the buzzing town of Helen

the buzzing town of Helen

Helen… a tiny town nestled in North Georgia stretching just over 2 miles, is perfect for a day trip or even an overnight stay with lot of nature trails and hikes around the town. This little town is pretty much happening all along – beautiful cobblestone walkways, artists singing on the streets, horse rides, colourful German styled buildings Read more

Colours galore @ the Great Smoky Mountains!

Colours galore @ the Great Smoky Mountains!

As soon as I got my US driving license done, the first trip we planned was to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Some quick help from Trip Advisor forum & we were set to explore this beautiful mountain range along Tennessee and North Carolina. Read more

Day trip to Lingmala Falls

Day trip to Lingmala Falls

The last time we visited Mahableshwar (Trip report here -> Trip to Mahableshwar and Panchgani), we did not see the Lingmala falls as it was summer season and it was then that we decided to do a trip again in monsoons. Finally we managed to plan a quick day trip this monsoon season and started by 6:30 AM. Decent roads combined with less traffic ensured that we reached Panchgani by 9:00 AM. Another 30 minutes drive and were at the entry gate to Lingmala falls. Read more

Drive to Baneshwar & Bhatghar Dam backwaters

Drive to Baneshwar & Bhatghar Dam backwaters

After doing some back to back trips in the month of October, it was surely a weekend to rest or may be for a lazy drive to some place near; and that’s what we decided. Couple of friends had suggested Baneshwar so we thought we would check it out. We also planned to visit the Bhatghar dam and drive along side Bhatghar dam backwaters. Starting at around 7:30 am, we took the Mumbai Bangalore highway. Baneshwar is just around 40-50 Kms from Pune so it roughly takes an hour or so.

As soon as we entered the Baneshwar area; known as the “Baneshwar Van Udhyan”… we heard a lot of chirps. There is ample parking space with trees all around it which was completely buzzing with chirps of parakeets, tickell’s blue flycatchers, mynas and sunbirds. Read more

Short trip to Goa

Short trip to Goa

In our recent trip to Goa, not only we managed a whooping 16 lifers from birding perspective but also visited few places in Goa where we captured some lovely landscapes and architectures. Due to Ganesh Chaturthi at home; we were really short on time… and heavy rains did not help, but we still managed to cover places like Mangeshi and Tambdi Surla. We also managed to do a small mini trek at Siddhanath Parvat, which lead us to lovely twin waterfalls.. Majestic indeed.

Our Jorney to Goa was via the Chorla ghat, which also added some lovely landscapes. So here are the pics.. enjoy!

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Trek to Neelkanteshwar Temple

Trek to Neelkanteshwar Temple

Way back in June we came across this place called Neelkanteshwar on some blog… It was indeed on our list since then, but we decided to do it at leisure as it is pretty close to Pune and also relatively easy. Back from our trip to Goa last week, we decided to go Neelkanteshwar as we wanted to do a relaxed short trip. We started relatively late this time, i.e. by 8:30 AM. We reached Khadakvasla backwaters area by 9:30 AM post which I drove relatively slow hoping to see some birds. Soon we reached Katawadi village, from where you need to take a left. There are huge sign-boards all along the way, which ensure that you don’t take a wrong turn. Read more