Walking in the wild


A valley to soothe your soul
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks ( Uttarkhand )

Trekkers, naturalists, artists and poets love to map the glaciers, rivers and streams of the Nanda Devi and Valley of flowers National Park, with its gentler landscape and placid alpine meadows, beautifully complements the rugged, inaccessible, high-mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi. Both parks are ripe with flora and fauna, with a sizeable population of the elusive Himalayan musk deer and even the snow leopard. For bird watchers, the place is an absolute treat.

Tip:- The trek can be arrange through the DMVN Mountaineering and Trekking division in Rushikesh

Highlight:- During and post monsoons, the floor of valley of flowers us covered with a carpet of rare flowers like brahmakamal and blue poppy!

Best time to visit: – July to October. (Valley of flowers) and April – October (Nanda Devi National Park).

Spot the Elusive snow leopard
Hemis High Altitude National Park ( Jammu and Kashmir )

The high – altitude park derives its name from the Hemis Gompa, a famous Buddhist monastery situated near Leh ( India ). The confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers cordons the park and is a treat for the eyes. “ While the park is most sought – after for its snow leopard sight – seeing, it’s also home to bharal or the blue sheep, Ladakhi urial, Himalayan Marmots and Tibetan Wild ass,” says seasoned trekker and photographer Neelima Vallangi. The fact that these areas are protected makes them pristine minus any litter. However, there is a high chance of coming down with Acute Mountain Sickness ( AMS ) on this trek, if not acclimatized enough. The only place to stay during these treks is in campsites by pitching your own tents.

Tip: – Light crampons might be useful in crossing snow – ridden sections;

Highlight: – The trek offers some of the most rugged landscapes in the country that keeps changing color and form every few hours;

Best time to visit: – July to September

Waterfall of hope
Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary ( Himachal Pradesh )

Virtually explored, the Kugti wildlife Sanctuary leads you through steep slopes, rough terrain, snow and glaciers. The mountains on this trek are replete with greenery and the slopes are lined with many waterfalls making for beautiful scenery along the way. High – altitude Himalayan fauna species have made this sanctuary their home, including the endangered goat called Himalayan Thar. It also houses the famous Manimahesh Temple that is annually visited by thousands of pilgrims.

Tip:- Ensure all your supplies for the trek are bought at Bharmour since you don’t get much beyond rice and dal at the Kugti village

Highlight :- The trek has medicinal plants along the way with some rare floral species as well.

Best time to visit:- September is a good time as the snow melts and the pass is open for crossing.

A view of Mt. Everest
Singalila National Park ( West Bengal, India )

steal a look at the Everest on this trek located in the higher ridges of Darjeeling Himalayas. One can reach the start of the trel at Moneybhajan by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and further from there in vintage Land Rover jeeps. The trek can be done in three days or more with an option of a side trip of Phalut, through the ridge where one gets unrivalled panoramic views of Mr. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest! As you trek, you will pass through areas full of oaks, ferns, silver firs, bamboo and flowering plants like rhododendrons, wide range of orchids, magnolias and a lot more.

Tip :- there are government – run trekkers’ hut that provide basic accommodation. One can also stay at government – run lodges in Ghoom, Darjeeling or Siliguri

Highlight:- Home to exotic red panda and Himalayan black bear

Best time to visit:- March – April

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Hitting the Right Notes


Home to some of the greatest names in musical history, Leipzig in Germany has something for everyone – from history buffs to car enthusiasts and shopaholics – so much so that it will probably make you want to burst into song yourself.

leipzig.docxI arrived in Leipzig one bright and phosphorescent autumn afternoon. As the car gobbled up the buttery smooth A 14 tarmac, the drive to this central German Metropolitan Region city in Saxony had taken me through salubrious surroundings.

Misty meadows, contiguous hills and well-patterned vineyards leapt at me from a complex landscape that clearly belonged in a Karan Johar potboiler. Occasionally, the scenery was splashed with the azure of water bodies too, as Leipzig is wedged between three rivers — White Elster, Pleisse, and Parthe.

