Nature Park Unfolded- Bharatpur Bird sanctuary

Winters.. Sunny day..what could be better than visit a Nature Park or Bird Sanctuary to pamper your eyes with some amazing Avifauna’s around us?

Yes, We did the same & visited Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or often called as Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan , situated very close to Delhi (3.5-4hrs run) & Agra and poses as a perfect weekend destination .

All the more why this place stands apart from many small bio-diversity parks, is the quantum of Migratory birds visiting Bharatpur Nature Park or Bird Sanctuary during the winter season.

Encapsulating close to 350 species in itself, this Nature park is a treat to Bird lover, Ornithologists , you just cant stop the lenses to click & click.

Here lies my detailed post live on Thrillophilia travelogue on Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, an amazing Nature park for Avifauna in Rajasthan.

http://www.thrillophilia.com/blog/unfolding-nature-park-bharatpur-bird-sanctuary/

Sharing few pics other than those on my travelogue on Thrillophilia site for WP followers:

Bharatpur Nature Park

                                                                 Grey heron , PC :Jhilmil

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary                     Beautiful White Egrets, PC :Jhilmil

Bird Sanctuary

  Humungous Wings spread !! The Great Stork , PC :Jhilmil

rajasthan Nature Park

                                              Darter drying up wings, PC :Jhilmil

Visit up thrillophilia site to get a detailed review /tips/information on travelling to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Bharatpur Nature park or Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary.

Spotted Owls getting Cozy

My camera couldn’t stop the coziness shared by the Spotted owls ,and as usual the third one was already besides them pondering when to take over the personal space! lol

Was amazing to see all 3 sitting spotted owls together just as the clouds played peek-a-boo with the sun in morning!

Actually God blessed me with viewing 5 owls that beautiful day!

Same was captured at Rajasthan , town -Bharatpur, having the grandeur of Keoladeo or Bharatpur bird sanctuary in itself, as paradise for the birds & specially in winters when numerous migratory birds flourish here.

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6 Reasons to visit Delhi

Well Mumbai to Delhi ,from one metro to another mostly seems like a biz task ,but let’s take a break & freak out in lovely Delhi (AAP ki Delhi) enjoying some of the best cuisines & wandering like a Delhite:) So let me be the virtual guide & help you guys plan a perfect trip .

  1. Spoilt for choices ,rewards embarks the beginning of journey ,book flight on Cleartrip.com according your convenience ,with close to 248 weekly flights from Mumbai to Delhi ,it has options for all ,morning goers as early as 6:25AM & for late night owls at even 9:30PM. Not just normal bookings ,I’m their regular user & have generated good discounts /cash backs on most of the trips (I believe this adds a bonus & marks the happy beginning )
  2. Spice up your Taste buds: Delhi is heaven for Foodies, the inherent fragrance of Spices make them desirable more than anything else. From amazing BIryani’s to chaat’s to some more than 20-30 variety of Parantha’s ,Kulcha’s ,Jalebi ,Kulfi’s & what not ,I can’t even mention the names. Every Old Delhi lane has something delicious to offer you .With numerous restraunts, one can get taste of all cuisines available in this world, name it & you get it somewhere in Delhi..Chinese, Mediterranean, Italian, Lebanese, Thai, Mexican & of course India J. Guess the planning has started!!
  3. Love ART & Architecture : The high “Qutub Minar”(dated as old as AD1192) ,some amazing artwork’s from Mughal Era – Jama Masjid ,Humayun’s Tomb ,Red Fort ,India Gate ,Lotus Temple ,Akshardhaam ,they all instil a sense of Indian History. Many ruins of monuments can be seen scattered across .Old Delhi itself seems to be a Must visit area” ,full of hustle bustle ,congested bazaars ,road side vendors selling some amazing gol gappas & Chaat ,along with highly bargained utilities. New Delhi, with parts of South Delhi seems to be in sync with modernization with sprawling hyped markets. “Delhi Haat” is a lovely place to go to ,with numerous art & crafts ,emporium stalls ,many days of the month bear some amazing festivals there which compliment to the wide variety of food from all states of India.
  4. Shopping & Women..Inseparable: Girls you got-a catchy deal!! Well, lot many options, from road side cheap shops of Lajpat, Sarojini ,Karol Bazaar to mediocre “GK M block” market to numerous Malls & brands. From clothing to jewellery …just name anything & you get there, all trendy & yes traditional too.
  5. Cafes & Coffee: Planning in “Dilli ki sardi” Just sip amazing coffees & get that winter out..Planning in summers/Rains ,Cold coffee makes you sizzle:)
  6. Events & fests: Every weekend usually there are events organized in Delhi, from Cultural to Handicrafts to Decors, to Kids fests to yummilicious food fests. There is always something on the plate ready to be served with varied choice.

