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Asia » India » West Bengal » Darjeeling » Sandakphu May 4th 2019

It was an eventful beginning to our trip with the tropical cyclone 'Fani' scheduled to hit the Orissa coastline on the day we were boarding our train, May 3rd. Although we are over 400 kms. away, the news continued to predict devastating consequences in Kolkata as well. On tenterhooks the entire day, we (my wife and myself) decided to take an early cab to the station to avoid getting caught in the storm. Waiting at the train station for a few hours, our train, Padatik Express departed as scheduled at 11 PM; thankfully not much excitement thereafter. Next morning, the train took forever to reach New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and when it did, it was no less than 4 hours late. NJP to Dhotrey (8,500 ft.) Fortunately however, we had a 4 WD car waiting for us ... read more
Dhotrey Village - Our Base Camp
Enroute to Tonglu
View from Tonglu top

Asia » India » West Bengal » Kolkata January 20th 2019

Bonjouratous, 14 janvier, 7h50. Le rendez-vous est à l’entrée principale de l’Indian Museum. Nous sommes lundi, à cette heure-ci, même les gardiens dorment encore, la place est nettoyée de ses gens, si ce n’est de ses détritus. Hier après-midi, dimanche, j’avais renoncé à pénétrer dans le musée, les familles entières, marmots compris, s’étaient données des airs d’envahisseurs en quête d’un bon bouillon de culture. Arrivé un peu en avance, je vais me prendre un chai au coin de la rue, histoire de ne pas prendre la route le ventre complètement vide. J’adore le chai, breuvage composé de thé, de lait et d’épices, passé et repassé dans une chaussette en guise de filtre et de récipient en récipient. De retour au point de rassemblement,... read more

Asia » India » West Bengal » Kolkata February 21st 2018

Woolly says – With our second train of the week cancelled and no trains or buses leaving Varanasi for the next forty eight hours we were left in a bit of a pickle according to Jo, although I don’t know where she was keeping the pickle which I do like on a cheese sandwich! It wasn’t a huge problem except it would mean missing our connecting flight which was due to leave Kolkata in two days’ time. Jo sat with furrowed brow whilst Zoe cruised places to stay for the extra night, I entertained the troops and gave encouraging words for their endeavours. It took an hour of telling the mammoth to go and sing somewhere else and frantic google searches, but we got it sorted. Woolly says – Our plane arrived on the ... read more
St Paul's.....Indian style
Mother Teresa's Tomb
In hiding!

Asia » India » West Bengal » Kolkata January 21st 2018

We arrived very late at night after a long day of travelling and were surprised at the lack of traffic but were told that Kolkata closes after about 10 pm. Certainly a pleasant change from the frenetic traffic we had experienced all over India. Another thing we noticed was kerbing on the gutters. For the next two days our guide Khan, took us on a varied tour of Kolkata. First the white town and the buildings of the East India company and other colonials. We started at the magnificent Victoria Memorial built of white marble to commemorate the Queen's diamond jubilee. There are many exhibitions inside but the best is a chronological display of Kolkata's history. The gardens are beautiful as well. Our next stop was St Paul's cathedral was built in 1839-47 and has beautiful ... read more
Very decorative coach
No need for this sign for us
Frieze at Victoria Memorial Hall

Asia » India » West Bengal » Garia December 10th 2017

Hello guys..This is the first time I am writing something in an open forum and that too knowing I am not good at this. Neither I m a highly experienced trekker to give you a great exposure to it but there are some experiences which are worth sharing .I have been in mountains before hiking ,trekking..but this experience was something else. I would like to call it a small expedition. We 7 Bengali friends leading the normal Bengali lives have one thing in common passion for mountains ,adventures and trekking. Amongst us 5 were having previous experience of trekking and I count myself in that too. We planned to go for Pangarchulla peak summit in April. Checked different videos in YouTube and that gave us the thrill to go for it. After lots of planning and ... read more

Asia » India » West Bengal » Darjeeling » Sandakphu September 15th 2017

Mesmerising Sandakphu – God’s abode in West Bengal, India First Part: Sandakphu Himalaya has always attracted me since I was 24. Though much late in my life but it came to me like blessings when I first met my husband and listened to his countless travel to the very place. After my marriage we planned to go to a place which is the highest point of Singalila Range in the district of Darjeeling, West Bengal. Sandakphu is often considered to be a trekker’s paradise. The word paradise cannot be explained unless one see with his/her own eyes what raw nature feels like. It is quite mesmerising when you see the gamut of Himalayan ranges in your close vicinity and that too standing in the middle of a beautiful hamlet. To experience what we have heard and ... read more
Sandakphu-Trek Map
Sunrise at Sandakphu
Sunset at Sandakphu

Asia » India » West Bengal April 23rd 2017

23.04.2017 There was no programme till 1.30 pm. In morning we went for morning walk in jungle. Jungle is besides the private tea estate. We did some shopping. Then after lunch we went to book our jeeps for safari. Here in shop I saw Bamboo tree with real bamboo available for Rs 100 only. I wanted to purchase it. But whole Sikkim tour was to be done. So could not take it. The safari was so so. Nothing special we noticed. We saw peacock. At one point we got down from jeeps and next we went in bullock cart. There was a observation tower. We saw some bisen at long distance. We saw one hippo. Then we came back. From there we were taken to see tribal dance. After that we again sat in the jeeps ... read more

Asia » India » West Bengal » Sunderbans April 13th 2017

~Wildlife~ "Sundarbans Trip" "One ☝🏾 of the best #Nature retreat I have endeavoured so far". That was in October 2015 and I had a dream to visit "Sunderbans"which came true. We reached Canning from Kolkata by hired vehicle after travelling for say 60 to 65 km only & from there our Tour operator took charge of us.We were altogether 6 adults and a kid. It was a package 📦 tour and all the meals during the voyage and night stay at different islands 🌴 were including food 🥘 and accommodations. It was a real delight to watch passing by boat/ship from a distance with limitless water behind.For non-vegetarians it was a real delight with local fish 🐟 fries served with sauce and different veg varieties were served too on board. The first day was spent on ... read more
Local people travelling on boat
Unique scenic
Twist & Curve

Asia » India » West Bengal » Howrah April 12th 2017

"One of the #Toughest subject to choose as a photographer is "Beach Photography". Here in this blog I have tried to compile my beach shots with a little narration about the scenic places to give a real like feel. it's a click from Chandrabhaga sea beach near Puri in Odisha(India) and I remember that day I was returning from "Konark Temple"(beach being on the way) & I stopped to capture this beautiful Sunset. It's a click of Chicago City as seen from Lake Michigan side in USA 🇺🇸.That was in the month of June 2016 and it was a bright Sunshine day. This is Chandipur sea beach near Balasore in Odisha India 🇮🇳.Bright Sunshine ☀️ Photography. The sailing ships 🚢 near Bay of Bengal India 🇮🇳 in Sunderbans.The uniqueness is sailing ships against silhouette . It's ... read more

Asia » India » West Bengal » Howrah April 11th 2017

Yellow Breasted (clicked at Balasore in Odisha) I wish to confess first of all that, I don't have much knowledge on bird species but since I love photography I have clicked birds too as a hobby and pastime because I love and respect every creations of God. I would say "Birds are wonderful creations of God,who can fly at their sweet... read more

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