Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Nomadic Gene: Uttarakhand Page I

It's high time I posted a few pictures from our trip to the north. It was fun. The kids freaked out and experienced harsh, cold weather for the first time in their lives. Rish was all excited and was dying to feel snow, but unfortunately the timing was just not right. Maybe, we should have started a little later in the year. But nevertheless, we had our share of fun without the snow too. Sometimes the temperatures did dip to low as 2 ยบ C, but did we care?

Little Amu had a gala time running around her big brother at the Jim Corbett National Park. She loved the place where we put up - The Club Mahindra Nature Trails Resort. 
Early mornings were fun-filled with a grand spread for breakfast and then soaking in some sun by the pool followed by bicycle rides inside the resort.

Big brother too enjoyed posing in the sun and jumping up and down the huge rocks that were strategically placed inside the compound.

And that's us with our printed guide on Uttarakhand.

We managed to go tiger spotting into the park but, Alas! we missed seeing them. But no worries guys, the whole drive from our resort to the tiger reserve was an experience in itself. Open gypsy, spine-chilling cold, warm snuggles and lots of guffaws and giggles.
En route we stopped at a tea stall for some chai and pakodas...

and also clicked a few snaps...

and some more...

Inside the reserve

The Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is  one of the oldest national parks in the country and is home to a decent number of Bengal tigers and close to 600 species of birds. Statistics point out that out of the 1200 species of birds found in India around half of them can be spotted at the JCNP. But if you are serious about tiger spotting ensure that you get yourself a place inside the reserve. There are a few Government of India run guest-houses. 

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge

"We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe."

- Rudyard Kipling

* The first of its kind tea lounge in Mumbai

* Assam tea, South Indian tea, organic tea, green tea, Darjeeling tea, flavoured tea

* Taste your tea before buying it

* A good variety of snacks...brun maska incuded

Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge
Opp. Parleshwar Temple,
Hanuman Road,
Vile Parle (E)