I guess by now, the bags would’ve gone into “Packing mode” ,just visit Mumbai to Delhi flights right now ,get onto your deal & fly off!

Warm Delhi will welcome you & ensure you have a splendid exploration!

8 Must watch places in summers India

40degree morning gave me a feel of chill & a deep urge to explore “Sangla”,”Kaza” (In Himachal Pradesh) & Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh) these places in May/June..

All thanks to “Conde Nast Traveller” for a lovely Indianized less than 25 degree 8 must watch places this summer..

Attached is the link guys ,read out to feel the chill this May:)

http://www.cntraveller.in/story/12-places-below-25-c-summer/

 

 

Captivating Amritsar

A small town full of hustle bustle of people, honking autos, shouting vendors to sell their daily items ,narrow lanes ,ample eateries ,dhaba’s & the best part ..All is so well connected..To go anywhere is just between 3-5 kms from the heart of city, enjoy either walking or cheaply fared sharing autos!

Well, this winter got me ready to eulogize the exquisiteness this small town entails in itself in the form of the most scintillating “Golden temple”,a temple not just to join hands & pray ,but a place which gives the feeling of uniqueness in itself , exclusivity to bring together so many people under one roof ,sense of “Seva” towards human race & an utmost ecstasy to begin with!

Bags packed & we booked Delhi –Amritsar Shatabdi which usually takes close to 7 hours, but we are specially blessed with some or the other during our “Planned Travel’s”& this time when the day was declared on of the most foggy this winter;) ,we got late by close to 2 hrs..so it was all breakfast ,sleep ,lunch & again afternoon sleep when finally the brakes were applied at 4pm ,signalling the arrival of AmritsarJ

Sun seemed like an orange ball hanging forcefully in the cloudy sky, trying hard to come out of the shelter & rise high to shine back but all in vainJ .A gust of wind trashed against my face notifying me of the bony chill in the coming hours 😉

Thanks to the Hotel (Golden Tulip) Management to send a Car to receive us & in next 15 minutes we were there at Reception lobby .Quickly opting to take the keys & rushing towards a perfect room with the right temperature (making me forget of the winds blowing outside) which forced us to relax for some 15-20 minutes & yes gave my kid a chance to jump on full swing on the beds;)

Holidays are so revitalizing…so refreshing…& yes unwinding …my Soul just peps up J

So the research gave a jolt to us, when cutting on relaxation we quickly ventured out to rush to Jallianwala Bagh to see the light & sound show of the massacre ,but to our astonishment ,the guards told that this show did not exist now ,was closedL ..Huh..Complete planning in the train to see this show (was even recommended by co-passengers on nearby seats) went in vain! Nonetheless ,Night had fallen by 6:30 & looking ahead on the straight road we could certainly see shining white & orange lights & yes in next moments we were running towards it with broad smile to capture the beauty in the night! Well that was the start of Golden temple ,even at that time ,”Sevaks” were cleaning the roads leading to the temple ,kids selling balloons & toys on one sides ,buzzing Punjabi Jutti shops on both sides , Kulcha wala’s ..Well it all seemed so glistening but controlling our senses we walked straight to the humongous temple premises, completely white from outside, so many devotees, long lines starting from the entrance of the premises longing us all the more in mere admiration. Covering our heads ,we headed down the stairs post cleaning our legs in a small marble captive of water …The last stair made me stood still with a wish to click & capture this scintillating place not just in my DSLR but in my eyes forever..Just WOW (wonder of the world) , ushering so much optimism out of the shiny temple & its reflection in the water ..I guess fishes in the water would also have camouflaged orange golden in the praise of Golden Temple!

