Kek Lok Si ~ “Temple of Supreme Bliss”

Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist Temple of Malaysia situated at a hill top in Air Itam area of George Town Suburbs. Kek Lok Si means “Temple of Supreme Bliss” in Manadarin. When I scaled the temple on a sultry March afternoon, certainly the cool air on the hill top was very blissful. It…

Magical Penang Hill ~ Peak of the Pearl

The scorching Equinox Sun at 5 degrees North turned to be providing a cozy warmth as I stepped out of the funicular. After being baked and fried in George Town since morning, being dehydrated after scaling Kek Lok Si, Bukit Bendera better known as Penang Hill was a delight. Rapid Penang Bus No 204 drops…

Valmiki Tiger Reserve ~ Exploring the Unexplored

Biting chill pushed me inside when I tried to open the door as Saptkranti Express chugged in a little(or never) known station Bagaha in north western tip of Bihar on the wee hours of 28th Jan, 2016.It turned out to be not so desolate as I thought but still i had no clear idea how…

Osian ~ Rustic Gateway to The Thar

Osian, a little known village tucked in rural Rajasthan can bewilder you with its rustic charm. Osian is a gateway to the Thar. It offers unspoilt desert flora and fauna, old temples and an unforgettable experience. 15th Nov, 2014 It was a lazy and warm November afternoon.I reached Osian, 70 Kms away from Jodhpur by…

River Crossing on Bangladesh Railways

September, 2012 I went out for experiencing a rail journey in Bangladesh and to see Jamnuna river over the bridge over it. I reached early to the Dhaka Bimanbandar Station to purchase a ticket for Sadanandapur situated across river Jamuna in Sirajganj district. Bangladesh railways run on dual gauge system and slow moving trains meanders…

Netarhat ~ Into the Red Corridor

  Guns!!! Bombs!!! Land mines!!! Bloodshed!!! Welcome to the Red Corridor. Indians killing Indians. Police Killing civilians. Civilians becoming Maoists. Maoist killing police. Enough of disturbing pictures. In midst of such situation we dared to explore the nature in the hinterland of the insurgents. Netarhat — Jharkhand’s little sleepy hamlet nestled among Chhotanagpur plateau. There…

Kurukshetra ~ The Legendary Warzone

It was a gloomy, humid afternoon in Delhi. It has been a inactive quarter for me waiting for a business trip in queue which tied me behind in the scorching summer. One fine morning, I could not resist anymore, and vowed to get loose in the coming weekend. It had to be a solo. It…

Everest Flight ~ Into the 3rd Pole

March 10, 2009, Kathmandu, Nepal Woke up in wee hours when all the Thamel folks are deep asleep after boozing/partying nightlong. Anyways, we have also not slept very well in excitement as we were nearing a long cherished dream come true.As came outside, cool climes, soothing chimes of temples got us to a more familiar…

Around Konark ~ Off the Beaten Path

Konark – the famed black pagoda frequented by thousands everyday. A Bong learns to travel, starts his/her outings with quintessential DiPuDa( a popular pun of Bengal generated from abbreviation of  Digha-Puri-Darjeeling). A naive traveler who had just landed on Puri would certainly wonder by finding the language spoken mostly in the town is Bengali instead…