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  • Day10

    Bandipur Tiger Reserve

    December 14, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We left the tea highlands and the state of Tamil Nadu and headed north to the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnatika state. As we drove into the reserve I caught the photo of the young mahoot talking on his cell phone while driving.

    We stayed at a very nice lodge with amazing food. Lunch was a collection of indigenous items including three dishes made with millet. Anthony Bourdain said of Indian food that it is the only menu in the world that could make him not miss eating meat. This was certainly the case. I counted 22 different dishes.

    We boarded a safari vehicle and took a bumpy three hour ride into the reserve. We didn't see any big cats, but did see two types of deer and a few mongoose. As we drove back to lodge we saw a wild baby tusker in the brush. See photos.

    The next morning Augie and I woke early and went birdwatching with a local naturalist. I caught a few nice photos from distance. The photo below is of a Bramany Starling. The Bramany comes into play in the name when the rust chest appears.

    Nancy is still up coughing at night and generally feeling low.
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  • Day123

    Chamundi Hill Temple

    November 19, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Ein typischer Sonntagsausflug mit der Familie könnte in Deutschland so aussehen:

    Man schnappt sich Kind und Kegel und macht sich auf den Weg zum Freizeitpark. Dort kauft man sich die Eintrittskarten und nimmt für eine 2 minütige Achterbahnfahrt auch gerne eine halbe Stunde Wartezeit in Kauf. Wenn man Glück hat, kann man noch ein Foto mit einem Comichelden ergattern. Dann gibt es für die ganze Bande Pommes und alle gehen glücklich und K.O. nach Hause.

    In Indien gibt es hierzu nur kleine Unterschiede:

    Die ganze Familie schmeißt sich in die feinsten Sonntagskleider und macht sich mit dem Bus auf zum Tempel. Hier werden zunächst die Schuhe abgegeben und dann werden die Eintrittskarten gekauft. Dann heißt es auch hier warten. 30 Minuten sind da ein Klacks. Wird der Einlass in den Tempel dann endlich gewährt, wird gequetscht, geschoben und gedrückt, um 1 Minute lang einen Blick auf die Göttinenstatue werfen zu können. Dann trifft sich die Famile wieder im inneren des Tempels und ißt gemeinsam eine Cocosnuß. Wenn man Glück hat, ergattert man ein Selfie, mit der einzigen Weißen in der Gegend (mit mir 😊). Mit einem Becher frischer Früchte lässt man den Tag dann ausklingen.

    Das letzte Bild zeigt übrigens mein Frühstück heute 😅 ne Mischung aus süß, scharf und herzhaft. Westliche Restaurants hab ich hier noch keine gesehen.
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  • Day31


    February 14, 2016 in India ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    על אחת הגבעות המקודשות ביותר בדרום הודו, העלייה הייתה קלה עם אוטובוס , הירידה הייתה למעלה מאלף מדרגות ועוד קינוח של חצי שעה הליכה אבל היה שווה

  • Day34


    February 17, 2016 in India ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    בגן החיות, בין כל האריות נמרים לאפורדים טיגריסים והשאר יש קרנף לבן, שנראה מאוד דומה לקרנף הלבן הצפוני שפחות מעשרה יש בעולם והם צפויים להכחד בתוך כמה עשורים. וגם הורנביל יפהפה

  • Day8

    Mysore's Finest, Part 1

    November 25, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    Today we explored Mysore with Ani. We started the day with some serious stair climbing, 1000 steps up Chamundi Hill. You can see all of Mysore from near the top, visit the Temple of Chamund, and see the statue of the demon, Mahishasura. Myth says that Chamund killed the demon to save the city. Oddly enough, the city is named after the demon - not its killer? We drank fresh coconut juice and ate some tender coconut flesh as a reward. It was a good way to wake us up and start the morning!

    After a well deserved breakfast, we drove out 30km to the Kesava Temple. The temple dates back to the 13th century and is in the Hoysala style of architecture. It looks like a scene from Legends of the Hidden Temple! The colonnade consisted of 64 small shrines to various gods. The temple was covered in carvings of the gods, numerous animals, and celebratory scenes. Inside the temple were 3 shrines honoring Kesava, Vishnu, and Mahishasura. Surprisingly, the style used lots of sharp corners and pointy shapes. Unfortunately there were several massive groups visiting at the same time, which made it hard to walk around and take pictures.

