Looking back at April 2016 and talking about planning your first travel with your child

  Last week over tea, some colleagues started talking about how they have been unable to go for vacations ever since they had kids some of their kids are two years old now. The discussion quickly turned into a debate with people vociferously defending both ends of the spectrum. While some colleagues had started going out on vacations when their kids were just a few months old, others were still waiting for the kids to grow up to a more "manageable" age (though the definition of "manageable" was different for everyone).    I have a little nephew and a neice and both have been travelling since they were babies.  One cannot deny that there are challenges when it comes to taking young kids on long travels. One may get stuck at a place without basic amneties. Kids may fall sick. They may be cranky and moody. They may not enjoy the road trip at all. If you start thinking about things that can go wrong, the list will be endless, so I can empathize with parents who keep postponing travel. However, the question is what is a good age to start travelling. A lot of it depends upon how comfortable parents themselves feel, irrespective of the age of the child.  If you belong to the set of parents who are contemplating taking your child on his/her first vacation ever, there are some things you can do to make yourself feel at ease and to ensure that you as well as your child have a comfortable trip:  1) Talk to people who take regularly take their baby/toddler on vacations  I don't think this point needs much explanation. People who have been there and done that and then done that all over again can obviously give you tips to prepare well. They can not only give you advice, they can also talk about the mistakes they made so that you can avoid making the same. There's no better teacher than experience.  2) Think of everything, make lists  If you are taking your baby out for the first time, you cannot be more careful. Start preparing days before the actual travel. List down everything your baby needs during the day. Talk to the pediatrician and prepare a first aid/basic medication kit. While packing, ensure that you pack for at least one extra day.  3) Don't be too adventurous  If this is the first time you are taking your baby out, play safe. Choose a place that is not too remote and has a market and medical facilities. Book your travel and hotel beforehand. Don't leave anything for the last moment.   4) Ensure that the place is suitable for kids  Speak to the hotel before making a booking. Ensure that they can provide milk/food/hot water for your baby any time you need. It may be better to opt for a proper hotel for the first time, instead of a homestay.  5) Travel with other families  Preferably the one you consulted with in point 1. This way you will have experienced travellers with you and your child too will have company. You will have support in case any unforeseen circumstances arise.      And now that it is getting too hot to stay in the plains, you will probably want to take your baby to a hill station. You may get some ideas from our list of 30+ Hill stations in Himachal Pradesh to beat the heat.     For those who are adventurous and are traveling without kids, the following post can probably be an inspiration: Trek to Malana from Kasol     There are folks who are doing amazing work even as they travel. Check out this wonderful initiative:  In discovery of butterflies in Himalayan State of India - with Reetu Patial  However, if you are unable to travel too far and still want to experience new things, there's plenty to do in Delhi/NCR too. Following are some of our recent experiences. For more inspiration, you can do a search on our blog.     Fatehpuri Masjid     WWIM Food-Walk around streets of Old Delhi     Elaborate Change of Guards ceremony at Indian President's House     Or you could simply explore some malls and new restaurants. Here's the outlet we reviewed this month - Mamagoto in the Mall of India, Noida.     And while we are talking about reviews, here's our opinion on various other things:  Adobe Slate - a brilliant tool for bloggers and story tellers.    Bloggers, PR and Brands    Nikon D3300 Vs Canon 1300D  We need to thank our guest writers too. They went where we could not go, and brought us beautiful photo journey's from their travels. Check out their posts:     Kinnaur Diaries with Arnav Tandon    Golden Dunes of Thar - Jaisalmer Diaries by Sukhman Dhillon     Redwood Coast - by Anushka Bhishen  Chhinj - by Ajay K Jamwal      We conclude this month's digest with a post that will keep inspiring us for long. Some projects are more special than the others, and this one indeed is one of those. This month in our inspiration corner -- Incredible India Project by Dinesh Khanna

Last week over tea, some colleagues started talking about how they have been unable to go for vacations ever since they had kids some of their kids are two years old now. The discussion quickly turned into a debate with people vociferously defending both ends of the spectrum. While some colleagues had started going out on vacations when their kids were just a few months old, others were still waiting for the kids to grow up to a more "manageable" age (though the definition of "manageable" was different for everyone).

