Oct 302014
 
The SONY Xperia Z3 Compact: What a Traveler needs

Checking  Sony XPERIA Z3 Compact from a Traveler’s Perspective   I have been playing with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact phone with a special interest in the camera function of the phone. To begin with 20.7 mp camera is just the tip of the iceberg of the tens of cool features that the phone offers.  But rather than exploring all the features of the phone camera I was keener to check out the camera from a traveler’s perspective. So where does my travels take me? Well from bone chilling Himalayas to dusty deserts in Rajasthan to hot and humid [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Oct 222014
 
Diwali is a festival of Lights

    Celebrating an Eco Friendly Diwali: A festival of Lights Diwali is the biggest festival in India celebrated across regions and religions.  It started as a festival of lights when as per Ramayana Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in exile in the Jungles.  When he returned to Ayodhya triumphant after defeating demon king Ravana the citizens of Ayodhya illuminated the city with oil lamps, hence starting the tradition of ” Festival of Lights “. Notice  Diwali or Deewali or Dipawali is a festival of lights, I am not sure when the tradition of burning [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Oct 202014
 
Pushkar Resorts: A Family Fun destination in Rajasthan

Pushkar Resort Perfect family Getaway from Delhi Nobody can resist the charms of Rang Rangeelo Rajasthan, famous for its royal palaces, golden dunes, endangered tigers and some of the most luxurious resorts in country. As the biggest tourist magnet in North India Rajasthan has perfected the art of luxury travel and every where you are welcomed with Padharo Mhare desh by mustached men welcoming you with folded hands. Once we left the cacophony of Ajmer the roads starts winding uphill and you can see the city of Ajmer from various bends overlooking the plane. True to tradition an old [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Oct 182014
 
desi Traveler interviewed on Fourways Travels

  desi Featured As Travel Enthusiast of the Month Oh how much we all love our 15 seconds of fame ( 15 minutes of fame was in pre-internet era, not it is 15 seconds).  I was approached by a Fourways Travel with some questions on my travels the beginnings, my experiences etc. related to. travel.  As the questions were really interesting I pondered over them . This helped me also to recollect some old memories and go back to my earlier travels, how I started traveling and what defines me as a traveler. While I am enjoying my 15 [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Oct 142014
 
SONY XPERIA Z3 compact- First Impressions

Good Things Come in Compact Size:  Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Unboxing and Clicking We travelers are not an easy lot to please e.g we want all the comforts while traveling but don’t want to harm the environment. We want to try all the good foods of the places we visit yet don’t want to get fat. We want to travel far and wide yet don’t want to carry a lot of stuff. We want to capture best of the pictures yet we don’t want to carry heave cameras and other equipment. Camera specs is the first thing I noticed on [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Oct 122014
 
Karwa Chauth Moon

  Pictures of Karwa Chauth Moon   So like many years this year also the moon of Karwa Chauth decided to get late and make my dear wife wait more before she could break her fast. Though I am pretty sure all Indians know what Karwa Chauth is, but since desi Traveler gets lots of traffic from US, UK, Europe and Australia  ( though I am not sure it is the desi diasporas in these countries or natives who read desi Traveler )  it would not be wrong to give some gyan about Karwa Chauth. You see in India [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Oct 102014
 
Lakshman Sagar : A Fairy Tale in Rajasthan

Visit to Lakshman Sagar: A Fairy Tale Luxury Heritage Resort in Rustic Rajasthan There are hotels and then there are luxury hotels, once you are done with luxury what is left to experience?  May I suggest living in a fairy tale from another era? The recipe is not easy to replicate but let me try. Take an old hunting lodge of King, add a beautiful lake surrounded by OLD Banyan trees where Peacocks perch for night, add a couple of havelies, now bring some creative interior decorators who add a dash of colors and a lot of local daily [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Oct 032014
 
Guess Where Contest

  Guess Where  is this beautiful palace Your’s truly was busy last few weeks traveling both for fun as well as for work, now as for me Work is also fun sometimes the boundaries are a bit blurred.  So today I give you couple of pictures of my travels while I work on a detailed post about one of the places I visited. This is a very unique fairy tale type location and the bold colors should give away where it is.  But if you can pin point the exact place I will send you a large print of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Oct 032014
 
Mayo College Ajmer - Students Campaign for Swachh Bharat

Mayo College Ajmer Students Campaign for a Swachh Bharat Travel always shows you something new, and I just don’t mean places. For a change  Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated with a difference, instead of just the customary remembrance, speeches and cleaning the pigeon poop smeared Gandhi Statue across country, the nation decided to get out and clean the streets. With PM Narendra Modi, calling for a Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan  (Clean India – BTW Bharat is the Official name of India in Hindi, and our constitution mentions it as India that is Bharat) But the good part is that it is [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Sep 292014
 
Anti Poaching Camp - Patrolling Bandipur National Park

A Night In Anti Poaching Camp Bandipur National Park Acres of  marigold fields glowing in the evening sun waved at us from the other side of a  solar fence that  separated the jungle from the fields, as we drove towards the anti poaching camp in Bandipur National Park. When I did my first phase of Eco Volunteer training with Karnataka Forest department and  Jungle Lodges and Resorts, I wrote about the short visit we made to the Anti Poaching camp in the jungle where tourists are not allowed. As part of the training in second phase we stayed overnight at [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]