A WALK IN THE WOODS – HIMALAYAN TREK SERIES 3

I had to tear myself away from this beautiful place and continue the trek. The days’ trek was promised to be all descent and through the thick Singalila forest. I was more than excited about what lay ahead.  The route to Kalipokhri was mostly bamboo forests, peppered with magnolia trees and occasional dark red rhododendrons, […]

A WALK IN THE WOODS – HIMALAYAN TREK SERIES 2

A brief stop at the pristine Chitrey Monastery on the Indo Nepal border, and what followed was a gradual ascent and level walks through an undulating meadow. The wind was strong and the wind chill was creeping into my bones.   I gazed down the valley as the fog briefly cleared and large bird sad […]

A WALK IN THE WOODS – HIMALAYAN TREK SERIES

“In order to see the birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence” – Robert Lynd   We had set off early morning from Chennai, South India and reached Bagdogra close to the afternoon. A slow drizzle began, and we had to hurry on, for a long 5-6 hour drive to Maneybhajang. […]

LOVE BITES IN COORG – VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL

I was on a nature trail and bird-watching tour to one of the romantic getaways in India. It is situated in the lap of the Jade mountain ranges and the gorgeous valleys. Coorg is covered with coffee plantation carrying the tag of the Great Scotland of India.   Coorg is one of the most beautiful, […]

THE MAJESTIC LOTEN

It was a misty day as I walked towards the church’s grotto garden. I heard the starlings jingle which emptied my mind of all worry,  bringing a fresh day.   As I passed the garden, there was a conspicuous Pink Butterfly tree in all its glorious full bloom and it’s sweet fragrance was scented the […]

THE BLUETIFUL BLOOMS

I visited a princess crowned by misty hills. She is none other than Kodaikanal, the Princess of Hill Stations. She was wearing a brooch of rare blue Kurinji blooms that chose to adorn her only once in 12 years. What a glorious sight they were! A bee settled upon them and drunk their nectar to […]

A WHIMBREL & A WHIMSICAL WANDERER IN AQUA OUTBACK RESORT

I was in an SUV, gliding across an endless silvery-white expanse, leaving a white cloud behind me. I felt as if I was on the Chandrayan Mission. Then I was reminded that this ethereal odyssey was indeed taking place on earth, by an infinite blanket of blue teasing the salty sprawl with its equally salty, […]

THE LAND OF COFFEE BERRIES & PLUMHEADS

It was a scene straight out of a dream. A jeep ride through a 100-acre coffee plantation amidst the mist-shrouded hills. We were hunting for coffee berries at the heart of Coorg. So were the butterflies. I spotted two stained-glass wings perched on yellow-hearted coat button flowers. It was a gorgeous Blue Tiger Butterfly. He […]

THE NAWAB OF BENGALURU

I spotted two unusual looking leaves that seemed to be inserted in brown frames. Then, the leaves unfolded in perfect symmetry. It was a winged king who bore the name Common Nawab but was truly a spectacle to behold. The tips of his wings resembled a scabbard, yet I knew he was a gentle creature. […]

THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE WINGED BUDDHA

I and my friends were excited when we got the opportunity to visit the Thattekad Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, described by the renowned ornithologist as the richest bird habitat in Peninsular India. The Malayalam word ‘Thattekad’ means flat forest. The bird sanctuary is nestled between the Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers in Kerala.   We discovered […]

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