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Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

Posting photos for the weekly photo challenge theme Happy. I know its little late but better late than never.

For last couple of weekends I have been travelling around Lonavala (near Mumbai) and western ghats region for personal work. I have always loved road journeys and never miss out on enjoying any road trip. The climate in the areas which I just mentioned around this time is absolutely beautiful as the monsoon is preparing to shut the shop for the season. The drive in the monsoon around these areas is absolute delight for person like me. The natural beauty and local people you meet around here will fill your heart with joy.

Posting some of the clicks from last couple of weeks travelling.

P.S. Barring couple of photographs, all are taken from my cell phone camera.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

This weeks wordpress weekly photo challenge is Solitary. I am posting a photograph from one of the street shoot at Mumbai.

The Flora Fountain area around Churchgate station at south Mumbai is famous for second hand book stall on the street. This is the area where you can get used books on almost any genre, category at reasonable prices. If you are lucky and try enough, you might end up getting some rare, vintage and out of print books also.

This man sells the book on the same area and is immersed in the book himself, aloof from the surrounding.

Bombay Diaries – Vasai Fishermen Colony

Clicked at by-lanes of Vasai Fort, walking through fishers men’s colony, leading to the beach. Some one has painted a direction for the way to beach as there are many by-lanes around that area which all ultimately leads to the beach.

Fishing boat lying idle at beach.

This area is mostly inhibited by fishermen as most of them are engaged in the fishing business and so these sight of drying fish outside their home os very common.

Son of fisherman playing outside his home.

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

I believe in life, I believe in karma, I believe in death.

Everything else is in between these. Free spirit to me is being free of bondage’s and dogma’s. Free of notions that limit our reach, free of beliefs and practices that blind our vision.

This is my interpretation of this weeks photo challenge theme “Free Spirit”. This being first entry in the theme, I am not sure about the general protocol of the challenge but whatever I have known and read in the blog, I hope this is fine.

Postcards from Haridwar

Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus which is an important pilgrimage city in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, India. The River Ganga, after flowing for 250 kilometres from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri glacier, enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains of North India for the first time at Haridwar which gave the city its ancient name, Gangadwara.

I am posting here some of the photographs from a short visit to Haridwar.

Wooden toy shop on the streets of the city. These are small toy Dholak (two-headed hand-drum) on the display.

Streets of Haridwar | You will find such streets very common where there are many aashrams, temples side by side on a long stretch of a road.

This is one of the most common sight at the streets where you will come across plenty of saadhu’s (wandering monks). The north Indian land, particularly that of Uttarakhand is considered to be the land of mystic where many people keep wondering around such holy places in search of Moksha (nirvana) and devine knowledge.

Street side barber.

Scene from Har-ki-Pauri ghat at the time of Ganga aarti.

Devotee at Ganga aarti.

If you want to experience how the faith and belief of one of the biggest religion in the world (Hinduism) drive the human race in one of the biggest country (India) in the world, you have to visit the place and see it for yourself.

Additional Information: 

http://haridwar.nic.in/

http://www.euttaranchal.com/tourism/haridwar.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism

Jim Corbett National Park – Travelogue

Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India named after hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett. The park is spread across approximately 1300 sq km. The park is heaven on earth for wild life enthusiasts and adventure seekers as its largest tiger reserve. Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife. As per some estimates around 70,000 visitors come to park every year. The park is closed for visitors during the monsoon.

I visited the park in June, just before it closed for the monsoon. The experience is one of a kind. If you are a travel enthusiast and have not visited Jim Corbett, wait no more. Left for the jungle safari at 6 in the morning and the journey till you reach the check post for entering the park is also treat early in the morning. Lack of proper lenses prevented me from taking typical jungle shots which was a bog big mistake. Never ever travel without proper lenses. Here are some images I managed to capture with basic kit lenses.

Motorable road inside the park. If you are lucky enough you might spot tiger walking right in front of your Geep.

This is tigers jaw marks which is made by tiger to mark his area within the park. Apparently there can be only one male tiger in a particular area marked by the tigers themselves. If any other tiger dares to intrude this space, they have to fight it out between them.

This is river Ram Ganga, considered to be the life line of the national park. The entire wildlife inside the park is dependent on this water source.

The beautiful jungle resort, “The Den” at night. Our home during the visit.

Additional Information :

http://www.corbettnationalpark.in/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Corbett_National_Park

http://thedencorbett.com