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Sid, is one of the unique personalities I have met so far, an unexplainable phenomenon, a simple yet complex down-to-earth person and a good friend. He is probably the only competitor I have had over these years in being ‘lean’ and mean and just being inches shorter than me. Routine work and an occasional visit to his native is all his life about.On a trek I had planned, I invited him to join and having no inclination, he refused to undertake such strenuous activity and after being constantly pursued, he agreed reluctantly. As the days got closer, the excitement of this challenges and relishing it no end for once kept him occupied.Well, he almost missed the entire plan by missing the bus...
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Tag :relish the challenge
  June 27, 2013, 11:50 pm
Well, you have witnessed plenty of posts on Ganeshgudi (The Old Magazine House camp of Jungle Lodges and Resorts near Dandeli) here and continuing them adding more frames from my last visit in November 2012. I and Krishna drove down while Amit, his wife and friend reached there from Karwar.Rain played spoilsport, but still we had a pretty good time at the camp and witness to some amazing moments giving an insight into the world of avians.Earlier posts on Ganeshgudi here...Enjoy the frames and will be waiting to hear from you :)(the flagship species of Dandeli)(A shot in the near darkness, no flash used and I don't advocate using them on birds too...)(One of the smallest woodpeckers in India,...
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Tag :birds
  June 26, 2013, 12:57 am
Guru, in his late twenties, small and stout, non-stop talkative person is one of the core members of my team, inseparable from the group. It’s all lively and active when he’s around and no dearth for jokes and humor. A person who believes in today and lives for today.He knew driving and had mastered it recently just after I had done the same. For me driving was just like a fish taking to the waters, picking up the skills instantaneously. He was through the basics and was at peace driving in the city to an extent.As a team member, we have always seen him being confident and with loads of ‘let’s do it attitude’ whatever be the situation or the challenge, as a team we have relished ma...
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Tag :relish the challenge
  June 25, 2013, 12:41 pm
I started traveling in a group, a group of my friends and always preferred to travel as a group with friends or like minded people. It was fun all the way and you never knew how time flew with people around be it either the long journeys or mid-day time when you rest or the long chats in the night. I was so used to travel with others that the thought of traveling alone would push me back a bit or rather postpone or cancel the trip itself. I used to do this to accommodate people to join me.Solo traveling was something that I never dreamt of doing nor wished for it to happen for 2 reasons, one being I didn’t want my friends to miss out on places I visit and the other reason being that I woul...
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Tag :relish the challenge
  June 17, 2013, 1:16 am
Relishing challenges... my way!Being of a mild frame to look at, I’ve always been the topic for jokes and inadvertently for humor amongst people; In a way, I never bothered but relished them with glee and also housed a secret wish of achieving things that I was supposed to be not fit of…Yezdi’s, Java’s, Bullet’s are the cult bikes that I have grown up seeing and always used to look at them with amazement and I could feel my inner thump resonate with the machine’s. But alas, owing to my slender frame, I was never given an opportunity to ride these in spite of me knowing biking! The wish soon turned into a challenge and the seed of fulfilling, relishing the challenge grew over the ...
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Tag :relish the challenge
  June 14, 2013, 8:22 pm
Most of the people you would know who love traveling are either the 'single men' or the 'solo women' and its generally said, the freedom is lost after marriage and all the extra-curricular activities come to a halt!Exceptionally, here is a couple who both love traveling and the amount of exploration they have done is immense, I would repeat immense and the content on their blog is priceless.Here is the famous couple, Dheeraj Shenoy and Amrutha, rather known in the blogosphere world as Teamgsquare and they blog here at http://teamgsquare.blogspot.comIn a simplistic manner, they say "We generally started traveling, to spend our Sundays more efficiently and make it enjoyable . At that point (14...
