Saturday, September 30, 2017

Durga Puja 2017

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace Jimi Hendrix

Happy Dussehra.

Singhi Park Durga idol

Bosepukur Shitala Mandir Durga Puja 2017

Today is Vijaya Dashami also known as Dussehra. Vijaya Dashami marks the end of Durga puja and signifies the victory of good over evil. This day also marks the end of Ramlila and celebrates the victory of Rama over Ravana.

I am posting some of my favourite Durga puja pandals from South Kolkata, and will post some more awesome Durga puja pandals from Kolkata in my next few posts.

Bose Pukar Durga puja pandal 2017

Hindusthan Park Durga Puja 2017

Ballygunge Cultural Durga Puja 2017

    Tridhara Sammilani Durga Puja 2017

   Deshopriya Park Durga Puja 2017

You may want to check out some of these beautiful Durga puja pandals from last year:

Sunday, September 10, 2017

National Chambal Sanctuary in India, home to a lot of endangered species, is a must visit

Chambal ravines
From the cold desert of Ladakh to the ravines of Chambal, this post is a slight deviation from my previous posts on Ladakh. One of the reasons I could not resist posting about this sanctuary, because to me, Chambal was known to be a dacoit infested area, and that's pretty much what I  knew of Chambal for a long time!

This sanctuary was indeed a wonderful surprise for me. The fascinating terrains, the endangered species, and the variety of birds make this place quite unique!

The National Chambal Sanctuary is located on the Chambal river on the Tri border area of the three states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. This protected Sanctuary is known for the critically endangered Gharial crocodile, the red-crowned roof turtle and the Ganges river dolphin.

This sanctuary is also home to over 320 species of resident and migratory birds. Some of the bird species found here are Indian Skimmer, Sarus Crane, Pallas's fish eagle, and Indian courser.

Reaching the National Chambal sanctuary is very easy since it is well connected. The nearest rail head is in Dholpur. Many trains from Delhi and Mumbai stop at Dholpur. One can also reach this sanctuary from Agra and Gwalior which are at a distance of 60 km from the sanctuary respectively. You can also choose to reach the sanctuary from Bharatpur, which is around 100 km from the sanctuary,

The boat ride through the ravines is unique to the Chambal sanctuary, the beautiful terrains combined with the wildlife makes it one amazing ride.  Here are some pictures from the sanctuary which includes the Shergarh fort, the ravines, Crocodiles, Gharials, Softshell Turtles, and a number of birds such as, Bar-headed Goose, Bramhiny duck, Grey heron, Indian spoonbill, River-lapwings, Skimmers, black-winged stilts, and Wooly-necked storks.

The Pictures are courtesy Soma Jha.
Chambal river and ravines
Shergarh fort Dholpur

The National Chambal santuary
Bar-headed Goose

Bramhiny duck,Chambal sanctuary
Crocodile, Chambal sanctuary

Grey heron trying to swallow a fish, Chambal sanctuary

Indian spoonbill,Chambal Sanctuary
River Lapwings, Chambal Sanctuary, India

Skimmers, Chambal sanctuary
Skimmers, Black-winged stilts,Gharials,and softshell turtle

Skimmers in flight

Wooly necked stork, Chambal sanctuary

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Birds, Mammals, and Landscapes from the scenic village of Hanle in Ladakh, India

Hanle, Ladakh, India
In continuation to my post on the black-necked Cranes of Hanle, Ladakh, India, I am sharing some more bird pictures, and landscapes from the scenic village of Hanle in Ladakh.

Hanle is well-known for the Hanle Monastery, (dating back to the 17th Century), and the Indian Astronomical Observatory, which happens to be the 3rd highest optical telescope in the world, situated at an altitude of 4,500 meters. The observatory is controlled by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru.These pictures are courtesy Soma Jha.
Eurasian cuckoo-Hanle
Ruddy Shelduck-Hanle

Saker Falcon-Hanle
Great Rosefinch

Tibetan Gazelle-Hanle
Upland Buzzard-Hanle

Hanle monastery, Ladakh
Hanle valley

Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle
Near Hanle

On the way to Hanle in Ladakh