There are truly a lot of flavors of Jim Corbett National park – you just have to choose which one you want. It’s a beautiful forest, very green with two rivers, many tributaries, and a large lake. It hosts a lot of wildlife, tigers, elephants, crocodiles, deer, and many others. The way it is split up, though makes it harder to cover all of it … Continue reading Corbett- Rare combination of luxury and nature
It took nearly a couple of years of walking the streets and parks of Delhi before I even got a hang of what the term Macro meant. It was another few years before I got to know the true meaning. During all this time I had been clicking extreme closeups of insects and flowers without knowing the particular term. I enjoyed it but never generated … Continue reading Photography: Peeping into the small world of Macros
I attended a wildlife photography webinar this year when they suddenly became the ‘in’ thing. The key takeaway from the amazing session was that the pictures should not look like they are from an anatomy textbook but have a sort of character to them. Each photograph needs to either tell a story or have a little bit of creativity and art to it. While clicking … Continue reading Photography: Birds and the silhouette shot!
Moon shots are always fascinating – they can make for a wonderful background to nearly any outdoor night shot. However, with better lenses and cameras the moon is becoming more prominent in the foreground. On a clear night, a good DSLR with a high zoom lens can capture even some of the surface detail of the moon and this is all getting better. I remember … Continue reading Photography: The moon shot!
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
It’s been about 17 years since I have been traveling by myself or with friends and family. Every trip has its mix of good and bad experiences, fortunately, more good than bad. This journey of journeys has been a great teacher. Everyone falls into tourist traps and I have as well. Over the years, I have learned my bit on how to identify them. That … Continue reading Avoiding Tourist Traps
The drive to our hotel in Nusa Dua was surprisingly smooth and raised some hopes for finding less traffic for the remaining half of the trip. The hotel was fabulous and luxurious. The ground floor rooms opened into a lawn with direct access to the beach – that was amazing. The food was more expensive than the smaller places we had been to, but it … Continue reading Bali – serenity of Nusa Dua and some hidden gems
Bali is exactly what happens when a rich cultural heritage meets a lot of tourists. It takes some very deep cultural roots to survive as an island dominated by one religion in a country populated by another. Indonesia is a fast developing country going through all the challenges that come with it – an over-crowded capital, pollution, and overpopulation leading to overutilization of resources. Jakarta … Continue reading Bali – Culture, food, temples and some traffic
I got out of the tiny airport and walked straight to the rental car counter. My car was ready in no time and while it wasn’t fancy, it was spacious and from a brand that I hadn’t heard off. A simple inquiry on the car return process got me an amusing response – the guy calmly said he would meet me on the driveway, “don’t … Continue reading Langkawi – A Small beach town with a twist
There is a lot to do in Langkawi, beautiful beaches, amazing food, local markets, and some very touristy infrastructure that is still fun. We found time to do most of these, enjoy a dip in a local waterfall, drive around a lot, and witness some beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The one thing that still comes to memory first when I think of the trip is … Continue reading Langkawi – A lesson in life…