It was chilling & walking bare foot in the premises was all the more shaking me..but as soon as we entered inside the main temple premises ,the feeling automatically moved into a religious tone..Some singing, some citing the Grantha’s, some clapping & yes some even sitting beside in the chilly cold meditating their religion..Simply amazed to see all this & yes the lovely carvings in Gold & Precious stones in the main Darbar sahib made the environment so pure & artistic! I just wanted to confine every edge into my camera forever! Also known as Harmadir Sahib, this is one of the holiest Gurudwara founded by 4th Sikh Guru(Guru Ram Das) .The Holy book Guru Gantha Sahib is inside the Gurudwara & every night it is taken with pomp & show for “Sukhasan”


Look at the Radiance!!

Spending close to an hour ,tasting of the delicious prasada (Halwa) ensured hunger pangs in us with tongue & stomach beginning to torture us ,when we decided to hang up at “Kesar Da Dhaba” (specifically recommended by one our friends). Speedily catching a cycle rickshaw, we started into narrow lanes, left right..Completely unaware of the roads but in next 20 odd minutes, we landed at this Dhaba. Actually a place which gives you a feel of Dhaba , so many people ,multiple groups occupying same table with huge steel thali’s & katori’s full of tongue teasing veggies ..Panner ,kadhi pakora ,Rajma ,daal takda ,malai Kofta ,Butterly kucha’s ,mixed naan’s wow..It felt, Yaar mazza aa gayaJ


Trying to figure out a space was very difficult, & we could get one in sharing only after some 10 more minutes..Quickly ordering & without wasting the time, we relished the dhaba feel & good food. Yes it was cold, still we tried at Lassi, which people say is special of Amritsar! Thoroughly filled up to mouth, we finally decided to walk back hotel which was just 3Kms from there..Enjoying the silent roads at 9pm (which seems to be start @Delhi during weekends) ,chatting in 30 minutes we knocked at our room ..& it was not looking back..We 3 were already in blankets & planning for next round of food in room..This twisty walk in the cold had actually made us feel hungry again..Foodies can’t control & only post pouncing on a super delicious baked Pasta, did we had a tight sleepJ

Tales of nature are so diverse …Bright sunny rays peeping through the window curtains with the chirping of birds got me full of smile & provoking me out of the comfort zoneJ ..Hush hush, a lovely spread of breakfast was awaiting..From Chola Kulcha’s to hot sambhar bada, Idli ,Uttappam ,to Poha , Porridge ,Bread Toasts with hot milk ..Wow..Amazing..What? ..I meant I have an amazing appetite & palate ;)With a wonderful morning ,it was a perfect plan to visit “Attari Border” aka Wagah Border .So here we cracked the luck by getting VIP passes ,so no long walking on the tracks ,no crowd & the best part ,a very close March post by the Jawans ,which mattered the most!

From City’s heart to Wagah it usually takes 45-50 minutes & we collecting our VIP passes from Gate2 took close to an hour .Getting our faces painted , patriotism in full swing ,we quickly cleared multiple security checks .Since we had VIP passes (had to show the ID ,Name & VIP pass no. To some 3-4 security jawan’s before getting ourselves into the 1st security check),so post 1st check (of us as well as Car) we then sat in our Car & finally went off at the VIP parking (just opposite Indo-Pak Trade border) . For general people without passes, it needs to be close to 1-1.5Kms walk till the parking ground, post which there again is a security check. Just a note to remember ,No bags can be taken inside post the parking area ,in case you wish to carry anything ,(Baby food in our case) ,it all needs to be held in hand since no poly/bags are allowed ,so keep yourself free as much possible & carry just water /utmost requisites.

Walk along the passage to reach the VIP gallery took us via Emergency landing preparations, huge statue of Jinnah, Indian & Pakistani Flags held high..It was altogether a different feeling (cannot be expressed) to see a human made wall separating the two countries…On one side were our Border Security Force’s Jawans holding security of the gate & on the other side Pakistani Ranger Pathans tightening their security (First chance of my life to view all this so closely)..I couldn’t resist myself from capturing n no. Of shots..One side Indians hooting & other side Pakistani nationals shouting.. Bharat Mata ki Jai…Pakistan Zindabad..Bharat Mata ki Jai…What an amazing thunderous sounds emanating from both sides; it seemed so much of patriotism & gave a wonderful sense of being an Indian! The ground was huge & the program began with kids giving some lovely performances on various national songs, which was followed by an incredible March post by the BSF jawans on Indian side & by Pakistan Rangers on Pakistan’s side followed with lowering of flags of both Indo –Pak, what a confluence it made of the 2 countriesJ. Whole ceremony took around 1hour & post that with Gates & Jawans around ,it made a perfect selfie time for us ,crazy mob rushing for clicks with jawan’s & we also found a Black Cat commando to get a clickJ ,feels so honoured to stand side by side, isn’t it? After all they have fought for us, made us feel safe & secure even on the risk of their lives.

