25 Travel Bloggers from India Share Monsoon Pictures
Many Monsoons ago, one fine evening I received a call from a friend, “You want to Chase Monsoon ?”.
Without thinking or blinking I said – “OK, when do we leave ?”
“Day after tomorrow 5 am, “he said. – “Cool, see you then,” I said with a big grin.
The only challenge was he was in Bangalore and I was in Gurgaon. But a promise to chase Monsoon is a “Promise to chase Monsoon”. So next day I reached the office, kept my backpack in the car, attended a few meetings, suffered a severe attack of Viral Fever due to change in season. My voice choked, my hands trembled as I tried to type on the keyboard, and there were pre-monsoon sweat beads on my forehead. Needless to say, my team took notice and trying to hide their joy suggested I go home and take some rest. Long story short, I was advised by my colleagues to go home and rest, few of them even offered to take me home as I was in no position to drive. But as a valiant knight I said: “No I can manage, let me call a cab, you guys must attend the 7 am PST conference call with mortgage insurance client.” So I called in a cab, clandestinely collected my bag from the car, dumped the tie in the car boot and jumped in the waiting cab telling the building security that I will collect my car after a few days.
“Woohoo, Bangalore here I come”, I screamed the moment I saw the board of “Airport 7 KM on the National Highway 8 that connects the now Sanskari Guru Gram to then Durachari Delhi. I boarded the last flight from Delhi to Bangalore, tried to sleep with one eye shut while keeping the other one open to check the clouds outside. Anyways late night or early morning I reached the then Bangalore airport which was half asleep and half inundated in Monsoon waters, somehow I reached the friends place and immediately we started our project “ Chasing Monsoon” from Bangalore to Gurgaon. But this post is not at all about our road trip chasing monsoon, nor is it about Chasing The Monsoon, book by Alexander Frater. But both the trip as well as the book may have some subconscious impact on my desire to relive that trip once again for many years now. Every year I have been planning a repeat of the trip but from Kanyakumari to Delhi but have been grossly unsuccessful in my attempt. So I did the next best thing, I decided to crowdsource my Chasing Monsoon project and requested fellow travelers, bloggers, and photographers to share their monsoon pictures with me. Luckily for me, most of my traveler friends were kind enough to share the monsoon pictures. Soon mailbox was blessed with pictures from various parts of the country from Mumbai to Kolkata and from Darjeeling and one even from Hong Kong. Though originally the plan was to keep images only from India but how can one say no when you receive so many of your traveler friends some whom I have met in real life and others in virtual world keep your mailbox popping with beautiful pictures that represent the spirit of “ Chasing Monsoon “
As the number of images that I received was more than the normal images typically a blog post will have, I decided to break the post into 3 sections, each covering a different aspect of how we look and experience the monsoon.
So the post is divided into 3 sections based on the theme of the images received.
Now you may feel some pictures can come in more than one section or are better suited to another section please bear with me and let the love for monsoons flow around without judging me. After all who does not slip a bit in the rains? When you get rains you love them will all your heart and enjoy the chai pakoras and the potholes in the same vein.
Now let us move to our next section of Chasing Monsoon where our travel bloggers have shared the images of Chasing Monsoon with nature in the backdrop.
After nature pictures of Chasing Monsoon let us go and visit our cities from where our Travel Bloggers have captured the life and the magic of monsoons as our cities celebrate and cope with monsoon simultaneously. What a tragedy our cities go through every year, with nature’s bounties comes the pain of inefficiencies of our bureaucratic and political class whose incompetence leads to total chaos in our cities just after a few showers. But let us still enjoy these pictures that have arrived from different parts of India and one picture from Hong Kong
After the images from India, let me share two images that were clicked outside India, the first one is from Hong Kong by Aditi Mathur Kumar and second is from Bali in Indonesia by Archana Singh.
But before we go we have our final post for this collaborative aka crowdsourced post on Chasing Monsoon. The final post here is not an image but a short video that professional travel photographer Ajay Sood, who writes his blog at Travelure clicked in Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan.
A Video of Chasing Monsoon in Ranthambore by Ajay Sood of Travelure
With this, I would like to thank all the wonderful travel bloggers who helped me in Chasing Monsoon and shared their images here for the readers of desi Traveler blog. May their blogs be always showered with page views. This post was supposed to be even bigger but due to vagaries of nature, some of the cities did not get any rains at the the time of this post going live hence I could not get the pictures from other blogger friends who wanted to contribute. But you let us hope we will continue this tradition of collaborative crowd-sourced blog posts on desi Traveler.
