Yearly ritual

It has became a ritual for us (brother Balkrishan, Dr. Sharad and me) to travel together once every year, this trip happens in month of December or January from last 5-6 years.

I had planned it during new year earlier, but that could not happen as everyone was occupied during that time. Planning this trip every year is really challenging, I have to take family and drop them Allahabad first which depends on the fact that every one well and there is no school tests of kids, convincing Dr. Sharad to shut his clinic for a week is another challenge. Sometimes I think not to plan this at all, just pack the bag and go and leave rest to destiny.

MP especially Orchha has became our favorite destination, it has complete package in it, slow paced and very less crowded township, has great history of Bundela kings, ruins, rocky Betwa river, great food at Hotel Sheesh Mahal and cheap lodging at hotel (which I love when travelling without family).

Sharad was little agitated with Orchha and MP but somehow we dragged him in.

After spending a day at Allahabad, we started to Bhedaghat, spent a night there and then started to Pachmarhi, stayed at Orchha for one night.

I am sure MP will be out of option from next year onward and I will miss major part of these trip which is driving.

Oh yes! forgot to mention that my car has completed 100000 KM since I bought it. Its a kind of achievement that I drove so much in last 4 years.

Posting few moments which I collected during this our yearly ritual 🙂

Kids of Dad adopted family with their pets at village, Allahabad

Kids of Dad adopted family with their pets at village, Allahabad

A sadhu at Sangam, Allahabad

A sadhu at Sangam, Allahabad

Evening at Dhoopgarh, Pachmarhi

Evening at Dhoopgarh, Pachmarhi

A priest heading towards Raja Ram Temple, Orchha

A priest heading towards Raja Ram Temple, Orchha

A family in discussion, Orchha

A family in discussion, Orchha

Dr Sharad, getting water spray after shave

Dr Sharad, getting water spray after shave

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Another trip to nearby city Jaipur (Rajasthan), can’t wait for winters to arrive :)… planning again for Puskar Camel Fair, not sure will be able to make it or not…

Was about to waste 3 days long weekend, all of sudden decided to visit Jaipur, Ajmer and Pushkar. Started Saturday night and returned back Monday evening. Was shooting mainly people 🙂

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Rishikesh

I have been to Haridwar and Rishikesh in 2004, got an opportunity to visit Rishikesh again this year. There are plenty of weekend destinations nearby Delhi. In summer we have hill stations and in winter we have Rajasthan.

This time its just right weather for a place not so cool not so hot. So we have decided to go to Rishikesh, lush green surroundings a shallow hill river and little rain sometimes. This is one of the offbeat destinations from the list I have. The resort name is Elephant Brooks Resort 🙂

The Destination

The Destination

While crossing the river to resort, one of us slips, it was a fun 😀

Crossing River to resort

Crossing River to resort

Tracking

Tracking

Farhan old mate

Farhan old mate

Scenic Landscape

Scenic Landscape

Fun in river

Fun in river

Renuka Ji and Amritsar

It was 4 days continues off, I was planning for it since long, Renuka Ji, Himachal Pradesh which is approximately 280 KM from Delhi was the destination, we have started on 15 Aug and reached there same day, scenic beauty was all around and it was raining all the time. Rain has spoiled our plan for camping so spending a day there we have decided to move to another destination, Kasauli (another hill station of Himachal Pradesh) was my suggestion which was later changed to Amritsar, Punjab. The round trip was approximately 1300 KM and we have spend around 2.5 days in driving and 1.5 days in touring around places. Driving in rain was fun 🙂

Scenic Landscape of Renuka Ji

Scenic Landscape of Renuka Ji

Mahindra XUV 500, the car

Mahindra XUV 500, the car

A fall on the way to Renuka Ji

A fall on the way to Renuka Ji

Golden Temple, Amritsar

Golden Temple, Amritsar

A follower inside Golden Temple

A follower inside Golden Temple

Alwar – My first trip to Rajasthan

At last some randomness, some unpredictability from monotones life 🙂

It was my first visit to Rajasthan and we were in Alwar this weekend. Its closest city of Rajasthan from Delhi (Approx. 180 KM). Sariska tiger reserve is just 40KM from Alwar, it was closed though due to off season (Tourists can get passes between Oct-Mar). Some part of it was still open due to a Hanuman Temple. Rates of RTDC hotel near Sariska tiger reserve was unreasonably high.

We spent second day in Alway, went to Bala fort and Siliserh lake. It was lush green all around due to rainy season. Other place which we could not make was Bhangarh Haunted Fort.

Water

Water

Alwar City from Bala fort

Alwar City from Bala fort

Aravali range, Alwar, Rajasthan

Aravali range, Alwar, Rajasthan

Palace in Bala fort

Palace in Bala fort

On the way

On the way

Peacock dance

Peacock dance

Some wildlife

Some wildlife