Peek-a-Boo of the sights significant to us!

Well, sun was setting, ceremony had ended & this day was Flag marked in our lives! So naive, so distinct, full of emotions towards Mother India ! We rushed back to hotel for a short break only to find ourselves landing @Kulcha Land (one of the most famous Kulcha’s @Amritsar) ..Important Note: this shop usually closes between 4-5pm, hence pls do not approach post that..This is what happened to us & we landed @Trillion Mall ,one of the enormous, newly constructed mall of Amritsar (although it has ample empty shops ,you can book one J) ,having mix of snacks @ the food hub ,we booked ourselves tickets for Airlift (Guys that made a perfect day devoted towards India).

The next day was the last for us ,while Shatabdi @4pm waited for us ON TIME ,we could catch up with visiting the Jallianwala Bagh ,Shrine once again to have a look at the Golden temple in full sunlight & taste the Langar (in form of God’s Blessing) ,which ensure none goes hungry from there !God ,Langar was on massive level ,so many people sitting to cut veggies ,collect & wash the plates ,rest assuring cooking inside ..so much harmony & humanity could be seen , This place is worth million thoughts towards some good deeds direct from heart!

Tried for Panoramic View

A little on Jallianwala Bagh ,which has a deep painful history in the books of India ,a sad day when close to 15-20k people had gathered in& around the bagh & the then General Dyer ordered a shoot out on the innocent people citing their disobedience towards the Ban already imposed in the city. History says that he along with his troops fired close to 1650 rounds (& it ended when ammunitions supply went zero) & close to 1000 odd people lost their lives (As per Indian National Congress) ,few jumped in the well ,few were crushed under feet of others ..It was one of the most dreaded massacre in the history of India & this Bagh is now a memorial to commemorate the massacre of the peaceful unarmed people gathered on that fateful day.

It showcases a memorial, bullet marks on the walls in the park ,marks the point from where people were fired 1650 round of fire upon ,houses a small room with the newspaper cuttings ,books all capturing the historical importance of this event . This place does enrage anger on the British commanders for sacrificing the precious life of Innocent Indians.


Grabbing some Punjabi Jutti’s, very next moment we could hear whistles were drumming in our ears ,time had come to bid Goodbye to this charming city & welcome the arrival of Delhi..

  • Delhi –Amritsar Distance: 452 Kms (448 Kms by Train)
  • Best ways to Travel : Shatabdi ,usually takes 6:30-7hrs (giving you Breakfast during morning on the way to Amritsar & Brunch ,Dinner in evenings while returning back to Delhi)
  • Major Places of Interest : Golden temple (Harmadir Sahib) ,Jallianwala Bagh ,agah Border Ceremony ,Durgiana Temple, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum (Last 2 if time persists)
  • For Foodies: The Kulcha Land, Dhaba’s close to Golden Temple ,Kesar da Dhaba , Brothers Dhaba
  • City travel: Sharing auto’s easily available, Ola, standalone auto’s also available (although there is no metre system, hence better opt for Ola Cabs)

Imp Points:

  1. If travelling during peak Winter ,it may get foggy anytime ,hence get sure of previous day’s Train schedule & pack some extra food (although you will get Kulcha’s on every station in Punjab)
  2. There is a huge bargaining while buying jutti’s from the shops close to the shrine don’t believe on the “Fixed rate stamps” & bargain loud enough.
  3. The Kulcha Land remains open only during day time ,do not plan in evenings
  4. Do try to arrange for Wagah border ceremony VIP Passes
  5. Cars should be booked a day in advance for Wagah border(as Car no. Needs to be given beforehand in case VIP passes are being arranged) .Cars can be booked from agents outside Golden temple easily.
  6. Carry only handy items during visit to Attari border

Happy Travelling!!

Royale UDAIPUR!

Nonetheless, this beautiful city of Mewar has addictive clutches which binds anyone who visits this city due to the serenity it bounds in itself, the royal culture it hostages, wonderful people residing &the best of all the simplicity it carries in itself! It does not connect me ‘coz of just the above mentioned reasons, but this is the location where I was born, where I’ve spent lovely years during my post graduation, which has ample sweet memories in my mind all the time.