  Last week over tea, some colleagues started talking about how they have been unable to go for vacations ever since they had kids some of their kids are two years old now. The discussion quickly turned into a debate with people vociferously defending both ends of the spectrum. While some colleagues had started going out on vacations when their kids were just a few months old, others were still waiting for the kids to grow up to a more "manageable" age (though the definition of "manageable" was different for everyone).    I have a little nephew and a neice and both have been travelling since they were babies.  One cannot deny that there are challenges when it comes to taking young kids on long travels. One may get stuck at a place without basic amneties. Kids may fall sick. They may be cranky and moody. They may not enjoy the road trip at all. If you start thinking about things that can go wrong, the list will be endless, so I can empathize with parents who keep postponing travel. However, the question is what is a good age to start travelling. A lot of it depends upon how comfortable parents themselves feel, irrespective of the age of the child.  If you belong to the set of parents who are contemplating taking your child on his/her first vacation ever, there are some things you can do to make yourself feel at ease and to ensure that you as well as your child have a comfortable trip:  1) Talk to people who take regularly take their baby/toddler on vacations  I don't think this point needs much explanation. People who have been there and done that and then done that all over again can obviously give you tips to prepare well. They can not only give you advice, they can also talk about the mistakes they made so that you can avoid making the same. There's no better teacher than experience.  2) Think of everything, make lists  If you are taking your baby out for the first time, you cannot be more careful. Start preparing days before the actual travel. List down everything your baby needs during the day. Talk to the pediatrician and prepare a first aid/basic medication kit. While packing, ensure that you pack for at least one extra day.  3) Don't be too adventurous  If this is the first time you are taking your baby out, play safe. Choose a place that is not too remote and has a market and medical facilities. Book your travel and hotel beforehand. Don't leave anything for the last moment.   4) Ensure that the place is suitable for kids  Speak to the hotel before making a booking. Ensure that they can provide milk/food/hot water for your baby any time you need. It may be better to opt for a proper hotel for the first time, instead of a homestay.  5) Travel with other families  Preferably the one you consulted with in point 1. This way you will have experienced travellers with you and your child too will have company. You will have support in case any unforeseen circumstances arise.      And now that it is getting too hot to stay in the plains, you will probably want to take your baby to a hill station. You may get some ideas from our list of 30+ Hill stations in Himachal Pradesh to beat the heat.     For those who are adventurous and are traveling without kids, the following post can probably be an inspiration: Trek to Malana from Kasol     There are folks who are doing amazing work even as they travel. Check out this wonderful initiative:  In discovery of butterflies in Himalayan State of India - with Reetu Patial  However, if you are unable to travel too far and still want to experience new things, there's plenty to do in Delhi/NCR too. Following are some of our recent experiences. For more inspiration, you can do a search on our blog.     Fatehpuri Masjid     WWIM Food-Walk around streets of Old Delhi     Elaborate Change of Guards ceremony at Indian President's House     Or you could simply explore some malls and new restaurants. Here's the outlet we reviewed this month - Mamagoto in the Mall of India, Noida.     And while we are talking about reviews, here's our opinion on various other things:  Adobe Slate - a brilliant tool for bloggers and story tellers.    Bloggers, PR and Brands    Nikon D3300 Vs Canon 1300D  We need to thank our guest writers too. They went where we could not go, and brought us beautiful photo journey's from their travels. Check out their posts:     Kinnaur Diaries with Arnav Tandon    Golden Dunes of Thar - Jaisalmer Diaries by Sukhman Dhillon     Redwood Coast - by Anushka Bhishen  Chhinj - by Ajay K Jamwal      We conclude this month's digest with a post that will keep inspiring us for long. Some projects are more special than the others, and this one indeed is one of those. This month in our inspiration corner -- Incredible India Project by Dinesh Khanna

Masjid Fatehpuri - a peaceful place around the hustle bustle of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi

Last week I was out with fellow Photographers, Bloggers and Foodies to explore some of the popular eating places in Old Delhi (Chandni Chowk). During this walk we went to different places around Chandni Chowk & towards the end we also thought of going inside Fatehpuri Masjid. Chandni Chowk is just across the Red Fort. The road going from Red Fort ends at Masjid Fatehpuri. This is such a peaceful place in the middle of lot of hustle bustle of Chandni Chowk. There is a huge campus surrounded by four walls and entry gates from 3 sides.There is a very interesting history behind this mosque of old Delhi. This mosque was built in 1650 by wife of Shah Jahan, her name was Fatehpuri Begum. She belonged to Fatehpur Sikri (a place around Agra). After 1857, Britishers auctioned this mosque to a Hindu businessman Lala Chunnamal. He had bought the mosque for 19 thousand rupees and to me it sounds a lot of money at that time. And people say that Lala Chunnamal used the mosque for social causes. Later on Britishers bought it back in lie of 4 villages. This was the time when Britishers invited back the muslims to Old Delhi and renovated the mosque for the community. Tarun Gaur was with us to share all these interesting events from History of Old Delhi.This walk was planned by Desi Traveller with the help of Deba Rajpal and Tarun Gaur. There was good turnaround and all of us had lot of fun eating some of the interesting things in Old Delhi. I will be sharing another post on food we tried and some history around these food items. These food businesses are run by some specific families who came to Chandi Chowk from different parts of country. And that’s why there is a such nice mix of food from different states of India.As we entered inside Fatehpuri Mosque, we noticed these groups studying. This was first time I was seeing such interesting sessions outside television. These folks were reading something and it seemed that they were trying hard to remember what they were reading. These folks were rocking their bodies back and forth while reading.Fatehpuri Masjid is quite different from Jama Masjid. Somehow this Mosque was not as crowded as we Jama Masjid. There is a water pond in the middle of this whole compound. You can see this water pound in first photograph.In the rectangular compound the main Mosque is on one side and other three sides have beautiful arched corridors. It was a great visit to the mosque. Hopefully I will visit Fatehpuri Mosque again and spend a little more time. This time, I had to accompany the group and adhere to the schedule of the food-walk.

