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The Journey Begins…

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  • Thanks to my parents I caught the travel bug in my teens. This traveling created a interest in photography to record my experiences.
  • The bug of photography took me nearer to nature and wildlife.
  • It gives me immense pleasure to trek and photograph the varied varieties of flora and fauna in India.
  • India is host to one of the largest biodiversity on the globe. This is the only place where snow capped mountains, fast flowing rivers, tropical forest, serene beaches along with desert and lush green cultivated fields, exquisite orchids, and wide range of fauna both avian and terrestrial live near by in a single geography.

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  • The history of India is said to be more than five thousand years old offering wide choice of architecture, from Indus valley civilization to British period.
  • This continues history has resulted in India being the original melting pot of civilization’s globally. This melting of different cultures has given unique identity to India.
  • The clothes, the food, the religious beliefs in India are most diversified and unique globally.
  • As Mark Twain said ” India is the cradle of the human race, the birth place of human speech the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great-grandmother of tradition. Are most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” 

     

     

 

Anti-Piracy Film Making Competition

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Hi friends, today I am sharing a short movie on Anti-piracy which I made for a film competition and got awarded with 3rd position in North India. This event was organised by CII and US EMBASSY.

Weekend Getaway To Rishikesh

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless. ~ Bill Watterson

Last weekend I got an opportunity to accompany a group on weekend getaway to Rishikesh which was organized by Hippy Traveller.

Day 1

I reached Kashmere Gate Metro station at 22:00 hrs Mayank from Hippy Travellers was waiting at gate no. 7 slowly the other guests started arriving at 22:45 hrs we had a roll call and found one extra guest as the tempo traveler to take us to Rishikesh was 18 seat we made all the guest comfortable and saw them off to Rishikesh.

Me and Mayank followed them on our sports bike. It was my first experience of long distance biking in the night.

Day 2

Early in the morning we reached Haridwar and saw preparation for morning ‘Aarti’ and had morning tea at the ghats.

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After the tea we drove off to campsite at Shivpuri and reached there by 07:30 am. At campsite we relaxed ourselves and got fresh ‘n’ up and had our breakfast.

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We checked into our camps as our rafting was scheduled to 13:00 pm so we passed our time by relaxing and swimming. Around 12:30 we gathered for rafting and drove to riverside by our tempo traveler.

Everyone got ready  for rafting and took selfies as memory. Mayank joined the group as he had good experience with rafting.

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It was 16km raft and took around 3 hrs to complete. Around 16:00 rafting was completed everyone had Maggie and snacks and drove back to campsite by our tempo traveler for lunch and changing clothes.

Blue is the color of peace. Water is blue. I like the color blue because it just puts me at peace. The patriotic symbol is blue. I just like blue. –Antonio Brown

We enjoyed the delicious buffet and around 17:30 went for  sightseeing at White Sand Beach. It was a beautiful sunset with blue transparent water (Ganges).

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We returned to our camps at 19:30 and had our evening snacks and enjoyed dance at dance floor under starry sky. We had our dinner at 22:00 and after a small walk we hit the sack.

Day 3

After wishing everyone Good Morning . We packed our luggage , had breakfast and checked out. We drove towards Neergarh Waterfall.

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To reach the waterfall we had to track through hills for 30 minutes and on reaching we enjoyed a swim.

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After spending an hour we drove down to Rishikesh for our lunch and shopping and at around 14:00 hrs we started our return journey to Delhi.

I’m learning the power of going away for the weekend and keeping myself company. ~ Zoe Saldana

 

Trekking Experience At Parashar Lake

Today I am sharing my trekking experience with my friends. I got opportunity to organize a moderate trek. So after shortlisting some, I finalized Parashar Lake Trek which I have trekked before.

It was easier for me to arrange everything  because I had experienced it before. And as this was my first organized trek I wanted everything to be perfect.

“Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind” – Marty Rubin

Parashar Lake lies 49 km north of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India, with a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Parashar. The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level.

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With deep blue waters, the lake is held sacred to the sage Parashar and he is regarded to have meditated there. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks of Himalayas.

Day 1

We boarded volvo bus (Northern travelers) from Majnu Ka Tila near Vidhan Sabha Metro station for Mandi.