However, the biggest draw for me in Leipzig was not nature’s accoutrements (although that too), but a chance to visit the hometown of the granddaddies of music — Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Richard Wagner. Indeed, what could be greater nirvana for a music lover than to set foot on terra firma that has the world’s highest density of original residential and working places of top-notch musicians?

johann sabastian bachThere is musical history at virtually every corner in Leipzig, I discover while working its sun-splattered streets. Wagner was born in Leipzig, Bartholdy led the Gewandhaus Orchestra to international fame, and Schumann, the composer and influential music critic, studied in Leipzig University. Bach lived and worked in Leipzig for over 27 years and was later buried in the city’s St. Thomas’ Church. The Bach Museum, Schumann’s House and Mendelssohn’s House all pay an ode to the famous sons of this city.

A popular way to view the city’s musical heritage is through the Leipzig Music Trail. The 5.1 -km stroll helps one explore places associated with the city’s famed musicians on a route that winds through the city centre, marked by curved steel inserts in the ground. Leipzig is cosmopolitan and crackles with life in a way I don’t expect. Young people are ubiquitous, streaming out of Leipzig University’s glassy facade, squatting on sidewalks, chin wagging in cafés and putting up electrifying street performances, giving the city a fun and energising vibe.

medler passageThe reason for the city’s predominantly young demographic is that Leipzig has the second oldest University after Heidelberg, where over 50,000 students come every year from across the world to study. Incidentally, it was also within the walls of Leipzig’s St. Nicholas Church that the local youth unleashed a non-violent protest movement that soon engulfed Germany, culminating in the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany in 1989.

Post reunification, the story in the East has largely been one of deprivation — chronic unemployment, economic stagnation and youth fleeing to greener pastures. However, in places like Leipzig, federal funds have continued to pour in. Construction cranes dot the skyline, historic renovation projects are on in full swing, cultural events are aplenty and the dining/ nightlife scene is as pulsating as anywhere else in Europe.

Adding to Leipzig’s prosperity is its thriving arts scene and a rich architectural heritage prompting The New York Times to dub it “one of the top destinations in the world to visit”. In a stroll through the dense city centre, I spot medieval buildings next to stark modernist boxes, and gorgeous Baroque complexes existing cheek-by-jowl with churches dating circa the 1 100’s.

old town in the eveningSteeped in history, Leipzig was also the first town in Germany to win the right from the Emperor to hold a trade fair in 1497. Even today, Leipzig is considered to be Germany’s largest trading town. The Leipzig Fair — or the Leipziger Messe — is, in fact, the world’s oldest trade fair and is referred to as the ‘Mother of all Fairs’.

Due to its economic heft and reputation as a trade fair town, Leipzig also boasts the biggest train station in Germany. It is not only one of the most beautiful, but also the largest terminus in Europe with 26 platforms and 140 shops and restaurants.

The town’s reputation as an automobile, industry and technology hub is also well entrenched. Global players like DHL, Amazon and Siemens have their headquarters in Leipzig.

The Porsche Cayenne is produced here, as is the 3 Series of the BMW and the Volkswagen.

aurbacks kellerA visit to the Volkswagen Transparent factory was one of sheer delight for me. Not just another manufactory, this was a studio format designer facility where custom-made Phaetons are manufactured. The factory produces about 28 cars a day vis-a-vis a traditional set-up that would typically churn out about 4,000 cars daily.

After wrapping up my day’s work, I gravitate towards Grimmaische Street where we’re booked for dinner at a very historical place — the Auerbachs Keller (or Auerbach’s Cellar), a spectacular restaurant in the innards of the most beautiful shopping arcade — the Madler Passage.

trade fainThe Méidler Passage is a dazzling ensemble of spiffy boutiques, fine cafés, art galleries and retail outlets owned by the big daddies of the luxury market. Porsche Design, Mont Blanc, Bassetti, Givenchy, Bulgari, Coco Chanel, Prada, Lancome… all of them mark their presence on this slice of prime real estate.

Resisting the urge to splurge, I quickly make my way past the shops to the Auerbachs Keller that ranks among the world’s best. The ambience inside the eatery is distinctly medieval — chunky tables, old world décor and period bric-a-brac. The 100-seater eatery is bustling with people, waiters are expertly threading their way in between the tables with tray loads of victuals while a steady hum of voices, emanating from the diners’ tables, rises up to the ceiling like a crescendo.

concert hallOur hosts are charming and the evening seems full of promise. I experience fine Saxonian hospitality with 100 years of tradition, not to mention lip-smacking cuisine that left me a hunger to return.

