Velas Turtle Festival: a preliminary glance
Yatri Sahyadri organised a trip to Velas (https://mumbaihikers.com/m/events/view/Velas-Turtle-Festival-23rd-March-2016) to watch the emergence of Olive Ridley Turtle Hatchlings from the nests. A few photos and videos of the infant turtles. Further information about "turtle festival" is at http://www.snmcpn.org/homestay/velas
Mar 24, 2016
Yashwanti Adventures, Girgaon organised a two-day trek to Harishchandra Gad via Tolar Khind.
Dec 12, 2015
Ayutthaya: monuments outside the island: day3
On the last day of my 3-day visit to Ayutthaya, I visited Buddhist ruins as well as foreign settlements outside the island (primarily to the south and west).
Nov 28, 2015
Ayutthaya: Main temples within the island city - day2
Today, I hired a bicycle for two days (60Baht per day) to cover distance. I visited main Wats within the city island.
Nov 27, 2015
Ayuthaya: the world heritage site: Day1
Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam kingdom, is about 2 hours drive north of Bangkok. I visited Ayutthaya for 3 days.This album describes the scenes and sights of a few Ayutthaya monuments on the afternoon of 26th November, 2015.
The Ayutthaya group of temples has been declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Nov 26, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
A trek to जाम्बूलमाळ arranged by the Nature Information Centre (NIC) of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), Borivali, Mumbai. The trek supposed to begin at 8AM from Kanheri cave, actually commenced at 10AM (due to late registration /arrival of trekkers at the reporting place: Kanheri caves). It was cloudy and the weather was pleasant, The group of trekkers was composed of persons in the 3 to 60 years. A glimpse of the trek.
Jul 20, 2014
A Temple in Tulunadu
A small album on Devasthana (Hindu Temple) and Basadi (Jain Temple) at Arkula, a suburb of Mangaluru
Jan 26, 2013
A water fall near Hetvane village (6km from Pen, Maharashtra)
Oct 2, 2012
Ambedkar Memorial, Mhow
A memorial in Mhow (near Indore) in honour of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the chairperson of the committee that drafted the Constitution of India.
Aug 13, 2012
Sights and sounds of the historical city of Indore as experienced by a visitor in an evening.
Jammu Trek 10 Mantlai
The last installment of the photologue related to "National Heritage Trekking Expedition": Shiv married Parvati at Mantalai.
May 18, 2012
Jammu Trek 9 Sudh Mahadev
May 17, 2012
Jammu Trek 7 Patni top
May 16, 2012
Jammu Trek 8 NagMandir + Gauri Kund
Jammu Trek 6 Sanasar to Natha top
May 15, 2012
Jammu Trek 5 Sanasar
May 14, 2012
Jammu Trek 3 Lander
May 13, 2012
Jammu Trek 4 Lander2Sanasar
Jammu Trek 2: Panchari
Part 2 of the photologue related to "National Heritage Trekking Expedition": Travel to Panchari and Lander.
May 12, 2012
Jammu Trek 1: Krimachi Temples
The J&K state branch of YHAI (http://www.yhaindia.org) together with Tourism Department and other organisations of J&K state organised a 7 day "National Heritage Trekking Expedition". The trek covered hill stations near Jammu (Natha top, Sanasar) in addition to historic/heritage centres (Krimachi, Lander, Gauri Kund, Sudh Mahadev, Mantalai). Part 1 of the related photologue: Base camp at Udhampur and Krimachi temples.
May 11, 2012
Hip Hop Competition and Choir: Finale of Indo German Urban Mela
Hip Hop Music Competition and songs by Stop Gaps Choir were part of the closing ceremony of the Indo German Urban Mela on the evening of 22-APR-2012 at Cross Maidan, Mumbai.
Apr 22, 2012
Indo German Urban Mela April2012
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Indo-German diplomatic ties, the year of Germany in India arranged a series of events organized around the theme “StadtRäume – CitySpaces”. The spotlight is on the Indo-German Urban Mela, a set of modern multi-purpose pavilions, designed especially for the year of Germany in India. The Mela was held in Mumbai (April 13-23, 2012): glimpses.
