Weekly Photo Challenge – Pedestrian

Hey all,

Here I am back after a long break. I was on a vacation in Mauritius. You can see my posts on my blog soon. As of now I am here with my capture on Weekly Photo Challenge – Pedestrian.

I have been checking my gallery for an apt image on specified theme. If you have been following my blog, you might have understood by now that I am fond of nature than human life.  When all the posts in the category showed human pedestrians on different places, I wanted to gently remind all my friends that there is a category of living beings who are pedestrians throughout their life.

These are a group of pedestrians I came across in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai.

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We are children of nature

Walking never tire us

When you go in vehicles

We are carried by our legs

When you ignore nature

We see their beauty

When obesity invades you

We enjoy healthy life

When you search for peace

We have it abundantly

When you mock at us

We mock at you back

When you die of illness

We face a natural death

We are proud of our life

We are the pedestrians…

via Photo Challenge: Pedestrian

Kalba Mangrove Forest

Hey all,

Here I am back with another beautiful destination which is hardly known to tourists, neither displayed in the top attractions near Dubai. Dubai is always known to the world as the land of deserts, sky-kissing buildings, luxurious lifestyle and adrenaline-rush activities and sports. I shared a similar belief until I came across this beautiful Mangrove forest during my search for new destinations in and around Dubai. “A lake and a mangrove forest adjoined in the middle of desert!” This information was quite surprising. I decided to visit the place though the questions like whether the place is worth travelling for more than an hour was running in my mind. Apart from that I couldn’t find much information about the place in Google too.

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Wadi Al Helo Tunnel, Sharjah – Kalba Road

Kalba Mangrove forest is located 116 km from Sharjah. The Sharjah-Kalba road itself is a feast to travel fanatics. The huge mountains and tunnels in between awes anyone who passes by. Empty roads, quiet surroundings , sunny sky and hustles of breeze were our companions throughout the journey. In an hour and half I arrived at my destination, the beautiful Kalba lake sorrounded by Mangroves which was totally a spectacular view in the middle of the desert.IMG_0729

Kalba lake hosts paddle boating and Kayaking during September to May which unfortunately was not available as my visit was during last week of August. One can opt for camping too in the banks of the lake during these months.

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The Mangroves, Kalba.

Though I was disappointed by the non availability of activities over there, I was happy to have a close look at the mangrove trees and explore it and undoubtedly shocked in finding these in the middle of the desert.

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Another interesting fact which I found while examining the rocks over there was the existence of small shell organisms in a cluster on the rocks which I have only seen over the rocks near seas. The beautifully shapes clusters was again a curious sight.

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I started my journey back after an hour, quite happy and contented with my findings about my new destination and with an eagerness to share with you my experience though I was a bit late due to my hectic flight schedules and fatigue. See you all soon with a new destination. Have a great day. 🙂

Cauvery River Rafting…

Coorg in Karnataka state, India is a major tourist destination in south India. She is blessed abundantly by nature in the form of luscious green hills and water sources. This gives her opportunities to host various adventurous activities like river rafting, hiking, trekking, zip-line, rappelling, camping, quad biking and much more. As of now I would like to share with you my River-rafting experience in Cauvery river, Kushalnagar, Coorg.

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Starting point of rafting in Cauvery river

After enrolling our names and finishing necessary formalities we were given our raft and a guide to assist us. As any other activities, before commencing, the guide gave us a briefing which included how to hold the paddles, expected commands to row forward and backward with a demo of it and finally about the risk level of the activity. Our trail was 5 km long. At the starting, around 500 meters, water was still and we rowed freely and was given permission to get out of the raft into the river with life jacket on. When the journey advanced we had to face rough currents and swift waves which added a pinch of adventure into the activity.

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After 1 Km , awaiting us was rapid surfs, narrow passageways, rocks and small waterfalls. At few places we really felt that the raft may go upside down or turn to a side. especially jumping down the waterfall was really an experience. We were holding tightly to the handholds on the sides of the raft and was soaked completely when the raft found its way through these mini falls. It was really exciting and thrilling.

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The Rafting trail 

The guide stopped the raft in between for us to click photos and enjoy the scenic beauty of the location. Water gushing through the rocks to form the fall was a breathtaking view. We totally took advantage of the short break to explore the stunning small island formed by the rocks and click photos of us as well as the place.

