The Winding roads

When you look down from a hilltop, you would find the roads gently winding their way across the mountainside.

That is precisely what I saw and captured during my holiday in Bhutan a few months ago.

Bhutan aka the Happiness Kingdom is  heavenly.

 

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Through the viewfinder

When you look at something through something else, the entire perspective changes. I realised this when I clicked images through the viewfinders at the Eureka Skydeck in Melbourne.

The Eureka Tower is a 297 metre (975 ft.) gold plated skyscraper by the Yarra River in the heart of the Southbank precinct in Melbourne.

It is Melbourne’s greatest point of view, and one of the most stunning observation decks in the world.

This the Sea Life Aquarium as viewed through the viewfinder. Below that is the same building viewed though the normal glass.

 

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This is the view of a street artist painting on the harbourside in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

 

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Experiments do pay off…

 

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Woman- Thy name is Resilience

When cityfied people go touristy, we gape with our mouths wide open or blubber like goldfish when we see people go about their lives calmly in conditions that we think are DIFFICULT to endure.

Fifteen of us were on a trip to Bhutan where we huffed and puffed our way up the hill to visit the Tiger’s Nest monastery. We were carrying nothing heavy with us (I had a backpack with my camera gear), yet most found the going arduous. And the locals just breezed through.

These two beautiful mothers were walking effortlessly up with their bambinos tied on their backs with the help of makeshift slings. Smiling, they acceded to my request to a photograph with the Paro Taktsang in the background.

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Very few of the islands in Sundarbans are habitable. We were constantly looking over our shoulders while walking and all around while on the boat ride into the mangroves.

This old lady was weaving a basket and was thrilled when I asked her if I could take a picture. She rewarded me with a one toothed smile.

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While we were warily looking out for tigers and crocs in the waters of Sundarbans, this lady was bravely fishing all alone. Then, what other option did she have? As they say in Hindi, ‘paapi pet ka sawaal hai’!

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Eco village at Sundarbans

We went on a two day trip to Sunderbans with Backpackers Tour de Sunderbans in early August. Checked into the cottages at their eco village. The eco village is built on the second largest island Satjelia. The journey to the island was an adventure in itself. We travelled in a Tempo Traveller for 3 hours reaching the last road point Godkhali. From there on a short 20 min ride on an open local ferry to the island of Gosaba, the largest island.

Boat ride

This was followed by a bone rattling ride in a suspensionless contraptionthat the locals call a rickshaw. After having every bone and joint shaken, we got into the ferry boat ELMAR, which took about 5 minutes to transport us to the eco village.

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The Eco village is beautifully conceived, giving the entire place an earthy look.

#sunderbans #ecovillage #westbengal #backpackers #tourdesunderbans#traveldiary #traveldiaries #mangroves @ Backpackers Eco Village, Satjelia Island, Sundarban

On the road through my lens

 

A road trip promises a lot of unexpected and strange surprises too. My husband and I did a 2500 km road trip from the North of India to the South. We took in a few touristy places but the sights along the highway or bang in the middle of the highways caught us by surprise.

“There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot.” – Wendell Berry

Some of these pictures stand testimony to this quote.

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Cows on their way back home after grazing in the fields (shot from the speeding car, hence the blur)
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Buffaloes along with their owner lazily crossing the highway
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Can you believe this cow was ambling on the busy streets in Agra?

 

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Cyclist on his way to a cycling  expedition

Highways are dotted with Dhabas that provide yummy, spicy and hygienic food to the travellers.

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One also finds such mobile food stalls especially near factory gates or busy juctions.

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The Road Taken

Nothin’ But A Good Time

 

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