I have been away for more than a month, reasons are many, but to cite the important ones – my laptop busted and real bad, when finally it was up and running I had a new schedule in place (jogging in the morning and focus on Fitness) left me exhausted and I couldn’t really dedicate time to writing or anything to with blogging. And, I was also working on other ideas for my start-up. But, I missed my blog and sharing amazing experiences with readers and fellow travelers. And, so, I’m back!!
Goa, in India, is a place which never fails to surprise and excite, I have covered few of the beaches in earlier posts. This is a photo story of the Majorda Beach in South of Goa. We visited this place in the morning, so it wasn’t really bustling with crowd, there were decent number of people plus the Sun was ruthless. Here we were, enjoying the uninterrupted view under shade but not for long, cows soon caught our interest, and they were all over the beach, taking a morning walk probably, hope you enjoy the pictures 🙂
Hope you have a rocking weekend. For more interesting write-ups on Goa, feel free to explore –
Benaulim Beach – As radiant as it can get
The Betul Beach – Where Sal meets the Sea
When you see your favorite color like this!
Can you imagine Life without colors around us? I guess that would be a big NO. Colors add so much zing to our otherwise mundane Life, and each color has specific significance to it. The impact of Colors on our moods, emotions, conduct and overall well being can’t be ignored. For instance Green is the color that enhances balance and harmony while the color Blue has an instant calming effect on mind, no wonder beaches and oceans and rivers are so loved by travelers.
This one is shot at Dal Lake, Srinagar, the impact of greens is so soothing!
Somehow I have always had a special liking for ‘Turquoise’ color and when I saw this sight (the picture below), I was happily amazed.
And my favorite color! The combination of Green and Turquoise looks so appealing. If you observe closely, there’s a Helicopter parked and it’s tail is also colored Turquoise. Isn’t it beautiful! This picture too was captured in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
The other picture, is a landscape view of the place, and it’s drop dead gorgeous. With the Dal Lake visible in background and the peeking mountain, this landscape is one of my favorite shots.
This one right here is the landscape view of the Helipad and Golf Course. AMAZING!
Hi all, last week I started a photo series – Oh Dear! This is India. In continuation of the same I’m happy to share the second picture reflecting ubiquitous or unusual pulse of India.
Quite a Charmer!
Chetan (above) is so happy to pose with his friend (as he points to the Snake and calls him Ramu). We met him on the outskirts of Indore near a village. He told us that the iconic folk art of ‘Snake Charming’ runs through generations in his family. But the business is not as rosy as it used to be.
The business of Charming!
Snake Charmers are known for their art of controlling deadliest of the reptiles (read Cobras) with the use of gourd flute (a musical instrument). For centuries this tribe has performed street shows, rescued snakes and saved the day as the boundaries of the human occupied land has grown. Continue reading
This week’s theme has no boundaries, the reflections mirror what we want to see 🙂 I’m sharing beautiful interpretations from our travels here
This one captured on Dal Lake while enjoying our Shikara Ride, the reflection seems to have created two shops 🙂
Republic Day (2017) celebrations at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi
The Golden wires in water culminating in a beautiful shape, seems like those colors were used to paint a picture 🙂 This one was captured at Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Weekly Photo Challenge – Reflecting
Wonders on the the Trans Himalayan voyage through Shimla – Kinnaur – Spiti Valley
It’s not the destination but the journey what makes life so interesting. A road trip to Spiti Valley is sort of like that only. The travel treasures that you get to witness to reach Spiti valley are fascinating. And one such place that we instantly fell in love with was ‘Kalpa’.
Kalpa, is an alluring village of Kinnaur. Situated at an altitude of 2758m, Kalpa offers unbelievable views of the majestic Kinner Kailash range. The sunrise and sunset are mind blowing here. When the clouds play hide and seek with the mountains during the day, it’s a sight to watch!!!
A captivating capture of Kinner Kailash Range during Sunrise at Kalpa, Kinnaur.
Reaching Kalpa was the most difficult part of our journey due to bad road conditions. We were enjoying the monster faces and scenic beauty until the bad patches began disturbing us. Once we crossed Sungra the patches transformed into a fully fledged pebbly road. It was a stretch of good 40 kms starting from Wangtu and continuing till Karcham. Once you reach Karcham, the roads are divided into two – the one going straight leads to Rekong Peo and the other one to Sangla. We purposely took the one going to Kalpa.
A view of Kinner Kailash range adorned by Tibetan Flags
Get a little more cozy at Roghi
Situated just 3 kms away from Kalpa, is this beautiful scenic village called Roghi. You would love to explore the treacherous road, the famous suicide point and serene views.
