Aug 282014
 
Shankar Market Street Art Project - Connaught Place New Delhi

Shankar  Market smiles again with Street Art: Reviving Connaaught Place Till 90s Connaught Place was  a dream market, you moved around in circles, window-shopping and sometimes buying, drinking milk at Keventer’s, enjoying your stuffed Patties and Pastries at Wenger’s and strolling through the shaded corridors, checking the graffiti made by pan stains ( beetle leaves) on the corners. When you got tired you just lazily sat down on one of the low barriers made from pipes that were not painful for your posterior. Alas like all good things those days came to an end. Parking was a nightmare, buses leading to CP [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jul 112014
 
Sunset over Chinese Fishing Nets Cochin

A Beautiful Sunset in Fort Kochi behind Chinese Fishing Nets Clichéd it may sound, but a visit to Fort Kochi in Cochin, Kerala is incomplete without clicking a picture of Sunset behind the Chinese Fishing nets. For us visitors ( tourists, travelers take your pick), it is a photo opportunity but for the fishermen of Kerala it is a lot of hard work. I am not sure exactly when the Chinese fishing nets came to India and when they became ubiquitous on the Cochin Skyline. Today they are kind of symbol of your visit to Fort Kochi in Kerala and [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jul 092014
 
My Travel Wishlist for Beautiful Oman

Beautiful, Magical, Mystical & Modern Oman Marhaban! Let us take some rugged mountains that are older than time, climb  forts that have seen history changing battles, watch soothing greenery emerging from a deep Wadi, (valley) get surprised by a spring of fresh water coming out of rocks, transforming the color of landscape from sandy to green, and hiding in the deep ravines wildlife that knows how to thrive, watch the merging of blue sky in deep blue ocean, and now add a liberal dose of mystical stories you read in Arabian Nights and you get the country I so wish [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jun 252014
 
A Family Trip to Goa

  An Indian Family trip to Goa When I was kid a family vacation meant going to my grandparents homes every year during summer vacations as we lived in a different cities. My Nani and Dadee showered their blessings on us and secretly competed for the title for favorite grandmother. Some times we visited a few pilgrim places like Rishikesh, Haridwar etc. Biggest attraction was going to hills like Simla,  that was our favorite hill station as nobody has heard about Leh,  Sikkim or other exotic names you talk today. Trips to wildlife sanctuaries were almost unheard of, and only [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

May 202014
 
Evening Ganga Aarti at Varanasi Dashashwamedh Ghat

Dashashwamedh Ghat For Evening Ganga Aarti at Varanasi In Travel Tuesday post today we will talk about evening Aarti at Varanasi the spiritual capital of India. Banaras as the city is known locally  is now in limelight because of political reasons due to a very well publicised electoral battle between Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal. Off course now this is old news and Mr. Narendra Modi emerged victorious in what turned out to be a no contest. But desi Traveler is not a political blog, so we will restrict our discussion to our topic of the post the evening Aarti on Dashashwamedh Ghat [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Sep 012014
 
Portrait of a Chaiwala

From Chaiwala to Tea Ceremony in Japan With the Japanese Prime Minister Shinjo Abe hosting a traditional Tea Ceremony for our PM Narendra Modi, who started his illustrious career as a ChaiWala, life has come a full circle. I normally refrain from political comments on this blog, but we travelers own a lot to our desi ChaiWalas. On every road trip that we take, we eagerly await for the next Chaiwala, stop the car, order an invigorating fresh ginger Chai, chat with the ChaiWala and ask about the road conditions ahead. As the chaiwala adds fresh tea leaves to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Sep 012014
 
Johnson Lodge Manali- Hotel Review

A review of Johnson Lodge in Manali, Himachal Pradesh I am not much of a hotel reviewer even though for many years I lived out of hotels and slowly became immune to them, only caring about Wi Fi, paid or free.  But once in a while you come across a hotel that is like they say “It’s different”. So recently I was in Manali and stayed at Johnson Lodge on Circuit House road, for two nights once while going to Spiti to get used to high altitude to avoid AMS, and next on the return trip while waiting for [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Aug 252014
 