Day 2

We stopped near Sunder Nagar for morning tea and breakfast and reached Mandi at 09:30 am. There as per our booking we got late so our cab directly took us to Baggi Village which is starting point of our trek and is 26 km from Mandi. There we got fresh ‘n’ up and had some light snacks. We got our lunch packed to have it between the trek.

Trek Began…

“It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.” (the three rules of mountaineering)

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We started our trek. Some groups also joined us between the trek which made our route easier and enjoyable. As this was first trek of my friends they faced some problems but we took breaks accordingly & completed the whole trek of 10kms within the given time limit.

“Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.(Nemann Buhl)

Below picture: Sunset at Parashar Lake

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After reaching first we had hot tea and Maggie as the temperature was cold and windy. We enjoyed sunset and made our tents and relaxed until dinner time. Around 21:00pm we had our dinner around bonfire under the starry sky with cold wind blowing. This was the perfect adventure night experience.

 

After dinner we exchanged some chit-chat and slept around 23:00pm. Between midnight we experienced extreme wind blowing which made our tents move creating a panic situation. And perfect adventurous night for all of us.

Day 3

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” (Dag Hammarskjold)

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We woke up around 06:30am and witnessed beautiful sunrise across the Himalayas . We captured beautiful glimpse of Parashar Lake.

Pic Credits: Lipi Baidya

After morning walk around lake we had our breakfast and we tracked down to Baggi had our lunch and took cab to Mandi bus stand where we boarded our bus back to Delhi.

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” (John Muir)

Hiking At Damdama Lake (Gurugram)

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”– John Muir

Today, I am sharing a small Hiking experience at Damdama Lake which is lungs of Delhi/NCR. Damdama a reservoir in Sohna, district in the Indian state of Haryana. It is one of the biggest lakes in Haryana and with an area of 3,000 acres (12.14 km2).

So, I along with my friend Mr. Sharad Khanna ( CEO Indian Wildlife Adventures ) started from Gurugram at 05:00 am for Damdama Lake which is approximately 25kms which took us around an hour to reach the hiking meeting point.

We had our morning tea at small stall near the lake as we reached the meeting point before other hikers. There we got accompanied by Mr. Adhitya (Everest Base Camp Trekker and Life Coach at Himalayan Khalifa) and his team. Also a family joined us for the Hike.

“Remember to turn everything off once a week including your brain and walk somewhere quiet”

With Beautiful sunrise we began to Hike. You can see in the image below.

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The trek was around 5-7 kms with amazing panoramic views. I rated this trek Moderate as it contains steep route between the forest with thorny plants and big rocks.

One should always remember before going for trekking or hiking always wear full pants and proper shoes and carry your water bottle.

“Let’s wander where the WiFi is weak”

Between the trek we spotted wild hare, a jackal, green-beaters, egyptian vulture. After we reached the destination where there was fresh air and amazing panoramic views of Aravallis.

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We took a break and made coffee by getting all arrangements done from forest. We used stems of trees, stones and paper to prepare earthen stove (chula) to make coffee. With an amazing view we took sip of coffee and relaxed ourselves for further.

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“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

After break we started our hike and reached the main view point where we enjoyed Karaoke and relaxed.

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Then, from there we started coming down between  there was a titanic point naturally made by lots of rocks. We clicked pictures and moved down from where we began our Hiking.

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If you want to enjoy such trekking experience please visit Indian Wildlife Adventure or Himalayan Khalifa

 

Heritage Walk In The Pink City (Jaipur)

“Resplendent in the hues of its noble and magnificent past, the historic city of Jaipur stands out as one of the most spectacular and culturally vibrant destinations in the world.”

Last week I visited Jaipur (The Pink City) in Rajasthan. First two days I stayed in Jhalana which is famous for spotting Leopard which I mentioned in my last blog.

After, that I visited the main city where I started my heritage walk from Jantar Mantar which is largest among all other in India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Jantar Mantar is an equinoctial sundial, consisting a gigantic triangular gnomon with the hypotenuse parallel to the Earth’s axis. On either side of the gnomon is a quadrant of a circle, parallel to the plane of the equator. The instrument is intended to measure the time of day, correct to half a second and declination of the Sun and the other heavenly bodies.

