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/

 

 

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

Exploration of rest of North GOA!! A great “Safar”

Part III

Here comes a complete “Grantha” on rest of North Goan Beaches explored the next day –

After a complete warm up session last day, this morning cool breeze welcomed us …Just gazing at the beautiful sky hovered over with long trees ,sitting besides the pool ,actually made me think of some poetic lines –

“O Mother ..mother earth ,

This nature seems to be so romantic..

This morning breeze seems to be so bliss..

Beneath the clouds playing peek-a-boo with golden sunrays

& The tiny droplets touching my face ..

The world seems so lost to me ,My life feels so worth to me ,

The tranquillity I feel is so amaze ,far away from the city gaze ..

The calmness within me astounds ..

& provokes to forget my past …Stand up & shout in your hands ,O mother earth”

Well !! Broken up by hearing my kids shout 😉 I ran to my room to again enjoy a” together time” & head for the yummy aloo –parantha’s waiting for us J

Full of vigour, we planned to go through our routes & explore some of the gentle beaches – Morjim ,Manderim ,Ashwem ,Arambol & Vagator for the day!

Here we started our bikes ,enjoying the route ,praying to God to somehow get a glimpse of the “Olive ridley sea turtles” as soon as we landed at the “Little Russia” of GOA (due to numerous immigrants ). Surprised to see many Russian sign boards but could relate when I came to knew of this “Little Russia”. Not only is it famous for Russian Trance parties ,but it is an important site for Olive ridley sea turtles,with the nesting sites as well for this endangered species.

Morjim beach is quite unique, the sand specifically is quite different (shiny blackish) ,fully absorbed with sea water… Numerous beautiful ,orange purple colored shells ,very clean beach ,& few locals there made me aware of the breeding seasons of sea turtles & their presence on the beach during Oct –Dec . (Even heard story of how this specie was not declared endangered some 20-25 years back & how locals used to see & even destroy the eggs laid by them)


Although facilities are limited ,less restaurant’s to provide good food ,this beach can be a stopover for close to an hour to just chill ,relax & keep the search button on for sea turtles (Oct –Dec) or have a party there ,but it is a must visit.

Moving ahead to Manderim , Clear blue sea water ,le’ss of crowd ,crystal clear white sand ,very large & clean beach..to have a beach walk!! Even the waves are not that high , so enjoy in water ,relax at the sea beds ,have some amazing food & drinks at few shacks available there. I did hear that many Health therapies are conducted here (of course during seasons) . This beach is just to sit , relax ,drink under the nature ,in front of beautiful clean sea & chill !!

The next stopover had to be Ashvem, which is actually connected to Manderim, but has an altogether different aura. For budget friendly people like us ,Ashvem has turned out to be a “Party Beach” (for people not preferring Baga/Calangute) .With plenty beach side huts & club houses ,it seems to be a perfect party place. South side of this beach is also a nesting site for sea turtles & security has been stepped up in the past to save this specie.

“La Plage” is a lovely place to have some French food amidst unwinding leisurely!!

From Ashvem ,we finally moved to cover up the last beach on that route –Arambol ,the route well trailing from mid of Arambol village with narrow lanes which led to the shores of this pretty beach. Being less commercialized compared to Baga & Calangute ,this beach is divided in 2 parts ,the southern stretch with ample sea beds to relax often termed as Harmal or Aramnbol & the Northern stretch generally known as “Kalacha Beach” , which can be accessed by 15-20 minutes of amazing & scintillating beach walk .As soon as we reached Arambol taking the path to kalacha ,we could spot many fisherman releasing entangled crabs ,fishes (lucky enough to catch glimpse of Hammer head also)to sell off to many eateries around serving Fresh sea food.(Also ,Fishing is the major occupation of this village)

As we kept on walking in the search of so called “Sweet water lake / lagoon”( A local at Morjim informed us to not to miss) ,this walk made us fall in love with GOA once again.. Lovely rocky formations along with sand ,covered by cliffs on both the side, & as we came near the rather secluded part ,spotting few stalls selling handicrafts & jewellery ,we were simply stunned to see the nature at its best there..It was such a lovely tiny beach & a fresh water lagoon perfect for swimming, which extends along the valley into the jungle. So unlike & uncommon was this tiny beach, far away from the crowdy places ,a juncture perfect for everyone. Even the cliffs surrounding are considered one of the best for paragliding & dolpinn watching as well. This beach is certainly not to be missed & to experience divinity of nature .

