Liebster Award!

So I was bestowed the Liebster Award from Dhwani! :)

Libester means dearest or beloved in German, and this award is for the people who love to travel! It is also a great way to know people! Not that I still qualify as a travel blogger but I wouldn’t really turn down a tag that allows me to talk about travel and some long cherished desires will I??

:mrgreen: So hear goes :

1. Which is your dream holiday destination?

Well there are so many dream holiday destinations that this post would never end if I kept describing everyone of them, however, if I had to select the top three I would probably opt for exploring the Grasslands of Africa(Masaai Maara and Serengeti) take a boat ride for a fortnight through the Amazon forests and probably go Moose hunting in the open season around Lake Superior in Canada! Sigh….

2. What is your idea of an Ideal Holiday?

Ideal Holiday?! I don’t think that would probably be possible would it?! But it would involve a lot of travel in the hills, eating great food, meeting loads of new people who would tell a lot of stories of their own throw in a national park where I would be able to track animals on foot and photograph them from up close!! Lol I told you my ideal’s are too high! :P :P

3. If you could choose one place that you could move to right now and live forever, what place would that be?

I would love to build a wooded log house like Raju’s somewhere in the Himalaya’s in a remote corner and live there forever growing my own food! :D

4. Tell us about the most weird travelling experience you ever had :

Weird?! That is a tough one… well I guess this is weird you know. We went to Sheoganj to see leopards. Apparently there we learnt that they tie kid goats to a strong tree with a strong rope and then wait for the leopard to come and kill it. It is not allowed now and banned, yet when we were doing our safari around that area we did come up to a group of photographers who were all ready with huge tele-photo lens trained on the kid goat. The rope is also so tight that the leopard cannot take the goat away and has to sit there and eat whilst the people get their share of photographs.

Mindlessly we also sat there with our camera’s, I feel ashamed now, luckily though the leopard never came down the slope we saw it from a distance. Apparently a lot of people gathered and eventually the guys who had brought the goat got scared that the authorities might come to know and they took their goat and went away.

Amazingly after two hours of safari after the goat was taken away we came back to the same spot which was uphill and pretty dark we suddenly spotted the leopard in the lights of our jeep. By the time we could get the camera’s ready it retreated in the bushes but not before we got this picture of its butt! :P

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5. Who do you prefer to travel with?

The best companion so far has been my best friend who incidentally also is my wife, however, I can travel with anyone though as long as I am on the move I am okay. I would love to do a solo trip, a trip with my guy gang and a trip with absolute strangers even! Getting to know them on the trip would be rewarding as well! :D

6. Three things that you NEED to carry with yourself when you travel :
Tissues!
Camera!
Water bottle!

7. Tell us about your Worst traveling experience :

Worst were those ones when I went to temples on auspicious days. Mahudi on kaali Chaudas during Diwali, Pavagadh during the Chaitra Navratri etc…. those are the worst kind of travels I undertook. I have completely been avoiding such places of worship and almost all people where I suspect there will be huge crowds!

8. Name one place that you feel everyone has to see in their lifetime :

Hmm…. I would say I want to see The African grasslands and Ladakh region once in my lifetime before I die.

9. Do you have a favourite travel blog? Which?

I mean I do read a few people who travel quite a bit :

Indrani – I Share
Deepak – Travel Magic
Lakshmi – A travel blog of an Indian backpacker

10. Who is your favourite travel author?

I have loved reading the experiences of Jim Corbett and Mark Twain the most.

P.S. I am not tagging anyone or passing on the award. If you would love to take up the tag all by yourself feel free to do so and let me know about it as I wouldn’t mind read your replies to these questions!

Coffee in the clouds! :D :D

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6.15 am on a holiday, up, awake, with mugs ready in the balcony SIGH! Mornings in the monsoon in Igatpuri were surely unbelievably pleasant!! :D :D

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All you need is to curl up with a sheet in your chair with a hot steaming mug of coffee and watch the rain fall and out of no where almost 20 small waterfalls appearing! :D

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A book perhaps, room service too and life as they say couldn’t get any better! :D :D :D

Faces of India II – well almost! :P

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Just as I saw this lady standing and rubbing tobacco in her palms I was quite sure she made an interesting character to be shot and put on my blog as a part of the Faces of India. I shouted to my wife to get the camera as I was sitting on the driving seat of the car whilst Hriday was getting some chocolates from a store.

Just as I got ready to click her though she finished her process and plonked the tobacco in her mouth and a kind of apt picture happened in any case! Remember tobacco chewing can be injurious to your health and perhaps this lady did not want to model for that so she hid her face at just the right time! :D :D

I don’t know if this does qualify as a part of the Faces of India series but I will try anyways. To see more in the series of Faces of India meme go here.