Kedarkantha – A Magical Sunrise over the Mountains


I stared, awestruck at the magnificent, unobstructed expanse of the sky filled with numerous hues and shades of morning colours. I was to witness one of the most beautiful moment of my blessed life – sunrise at Kedarkantha.

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Aihole and Pattadakal: Towns Lost in Time

History was never my fav. subject in school, probably because the way it was taught. But as I began travelling, visiting and exploring places, reading, seeing and hearing the stories each of them had in store, my perspective changed. In fact, I started to look forward to learn as much as I can, about the history of the place, and all the what, when, why and how’s of it.

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Pondicherry, and the Treasures of the Seas

Pondicherry is a popular tourist destination in South India. However, for some reason I never happened to visit it for a long time. But last year (after my parents visited the place I was tempted to plan a trip too) I planned a quick visit to Pondicherry.

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A Day in Slo-mo in Gopeshwar, Uttarakhand

Not all travel stories leave you awed, some just tell things as they are, simple, regular, normal stuff. Like this one here, that’s from the time I was in Gopeshwar. It’s a sleepy little place near Chamoli in Uttarakhand. Not much to do here except for observing life as if in a slo-mo, days beginning with spectacular sunrise and ending with colourful sunsets over the tall mountains.

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Nachiketa Tal: Hiking To The Hidden Lake

At the crack of dawn, I boarded a bus headed towards Lambgaon and got down at Chaurangikhal. The place is a pitstop for buses heading further into the mountains towards the far off Himalayan villages. It is also known for the Chauranginath temple. As I devoured Maggie and chai, I was in two minds whether to hike on my own or take help of a local guide.

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Harshil: The Charming Himalayan Valley

I love walking. And so on most travels I prefer to walk and explore the place leisurely. I’m missing traveling and walking around only because I don’t know (at this point) when can I travel again. With all the scary and tragic news around coronavirus and covid-19, I really hope people are not traveling and staying safe wherever they are. And I sincerely hope and pray that we all are past this scary situation very soon🤞

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Coffee With A View At Mandalpatti, Coorg

It was a relaxed trip to Madikeri, Coorg, to unwind and just be. So I’m going to just add some pictures to give the feel. But if you still want to know any additional info., like where to stay, how to visit Mandalpatti, etc., drop me a mail. A visit to Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, however, is recommended if you have time and interest.

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Memories From Pahalgam: A Beautiful Town In Kashmir

Kashmir is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places that I’ve travelled to. There’s so much I’ve missed and yet there’s so much I’ve experienced on each travel. Each time that I’ve been to Kashmir, I was always in for a new experience and abundant beauty to feast on. The people I’ve met, have always been so kind and friendly and listening to them has always given me new, fresh perspectives, much different from what is perceived otherwise .

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Monsoon Trek To Kalsubai – The Highest Peak In Maharashtra

Come monsoon and the Sahyadris of Maharashtra get a stunning makeover. Emerald hills, roaring waterfalls, sprawling valleys enveloped in mist – its all just too irresistible! Here’s an account of one such gorgeous monsoon trek that I went on – Kalsubai – the highest peak in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra.

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The Spring Vibes

The parched landscapes turn picturesque, skies are clear without any traces of the wintry gloom, grass blades sparkle and a countless flowers bloom unfolding Spring in India. This temperate season is a transition between the extreme temperatures of winter and summer. This sublime climate Spring breathes new life into the world by painting the earth with lovely colors.

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Goecha La: Rendezvous With Mount Kanchenjunga

October is supposedly the best time for Goechala trek. But the rains hadn’t ceased till early October that year and I was wondering whether I should have waited for a few more days? Walking in the incessant rains and slippery slopes of slush into the wilderness of the Kanchenjunga National Park, I was both thrilled and irritated at the same time.

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Gandikota: Of Rocks, River And ‘Gorge’ous Views

We walked through the narrow alleys of the Gandikota village, dotted with houses, with goats tied to posts, chickens running around, men and women busy in conversations. I looked around the massive red sandstone walls of the impressive Gandikota Fort dating back to several centuries ago that must have guarded the town.

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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: The Spectacular Beauty

The sun was shining so bright right on my face and I felt completely drained as the heat sucked all the energy from my body. My bag felt so heavy and I, who always travels light, kicked myself for stuffing all those extra kgs into my compact backpack. Thoughts of not being able to make it to the camp, right on the first day of the trek felt very discouraging. I also doubted myself of whether I will be able to complete the trek at all. Packing right and packing light is so damn important!

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A Rejuvenating Weekend At Shathayu Retreat, Bangalore

Imagine waking up to the melodious chirping of birds, amidst hills and greenery. To witness the chunky clouds float above a lake casting photographic reflections in it. To relax and reconnect with yourself; to experience peace and tranquility, as you take a step towards wellness with Ayurveda. Well, I’m just back with all this (and more) after spending the most relaxed weekend in a while.

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A Late Post From Cartist – A Creative Art Festival For Car And Art Lovers

While on a trip to visit family in Pune, happened to come across Cartist – a creative automobile art festival and roadshow. So, these car and art lovers are on a road journey across India showcasing the work of talented artists. The festival provides a platform, encourages and promotes the artists, art students and creative individuals. You can read more about them on their website.

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Blooms And Blossoms: Lalbagh, Bangalore Flower Show 2017

It was a good day for a walk in the city. The day was clear and not too hot, and since I wasn’t doing anything significant (apart from lazing around on a Sunday afternoon) I decided to stroll off to the Flower Show happening in Bangalore. Every year, on the occasion of Independence Day, Lalbagh hosts a flower show. This year the garden city is celebrating the 206th flower show and it’s dedicated to the great Rashtra Kavi (national poet) Kuppali Vekatappa Puttapa who is fondly called as Kuvempu.

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Experiencing the Kerala Monsoons at Wayanad

The nonchalant rains made the drive on the private roads through the tea estates of Wayanad slightly bumpy and rough. Had it not been the wee hours of the day, the lush tea estates would have proved to be a pleasant distraction. We were in Wayanad to see ‘Splash’ – a Monsoon Carnival organized by Kerala Tourism and Wayanad Tourism Organization. This week long Monsoon Carnival includes fun and exciting rain games and sports like mud football, volley ball, off-roading jeep rallies, marathon, and more. There was so much excitement and enthusiasm in the air as the vibrant town relishes the rains.

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Trek to the Enchanted Nagalapuram Forests

The best part about traversing the unpopular trails has its share of unbiased fun and the power to enjoy at your own discretion. The Nagalapuram forest trek is one such fairly uncommon, 1-day trek in the Eastern Ghats. Even at a moderate pace and stops to refill bottles or clicking photos, one can complete the ascent in about 3-4 hours. More often than not trekkers descend and camp at the base. The Nagala hill with their rocky faces and beautifully sliced gorges have levels of hills – the easiest peak being approx. 650 meter high. The trail can be trekked in several ways, by crossing the range from East to West or vice-versa, or trekking to and fro from the eastern/western side.

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Beginner’s Adventure Guide to Trekking in the Himalayas

This article was originally published on B-Change

A book, a movie or simply for the sweet sake of wandering, whatever may have inspired you to plan your first trek – go for it! It’s never too late to start anything that has been on your mind for long. However, to do something you’ve never done before and because trekking in the mountains is way different from a leisure stroll, you need a fair amount of groundwork.  Inadequate preparations and half-baked knowledge can turn a great experience into an unpleasant one.

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