Oct 172017

The September 2017  Instagram Images From desi Travelers Around The World


I think the challenge is that I have never declared a  specific date to come out with the monthly travel digest, unlike the monthly travel calendar, hence the delay every month. Plus this iconic trust we desis have on the 5 letter word “Sorry”. But more than sorry dear reader and photographers who are supporting this little desi Traveler digest on Instagram, let me promise you something, from coming month I promise to publish the desi Traveler digest on or before 7th of every month. In spite of the delay, the good thing is that the response to my call for tagging images with #desiTraveler has been well received and it was not an easy task to chose images for this digest.  But as this is a collective effort while at one side I am humbled at some of my favorite travelers and photographers submitting more and more images, on the other hand, I have this desire that I want to showcase as many new desi Travelers and photographers in the monthly digest.  I have tried to keep a balance of some new entries and some veterans who regularly support desi Travelers.  The images shared after 30th of September will be showcased in the October digest so please keep them coming.

St Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow Travelure Ajay Sood

St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow

So let us start with our first image for the September travel digest, that has been shared by Bushra Muzaffar, who is well known for her Noida Diary and this image is from the Maharastra Sadan in Delhi, easily one of the most opulent state houses we have in the National Capital. Please note images are not in any particular order and the sequence is purely coincidental based on when I have saved the image in my workflow excel file.
Our second image is by Nritya Ramani, who shares this video of a waterfall from Kings Canyon National Park in California. Have you ever wondered how come looking at a free-flowing waterfall has such calming effect? I also like the quote that Nritya has shared, ” There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you.” —- Mehmet Murat Hdan
The third image is once again from across the border from Pakistan, the photographer Tabish Shaikh has not mentioned where exactly this peak, maybe he will share the location once he reads the post? Or one of you may have an idea about the location of this mighty mountain?
Our next image is by a Travel couple who call themselves – TRAVEL LIFE & STYLE, no marks for guessing which one of them represents style, though I am sure both have an equal share of travel quotient.  They have shared this image of a Japanese Garden complete with a Koi Pond from Shizuoka Prefecture. What a peaceful image.
The 5th image is by a seasoned traveler and blogger Sushmita Sarkar who needs no introduction as she has blogged and shared her journeys for a long time now. I have read her blog for quite some time and followed her journeys and blog evolving over a period from solo travels to family travel and still continues to go from places to places.  It is a great privilege for me to welcome her her on the desi Traveler digest. Thanks a lot Sushmita for sharing this wonderful image of one of my favorite snacks /street food being served in true desi ishtyle.  Why only me Groundnuts/peanuts / Seeng Dana / Moong Phali / Phali and many other names is a favorite of desis all over India and from Lohri celebrations to train travel you will find groundnuts being shared and relished in one form or other.
Now for next image let us welcome the Photography Blogger from Delhi, Kunal Malhotra, he shares his breathtaking image of Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi. The best part is that the image is clicked by a mobile phone. Those of you who do not know who was Humanyun then a little bit of history lesson would not be out of place. Well, Humayun was the second Mughal Emperor of India and he was also the father of Akbar and Great Grand Father of Shahjahan who is well known for building the Taj Mahal.
Last month I shared an image from a fort of Karnataka confessing that I have never been to coastal Karnataka, this month let me share this image of Sri Kalleshwara Temple from Karnataka, shared by Team G Square.  Karnataka is for sure one of the most beautiful states of India and yet one of the least explored as most people go to the few well-known tourism hotspots like Hampi totally ignoring the other places in Karnataka. We need to give a big round of applause to Team G Square for sharing with us the gems of Karnataka one image a time.
Our next image is by  Ana Chakravarti, who shares her memory of visiting the Gateway of India and Taj Hotel in Mumbai as she recalls the horrors of 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.  I like the way she has captured the Gateway of India and both the old and new Taj Hotel buildings in one frame, having been there myself a few times, not an easy task I would say.
Next, we have Twilight fairy aka Priyanka Sachar or is it the other way round? Priyanka Sachar aka Twilight Fairy? I am not sure as they are now synonymous and share this image of a simple shrine depicting the first family of Indian mythology the Shankars namely  – Shiva Shankar, Parvati Shankar, Ganesha Shankar and other members of the extended family.  Ranthambore Fort is also home to one of the oldest Ganesha temples in the country that is a must visit when you are in Ranthambore.
The next image is from the rugged land of Ladakh clicked by our regular desi Travelers दो – घुमक्कड़ or Gargi and Manish. Everything about this image is adorable the shy smile of the young monk,  clicked at the perfect moment as he returns from his lunch break at the  Lamayuru Gompa.  Thanks a lot, Gargi & Manish for all the wonderful images you have shared looking forward to more of them.
Next let us welcome once again Arpa Ghosh on desi Traveler and this time from the many images shared by him I have picked up this image of the Taramati Baradari.  While most people know Hyderabad as the city of Nizams, let me inform you most of the well-known icons of Hyderabad are from before the Nizam era including the Taramati Baradari, Mecca Masjid, Golconda Fort and also the Internationally World Famous in Old Hyderabad The Charminaran. Ok here is a fun exercise for you, Can you name the 800 plus-year-old temple in Hyderabad that is famous for movie shootings. Here is a hint > There is a post about same on desi Traveler. Go search.
The last image is the showstopper for this blog post and is shared by well-known travel photographer and Canon photo mentor, OSM Shutterbug of the year Ajay Sood, well known as Travelure. The header image of this blog post showing the St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow was also kindly shared by him to be used in the September edition of desi Traveler digest. The below image is from Dal Lake Kashmir and captures the beauty of Dal Lake perfectly. Ajay has a series on his Instagram called ” Romancing The Dal Lake“, you should totally go and check out the same.


With this we come to an end of the September edition of the desi Traveler digest with the promise of coming with more on or before 7th of next month. Till then Happy Traveles. Keep sharing your images with #desiTraveler and hey don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.  With this I would like to thank all the wonderful travelers and photographers who have kindly shared there images from around the world for this little blog of mine 🙂 



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  1. Thank you so much for including my instapic in the Desi Traveler Digest. All the contributions are awesome. Loved going through all images and interesting stories accompanying these.

  2. A fabulous collection as always! Reminds me that I need to go and visit the Humanyun’s tomb!

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