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View from the Island in the middle of the trail.

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It took 2 hours to complete the River-rafting and we came out with the satisfaction of experiencing an exhilarating and exciting activity  which was truly overwhelming. Though I was little concerned about maneuvering as I was doing rafting for the first time, on contrary to my anticipations, it was quite easy under the direction of the skilled guide. The bewitching beauty of River Cauvery added with the adrenaline charged rafting made my  trip an exquisite one.IMG_9762

Connected by a bridge..

Coorg, the place which is also known as Scotland of India, is a popular tourist location in South India. This hill-station has always been popular for its scenic beauty. She never disappoints the travellers who come to her. She embodies everything a nature lover crave for. From rivers, mountains, forests,streams, lakes, valleys, cliffs, one can find a full course meal to satisfy your appetite to explore the beauty of nature.

Though my goal was to do River-rafting in Cauvery river, as always when my travel plans are made, somehow I end up in places which are less crowded and less visited. Cauvery River-rafting is located near Kushalnagar, Coorg. Almost a kilometer before my destination, I came across this beautiful hanging bridge. It is not built as part of attracting tourists, but it is the only connectivity for the people living in the village across the river. It was a surprising fact for me to see that in real, though I have heard a lot about underdeveloped places having less connectivity with the external world.

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Across the bridge awaited me a beautiful village, with mud roads and paddy farms on either side of the small walk way. The villagers around the area totally depends on this small road and the hanging bridge to go to the next nearest town, Kushalnagar.

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Muddy pools formed by the rain
has a painful story to say
we were fresh,pure and clear
little droplets blue in color
diamonds were jealous of us
rainbow shades sparkling on us
we hit the ground wrapped in mud
our shade changed into deep brown
we lost all shine and shimmer
living life ignored by all…

P.S. My experience on river-rafting in Coorg will be shared in my next post 🙂

Life is short…

From the time of birth to death, the events take place in ones lifetime is numerous. The emotions one feel at different point of times are different. Sometimes we feel extremely happy, sometimes gloomy, angry, jealousy…You name it ,one might had encountered all these atleast once in their life journey. Every day is not same.

Why we connect emotions always to humans? May be to an extent to animals especially our pets and not for the trees, plants and other objects in nature? Even in their life time they might have had many experiences. They are not able to speak and express doesn't mean that they dont feel anything. They also have their child, youth and oldage. They do perish one day.

When I saw these fallen leaves blanketing the whole ground, It reminded me of the journey they went through. Would they have thought when they were young, supple and green that their end will be like this? All their beauty and colour lost and turned into brown, stiff and crumbled pile waiting for their day to be part of the soil. Do they whisper something into our ears? A message that Life is short and we are not always young.

I was young and pretty once upon a time
My skin was clean and firm and green
Head was high and dreams were big
I thought I was the best in this world…
I never looked at the fallen ones down
Coz my pride blurred my vision
And here I lie as one among them
Wrinkled and crumbled and dried..
The day is not far to leave this world
To merge with the soil where I was born…

A day in the Desert (cont…)

Hey all,

This is the continuation of my last post on Al Qudra lake. Apart from the 2 spots discussed in last post, there are more interesting locations at Al Qudra.  The view of hundreds of swans merrymaking in and near the lake is spectacular and In order to get the full view of the place they have built 3 storeyed wooden watch tower which totally get along with the natural surroundings of the place, built in a dome kind of shape with spiral stairs and wooden grills giving shelter for the tourists from the harsh slashes of mid-summer sun.

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The Watch tower, Swan lake            

I climbed the stairs to the top floor of the tall watch tower.  One side of the tower was the view to the swan lake and the other sides surrounded by desert with small bushes which I really can’t call as green in colour as most of the leaves are gone as part of it adapting itself to the summer heat . Few of the bushes were brown in colour while few are still green. I think during winters we may be able to get a better view of the place without being disturbed by heat and sun.

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Wooden Stairs, Watch tower. 

I stood there gazing at the beautiful green lake and the swans. They were doing their catwalk near the lake exposing their whole beauty. In between they are going near one another and whispering some secrets. I wondered are they talking about us. Are they shy we are watching them or are they proud looking at us admiring their beauty? No doubt fluttering of their wings and their cute cries filled the atmosphere with a pleasant mood and calmness. I don’t remember how long I stood there watching them.