    The next stop was the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. It's along the Kauvery River and home to numerous species of migratory birds, as well as marsh crocodiles. We took a short boat ride and saw storks, comorants, bats, a darter, ibises, lots of pelicans, and many sunbathing crocs. On the nature walk, we saw a hornbill and a few species of finches that we didn't know the names of. It was a peaceful and beautiful to see, a bird watchers paradise
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  • Day9

    The Golden Temple

    November 26, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    After all our fun with elephants, we drove over to a nearby park to wander around. We had to walk across a suspension bridge (over the same Kauvery River) to get there, which naturally attracted the bridge engineers. The park was basically a large bamboo forest with statues depicting the lifestyle of Coorg natives. It also had a large enclosed area that functioned as a deer sanctuary - we saw several more spotted deer there, but this time much closer. We also took the opportunity to wade into the river, which felt very good on such a hot day.

    We then drove to a Buddhist temple, the Namdroling Temple, also known as the Golden Temple. It featured a 60ft gold plated statue of the Buddha and two 58ft gold plated statues of two of his disciples. The main temple had dozens of paintings of buddhas on the walls - with some drawn as demons in a style more familiar in China. There were many monks there performing rites, which including banging drums and gongs and sounding horns. It was at times rhythmic, at times cacophonous. Maybe they were just learning the ropes? We also couldn't help but notice that the rainbow on the main spire was inverted, with red being the innermost part of the rainbow...

    Following our Coorg adventures, we returned to Mysore to do some shopping. Ani and his parents showed us around and helped us pick out a wide variety of souvenirs and gifts. We ended the night at Ani's favorite hangout: the Pelican, where, once again, we ate an unreasonably large amount of food. That family can sure eat!
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  • Day10

    Goodbye, Mysore

    November 27, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    Today, we say goodbye to Mysore and Ani and his family. To say they were extremely generous hosts doesn't do them justice. It's been a great couple days. Now we just need them all to visit us in Chicago!

    Next, we head back to North India.

  • Day87

    Ashtamir Dhaak

    October 21, 2015 in India ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    A hundred miles away from home. A thousand leagues away from the hustle bustle of my city. I cannot describe the immense pleasure and gratitude I felt at being able to sway to the beats of the dhaak once again.
    Undoubtedly, I was morose at being away from one of the biggest celebrations in the world. Durga Puja at Kolkata. So imagine my joy at finding a committee which organises this in Mysore.
    In true traveller fashion, we had scoped out the place a day before for timings. :P
    Wednesday morning dawned bright n clear. The ice bucket challenge of bathing literally made my knees weak. When we reached Gokulam (in 5 mins, courtesy of UBER :D ) we wasted no time in queuing up for morning anjali, an offering to the Goddess. With flowers and the beat of the dhaak and the Sanskrit chanting of the purohit, made for a welcome change from local language that I was getting used to.
    We spent time sniggering at holy Sanskrit words and then feeling mortified. Anjali was followed by a series of selfies with fellows Bengalis. Before the hour was up, it was time to rush back to our workplace.
    One hour, one million memories, touched one lonely homesick heart! :)
    Looking forward to Dusshera! ;)
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  • Day8

    First Outing

    August 3, 2015 in India ⋅ ☀️ 40 °C

    First weekend, and man were we excited about it!!
    What was the craze about Mysore, the cleanest city, all about? We were about to find out. So, we managed to pinpoint on three locations to start our footprints : Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and Karanji Lake!
    Stop One was the busiest attraction.
    The rich cultural heritage of Mysore unfolded before us via a tour of the palace. The place was teeming with tourists. We learnt more about the King Wadeyar and his family.
    The people of Mysore are one of the friendliest I have ever seen.
    We boarded a bus from the city bus stand and took the winded road up to Chamundi Hills and had one of the best views of the entire city sprawled out beneath us. Verily, the journey is worth more than the destination.
    Chamundi Hills houses the temple of Goddesses Chamundeshwari, the patron deity of Karnataka. The temple, a shining example of South Indian architecture is a full house of tourists, worshippers, devotees and hawkers alike. It was an infantry of people.
    Crossing Chamundi off our lists, we made our way to Karanji Lake. Karanji boasts of a hundred acre garden, an impressive aviary and the namesake, a lake. That really caught my attention was the display of birds at the huge aviary. It was a perfect blend of a million hues of the birds and the wild greenery. Peacocks, cuckoos, Macaus and innumerable others I have no idea of the names of.
    The perfect ending to this day came when we made the climb up a 100 foot watchtower and watched the serene sunset over the sprawling sparkling lake. A thousand words cannot describe that single picture.
    Mere words are all I had.
    This wasn't just worth a week's wait, it was a precursor for the weeks to come.
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