Travels Archive

  • Bangkok – the city with a glorious past which still holds close to its heart the remnants of a bygone era and at the same time struggling hard with its ultra modern attitude is truly fascinating and will leave you amazed and somewhat stupefied. Coming from an Asian background, Bangkok is no different than any other Asian cities, but as soon as you let yourself wandering in its meandering alleys, you will start feeling the differences. It is bizarre, vibrant […]

    Grand palace and Emerald Buddha @ Bangkok

    Bangkok – the city with a glorious past which still holds close to its heart the remnants of a bygone era and at the same time struggling hard with its ultra modern attitude is truly fascinating and will leave you amazed and somewhat stupefied. Coming from an Asian background, Bangkok is no different than any other Asian cities, but as soon as you let yourself wandering in its meandering alleys, you will start feeling the differences. It is bizarre, vibrant […]

  • “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower ” Albert Camus Best time to visit : Mid September till Mid October And once you are in New England region of USA, you will know how true it is. Seasons are more pronounced here, sun now sets at 7 in the evening slowly pushing us into shorter days, sky is bright and clear, with zillions of stars glittering in the night, air is cool and crisp, evening strolls […]

    new england fall foliage – the most scenic drives on a day trip

    “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower ” Albert Camus Best time to visit : Mid September till Mid October And once you are in New England region of USA, you will know how true it is. Seasons are more pronounced here, sun now sets at 7 in the evening slowly pushing us into shorter days, sky is bright and clear, with zillions of stars glittering in the night, air is cool and crisp, evening strolls […]

  • If it is 4th of July and you are in US of A, where would you go ? Off course boston, if you hadn’t been there before and if you happen to live in New England region. First I thought I will title the post as historic city of Boston, but then we barely capture the spirit of boston, as the trip was highly focussed on New England aquarium. When we started in the morning, it was hot and muggy […]

    new england aquarium and old state house @ boston

    If it is 4th of July and you are in US of A, where would you go ? Off course boston, if you hadn’t been there before and if you happen to live in New England region. First I thought I will title the post as historic city of Boston, but then we barely capture the spirit of boston, as the trip was highly focussed on New England aquarium. When we started in the morning, it was hot and muggy […]

  • Kanchanaburi is a small town in the western part of Thailand where river Kwai Yai and Kwai Noi merges. This town becomes a part of history during world war II when Japanese soldiers decided to make a strategic railway link between Burma and Thailand to shorten the lines of supply by the help of POW. Initially it was estimated that the railway link will take five years to finish but the Japanese army forced the prisoners to complete it in […]

    tiger temple at kanchanaburi

    Kanchanaburi is a small town in the western part of Thailand where river Kwai Yai and Kwai Noi merges. This town becomes a part of history during world war II when Japanese soldiers decided to make a strategic railway link between Burma and Thailand to shorten the lines of supply by the help of POW. Initially it was estimated that the railway link will take five years to finish but the Japanese army forced the prisoners to complete it in […]

  • Ayutthaya – the ancient city was founded in 1351 by ruling king U-Thong on the plains of Chao Phraya river and it became the most economically and politically powerful kingdom in the south-east Asia, fortified on all three sides by river. The name of the city may have been derived from Ayodhya – the city of Hindu king Rama, which probably shows an influence of Hinduism in the region, has excellent trade and economic ties with neighboring kingdoms, and end rule of […]

    ayutthaya – unesco world heritage site

    Ayutthaya – the ancient city was founded in 1351 by ruling king U-Thong on the plains of Chao Phraya river and it became the most economically and politically powerful kingdom in the south-east Asia, fortified on all three sides by river. The name of the city may have been derived from Ayodhya – the city of Hindu king Rama, which probably shows an influence of Hinduism in the region, has excellent trade and economic ties with neighboring kingdoms, and end rule of […]

  • Phuket is Thailand’s largest island almost the size of Singapore and enjoys a tropical climate with dry season spanning from November to April and its boundless beauty lies in its unique topology. The island is mountainous for most of its part with inundated plains at places and is truly gifted with clean cheesy white palm lined sandy beaches on the western shores of Andaman seas and numerous exotic and hidden islands strewn across the Pacific ocean. Azure blue warm tropical […]

    phuket – pearl of the pacific

    Phuket is Thailand’s largest island almost the size of Singapore and enjoys a tropical climate with dry season spanning from November to April and its boundless beauty lies in its unique topology. The island is mountainous for most of its part with inundated plains at places and is truly gifted with clean cheesy white palm lined sandy beaches on the western shores of Andaman seas and numerous exotic and hidden islands strewn across the Pacific ocean. Azure blue warm tropical […]

