Birding on the River Brahmaputra, Guwahati

North-East India especially Assam and Arunachal Pradesh is an avian lovers paradise. Because of the terrain, the location and the river bodies, this area plays host to both migratory birds and non-migratory birds. So when I got a call in Guwahati if I would be interested in accompanying an avid birder and naturalist on one of his…

Kaziranga

Kaziranga – The One Horn Rhino Park

Guided tours through national parks are unimaginative, irrespective of whichever animal that may be on view. Except for maybe the tiger or a dinosaur. Consider this. Wildlife national parks are created as sanctuaries for animals. Then a road is laid for visitors. The visitors come in droves and driven through the parks on off-roaders to view the…

Annapurna Base Camp Trek – Travelogue

In the press – http://www.hindustantimes.com/brunch/the-annapurna-base-camp-trek-is-an-exhilarating-experience/story-CpSHwXa91h8uJHN5kY4D3N.html “Do you want to do the Manaslu circuit in Nepal?” asks a voice drily over the phone. Curiosity aroused, I ask, “When?” “In a couple of days,” answers the voice. I am flattered and bemused. Satya falls into the category of solitary trekkers who carry their own tents and supplies. So hitchhiking…

The flight out of Kathmandu – Nepal Airlines

My Nepal Airlines flight from Kathmandu(KTM) to New Delhi was scheduled to depart at 5.00 pm. I arrived near Prithvi Chowk in Pokhara to catch a micro-bus (Toyota Hiace) to Kathmandu, after having left my guesthouse at around 7.30 am. As luck would have it, there were none and thus had to reluctantly get into one of…

Annapurna base camp itinerary

The complete lowdown and itinerary for the solo traveller to the Annapurna base camp and sanctuary. ACAP/TIMS Permits NTB, Pardi, Damside, Pokhara; NTB, Pradarshani Marg, Bhrikuti Mandap [near Ratnapark], KTM Got my permits done in KTM. Should take around half an hour which includes filling forms. Carry Nepal Currency(NC). You can walk back to Thamel…

Trekkers in the Annapurna, Nepal region – Namaste

Treks in the Annapurna and the Annapurna Base Camp trek in particular are a cultural melting point of people of various nationalities, cultures, languages and trekking styles. From the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu where the permits have to be picked up till the point you exit Nepal, a milieu of people in all packages…