Oh and if you have not read the book Chasing The Monsoon by Alexander Frater, I would say you should 🙂
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A very energetic and informative article.
I loved your post and all the amazing photographs. Keep sharing.
This is a spectacular post! Guess I must have been travelling when this post was getting compiled.
What joy to read the captions of long lost memories. Slow claps for everyone.
Nice article Desi traveler.
thanks man…. i really likd your article.
The idea you convey is very nice .I like it.
great pictures! Some of them depicting the fun in monsoon are great!
Thanks a lot Arv, so glad you liked the images..
This was a great read, love your blog and the pictures.
Lovely post . Great thinking and next time when you do I will participate
Sure Anindya looking forward to collaborating with you…. 🙂
Lovely post! Great pictures and thank you for introducing me to so many new bloggers!
Thanks Chaitali… hope to collaborate with you also soon…
I did not know that some one can CHASE the monsoon. I specially come to this post from another weblog, I accidentally mouse hover at your name and got your blog link. I attracted to it because I love travelling too.
I also write blogs and some of my post are about travelling too. You must check them out.
Dear Krishna… Welcome to desi Traveler . If one can chase dreams, Monsoon is much easier to chase.. though totally unpredictable.. 🙂
Wow! The monsoon became even more beautiful with this great collection of pictures and your exciting story… Wish you a Happy Monsoon 🙂
Thanks, Sarmistha….Happy Monsoons… 🙂
Monsoons in India is something else. Everything around you comes to life and there’s visible excitement in the air, especially when you are not stuck in a traffic snarl.
Ah, don’t even want to talk about Gurujam the mother of all traffic jams in Gurgaon… hopefully we will enjoy next monsoon without these Jams
I have read the book Prasad, in your next edition I will send a picture too!
Thanks, looking forward to the same 🙂
What a great collection. So much variety, so many faces of season. Great idea, Prasad. Thumbs up to you and your contributors. 🙂
thanks Dee. so glad you liked the idea, hope to repeat it soon…
Experienced Indian monsoon through the images. Thank you for sharing such lovely images!
Monsoon time tends to bring everything alive, hence is a photographer’s delight. That is a great collection of monsoon images and what makes it even better is that, national or international, there are no boundaries here. Thank you for featuring mine, I should pick that book sometime soon! 🙂
Thanks Arti.. it was so wonderful to see all travelers collaborating and share their pictures, that is what has made the post so special…
Thank you so much for including my photo.
Loved the compilation. And I can see many moods of monsoon here. A treat to our eyes. 🙂
thanks Nisha.. I too enjoyed looking at all the monsoon pictures
Great post! and “durachari delhi was epic” 😀
Hi Prasad, Thank you for this lovely post. As I write this it is still raining and feel like having corn on the cob from Nainital once again.
And that is a perfect reason to travel again 🙂 thanks
Every picture has a story to share..a story about “how we welcomed monsoon this time”.. wonderful collection of photos. Thanks for sharing all the photos! 🙂
You are welcome Saumy.. and thanks on behalf of all the contributors too
Okay now that was such an interesting collage of images. Enjoyed it!
🙂 Mission accomplished I would say thanks
Lovely collection of monsoon frames! Yeah, Chasing the Monsoon is a fabulous read.
Thanks Niranjan… glad you enjoyed the same…
Absolutely loved this idea of Chasing the monsoons through India 🙂 Super post and great pictures!
Thanks Akanksha…all because of pictures that travelers like you submitted 🙂
That’s a special post and beautiful photographs. Everyone has different way of looking at Monsoons and depicting through photographs.
Thanks for joining VJ loved all your pics.. but had to use only one and please pass on my thanks to Nishant for his wonderful submission 🙂
I love the diverse places the photos have come in from. Says so much in its own way. Nice collaborative post 🙂
Thanks Amrita.good to know you liked the post.. 🙂
That’s quite a compilation of great pictures which capture the essence of monsoon.My appettite is now whetted for more. Looking forward to the Bangalore to Delhi Road-trip account. I am game for a road trip from Kanya Kumari to Delhi or even further or maybe a heritage circular route.
PS – Thanks for including my photo 🙂
Thanks a lot for participating Vasu sir jee 🙂
Given that the images had to be a recent one, I like the efforts by all of them. I wish I could have contributed but rains didn’t favor me. My favourites are by Saurabh Arya, Priya Pathiyan, Nisha Jha, Svetlana and Nishant Sharma. Nice blog.
Thanks Abhinav..we still have Monsoon Season 🙂
Loved the Post 🙂 and what lovely Pics captured and Compiled Sirjee !!