A Tiger at the Ranthambhore National Park

The fight for conserving wildlife and the habitat of tiger is on. Click to checkout my series of articles over the Aircel Save our Tigers Campaign !

Purna Kumbha Mela - 2013 (Allahabad)

A Sadhu (Ascetic) sitting by the banks of the Sangam (Confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythological Saraswati). Click to read my travelogue over this ancient and enduring event.

Sikkim Sojourn

Perched on the lap of Eastern Himalayas and next to Mt Kangchenjunga is Sikkim, one of the most pristine places on the planet. Click to read my informative travelogue over this beautiful destination.

Picture of the Week (Friday's)

Pic Info - Jal Mahal (Water Palace), Jaipur (India)

Bastions of Tughluqabad Fort

Built by Sultan Ghiyath ud din Tughluq around 1323 A.D., and abandoned within 4 years, it was the fourth city of Delhi. This fort is remembered by many to have been cursed by Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Auliya.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tranquil Thailand #1 - The Begining


In the days of old when travellers like Ibn Battuta, Hiuen Tsang, Christopher Columbus amongst others went on their journeys the expenses of their journeys were covered by either their rulers (of the country they lived in) or by seeking sponsors or paying from their own pockets as travelling (full-time) was, is and will remain an expensive affair.. So, when I got an invitation from the Thailand Authority of Tourism to visit Thailand and see from my own eyes how the things (the atmosphere in Thailand) are, it didn't take me much time to say 'Yes' !!

Pictures of some of the greatest travellers the world has ever seen ! One of the biggest similarities between them, apart from their penchant for travel, is that they all had to struggle to arrange for funds to go on their epic journeys !!

Being a popular travel destination, travellers from all parts of the world make a beeline to go to Thailand so therefre there are a lot of general perceptions vis a vis Thailand which float around and I wanted to know whether they really stood true. I have talked to many people (friends/relatives/acquaintances/travellers) and discussed with them about Thailand as a tourist destination. For the Europeans its the beautiful beaches and the calm locales of Phuket and Koh Samui, for the Indians it's the party destinations of Pattaya and the shopping experiences of Krung Thep (Bangkok) and elsewhere, everyone has their own reason to head to Thailand. But of recent the number of people heading to Thailand has come down as the general perception regarding Thailand, which is prevalent in the world is that as there has been a military coup (and as military coup's in other parts of the world are all about blood and gore and everything nasty), it is not safe to go there.

A 'Welcome' signboard at the gate of the grand palace

So, when Thailand Authority of Tourism called, I was more than keen to go myself and observe myself as to what is it in Thailand which inspires tourists to make it their preferred travel destination year after year, and whether the rumours (that all was not safe in Thailand, and tanks would be rolling on the streets as a military coup had happened) held true or not. I knew, from discussions with travelers from other parts of the world, that much of the 'unsafe Thailand talk was Not True' but nonetheless when i had an oppurtunity to see from my own eyes the ground realities i would surely accept it !

The people of Thailand are a calm and simple lot. More prone to smiling than anything else !

The TAT in association with the Thai Airways and our hosts the Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside and the Amari Hua Hin organised a trip for us media personnel (i have been a travel blogger for 4 years but i am still coming to terms with the fact that us bloggers are considered as media around the world, unlike in India where majority of people are yet to wake up to the power of Bloggers) to see for ourselves the beauty of Thailand, the rich culture of Thailand, to see for ourselves that nothing had changed (and if change happened it was only for the better) and to see for ourselves the character and resilient nature of the Thai people as after the coup (which succeeded a long period of political turmoil) took place they put their entire house in order within 2 months. This trip had a purpose, a mission !

The flag of Thailand is a common feature across the country, one can see it fluttering atop buildings, market places, boats e.t.c.

(to be continued..)
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I am naming my series of posts over Thailand - 'Tranquil Thailand' as that is how i found the people, the atmosphere and even the gulf (named after Thailand) to be.. Completely Tranquil !! To quote our friend Saravuth, ' In Thailand calmness is the norm, anger/rowdiness is frowned upon'

Friday, August 15, 2014

Picture of the Week #96 - Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur (Const 1899 AD)

Built by Maharaj Sardar Singh, in memory of his father Maharaj Jaswant Singh II, this memorial is made of finely polished white marble..

Friday, August 8, 2014

Picture of the Week #95 - The Past and Present of Jodhpur

This panoramic pic encapsulates the former seat (Mehrangarh Fort) and the present ceremonial seat (Umaid Bhawan Palace, circled to the left) of the Rathore Dynasty (The erstwhile Rulers of Marwar, currently known as Jodhpur)
Picture © Rohan Anirudh Singh

Friday, August 1, 2014

Picture of the Week #94 - Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur (1459 AD)

Constructed by Rao Jodha in the year 1459 AD and extensively refurbished by Raja jaswant Singh in the mid 17th century, the Mehrangarh Fort (literal meaning - Fort of the Sun) was the seat of the Rathore rulers of the Kingdom of Marwar (Jodhpur) until the Umaid Bhawan Palace was built by 1943 AD..
Picture © Rohan Anirudh Singh


Friday, July 25, 2014

POTW #93 - Passageway (Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur) Const 1943 AD


Picture © Rohan Anirudh Singh


Friday, July 18, 2014

Picture of the Week #92 - Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur (Const 1943 AD)


Picture © Rohan Anirudh Singh


Friday, July 11, 2014

Picture of the Week #91 - Pandeshwar Temple, Hastinapur (1500 B.C.)

The current structure of the temple was constructed in the 18th Century but it is widely believed to have been 'originally' constructed by the Pandavas (from the epic Mahabharata) in their capital city of Hastinapur, the compound of this temple had been excavated by Archaeologist Mr Lal (from the ASI) in the 1950's to look for remains from the times of the Vedic Age. He was successful in unearthing greyware pottery which, upon carbon dating, was found to date back to 1500 B.C.