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The beautiful view of lake from the top of the tower.

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View of the desert land from the tower

Later I moved further from the place to the desert, which is at the outskirts of Al Qudra Lake. Though it was sand and sand everywhere with a few numbers of trees for name sake , the place is quite peaceful. I could listen to feeble humming sound of some insects and birds, rumbling of breeze and the swishing sound of branches when they touch each other of the desert trees. Standing in the middle of desert I didn’t feel the heat which I expected will be there. Till sunset I spent my time near the lake looking at even spaced waves carved by the breeze and the Sun setting into the sand dunes waving good bye to the beautiful and bright day.

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Sunset View of Desert.

 

The hot summer desert sands

taking toll on the normal days
Harder for life to be in place
When water is more than scarce
Gold is the shade everywhere
Green is a long lost memoire

 

 

 

 

A day in the desert…

Hey all,

This is the first time I am trying to write about my travel diverting from my favourite topic of going into depth of what I see and feel. Do forgive me for my flaws. If anybody wonder why I moved from my usual topic, you will get the answer at the end of this write up.

As part of my job, I get the privelege to enjoy 1 week stay in Dubai and explore places during off days. Whichever new place I go, I usually check google and see the places of interest and try to cover all of them. I covered all known places in Dubai in first 2-3 visits and nothing gave me the feeling of gratification as a nature lover as the top 10 attractions in Dubai was all amidst the city, crowded and pure show of luxury. Nowhere I could find a calm and peaceful environment.

I started checking for not much known locations as I started getting tired of Dubai as my visits became more frequent. Thats how I came across the description of a beautiful man-made lake, Al Qudra in the middle of Saih Al Salam desert, designed in the concept of Oasis in a desert.

Al Qudra lake, Dubai.

This place was a blow to my preconceived view about Dubai, that they have less greenery. I couldn't really believe that this is a manmade lake till I saw the water supply pipes to the lake which is again not obvious. Though Dubai is in its peak summer, the weather at this place is pleasant enough and heat was bearable. I actually was so taken back by the breathtaking view of lake, may be thats why the temperature around me went unnoticed or may be because of the water body, the place is cooler compared to other parts of Dubai.

Another attraction near to Al Qudra lake was the Swan lake, where one can see hundreds of swans enjoying their swim, playing with their buddies, making lot of noise. I felt they were in some vacation. They were so happy there, least bothered about the human visitors passing by. We can go quite near them even though a low fencing is there. I was surprised that they didn't show any signs of discomfort and fear when I moved close to them.

Swan lake, Al Qudra, Dubai.

Al Qudra has more surprises. This is just 2 among them. I hope my attempt to do a travelogue is not too bad. See you soon with more details and captures.

Thank you for reading😊

Sunset view, Al Qudra.

A streak of light, young crescent moon
Sparkling waves, refreshing breeze..
Night struggling hard to embrace the sky
Pushing away the last remaining light..
and slowly the darkness engulfed the world
assuring a brighter day tomorrow..

Kissed by fog..

I always crave to live in a place close to nature. Living in a city filled with noises and pollution, these short expeditions to the lap of nature nourish me to be alive till my next getaway. Trekking from foot of the Kudremukh hill, and finally when you reach on top, the feeling of fulfillment looking at this view is something which I have never got from any worldly luxuries. Slight drizzle, thick fog, carpet of luscious green grass, fresh air and after all the feel of nature came as a combo package. After reaching this point I turned back and looked at the path I covered. I stood there with my mind wandering in different thoughts outburst with emotions.

The little grasses were happy there. They owned the hill. They grew up playing together and spreading around everywhere. It was their place. The bigger trees moved away from the territory giving them privacy. Frequent rain showers providing them with enough water sustaining their life. Clouds come down to chitchat and gossip with them. Thick white fog embraced them and put them to sleep. Everything was perfectly in place till humans found out their hideout. The perfect beauty attracted more of them. The calmness of the place was replaced by the human laughter and talks and a trail was created by the grass who sacrificed its life under the foot of travellers.  Now it doesn’t belong to them anymore. Now they live in the fear of death and torture, being stamped by the travellers passing by…

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The Luscious green carpeting over the hills
with a crown of thick velvety clouds
fog embracing the nature with its cold hands
pampering the tiny grasses with its kisses
Love, affection and happiness spreading around
celebrating togetherness and contentment..