Ever been a tourist in your own city?
Often we tend to plan exotic vacations and fun trips out of the town but we never try to go sightseeing in the city where we live.We have also been under similar situation. But then... Few years ago, we decided to visit this place called Chhatardi/Chhatedi (cenotaphs) on one fine morning as we had nothing to do on Sunday. And guess what? It turned out to be the best decision ever made.
In the frame are the ruins of Chhatardi, Bhuj, displaying the architectural marvel it once used to be, before the earthquake destroyed it. The carvings and the detailing left us spellbound. Since then it has been our favourite travel memory.
Try and visit the tourist destinations of your own city. You never know they might please you more than an exotic vacation. This was our travel tale on this World Tourism Day. Do let us know your #ultimatetraveltales in the comments below.
Quarantined in my house I wait for our nature to heal, limited to my balcony I pray for foliages to fill.
2020 won't be same again. Neither for me nor for the world .
My ambition of exploring India would come to a halt. Travelling won't be smooth even after it dies. People will hesitate to take a crowded bus on their way to work or will be in a dilemma to board an aeroplane to travel to the lands beyond the oceans.
But every time the chips were down I had hope. I had hope that there will be a new dawn. A dawn where I will once again lose myself into the wild.
There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.
When you think of the Everglades,the first thing that comes to mind is Mosquitos, alligators, and hot, humid weather. Yes, you can find those things here (and in great abundance depending on the time of year you visit), but there is so much more to the Everglades than hot, sticky weather and wildlife.
“… in many of my journeys, I have photographed a lot of valleys surrounded by snow-capped mountains with fleeting clouds on some days, and clear blue sky on others. But never have I captured the beauty of a scene where sunlight is pouring onto the landscape while it is raining, the raindrops glistening like pouring diamonds, except once.
Her face. I shot a portrait of her smiling a little while she was crying; the tears, rain, and her smile, the sunlight. That portrait remains to be my best work till date.”
Location: Yumthang Valley, North Sikkim District, Sikkim, India
11693 ft, 3564 metres
This shot was taken from hills of 📍Uttrakhand. #Sarayu river flows through indian State of Uttrakhand and UttarPradesh. The hills on left of river is in #nepal region and on the right is Indian region. .
This river is of ancient significance, finding mentioned in the Vedas and Ramayana.
A dream image of mine for a very long time and unfortunately one that has eluded me for a very long time. However the current lockdown and the power cuts that we have within the city from 3-4 am has also been a blessing in disguise for me. It's been 10 straight nights that the skies are crystal clear owing to the cuts and almost zero pollution because of the lockdown.
Nevertheless the sky was tracked using the @msm_rotator at 35mm for 6 shots at ISO 800 and 69 secs each while the foreground was from a trip to the Mawkyrwat (Tynrong) Monoliths in Meghalaya sometime last year. even though this is a composite I have always made sure that the scenes stay true to what it would otherwise be on any normal day. The Milky Way rises on this location at this exact place and I've tried my best to keep it that way.
The thing I loved the most about Japan (apart from the food obvs) is the concept of Zen and all of the places you can practise this; tea ceremonies, zen gardens, temples and even the beautiful tatami room in Maana Kamo @maanahomes - if it wasn’t for my daily yoga practice I think I’d be going mad in isolation, so I’ve tagged some people and studios that I’m using online at the moment that are keeping me ZEN.