Largest National Flag of India -Connaught Place New Delhi

The Tricolor in Connaguht Place Delhi:  Largest National Flag of India I was on a vitamin D accumulation mission in Connaught Place with Pankaj G ( Check post about Nagori, Subzi and Halwa I had at his home). We have gone there to get one of his many watches serviced by Gangoly Brothers, one of the iconic watch shops of Connaught Place in Delhi. As we emerged from the metro station, the first thing we noticed was the large tricolor, proudly giving a complex to the clouds and skyscrapers around. Pankaj G informed me about history, geography and a little [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Aug 202014
 
Adventure to get some life: Outlife

  Outlife brings Adventure Travel In India India has not been your conventional adventure travel market, I remember trying all kind of adventure water sports etc in 2000 in Thailand.  Most beaches in India in those days had no option of water sports. Mountaineering etc was restricted to very expensive equipment and was largely done by foreign visitors in Himalayas. But things started changing about 7-8 years ago and with coming up of Adventure Clubs in India, we learned about the options available in India too. With the awareness of adventure travel in India in almost all parts of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Aug 192014
 
Happy World Photography Day : A Picture from Kerala

  The Kerala Picture that got me in Better Photography Magazine Today is world photography day, a day to celebrate photographers. Although I am not much of a photographer, I sure am one lucky photographer, now and then I am lucky enough to click a good picture.  Recently on my visit to Kerala, as a part of Kerala Blog Express, I clicked some pictures of Fishermen in Kerala and submitted some of them to the Better Photography Magazine for a contest ”  By the Beach”. Soon one of the pictures was selected for honorable mentions and I received a call from the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Aug 052014
 
Nagori Aloo Subzi and Halwa: Breakfast of Old Delhi

My Tryst with Authentic Subzi, Nagori Puri, and Halwa Ask and it shall be given Matthew: 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened. Drool and it shall be served on a platter. OK I made the last one, or did I ? I was talking to my friend cum elder brother jyada Pankaj G and we were conspiring on how to leave our wives and go to Old Delhi [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Aug 012014
 
Ibrahim Rauza Bijapur Karnataka

A Picture from Bijapur: Scooter in front of Ibrahim Rauza Adil Shahi dynasty was one of the 5 Deccan Sultanates that were formed after splintering of Bahmani Sultanate, the first Islamic dynasty in South India that shaped the history of Deccan for centuries.  Even the Qutub Shahi Emperors  of Golconda were originally generals of the Bahmani Sultans.  But this post is about the Adil Shahi tomb Ibrahim Rauza, built by the 5th Sultan of the Bijapur for himself.  While I work on a detailed post on the same let me share this picture of the bright yellow scooter in [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jul 232014
 
Tribal Man With Mustache: Guess Where is he from

Guess The Tribe and Place This Man Belongs To : I have been a little busy on personal front with limited, and chose to be away from online life for some time. But as they say blogging and social media is addictive.  So I thought of quickly posting this picture and ask you this question dear readers:  Which state do you think this Man with Mustache and a twinkle in his eyes belong to ? If you are thinking the obvious then you are wrong. Let us see how many of you get it right. Hint: Don’t rush to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jul 152014
 
So Where is Denwa Backwater Escape Resort ?

Resort Review: Stay at Denwa Backwater Escape Resort, Pugdundee Safaris The driver who picked us from Itarsi railway station was calling the resort to confirm that he has picked us up. I could over hear him, “OK, so I will call you once I reach the Big Banyan Tree” In the remote hamlet the Big Banyan tree turned out as the largest landmark before you reach the last stretch of dirt track on way to Denwa Backwater Resort. Now if you are like  our neighbors ( who are pretty nice people actually), you too may ask “ Denwa Backwaters ? , where [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]