Apr 052016
 
Man and Mule- Stories from Kangra Valley Railway

Samloti – The One Horse Town on Kangra Valley Railway in Himachal This post is not much about travel, so please feel free to skip it, unless you want to encourage the forgotten art of storytelling the desi way. So let us begin from the beginning of the road trip to Kangra as part of Rahi On Road trip series. It was not part of the planned trip. But then what is the fun in sticking to the plan ? Especially when there is no plan. Driving in the picturesque landscape of Nagrota Bagwan in Kangra, we noticed two [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 222015
 
Sting in the Dragon's Tail - A Travel Tale From Bhutan

  Finding Happiness on the trip to Bhutan by Rohit Jain Bhutan is a country that rather than measuring GDP or Gross Domestic Produce, believes in Gross National Happiness. Consider the surprise of avid traveler Rohit Jain when some folks in his group were hell bound on taking the happiness away from not just from the trip but also from the travelers and staff. Over to Rohit where he narrates his experience traveling to Bhutan and how happiness returned to the trip to paradise: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It was a magical trip to the Land of the Thunder Dragon, aka Bhutan. We were [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 012015
 
desi Travel Digest - October 2015

Travel Blog Posts I loved reading in October – Sharing the desi Travel Digest October 2015 Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls ( yes I know a popular airline uses this line, but remember this post is about sharing )  am I loving or what writing this monthly travel digest for readers of desi Traveler blog or what. First since now  I am consciously looking for posts for the desi Travel digest I tend to read more actively and not just a cursory glance on the post. But while the idea is to share my favorite travel blog posts from [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 012015
 
desi Travel digest September 2015

  My favorite Travel Posts from September 2015 – And they are not from desi Traveler The main purpose of net was to share, so it is not surprising that we often see this mentioned on blogs: Sharing is Caring, or show some Sharing Love etc. Indeed we are happiest when we see that some body either known or a total stranger has shared our blog post, tweet or Facebook post. Nothing gives more joy to me when I see my posts being shared. I am thankful to my readers and fellow bloggers who have regularly shared posts from [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 252015
 
Ranthambore National Park and Fort in Rajasthan

Ranthambore  Where Time Stands Still & Tigers Roam Free  Trinetra Ganesha Temple Ranthambore Fort   I started writing this post while packing to visit Tal Chapar Sanctuary in Rajasthan. I have scheduled it to get published when I will be on a Train to Rajasthan. Preparation for the trip reminded me of my visit a few years ago to Ranthambore national park and fort in Rajasthan; initially, I was reluctant to write as many things may have changed. But then Wife jee chided me if not much has changed in a thousand years in Ranthambore, what would have changed [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…]

Apr 292014
 
Travel Tuesday Picture: Village Life in Art of India

Life and Art of Rural India in Batik Print They say beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, so what is beauty to me, may not be good for you and vice versa. So browsing through some old pictures I found this simple bed sheet, that I find beautiful both for its art as well as for what it depicts in the print. For today’s picture I have chosen a picture of a bed sheet from one of the hotels I stayed in Pondicherry to attend an international marriage in a resort. Now on the face of it this bed [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 172014
 
An Old Portuguese Church in the backwaters of Champakulam Alleppey

A Portuguese Church in the Backwaters of  Champakulam Alleppey We all know Vasco da Gama was the first recorded European to reach India, bypassing the red sea and Mediterranean, as he sailed around Africa, turned around from Cape of Good Hope and reached Kerala. Though his primary purpose was to find a safe route to India. The route from Red sea though short, had its own issues like high taxes by the countries on the way, passing desert, hiring about 2000 camels to carry the load ( more on this in a later post- how about subscribing by email to get [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 012014
 
2013 Pictures and Memories

Remembering 2013 in Pictures A year has gone by and we are at the end of 2013, so as we welcome 2014, I thought of remembering 2013 in pictures. The pictures were taken in 2013 in various parts of the country of wildlife, monuments and of people who I met during my travels. Some of the trips I am yet to blog about so they may appear in 2014, I guess for some time I need to blog more to catch up with all the backlog. So here are some 2013 pictures taken during various travels and in the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 092013
 
The Legend of the Gond King: The Pillars of Tadoba

  The Pillars of  Gond Kings of Tadoba:First Telecom Towers in World We were in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and like everybody around us was looking for Tigers. The Tigers were busy looking for some shade and preferably some Sāmbhar in Shade. While continuing our search for the king of the Jungle I saw these pillars on one of the major arteries inside the national park and wondered what they are? Our guide shared a very interesting story about the pillars. You see before cell phones and phones were invented, in the time before time, this area around the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]