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Tag :guest post
  June 4, 2013, 12:15 am
Next up is a very famous blogger from Mumbai who has 500+ bloggers following her and who is quite popular with Indian as well as overseas readers and is surely one of the top and most popular travel blogs in India and my favorite too. She wins accolades and awards at the drop of a hot and is often out on a all-expense paid holiday.Often people maintain a diary that has all their hearts and souls written and is kept private, but here is one diary that is specifically written for the reader and the reader is as well part of every yatra undertaken...Delighted to have Arti, the person behind http://myyatradiary.blogspot.in feature on my blog and by the way Arti is a spiritual blogger and loves t...
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Tag :myyatradiary.blogspot.com
  June 1, 2013, 1:25 am
Next up is a young and dynamic blogger from Bengaluru who started photography at the age of 7 and belongs to the new race of humans called the "Software Engineers" and is an avid traveler, trekker and wildlife photographer.He is Arjun Haarith who blogs at http://arjunhaarith.blogspot.inHe describes himself like this -Scientific classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Primates Family: Hominidae Genus: Homo Species: H. sapiens Subspecies: H. s. sapiensBinomial name: Arjun Haarith First Identified in: 1989 Distribution: Currently resident in Bangalore/India Habitat: Found in a variety of habitats:- Mountains, Oceans , River banks , Tropical forests, Deciduous f...
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Tag :guest post
  May 28, 2013, 11:53 pm
Next in the guest post series, I'm to happy to introduce you to the Kannan's and particularly the boss in the house, Poornima Kannan who is a nature lover and loves to travel whenever an opportunity arises.A self confessed butterfly lover, she says "I like to observe Insects , butterflies , birds , reptiles and trees and their interconnections with each other. Being a mother of three kids I cannot step out to the forest as often as any wildlife enthusiasts would like do, but Urban wildlife never ceases to amaze me". She also volunteers for an NGO Unnati.Have a look at her wonderful blog full of butterflies and insects stories and travel tales here - http://wanttobeanomad.wordpress....
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Tag :guest post
  May 27, 2013, 4:31 pm
As I mentioned in my last post, in the series of guest posts from some of the incredible bloggers I've following,Let me introduce you to a fine heritage travel blogger, Arun Bharadwaj who blogs at Payana and is a voracious traveler by himself. The list of places he has seen and covered is worth envying and the amount of information he shares in his post is commendable.He says "India, as I see it, is a land of surprises. Imagine everything under the sun, we have it- Beaches, Snow, Desert, Hills, Mountains, Rivers, Oceans, Islands, Gulf, Natural Caves, Waterfalls, Places of worship, relics of ancient civilizations... Given an average life of 60 years, I can only wish to cover at least 20% ...
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Tag :guest post
  May 26, 2013, 12:23 am
5 years of bloggingA journey that began this week 5 years ago, a journey into the unseen virtual world, a journey of tales and tribunals, a journey to showcase the hidden splendors of the nature, journeys of joy and fun, journey of togetherness, journey of friends, journey of bonding, friendship and togetherness.The saga of Huchchara Santhe is now at the step of completing ‘five’ years (let me clarify, this journey is only the virtual ‘web’ journey) and believe me, it’s been a fantastic ride all along.hotels in gurgaon5 years ago, a little known, shy, outspoken introvert decides to pen down his tales, his experiences, and his travels with his friends, egged upon by a like-minded fr...
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Tag :makemytrip
  May 24, 2013, 11:42 pm
Kolli hills– the ugly or the ‘real’ partOn a recent visit to Kolli hills (also projected as the Herbal mountain) located in Namakkal district in central Tamil Nadu, I had high hopes of going to an hill station secluded away from the world, all pristine and beautiful. Kolli hills is not yet popular as its famous counterparts, the Yelagiri hills or Yercaud but of late is slowly becoming popular with the weekend crowd and the distance from Bangalore is just lower than 300kms, a potential tourist spot in the making. Reaching there is a driver’s delight as you need to counter 70 hairpin bends to reach the small village at the top of the cliff and nevertheless to say the highway is neatly ...