So let me give you all a brief on this city, where to roam around, and what all to doJ

Little bit of history & geography for this princely state of Mewar:

Founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh, Udaipur had a well flourished trading town of “Ayad” which was then the capital of Mewar in 10th Centuries.

Situated at an altitude of 1962Ft above sea level ,it lies in southern Rajasthan touching Gujarat on its border ,lying on the south slope of Aravalli Ranges .Also termed as city of Lakes ,Udaipur has close to 11 lakes few of which (more popular ones) are :

  • Fateh Sagar ( Biggest in Udaipur ,with ample eateries around it ,serving as a picnic spot)
  • Lake Pichola
  • Badi Lake (Badi ka Talab)
  • Swaroop Sagar
  • Lake Udai Sagar
  • Doodh talai lake

Udaipur has been termed as one of the most “Romantic cities” & also described as “Venice of the East” .


Apart from these picturesque lakes with Aravalli ranges on the back, there are many other attractions which are bound to charm as:

Forts & Palaces:

1. City Palace which towers over Lake Pichola

2. The Lake Palace :lies in the middle of Lake Pichola covering close to 1.5 hectare of this island .This palace is now converted into 5 star property & why not ,it seems that this white marble is emerging from turquoise waters , waves touching & waving ,this is one of the most astounding places to visit & stay ,to adore the beauty ,craftsmanship ,handicrafts of this lovely town of Mewar.

3. Kumbhalgarh Fort: Close to 60Kms from Udaipur town, this fort is most famous in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh Fort offering amazing view of the surroundings. It is said that fort’s walls are thick enough to take 8 horses simultaneously!

4. Chittorgarh Fort: An epitome for the Rajput’s, it definitely narrates the grand history, sacrifices of the Rajput heroes .A must see Fort to get a glimpse of the grandeur.

5. Haldi Ghati : This is the place where Chetak (horse of Maharana Pratap) took his last breath by serving his master (Maharana Pratap) .Many stories of the history can be known here ,as this was the site wherein Maharana Pratap & Akbar had the battle .

Museums:

1. City Palace Museum: Having a huge collection of weapons, armour, swords

2. Shilpgram Museum: Museum which makes you fall in love with the art & culture, exclusive Terracotta work, amazing wooden carvings .Crafts festival organized during winters adds vivacity to the whole set up!

3. Classic Car Museum: For Vintage car lovers which comprises of interesting collection as Cadalec ,Morais etc

Temples:

  1. Jag Mandir : Again in Lake Pichola ,it has amazing carvings ,row of elephants at the entrance gives a look as if they are guards protecting the heritage.
  2. Nathdwara :Some 48Kms from Udaipur town ,it is one of the most famous temple of “Lord Krishna”
  3. Eklingji : As the name says it ,again a temple for Lord Shiva ,adored all through by the masses.

Kumbhalgarh WildLife Sanctuary
Not just lakes & Temples & Palaces, it also entails Sanctuary for Wild life lovers .Named after Kumbhalgarh Fort, it has Wolf, leopards, hyena, sambhar’s, antelopes, deers & numerous birds for bird lovers. Not just wild life, the beauty it captures while traversing the sanctuary will keep you spell bound.

Well, this little town carries so many historic “gatha’s”, scenic places, temples, sanctuaries; it seems that this is one –stop destination for all kind of tourists.

And ,why not ,I need to be proud of my home town ,a town which made me self-dependent ,which gave me beautiful memories ,some lovely friends for lifetime ,some principles of life ,an education to be garnered all along .

SO here it come – Three Cheers for my Princely CITY – CITY OF MEWARS –UDAIPUR!

GRANDEUR!! Maa!!

Direct from the wonderful Pandal’s in one of the best Bengali Community..Chittranjan Park (Delhi) ,Loved the grandness !

Divinity!! Love ,Anger ,ferociousness all at the same moment!

Divinity!! Love ,Anger ,ferociousness all at the same moment!

Diety!! Depiction stands So Different !

Deity!! Depiction stands So Different !

Elegance!!

Elegance!!

Wow..Amazing..have  a look at the art! This one's direct from Kolkata..Courtesy -Bengali Friend

Wow..Amazing..have a look at the art!
This one’s direct from Kolkata..Courtesy -Bengali Friend