some time in your hand, then do visit the temple, it can be accessed only by ferry if you are on the Bangkok side of the city. […]