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  • Udaipur - capital of the sun kings
    on Jan 24, 2016 in Udaipur
    The twin lake city of Udaipur was the capital of the sun kings of Rajputana. Complete with the hill top monsoon palace, Sajjangarh and nearby attractions of Chittorgarh and Kumbhalgarh to name a few, Udaipur is a leisurely 800 kilomete...
  • So much water and still desert.
    on Jan 23, 2016 in Cultivating the desert
    I was flying over the Gulf of Oman when I took this picture with my iPhone. I could see what looked like rivers, swamps, the sea and plenty of sunlight but the land was still desert. There is so much talk about our ability to transform the environmen...
  • Bird photography with the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USMDuring my last trip to Keoladeo National Park at Bharatpur (click here to read the post), I was using a 70-200 zoom lens and had felt decidedly handicapped. So when I purchased the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM lens, I decided to go back to the park...
  • Jodhpur – a city of forts and palaces
    on Jan 1, 2016 in Jodhpur
    The city of Jodhpur lies in the centre of Rajasthan and is a large city with a population of over one million. While I have been to the capital city of Jaipur many times, it is only when I came to Jodhpur that I could feel the spirit of the roya...
  • Gajner wildlife sanctuary - a desert experiment
    on Dec 27, 2015 in Gajner
    Situated in western Rajasthan 32 kilometers from Bikaner, this is one of the smallest wildlife sanctuaries in India and boasts of its own hotel and lake in an oasis in the Thar desert. It is home to the endangered Black Buck and a few other species o...
  • Jaisalmer - desert safari.
    on Nov 29, 2014 in Jaisalmer
    Jaisalmer was once a thriving desert kingdom in the middle of the great Indian desert. This fort city was an important stop over along the ancient trade route that stretched all the way from the middle east to the far east. But after India's independ...
  • Secret garden in the desert - Manvar
    on Nov 29, 2014 in Desert garden Manvar
    The Manvar Desert Camp is situated near Dechu on the highway that connects the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. We were on a long road trip in western Rajasthan and had decided to spend some time to cool our heels in this desert resort.We had...
  • Chittorgarh - flashback into history
    on Aug 31, 2014 in Chittorgarh
    Standing on top of a hill in the beautiful Aravalli mountains in Rajasthan is the historic fortress city of Chittorgarh, a world heritage site and the largest fort in India. There are many forts in India but none that conjure a saga as poignant as th...
  • Goa - beach heaven
    on Aug 23, 2014 in Goa
    Goa is one of India's top sea-side destinations and is situated on the western coast overlooking the Arabian sea. For a country with a coastline of more than 7500 kilometers, Goa alone receives more than 2 million tourists every year.The local people...
  • The Taj Mahal and Humayun's Tomb - a tale of two monuments.If you have been to India, you have probably seen the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world and the ultimate monument to love. Built in white marble and one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, the Taj was built by the fifth Mughal empe...
  • Romantic Venice - celebrating life
    on Jul 5, 2014 in Venice
    We boarded Trenitalia from Milan on our way to Venice. Seated across us were an old and frail looking Australian couple who were coming back after twenty years. That kind of set the standard on how romantic Venice can be. And we hadn't even gotten th...
  • The Hudson Theatre, New York - Magical Broadway
    on Jun 21, 2014 in The Hudson Theatre
    This iconic theatre was built by Henry B. Harris, a Broadway producer and opened in 1903. Harris died in 1912 when he sank with the Titanic during its ill fated voyage. It has survived 18 different owners since then including CBS and NBC and was twic...
  • Fishing in the Indian Himalayas - Manali
    on Jun 15, 2014 in Manali
    The glacial and rain fed rivers of the Indian Himalayas offer many opportunities for game fishing. Although I am not new to these mountains, like most people I tend to think of the usual destinations when planning my holidays. This new sport compelle...
  • How to choose a good pair of binoculars
    on Feb 8, 2014 in Gear talk - Binoculars.
    One of the most essential adventure gear to carry on a wildlife safari is a pair of binoculars. I strongly recommend that you invest in a good quality instrument or not at all. Essentially there are two parameters one needs to keep in mind, magnifica...
  • Barcelona - sights and sounds
    on Feb 2, 2014 in Barcelona - sights and sounds.
    One of the ten most visited cities on earth, dating before Christ and a curious mixture of the ancient and the modern, Barcelona is unique. Oozing art, culture, history and signature architecture from every street corner and sporting a warm Mediterra...
  • Reminiscences of Jaipur - a day in the life of a royal city.
    on Jan 26, 2014 in Jaipur
    It was a hot summer day in Jaipur, also known as the pink city of India. Visitors as well as locals were either hugging the shadows of the thick palace walls or had retreated into its cooler interiors. We had arrived after a four and a half hour driv...
  • Sajjangarh - monsoon palace
    on Jan 25, 2014 in Sajjangarh palace.
    Situated on the top of a hill, this palace was built by the Rajput king, Maharana Sajjan Singh in the 19th century as his monsoon retreat. Surrounded by the Sajjangarh wildlife sanctuary, the palace overlooks the twin lake city of Udaipur on one side...
  • Kumbhalgarh fort - maharaja country
    on Jan 25, 2014 in Kumbhalgarh fort.
    The historical Kumbhalgarh fort is located 82 kilometers northwest of Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan in western India. This 15th century Rajput fortress is the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great warrior king and is surrounded by the Kumbhalg...
  • Jim Corbett national park - first among equals
    on Jan 25, 2014 in Jim Corbett national park.
    Jim Corbett National Park (http://www.corbettnationalpark.in) was established in 1936 to protect the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger and is the oldest protected wildlife sanctuary in India. This was my second trip to Corbett and the biggest improvement...
  • Keoladeo national park - manmade hot spot
    on Jan 25, 2014 in Keoladeo national park.
    Formerly known as Bharatpur National Park this bird sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located near Agra in north India. Interestingly there are three other UNESCO World Heritage Sites within fifty kilometers of this place. For peopl...
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