Cons : Not so equipped with professional hotels or restaurant ,so restrict your visit for 1-2 hours to simply relax & adore the place.

The first half of the day had been almost stunning exploring & we did deserve some break for Lunch & a tight sleep..

Pretty fresh, we planned to have spend few hours just on Vagator Beach ,very close to our accommodation but yet not touchedJ

So a very broad beach with many red cliffs & rocks ,Vagator is bifurcated into two two main beaches by a mid seaside headland wherein there are lots of stalls for drinks & snacks ,footwears & clothes . The top of this land gives a magnificent view of the rocky sea, surrounded by long palm trees & gazing at the waves splashing across the rocks. Sitting on the rocks ,keep your camera ready for few lovely sights being offered & then move down to the North Vagator .

With handful of people at 6pm, we could easily see fisherman packing their nets calling it a day…But with a broad base to walk & relax along, we were lucky enough to have a glimpse of a beautiful sunset . It was indeed a lazy evening with an hour of beach walk & pictures clicking ,we ensured that next &the last day we had to be there enjoying & playing amongst the waves .

Vagator houses few amazing dinning places ,the most famous one being ,Thalassa ,with authentic greek food (but it remains shut from June –Sep) ,but not just greek food ,this open air restaurant is famous for the sunset views along the beach. So ,we could just plan for another place – “Waters ,an amazing restaurant /club again with lovely sea side view conducting many parties. Enjoying the place, we had some Pizza’s & drinks .

Imp Point : The way to Waters from the main road is too dark with very few lights that too in a staggered manner ,one even has to cross grassland (it felt so) to reach the place ,so be cautious while driving .(Although sign boards make it simple).

Walking down the lanes back to the hotel ,this was a brilliant day ,heading towards the last day….

The Play of last day!!!

Saddened enough to think of this day being the last one ..Terrified to return back to that noisy crowded place…We vowed to enjoy it to the fullest …

Morning sunrays welcomed us to the pool ,with an hour of chatting & swimming with our besties to freshen up every move ,which was followed by quick breakfast as we had to head for Vagator !

Those 2-2:30 hours were full of fun ,thrill ..Well, what best could we have done with 2 little kids?? Guess…We got a bed-sheet ,disc ,ball ,all food items for kids along…spreaden the bed sheet ,made our kids sleep on the beach & looking at full safety on the beach ,we had a great play in the sea.. little inside.. more…more ..well 3/4th within the sea ,hand in hand ,playing ,running ,splashing waters on each other ,freaking ,shouting with joy ….It was absolutely stunning !! With no people around ,kids deep in sleep ,lovely weather (with no sun above) ,we enjoyed to the fullest .

Refreshing we returned back to our nest;) to play some beach volley ball ,disc ,till then few people had started approaching vagator . Little later with kids waking up ,it was a family affair ,to walk in the sea with kids ,make them touch water ,get them close to the nature..

Indeed it was such a thrilling end on so close & very less crowded beach.


Facts of Vagator:

  • Located in the North with apprx. 1hr travel from the Dabolim airport ,this beach is more occupied by Western Backpackers ,as it has ample places organizing trance parties .
  • In 2013, one of the most famous “Sunburn festival” shifted from Candolim to Vagator which made it more famous.
  • Many restaurant’s offering sumptuous food along with sea side view.

Returning from the Vagator at around 12pm ,saw us packing our bags & then leaving for a walk close to Anjuna Market to have”Coconut Water ,Bhutta’s” followed by Lunch .

Yes ,I was lucky enough to spot Cashew & Almond tress & just disclosing here..I did pluck few of them hanging from the tress out of curiosityJ

Returning back to Hotel ,it was time to bid adieu ,catch flight back to Delhi & face the “Honky Morning” ,far away from the pleasant ,calm & cozy mornings of past 5 days!!

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