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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Koramangala April 30th 2017

Sighting tiger in a forest is a rare opportunity. In fact, a tiger needs a vast area to rule and does not tolerate his own species in his kingdom except for mating or to protect his offspring. Our state Karnataka boasts the highest no of tigers among all Indian states. There are no. of tiger reserves in and around Bangalore (within a radius of 250 to 300 Kilometers) like Bandipur, Madhumalai and Nagarhole. But my present blog is not related to them but to our visits to three well-known Tiger Reserves of Central India. We were regular visitors to the tiger reserves near Bangalore but never had the luck to meet the king of the forests. Main reasons might be the size and wide area coverage of those parks due to which concentration of tiger were ... read more
Pondering about the next meal ? Bandhavgarh National Park
Not happy with something disturbing  - Bandhavgarh National Park
Kingfisher - Pench National Park

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore February 2nd 2017

Our three week tour of Southern India started in Chennai (formerly known as Madras). Having not been to India for nearly seven years it was good to be back in this energetic, crazy country. Chennai lies on the Bay of Bengal and supposedly has the second longest urban beach in the world. However, that's a bit wasted for the locals as swimming is not allowed due to treacherous currents. As Chennai was just a meeting point, we immediately headed off to Kanchipuram - known as the city of a thousand temples, apparently there are only about 180 (but who's counting?). We arrived during the festival of Pongal, when everyone was dressed up in all their finery and visiting the temples. The ladies in particular were stunning in beautiful, multi-coloured sarees. Another feature of Pongal were the ... read more
Temple ceiling - Pondicherry
Locals in their colourful sarees
Kerala Backwaters

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 23rd 2017

Incredible India Southern India 1 of 3 Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala Many of our friends have expressed their frustration with long-haul travel in recent times: the long journey to the airport, exhausting queues at check-in, shoes off, shoes on, belt off, pull up trousers, belt on and empty pockets at security, three-hours of waiting around in that other world of make-believe in the departure hall before takeoff, and then the traumas of immigration on arrival. Maybe they’re right. Immigration with the new Indian eVisa at Bangalore was the final straw for us, queuing for ages as passenger after passenger struggled with inefficient fingerprint machines, retina cameras and the like. They do love their bureaucracy: passports and photos on arrival at our hotel too. But then, we British left them with that legacy didn’t we? We ... read more
Bangalore Palace
Six-up on a moped and not a helmet in sight!

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 12th 2017

I have made countless observations in my two months in India so far that have ranged from the interesting to the unusual, and from the shocking to the downright incomprehensible. Definitely in the latter category is the apparent national obsession with photographs and in particular, selfies. It seems that when Indians decide to get into something, they tend to do so with a manic fervour unmatched anywhere else in the world, whether it be cricket, Bollywood or...selfies. I witnessed this phenomenon once again along with Immy and the typically tall Dutchman Jasper in the town of Hospet, as we had dinner while we waited for our overnight buses down to Bangalore. Even more than the females, Indian males appear to be the vainest I have ever seen, constantly taking pictures of themselves. What is this fuelled ... read more
Masala Dosa
Shangri-La Hotel
Krishnarajendra Market

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Koramangala November 9th 2016

Self-driving from Bangalore to Kolkata and back was a crazy idea. I travelled from Bangalore to Kolkata (my native place) at least hundred times by Air and railways during last ten years. But whenever I expressed my plan for a pleasure road trip to Kolkata and back driving my own car, I received a cold response from my family. This time when I attempted for booking a ticket for Kolkata during Dussera holidays in vein, my insane idea received a fillip. Unlike other years, I left my search for ticket further and decided to prepare for a road drive. For covering from Bangalore to Kolkata and back, I had to drive nearly 4000 Kms. There were various alternative routes. After lot of research, exploring the net and collecting information, I thought of adopting the following route ... read more
Bridge on Krishna River, Vijawawada
View of Seven Hills from Hotel room Tirupati
Statute of Sir Arthur James Cotton, Rajahmundry

