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Nepal calling | Backpackers Trip

Ritual art forms of North Kerala | February 2020

Kannur, India

A visit to Kannur to know more about the traditional ritual forms such as Vellaattam, Theyyam and Thidambu Nrittham (performed in the temples of North Malabar).

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Flamingo Expedition | February 2020

Flamingo Expedition | Rameswaram, India

My trip to Rameswaram was one of my best unplanned trips. One of my team mates, suddenly gave a call asking, “Buddy, shall we go to Rameswaram?” Till then Rameswaram was not on the list of places I wanted to visit. But when I came to know the reason he asked, I did not think any further. Just packed by backpack and set out.

Yes, flamingos had landed near Dhanushkodi. On their return from the Rann of Kutch to Australia, this was their regular halting place.

The first day was a bit disappointing as we had issues with understanding the local dialect, and could not do much. But on the second day, as we reached the spot, there seemed to be a wall of white and pink on the other shore. But later I realised I am looking at innumerable lesser and greater flamingos . It was amazing to see not just hundreds, but tens of thousands of them. Needless to say, it was an unforgettable sight and never to be missed. I was glad that I could make it, and also surprised why I had not thought of this earlier.

For those of you who are interested, please note that the best season to watch them is December to March. And those who would like to capture the sight on their camera, do not forget to carry a long lens so that the birds are not disturbed.

Birding at Keoladeo National Park | February 2020

Keoladeo National Park | Bharatpur, India

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also called as Keoladeo Ghana National Park is amongst one of the finest bird sanctuaries on the Planet, also offering security to faunal species. The focal point of the national park is an old Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is referred to as Keoladeo. “Ghana” refers to the thick woods which used to cover the region.

There are a variety of bird species here. The topography of the place is of two types, dry land and wetland. We pass through the dry land as we enter the gate, and I saw a Golden Jackal and owlets in this area.

The wetland is mainly home for Geese, Ducks, Egrets, Storks etc. The main attraction of the place, however, is the non-migratory bird Sarus Crane, which is the tallest flying bird. This bird grow up to 5.9 ft and it’s wingspan can be up to 8ft. I was lucky enough to get a sighting of the crane during my visit.

Jaipur Wedding | January 2020

Jaipur Wedding | Jaipur, India

A wedding with the pomp & splendour like a Bollywood movie. The groom on the horse, fireworks, accompaniment of the band, girls dancing along with the procession…

It was a great experience for me to attend the wedding and also play the role of the bride’s brother in the rituals. I doubt if I will get an opportunity to participate in a similar wedding in the future.

The wedding had the usual functions like Lagan, Engagement, Sangeet, the Pheras, and the Vidai. It was a very memorable time for me.

A Backpacking Trip to Wayanad | December 2019

A Backpacking Trip to Wayanad, | Wayanad, India

A Christmas vacation at Wayanad.

Rider Mania | November 2019

Rider Mania | Goa India

an event hosted by Brotherhood of Bulleteers Motorcycling Consortium (BOBMC) every year. It is the annual gathering of Indian Royal Enfield motorcycle owners.

Bhutan | October 2019

Bhutan

Why I chose to travel to Bhutan for my first trip out of India?

Statue of Unity | October 2019

Statue of Unity | Narmada, Gujarat, India

The Statue of Unity is located 3.5 km from a small town known as Kevadiya in Gujarat, India.

It is approximately 25 kms from the nearest city Rajpipla, 90 kms from Vadodara, 150 kms from Surat and 200 kms from Ahmedabad.

The closest bus stop to Statue of Unity is located in Kevadia, with local autos available from there to the Statue of Unity.

The nearest railway station to Statue of Unity is located in Vadodara, and the nearest airport to Statue of Unity is also located in Vadodara.

However one can also easily visit the Statue of Unity from Ahmedabad or Surat, with both cities having railway stations, airports, and being within 2-4 hours driving distance from the Statue of Unity.

Navaratri Festival | October 2019

Navaratri Festival | Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Navratri, meaning ‘nine nights’, is one of the most popular and widely celebrated Hindu festivals in many parts of India. Gujarat, however, is the only state that erupts into a nine-night dance festival, perhaps the longest in the world. Each night, all over the state, villages and cities alike, people gather in open spaces to celebrate feminine divinity, referred to as Shakti.