Flamingoes in Mumbai – December 2009


After the monsoons, Flamingoes – the lesser and the greater ones – and a lot of other migratory birds come to the coastal mudflats of India from the North.They feed on the mudflats during the next five or six months Read more ›

Travel India Saving the Mangroves of Mumbai


Once upon a time, Bombay (Mumbai) had vast areas of mangrove forests. Over the years, most of these  were cut down. And the Maharashtra Government and its impotent officials remained mute spectators. Bombay High Court to the rescue In India, Read more ›

Travel India Flamingoes of Mumbai


                                   When I was about 9 or 10 years old (well,                                                           that was a good five and a half decades ago), I first read about the Flamingo in Lewis Carroll’s wonderful book – Alice in Wonderland. So strange Read more ›

Travel India Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary


the largest mass nesting site of Olive Ridley turtle in the world Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is the only marine sanctuary in Orissa (Eastern India). This Sanctuary is extremely important because it is the largest mass nesting site of the Olive Read more ›

Travel India Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary


 ……….Save the               Leopard                                                                                                 Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary The Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Thane district. It is 90 kms, or one and a half hours drive, from Mumbai. It covers an area of 355 sq. kms. – more Read more ›

Travel India The Great Indian Bustard


                                          ……….. on the brink of                         extinction                                                The Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) is a highly endangered, ground dwelling bird. In fact, it is the most endangered member of the bustard family in the world; and has disappeared Read more ›

Travel India Kanha National Park


                     Backdrop of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book You can imagine the beauty and fascination of Kanha National Park by the fact that Kanha National Park was the backdrop of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’. Today, Kanha National Park is one of Read more ›

Travel India Jaisalmer


                                          The Golden City  Where would you go if you wanted to see sand, desert and sand dunes in India?The best place is Jaisalmer – in the middle of Thar Desert in Rajasthan.JaisalmerThe small town of Jaisalmer, nicknamed “The Read more ›

Travel India Point Calimere


      Unique Wildlife Sanctuary According to the Ramayana, Lord Ram himself stood at this point and carried out reconnaissance of Ravana’s kingdom in Sri Lanka just 48 kms. away. A stone slab at Ramarpatham (meaning Rama’s feet), the highest point Read more ›

Travel India – Pichavaram


Second largest Mangrove forest in the world Almost two and a half decades ago, when I was working in Chennai, I first heard of the Mangrove Forests of Pichavaram – 14 kms. from Chidambaram. I did not really know what Read more ›

Travel India Dandeli – An idyllic forest destination in India


  Dandeli a little known unique destination in South India Dandeli is a little known, rustic hamlet, near the borders of Maharashtra and Goa in North Karnataka in South India. Dandeli is the gate way into the dense virgin forests Read more ›