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Monterrey Bay : A trip to remember

Monterrey Bay : A trip to remember

In October 2017 we had made a visit to Monterrey Bay in California and took some lovely photos. Somehow, I just forgot to post the details of my visit on the blog so here it is now. This visit was made possible kind courtesy my brother Babloo.

Monterrey is one of the top tourist destinations in California. It offers coastal beauty and charm, while maintaining a small-town feeling. While in Monterrey you can visit the World Famous Monterrey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row. There are many   luxury hotels and fine dining places here.   Monterrey is a perfect holiday destination. View the photos to know more. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the images.

Monterrey’s 17 mile scenic drive along the coastline is magical. The scenic beauty is just awesome and amazing. You can spend hours here just watching the sea and pelicans and seagulls flying around. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images.

The sea side is strewn with golf courses the most famous being the Pebble Beach Golf Course.

……..and we the visitors……………….

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Wildlife at Kanha National Park

Wildlife at Kanha National Park

During our road trip in February 2018 we visited Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Park. As we arrived at Bandhavgarh we were greeted with thunder showers which continued throughout our stay. We braved the rains and did two safaris but the animals remained elusive. They obviously had gone into hiding to avoid the heavy downpour.

Our next stop was Kanha, the rains followed us here too but we did manage a clear day. Many species animals  did oblige us as they had come out to bask in the sun but the tiger remained elusive.

Kanha National Park is famous for the Barasingha also known as the Swamp Deer. Once almost at the verge of extinction Kanha now has a large number of these. We were lucky to spot a large herd during our safari.

These animals look majestic in the wild. The barasingha, also called swamp deer, is a deer species distributed in the Indian subcontinent. Populations in northern and central India are fragmented, and two isolated populations occur in southwestern Nepal.

During the safari we also saw many Gaur’s (Indian Bison).

The Kanha Forest is extremely beautiful. I enjoyed the ever changing  landscape.

 

The Peacocks add color to the verdant green forest.

…..and then off course the spotted deer were all over.

We also came across few Black Bucks which are not very common in this forest.

The langurs sitting around quietly was a clear indication that the tiger was not very close by, but then this was just one part of the forest.

We sited few wild dogs. The guide informed us that there numbers were dwindling and that we were lucky to have spotted them.

Off and on we came across the wild boars who were busy digging the ground.

…..and then we came across this pair of jackals.

The forest has large number of sambhar deer which are known to raise alarm when they sense the tiger in close vicinity.

Kanha is famous for birds too and we did come across few of them.

Fish Eagle Owl

Sirkeer Malkoha

Indian Roller

Crested Serpent Eagle

The Jungle Patrol

The trip was interesting though the tiger remained elusive.

Visiting Buffalo,NY

Visiting Buffalo,NY

In August 2017 we made a trip to Niagara Falls. On our way back we decided to take a brief halt at Buffalo. Buffalo is a city on the shores of Lake Erie in upstate New York, about 20 miles from Niagara. The experience turned out to be amazing.

This was an impromptu plan so while driving we googled for the best place to visit in Buffalo. Buffalo canal side was the unanimous answer of all search engines, so we made a beeline for it.

After parking we un-expectedly walked into a vintage car exibition which was in progress along the Buffalo Water Front. The cars there were a treat to watch and the entire environment was alive and vibrant. I couldnt have asked for better as it was an ideal setting for a shutterbug.

We walked around feasting our eyes on those gorgeous machines, so well polished for the event. Browse the gallery below, click the thumbnails for an enlarged view.

This turned out to be one great place to do some people photography and I let my camera go.

We followed the walk around the car exhibition with a cruise in the Buffalo Canal. The Cruise Captain so proudly narrated the history of the grain elevators which were in ruins all along the canal, few of them re-purposed as restaurants and entertainment arenas. It was great watching people having fun and enjoying water sports in the canal. Browse the gallery below, click the thumbnails for an enlarged view.

By the time we were done with the cruise it was time for lunch, my daughters googled again and we soon found ourself in a unique restaurant named Anchor. The decor was crazy and the food delicious. Browse the gallery below, click the thumbnails for an enlarged view.

Post lunch we were on our way to Erie, the place for our night halt en route to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Trip to Orchha

Trip to Orchha

A visit to Orchha finally came through during our road trip in February 2018. The visit was overdue and it gave us great pleasure to tick it off from our bucket list.

The historic town of Orchha, nestled on the banks of river Betwa, was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput Chief, Rudra Pratap. The town seems frozen in time, with its many monuments continuing to retain their original grandeur even to this day.  There is a lot to see and photograph here. During your visit do make it a point to view the sunset from across the river, it’s mesmerizing.

Orchha is a heritage sight and a must see for those who want to soak in India’s history and past splendor. There is a story hidden in every nook and corner so it may be worthwhile to take a guide. Monuments worth visiting are the Raja Mahal, Jehangir Mahal, Chhatris and Chaturbhuj Temple. Keep an hour or so to get across the river and enjoy the sunset from there.

You may also like to visit the Bird Sanctuary and enjoy rafting in Betwa River.

To have a visual glance at the place, view the gallery below. Click on the thumbnails for an enlarged view.

Another visit to Bharatpur

Another visit to Bharatpur

In February this year we had taken a road trip which included almost all kind of destinations starting with spiritual destinations such as Shirdi , Maheshwar and Ujjain. Our trip also included  historic places such as Chittorgarh, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Orchha and Ajanta Ellora caves . The destinations also included bird and wildlife sanctuary such as Beed Bird Sanctuary near Bikaner and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary near Agra. We also visited wildlife destinations such as Bandhavgarh National park and Kanha National Park which are famous for tigers.

We visited Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on 08 February 2018. We had only one afternoon available but that turned out to be quite an interesting afternoon.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is very famous and during winter large number of migratory birds come over to Bharatpur to winter here.  I had made a number of visits to this sanctuary earlier and my main quest had always been the Sarus Crane and the Black Necked Crane but I had not managed to spot them. This time around I was lucky and we got to see both from quite close.

You got to venture out into  Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in cycle rickshaws. The  rickshaw pullers have really become expert at spotting birds and they also have good knowledge about the bird species. When you spot a bird you need to stop the rickshaw, get down and find a good spot to observe and take photos.

We did manage few nice shots of the avian creatures which flock around here. Sharing these with you.