Last week I was out with fellow Photographers, Bloggers and Foodies to explore some of the popular eating places in Old Delhi (Chandni Chowk). During this walk we went to different places around Chandni Chowk & towards the end we also thought of going inside Fatehpuri Masjid. Chandni Chowk is just across the Red Fort. The road going from Red Fort ends at Masjid Fatehpuri. 

Last week I was out with fellow Photographers, Bloggers and Foodies to explore some of the popular eating places in Old Delhi (Chandni Chowk). During this walk we went to different places around Chandni Chowk & towards the end we also thought of going inside Fatehpuri Masjid. Chandni Chowk is just across the Red Fort. The road going from Red Fort ends at Masjid Fatehpuri. This is such a peaceful place in the middle of lot of hustle bustle of Chandni Chowk. There is a huge campus surrounded by four walls and entry gates from 3 sides.There is a very interesting history behind this mosque of old Delhi. This mosque was built in 1650 by wife of Shah Jahan, her name was Fatehpuri Begum. She belonged to Fatehpur Sikri (a place around Agra). After 1857, Britishers auctioned this mosque to a Hindu businessman Lala Chunnamal. He had bought the mosque for 19 thousand rupees and to me it sounds a lot of money at that time. And people say that Lala Chunnamal used the mosque for social causes. Later on Britishers bought it back in lie of 4 villages. This was the time when Britishers invited back the muslims to Old Delhi and renovated the mosque for the community. Tarun Gaur was with us to share all these interesting events from History of Old Delhi.This walk was planned by Desi Traveller with the help of Deba Rajpal and Tarun Gaur. There was good turnaround and all of us had lot of fun eating some of the interesting things in Old Delhi. I will be sharing another post on food we tried and some history around these food items. These food businesses are run by some specific families who came to Chandi Chowk from different parts of country. And that’s why there is a such nice mix of food from different states of India.As we entered inside Fatehpuri Mosque, we noticed these groups studying. This was first time I was seeing such interesting sessions outside television. These folks were reading something and it seemed that they were trying hard to remember what they were reading. These folks were rocking their bodies back and forth while reading.Fatehpuri Masjid is quite different from Jama Masjid. Somehow this Mosque was not as crowded as we Jama Masjid. There is a water pond in the middle of this whole compound. You can see this water pound in first photograph.In the rectangular compound the main Mosque is on one side and other three sides have beautiful arched corridors. It was a great visit to the mosque. Hopefully I will visit Fatehpuri Mosque again and spend a little more time. This time, I had to accompany the group and adhere to the schedule of the food-walk.

WWIM Food-walk in Old Delhi | #instadillifoodwalk

Last weekend 2 events happened for me - a good one and a bad one. Here I am sharing about the good one which happened on Saturday. I was excited to join this walk in Delhi, because some of the awesome photographer, blogger friends were also joining in. And it was a good opportunity to know about the famous eating places in Old Delhi.I will be sharing a different post about popular food options available in Old Delhi. Here I am trying to share some photographs clicked and details about the events happened during the walk. This walk was planned by Desi TravellerWe met in front of Sheeshgunj Gurudwara and walked towards Jain Temple first, which is just opposite to the Red Fort . Tarun breifed us about the Jain Temple, how Chandni Chow was built. When it was build, areas are allocated on the basis of caste system. That's why you see lot of temples in the beginning of Chandni Chowk. I wasn't aware of this fact. And when Chandni Chowk was build, various communities from various parts of the country were invited to live there.We walked through the streets of Chadni Chowk and also enjoyed some of the popular food  offered in these streets. Most of the shops were closed till 10am, but food shops were open, so that's an appropriate time to be in Chandni Chowk. After 11am it gets very crowded.Chandi Chowk challenge a Photographer in you and that's when you realize how difficult street photography is. It's quite challenging to make images which are meaningful and express something about the place and it's people.It's a great experience to walk around these streets of Old Delhi and notice the action. It's very different from rest of the city and that's why it has it's own charm . These 2 men were awesome. They were calmly posing for few minutes. Otherwise I have seen people around these street who get irritated with cameramen. Because thousands of cameras click these street everyday, I am sure all the experiences would not be pleasant for people around these streets of Old Delhi.You see unique things around these streets. Above is the town hall where people come and offer grains to pigeons. Everyone keep pouring the plates even when there is more than enough. There are 3 folks just outside the townhall who only sell these grains whole day.There are lot of temples in the streets of Chandni Chowk. Here is a beautiful scene when a lady comes out of the temple, offers prasad to these ladies and indulge in morning chit-chat.What a classic way of spending the mornings. There are lot of folks in Old Delhi who live in small rooms, houses and go out for work during the day. Most of the times the day starts for them with a cup of tea in streets and newspaper.Around these streets, you would find lot of different things. Folks cleaning ears on streets, dentists sitting around the streets and fixing up the problems and folks selling old coins from different centuries and from various countries on the globe.Chandni Chowk has much more than what anyone can explore in a day.