You don’t want to fall from here!! Suicide Point at Roghi Village
Happy Exploring!! with Untraveled Routes
One road trip to Spiti, and all you want to do is ‘Let’s go again!!’
Making up our minds for doing the 11 days road trip with a little baby was not easy at all. It was the first time ever that we were so anxious about our ‘Travel’ plans!! Post baby, the lifestyle changed every bit and traveling together (particularly the adventure trips) became like dream in a glass bottle. However, our zeal for road trips couldn’t keep us away for a very long time and after a break of a year we decided to pack our bags and set out on a road trip along with our 11 months old little love to the revered Spiti Valley, the Land of Lamas in India. Spiti is as stunning as it name sounds!! Lahaul–Spiti lies in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Spiti is predominantly occupied by Tibetan refugees and hence the region has pretty much feel of Tibet. Read a deep conversation with a Tibetan Refugee ‘Jampa’!!
Spiti is a cold desert mountain valley – the middle land between Tibet and India. Itinerary – 11 days from New Delhi – Spiti Valley – New Delhi
We had no idea that we had signed up for the most challenging, surprising and oddly pleasing odyssey. The road trip to this wonderland was an unforgettable journey, the memories are still fresh and though it was freaking difficult we would love to do it again!!
The resplendent Spiti will leave you spoiled, and here is why –
- Exigent Roads – There are two ways to reach Spiti – one via Manali and the other one that lets you through the Trans Himalayas via Shimla – Kinnaur – Spiti. We covered the region via scenic Kinnaur route, the National Highway 22 (NH -22) and the Hindustan Tibet Road. It was thrilling as well as challenging to drive on these roads. The transcendent roads are something you would have never seen or experienced before. These roads are touted as one of the most treacherous and dangerous in the world. The NH 22 will drive you insane for lot of reasons but you’ll love the adrenaline rush and thrill.
The hairpin bends of NH – 22, the narrow dimensions, encountering natural waterfalls, close encounters with trucks and buses, the frequent bad patches will make you feel ecstatic and sometimes insane too. Take a virtual tour of the roads here.
- Insane Landscapes –The gigantic rustic brown mountains, sometimes chocolate dipped and sometimes covered with snow with extra effect of pristine blue waters flowing. The jaw dropping views of sunset and sunrise will begin around Kalpa. As you keep moving forward the lush green hills will gradually transform to dusty and big sand like mountains. You are going to miss the greens!! But you will be able to embrace the change too.
View of Dhankar village from a distance!!
- Get High! –The high altitude is not just high is really quite high to handle. Once you cross Sarahan and approach Kalpa, the excitement begins. All the villages in Spiti Valley feel like perched on top to name a few – Totally Tabo (3050 m), Dhankar Heights (3894 m), Key(4166m)!! All wobbly and super windy. Interestingly the route till Tabo is challenging but the one from Tabo to Kaza and Kaza to surrounding villages is not bumpy. You will fall in love with the views from such altitude. However, the wind at such height is strong enough to hurl your car to wobble. We experienced it so many times, while approaching Dhankar, again while visiting Key Monastery and then Gue village.
- Intriguing History – The place is inundated with attention-grabbing stories and they will govern you mind space for long as you will keep thinking about it while you drive on empty roads wondering are you the only soul loitering around.
With colors so vivid and views so breathtaking, Spiti Valley will find a place in your heart forever 🙂
We captured this incredible image on the way to Tabo – The Ajanta of Himalayas on our recent road trip to Spiti Valley
We have never seen something like this, the combination of colors adorned by this place naturally is incredible!!! If you are planning to visit Spiti Valley this summer this surely will help – Reaching Spiti Valley, The road that leads to Spiti Valley.
Patwon Ki Haveli is a mansion with legendary history and beauty. The interiors, rooms and everything that is part of the Haveli manifests the royalty of the Patwa family. It surely will take you to a different world as you move across rooms and floors. It kinda gives a feel like museum.
This is a capture of the chess board@Patwon Ki Haveli
Jaisalmer is popularly known as the The Golden City, situated amidst Thar Desert, close to Pakistan border; over powered by the Jaisalmer Fort (Sonar Quila) the city with glorious past offers an action packed experience to travelers. One thing evident was that the destination is so very popular among foreign tourists, well the place attracts the tourists in myriad ways. Not just the architecture, the whole city oozes different feel tiny gallis, all the houses constructed from golden brick, puppet shows and people singing folk songs at all the unexpected locations, its awesome !!! Interested to read more about the place or take a virtual tour via photos, here is the link to other top posts on Jaisalmer –