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Day Trip to Bheemeshwari & Mekedatu Sangam - A short video.

Bheemeshwari, about 100 km away from Bangalore, is an ideal day trip for the weekend. Add Makedettu Sangam to your itinerary to enjoy a splendid drive and some boating! This is a perfect place for a nature lover. Rest along the river and enjoy the flow.


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We relaxed for a while at the banks of the river. Hiking along the bank to rest our bums away from all the chaos of the locals, who had gathered to enjoy their Sunday afternoon. We sat down for a while discussing the road till here, and we were left spellbound after entering the Cauvery National Park. Listening to Jagjit Singh in the background, we were lost in the tranquility of the river. Sangam, this place was full of people and their various activities. many people were taking bath, women washing and drying their clothes. kids splashing and swimming. Others were enjoying the coracle ride. Various groups settled down under the shade of trees, mats spread, making fire, preparing food, booming laughter, echoing voices, the mirth, the jest filled the air with soothing warmth, and the ripples of Cauvery nestled close to the boulders to whisper the sweet cooing symphony of everlasting togetherness.

 After spending a few hours at Sangam, we decided to return from our day out alongside the banks of Cauvery. It was a day full of myriad shades, moods, and emotions. The quiet moments on the secluded bank, in the company of silently flowing Cauvery, tall trees, the distant jungle, and the azure sky filled my heart with peace and serenity. It appeared to give a message of living every season, taking the time as it comes, tasting all the flavors with a resigned equanimity to all outside influences yet moving on. And then there were people engaged in various kinds of activities– cooking, eating, playing, resting, gossiping, and performing rituals. Irrespective of the nature of one’s engagement, alone or in groups, the continuous murmuring of water, the placid rhythmical flow of the river provides assurance to everyone.

A great day trip to Gudibande Fort | Karnataka Diaries | Wandering Bong

A new off-beat attraction, another Saturday morning drive on the Bangalore – Hyderabad highway. This is the 17th century Gudibande Fort, which at 100 kms from Bangalore not only offers a relaxing rural getaway, but it also provides you with a short trek to the top of the fort where you can soak in the panoramic views of this rocky landscape.

First Vlog - Wandering Bong in Meghalaya - Cherrapunjee | Dawki |? Shnongpdeng | Mawlyngong

I always wanted to travel to the Northeastern part of India. Having travelled almost across the whole country, the Northeast remained a corner which I could not get the opportunity to touch till date. But this year, coincidentally I was jobless and a couple of friends were headed to one of the seven sisters – the abode of clouds, Meghalaya. 

Day 1: Land in Guwahati at around noon. The vehicle was waiting at the airport. Cab to Cherrapunjee (172km?—?5/6 hrs). Stay night here.

Day 2: Cherranpunjee sightseeing and then off to Dawki?—? Bangladesh border. Umngot River and then off to Shnongpdeng for night stay.

Day 3: off to Mawlyngong and the living root bridge. Stay the night here.

Day 4: off to Guwahati, via Shillong. Back home. 

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Alleppey Backwaters - God's own country

The most common way to see Alleppey’s backwaters and enjoy the natural beauty is to hire a boat, of course! The cruise in these backwaters is indeed a dream come true! It is a refuge from hectic life for the romantics, poets, authors, artists , in fact for anyone who holds an aesthetic view of life.

Hampta Pass - Aug 2019 | Part 1 - Wandering in beautiful meadows, boulder sections | Wandering Bong

Hampta pass was my first ever high altitude trek. The Hampta Pass trek takes you from the green Kullu Valley to the dry desert landscapes of the Lahaul and Spiti valleys, with the trail crossing over the Hampta Pass in the Himalayas at 4270m. 

In this part 1 of the hampta series, travel with me through the gorgeous meadows from Jobra to Jwara. Climb some boulder sections along the waterfalls. And cross the icy cold Rani river to reach the Jobra Campsite at 11,194 ft 

Camera: GoPro Hero 7 black 

Thanks to Indiahikes https://indiahikes.com

Hiking along a river, leaving the tree line behind, walking on snow | Part 2 Hampta Pass - Aug 2019

Hampta pass was my first ever high altitude trek. Walk along the Rani river. The trees are now left behind. You won’t find them anymore for quite some time. In front are snow-clad mountains beyond which lies the Hampta Pass.

Chandratal - Road to Spiti

Chandratal (14k+ feet), a lake on top of the world. The journey to Chandratal gives a glimpse of what all Spiti has to offer. The trailer was so intense that I now need to come back to Spiti soon for the whole picture. Snow clad mountains towered the roads running through the valley. The Chandra river flowing wildly along most of the route. The roads are close to non-existent, it's off-road through the entire route of 3 hrs from Chatru. The road is also marred by various water crossings known as Nalas. Though they bring on the adventure, they can sometimes be very treacherous to cross. 

Memoirs from Hampta pass trek.

Camera: GoPro Hero 7 black 

Thanks to Indiahikes https://indiahikes.com

Amer fort - Explore the majesty of Jaipur

A magnificent yellow and pink sandstone fort, it sat atop a rocky hillock in Amer (a small town located 11 kilometers from Jaipur), and a green water-filled Maota Lake mirrored its beautiful facade. Rajasthan is a true state of contrasts, and Rajasthan travel reflects that! From desert scrub to holy lakes, one thing that is hard to grasp for the first-time (or even repeat) visitor is the sheer size of the place. 


Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan | Oct 2019

Built over a period of 15 years under the expert supervision of the famed architect of Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan named Mandan, it is perfectly perched between eleven peaks of the Aravalli ranges. Its strategic position atop a high ridge camouflaged by the surrounding peaks has made it one of the most important and probably the only impregnable fort of the state. Though never conquered in battle, it was captured only once by the Mughal army by deceit when they poisoned the water supply of the fort. Being the birthplace of the legendary Maharana Pratap, Kumbhalgarh Palace also holds a very special place in history and in the hearts of the Rajputs.

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