My first attempt at capturing the Milkyway

The Dark Sky Experience in Dubare Elephant Camp

On my ‘blogiversary’ I share my amazing experience of witnessing a dark sky and my first attempt at successfully capturing it. I kept this few months old, much-treasured moment for this special day. It was the dark night of Diwali far from all the lights and sounds of the city in the forest of Dubare. We stayed in the Jungle Lodge and Resort property – Dubare Elephant Camp, in close vicinity of the gentle giants.

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Devgad beach and the windmill farm

Winter Holidays in Devgad

I was looking for some nearby destinations for a relaxing weekend this winter. After a lot of searching and indecisive planning, we finally agreed to go to a place where we had been before that too just a few months ago. Yes, it was in the summer in search of mangoes and this time in search of some Me-time away from the crowd. Devgad – be it in summer or in winter has always been a peaceful getaway. Today I will share some of these moments in Devgad.

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Mr Srilankan Frogmouth

Birdwatching in Koyna

Koyna or Koynanagar is yet to be known as a birdwatching destination. It was our sudden visit to Koyna that gave us some fantastic surprises in the form of some unique, not seen before (by me) birdwatching experiences. With this personal understanding, I would definitely claim that Koyna is a bird-watching destination. All thanks to the naturalist, Raj Rathod the curator of (www.explorekoyna.com), who along with his team gave us an amazing tour through the off-beat track in search of the winged beauties.

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Show of lights in the forest of Bandipur

In Bandipur National Park

In my quest to explore the forests of India, I travelled to Bandipur National Park this time just after the monsoon. Yet the rains were not over in Karnataka as the monsoon stretched its span this year in the Western part of India. Forests always look pretty when dressed up in foliage and the monsoon is the best makeup artist for them. The only worry was spells of rain must not spoil the safari. With not much hope of sighting and just being in the forest, we reached Bandipur.

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Cathedral of the Most Holy Rosary

Tour of Churches in Kolkata

This Christmas I will take you through the churches of my native city, also known as the city of Joy. Yes, Christmas has an archetypal charm in the old city of Kolkata and its surrounding. Kolkata and its surroundings witnessed different colonial settlements and hence had a diverse effect on its culture, people and religion. Irrespective of the religion Christmas is celebrated here as a maas festival where every household celebrates the occasion ‘Borodin’ in their own way. Not delving much into the type of festivities, I take you through a tour of churches in Kolkata this Christmas.

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Probably this is the Kalu Waterfalls, though I am not sure

Malshej Ghat on a Sunny Day

My Malshej Ghat trip has always been associated with heavy to very heavy rains. This time too it was during the heavy monsoon months but the weather God had a different surprise for me and I was blessed with a super sunny day. The day was so clear and bright that the sky was sparklingly blue and the surroundings overly bright. In this post, I will not say anything but share pictures of what I saw. It gave me a clear idea of what lay beyond the mist. It was only mist and rain on my every previous visit to this place.

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Myanmar Gate

Igatpuri & its Pleasingly Rich Surroundings

The small hill station of Igatpuri is better known as Vipassana city but it has a lot more than the meditation centre. This small city within the lush hills offers breathtaking views and soothing serenity. Monsoon brings out the best of this location with velvety green-coated hills intercepted by thin to thick white lines better known as waterfalls. As I promised in my earlier post without much delay I am sharing my Igatpuri experience here.

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Randha Waterfalls

Bhandardara in Monsoon

After a heavy monsoon and the quick slip of the short autumn, winter is almost knocking on the doors and now I am sharing my monsoon story of Bhandardara. Although I can’t feel the monsoon vibes anymore, I hope to bring back some monsoon memories through this post. All thanks to my procrastination, almost two seasons passed by. So with no further delay, let’s visit Bhandardara this winter to revive the lost monsoon charm.

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Tso kar

Ladakh Part 9 – Back to Leh via Tso Kar

Coming to Leh’s final episode, I feel a little heavy-hearted. I have been procrastinating on the sequel for so long and now, finally, coming to an end to the Ladakh series. This procrastination actually gave me the opportunity to relive the moments of my visit while drafting the posts and selecting the pictures. When today I am standing at the final episode I am suddenly feeling the same way as I was feeling while returning back from Leh. So, keeping aside all the sadness now I am getting back to the post. From Tso Moriri in my previous post, we are returning back to Leh via Puga and Tso Kar.

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The beautiful take-off

Ladakh Part 8 – Tso Moriri

The weather Gods were not happy even the day. The morning began with the same gloomy sky as we left from Hanle to our next destination – Tso Moriri. Tso Moriri or Lake Moriri is yet another high-altitude (14835 ft) lake that lies entirely within Ladakh. This is another example of the endorheic lake fed mainly by spring and snow-melt water. There is a small settlement by the lake and the village is named Karzok. It is also the highest settlement in India. Basic accommodation facilities are available within this village. 

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