Hills

Kalo Dungar

Ride to Kalo Dungar

We ride out deep into the desert to explore Kalo Dungar also known as the Black Hill. Kalo Dungar is the highest point in Kutch and the best place to enjoy a panoramic view of the amazing Rann of Kutch. Though not literally black, the hill is known so because in olden times, the merchants returning to Kutch from Sindh used to be guided by this lonesome hill in the grim desert, which used to appear black because of the shadow cast by the sun.

I am at Kalo Dungar, some 50 km north of Dhordo tent city, on the top of the Black Hills The highest point in Kutch, offers a bird’s-eye view of the Great Rann of Kutch From here, the entire northern horizon vanishes into the Great Rann, the desert and sky becoming indistinguishable on the horizon Drive from Dhordo Tent City to Kalo Dungar I and my travel companion – Ranita, were staying at the Dhordo Tent city Every year, the government of Gujarat holds a four-month-long festival known as ‘The Rann Utsav’ starting from November to February The stay at the Tent city includes a free bus tour to Kalo Dungar
Wakakusayama

Hike to Mount Wakakusayama

I go on a hike to Mt. Wakakusayama. I lay on the soft green grass at the summit and promise myself to come up again at dusk, one day to catch Nara with its lights.

It was a lovely sunny day I packed my gear and headed towards Nara Park I didn’t have anything specific planned, just wanted to go over there and relax among the lovely deer herds Once I reached the Deer Park, I bought some senbei for the deer I was just wandering about when I noticed the alluring green meadows of Mt Wakakusa, just east of Todai-ji I find hiking to be one of the most relaxing and rewarding activities So I set off along the path up the beautiful hill The base of Wakakusayama - the young grass mountain Mt Wakakusayama is also known as Mikasayama or Mount Mikasa It’s
Savandurga Trek

Night Trek to Savandurga

Savandurga Night Trek was one of the most memorable treks I have been to. It is challenging, but also fulfilling and to add to it, the Hill is the largest monolith in all of Asia

Savandurga is an amazing place for a photo-op but Whoa! the fort of “death” and that too on my first trek!! History of Savandurga Located at a distance of 64 km west of Bangalore, Savandurga is reputed to be the highest monolith in Asia It comprises two looming granite hills, Karigudda, the Black Hill and Biligudda, the White Hill, both around 4000 feet tall Historically, the hills find a mention in the records of the Hoysala period in the 13th century In those times it was referred to as Savandi hills Later during the reign of Hyder Ali, this hill served as a fort prison from where it was said there was no escape

Weekend in Ooty

Ooty, a vast sea of breathtaking landscape, dense forests, mesmerizing flowers and flowing tea gardens. Udhagamandalam?? Not a lot of people are aware that the real name of Ooty, one of the most popular Hill Station in India, is Udhagamandalam. Ooty is a paradise on Earth and a delight for nature lovers. Elevated at around 3000 m above sea level, this bouquet of  hills has […]

Ooty, a vast sea of breathtaking landscape, dense forests, mesmerizing flowers and flowing tea gardens Udhagamandalam?? Not a lot of people are aware that the real name of Ooty, one of the most popular Hill Station in India, is Udhagamandalam Ooty is a paradise on Earth and a delight for nature lovers Elevated at around 3000 m above sea level, this bouquet of  hills has a lovely weather round the year Ooty the “Queen of Hill Stations” is a located in the Nilgiris in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu  Nilgiris is India’s first International Biosphere Reserve blessed with a fascinating ecosystem of the hill ranges of Nilgiris and its unique bio-diversity covering a tract of over 5000 square kilometers The Name ‘Nilgiris’ means Blue hills (Neelam – Blue and Giri – Hill or Mountain) The name,

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