Birding in and around Chambal Safari Lodge

We had been meaning to visit the Chambal Safari Lodge for over 2 years. Even this time it almost didn’t happen…the region gets its flocks of migratory birds only from November and this November felt awkward to be holidaying as Kabir didn’t sound happy about spending time on anything other than poring over his books … Continue reading Birding in and around Chambal Safari Lodge

A FLING WITH GUJARAT–Ahmedabad-Gir-Veraval–Part III

Veraval: Temple town that fishes and builds boats I hadn’t heard of Veraval until I started researching Gir. Most buses from Ahmedabad or Junagarh that pass by Gir terminate at Veraval. Its main reason of popularity is the presence of Somnath Temple that is said to be one of the 12 important temples devoted to … Continue reading A FLING WITH GUJARAT–Ahmedabad-Gir-Veraval–Part III

A FLING WITH GUJARAT–Ahmedabad-Gir-Veraval–PART II

SASAN GIR– Lions and birds galore with the right ‘setting’ My previous post on Gir attempts to clear the mystery of accessing the town of Sasan Gir, finding food and living quarters there and booking safaris for the sanctuary. This one is about the sanctuary itself. Part I of our Gujarat journey included Ahmedabad based … Continue reading A FLING WITH GUJARAT–Ahmedabad-Gir-Veraval–PART II

A FLING WITH GUJARAT–Ahmedabad-Gir-Veraval–PART I

This was my first experience of travelling through Gujarat and having a regular supply of flavourful and unique Gujarati food over 5 days. I’ve spent some days in Baroda in the past but those trips were hosted by relatives and felt more like family meets.  Travelling through Indian cities without local hosts can be a … Continue reading A FLING WITH GUJARAT–Ahmedabad-Gir-Veraval–PART I

Recent Travels — Manali-Naggar and Goa

The last two months gave me opportunities to revisit Manali/Vashisth/Naggar in Himachal Pradesh and Goa! This post goes over some of that experience and offers some helpful bits of info for people to use. Manali/Vashisth – June 08 This was our first self-driven trip to Manali and Naggar. The drive was expected to be longer … Continue reading Recent Travels — Manali-Naggar and Goa