Apr 14, 2012
A few photos of Pune city
Feb 23, 2012
Sights along Kohima-Dimapur Road and at Dimapur.
Feb 15, 2012
The "Mary Help Of Christians Cathedral" is situated on Aradurah hills. The Cross of the church is the largest in Asia. The architecture of the church is that of a traditional Naga house. The church, formally inaugurated in 1991, was largely funded by Japanese in memory of a large number of their countrymen who died in the 'Battle of Kohima' during April - June 1944.
Feb 14, 2012
The World War II Cemetery, spread over a slope below 'Garrison Hill', is maintained by the Commonwealth War Grave Commssion. At the lower end, is a stone plaque paying homage to soldiers of the 2nd Division who died during the siege of Kohima by Japanese during April - June 1944 and were buried here. At the upper end is a memorial for Indian soldiers cremated at the site. Between these two, are rows of grave stones. A poignant scene.
"The Heritage" was the residence of D.C. (District Commissioner) of Kohima. It was converted into a heritage hotel. The Bungalow is in Officer's Hill and is located at a nice location, slightly away from the highway and on a hillock. The staff are very courteous. A colonial era bungalow embellished with Naga culture, in a serene environment: worth staying once.
Feb 13, 2012
Scenes from Kohima, capital of Nagaland. Associated albums are "Kohima_TheHeritage" (a heritage hotel), "Kohima_Cathedral" and "Kohima_WarCemetery".
Feb 12, 2012
During a two day visit to Imphal, I visited bazaars, Shahid Minar (Martyr's memorial), Kangla (fort). Photos and videos of the trip.
Feb 11, 2012
Scenes in suburbs of Mumbai.
Jan 2, 2012
Random shots of the Megapolis (Byculla to Mahim section of the Mumbai City District). For scenes of Central Business district, see the album titled 'South'_Mumbai.
Jan 1, 2012
Scenes in the southern end of Mumbai City (Colaba, CST, Malabar Hill)
A few pictures of Nanded city
Dec 11, 2011
A few scenes from the city of Aurangabad
Oct 13, 2011
Sights and sounds of Kanpur City.
Sep 8, 2011
A visit to Mana Village, the last Indian village before the border with Tibet. Two attractions here are 'Bhim pul' and Saraswati river. There is a huge rock over 'Saraswati river', placed by Bhim according to Legends; this is called Bhim pul. A further 5km walk leads to the Vasudhara water Falls, whose water flows below unmelt snow even in August.
Aug 10, 2011
Badrinath Temple is the main attraction of Badrinath. The temple closes during the winter and the deity is carried in procession to Joshimath and re-installed in Nrisingh Temple.
Aug 9, 2011
After visiting Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib, we trekked from Ghangharia down to Govind Ghat. We boarded the bus that took us to Badrinath.
Aug 8, 2011
This place, at a height of 15,000ft, was visited by the 10th and last Guru of Sikhs, Shri Guru Gobind Singh. There is a Gurdwara and a Lakshman mandir on the shore of a lake replenished by water of melting glaciers.
Aug 7, 2011
Valley of Flowers is the name given to upper Bhyundar Valley (height: 3000+ metres) where many (some unique) varieties of flowers bloom throughout the year; the peak season is July-August. This is declared as a World Heritage site. This year (2011), a new species of flower was discovered.
Aug 6, 2011
Ghangharia is a small 'town' that comes alive for about 5 months during the summer. It is the base station for travellers visiting the World Heritage site, Valley of Flowers, as well as for the pilgrims going to Hemkund Sahib Gurdwara at 4000+ metres height.
Aug 5, 2011
Joshimath, at 1900m above the mean sea level, was the camp where the trekkers acclimatised themselves to higher altitutudes. We visited Nrising temple (where the deity of Badrinath Temple will be kept during winter), the Jyotirmutt of Shankaracharya on the first day. The next day, we went to Auli by ropeway and also to Tapovan.
Aug 3, 2011
This is the 2nd part of the 9-part photologue of Valley of Flowers Trek organised by the UP state branch of YHAI.
