The Strange Symbols at Edakkal Caves
Apr07

The Strange Symbols
at Edakkal Caves

Edakkal Caves What drew me to these caves in the Wayanad district, Kerala was that it was a pre-historic site with mysterious engravings. I had read that the carvings resembled the rock impressions of Styrian Alps and that they were from the Neolithic period. So I wanted to check the site out even if it meant trudging uphill for an hour or so with my eight year old son. Wayand is typically a five hour drive from Bangalore and I...

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The Toy-Train of Darjeeling
Dec23

The Toy-Train of Darjeeling

For the kid in me… The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was the 1st that I sat on. It’s called the Toy-Train. They are also called Mountain Railways, and there are 5 such Mountain Railways in India – Kalka-Shimla Railway [Himachal Pradesh], Darjeeling Himalayan Railway [WestBengal], Nilgiri Mountain Railway [TamilNadu], Matheran Hill Railway [Maharashtra] & Kangra Valley Railway [Himachal Pradesh]. These trains were built...

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Carcass – The Thar Desert, India
Sep16

Carcass – The Thar Desert, India

The Desert is a great leveler The Desert provides. The Desert consumes. And you do not get to decide this. The Desert decides. I photographed this Buffalo carcass on my 4th day of my trek across The Thar Desert, Jaisalmer, India with the Youth Hostel Association of India [YHAI] back in December 2014. I had set to cross the entire Thar Desert on foot. The 40km trek was divided between 5 camps. Our Base camp was at the Border Home...

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The Sleeping Buddha – Nepal
Jul22

The Sleeping Buddha – Nepal

Amazing things happen when Men and Mountains meet. I had trekked to Sandakphu, West Bengal, India [12000 feet] with Youth Hostel Association of India [YHAI]. More than the climb I was fascinated about the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga under Full-moon light. 25th December, 2015 was supposed to be the Full-moon night. I had selected the Trek batch dates in a way to be on Sandakphu top on the 25th. The range is most commonly known as the...

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Sunrise in Nepal
Jun24

Sunrise in Nepal

Mountains know no boundaries. I took this picture at Tumling, Nepal while on a trek to Sandakphu, West Bengal last December with Youth Hostel Associations of India [YHAI]. The beauty of Sandakphu trek was that I constantly moved between India and Nepal. Mountains do not ask for a passport. They just ask for free-will and some guts. Tumling, Nepal was my second camp during the trek. I reached there around 15:00 hours and it was...

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The Art of Vanilla Pollination
Sep01

The Art of Vanilla Pollination

Vanilla Pollination in India India’s Human Hummingbird Last year in April, I was scouting for places to volunteer for coffee (berry) picking, but I was told that coffee harvesting ends by February and that it would be time for vanilla pollination in March and April. Out of the ten odd places I had enquired for volunteering, only Sujata Goel from The Rainforest Retreat responded promptly. Well, I just read ‘vanilla’ and screamed...

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Sunrise on the Holy Ganges
Jan27

Sunrise on the Holy Ganges

Along the Ganges River The Holy Ganges The sun seemingly rose out of and above the holy Ganges river until it hung large and low in the sky, glittering and reflecting long, yellow strands on the water and casting a mellow, dewy glow over the the ghats. The misty morning air filled with the aroma of sandalwood and jasmine flowers as the ghats erupted into a riot of colour and activity. Varanasi, also called Kashi (city of life), is one...

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Insight Vacations Lower Prices on India and Nepal Tours
May17

Insight Vacations Lower Prices on India and Nepal Tours

Insight Vacations has announced it will be lowering prices up to $1,280 per person on its range of India & Nepal premium and luxury escorted journeys. Insight Vacations’ inaugural India & Nepal program was launched in December 2011 and consists of two luxury Gold tours and four Premium escorted tours across Rajasthan, Kerala and Nepal, all of which will receive major price drops.  The program also features six optional...

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Geringer Global Debuts 14-Day Trip During India’s Hemis Festival
Feb21

Geringer Global Debuts 14-Day Trip During India’s Hemis Festival

(Westport, CT, February 2012) – Geringer Global Travel has debuted a 14-day itinerary to the mountainous region of Ladakh. Situated in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashimir, Ladakh is home to one of the last undisturbed Tantric Buddhist populations on earth. With stays in Delhi, Leh, Uletokpo/Alchi, Nubra, and Agra, guests will get a glimpse of Ladakh’s rich culture and tradition visiting famous Buddhist monasteries, gompas and...

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Experience Authentic Home Stays in North India
Nov15

Experience Authentic Home Stays in North India

(Westport, CT, October 18, 2011) – Geringer Global Travel is offering a fully customizable and authentic trip to India, combining local family home stays with accommodations at charming bed and breakfasts and intimate boutique properties in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. In a home away from home, guests will enjoy the warm hospitality of Indian families, immerse themselves in local knowledge, indulge in...

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