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Jagmandir- island palace meant for fun and recreation

Udaipur is famous world over as City of Lakes and is among the top cities in India to attract foreign tourists. Owing to its natural beauty, serene calm and rich heritage, it has also been most popular among loving couples for their most affectionate moments. So much so, that when the trend of destination weddings picked up at the start of this century, Udaipur was one of the top picks. People even started to call it as wedding capital of India. For many celebrities across the world, a wedding or engagement or a pre-wedding or post-wedding event or a Mehendi ceremony or a Sangeet ceremony at Udaipur is an essential part of their nuptial ceremonies. The trend continues with the about to happen wedding in Ambani household when a pre-wedding event is scheduled in December at an Udaipur Hot...

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Changing colours of the City Palace : Shades of light and life!

Shades of light are as mesmerising as the shades of life. How often they go hand to hand! I might seem like being too philosophical but often loss of somebody very close makes you so. Its not quite very often that you are able to watch the changing shades of light during the course of the day at an off-routine place, more so at a place worth a zillion images. It happened to be so with me when I was at Ambrai Ghat in Udaipur from morning to sunset for a stretch of more than ten hours at the same place. Udaipur is city of my birth and my education. City Place of Udaipur is one of the prime tourist attractions of the City of Lakes. This more than four hundred years old palace is located at the banks of Pichola Lake in the heart of the city. The palace is best viewed...

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…the pink sunset

We had already crossed the visible stretch of the Sambhar Lake from railway station to the refinery close to dam. Charmed by the Pink Salt we were on the next part of our evening trail. While crossing the lake bed, we were slowly and cautiously following the path created by jeep tyres, as any attempt to deviate would have been dangerous for our bikes in that slushy mud. Winter sun was quickly moving westwards and I was now getting anxious for some sunset shots in the vast expanse of the lake bed. After pink salt, was it the turn for a pink sunset? You would see for yourself- I somehow believed that sunset would be splendidly beautiful and quite different from sunsets that I have experienced so far at other places. Colours in the sky and on the land had started changing. The a

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The Pink Salt…

It was long overdue. And, I was actually ashamed of myself for not having being there till now, despite being so close. Of late, it was almost decided in my mind that I would be biking to Sambhar, most probably alone. And it happened so. Almost 750 kms of biking in two days made it possible and enjoyable. Every minute was worth it. Sambhar is between Jaipur and Ajmer cities of Rajasthan. Lake basin is spread at the confluence of three districts- Jaipur, Ajmer and Nagaur. You can call this place as one beyond imagination. It is, "a place where horizons stretch to infinity, water and sky merge in a shimmer of gauzy blue and civilisation goes back a long, long time and legends abounds it" (quoted from- 'Conservation of Sambhar Lake - An important Waterfowl Habitat and A Ramsar Site in ...

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Ushering in the New Year where seas meet!

Where will you bid adieu the year 2016 and welcome the New year? A question often strikes in the last month of the year to all travellers.  There are few places which have there typical charm for the occasion. Celebrating this transition into new year often means watching the last sunset of the passing year and then the first sunrise of the new year. But then there are always limitations with different places. You can go to Goa for a perfect year ending sunset but you can't enjoy the new dawn. And while you can welcome the new year with a perfect sunrise in Darjeeling's Tiger Hill, you will not have chance to say goodbye to the passing year with a perfect sunset. There are very few places where you can watch a perfect sunrise and a mesmerising sunset from same place. One such place i...

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Sea on fire : Sunset at Bali beach

In an earlier post I had showcased some Sunset silhouettes from the Kuta beach in Bali. But I haven't included the actual sunset photos in the post and saved them for later. Here they come, few of the selected ones. Well, sunsets are never enough. For me, going to a beach destination essentially means to watch the sunset. But then so has for any other destination as well. Sunrises and sunsets always catch your imagination. As I said in the earlier post, sunset at the Kuta beach in Bali was the only second sunset of the whole trip that I was able to capture. First, one being the sunset at Prambanan Temple near Yogyakarta. Although we landed in Bali in the late morning  but it was only in the evening when we managed to check in our hotel close to Kuta Beach. Having left with ve

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Magical sunset at Prambanan Temple

From Goa to Bali, no two sunsets are ever same- not even two sunsets at same place for two days, more so not even a sunset at same place on same day remains same even a moment later. Many a times you don't feel contented even after a beautiful sunset, you crave for more... even more. That's how I feel after every sunset. So here is a sunset at historical Prambanan temple in central Java in Indonesia. This is close to city of Yogyakarta. Well, will talk later about temples of Prambanan separately, which is largest hindu temple in Indonesia. Here, its only about this magical sunset- This particular sunset was taken from the main temple of the complex in the centre, which is a Shiva temple. We were fortunately late to reach Prambanan, hence I was able to get this sunset view from best ...

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Why the last sunset of the year has to be so beautiful!

Why the last sunset of the year has to be so beautiful! I wonder. Sometimes its so magical that you don't want to let the year pass by... Although it also sets the tone to welcome the new year with all positive vibes. It also reminds us about the beauty of life, however troublesome the years gone by would have been... Photographing sunsets or sunrises is normally all photographers' favourite pastime. They can do it almost endlessly at every dawn and dusk. So has been the case with me. And when the charm is to capture the last sunset of the year, then you don't want to blink, just to click... click... click. Sand dunes at Sam near Jaisalmer (almost 35 kms from city) in Rajasthan are actually known for their fascinating sunsets. Sunset here shows, how romantic even deserts can be. ...

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Majorda calling! Once again!!

I have very beautiful memories of Majorda in South Goa, the last time I went there. We were there for a trekking programme and our camp was right on the beach. It is one of the most lovely beaches in Goa that I have been too in all those years! And here again, I am off to Majorda this weekend for an exciting trip as a part of group of 60 bloggers from around the country who will test drive the latest addition to Tata Motors stable- a hatchback this time- Zica. With Lionel Messi recently roped in as the brand ambassador of Tata Motors, this campaign is aptly tagged as #madeofgreat This is a view from last time, cycling on the Majorda beach. And another one- Now that's what Zica actually looks like (more about the car, when we actually see it) - Exciting stuff. Th...

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Ocean on fire – World Photography Day special

Indian Ocean on fire, hundreds of kilometres south-west of Indian coast, deep inside the sea and close to Maldives. Don't know about others, but I have no qualms in accepting that setting sun brings a feeling of longing in me, for some unfulfilled desires and expectations. Hence it has always been my favourite, wherever I am-high up in the mountains or deep in the sea. These ones were taken on a cruise. Beauty of setting sun simply made me speechless, but it also fuelled a fire- as in sea, so in heart!! ...

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