Last weekend 2 events happened for me - a good one and a bad one. Here I am sharing about the good one which happened on Saturday. I was excited to join this walk in Delhi, because some of the awesome photographer, blogger friends were also joining in. And it was a good opportunity to know about the famous eating places in Old Delhi. 

Last weekend 2 events happened for me - a good one and a bad one. Here I am sharing about the good one which happened on Saturday. I was excited to join this walk in Delhi, because some of the awesome photographer, blogger friends were also joining in. And it was a good opportunity to know about the famous eating places in Old Delhi.I will be sharing a different post about popular food options available in Old Delhi. Here I am trying to share some photographs clicked and details about the events happened during the walk. This walk was planned by Desi TravellerWe met in front of Sheeshgunj Gurudwara and walked towards Jain Temple first, which is just opposite to the Red Fort . Tarun breifed us about the Jain Temple, how Chandni Chow was built. When it was build, areas are allocated on the basis of caste system. That's why you see lot of temples in the beginning of Chandni Chowk. I wasn't aware of this fact. And when Chandni Chowk was build, various communities from various parts of the country were invited to live there.We walked through the streets of Chadni Chowk and also enjoyed some of the popular food  offered in these streets. Most of the shops were closed till 10am, but food shops were open, so that's an appropriate time to be in Chandni Chowk. After 11am it gets very crowded.Chandi Chowk challenge a Photographer in you and that's when you realize how difficult street photography is. It's quite challenging to make images which are meaningful and express something about the place and it's people.It's a great experience to walk around these streets of Old Delhi and notice the action. It's very different from rest of the city and that's why it has it's own charm . These 2 men were awesome. They were calmly posing for few minutes. Otherwise I have seen people around these street who get irritated with cameramen. Because thousands of cameras click these street everyday, I am sure all the experiences would not be pleasant for people around these streets of Old Delhi.You see unique things around these streets. Above is the town hall where people come and offer grains to pigeons. Everyone keep pouring the plates even when there is more than enough. There are 3 folks just outside the townhall who only sell these grains whole day.There are lot of temples in the streets of Chandni Chowk. Here is a beautiful scene when a lady comes out of the temple, offers prasad to these ladies and indulge in morning chit-chat.What a classic way of spending the mornings. There are lot of folks in Old Delhi who live in small rooms, houses and go out for work during the day. Most of the times the day starts for them with a cup of tea in streets and newspaper.Around these streets, you would find lot of different things. Folks cleaning ears on streets, dentists sitting around the streets and fixing up the problems and folks selling old coins from different centuries and from various countries on the globe.Chandni Chowk has much more than what anyone can explore in a day.

Trek to Malana from Kasol, Himachal Pradesh


After reading our most post on Kasol, lot of folks write to us about knowing more about Malana as well. Malana is quite familiar to many because of it's presence in many documentaries and other reasons. It's pretty different from rest of the world. The lifestyle, community, beliefs and democracy. All residents of Malana follow their customs and rules religiously. It's a trek through beautiful terrains around Parvati Valley. 

Adobe Slate - A Brilliant tool for Visual Story Telling


Hi Blogger friends and story tellers, recently I tried Adobe Slate to share some of my Travel and family stories through photographs. I am super impressed with the kind of results I could achieve with Adobe Slate. Click on any of these 3 stories I created using Adobe Slate (by clicking on these photograph)

In discovery of butterflies around Himalayan state of India - with Reetu Patial

Lot of us explore different places in search of peace, heritage, hills, beaches, cultures, food and lot more. But have you ever of anyone who visit places in search of Butterflies. Yes, you read it right. Today I am sharing about another inspiring explorer who goes to different parts of Himachal Pradesh to meet various butterflies and study them.   Today I am sharing abut Reetu Patial who is a Wildlife professional in Himalayan State of India – Himachal Pradesh. She has a unique hobby of finding different types of Himalayan Butterflies and capture them in her camera. When I asked how it started and what you want to do - “When I started wildlife job and met lot of conservation experts. Butterflies seemed very special to me and especially butterflies of Himachal Pradesh. I have been able to find 150 of them and will continue to discover more. I feel that I need to know lot more to find next set of butterflies. Understanding their habitat and other characteristics can guide me better. So far, I have been doing this search without any strategy but now more knowledge and strategy is required.”