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Tag :tamilnadu
  May 19, 2013, 12:19 am
Travel guides and tips for Indian backpackers: A quick listIndian backpackers face the problem of plenty. With the daunting but admirable Himalayas on the north and the scintillating backwaters in the south, the tourist is always spoilt for a choice. And then there are so many less celebrated but equally, if not more, delightful corners that even a full season won’t be enough to explore this eclectic country.So, here are a few travel guides and tips which you will find handy...Destinations you must visit in India: Even though the country’s every alley is full of wonderment and surprises, one has to narrow down the list for time and budget constraints. Some destinations which you, nevert...
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Tag :guest post
  May 18, 2013, 10:43 pm
After the previous evening siesta with the Sloth bears, the next day went in exploring Hampi, the world heritage site and some birding in between. The final day concurred with the Wildlife Week celebrations and yet we got a couple of hours birding on the morning driving around the deeper parts beyond the canal areas.Intend to cover the heritage Hampi in a separate post altogether...I had many first sightings on this trip and some notable were the Yellow-throated Bulbul, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Pied Cuckoo, Grey Francolin, Painted Spurfowl and few others to say. Overall, we finished the excellent trip with over 100 species of birds, about 20+ butterflies and also not to forget insects, reptil...
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Tag :photography
  May 8, 2013, 1:13 am
The earlier posts here and here. Have a look!We were witness to an afternoon siesta of the sloth bears, up close and personal and so many individuals together, a sight I have never witnessed till date and probably only get to see in Daroji.The sanctuary is a small place and infested with problems and pressured on by encroaching land and mining mafia, deforestation and utilization of forest resources by the adjoining villages and as expected it happens that the bears wander out in search of food and there arises the man-animal conflict and in most cases the bears are heavily traumatized and many a times killed. Bears are dangerous enough to face head on especially when they have kids along wi...
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Tag :photography
  May 4, 2013, 10:50 pm
Okay, I'm skipping many a few earlier jaunts to post a quickfire note on a super fast, express weekend outing to Ooty somewhere in Jan.I, need not give an introduction about Ooty as its a household name and a destination for every other traveler, be it a casual traveler, a family traveler, an adventure junkie, a honeymooner, a cyclist or the leisure traveler. All about Ooty or Udhagamandalam on wiki here.Why I wanted to be here?On the onset, the touristy, cluttered Ooty is not a popular choice for me, but the charm of the valleys, the estates, the dilapidated landscapes, the chilly weather, the amazing forests, the mouth watering chocolates and most importantly the plentiful, amazing bird li...
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Tag :masinagudi
  April 26, 2013, 2:46 am
Daroji - Route and Day1We took the Bangalore-Tumkur-NH4-Chitradurga-SH13-Kudligi-Hospet-Kamalapura and the road stretch on NH4 is great while the SH13 is a two lane laden with heavy truck traffic, yet passable. The last few kms just after TB dam is almost non-existent and you can easily be ridiculed by the non stop honking and the dust and the maddening traffic.Our agenda was simple, birding all the way… be it the filthy lake on the outskirts of Chitradurga or the canal area at Kamalapur or the FRH campus or the world heritage site Hampi or the fields around Daroji sanctuary and we were amazed by the amount of birdlife in the region what we encountered. Mid way we were also joined by Dr SK...
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Tag :hampi
  April 20, 2013, 11:49 pm
Daroji is a small village in the Bellary district of Karnataka, also known as the hot bed region as the weather here is too hot to say the least and of late all the mining barons with their heavy machinery have savaged the entire region so much that finally the Supreme court had to intervene to stop this madness. The damage has been done considerably and I wonder how many years / centuries it would take for it to be set right (being positive that it can be set right!). Another problem that is evident here is the politics and the influential people who more or less control all the mining and have ‘billions’ stacked in their kitty, very much evident by their jazzy lifestyle armed with heav...
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Tag :makemytrip
  April 16, 2013, 11:09 am
In continuation to the last article on international flights, here is an insight on more international flight operators, who have a good name in the airline business and generally live up to the set expectation levels and offer comfortable and high quality air travel experience.Classified as a major airline, Alaska Airlines is the seventh-largest US airline in passenger traffic. It is based in the city of Seattle, a major coastal seaport in Washington, United States. The major operations for this airline are within the continent of North America. It has a fleet of 116 Boeing 737 aircraft and collectively serves 92 destinations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Some these destinations...
