Know what 'aadivasi' means?...means 'nomadic tribe' in my mother tongue.. :)
I have itchy feet !! A complete outdoor/nature/wildlife/ birding and travel fanatic !
Join me in my experiences across amazing India - my home country and the globe.....
Whats more amazing is the culture, food, lifestyles, faces/features, house structures and colours across boundaries...
I love capturing wild life, birds, forests, rivers and nature scapes in my camera , especially with a wide angle ...
My latest craze is Temple Architechture and mythology...have read a lot of books on how these magnificient structures came into being...
Mysterious places such as the Stone Henge in UK, Macchu Picchu in Peru, Stone spheres of Costa Rica, Statues of the Easter Island, the Borobudur complex in Indonesia, Taoist Temples of china fascinate me.
Dream destinations include wilde life zones in Africa, Ruins of Egypt, Temples of Cambodia, Macchu Picchu in Peru, Castles in Prague, Ming/Xian Dynasty palaces of old china ...the list is never ending I guess...
Will keep travelling till I am mobile...
Njoy reading....and do write to me..
May 30th 2012
We drove off to the KARDE BEACH near Dapoli last weekend.... just wanted to break off from office routines and meetings ! :( heres some info.... Karde beach is a non-descript beach to the north of Dapoli. If you are looking for a nice, clean beach without the maddening crowds, then this is a good option. The waters are calm, the sand clean and the beach is quite long too. You can do parasailing/ATV in the evenings and boat rides for dolphin watching are available in the mornings. If you go a little to the north, you will reach the fishing village of Harnai. This place is famous for the fish auction which happens twice a day. Also, there are three forts/structures next to each other worth a visit along with the suvarnadurga island fort. Driving ... read more
September 10th 2011
Thrilled to be back from the 10-11th Century ....a heavy dose of detailed carvings, mega-structures, mythology and rich history... Travelled 250 from Banglore (South of India) to remote locations of Belur, Halebeedu, Hulikere and Basavagundi.....Once rich Capitals with golden pillars and golden palaces ....now , just well known for their Hoysala temples/ruins. Part I: Temple of Chennakeshava Some of the most magnificent specimens of South Indian temples are those attributed to the Hoysala dynasty of Karnataka. How this powerful dynasty got its name is a tale that must have been narrated time and again. Hoy Sa'la meaning "strike Sa'la!", were the words spoken to Sa'la ( legendary head of this dynasty) to kill the tiger. Since Sa'la tackled the tiger single-handed and killed him, this heroic deed took the form of the dynasty's name. The rulers ... read more
July 15th 2011
Hi all... This was one more dream trip I made...to Turkey !!..in May 2011... This time instead of writing an travel blog, I am making it more informtive ! Sharing my travel itinerary + travel agent details herewith , incase u want to visit Turkey !! >>>>>>>>>>>> Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul - (L/D) .** As we say in Turkey, HOS GELDINIZ! Welcome to Turkey. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing about your tour, you will have couple hour free time to refresh then we will continue on the full day tour of Istanbul This will be a full day of exploring the historical sites of Istanbul. Sites you’ll see today * Blue Mosque--World renown for it’s architecture and focal point for worshipping Muslims. ... read more
January 2nd 2011
This was August 2010... And as a promise that I made to myself....and to Boaz (my best friend in Nairobi)...I went back. The focus this time was to experience different geographies and THE MIGRATION... My route this time was Nairobi>Tasvo East > Tsavo West>Amboselli>Masai Mara >Nairobi. (Check my earlier Kenya Blog for Nairobi>Samburu>Mt kenya> Nakuru>Naivasha>Masai Mara>Nairobi route) ** Places to stay as follows: Ndololo Safari Camp @Tsavo East - this is an awesone hilltop place overlooking the dry terrain below....one can spend hours looking at animals around the two waterholes in front of the resort. you have to spend atleast 2 nights here to esperience the African nostalgia ! Rhino Valley Lodge @Tsavo West - there are extremely comfortable and pampering tents. Kibo Safari Camp @Amboselli - this place is very near to the gate, agai ... read more
December 29th 2010
