Church of the Intercession on the Nerl

Church of the Intercession on the Nerl

Everything is bigger, grander and incredibly imposing in Russia. Anything of importance either reflects the sheer decadence of Tsarist opulence or the Soviet penchant for the grandiose.

Qolşärif Mosque at dusk

Qolşärif Mosque, Kazan, Russia

It’s only when we reached the city of Kazan, our second stop on the Trans Siberian journey, that we were reminded of the Asia in Russia.

Overlooking the Oka & Volga

Overlooking Volga & Oka

A vantage view of Nizhny Novgorod, birth place of Maxim Gorky, a meeting point of the Oka and Volga rivers and the first stop of our Trans-Siberian journey across Russia.

Dawn at Sarchu

Dawn at Sarchu

Day 2 of our road trip to Leh, and we wake to the sun-kissed clouds at Sarchu. The first rays of sunlight make their presence felt over the huge mountains, who stood guard over us during the cold night.

Priya and the friendly stray

Priya and the friendly stray

On most evenings, when we head out exploring our surroundings, we bump into friendly stray dogs. Me being the dog whisperer that I am, I tell the dogs to go to Priya – where they get a few minutes of love and affection. Here is one nice fellow who followed us around the river at Amona.

Monsoon is coming

Monsoon is coming

Priya, at the Sinquerim cliff, watching the monsoon clouds above the Arabian Sea.

Alien Life at the Ashwem Beach

Alien Life

A human’s eye view of a beached creature (jellyfish) from the Arabian Sea. [hr] Update: Seems like this is the Porpita porpita. Thanks to Shane Lobo for the info.

An evening at the Arrey Warrey Beach

An evening at the Arrey Warrey Beach

The time had come to do a road trip. Given the responsibility of transporting my sister’s car from Mumbai to Goa, Priya & I decided to drive along the west coast, mostly on NH4 and taking roads along the sea side whenever possible. We broke the journey over three days, and on day two we found ourselves at the Arrey Warrey beach during sunset. We stopped and spent some time there