Lake Sfânta Ana

I got a rare opportunity to visit Lake Sfânta Ana (Lake Saint Anne), the only volcanic lake in Romania, thanks to my friend Lajos. My expectation was high when he had told me that we would make a short trip to this place. Situated amidst dense forest, this lake’s history began about 9,800-8,800 years ago. If you want to visit Romania, then this must be included in your itinerary.

Sikkim – A Different India

A few years ago,  I made a trip to Sikkim along with a couple of my friends. And I realized why everyone wants to explore this beautiful state.

I won’t write too much how I started my journey from Delhi to Sikkim, rather I would allow you to enjoy the following images which I captured during the trip.

Pristine beauty….

Welcome to our state 🙂

Rare Red Panda …

A tiny waterfall, yet beautiful…

On my way to Gurudongmar Lake….

Gurudongmar Lake

A plain valley…

Yumthang Valley

Statue of Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim.

Spreading peace messages…

Turtle Safari – An Epic Journey

The following blog post contains few words, more images.

Not everyday, you get an opportunity to play with rare and endangered turtles. But, I did.

A few days ago, I won a travel competition to visit Chambal River Valley and Kukrail Reserve Forest, sponsored by Turtle Limited, which is engaged in the conservation and protection of Olive Ridely turtles in India for many years. They recently entered into a partnership with Turtle Survival Alliance – an international organization working towards conservation of endangered species of turtles in several countries across the globe.

During this three-day trip, I came to know many things about turtles, tortoise and crocodiles and their conservation. Perhaps, one of my life’s finest moments when I released many baby turtles to Chambal river.

Thank you guys for giving me such a wonderful opportunity.

The life of a turtle is as precious as the life of a human being.

So, take the pledge and save a turtle.

P.S:  All the following images are low-resolution and unedited.

On my way to Chambal river.

We are listening carefully to Dr Shailendra Singh’s instructions before releasing turtles.

Nest…

Ooooo…..so many fresh water turtles…

Me with a baby turtle 🙂

We are born free…

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Scintillating Singapore

Given a chance, I will make my second home in Singapore, a cosmopolitan city where many people come from different parts of the world in quest of jobs and settlements.

My visit to Singapore was short yet memorable. I covered some parts of the city by walking as I prefer, it’s the best medium to explore a new place. My stay at Swiss Hotel made the trip sweet. 🙂 A classy hotel in terms of style and hospitality.

This city is full of stunning skyliners yet it has plenty to offer for everyone from casino lovers to zoo lovers. The following places must be included in the itinerary.

1) Sentosa
2) Double Helix Bridge
3) Chinatown
4) Botanic Gardens
5) Little India
6) The Singapore Flyer
7) Arab Street

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Luckily, I managed to visit all these places and Arab Street turned out to be the best one for me as one can find cool bars here. 🙂

There is no dearth of restaurants in the city but most of them are expensive. So be careful where you eat and what you eat. If you are an Indian, then you will surely like Little India.

I had a nice time at Paulaner Brauhaus (recommended by a chauffeur) and for the first time I tasted Paulaner beer, but I can’t say whether I liked it or not as I was completely lost. 🙂 I also spent a nice evening at an open Japanese restaurant, surrounded by beautiful candles.

Don’t forget to enjoy Singapore’s nightlife though it could be racy.

People are very friendly. Whenever I asked something, they guided me thoroughly. One thing which I did not like was the climate – too much humidity – might also spoil your mood!

It was indeed a memorable visit for me as I learnt many things from the city and its people.

Well civilized and well cultured people make a great nation !!!!!

P.S. – Chewing gum is banned in Singapore. So be careful 😛

Dhanaulti – Where Tranquility Rules !

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There goes without saying that Uttarakhand is one of India’s most beautiful states with plenty to offer.
And Dhanaulti is one of the destinations that is bound to charm you.

If you are looking for peace and tranquility amidst dense forest, then Dhanaulti is the perfect destination. Not far away from the national capital of New Delhi (325 km), the tiny hill station provides breathtaking landscapes for which tourists especially from North India come to enjoy. Situated at an altitude of 2,286metre, the hill station is quite popular among tourists, thanks to dense forests of Deodar, Rhododendron and Oak.

Is this a special place to plan a quite holiday? Yes! Being a nature lover, I really enjoyed the place. The summer could be harsh in Dhanulti, but in night the weather turns pleasant and cool. In winter, one can experience chilling weather as the mercury goes down to -1°C.

Thanks to the Uttarakhand government’s initiative, a number of eco huts have been constructed for tourists. People can enjoy various adventurous activities here.
Here, tour operators provide tents, which are quite nice (reasonable price).
One can also enjoy different adventurous activities, which the tour operators provide.

The place has also two eco-parks, which should definitely be included in your travel list. Great for photography ! These eco-parks also provide various activities ranging from zipping to hiking. A wholesome entertainment place for family.

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And the rest, I will leave it to you to explore 🙂

Khajjiar – Mini Switzerland

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While searching google, I found a list which said that Khajjiar is a must visit place for anyone who loves to explore new places. And when I saw the images of the place, I thought how did I miss this place ? Well, I can’t explore each and every place of this planet. 😛

Located approximately 24 km from Dalhousie, Khajjiar is often called as Mini Switzerland of India. Is it ? well, for me a big no though I have not explored Switzerland.

But for some others, Yes.

A beautiful yet small hill station, Khajjiar is bound to make you fall in love with the place, thanks to its breathtaking sceneries.

When I landed there, I realized that it would not take more than one hour to explore this place, though you can stay here as long as you want (You can too practice yoga here). 🙂

I saw kids were playing cricket, men and women were chatting, small vendors were selling food items, etc etc.

A typical Indian hill station, yet I loved the beauty of Khajjiar.

There is not much to describe the place. Regarding accommodation, you can stay at Dalhousie, where you can find plenty of hotels & restaurants. From there you can hire a taxi for Khajjiar.

If you have your own vehicle, that’s great !

There are three more places around Khajjiar which you can explore.

1) Dauladhar mountains:

2) Khajjiar Lake:

3) Khajjinag temple:

Have a nice and safe journey to Mini Switzerland !!!