Lot of us explore different places in search of peace, heritage, hills, beaches, cultures, food and lot more. But have you ever of anyone who visit places in search of Butterflies. Yes, you read it right. Today I am sharing about another inspiring explorer who goes to different parts of Himachal Pradesh to meet various butterflies and study them.   Today I am sharing abut Reetu Patial who is a Wildlife professional in Himalayan State of India – Himachal Pradesh. She has a unique hobby of finding different types of Himalayan Butterflies and capture them in her camera. When I asked how it started and what you want to do - “When I started wildlife job and met lot of conservation experts. Butterflies seemed very special to me and especially butterflies of Himachal Pradesh. I have been able to find 150 of them and will continue to discover more. I feel that I need to know lot more to find next set of butterflies. Understanding their habitat and other characteristics can guide me better. So far, I have been doing this search without any strategy but now more knowledge and strategy is required.” Lot of us explore different places in search of peace, heritage, hills, beaches, cultures, food and lot more. But have you ever heard of anyone who visit places in search of Butterflies. Yes, you read it right. Today I am sharing about another inspiring explorer who goes to different parts of Himachal Pradesh to meet various butterflies and study them. 

Today I am sharing abut Reetu Patial who is a Wildlife professional in Himalayan State of India – Himachal Pradesh. She has a unique hobby of finding different types of Himalayan Butterflies and capture them in her camera. When I asked how it started and what you want to do - “When I started wildlife job and met lot of conservation experts. Butterflies seemed very special to me and especially butterflies of Himachal Pradesh. I have been able to find 150 of them and will continue to discover more. I feel that I need to know lot more to find next set of butterflies. Understanding their habitat and other characteristics can guide me better. So far, I have been doing this search without any strategy but now more knowledge and strategy is required.” 

Lot of us explore different places in search of peace, heritage, hills, beaches, cultures, food and lot more. But have you ever of anyone who visit places in search of Butterflies. Yes, you read it right. Today I am sharing about another inspiring explorer who goes to different parts of Himachal Pradesh to meet various butterflies and study them.   Today I am sharing abut Reetu Patial who is a Wildlife professional in Himalayan State of India – Himachal Pradesh. She has a unique hobby of finding different types of Himalayan Butterflies and capture them in her camera. When I asked how it started and what you want to do - “When I started wildlife job and met lot of conservation experts. Butterflies seemed very special to me and especially butterflies of Himachal Pradesh. I have been able to find 150 of them and will continue to discover more. I feel that I need to know lot more to find next set of butterflies. Understanding their habitat and other characteristics can guide me better. So far, I have been doing this search without any strategy but now more knowledge and strategy is required.”

I have met Reetu in one of the bird counting drives at Pong dam. She is very calm and has sharp focus. Imagine the amount of patience needed to follow butterflies and how satisfying it would be when you can capture them clearly in your camera. Wish to meet her again and talk a lot about her discovery of butterflies in Himachal Pradesh.

After knowing her, I have started observing butterflies and how each of them is different in terms of shape, colors, flight etc. Although I know a little but that is how a new thing starts and make this world more beautiful for you. As a photographer, I also try to spend more time observing things around me rather than keep clicking in a hope that I would get a good shot. 

Canon 1300D Vs Nikon 3300D - Which one is better entry level DSLR?


   When I look out for reviews and comparisons of products I want to buy, I find it difficult to read long posts which compare things which are just jargons for me and there is no clear verdict. And at the end I am more confused :). For my recent reviews I have started adding verdicts and in past at least 40 friends and family went ahead with my verdict and bought cameras I suggested and all of them are happy with what they have. And that makes me more confident in suggesting products which are either used by me for some project or by my serious photographer friends. Although this post is about comparison of Canon 1300D and Nikon D3300, but feel free to reach us for detailed views on other cameras.    And if you are also keen on checking comparison of Canon 1200D and Canon 1300D, do check out our old post about it.     It's very interesting that Nikon has also joined the race of Megapixels. Earlier Canon used to launch high megapixel cameras. Nikon offers 24 megapixels in Nikon D3300 while Canon 1300D has 18mp. That is a significant difference but 18m is not bad at all. Personally I don't bother much about these high numbers, especially when we talk about entry level DSLR, which is mainly for home users or beginners.  Having a bigger size is necessary to support more pixels and hence you see bigger sensor-size in Nikon. I would give + to that.   Let me share an interesting fact about MP and Sensor size. If you have higher megapixels on same sized sensor, it's no value addition and in fact a loss. You would see more noise in low light photographs clicked with camera which offers high MP on smaller sensor. So keep this factor in mind when you buy a camera phone as well.   Nikon D3300 also offers more more AF points as compared to Canon 1300D. 11 Vs 9. It's pretty helpful and very important. This gives you more flexibility in focussing on some specific parts of the frame. Although difference of 9 vs 11 is not huge, but it would be unfair to expect more difference at this cost.  ISO range is also higher in Nikon D3300 but having a huge range doesn't really mean that everything fine. It's again about sensor capabilities vs ISO. More ISO means that you can click better clicks in low light by avoiding camera shake. Personally I prefer higher ISO range because noisy image is always better than shaky image, so it works well in worst light conditions. So Nikon wins on this.   Nikon D3300 offer 5fps and Canon D1300 supports 3fps.     I have picked screenshots of spec comparisons from other place but all detailed reviews are mine. In above screenshot ignore the last green on the left (Canon 1300D). More weight of camera can't be better :)  Canon 1300D wins on Wi-Fi and NFC. And if this is something which is must for you then you can probably ignore other factor because comparative offerings of Canon 1300D are not bad  Verdict - Both the cameras offer good set of features but Nikon D3300 certainly offers more. Even the cost of Nikon D3300 is less than Canon 1300D as of today (17th April'2016 - Nikon D3300 - 23,885 Rs Vs Canon 1300D - 26,995 Rs ). I would recommend to go for Nikon D3300 over Canon 1300D, unless the price ranges change.   Please drop your comments if you have any specific questions around this.