Place: Dholavira Access: India> Gujarath State> City of Bhuj> Drive of 5 hrs to Dholavira Dholavira, is one of the largest and most prominent archaeological sites in India, belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization. It is located on the Khadir bet island in the Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Great Rann of Kutch, Kachchh district of Gujarat, India. The site is surrounded by water in the monsoon season. The site was occupied from c.2650 BCE, declining slowly after about 2100 BCE. It was briefly abandoned and reoccupied until c.1450 BCE.The site was discovered in 1967-8 by J.P. Joshi and is the fifth largest Harappan site in the Indian subcontinent, and has been under excavation almost continuously since 1990 by the Archaeological Survey of India. Eight large urban centers have been discovered: Harappa, Mohenjo Daro, Ganeriwala, Rakhigarhi, Kalibangan, ... read more
September 22nd 2010
The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are located about 45 km south east of Bhopal on the road to Hoshangabad. Situated along the Bhopal-Hoshangabad highway, these caves bear proximity to the Bhiyapura village in Raisen district. The site spread over 10 km in length and about 3 km in width has more than 700 rock shelters, of which over 400 have paintings. The earliest human activities are known from the numerous stone tools including handaxes, cleavers and also the pebble tools. The northern fringes of the ancient Vindhyachal ranges are home to the extraordinary rock shelters and paintings, its awesome rocks fortifying the ancient treasure within. Ensconced amidst lush greenery in dense forests, and rocky terrain and craggy cliffs, with the lofty rocks guarding the ancient premises, the caves of Bhimbetka present a breathtaking view even from ... read more
September 20th 2010
Hi there .... Heres a little about the place... SANCHI is a small village in Raisen District of the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, it is located 46 km north east of Bhopal, and 10 km from Besnagar and Vidisha in the central part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is the location of several Buddhist monuments dating from the third century BCE to the twelfth century CE and is one of the important places of Buddhist pilgrimage. It is a nagar panchayat in Raisen district in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Toranas surround the Stupa and they each represent love, peace, trust, and courage. The 'Great Stupa' at Sanchi was originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka the Great in the third century BCE. Its nucleus was a simple hemispherical brick structure built over ... read more
May 9th 2010
Summer camp 2010... Seeing a tiger in the wild was a dream I had been nursing for a long time. I made several successful attempts towards this end by visiting Corbett National Park, the Sunderbans, Kanha National Park, Tadoba Reserve and Nagarhole. In 2007 when the rate of extinction of tigers became so alarming we decided to pay a visit to Bandhavgarh (which had been described in glowing terms to me by various wildlife enthusiasts) before tigers went extinct altogether. With work and other commitments looming large over my life this plan did not fructify for another two and a half years after which I resolved that this was one thing holiday I had to take before the sun set on 2009. I embarked on this quest with a friend who had also never seen a ... read more
March 16th 2010
Hi... Was on a small business trip to this 'Blue City' in the deserts of Rajasthan..in India. The sand glows as the sun rises and speaks of fascinating historical/royal/palatial/cultural stories of the royal 'marwars' of rajasthan. Jodhpur history revolves around the Rathore kin. Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore family, is certified with the origin of Jodhpur in India. He founded Jodhpur in 1459. The city is named after him only. It was formerly known as Marwar. Initially, Mandore served as their capital, but, by 1459, Rathores felt a need for a secure capital. This lead to the formation of Jodhpur, the Sun City, by Rao Jodha. Jodhpur the second largest city of Rajasthan has been drawing the notice of tourists from all over the world. Standing as the guard of the country's western border, ... read more
October 23rd 2009
Situated 18 kms North of Ahmedabad main City, at the crossing called Adalaj, which is a tri section, this place cover s a very large area. The entire Vav is split into 5 levels. The Vav has pillars and walls which are ornately carved. There are gaps in each level which take you to the lower level. Leaves, flowers, fishes, birds and other designs fill the walls and pillars. At the entrance of the Vav there is a small Temple of Mata Rani. Everyone who visits this Temple prays for the Spirit of Rani Rudabai whose spirit is supposed to still lurking here. Hundreds of years ago, step-wells were fundamental to life in the driest parts of India. These structures, hewn from stone, provided year-round access to groundwater, and were a focal point for the community. ... read more