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Tag :makemytrip
  March 27, 2013, 11:47 pm
Birds are living beings too and they have a more difficult life to lead, a life so unknown, a life so unexpected, a day lived is an achievement (just because you would have survived an predator attack, you would have gained so much food so as not to starve...), a day of happiness, joy and sorrows, a constant threat from predators, competition for food, water and shelter, yet, they are happy contented souls always active and and their vocals never tire, always on alert and always on lookout for opportunities, its after all the saga of "survival of the fittest".As you start observing them over a period of time, nature has its own surprises for you in the meanest of the ways that would turn aro...
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Tag :wikipedia
  March 25, 2013, 12:10 am
In previous articles, we had discussed about the immense growth in domestic flights that we have witnessed over the last few years. Let's have a look at how the international flights have made travel between continents easier, faster and hassle free. Compared to a decade, even the international tickets are now affordable and within easy reach of the common man and that has helped the number of international flyers grow by leaps and bounds.Man has always been inspired by birds and their ability to fly. He has tried and devised different ways of air travel, ranging from – hot air balloons and dirigibles to high speed jet aircrafts. Travel by roads or seas were the earliest of options to reac...
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Tag :makemytrip
  March 24, 2013, 7:56 pm
Related posts here.Some more of the gorgeous butterflies that we see regularly but hardly aware of. For a common person, all the butterflies look alike and are the same!This is a small attempt to educate and encourage people more towards "buttering" (slang word for butterfly watching).Plain Tiger butterflyDanaus chrysippus, known as the Plain Tiger or African Monarch, is a common butterfly which is widespread in Asia and Africa. It is a medium-sized with a wingspan of about 7–8 cm, non-edible butterfly, which is mimicked by multiple species. The range of the Plain Tiger extends from Africa and southern Europe, eastwards via Sri Lanka, India, and Myanmar to China, Java and Sulawesi. It is a...
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Tag :tamron 28-300
  March 6, 2013, 11:21 pm
Sure to say you would have enjoyed the earlier posts from the wild Goa excursion. If you have missed, check out these posts from the link here.The Pyjama Frog and the Snake:On one of our trails, Ramesh Zarmekar pointed out to something very interesting and exciting for all of us, a carpet of macro flowers perfect for Parimala and Gireesh to get involved with their macro lenses. Deepa was behind every living form and I, from the last was the opportunistic person looking, strolling and taking in the fresh air after a nice steady downpour.Sooner, Ramesh called us to show the big battle on, a pretty long, slender Green Vine Snake had caught hold of an Frog (I would call it the Pyjama Frog becaus...
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Tag :reptiles and amphibians
  March 3, 2013, 11:54 pm
Rajasthan mapRajasthan– the land of the kings: is the largest state in India purely in terms of the geographical area. It is located in the northwest of India and is mostly comprised of the large, inhospitable Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert. Jaipur or the Pink City of India is the capital of this colorful state.Rich heritage, colorful culture, shining sand-dunes, amazing variety of lush forests and valleys with varied wildlife are weaved together in an exquisite pattern that makes this state of India, as an affordable lucrative abode for tourists. Rajasthan is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights even the most s...
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Tag :makemytrip
  March 1, 2013, 12:00 am
The CroakersA couple of series on the best parts of our Goa excursion!‘Frogs’ are mostly seen only during the monsoon season and we were at the right time on the fringes of Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa and we got to see some real gems, many of them that I have never seen or rather not been in search of!A place where you get to hear nothing but the croaking of the frogs and the buzzing sounds from the crickets. Each step of yours should be carefully placed, lest you stamp on a snake or a gecko passing underneath and making sure you don’t get in the way of the vipers waiting for the passing meals on the low lying branches or the scorpions waiting to sting their prey, or the...
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Tag :reptiles and amphibians
  February 21, 2013, 2:14 pm
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