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“The original city is an architectural marvel. Though simple in its plan, its tapering columns, elegant porticos, portal seats, and large, inviting gateways have been treasured and safeguarded by a people who have great pride in their cultural heritage.”

My next stop was Isarlat Tower, a beautiful monument in Jaipur I recommend each and everyone if you are visiting to Jaipur you must visit this place. Inside this tower there are stairs, you can go up and there you can enjoy the fresh and cool breeze and will get to see a new face of Jaipur. I am sharing some views of Jaipur from that Tower.

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“The color of the city palaces will lure you into a restive calm that allows you to take in the sights and sounds of the city. Doused in pink, the city paints different strokes on each admirer’s soul with its opulence and beauty.”

Than I arrived in ‘The Palace Of Winds that is Hawa Mahal.” It is constructed of red and pink sandstone. The palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, Jaipur, and extends to the zenana, or women’s chambers.

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The structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It was designed by Lal Chand Ustad. Its unique five storey exterior is akin to the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework.

Gems & Jewellery

“A city that is marked by festivals, rituals, music, traditions, and an old world charm, Jaipur and its people revel in their inheritance. Perhaps this is why the city of gems has found a place in the Indian subcontinent as a shining example of culture, royalty, progress, and tradition, all rolled into one.”

Jaipur is famous center for semi precious stones, it was my wish to know about the trade and share the splendor of semi precious stones with my readers, in Johri Bazaar or market for Jewelers , I met a person who showed me around and showed precious stones which were being polished converted into pieces of jewellery.

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Jewellery made from following stones were present a) Smoky Quartz b) Amethyst c) Rose Quartz d) Prasiolite e) Blue Quartz f) Citrine g) Labradorite h) Rock Crystal etc.

 

Jhalana Leopard Safari (Jaipur)

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

This month I planned a trip to capture/spot one of India’s big cat that is Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca). 

The species of Indian Leopard is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because populations have declined following habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching for the illegal trade of skins and body parts, and persecution due to conflict situations.

 

So, I along with my friend (Mr. Sharad Khanna) decided a small trip to Jhalana which in recent years has become a habitat to nearly 16-20 leopards. Jhalana is situated right in the heart of Jaipur city, this 17 sq km park hosts more than 20 Leopards.

Our trip begins…

We took a train (shatabdi) in morning at 7 am to Jaipur. We reached Jaipur around 10:45 am and took a cab to our place of stay, which was OYO Room just outside the main gate of the park.

We decided to go for evening safari in the park. The duration for safari is 2 hours.

Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius. -Edward O. Wilson

Our experience was not so good although we spotted a Leopard which was sleeping at the top of a small hill. Also our team spotted birds and common animals like Neelgai, Ashy Drongo, Peacock and Peahen.

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Next day morning we booked an early safari only to check our luck to spot Leopard or Stripped Hyena which are main attraction of the park.

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And yes we spotted both Striped Hyena and Leopard in beautiful morning . It was fantastic spotting, we captured many pictures of these carnivores. Let me share some pics which will make you book your safari as soon as possible.

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For booking Safaris and making plan to visit Jhalana you can contact Mr. Sharad Khanna ( CEO Of Indian Wildlife Adventures ). You can Visit the link for contact and more details.

India’s Largest Motor Show Auto Expo 2018

I was waiting to share this blog. My today’s blog is on India’s largest motor show.

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The Auto Expo held in India finds its place among the top 7 motor shows, globally. The motor show witnesses most of the players of the automotive industry from about 30 nations including China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States of America, etc.

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From hardcore auto freaks and auto technology lovers to serious buyers, this event gives everyone a chance to get a closer encounter with new and upcoming cars, bikes, scooters, electric vehicles, and more.

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Also, they get to peek at futuristic radical concepts of automobile industry.

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While some give a miss to India’s largest motor show. There were few newcomers like Kia Motors and India Kawasaki joining the event.

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The auto expo is being held from 9th to 14th February 2018 at The India Expo Mart (IEM) at Greater Noida.

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I visited Auto Expo on 8th of February and encountered these beautiful automobile in two wheeler, four wheeler, some concept of electric automobile and vintage.