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Flying over the majestic Misty Fjords in Alaska

Flying over the majestic Misty Fjords in Alaska

Tucked away in the southern part of Alaska, Ketchikan is a tiny little town. The first Alaskan town to be established during the Gold Rush, it breathes of a lot of history, a fact which is not missed when you walk along the tiny Creek Street. The first Alaskan city, the salmon capital of the world, rainiest city in Alaska – these and other superlatives draw a lot of cruise ships to the town. Not too far away from Ketchikan…

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Day hikes not to miss around Seattle

Day hikes not to miss around Seattle

Pacific NorthWest during the summer time is a treasure trove of alpine lakes, wildflower-filled meadows, gleaming glacial basins, thundering waterfalls and more. Over the past few years of living in the Seattle area, I have been fortunate to go on some amazing hikes. In general, I prefer day hikes and keep photography as my main objective, with swimming being a close second. Here is a list of jaw dropping trails, all accessible within 3 hours drive from Seattle and of…

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On top of Washington – climbing Mt. Rainier

On top of Washington – climbing Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier carries its own personality and is a very unique climb, quips one of our climbing guides. It may not compare against the Himalayan climbs, but there is something special about climbing Mt. Rainier. During my usual evening runs near Kerry park, I would observe the tourists clicking away their picture-perfect selfies against the backdrop of the Seattle skyline and  Mt. Rainier. I knew that I would be climbing this beautiful volcano at some point in time, and that…

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What do you do when you lose your Indian passport abroad

What do you do when you lose your Indian passport abroad

If you are like me and have lost your Indian passport while traveling abroad or have had it stolen,  here is a quick guide for what you need to do: First, file an official report with the local police and get an official document that your passport has been lost or stolen. If you are in a place with established tourism, it’s better to contact the Tourist police instead. This makes it relatively easier to get the document in English…

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Tall jungle-covered cliffs of Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Tall jungle-covered cliffs of Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

    After a few years of putting off going to Thailand owing to its popularity with the western backpackers, I finally took the plunge. When I made the trip with my parents this year, I was pleasantly surprised that it was still possible to find a quiet corner without being too overwhelmed. We landed in Phuket during the very busy last few days of the year. Immigration in Bangkok was a nightmare. Phuket had nice celebrations at the Patong…

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Navigating through Alaska’s glacier filled fjords

Navigating through Alaska’s glacier filled fjords

Calling Seattle home has numerous perks for an adventure enthusiast, one of them being it’s proximity to the final frontier, Alaska. I had visited Alaska a few times during the late spring and summer time, and loved exploring different parts: from the wilderness of North-Western fjord in the Kenai peninsula, camping in the Denali National Park to the amazing Alaskan museum in Anchorage. However, this time around I wanted to visit during the early fall-season. I landed in Juneau on…

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Hatsumōde: an auspicious beginning in Japan

Hatsumōde: an auspicious beginning in Japan

Japan had always held a special allure for me. The sakura and the spring season, the melancholic autumn, the poignant Haikus – these were some of the clichés I had in my mind while imagining my travels in Japan. Having read a lot of Murakami had played it’s own role. However, what I was most intrigued about was how symbolic the start of a new year is for the Japanese people. The desire to purify and embark on a new…

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Háifoss – away from the busy waterfalls of Iceland

Háifoss – away from the busy waterfalls of Iceland

Iceland must be one of the most overrun tourist destinations right now. Multiple intertwined reasons behind it: easy access from North America and Europe (so much that tourists fly-in for just the weekend ), Instagram popularity, and of course – the breathtaking landscape all around. This has also resulted in hordes of people at every easily accessible tourist destination. I have nothing against visiting busy places, but I personally prefer quieter, harder to get to places. When I visited Iceland…

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Photographing a local festival in Svaneti, Georgia

Photographing a local festival in Svaneti, Georgia

The Svaneti area tucked in the northern part of Georgia had always fascinated me- great history, gorgeous Caucasus mountains, and a strong sense of identity. I arrived in Mestia, Svaneti’s capital, with the intention of hiking, horse back riding and getting to know the locals. I got lucky when I heard about a local festival high up in a local church near Latali. The locals from the Latali village climb to the Mkheri mountain every summer to celebrate and feast…

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Getting Open Water Dive certified in Osa peninsula

Getting Open Water Dive certified in Osa peninsula

I arrived at the San Jose airport in Costa Rica with no real plan, something which has become a trend in my travels. Being quite underwhelmed by the scenery on my flight into San Jose, the first thing I did upon my arrival was to look for the domestic terminal –  a short walk from the international terminal. I inquired at the counter if there were any flights heading to the coast. The lady at the counter told me that…

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Hawaii’s wonders: active lava flow into the Pacific

