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”

At Kennet River

Previous 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 Kafe Koala. And sure enough, after walking lessContinue 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”

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”

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”

Mamallapuram–City of Temples

Previous It was our second day in the coastal town of Mamallapuram (aka Mahabalipuram) in Tamil Nadu, South India, and we had yet to explore its famous temples. The historical town of Mamallapuram has a collection of temples and other religious monuments, which have been quite unimaginatively labelled as the Group of Monuments. This GroupContinue reading “Mamallapuram–City of Temples”

The Madras Crocodile Bank

Sequel to A Completely Unplanned Trip to Mamallapuram The second day at Mamallapuram turned out to be blazing hot. As we finished a leisurely breakfast at the Sea Breeze restaurant, rock gazing in that heat was ruled out by common consent. Instead, we opted to visit the Madras Crocodile Bank, which was only a 20-minContinue reading “The Madras Crocodile Bank”