Tag Archives: prayagraj

Freedom Trip

Apologies… my last post was on more than 6 months back.

Just an excuse that I am running an IT company since April 2018 and as happens with any business, there are ups and downs. We don’t get time when its up but get plenty when its down :D.  Being busy I missed posting a few important events and trips. But don’t want to miss this one as this is very special :).

I was fortunate to get a chance to work overseas and spend 7 years in a very beautiful country like Singapore, got many opportunities to travel to various countries of southeast Asia like Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and others.

On the other side, when people fascinate about traveling these countries I have developed a fascination to travel and explore India. Since I came back in 2013, I keep on traveling wherever I could on holidays, though my limits are only 500KM around Delhi.

Once a year I keep everything aside and go on a road trip with friends, I call it freedom trip when everyone in the group is free to live (eat, drink or sleep) as they want to. My group is very limited to the old and close friends only in which one is Dr. Sharad and other my brother Bal Krishna. This freedom trips are happening every year since 2008, but 2018 was an exception when it did not happen. This year again, February had the perfect weather to hit the road with friends, leave the concrete jungle, noise, pollution, and the crowd behind and go to some remote area of the country.

Staying in the wilderness gives me a feeling of immense peace and happiness. MP is always our most favorite state, it has the lowest population density and has large (very large) nature reserves, where else you want to go when you wish absolute peace!

I went to Lucknow for a business trip, decided to stretch this into a vacation, called Sharad and BK and we were good. We have started from Allahabad (Now Prayag). The travel itinerary was as below –

Prayagraj -> Sagar ->  Sanchi -> Bhopal -> Panna Tiger Reserve -> Khajuraho -> Prayagraj

There was a night halt on each destination. Posting a few pics of the trip.

Scarecrow sighted on the way to Sagar
Scarecrow sighted on the way to Sagar
A ruin in Sanchi
A ruin in Sanchi
Rain water harvesting of 300 BC
Rainwater harvesting of 300 BC
We 3 at Sanchi
We 3 at Sanchi
BK enjoying nature in Panna Tiger Reserve
BK enjoying nature in Panna Tiger Reserve
Ken river in Panna Tiger Reserve
Dawn at Ken river in Panna Tiger Reserve
Dew on a flower
Dew on a flower
A bird (possible Bulbul) at Panna Tiger Reserve
A bird (possible Bulbul) at Panna Tiger Reserve
A flower and a bee at Khajuraho
A flower and a bee at Khajuraho
BK at Ghat of Vindyachal, plains of Himalaya on backdrop
BK at Ghat of Vindyachal, plains of Himalaya on the backdrop
A migratory bird at Sangam, Prayag
A migratory bird at Sangam, Prayag
Sharad feeding bird from hand
Sharad feeding bird from the hand
A Sadhu drawing something on sands at beach of Ganga, Prayag
A Sadhu drawing something on sands at the beach of Ganga, Prayag
Golden hour at Sangam
Golden hour at Sangam

Prayag

I am in my hometown Prayag (earlier Allahabad) for 3 days visit. Went on a short drive with Dr. Sharad. Tried to capture few unique things about this city, posting here –

First 2 photos are of a snake charmer and after that, there is a series of photo of a very popular still side food (snack) of this city which is healthy and always prepared fresh known as Chabaina.

A snake charmer with a Cobra
A snake charmer with a Cobra
A snake charmer with Cobra
A snake charmer with Cobra

Recipe of this snack is very simple, brown rice, dried grams, dried peas, and dried peanuts are showered with little water in advance and then roasted in raw salt. Then mixed with mustard oil, onion, salt, lemon, and green chili paste. It is consumed hot when it’s crispy.

Brown rice and dried peas are being roasted in raw salt
Brown rice, grams, peanuts and dried peas are roasted in raw salt
Filter of mix after roasting
Filteration of the mix after roasting
Collection of each ingredient of mix at one place
Collection of each ingredient of the mix at one place
Putting everything in a pot to mix spices and oil
Putting everything in a pot to mix spices and oil
finally adding mustard oil, onion, salt, lemon juice and green chili paste into mixture
finally adding mustard oil, onion, salt, lemon juice, and green chili paste into the mixture