Arunachal Pradesh

Sela Pass – History and Romance meet at a height of 13000 feet 13

Sela Pass in Tawang Arunachal Pradesh It is cold and there is snow scattered all around me. I look around and think that if there is heaven on earth, then this should be it. Surrounding me are cotton candy clouds that have descended from the sky to earth covering  everything from mountain peaks to grasslands, flowers and birds . As I get down to take in the view, they touch my  cheeks gently . Small mountain peaks thrust their heads out of these clouds presenting a pretty picture. I am wrapped in a world of white. We are driving from Dirang, […]

Jaswant Garh, Tawang, Sela Pass

migratory birds, Odisha, Chilka Lake, Mangalajodi, brahminy shelduck

Five favourite destinations this December 11

In a few weeks, winter will be upon us. Fog will descend and our flight schedules are bound to be disrupted. Yet, it is the best time to visit India. The mountains beckon you, the migratory birds are here and the forests have just opened after the monsoons. Head to the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, the dense canopy of the Western Ghats or the beaches of Goa or the backwaters of Kerala. It is festival time galore – be it in Kutch or Odisha. And personally for me, it’s the time to visit heritage destinations – from Tamil Nadu […]

Nameri National Park 7

Here is another guest post by Arun Bhat , as he shares his experiences at Nameri National Park , located in  North East India. The one thing that I will always remember about Nameri is the story that the manager at Nameri Eco Camp told me. ‘We had two birders from Europe who were keenly looking for some bird on a tree with binoculars glued to their eyes. I heard some sudden sound nearby. Just behind us, a python had caught hold of a goat and was wrapping itself around the poor animal. I was excited and called for the […]

Eagle Nest National Park 5

Blogger and photographer Arun Bhat will be sharing some of his unique experiences in this post as he travels to the Eagle Nest National Park in Arunachal Pradesh My introduction to EaglenestNational Park happened through a forwarded email. It was the first time I was hearing about this place, but since I had been contemplating a visit to North East India for some time, I decided to take another look. It was a park recently opened to tourists in the remote corner of the country, bordering Bhutan and China. Probing further revealed that the park had a biodiversity unheard of […]

The skies at 15,000 feet in Arunachal Pradesh 39

We were in Arunachal Pradesh beyond Tawang driving at 15,000 feet, probably a bit lesser as the picture indicates. It was bright and sunny out there although it was freezing and we were breathless , but the blue sky was a perfect foil to the rocky mountains .The mountains, sometimes filled with snow gave us directions on how to cross the border. We were closer to China and Tibet, but we had no proper documents to venture on the journey . Maybe sometime… If you want to do sky gazing, do visit Skywatch

Day of surprises 37

My article on Tawang has just been published in You could read all about it in Tawang, India: History and Romance at 13,000 Feet .Please let me know your views and feedback .And another surprise. Ugich Konitari who has a blog called Gappa has just awarded me this . Thanks a ton.I am passing on this award to everyone who has commented on this post. Its indeed a weekend to feel good and relax. And I am busy planning holidays for friends and clients. Why am I cribbing that my travel plans are getting altered ?