Ranthambore National Park


Northern part of India is too chilly in winters. Breaking the code of one’s cozy zone is pretty challenging. The best way to wipe the chills is to get out there and face it. Well this time the plan came as a surprise, with the superb destination and group of friends. The bumpy road led us to Sawai Madhopur..!! Yes Please..!! We’re going to the Ranthambore National Park, which is approximately 372 kms from Delhi or around 160 kms drive from Jaipur, which I think is quite close for an outdoor endeavor. Ranthambore was awarded the status of a National Park in 1981, before which it was established as a sanctuary. The trip to Ranthambore can be bracketed as a weekend affair if you hail from Delhi, Alwar or Jaipur and have a passion to explore wildlife, birds and forts and thirst to see that majestic animal “Tiger”, for which the national park is known for. Other than Tigers, one can find beautiful local & migratory birds in winters, Leopard, Jackal, Hyena, Bear, Langoor (monkey), marsh Crocodile and various species of deer.


This tour brought us to the most exciting times of all. It turned out to be quite a luxurious holiday in itself where we had best of both the worlds. It was a perfect blend of luxury and Rajasthani hospitality & culture on the backdrop of the raw, edgy and rugged terrains of Vindhayas and Aravalis. Ranthambore is full of lodges and hotels suiting every man’s pocket and needs. Here you are spoilt for choices if you are looking for luxurious holidays. Starting from Taj Vivanta, The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Nahargarh Ranthambore, you have a choice to stay in a luxury tent, a Taj lodge or suites, or a princely deluxe room. The rugged feeling of nestling with the wild gives an edge to these places. All of them were extraordinary but we chose to stay and being treated as a royalty in Nahargarh. The interiors of this place were very thoughtfully placed and gave a feel of that of a palace with beautiful Rajasthani interiors, artifacts, furniture and elaborate palace facade. This place was certainly luxurious with a fortified walls, encapsulating heritage, tradition in the form of folk dance and music, tranquility of nature and regal bliss and hospitality. The rooms were imperial and the buffet was lavish and scrumptious.

DSC04416 copyNahargarh Palace with Rajasthani Jharokhas and Chhatris as prominent architectural feature.

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Republic Day of India

“Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been
broken up into fragments by
narrow domestic walls;
Where the words come out from
the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches
its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the dreary
desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee
into ever-widening thought and action -
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father,
let my country awake.”

 Written by India’s greatest writer, poet and novelist of all times, these lines are extracted from the Nobel Prize Winner Rabindra Nath Tagore’s English Gitanjali, an epic book and a beautiful collection of short poems translated by himself from his Bengali version of Gitanjali consisting of 157 poems. This man of many words gave a number of unforgettable melodies to hum like an enticing Bengali song “Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ase Tobe Ekla Cholo Re (If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone)” and even our very own Indian National Anthem .The above lines from the Gitanjali are often recited on the Republic Day of India, pumping in the patriotism in every Indian’s heart. Reminding us of the nostalgic and heroic moments of people of India under British Rule, of the quest to free India from foreign hands and the successful venture to make India one of the largest constitutions of the world.

Glimpses of the Republic Day Parade

Republic Day is one of the most important national festivals of India and is celebrated with patriotic songs, poems, massive parades and cultural events to commemorate the day when our motherland was declared a sovereign, democratic and a republic state for the first time. India was under the British Raj for over 88 years (1858-1947), under the Government of India Act 1935 as the governing document of India. This was replaced by the Constitution of India that came into force on 26th January 1950 when India became republic. Republic Day, since then is celebrated to honor the day.

On a frosty winter morning, the Indian Armed Forces display their might and weapons in the parade, proudly marching down the Rajpath (a ceremonial boulevard from The Raj Bhawan, The President’s House to The India Gate) with utmost dignity, pride and honor. Marching in harmony with the band as well as with each other. Their arms, legs, energy and every action in sync. What a sight!! Various Indian state’s tableau, cultural presentations and dance were performed by many groups and students from different schools, beautify the Rajpath.  And all of this I witness each year from the comfort of my living room. Such moments fills me with so much pride. Looking at my country’s diversities, numerous colors and prospects. One day I wish I could witness the valor, chauvinism and thrill in the air for real and the chilly blurry crack of the dawn, turning me red with its snappy breeze and patriotism; BOTH!!

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Sakraat– Kite Festival at Jaipur

The beauty of the sun lit sky is enhanced by hundreds of colourful kites of various shapes and sizes.

Sometimes, most common part of your life is the most difficult to describe!! And It’s the same feeling right now!!!

What is Sakraat??

When is it celebrated?

More than anything, I remember this day only for Kite flying in Jaipur. Sakraat is celebrated just next day to Lohri i.e. on 14th January every year in Jaipur, Rajasthan, parts of Gujarat and other parts of North India. In Delhi, Independence Day i.e. 15th August is when people in Delhi fly kites. The ‘madness’ literally is not only restricted to the day of Sakraat itself but I still remember my childhood when we used to start flying kites from November or December, soon after our half yearly exams wrapped up. We used to rush to the terrace and then the proficient one use to fly the kite and the novice used to hold the charkhi. The Kite Flying is a “FEVER” among kids and adults in Jaipur. And the skill is not only restricted to boys but the girls of the city are no less. The whole family including the grannies, parents and relatives, friends, toddlers, everyone gets glued to the terrace of their houses with their gears ready. Apart from the hundreds of kites and twines, the gears includes a medical tape for your fingers, a paper tape for repairing slightly torn kites, your sun gears like caps, glasses etc and most importantly the indulgence in Indian snacks at all times.

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en route from Rajasthan to Maharashtra

The journey from Rajasthan to Maharashtra was a two day drive, travelling for about
1200 kms. There was nothing much to do in the car only miles to travel, as the roads were superb in rajasthan and quite okay in madhya pradesh, gujarat and maharashtra (those were the states we crossed while going down). The navigation part was taken care by google maps, the inside of the car was cozy and comfy, my little one was all by herself playing at the back seat, the merriment went on with all the goodies and eatables from home, rest was taken care by the almighty as the weather was absolutely breathtaking, the route was beautiful and green due to monsoons, even the brown, sandy and dry parts of rajasthan were enveloped by green. Only thing I had to indulge in, is to observe the vegetation, the lifestyle of villagers, even their attire which used to change with every 300 kms , day dream sometimes or chit chat. While doing absolutely nothing and gazing the drizzle outside, one not so brilliant idea flashed my mind as i came across one of the Trucks’ slogan on its rear. Wanna know the absurd idea ?? Go on…Read!!

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Festival of Lights – Diwali

“Light is Love revealed.

Light is Life manifested.

Light is God fulfilled.”

                                                                                         —– Crown of The Upanishads

Diwali is the festival of lights, joy, hope and togetherness. The lights illuminate our heart, home and every corner of India on this day. The air is filled with the sound of firecrackers unifying with the scent of the incense stick. On the eve of Diwali, we took off to witness the lighting around the market. The city looks more beautiful in person (Wish I had a wide angle lens for my dslr). Here comes a few treats for your eyes.

This is JDA ( Jaipur Development Authority ) Office and then Birla Mandir ( Swami Narayan Mandir ), one of the most picturesque mandir/ tempe in Jaipur that needs a whole new post dedicated to it which, i am planning to do later.

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