northern lights
Wildlife & Nature

Understanding Northern Lights

What are Northern Lights Northern Lights are natural phenomenon that can paint the sky in unearthly, surreal color. They look somewhat similar to sunset at night but appear occasionally as arcs or spirals following the earth’s magnetic field. They are often light green in color with the tinge of pink. Strong eruptions also have violet …

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desert national park
Wildlife & Nature

Desert National Park – Wildlife fest in desert

Desert wildlife is an interesting study of how species wonderfully survive in harsh climatic conditions. The Desert National Park in Rajasthan which is a part of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert, is a distinct example of a wildlife fest in the desert. Quite contrary to the general notion that the camel is about the …

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birding in chopta
Wildlife & Nature

Himalayan Birding – Chopta

The Himalayas are one of the best places for bird watchers, because of the rarity and variety of birds that are spotted amongst the highest peaks and valleys of the world. Chopta is probably the brightest example of Himalayan birding, acting as a wonderful base for bird watchers who feel a peck of delight at …

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alankar photography
Photography Tips

Why I use the gear I use

One of the most common questions people ask me about photography is about my gear. I started with a modest point and shoot digital camera back in 2006, when I used to shoot almost anything under the Sun. Then I slowly took interest towards nature and wildlife and got my first DSLR, a Nikon D5000 …

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stok kangri
Guest Trip Reports

Stok Kangri – a trek through Himalayas

I can pretty much say, for sure, that Stok Kangri was never on my agenda. Definitely not as the next trek. Attempting to summit a 6153m mountain isn’t on the mind-space for most! But since July 2016, Stok Kangri became more familiar. Information was shared through web links, blog posts and every other mode possible. …

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tal chappar
Trip Reports

Tal Chhapar Savannah Paradise

If you ever want to see what the African Savannah looks like without being to Africa, then Tal Chhapar is the place. Though small in area at about 16sq km, it resembles an African Savannah in all its glory. The golden grasses host over 10,000 Blackbucks and it is the prime example of successful Blackbuck …

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hollock gibbon national park
Trip Reports

Hoolock Gibbon– On a Monkey hunt

The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary is special in many ways. For one, it hosts India’s only ape species – the hoolock gibbons, and Northeastern India’s only nocturnal primate – the Bengal slow loris. Then, very unusually, it is an isolated forest tract set amidst tea gardens and small villages, unlike most of the Indian forests which are often connected …

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ranthambhore tiger kill
Trip Reports

Ranthambhore Tiger Kill – A story in pictures

It was going to be my final safari of this short trip to Ranthambhore, a national park famous for its Tigers, located in the western state of Rajasthan in India. Ranthambhore is the first national park I ever visited back in 2008, and also my first wild Tiger sighting happened in Ranthambhore, so it is …

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Bera leopard hills
Trip Reports

Leopard hills of Bera

There are only a handful of places in the whole world where sighting of a Cat as elusive as a Leopard is a near certainty. At the first glance, the unassuming rocky hillocks in southern fringes of Rajasthan look the least like a wildlife sanctuary, leave alone giving a promise of Leopard sightings. As I …

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desert national park
Wildlife & Nature

Date with Desert Cat

Nov 2016. It was my 4th trip to Desert National Park (DNP)in Jaisalmer and my friend’s first. I had already seen the likes of Great Indian Bustard, King Vulture, Cream Courser and desert fox etc in my previous trips. Out of my newly acquired fascination of small cats, I was very keen to see a …

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