Category: Travel

On the Road

Simply love road trips. Here are some pics I took on the road in Rajasthan, and an excerpt from a lovely poem by American poet Walt Whitman: Song of the Open Road – Walt Whitman Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before…

Vancouver Views

Photographs I took in Stanley Park, at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It’s surrounded by the sea and is supposed to be one of the most beautiful parks in the world. The views from it are simply mesmerising. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, couldn’t stop clicking ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚  

Visit to Jhansi, Madhya Pradesh

It was a great experience to visit Jhansi and remember the story of the great queen who fought against the British. Her real name was “Manukarnika” and she wasย renamed “Laxmi Bai” when she got married to the king of Jhansi – Gangadhar Rao, when she was only 13. Manu was supposed to be very valiant…

Valley of Fire, Las Vegas, Nevada

  Photographs of the ‘Valley of Fire’ state park in the US state of Nevada, an hour from Las Vegas. The park was named thus because it has beautiful red sandstone formations, that often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays. This park is very popular for photography and film shooting. Many…

Vanishing Tribes – Lambadis

As the world is getting more and more globalized, it’s also becoming more homogenized, and it’s believed that many indigenous languages and cultures are disappearing at an alarmingly rapid rate. The Earthโ€™s population of seven billion people speaks roughly 7,000 languages (source: National Geographic), but roughly one language is dying every 14 days!! Along with…

On Batik

This is an earthy looking Khadi (Indian home-spun) Batik silk sari that I purchased in the Khadi store in Hazratgunj, Lucknow. Wore it for the first time today and was very pleased because it’s light and easy to drape (was very affordable too). Had purchased some authentic tribal brass jewelry in the “Museum of Tribal…

Morning Sunrise

Still continuing with my morning walks, and really loving them. For the past few days, saw lots of birds at close quarters while walking. So decided to take my camera along today to click a few bird pics. However, birds seem to have a sixth sense and know when you’re likely to “shoot” them, so…

Diwali in Amritsar, India.

Spent last Diwali in Amritsar, and it was splendid to see the Golden Temple all lighted up. There’s also a “Durgiana temple” in Amritsar, that’s modeled after the Golden temple. It’s also very beautiful, peaceful and not at all crowded. Watched a brilliant display of fireworks there, last Diwali ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚  

Morning Walk Nostalgia

It has been great sharing a few of my “morning walk” pics with you all! Have many more left ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ย  My trip to Hyderabad has almost come to an end and I’ll be returning soon…… Today at the end of my walk, I got nostalgic and visited the house that I’d stayed in for…

History of Golconda, Hyderabad.

  The Golconda fort (Hyderabad, India) gained prominence as the capital of the Qutub Shahi Sultans (1518 โ€“ 1687). It was first built by the Kakatiyas, came next under the Bahmanis before it became the capital of the Qutub Shahis (who originated from Persia). The Qutub Shahi rulers were tolerant and hardly discriminated on the…

Morning Walks…

Have always been a late-nighter and late-riser. But, went on a rare morning walk recently and was mesmerized by the beauty around me. Everything appeared more poetic and magical in the mornings! Have now become a regular morning walker since few days ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Highly recommend early morning walks (before 8 am). Surprisingly many urban…

Golconda Fort, Hyderabad.

At Golconda Fort – Hyderabad (India), a few days ago. Will post more on this historic fort soon…. PS: The red dupatta that I’m wearing was a gift from an Assamese friend – it’s a typical “Bodo” (a tribe of Assam) cotton shawlย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Souvenirs from Lucknow, India

Visited Lucknow two years ago and loved the city, and the “Chikankari” there. “Chikankari” is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery – traditional to Lucknow. Ended up checking out quite a bit and also buying many. There’s nothing more exhilarating or exonerating than being able to convert a vice into a virtue ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ย …