Rajputana

travel tips to Rajasthan a land of palaces, forts, sand dunes, camels, colors and exotic food

Jul 272013
 
Padharo Mhare Desh-Welcome to Rajasthan

 Road Trip from Delhi To Jaipur Ever felt like you owned the world, after taking a loan and neck deep in debt? That’s how I felt after buying our first car. The aroma from fresh plastic made me dizzy giving a high hard to describe. On the very first weekend after getting the car we hit the Jaipur Highway. A brand new car, “Dhoom Machale” blaring from speakers, almost empty highway, it was a heady cocktail; the louder Tata Young crooned the harder I pressed the accelerator. But  pleas from Missus to slow down brought me to senses. Once [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 222013
 
Raj Mandir Jaipur - One Photo From My Album

We have bought our small car on a big loan,  and it was causing a lot of itching to go somewhere. We agreed to go to pink city Jaipur the capital of Rang Rangeelo Rajasthan. It was our first trip in the new car and I felt like I owned the world even while being in debt to the bank . Mushrooming Mall City Gurgaon was our home, but Jaipur had Raj Mandir the best movie theater in India Princess crooned  to just released Dhoom songs in the car and we decided to watch Dhoom in Raj Mandir, after [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 012013
 
Lonely Planet Best Travel Photo Contest

Two of My photos won Lonely Planet  Best Travel Photo Contest Today turned out to be very special day for me. Some of you would remember my posts on my visit to Tal Chapar wildlife Sanctuary. I submitted some of those pictures in Lonely Planet  Best Travel Photo Contest. I was casually browsing through their website and saw a post mentioning the prize winners for the contest. While yours truly’s name was not in the top three winners, I did saw my name in the consolation prize winner list. After exchanging emails with Bodhisattva Sen Roy, Digital Editor & [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 152012
 
The Hedgehog of Forest Rest House in  Tal Chapar Rajasthan

The mysterious little Hedgehog of Forest Rest House Tal Chapar Rajasthan   Let me be honest the moment the word Forest Rest house comes to my mind, a rickety old bungalow with no power and plumbing comes to mind, with an old Chowkidar with a lantern who does not cast a shadow completing the picture. So when Shreeram MV of Darter informed me that we will be staying in Forest Rest House in Tal Chapar Rajasthan, I was mentally prepared to rough it out in the middle of the jungle. Surrounded by beautiful Indian acacia trees with fragrant yellow flowers, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 122012
 
Thali for lunch in Rural Rajasthan in Tal Chapar

Lunch in Rural Rajasthan- A Thali to be cherished —On our second day during the Tal Chapar visit, Mr. Poonia was kind enough to take us to a section that technically is outside of the sanctuary, but has a lot of rare birds coming.  The challenge is this section is near mines where limestone and other minerals are being constantly taken out, leading to loss of vegetation and habitat for the birds. Fortunately no new mines are being allowed in the area and hopefully the current ones will also be stopped soon. Just look at the picture of the Butterflies and you [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 022012
 
Next Olympic Champion from India-On a street corner near you

Banjara Kids: Can they become gymnastic champions given a chance ? Can you spot the next Olympic champion from India? Well she could be closer than you like to believe.The next Olympic champion  actually could be in the shanty next to your home or doing acrobatics on a rope on the next street corner. The only challenge is you will look at her with pity throw some coins her way and move on without thinking ever again about her. That is the tragedy of our sports and traditional sports and skills.  Till Sachin Tendulkar started making big bucks thanks to cricket, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 122012
 
Reptiles of Rajasthan- Lizards of desert at both end of Food Chain

Spiny Tailed Lizard and other reptiles of desert in Rajasthan Spiny Tailed Lizard – Called Sanda in Hindi You and I may not like reptiles but there are other creatures that just love them. Reptiles are a major food source for many predators and this post is about Reptiles of Rajasthan found in the Tal Chhapar wildlife sanctuary. One question that has haunted me since we reached Tal Chhapar was why all these eagles come here when they could be anywhere. Some of the answers to the same were it is safe to be here, it is on the way [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 112012
 
Salt Pans of Tal Chapar Rajasthan

A visit to the Salt Pans near Tal Chapar Wild Life Sanctuary   Q: what is common between Mahatma Gandhi, Roman Soldiers, Timbuktu, Tal Chapar and Angelina Jolie? Well you guessed it right it is Salt. I know the title of the post is a give away. White Eared Bulbul Gandhijee had a close relationship with Salt production in India as he led   the march to Dandi in the cost of Gujarat to protest against the salt monopoly and excessive tax by the colonial masters in India. That march on March 10, 1930 changed the course of Independence [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 092012
 
The Cunning Fox of Tal Chhapar Rajasthan

Observing Animal Behaviour in Wild- Encounter between a Fox & an Eagle  The Cunning Fox Ever since our childhood, we keep on reading about the smaller carnivores of the jungles of India. The Wolf is portrayed as a ruthless killer, the jackal as sly, and the hyena as despicable all stereotypes worthy of further debate and investigation. But it is the fox that takes a special place in jungle lore and has maximum stories dedicated to her. From the fox that could not reach the sour grapes to the Chalak lomdee ( चालाक लोमड़ी or clever fox) in all the cartoons [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 082012
 
Tal Chapar-Rajasthan for Bird Watching

  Tal Chapar: A Hidden Birding Paradise in  Rajasthan   Tal Chapar in Rajasthan a bird watching trip If you are ready to look beyond the forts, and palaces and tigers of Rajasthan then Tal Chapar ( also spelled Tal Chhapar) is for you. Tal what? You may ask an obvious question as Tal Chappar is still not an on the tourist circuit unless you are a raptor from Central Asia from countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,   Russia etc. Tal Chappar is to bird watching what Ranthambore and Jim Corbett are to tiger spotting. Situated in a hidden corner of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]