Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Street Art of Bangalore : A Photo Feature



A very interesting initiative by BBMP (Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike ) is turning the nondescript streets of Bangalore to a colorful palette showcasing all the things that make Karnataka such a spectacular state - cultural, geographical and ecological marvels.

These beautiful murals adorning the flyovers and underpasses are a welcome relief from the omnipresent traffic. Besides, this initiative has helped create employment for an art form which once thrived but now is a lost cause with the advent of digital media. Also this gives ample opportunity for people like me to shoot and so here it is -

Murals of Bangalore : A Photo Feature.

Shot near the flyover in front of Bangalore Palace.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Gulmarg - Jammu & Kashmir


Srinagar - Paradise on Earth! <<

Date of Journey - 18 May 2008.

After a spending an evening along the quiet banks of Dal Lake, the next morning we were headed to Gulmarg. Now I had no idea what to expect because I had never heard of this side of the world before. Our hotel manager also arranged for a taxi for our travel. As we were waiting for the taxi, a mobile vendor was selling colorful Shawls on his cycle. We bought one and waited for the driver. The driver was actually the owner and the minute he arrived, the first thing I noticed was his eyes. Bright hazel brown, they were pretty. And then I realized, more often than not, Kashmiris are a beautiful lot! :D

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MY FIRST SNOW EXPERIENCE

Gulmarg:

Gulmarg located at a height of 2650 meters is at a distance of 56 kms from Srinagar and takes about an hour or so to reach by taxi via Tangmarg. Located in the Baramulla district of J&K, close to the LOC, Gulmarg is not a permanent settlement but a resort town. You would only find resorts and hotels but no houses. Situated at the western end of Himalayas in the Pir Panjal Range, the alpine forests, gentle meadows and long stretching slopes make this a favorite summer and winter ski destination. 

Friday, April 9, 2010

Caves,Pools and Awesomeness - Eastern Ghats Explored!


Date of Journey - April 2-3rd 2010.

This was again one of those long weekends and it has been a busy year so far I have to say. New changes at work, lots of new explored locations, new alliances, new friends, new ideas on the blogging front, lots of planning for new acquisitions and new trip itineraries. So I was not very keen on a trek this weekend. On the other hand staying at home for a long weekend also seemed like betraying my religion, wanderlust that is. The invite mail read “Difficulty : Easy to Moderate, First timers can also join.”

No! I am not saying I am a first timer. All I am saying is an easy trek to the hidden treasures of Eastern Ghats looked like just the ticket to a relaxing weekend that I was hoping for. Joining in from Bangalore was another challenge in itself once I decided I was in for the trek. Ramjan, whom I had already met was joining from b’lore and I also managed to convince Harsha to join in. By Thursday morning 5 of us were to start from b’lore the same night and we were just about as clueless about our transportation as a deranged penguin out in the arctic.  Calls were flying around till late evening and finally at 7 PM I managed to book tickets in the cheapest bus available to Tirupati in the worst possible seats – the dreaded last row. But we survived the night albeit a sleepless one at it.



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At the ungodly hour of 4 in the morning, we reached Tirupati where Pavan was already waiting with our transport to reach Kodur – Our trek starting point. Soon we joined the rest of the group(27 in all) and we were all headed into the barren lands of Kodur. I could see few more known faces in the group – Rinkesh, Imran and Sagar. And the rest I shall get to know in the coming two days. Meeting new people is always fun. :)

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