Nov 162016
 
Travel Contest Alert : 2017 Calendar Giveaway

2017  desktop Calendar Giveaway for readers of desi Traveler Dear readers, desi Traveler is back with the annual desktop calendar for readers of desi Traveler blog.  Some of you may recall that I was in Indonesia just a few days back and our 2017 calendar will focus on Indonesia as a destination, thanks to the  Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia who invited me on  Trip of Wonders to Indonesia. FOCUS Country for 2017 Travel Calendar will be Wonderful Indonesia 🙂 So the maximum number of images for the 2017 calendar will be from Indonesia and images clicked during my Trip [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 012016
 
Download December 2016 Calendar Wallpaper

December 2016 Calendar Wallpaper Download:  A Man Meditating Can you believe this we are already in December of 2016? The last month of the year is already here and I am wondering should I look back and contemplate what happened in 2016 or plan ahead and think about the coming year 2017? I wish I had an answer for the question. As we still have 30 days of December to think about the questions about 2016 and dreams for 2017 let me urge you to take a moment and ponder over a few questions related to where your life is [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 302016
 
Hindu Temple Festival Parade Bali Indonesia

Apsara Spotting: Temple Festival Parade Bali Indonesia I was in my carb induced coma when I overheard it seems there is a traffic jam in front.  Lazily I opened my eyes but when I looked on the road, along with my eyes my mouth also opened and my jaw remained a prisoner of gravity.  Right in the middle of the road, on the sidewalk and almost in every direction I could see Apsaras.   I must be dreaming I told myself and tried to close my eyes, but my neuromotor coordination hit rock bottom, partly due to what I was [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 282016
 
Watching Sunrise at Borobudur - UNESCO World Heritage Site Indonesia

Watching Sunrise at Borobudur Temple Indonesia Carefully I watch each of my steps as I try to climb the steep stairs in pitch darkness. Pitch darkness as I am trying my best ignoring the countless light sabres around me to find the path. Luckily these sabres are so weak that their undernourished beam dies before hitting the stone steps of the largest Buddhist temple in the world Borobudur in the largest Muslim nation in the world. Well, that is Indonesia for you, every step you take you to learn something astonishing about this country of more than 17,000 islands [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 232016
 
Celebrating Naropa Festival Leh

My Experience of Naropa Festival Leh Celebrations For more than 2000, years Leh was the final frontier, a few people knew it even existed, even less wanted to visit Leh. Then after the movie 3 Idiots, getting Lehed became something to be proud of. Thankfully for thousands of years, Ladakh was not on anybody’s agenda except for Buddhist monks and an odd invading army from Central Asia on his journey to more lucrative places to plunder. Isolation due to harsh terrain to travel with heavy snow in winters leading to the closure of passes every winter meant that very [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 182016
 
Samvaad A Tribal Conclave by Tata Steel

Connecting  Tribal Communities: Samvaad an initiative by Tata Steel The biggest strength of our country is the rich cultural and ethnic diversity that is unparalleled in the world.  We as a nation are home to almost every religion and ethnic group that has faced marginalization in their home country.  From the vibrant Parsi community that arrived from Persia to Jews who landed from Baghdad to the small ethnic Chinese and Armenian communities of Kolkata, we have embraced all. But somewhere along the way we have forgotten about our own tribal communities sprinkled in the remotest areas of the country from the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 142016
 
A Road Trip with TERRA Real Vegetable Chips

Terra Real Vegetable Chips – A better snack for Road Trips Here is a typical start of our family  road  trip. A night before we will pack everything so that we can leave early morning to avoid the city traffic before we reach the highway.  Just before leaving home wife jee will plead to the kids “  You should eat something as we want to cover as much distance as possible before we stop for lunch” But the answer is always exactly same “We are not hungry”, this is one of the rare occasion when both the kids agree [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 112016
 
India that is Bharat & a River called Indus

Confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers Indian constitution, Article 1(1) says, “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States.” This is the only provision in the Constitution on how this country be called for official and unofficial purposes. Unofficially, both in India as well as outside in India in many geographies like the Middle East, Central Asia etc. India is also referred as “Hindustan”. Many people consider it to be mentioning Hindu as a religion but the truth is both India and Hindustan are derived from one of the mightiest river in the world – Indus or Sindhu as [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 062016
 
Trip of Wonders to Indonesia on Instagram

My Indonesia Trip of Wonders on Instagram If you follow me on Instagram then you would have noticed I was on Trip of Wonders in Wonderful Indonesia on an invitation of  Ministry of Tourism Indonesia.  It was an overwhelming experience in every single way. Though I had known a few things about Indonesia, I must admit I had very limited knowledge about Indonesia before my visit.  But Indonesia surprised me in more ways than one. By population, Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation in the world ( India is second largest ), but Indonesia is also home to the largest [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 312016
 
Download November 2016 Desktop Wallpaper Calendar- Grand Palace Bangkok

The Grand Palace Bangkok on November 2016 Calendar Wallpaper The November 2016 Calendar showcases the  Grand Palace Bangkok has clicked in November a few years ago when I visited Bangkok for the second time on the invitation of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. I have saved this image for November of this  year. But while I am happy to share this image, I am equally sad as King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the longest-serving monarch in the world has left for his heavenly abode.  King Bhumibol was the 9th King of Chakri dynasty and was also known as Rama IX. I think [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]