When I look out for reviews and comparisons of products I want to buy, I find it difficult to read long posts which compare things which are just jargons for me and there is no clear verdict. And at the end I am more confused :). For my recent reviews I have started adding verdicts and in past at least 40 friends and family went ahead with my verdict and bought cameras I suggested and all of them are happy with what they have. And that makes me more confident in suggesting products which are either used by me for some project or by my serious photographer friends. Although this post is about comparison of Canon 1300D and Nikon D3300, but feel free to reach us for detailed views on other cameras. 
   When I look out for reviews and comparisons of products I want to buy, I find it difficult to read long posts which compare things which are just jargons for me and there is no clear verdict. And at the end I am more confused :). For my recent reviews I have started adding verdicts and in past at least 40 friends and family went ahead with my verdict and bought cameras I suggested and all of them are happy with what they have. And that makes me more confident in suggesting products which are either used by me for some project or by my serious photographer friends. Although this post is about comparison of Canon 1300D and Nikon D3300, but feel free to reach us for detailed views on other cameras.    And if you are also keen on checking comparison of Canon 1200D and Canon 1300D, do check out our old post about it.     It's very interesting that Nikon has also joined the race of Megapixels. Earlier Canon used to launch high megapixel cameras. Nikon offers 24 megapixels in Nikon D3300 while Canon 1300D has 18mp. That is a significant difference but 18m is not bad at all. Personally I don't bother much about these high numbers, especially when we talk about entry level DSLR, which is mainly for home users or beginners.  Having a bigger size is necessary to support more pixels and hence you see bigger sensor-size in Nikon. I would give + to that.   Let me share an interesting fact about MP and Sensor size. If you have higher megapixels on same sized sensor, it's no value addition and in fact a loss. You would see more noise in low light photographs clicked with camera which offers high MP on smaller sensor. So keep this factor in mind when you buy a camera phone as well.   Nikon D3300 also offers more more AF points as compared to Canon 1300D. 11 Vs 9. It's pretty helpful and very important. This gives you more flexibility in focussing on some specific parts of the frame. Although difference of 9 vs 11 is not huge, but it would be unfair to expect more difference at this cost.  ISO range is also higher in Nikon D3300 but having a huge range doesn't really mean that everything fine. It's again about sensor capabilities vs ISO. More ISO means that you can click better clicks in low light by avoiding camera shake. Personally I prefer higher ISO range because noisy image is always better than shaky image, so it works well in worst light conditions. So Nikon wins on this.   Nikon D3300 offer 5fps and Canon D1300 supports 3fps.     I have picked screenshots of spec comparisons from other place but all detailed reviews are mine. In above screenshot ignore the last green on the left (Canon 1300D). More weight of camera can't be better :)  Canon 1300D wins on Wi-Fi and NFC. And if this is something which is must for you then you can probably ignore other factor because comparative offerings of Canon 1300D are not bad  Verdict - Both the cameras offer good set of features but Nikon D3300 certainly offers more. Even the cost of Nikon D3300 is less than Canon 1300D as of today (17th April'2016 - Nikon D3300 - 23,885 Rs Vs Canon 1300D - 26,995 Rs ). I would recommend to go for Nikon D3300 over Canon 1300D, unless the price ranges change.   Please drop your comments if you have any specific questions around this.

