Mysterious woods

In Photos: Jim Corbett National Park

What begins as a quest for the magnificent striped jungle cat ends in marveling at the beauty of the forest. I would have loved to meet the tiger in its natural habitat, but the fresh air, the bird songs, the mysterious woods all make up for that one missed sighting. Here are few glimpses from…

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Haridwar – The Treasure of Uttarakhand

When I was a teenager, my parents were located in crime saturated Muzzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. Haridwar and Rishikesh were the two close destinations where we would often go....it gave my mother some peace. I loved going to Har ki Paudi...the stepped ghat at River Ganga. Once when my 80-year-old grandfather was visiting, he wished…

To chill(!!) at Nainital….

In India we have a rich collection of stories for almost everything including names of cities, lakes, rivers, mountains, gods, goddesses, festivals, forests.... According to one such mythological story, the Goddess Sati felt insulted that she and her husband Lord Shiva were not invited as guests by her own father King Daksha for prayer gathering. She forced her…

Golu Devta Temple,Ghorakhal, Nainital

My parents had come visiting and in a bid to escape the heat wave at Bareilly, all five of us, my parents, me, my husband and our daughter, left for Nainital for a long lazy weekend. We stayed at a private residence a part of which was converted by the family into resort known as…

Baijnath Temple, Kausani

I have this lust.... weekend outings! Being a homemaker there is really no 'off-day' for me and it becomes real boring for me if I am stuck at home for the weekend doing all those same household chores like every other day. While in Pune (Maharashtra) we had lots of weekend getaway options plus the weather was pleasant…