  • sawadee kha... meaning greetings in Thai and it also mean that we have arrived in Thailand. Hurray ! It was precisely 6 in the morning when we arrived at Bangkok’s international airport – Suvarnabhumi, outside temperature was 35 degree Celsius, hot and humid, city was slowly waking up from its deep slumber. After a smooth emigration, having picked up our luggage we headed straight to domestic departure for our next flight to Phuket. But the Air Asia flight to Phuket […]

    suvarnabhumi airport @ bangkok

    sawadee kha… meaning greetings in Thai and it also mean that we have arrived in Thailand. Hurray ! It was precisely 6 in the morning when we arrived at Bangkok’s international airport – Suvarnabhumi, outside temperature was 35 degree Celsius, hot and humid, city was slowly waking up from its deep slumber. After a smooth emigration, having picked up our luggage we headed straight to domestic departure for our next flight to Phuket. But the Air Asia flight to Phuket […]

  • amazing thailand – a travelogue A long time ago, in a far away land on the western shores of Andaman seas, an ancient kingdom was born known as Sukhothai -”the dawn of happiness “ around 10th century and with it was born the legends of the mysterious white elephants. White elephants or the albinos of the species are extremely rare and so when these white elephants are spotted they become royal significance. Since Sukhothai kingdom was founded on the Theravada […]

    amazing thailand

    amazing thailand – a travelogue A long time ago, in a far away land on the western shores of Andaman seas, an ancient kingdom was born known as Sukhothai -”the dawn of happiness “ around 10th century and with it was born the legends of the mysterious white elephants. White elephants or the albinos of the species are extremely rare and so when these white elephants are spotted they become royal significance. Since Sukhothai kingdom was founded on the Theravada […]

  • This was the standard procedure followed in 2009 to get the trekking permit for Gaumukh. Call, fax or send a letter to : CHIEF WILDLIFE WARDEN , UTTARKHAND 5, CHANDRABANI Mohabewala DEHRADUN 248001 UTTARKHAND, INDIA Fax: 0135-2644691 Note: If you need a guide the permit for him also must be obtained by you. Collect the permit from: DFO office Tekla, Kotbangla road ( after entering Uttarkashi, it will take 20 mins ( approx 2-3 km ) to DFO office ) […]

    gaumukh trek permit

    This was the standard procedure followed in 2009 to get the trekking permit for Gaumukh. Call, fax or send a letter to : CHIEF WILDLIFE WARDEN , UTTARKHAND 5, CHANDRABANI Mohabewala DEHRADUN 248001 UTTARKHAND, INDIA Fax: 0135-2644691 Note: If you need a guide the permit for him also must be obtained by you. Collect the permit from: DFO office Tekla, Kotbangla road ( after entering Uttarkashi, it will take 20 mins ( approx 2-3 km ) to DFO office ) […]

  • Continuing from our previous trip to Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek Shri Kedarnath temple Chopta and Tungnath Badrinath – Joshimath – Auli {Day14}: 8th June 2009 From: Joshimath-Haridwar By: By road Distance: 270km / 8-9 hrs Next morning we left for Haridwar in a private Taxi (there is a taxi association in Joshimath and they charge flat 3500rs for Haridwar). As we begin to retreat gradually from Garhwal Himalayas leaving behind the snow-capped mountains, deep river gorges, the meadows, […]

    haridwar

    Continuing from our previous trip to Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek Shri Kedarnath temple Chopta and Tungnath Badrinath – Joshimath – Auli {Day14}: 8th June 2009 From: Joshimath-Haridwar By: By road Distance: 270km / 8-9 hrs Next morning we left for Haridwar in a private Taxi (there is a taxi association in Joshimath and they charge flat 3500rs for Haridwar). As we begin to retreat gradually from Garhwal Himalayas leaving behind the snow-capped mountains, deep river gorges, the meadows, […]

  • Continuing from our previous trip to Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek Shri Kedarnath temple Chopta and Tungnath {Day11}: 5thJune 2009 From: Gopeshwar to Badrinath By: Road Distance: about 70-80km Gopeshwar is situated amidst mountain ranges, terrace farms and small lakes. The town has some good temples and main attractions are the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, Vaitarni kund and Oak view. From Gopeshwar the route leads through Chamoli-Pipalkoti-Helang-Joshimath and somewhere between Govindghat and Pandukeshwar, the route bifurcate and one […]

    badrinath, joshimath and auli

    Continuing from our previous trip to Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek Shri Kedarnath temple Chopta and Tungnath {Day11}: 5thJune 2009 From: Gopeshwar to Badrinath By: Road Distance: about 70-80km Gopeshwar is situated amidst mountain ranges, terrace farms and small lakes. The town has some good temples and main attractions are the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, Vaitarni kund and Oak view. From Gopeshwar the route leads through Chamoli-Pipalkoti-Helang-Joshimath and somewhere between Govindghat and Pandukeshwar, the route bifurcate and one […]

