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.

Clouds, in Goa

Clouds, In Goa.

Sometime in 2015, I made some time-lapse videos. Unfortunately I never completed what I set out to do. So here are some clips of some – Clouds, In Goa.

Monsoon is coming

Monsoon is coming

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

Pangong Tso, Ladakh (Pangong Lake)

Pangong Tso (Lake), Ladakh

Day 7 of our trip to Jammu and Kashmir. To the Pangong Lake, it was! One of the most beautiful lakes in Ladakh. This is a short account of that day. All these photos were clicked using a Canon 1000D. I could not afford expensive gear back then. :P

The day was slightly overcast. But we decided to make the trip anyway. We hadn’t come all the way to Ladakh to miss the Pangong Lake. We hired an Innova and hit the road. The weather was perfect. A slight drizzle and some cold Himalayan breeze kept us from rolling down our windows. We started our ascent over some mountains and then out of nowhere, snowstorm!

Now, city and village boys that we were, the sight of all this snow around us, was amazing. We were like, “Dude, snow! Look, snow! Everywhere… snow!!” But our driver was not too impressed. Apparently, all this snow was not a good sign. He wasn’t pleased. And, after a while, neither were we. The roads were slippery and our car started to drift as we climbed up the mountain. All this drifting would have been a whole load of fun, had it not been for the crazy altitude we were at. Skidding off the Himalayas is a really big “Nope!” for anyone.

Sunsets around India — And some photos of dusk too

Sunset at Dona Paula, Goa

Travelling around India over the past few years, gave me the opportunity to witness a ton of sunsets. A bunch of sunrises too, but then you know how lazy I could get sometimes, especially when I have to wake up early in the morning. I’ve wintnessed sunsets at Jammu & Kashmir, Kanyakumari, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa. That basically takes care of North, South, East and West. Okay, maybe I need to witness a sunset at Gujarat, then I would be able to tick off the Extreme West. Bottom line is, I’ve seen a ton of sunsets, and I’ve put them all here for your viewing pleasure, in no particular order, with a short snippet of each evening.

An ode to Kerala

Despite the fact that that Kerala has been made into a concept — a ‘God’s own Country’ to be bottled, packaged, repackaged and sold to spend-happy honeymooners from India and tourists across the globe. Despite all the travel clichés, must-do lists and wellness holiday fads involving Ayurveda, Kalaripayattu and Kathakali. Despite all the marketing genius in their tourism campaigns, there’s a wild, untamed quality to Kerala’s beauty.

Parra Fields (Photosphere)

Parra Fields (Photosphere)

Goan evenings are lovely! Especially if you live in the villages which boast of open spaces, sprawling fields, clean roads, lush greenery and hill views on all sides. Which brings us to this delightfully dramatic evening in Parra. The puffy clouds perfectly cut across the evening sky, even as the coconut trees that line the fields, leading up to the St Ann’s Church, sway with the chilly breeze and pose pretty.

Priya at Top Station

Priya at Top Station

In the morning we headed to Top Station, passing under, through and above clouds as we made our way there.

Sunset at Varca

Sunset at Varca

The skies took shades of blues and gold as the sun dipped down the horizon, at the Varch beach in Goa.