Satpura‘s wonderful wilderness
Sep14

Satpura‘s wonderful wilderness

India’s Satpura National Park – the most stunningly natural tiger wilderness in India. Watch Mugger crocodiles slip noiselessly into the reservoir as you approach by boat, the exhilarating flash of a tiger’s markings amidst the foliage as you amble on elephant back, a Barrasingha deer wading at the water’s edge, huge Gaur blocking your way or vultures and eagles soaring overhead as you ride the dusty tracks amidst dense forest...

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Picture pitching-up in Pachmarhi
Aug24

Picture pitching-up in Pachmarhi

On a road to nowhere, there’s nowhere more pleasant in India than this Queen of the Central Highlands. Set atop a 12sq mile plateau in the heart of India on a road to nowhere, Pachmarhi, in the central state of Madhya Pradesh has to be one of the most beautifully preserved examples of Indian rural life and colonial heritage. First ‘discovered’ in 1857 by Captain James Forsyth of the British Army, Pachmarhi, although historically...

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Taken to the cleaners in Mumbai
Jul13

Taken to the cleaners in Mumbai

It’s not often that you’d regard a washing line full of drying sheets as a tourist attraction but in Mumbai it offers a fascinating and illuminating insight into the infrastructure that makes India tick. Notwithstanding the fact that many of the crisp white sheets you’ll curl into within your plush hotel accommodation whilst in Mumbai (or any other Indian city for that matter) are pristine, the chances are they’ve come from the...

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Seeking Sikhism’s loaves and fishes
Jun08

Seeking Sikhism’s loaves and fishes

Sikhism’s remarkable feeding of the five thousand – every day! Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is Delhi’s most significant Sikh gurudwara (Sikh religious house) and at first glance yet another of India’s temples bursting at the seams with devout worshippers. True, it does appear to be swamped with devotees all clamouring to enter the inner temple or dip their feet in the huge ‘tank’ or sacred pond that lies adjacent to it – but –...

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Taking the waters – in Kerala
May04

Taking the waters – in Kerala

Our short photographic exploration of Kerala’s backwaters.   For most people with any knowledge of India, the ‘communist’ state of Kerala, more than any other, is synonymous with high literacy, good education, above average standard of living and moreover, for its extensive brackish backwaters ecosystem that extends for over half the length of the state. Barriers formed by low islands created by the action of the sea...

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Fateh Garh – when a lake doesn’t float your boat
Apr27

Fateh Garh – when a lake doesn’t float your boat

An alternative luxury hideaway in Udaipur, city of lakes, that won’t sink your budget. Udaipur, sometimes optimistically called the ‘Venice of the East’ is one of the principal attractions in Rajasthan, famous for its Lake Palace that ‘floats’ ship-like in the middle of Lake Pichola, We were initially pleasantly surprised by the rich and fertile lands surrounding the approaches to Udaipur, where it lies on the southern slopes of...

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