It had been decided that Key and Dhankar were the two monasteries we would visit on this beautiful Sunday. There was a small twist in the tale – the owner of the hotel had put in our heads the name of a third monastery – Lalung. He said it was more off the beaten path and had a fascinating 900-year-old collection of gold plated Buddha … Continue reading Spiti – Monasteries and Landslides: Part 2
No planning is the best planning – so said no one. But at times it works out well! We met on a Sunday for lunch and spoke about the possibility of a road trip to the hard to access Spiti valley. We weren’t sure how long a trip it would be, who all will go and where we will stay. We only knew that there … Continue reading Spiti – Far from the madding crowds: Part 1
I have grown up visiting wildlife sanctuaries for annual family vacations. This always added to the familiarity and affinity I have towards the most natural of destinations. The four names that always inspired an awe in my mind were Kaziranga, Gir, Sunderbans and Ranthambore. Interestingly I didn’t visit any of these three growing up as the stars didn’t align on me travelling with my father … Continue reading Ranthambore – Spotting the striped!
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
Possibly the least known of the great forts in Rajasthan and one of the most spectacular. It loses out a bit to the likes of Mehrangarh, Chittorgarh and the likes due to its relative inaccessibility but it more than makes up with its grandeur and the legendary stories. The fact that it is home to the second longest wall in the world is now becoming … Continue reading Kumbalgarh – The Great Wall of India
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
Every year for a little under three months a fabulous city pops up in the middle of remote wilderness and makes it easier to experience the exotics of the otherwise inhospitable Rann. The unique landscape and the immense natural beauty attracts thousands of tourists and tens of thousands of birds. It offers stunning views of quiet sunsets and fiery sunrises over a mesmerizing blanket of … Continue reading White Rann – An Exotic Adventure
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
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