Beyond Morni

Binsar- The Himalayan Bioscope

August 23, 20158 Comments

We hit the road at six and were already an hour behind schedule! The 400 km drive to Binsar through Moradabad, Rampur, Rudrapur, Kathgodam, Bhimtal, Bhowali and Almora was going to be one long haul. Musafir had insisted on driving the ‘Jazz’ as the winding hill roads make him sick unless he is at the […]

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A paradise called – The Baspa Valley

June 30, 20140 Comments

It was yet a couple of hours to dawn when I waved goodbye to Sindbad and his family as they started on their long journey back home at that unearthly hour. I watched them go for sometime until the headlights disappeared into the darkness. It was going to be a long and gloomy drive. The towering Raldang peak seemed […]

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Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

February 27, 201414 Comments

Asola-Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary was created in 1986 with the notification of 4707 acres of community lands of the villages of Asola, Shapur and Maidangiri as the Asola Wildlife Sanctuary. To this were added the 2167 acres of Bhatti that were notified in 1991. The sanctuary comprises the semi-arid forest area of the northern-most extension of […]

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Corbett Tiger Reserve

February 10, 20140 Comments

It’s a 400 km drive to Ramnagar from Chandigarh. One drives through Panchkula to take NH-73. The highway crosses the 17th century fortress at Ramgarh with its white-washed ramparts and its majestic wooden gate. One then drives along the picturesque 5000 acre walled-campus of TBRL to turn for the Toka-Khangesra link road at Mattewali, a […]

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Taroba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR)

January 20, 20144 Comments

It was a chilly cloud-covered morning of early January and dawn was yet to break as the Gypsys queued up for entry at the Moharli gate of the Taroba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. The open-top Gypsys used for the jeep-safaris are modified to allow three rows of front-facing seats. One has to grab the side rails and […]

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Tramping in Tiger Country

November 26, 201310 Comments

It was past two in the afternoon when our car rolled into the driveway of Kingfisher, Haryana Tourism Department’s motel on the tri-junction on NH-1 at Ambala where it meets NH-22 that traverses 460 KM to the north-west to reach Khab on the Tibet border. Kingfisher started its journey as a tastefully styled motel and […]

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