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The greens of monsoon

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Having spent over a decade at Delhi and shuttling between Delhi and Gurgaon for years, I usually associate Delhi Monsoon to flooded roads and nerve-racking traffic jams. The scene is not that different when I rewind my memories to childhood as well, except for the traffic jams. We witnessed floods every year, and the National Highway that ran very close to my home would be filled with relief camps. Schools were shut down and people lost their homes and cattle and of course the vegetation was ruined. It took months to get back in shape and restore the lost assets.

Bad things aside, monsoon is also a blessing for the dying plants after the severe heat wave of the summers, especially in this part of India. Once the rain starts pouring, the buds start showing and slowly, the beautiful flowers start blooming all around. The dust layer is also washed away, revealing the beautiful shade of green. These are the little luxuries of life and I sure relish them. Continue reading

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10 Photographs : Himachal Pradesh

I have always found Himachal Pradesh to be delightfully charming. The stunning valleys and its alluring woodlands, the quaint resorts by the hillside and the way the morning sun rays crawl into the bed, the hospitable locals and the sweetest kids with the chubbiest red cheeks, the spectacular sunrises and the softest sunsets, I can go on and on about the charms and hypnotic characteristics of the ever so gorgeous Himachal Pradesh. Be it the hippie cafes near Bhagsu Falls or the delicious cuisines at any food joint at Shimla, the silence at Chail or boisterous Mall Road of white Manali, Himachal Pradesh has so much to offer.

Here are 10 photographs of the panoramic landscapes of Himachal Pradesh that might just trigger your travel bug to pack your bags and head out for a vacation in the mighty Himalayas.

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Early sunny mornings look a bit like this. It is so beautiful and soothing. It is a different kind of green and the sun isn’t so harsh. It is just perfect to  jump-start your day by exploring nearby places.

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Photographs from Trident, Jaipur

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Usually, I write about the hotels we stay in, when I write about our trips. Last year, when we traveled to Chennai and the Andamans, maybe out of exhilaration of visiting the Islands , I totally skipped writing about our stay in Chennai. We stayed at Trident over there and it was the best hotel experience ever.

To me, hospitality is the first thing that pops in my head whenever I describe my experience at the hotel. The condition of the hotel, the room, the bed, the food…all come next to the kind of treatment received at the hotel. This time, we chose Trident again, for Jaipur. Continue reading

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Amber Fort & Jal Mahal

Well, no I do not intend to give you a tour of Amber Fort (also called Amer Fort) and Jal Mahal in this article, but share a few pictures that we clicked over there. It was a clear blue sky when we decided to drive to Amber Fort. I was sure we would get some great pictures. Eventually when we reached there, clouds started hovering overhead and once we were at the top of the fort, the sunny sapphire blue sky turned into a gloomy grey sky. We had to wait for a while for the sky to clear up. After several pauses and proceeds, we got some pictures and somehow the drive turned worthwhile in terms of photography.

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Making the most out of the clouds, it somehow looked like being blessed by someone up above

Our plan was to avoid the rush and the heat of the scorching noon; hence the day started a bit early for us. We quickly feasted on a superb breakfast served by the hotel and by 8, we were on the road driving to our destination. Amber Fort opens at 8 AM and closes for sight-seeing at 5.30 PM, throughout the week. Our plan worked and we managed to avoid the rush and sweat excessive sweat. Continue reading