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Mumbai moments – INDIGO!

All set and excited for my Mumbai trip and it did start off very well. Landed in very late in the night and got to see lit and decorated buildings everywhere. Every house in Mumbai  was celebrating Diwali with loads of lights and decorations.Especially loved the hanging lanterns or  ‘kandeel’- traditionally made of paper, now […]

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Travel diaries- Srinagar to Leh! Pull upstairs!!

So the cabin crew came up to a bunch of us to explain the working of the emergency exit. “In case of an emergency, you need to pull the handle upwards”. ” pull it upstairs?” asked a voice from behind my seat. The steward paused, blinked and then said ” yeah pull it upwards.” I turned […]

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Majestic Kumbhalgarh

KumbhalGarh!!! The name itself evokes images of grandeur and grace! And it was all that and much more. Nisha & I geared up for the day and headed towards Kubhalgarh fort which is about an hour’s drive from Udaipur (about 82 kms). Our driver sahab stopped just before the fort to allow us to view […]

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Colors of devotion!!

Our trip to Udaipur was made with the sole intent to experience the colors and flavours of the famous Mewar festival of Udaipur. Little did we know how enchanted we would be with the myriad colors and customs of this charming festival. The festival is all about ushering in the new spring of the year […]

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Death by Chocolate!!!!

When I decided to experiment with a chocolate cake and add some rum and dried fruits to it, little did I realise the sensation it would create. I am being asked for the recipe left, right and centre. And when one of my friends suggested, I blog it – I thought why not!!!? Alright guys […]

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Hampi- soul amidst the ruins !! (Day-2)

27th March 2011 – Our Day-2 at Hampi began at about 6 in the morning; we decided to head out to the river to get a glimpse of the sunrise before the boat service can take us across. The sun was rising up and afforded us a opportunity to shoot some pictures. While waiting for the boatman […]

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Purple Passions!!

I had been seeing these gorgeous deep pink and purple blooms in JP Nagar on short shrub like trees. The crown of the trees is totally covered with sprays of these blooms. I looked them up to know that these are called Queen’s Crape Myrtle – Pride of India – Queen’s Flower – Banaba for […]

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Southern Sojourn – Somnathpur Temple

Somnathpur Temple 26th January 2011 – Ek raasta… Do rahi… aha aha!! That’s what we ( Sravanti and me) both felt like on the early morning of 26th jan 2011 when we set out for a road trip to Somanathapur in southern Karnataka. We hit Kanakpura road by 7.00 a.m. and were delighted by the […]

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Bangalore Diaries: By the river @Bheemeshwari

14th November 2010 – With boredom nagging at our heels, we decided to head off for a day trip somewhere nearby. I searched on the net, asked friends and also consulted the Outlook traveller guide and finally zeroed in on Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp – a mere 100 kms away from Bangalore. The JLR website (http://www.junglelodges.com/) listed […]

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Pondy Frames 2011

  As I got on the bus at Kalasipaylam, I had misgivings on seeing the “sleeper” like seat. I was not disappointed – these were bloody uncomfortable, made worse by the bad roads and potholes. I was constantly bouncing on my berth all night – the challenge was to keep my whole body on the […]

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Hampi – soul amidst the ruins!!! (Day-1)

26th March 2011 – Ever since I bought the Outlook traveller book – 52 weekends around Bangalore; Hampi has been on top of my list. The writer of that article describes Hampi as a soul amidst the ruins!! I borrowed the line to title my blog as I feel it very aptly captures the entire […]

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Bangalore Diaries: Pink Joy

The city is painted a new hue – Pink! Gentle pink! A soft Pink!! Kinda like the baby pink!!! That was my first impression when I saw these huge trees, burgeoning with fat bunches of pink blossoms all over the bangalore city. Its like someone sprayed these trees pink and took away most of the […]

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Pondy Frames 2011 : Barringtonia Asiatica

Pondicherry –  french spellings on sign boards listing roads; wide and perpendicular boulevards, colonial style mansions and gorgeous hues of bougainvillea bushes. First day in Pondy and as we were heading out of the house, I glimpsed a tree with these beautiful powder puff like blooms and immediately wanted to photograph them. Since they were right […]

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Travel Diaries – Masroor Monolithic Rock Cut Temples – HP

30.12.2010 Masroor Monolithic Rock cut temples, dating back to the 8th century is a little known world heritage site. The day was heavily overcast when we set off for Masroor, about 40 kms from Kangra on the Nagrota Suriyan Link road.  The road to the temples is in pretty good condition ; espied several green […]

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Travel Diaries: Kangra Fort – Himachal!

29.12.2010 – The day was overcast and gray with splatters of raindrops now and then on the windscreen. We drove about 20 kms from Dharamshala to reach Kangra town and headed up towards the Kangra fort which is also known as Nagarkot or Kotkangra. The kangra fort was built by the royal family of Kangra […]

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Macro mode: Flutterby!

Wishing to show off my new macro lens to the butterflies, I set off to the Bannergatta National park for the nth time in past six months. The gorgeous red and yellow lantana bushes at the entry were so silent; almost morose. Usually these are being arduously courted by hordes of butterflies; blue tigers, common […]

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Bangalore diaries: Walking through Basvanagudi!

I have been in Bangalore for now almost 6 months and yet to explore the city to its potential. With this thought in mind, I logged onto the net; stumbled on a website www.bangalorewalks.com which advertised a cultural walk through Basvanagudi; promises to unveil some of the myriad secrets of the area and overall introduce […]

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Champa – Kali a.k.a. Frangipani

Plumeria or Frangipani (common name) or Champa as its referred to in India,  is native to the tropical Americas but now can be found in India, south-east Asia,  and even Africa. Plumeria releases its fragrance at night the most; this is done to lure in the Sphinx moths – the pollinators. The flowers have no […]

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Royal Grandeur – Mysore Palace

2nd April 2010 – Mysore We visited Mysore on our way back to Bangalore via Coorg.  The wide city roads, lined with huge trees, carefully laid out green belts and lack of stray animals on the streets; made this city a pleasure to visit. Mysore is at a distance of 130 odd Kms from Bangalore […]

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Bangalore Diaries: Manchinbele

25th April 2010 – Sunday morning brought around our usual photo-date. Today’s agenda was Manchinbele – about 40 km from Bangalore. Its a dam built over a reservoir to provide electricity and water to the nearby Magadi townshitp. After sifting through many blogs and maps, we decided to take the Mysore road route via the […]

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