Aug 1, 2011
The UP state branch of the Youth Hostel Association of India (yhaindia.org) organised trek to Valley of Flowers (VOF) during July-August 2011 - the peak season of flowering at VOF. This is the 1st part of a 9-part photologue of the trek.
Jul 31, 2011
A glimpse of religious structures (old and new) in Guwahati. A few other shrines such as Kamakhya and Buddha statue are in another album: https://picasaweb.google.com/116404152462949141774/Guwahati
Jul 23, 2011
Rhinos at Pobitora
The “Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pobitora_Wildlife_Sanctuary) apparently has the highest density of Indian one horned Rhinoceros (81 rhinos within an area of 16 sq.km). It is about 2 hours drive from Guwahati. This is a photologue of a half day visit to the sanctuary before catching an afternoon flight at Guwahati.
Jan 11, 2011
The birth place of Guatama Buddha, a world heritage site
Dec 3, 2010
Chitwan National Park
Inside the (Royal) Chitwan National Park, is the tourist village Sauraha. A photo album of elephant ride to see one horned rhinos, canoeing and watching Tharu tribal dance.
Dec 1, 2010
Pokhara, in Nepal, is famous for good views of Himalayan peaks.
Nov 29, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
Kathmandu5: Durbar Square
The "Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square" is a monument zone and is a world heritage site. The King was being coronated here; the prime minister's office is situated in this precinct.
Nov 27, 2010
A Vishnu temple. While digging, a statue of Lord Vishnu sleeping on Sheshnag (the Great Snake) was discovered immersed in water. Doob = immerse/drown.
Nov 26, 2010
A Stupa on a hill to the west of the town.
A giant Stupa: the 2nd tourist place on local sightseeing tour at Kathmandu.
Nov 25, 2010
Sights and sounds around Pashupatinath Temple area: the first tourist place to be visited according to the itenerary of local sightseeing package.
Nov 24, 2010
A 2-week long trip to Nepal.
Nov 21, 2010
(9) Sela pass
Scenes while travelling south from BomdiLa to Bhalukpong via Sela pass.
Nov 5, 2010
(8) Bomdila Torgya
The annual spiritual event ("Drubchod-Chenmo cum Bomdila Torgya") was held at the Bomdila upper (G.R.L.) Monastery during Oct 29 - Nov. 06, 2010. Pictures and video clips recorded on the first cham day.
Nov 4, 2010
(7) chilliPam Monastery
A recently constructed beautiful monastery at a ledge at Chillipam village off Rupa town near Bomdila.
Nov 2, 2010
Sights in Tawang town
Oct 31, 2010
(6a) Tawang War Memorial
A memorial to the Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in the West Kameng sector (Tawang-BomdiLa area) during the 1962 Sino-Indian conflict.
(6c) Tawang monastery
Dirang is a town on the way from BomdiLa to Tawang in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. A couple of resorts are present; a 5-star hotel is coming up. A Government run tourist rest house is near the hot springs near the north end of the city.
Oct 30, 2010
(5c) Sangti valley
Sights in Sangti valley near Dirang/Bomdila.
Oct 28, 2010
(5a) Trek: Sangey Ling
The National Himalayan Trekking Expedition, 2010 was organised by the Tourism department of the Govt. of A.P (http://www.arunachaltourism.com/). The logistics were handled by Himalayan Holidays (http://www.amasa.in). The package tour took care of travel from Guwahati and return, boarding and lodging, Inner Line Permit arrangement etc. It was a luxurious trek to us who are used to YHAI treks; it was well organised. Due to many cancellations, our batch consisted of just two members. First leg of the trek:
Oct 27, 2010
(5b) Thembang and Chander
Trekking on the hilly road to Tembang and beyond to Pangma. Thereafter, the trek was thru forest to Chander village.
(3) Bomdila: upperGompa
The Gaden Rabgye Ling Monastery (GRLM) also known as the upper gompa is the main tourist attraction of Bomdi-La.
Oct 26, 2010
(4) Bomdila town
Places of tourist interest in Bomdila town.
Chronicles of travel from Majuli island to Bomdi-La via Jorhat town. Pictures of Jorhat town and places enroute Bomdi-La.
