The unusual problem of 2020 needed some unorthodox solutions. The solution to the ‘no-travel’ problems seems to be road trips to wildlife sanctuaries. I grew up traveling to these nature hotspots, so this isn’t very crazy for me. However, a year of back-to-back visits does sound a bit much. Though this is 2020, anything is possible. For a while, we flip-flopped between Bharatpur and Sariska … Continue reading Sariska – A short drive to nature
Day 6: Ahmedabad – Dhordo ~6 hours (Rann Utsav Tent City) – The prize destination was now within reach. We started early just because we did not want to miss the sunset trip at the Rann and google maps showed some 7.5 hours of driving. Just as we rolled out of Ahmedabad, the magic of Gujarat roads started dawning on us – cruise at 120 … Continue reading Delhi to Rann – A 2800 km Odyssey: Phase 2
When we first spoke about it, this was a quite a long shot of a plan. There was always the intent but never the certainty that between busy work schedules and other commitments, we will be able to pull off this adventure. Over several morning coffees the plan to drive to Delhi to the Rann took shape. There was a lot of discussion on stopovers … Continue reading Delhi to Rann – A 2800 km Odyssey: Phase 1
They say there is history buried in every corner of Delhi. The important message here is not just the history but also the fact that it is buried. Delhi was established in the 8th century but it gained prominence only in 1206 AD when the Qutub dynasty setup the Delhi Sultanate. In the periods since, the city has been destroyed and rebuilt several times by … Continue reading Delhi – The non-leaning tower of Qutub
This was the place birders put up a tripod on a cold winter morning and sat hours in the hope of spotting a Siberian Crane – the birding equivalent of spotting a tiger. Alas Siberian Cranes have given India a miss since their last visit in 2002 when the lake in Keoladeo National Park went dry and remained so for 4 years. In 2006/7 water … Continue reading Keoladeo National Park – An overnighter from Delhi!
As little as 6 years ago, it was was an unknown lake on the outskirts of the city. I have had the pleasure of being the only one in the National Park for about an hour some six years ago when the government asked for an application requesting entry submitted a day in advance for 7am entry. Thankfully that rule isn’t around anymore and you … Continue reading Delhi – A small birding paradise nearby!
The mughals have left many a mark on the culture of Delhi, its food, even its legends and most importantly its history. While the Red Fort maybe the most visible of their contributions because of its place in the political history of Delhi, the most majestic is probably a tomb that houses not just the second Mughal ruler of Delhi but also a number of … Continue reading Delhi – Dormitory of the Mughals
What does the city of Delhi remind you of? To the lovers, it is all about history, food and the culture and for the haters, there is pollution, heat and traffic. No one would ever even think of butterflies! It was a pleasant surprise when the butterfly park in Asola opened its doors in 2016 and I was one of the first visitors to show … Continue reading Delhi – Breakfast with Butterflies