  • Continuing from our previous trip to Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek and to Sri Kedarnath temple {Day 10}: 4th June 2009 From: Chandrapuri-Ukhimath-Chopta-Tungnath-Gopeshwar By: Road and Trek Distance: 40km/2hrs (Ukhimath) and 27km (Chopta) and 12km (Gopeshwar) Chopta-Tungnath: 3km trek It rained last night, so the clouds still gloom over the morning sky, but we really need a clear sky so that we can enjoy the semi-circle view of mighty Chaukhamba from Tungnath. But, they say morning shows the day! […]

    chopta and tungnath

    Continuing from our previous trip to Rishikesh – Gangotri – Gaumukh trek and to Sri Kedarnath temple {Day 10}: 4th June 2009 From: Chandrapuri-Ukhimath-Chopta-Tungnath-Gopeshwar By: Road and Trek Distance: 40km/2hrs (Ukhimath) and 27km (Chopta) and 12km (Gopeshwar) Chopta-Tungnath: 3km trek It rained last night, so the clouds still gloom over the morning sky, but we really need a clear sky so that we can enjoy the semi-circle view of mighty Chaukhamba from Tungnath. But, they say morning shows the day! […]

  • Updates – WHEN WILL INDIA LEARN ??? In India we do everything in a very unscientific way. We construct dams right on the fault planes (geologist and structural engineers were never consulted), our cities and towns were never planned properly, and then when disaster stikes, we blame everyone from GOV to GOD in the process. Exactly four years back we make a trip to uttarkhand, been to Kedarnath and Gaumukh and have seen most dreadful pollution there. Imagine 80% of the […]

    kedarnath

    Updates – WHEN WILL INDIA LEARN ??? In India we do everything in a very unscientific way. We construct dams right on the fault planes (geologist and structural engineers were never consulted), our cities and towns were never planned properly, and then when disaster stikes, we blame everyone from GOV to GOD in the process. Exactly four years back we make a trip to uttarkhand, been to Kedarnath and Gaumukh and have seen most dreadful pollution there. Imagine 80% of the […]

  • Gangotri Gaumukh Trek {Day1} : 26thMay 2009 From: Bangalore to Delhi By: Air Distance: 2 hrs 30 mins. Morning we catch the airport bus to BIAl (Bangalore’s new international airport) and it took almost 1½ hr to reach there. As usual Jetlite flight to Delhi was delayed by 2-3 hrs and didn’t get any thing on board to eat except a stale muffin and a cold burger. We reached Delhi at 6.30pm in the evening and checked in Hotel Ajanta […]

    gangotri gaumukh trek

    Gangotri Gaumukh Trek {Day1} : 26thMay 2009 From: Bangalore to Delhi By: Air Distance: 2 hrs 30 mins. Morning we catch the airport bus to BIAl (Bangalore’s new international airport) and it took almost 1½ hr to reach there. As usual Jetlite flight to Delhi was delayed by 2-3 hrs and didn’t get any thing on board to eat except a stale muffin and a cold burger. We reached Delhi at 6.30pm in the evening and checked in Hotel Ajanta […]

  • Dear Readers, Updated on 12 th March 2012 : This is the opening season for pilgrim in the Himalayas when lakhs of devotees set out for “Chardham Yatra” meaning pilgrim to four auspicious shrine Gangotri-Yamunotri-Kedarnath-Badrinath. The temple opens every year on the day of Akshay Trititya and this year it falls on 24 th April 2012. The opening dates of temples have already been announced: Gangotri and Yamunotri on 24 th April 2012 ; Kedarnath on 28 th April 2012 and Badrinath […]

    uttarakhand

    Dear Readers, Updated on 12 th March 2012 : This is the opening season for pilgrim in the Himalayas when lakhs of devotees set out for “Chardham Yatra” meaning pilgrim to four auspicious shrine Gangotri-Yamunotri-Kedarnath-Badrinath. The temple opens every year on the day of Akshay Trititya and this year it falls on 24 th April 2012. The opening dates of temples have already been announced: Gangotri and Yamunotri on 24 th April 2012 ; Kedarnath on 28 th April 2012 and Badrinath […]