Kinnaur diaries with Arnav Tandon - Sangla & Chitkul in Winters

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others. We took a taxi to chitkul but the driver was little scared off the road conditions.The moment we reached raksham we found the roads are not in proper shape to travel further . So we took a risk and started walking.It was around 10kms that we decided to go by foot .The snow was almost touching our shoes bottom ,but  After few hours the snow started rising from mm to cms .The beauty around the valley was getting more exotic .It took us more than 4hrs to complete the 10kms patch between  raksham and chitkul .This  bridge gave us a hope that we are close to our destination.Finally after the tiring journey we made it toChitkul ,we  had a comfortable stay in HP Pwd resthouse. The best part was that the electricity was on full voltage which kept us warmer in such parky weather  .The next morning we roamed around the chitkul village .My friend decided to take some vitamin D before we walk back 10kms to raksham to catch a bus to reckongpeo.While he was having a sun on his head i decided to have a cup of tea with the local's.Somebody said it true , Chitkul looks best in winters .The only thing I learned from this trip , that  life in winters is really difficult here and I experienced it in this short trip to Chitkul , kinnaur (H.P)

It was 21st feb '2016 the day we reached sangla , the local's recommended us not to travel further because the roads were closed for chitkul but we mandyals always love to do what obstruct others.

Canon's new entry level DSLR 'Canon 1300D' and how it stands against other options


Recently Canon launched 1300D, another entry level DSLR for hobbyists and home users. I haven't used Canon's entry level cameras earlier but know few friends who have been using 1100D and 1200D. 



The elaborate 'Change of Guards' ceremony at Indian President's House, New Delhi

  Long time back when started searching about Change of Guards, goolge was suggesting London or Buckinghom Palce. On searching more I got the confirmation that Change of Guards at Indian President's house is open for public on Sturdays. For a long time, the visit remained in plans till I saw the blog by Ruby Singh. So this saturday we planned to visit President's house to witness Change of Guards in morning.     Since the ceremony starts at 8am sharp one needs to plan the day early. All of us were up by 5:30 and started from Noida at 6:30am. It hardly took 30 minutes to reach Rashtrapati House in morning and that gave us enough time to figure out the entry gate and car parking.    We followed the road which connects India Gate to President's house. And when we reached at the entry, police directed us to Dalhousie Road and asked to enter from Gate number 37. When I talked to them, it seemed that no one at entry was very sure. They were sure of one thing that some shooting is happening so entry through gate number 2 is not possible. Anyways we headed to Gate number 37. The security man at Gate number 37 was not sure if entry would happen through this gate. So we requested to confirm so that we head towards the right entry gate. There were 5 more cars following us :). He had few calls and confirmed that entry would happen through gate number 37 and car parking is also available inside. That was a great news because finding parking in this region would be a task (because of security reasons).     As we parked our car, Vibha and I were thinking about the security. No one checked our car and we were already in President's house premises. While we were discussing this, we saw these jawans going towards the ceremony ground. It was a good indication that we should walk fast as it was 7:50 already.      We reached the ceremony and almost all chairs were empty. I headed to the first row and a jawan asked me to move to second row. He mentioned that first row is reserved, while there is no such thing. This is first time I experienced an Armyman cheating in front of me. Anyways, it was not a big deal so I simply moved to second row. By now, only Army band was available at the ceremony ground. And a man was describing about the whole process on loudspeaker.     And then Change of Guard Ceremony started. The Army band started playing 'Saare Jahan se Achha' and these Jawans entered the ceremony ground on their magnificent horses.     At the beginning of the ceremony who see so much disciplined action and feel energetic. There must be a reason why Army ensures that every Jawan is highly disciplined and energetic. Looking at their each action you feel proud.    These horses are amazingly trained. All of them take position and ensure that each one is in row. While standing they hardly do any movement. A few times, you can see some movement around their neck but their legs remain at same position all the time. When we walk, each of them are in sync. I have also seen Beating the Retreat ceremony and was super impressed with camels trained for that ceremony.     Guards already on duty came to foreground of Rashtrapati Bhawan and took their place. Soon after the new set of guards joined them on ground and the formalities started.       All of them were walking with full energy and enthusiasm. Please note the dirt around their feet. All of them were in sync and accurate.       New guards are inspected. It's hard for me to describe each and every ceremony on ground and that's the reason that you should visit Rashtrapati Bhawan on any Saturday to witness the action yourself.     I was super happy to see a Photographer and Videographer who were covering the ceremony. I have never seen Army Photographer earlier and wondering what's the eligibility to become a Photographer with Indian Army :).    The ceremony concluded with some interesting actions by horses. Do check out the video for full action and I found it very interesting.     Some quick details -   Time of Change of Guards - 8 am sharp  When should one reach - By 7:30am (Reason behind this time is explained above) Nearest Metro Station to Indian President's House - Central Secretariat Car Parking around President's House - If entering from Gate-37, parking is available inside. If entering from main gate (Gate no 2, you need to park near water fountains - As per traffic police, it's allowed in morning although I was not very sure ) . Otherwise you can on the road connecting President's House with India Gate.  Entry Ticket for Change of Guards - No ticket or special permission needed Documents to carry - Any valid identity proof in original form.     Mom and dad moving back towards the car after witnessing Change of Guard.     Selfidow or something else. Some creative suggesstions are welcome.    These carved elephants caught my attention and thought of taking a quick shot. The President House has very beautiful carvings all around.     While we were heading towards the car parking we noticed these folks taking some rest in shade. This was the troop, which gave charge to the new team.     This is how Delhi roads look on weekend morning :)  How here is a quiz for you - Which of these photographs are clicked with DSLR and Mobile Camera? Do answer through comment below (And you have to judge through visuals only). The one who answers correctly would get something interesting from Travellingcamera.com Team !!!