Hawaii’s wonders: active lava flow into the Pacific

Watching an active lava flow, seeing the fire and water come together in the rawest form had always been a travel dream of mine. Naturally, when I read that the  famous episode 61g had started flowing again, and flowing into the Pacific, I had to be there. Fortunately, it had been consistent for a few days in April, 2017.  Hence, I took off to Hawai’i or the Big Island with red hot hopes. The only active ocean flow was happening…

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The lost city experience

The lost city experience

46 Kilometres in 4 days – that seems very doable exclaimed a few hikers in our group as Abraham slowly translated after Melkis had explained the hike briefly. Tall and lanky, Melkis had a very calm demeanor. Abraham, an ex-army man, was our young and suave sous-guide and translator for those without the gift of Spanish jab. We had made a rocky 2 and half hour journey from the city of Santa Marta, located at the north-western tip of Colombia, to the base-village,…

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The colourful lotus lantern festival

The colourful lotus lantern festival

I am always on the lookout for interesting festivals during my travels, and luckily my trip to Seoul coincided with the lotus lantern festival. Commemorating the birth of Buddha, it is one of Seoul’s landmark festivals, and perhaps the most colourful one too. Thousands of people take to the streets to participate in the festival.  The main attraction of the event is a 2 hour parade starting from Dongdemun gate and culminating at Jogyesa temple. A shy young girl posing…

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Traveling to Cuba with an Indian passport

Traveling to Cuba with an Indian passport

Ever since I returned from Cuba in December 2016, quite a few people have messaged me asking for details around how to travel to Cuba with an Indian passport. I hope this post will be helpful if you are planning your travel to Cuba. It’s always advisable to check the latest on visa policies, but at the time of writing this is accurate. Getting a tourist card to Cuba: Essentially, anyone can visit Cuba without having to apply for a…

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Easter Celebrations in Guatemala

Easter Celebrations in Guatemala

World’s largest Easter celebrations in a quaint colonial city – isn’t that hard to resist? The Spanish missionary bought the Easter celebrations to Guatemala in the 16th century, and Antigua continues to carry forward the Andalusian tradition of celebrating the resurrection of Christ in style. Easter in Guatemala attracts a lot of visitors annually to Antigua as well as other parts of this beautiful country. ” The quaint cobbled streets of Antigua, Guatemala” I timed my visit to Guatemala during…

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Gorilla tracking in Uganda

Gorilla tracking in Uganda

                                                        A small nation in the heart of Africa, Uganda is often called the pearl of Africa. Home to the revered Rwenzori mountains and equatorial snow, a plethora of national parks spread across the country, high-altitude volcanic lakes and sub-Alpine forests – this small country has so much to offer. My time in Uganda started around Lake Bunyoni, a beautiful lake in western Uganda, nestled between rolling hills  dotted with picturesque villages. Owing to the close proximity of Bunyoni to Bwindi…

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Autumn magic in Colorado

Autumn magic in Colorado

  Autumn colors have always caught my fancy, be in literature, songs, movies, paintings or other mediums. As a photographer, the idea of capturing the fleeting nature of the autumn colors had always been a romantic one; at the same time a challenging one to time it right. My love of mountains, the Rockies specifically, and the fall foliage took me to Colorado this year. The week long journey, starting in Denver, took me to heart of the Rockies in Rocky Mountain National…

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Sounds from New Orleans

Sounds from New Orleans

The more Jazz grew on me during the last few years, the more I desired to visit New Orleans. Eventually, my love for jazz bought me to New Orleans for a week during Thanksgiving, 2015. Traditional jazz is said to have found its roots in New Orleans. However, today, New Orleans is a haven for various styles of music, ranging from blues to dixieland; from bluegrass to reggae; from funk to soul. My musical encounters took place on the streets of French quarter…

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A pleasant Balinese village of White Herons

A pleasant Balinese village of White Herons

About 20 kms odd from the wellness hub of Ubud in Bali lies the small village of Petulu. Ubud makes a great base for exploring the beautiful countryside set in the central foothills of Bali – the ever smiling people, the relaxed lifestyle, the spirituality which lingers in most parts of Bali. I hired a scooter from Ubud to escape from the scores of people who arrive in Ubud and never seem to leave. That is when I chanced upon…

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Exploring Chiapas: the beautiful highlands in southern Mexico

Exploring Chiapas: the beautiful highlands in southern Mexico

Chiapas in the south-eastern part of Mexico is a beautiful place to be at: great culture, people, weather, nature and history. All of that together makes it a very compelling destination. You can fly to Tuxtla Gutierrez to access most of what Chiapas has to offer, or if you are in the nearby provinces of Oaxaca/Tabasco/Yucatan, you may want just want to travel by road. “Love is ubiquitous in San Cristobal”   “San Cristobal offers great street photography opportunities –…

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