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Koramangala September 3rd 2016

Spending a night inside Bandipur National Park forest area was an exciting experience. There were no. of cottages inside Bandipur National Park. Some of them had two rooms while others were of big size having four rooms. Each of them had beautiful name like Kokila, Vanashree etc.. Thanks to the Karnataka Forest Department, presently booking of these rooms are comparatively easier thru on-line facility (compared to booking of Guest House in Nagarhole Tiger Reserve which we visited last month, i.e. July, 2016). I attempted for a Bandipur trip during extended holidays of Independence Day, but in vein. There was no luck for next Saturday too, hence I could book a room on Sunday i.e. 21st August, 2016. 21st August, 2016 - Journey to Bandipur National Park Bandipur National Park was around 230 Kms from Bangalore. The ... read more
A cute dead tree root - Bandipur
Wild Mongoose Bandipur

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Koramangala July 29th 2016

Nagarhole Reserve Forest (Rajiv Gandhi National Park) is one of the most favourite destinations for nature-lovers in Karnataka. Forest Guest House, Nagarhole was located at the heart of the forest , near the place from where the Jungle Safari starts. I had inquired about the booking process and came to know that it was a lengthy exercise unlike the normal “On-line booking system” prevailing nowadays for selecting hotels. I made a casual attempt and waited patiently for the response. To my luck it clicked and it was a delightful experience of spending two nights in the Guest House of Nagarhole along with my wife. I described the Booking process at the end of my blog in detail. Definitely, it requires patience unlike the lightening process we adopt nowadays for fixing our holiday program. But the end ... read more
Deer herd in Nagarhole Forest
Idli wrapped in Banana leaves - Kamat Hotel, Janapadalok
Glass balcony - Nagarhole Guest House 1st Floor

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore July 17th 2016

Wednesday 13th to Sunday 27th July – UK to Bangalore and back to the UK Hi all, The last time I wrote I was getting ready to leave for a return trip to the UK to renew my work visa…! Now I’m back in Bangalore but getting ready to leave to return to my job and life in the UK… I’m going home early J If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that it’s not always easy and fun here for me…! I’ve had my fair share of dramas and challenges to overcome! It’s certainly been a test of my resilience and ability to live independently in a city on my own J I spent 12 days in the UK and my time there made me realise what was important to me at the moment. I ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Koramangala July 13th 2016

I look for opportunities to open a new travelling chapter to enrich myself. An assignment to Thiruvanathapuram provided the idea to drive my Hyundai Xcent from Bangalore and to visit nearby destinations on the way back. Thiruvanathapuram (Trivundrum) is the capital city of Gods own country (i.e. Kerala) and located around 730 Kms from Bangalore. We plan to cover the following places in our tour : 1. 1st day – Madurai, 2. 2nd day & 3rd day – Thiruvanthapuram (Trivundrum), 3. 4th day – Kanyakumari, 4. 5th day – Rameswaram, 5. 6th day – Back to Bangalore My wife was my usual travel companion in all my driving adventure. This time my son would be accompanying us upto Trivundrum. 18.06.2016 DAY 1 – BANGALORE TO MADURAI (435 KMS) Route – Banga... read more
Picturesque Landscape near Tirunelveli
Land of windmills Tirunelveli
Refreshed Highway after rainfall

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore May 30th 2016

I use this blog to remember things and keep my family and friends up to date on what I’m doing… anyone is welcome but you’ll find it ramblings nonsense if you don’t know me J Sunday 16th May – Bangalore I arrived back from Delhi and was very happy to see Noor waiting for me J We got sorted and planned the rest of the day… first stop was the Marriott hotel in Whitefield to collect some new work paraphernalia… it was nice to catch up with Chris and Pete who had arrived that morning (Chris for a week, Pete for 3 weeks). They then helped me do my food shopping in Hypercity and carried it to Noor and the car for me! Back at home I got settled in. It was my first time back ... read more

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