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

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…]

May 062014
Travel Tuesday Picture: Jogi Mahal Ranthambore

Where Tigers Rule: Jogi Mahal Today’s travel pictures is from Rang Rangeelo Rajasthan, the state equally famous for Royal Palaces, and the most Royal of the beasts -The Royal Bengal Tiger in Ranthambore National Park near the Sawai Madhopur town.  Here I am giving the picture of Jogi Mahal, on the bank of Padam Talab inside the Ranthambore National Park. This picture was taken from the top of Ranthambore Fort on a sunny afternoon. From the top of the fort Jogi Mahal looks as if trying to hide in the dense jungle, thanks to always full Padam Talab, who [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

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 [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…]