Courtesy by G.N.

10 MUST VISIT PLACES ON A TRIP TO KENYA


Kenya is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world. With its beautiful people from different cultures, animals and breathtaking vegetation, there is no way anyone would not want to visit the country. Tourists come to Kenya for both safaris and business purposes. There are many places which serve as both Kenya luxury safaris rand Kenya normal safaris (cheap). But what are the places that every tourist wants to visit whenever on a visit to Kenya? We have compiled a list of 10 must visit Places while on a Kenyan safari.

1.Nairobi National Park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANairobi National Park is about 7 KM away from Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi which is equivalent to a 10 minute drive. The park’s environment is comprised of open grass plains and scattered Acacia bushes. There are several tree species found here like, Apodytes dimidiataCanthium schimperiana among others. Some of the animals found here are black rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, African Buffalo, Ostrich, Maasai giraffe among others. Nairobi’s towers are visible from the park.

2.Maasai Mara National Park

masai maraThis is the most visited tourist attraction site in Kenya. It’s famous for its remarkable population of wild animals and famous wildebeest migration. The Wildebeest Migration which takes place each year from July to October is one of the ‘Wonders of the World’. There are several hotels, Camps and conservancies that offer accommodation while on a visit to Maasai Mara.

3. Lake Nakuru

lake nakuruLake Nakuru is one of the soda Lakes in Rift Valley Kenya. The Lake is famous for its beautiful flamingos that give a breathtaking view to tourists. It’s often referred to as the greatest bird spectacle on earth. Other animals found here are Baboons, Warthogs and the black & White rhinoceros. Other birds also camp at the lake.

4.Samburu National Reserve

samburu nrThe Samburu National reserve is located in Northern Kenya on the banks of Ewaso Ng’iro River. This is a nice destination to see wild animals like blue-legged ostriches, Elephants, Leopard, Zebra as well as enjoy the culture and traditional practices of the Samburu People. There are daily flights from Nairobi to Samburu.

5.Mount Kenya

mt kenyaThis is the highest mountain in Kenya and the Second highest mountain in the whole of Africa. Its slopes are covered with forests while its highest peaks are covered with snow. The highest peaks are Batian (5200m) and Nelion (5188m which are difficult to climb. However, there is another peak Lenana (4985m) which is easily accessible and tourists have much fun climbing it. Tourists can use huts built on the mountain for accommodation or put up tents.

6.Tsavo National Park

tsavo npTsavo National park is comprised of Tsavo east and Tsavo West National Parks. It’s located in the Kenyan coast. Tsavo East National Park is famous for Bird watching, animals like the Cape buffalo, Caracal, African Wildcat etc., Rock Climbing, Falls and dams and several other attractions. Tsavo West is famous for Rock climbing and wide range of wildlife.

7.Malindi and Watamu

malindi and watamuIf you are looking for a beach safari, Malindi is the place to visit while on a Kenyan Safari. It is an island located in the Kenyan coast surrounded by magnificent beaches. Watamu, also found in the Kenyan coast about 15 KM south of Maslindi is surrounded by beautiful beaches and has a National Park. Fishing is also practiced here. This is also where one of the world’s largest spitting cobra called “Nasha Ajei” was discovered in 2007.

8.Lamu

lamuLamu Island, found in the Kenyan coast is one of the oldest cities in Kenya. It is the place to go to when you want to ‘run away’ from the world. There are no disturbing matatus and buses here. Donkeys are greatly used as a means of transport. One will also find comfort in the beautiful oceanic waves. It is a quiet Kenya Safari destination.

9.Amboseli National Park

amboseli npIt is located on the Kenya-Tanzania border on the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro; the highest mountain in Africa. Amboseli National Park is famous for elephants and a very beautiful view of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

10.Hells Gate

hells gateAs the name suggests, it’s one of the most adventurous Kenya safari destinations. It is the only place where tourists can take unguided walks and cycles. It is famous for its steep cliffs, gorges basalt columns and varied wildlife (few). Hells gate is one of the historical sites in Kenya.

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