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Bindhu and Radhakrishnan Unny
Bindhu and Radhakrishnan Unny are a couple bitten by the travel bug
Saputara: Driving through Dang  Story Dated : Wed,August,08 2012 12:26 hrs IST An unassuming tiny town, hiding its charm among lush green forests—Saputara, at the southern tip of Gujarat, is a few hours of drive from Mumbai. The rich soil soaks up the first rains, waking up the millions of sleepy seeds. Peeping their green...
The Daman Effect  Story Dated : Fri,April,20 2012 11:00 hrs IST A relaxed drive and a chilled-out holiday—were our thoughts as we set out on an impromptu trip to Daman. And so was it! It was a cool drive through the recently laid six-lane Mumbai–Ahmedabad highway and we reached Daman in about 2 hours. Next came...
The Panhala Fort   Story Dated : Mon,January,23 2012 17:10 hrs IST Once an impregnable fortress and now a small township, Panhala offers its visitors a taste of sedating peace. As we walked along the ruins of this twelfth-century fort spread across this quiet town, bits and pieces of history came tumbling along our...
Birding at Bhigwan Story Dated : Fri,December,02 2011 10:46 hrs IST Thousands of migratory birds come to India’s marshlands and lakes every year as their native habitat becomes temporarily inhabitable. Bhigwan, about 100-odd km from Pune on Pune–Solapur Road, is one such place. The trip was organised by Nature...
Path of Blizzards Story Dated : Sun,October,23 2011 14:35 hrs IST Kargil—the name brings the terrible war of 1999 to our minds. Visiting Kargil was not something we had imagined but we got a chance to visit the place where our brave soldiers fought hard against enemy soldiers as well as the elements of nature....
In Mowgly’s Land  Story Dated : Tue,August,30 2011 19:45 hrs IST As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur belledOnce, twice and again!And a doe leaped up and a doe leaped upFrom the pond in the wood where the wild deer sup.     —The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling      Every morning, Mowgly...
A Hidden Gem in Delhi  Story Dated : Sun,July,10 2011 15:52 hrs IST It was William Dalrymple’s ‘The Last Mughal’ that triggered our curiosity about the history of Delhi. Not that we were not aware of Delhi’s historical significance. When we did our first ever trip to Delhi as ‘travellers,’ we realised 3–4 days is...
The grassy Nannaj  Story Dated : Fri,May,27 2011 17:20 hrs IST The Great Indian Bustard didn’t reveal itself to us. But our birding experience at Nannaj Bird Sanctuary wasn’t disappointing. We spotted many other birds (though we could not identify most of them) and as a bonus, saw two wolves chasing...
The Aah Valley   Story Dated : Thu,April,21 2011 14:26 hrs IST Once the Western Ghats cast its spell on nature lovers, it is difficult to get out of it and admire the less-glamorous (or so we think) cousins around us. Smitten by the stupendous Sahyadris, we didn’t expect to get bowled over by the Eastern Ghats....
The Chalukya Heartland Story Dated : Fri,June,08 2012 18:50 hrs IST Intricately chiselled stones, marvellous sculptures—the stupendous work of hundreds unnamed but genius craftsmen—now the remains of (perhaps) a glorious past. Hiding a million stories are these heritage structures in rural Karnataka—Badami.Our...
Forest of Joy  Story Dated : Sat,March,03 2012 16:00 hrs IST During most of our trips we get enthralled by the beautiful and sometimes mighty nature. However, there are some occasions where we get awed and humbled by the unlimited capabilities of human beings. To dream and create something that serves the...
Chang La and Pangong Tso Story Dated : Fri,December,30 2011 14:57 hrs IST Chang La or Chang Pass and Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake are not something to miss on a trip to Ladakh. At 17,800 ft, Chang La claims to be the third highest motorable road in the world, the first and second being Khardung La, on the Leh–Nubra Valley...
Spelunking in Ananthagiri  Story Dated : Thu,November,17 2011 16:09 hrs IST An architecture marvel created by nature, the world’s best architect! How else we describe this amazing, stupendous, phenomenal natural wonder! Borra Caves, located in the Ananthagiri Hills region, is about 75 km from Vishakapatnam and about 40 km...
The Glass Palace  Story Dated : Tue,September,20 2011 19:31 hrs IST Soon the district administration discovered itself to be in possession of monies sufficient to build the King his long promised palace. A mansion had appeared on the hill side that faced the Residency. It came complete with a durbar hall, a gallery,...
Daring in Dandeli  Story Dated : Tue,August,09 2011 15:47 hrs IST Blessed with dense deciduous forests and innumerable wildlife including black panther, Malabar giant squirrel, elephant, bison, iguana and hornbills— Malabar pied hornbill and Great Indian hornbill— Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary reportedly is the only...
The Eco-Circuit  Story Dated : Wed,June,22 2011 19:17 hrs IST Inhale the scent of forest, walk along the treetops, and try out some adventure activities! That’s what you could do at Thenmala, India’s first ecotourism project, a unique programme designed by Kerala Tourism department. The 120-m long elevated...
The Demon's Bowl  Story Dated : Mon,May,09 2011 15:39 hrs IST A 20-lakh tonne, 60-km wide meteorite that traveled at about 90,000 km/hr dented the earth some 50,000 years ago. The dent has a flickering lake, now known as Lonar Crater, which houses a wonderful ecosystem. Thick forests on its slopes abound with...
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