Oct 25, 2010
(1) Majuli, Largest river island
Majuli (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majuli) is World's largest river island. It was formed about 250 years ago due to severe earthquakes that resulted in the mighty Brahmaputra river flowing in two branches. Due to isolation, the island retained an Assamese culture in Vaishnavite 'Xatras'. There are several Xatras (derived from the word 'satra') in the island; the Kamalabari Nathun is the biggest. A picture album of the travel to Majuli.
This is the first of a series of photo albums related to my trek in Tawang region, Arunachal Pradesh.
Oct 24, 2010
Guwahati is the gateway to North-east India.
Oct 23, 2010
Sights in and around the campus of Osmania University.
Sep 7, 2010
A walking tour of educational cum IT campus area of Gachibowli.
Jul 24, 2010
Rishikesh and Haridwar, May 2010
May 21, 2010
We attended the Kedarkantha trek (beyond Mussorie) organised by YHAI.
May 11, 2010
Mussoorie May 2010
May 10, 2010
Malshej Ghat Rappelling
Inventure (WWW.INVENTURETREKS.COM), an adventure group, organised a two-day rappelling event at the Malshej Ghat. For the announcement, see http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_iZMWbgTP0b4/Szgacv669UI/AAAAAAAAD4M/abJN1yEOiQw/s320/Vertical_Limit.jpg The 1200ft high waterfall consists of 5 patches/stages; we covered them on a saturday afternoon and sunday morning. We spent the saturday night on a ledge after the 2nd stage. Photos and videos of the event.
Jan 2, 2010
A trip to the grand fort at Gwalior on the eve of the a symposium FRSM 2009. For photos of the symposium, see http://picasaweb.google.com/speech.tifr/FRSM2009ABVIIITMGwalior#
Dec 14, 2009
khajuraho - part 2 (western group of temples)
Continuation of the Khajuraho photologue.
Khajuraho is a world heritage site. This photo album is the result of a one and half day visit to the town. This is the first of the 2-part photologue. This part covers the eastern and northern group of Jain and Hindu temples. The second part covers the more famous western group of Hindu temples.
Dec 13, 2009
Orchha is a place about 15kms from Jhansi in central India. 'Orchha' means hidden. Even though the oral history of Orchha dates back to 6th century BC (according to the light and sound show at the fort complex), it was hidden from outsiders due to dense forest surrounding the region. It came into prominence during 9th to 14th century A.D. In 1531, Raja Rudra Pratap Singh, the bundel khand king was looking for a safer capitol (safe from Moghul riders) and established the capitol in Orchha - an island formed by two channels of Betwa river. A photologue of Orchha.
Dec 12, 2009
A weekend before a conference provided some sightseeing opportunity in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. The places I visited were Jhansi, Orchha, Khajuraho and Gwalior. This is the first of the 4-part series of photologue.
Dec 11, 2009
Travelarks (http://www.mumbaihikers.org/2009/11/travelarks-trek-to-kalavantindurg-on.html) orgnised a trek to Kalavantin Durg, a conical shaped natural granite hill. From Mumbai Pune expressway near Panvel, one can see a V shaped cut in a granite hill range. To the Left of 'V' is Kalwantin Durg, and to the right side is Prabalgad. A set of 3 good photos of Kalavantin Durg are at http://www.marathikatta.com/General/kalavantin-durg-1/
According to https://plus.google.com/105928351985744880507/posts boarding and lodging facilities are available.
Nov 21, 2009
North-east India: Guwahati, Shillong, Sohra (cherrapunjee)
A tour of Meghalaya district tourist places on the eve of a visit to Guwahati
Oct 22, 2009
A tour of Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh:
Some members of the Kotibasadi family toured kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh: Shimla, Sarahan, Sangla, Kalpa, Nako, Tabo, Dhankar, Kaza, Kunzum La
Sep 27, 2009
Jun 10, 2009
saurkundi Pass Trek 2009
May 4, 2009
august 2007: urgam valley trek organized by YHAI delhi state branch.Covered 2 of panchdhams: kalpeshwar and rudranath
Aug 5, 2007