Long time back when started searching about Change of Guards, goolge was suggesting London or Buckinghom Palce. On searching more I got the confirmation that Change of Guards at Indian President's house is open for public on Sturdays. For a long time, the visit remained in plans till I saw the blog by Ruby Singh. So this saturday we planned to visit President's house to witness Change of Guards in morning. 

  Long time back when started searching about Change of Guards, goolge was suggesting London or Buckinghom Palce. On searching more I got the confirmation that Change of Guards at Indian President's house is open for public on Sturdays. For a long time, the visit remained in plans till I saw the blog by Ruby Singh. So this saturday we planned to visit President's house to witness Change of Guards in morning.     Since the ceremony starts at 8am sharp one needs to plan the day early. All of us were up by 5:30 and started from Noida at 6:30am. It hardly took 30 minutes to reach Rashtrapati House in morning and that gave us enough time to figure out the entry gate and car parking.    We followed the road which connects India Gate to President's house. And when we reached at the entry, police directed us to Dalhousie Road and asked to enter from Gate number 37. When I talked to them, it seemed that no one at entry was very sure. They were sure of one thing that some shooting is happening so entry through gate number 2 is not possible. Anyways we headed to Gate number 37. The security man at Gate number 37 was not sure if entry would happen through this gate. So we requested to confirm so that we head towards the right entry gate. There were 5 more cars following us :). He had few calls and confirmed that entry would happen through gate number 37 and car parking is also available inside. That was a great news because finding parking in this region would be a task (because of security reasons).     As we parked our car, Vibha and I were thinking about the security. No one checked our car and we were already in President's house premises. While we were discussing this, we saw these jawans going towards the ceremony ground. It was a good indication that we should walk fast as it was 7:50 already.      We reached the ceremony and almost all chairs were empty. I headed to the first row and a jawan asked me to move to second row. He mentioned that first row is reserved, while there is no such thing. This is first time I experienced an Armyman cheating in front of me. Anyways, it was not a big deal so I simply moved to second row. By now, only Army band was available at the ceremony ground. And a man was describing about the whole process on loudspeaker.     And then Change of Guard Ceremony started. The Army band started playing 'Saare Jahan se Achha' and these Jawans entered the ceremony ground on their magnificent horses.     At the beginning of the ceremony who see so much disciplined action and feel energetic. There must be a reason why Army ensures that every Jawan is highly disciplined and energetic. Looking at their each action you feel proud.    These horses are amazingly trained. All of them take position and ensure that each one is in row. While standing they hardly do any movement. A few times, you can see some movement around their neck but their legs remain at same position all the time. When we walk, each of them are in sync. I have also seen Beating the Retreat ceremony and was super impressed with camels trained for that ceremony.     Guards already on duty came to foreground of Rashtrapati Bhawan and took their place. Soon after the new set of guards joined them on ground and the formalities started.       All of them were walking with full energy and enthusiasm. Please note the dirt around their feet. All of them were in sync and accurate.       New guards are inspected. It's hard for me to describe each and every ceremony on ground and that's the reason that you should visit Rashtrapati Bhawan on any Saturday to witness the action yourself.     I was super happy to see a Photographer and Videographer who were covering the ceremony. I have never seen Army Photographer earlier and wondering what's the eligibility to become a Photographer with Indian Army :).    The ceremony concluded with some interesting actions by horses. Do check out the video for full action and I found it very interesting.     Some quick details -   Time of Change of Guards - 8 am sharp  When should one reach - By 7:30am (Reason behind this time is explained above) Nearest Metro Station to Indian President's House - Central Secretariat Car Parking around President's House - If entering from Gate-37, parking is available inside. If entering from main gate (Gate no 2, you need to park near water fountains - As per traffic police, it's allowed in morning although I was not very sure ) . Otherwise you can on the road connecting President's House with India Gate.  Entry Ticket for Change of Guards - No ticket or special permission needed Documents to carry - Any valid identity proof in original form.     Mom and dad moving back towards the car after witnessing Change of Guard.     Selfidow or something else. Some creative suggesstions are welcome.    These carved elephants caught my attention and thought of taking a quick shot. The President House has very beautiful carvings all around.     While we were heading towards the car parking we noticed these folks taking some rest in shade. This was the troop, which gave charge to the new team.     This is how Delhi roads look on weekend morning :)  How here is a quiz for you - Which of these photographs are clicked with DSLR and Mobile Camera? Do answer through comment below (And you have to judge through visuals only). The one who answers correctly would get something interesting from Travellingcamera.com Team !!!
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