Traveling to UP in Unlock 3.0

I’d been in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand for the entire Covid-19 lock-down period and then some. There were several reasons for staying there beyond the lockdown period but the main thing that stopped us was transport. We had our dog with us so trains were not an option, even if they had been running. We needed toContinue reading “Traveling to UP in Unlock 3.0”

Thursday Hops #6

In Thursday Hops #6, a monkey peeping in from our kitchen window….as if to ask “Is breakfast ready?” Monkeys are a common sight in Bhimtal. As number of houses increase and forest covers decrease, more and more monkeys are moving into residential areas in search of food. Some people feed them, perhaps seeing an incarnationContinue reading “Thursday Hops #6”

A Picnic Lunch at Apollo Bay

Previous – Kennet River Apollo Bay is a picturesque seafood village along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Tranquil beaches with great surfing options are the highlights of this coastal town. Though quieter and smaller than nearby Lorne, Apollo Bay is now a popular tourist place as most Great Ocean Road tour buses, likeContinue reading “A Picnic Lunch at Apollo Bay”

Thursday Hops #5

Thursday Hops #5 features the Ducks of Bhimtal Lake. These ducks (well rather their parents, grand parents, great grand parents…..you get the drift) have been around Bhimtal Lake for as long as I remember. Every day, they swim from this end of the lake to the island in the lake. They spend a lot ofContinue reading “Thursday Hops #5”

At Kennet River

Previous – Anglesea | Next – Apollo Bay After our stop at Anglesea for coffee, the next stop was about an hour later at Kafe Koala, Kennet River. Our driver guide said that we are bound to spot a koala or two here so we set out after him along a side path near KafeContinue reading “At Kennet River”

Thursday Hops #4

In Thurday Hops #4, I present this sweet hillside temple. This Monday was a holiday due to Raksha Bandhan. We took advantage of the holiday to go for a short hike. That’s when we came across this colourful Shiv temple in an equally attractive setting. Sadly, it was closed, probably due to Covid restrictions. SmallContinue reading “Thursday Hops #4”

Coffee at Anglesea

Angelsea is a small, picturesque town in Victoria, Australia. Located on the Great Ocean Road, it is usually the first stop for those on the Grand Ocean Road bus tour. As Anglesea is about 1.5-hour’s drive from Melbourne, it comes up at just about the right time for you to get out of the bus,Continue reading “Coffee at Anglesea”

Thursday Hops #3

For Thursday Hops #3, I bring to you this beautiful just-before-sunset picture of Bhimtal Hills. Look at the wisps of clouds floating by! The clouds formed such interesting patterns. And just minutes after we took this picture, the misty clouds covered the hills from our view. Doesn’t it look lovely? Links to other Thursday HopsContinue reading “Thursday Hops #3”

A Memorial for a Memorial?

I have seen a lot of memorials. In Delhi, it is difficult to walk a kilometre without stumbling upon a memorial or two. But a memorial for a memorial? Overkill, isn’t it? But when you get to know the circumstances, it seems quite justified. The Great Ocean Road, a 234-kilometre long road along the south-eastern coastContinue reading “A Memorial for a Memorial?”

Thursday Hops #2

So for the second Thursday Hops post, I have this pic of Bhimtal hills. Oops, the hills are barely visible through the monsoon clouds. Yes, monsoon is here! It’s raining every day. We may be running out of dry clothes, but we sure are enjoying the weather along with hot cups of tea/coffee and assortedContinue reading “Thursday Hops #2”