Ranthambore Travelog 5: A Tiger’s Tale

It’s 6:30am and we are ready and waiting for our second safari, this time in Zone 2. As we get into the Cantor, Madhu Bhabhiji says emphatically, “We will see a tiger today!”  Just a few minutes into the safari, after we enter the park through the Jogi Mahal Gate, the guide announces that he…

Ranthambore Travelog 4: The First Safari

Every year nearly 80,000 people from all over the world visit the Ranthambore National Park to try and sight the Panthera tigris tigris — the Indian or the Bengal Tiger — in its natural habitat. There are 61 tigers (2014 census) in the park, in 10 designated zones. The chances of seeing a tiger: one…

Ranthambore Travelog 3: The Fort

Situated within the Ranthambore National Park, the Ranthambore Fort is one of the six forts in Rajasthan designated as a World Heritage Site. It was built by Maharaja Jayanta in 5th C AD and said to have been named after the two adjoining hills — Rann and Thambhore. The fort is surrounded by massive stone…

Ranthambore Travelog 2: An Oasis of Serenity

The Jungle View Resort is the perfect place to stay in Ranthambore. Just 10 minutes from the main gate of the Ranthambore National Park, off the main road, reached by a rough track, the property is surrounded by tall trees – we really feel we are in the middle of the jungle! The tents, built…

Ranthambore Travelog 1: On The Jaipur Superfast Express

Our journey to Ranthambore begins at the Jaipur Railway Station, the largest of the city’s seven stations. 88 broad gauge and 22 meter gauge trains with 35,000 passengers travel through its portals every day! We board the 12955/56 Jaipur Superfast Express and settle in our four-berth 2nd class AC coach for the 2-hour trip. Eating the sandwiches…

A Visit to Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County in New York State is filled with flavors and colors — five lakes, cornfields, a wine trail, picturesque villages and of course the Amish country! Sujata, my sister-in-law, and I took a 2-day trip through Chautauqua. Fields of Corn Driving through Chautauqua we saw an endless expanse of cornfields on either side of…

An Unexpected Encounter in Auressio

What makes traveling interesting? It is the unexpected! I’m in Locarno and decide to take a bus to Loco, just because I like the name!  The Line 324 bus climbs up steadily, taking the steep curves with ease and reaches Loco in 32 minutes. I spend a pleasant hour walking around admiring the interesting stone…

Isole di Brissago

The waters of Lake Maggiore move gently in a rhythm of their own; shimmering and sparkling as they catch the sun’s rays, as if someone had emptied a crate of tiny diamond on the surface. The stone steps are warm from the summer sun. I lean back and contemplate the horizon – painted in shades…

Train to Appenzell

I have a train to catch at 9:22 a.m. Am a minute away and can see the station up ahead.  I reach the platform just as the train pulls in. Perfect timing! Just one of the thousand and one things I love about Switzerland! Settling in my seat, I’m ready to be enthralled by the…

Lunch at La Musa

Walking around Madrid at random, turning corners, exploring streets… I find this peaceful place, a restaurant with outdoor seating. A good place to take a break, rest my aching feet and people watch. Sitting at the table next to me are four women. Are they a friends, perhaps from school? Colleagues? It’s hard to tell. […]

Winter Wonderland

It’s a white world outside! Travelling from Salzburg to Zurich, the widescreen window of the train offers picture-postcard views of the winter scenery. So beautiful! Small snowflakes falling, wrapping around the bare branches of the trees, painting a white canvas with thicker white strokes. We pass a village; a cluster of houses – their roofs…

C’est possible!!!

It’s possible… to go for two weeks without a laptop – checking emails; without word docs, excel spreadsheets, and ppts! These thoughts flow through my mind as I sit in the first class compartment, watching a businessman sitting two rows ahead busy tapping away on his laptop. It’s a cold misty morning and I lean…