Backpackers' Paradise 'Zostel' in Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Himalayas invite lot of backpackers from different parts of the world and Manali <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/search/label/Manali> is one of the most popular himlayan destination for trekkers <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2010/08/wonderful-trekking-experience-of-bijli_16.html>, hikers, backpackers and adventure lovers. And today I have a great news to share with all backpackers who are planning a trip to Manali in Himachal Pradesh (India) <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/search/label/Himachal%20Pradesh>. Manali has got Zostel now, which is very well equipped with all that you need during your trip.I have not yet stayed in any Zostel but have heard good things from backpacker friends. This is second Zostel in Himalayan State of India - Himachal Pradesh.The place looks cozy and traveller friendly. Manali <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2015/12/how-to-reach-manali-and-main-places-to.html> certainly deserves a good place like this, as it's one of the popular destinations among travellers and backpackers.Zostel Manali is located around my favorite part of Manali town. It's located near Old Manali <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2010/09/very-old-manu-temple-in-manali-town-of.html>. There is a a beautiful Manu temple in Old Manali.Manali is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and unlimited adventure activities. This whole region of Himachal Pradesh has plenty of options for explorers.Zostel Manali has beautiful 6 dorms and 5 private rooms with brilliant views of snow covered peaks. Zostel Manali has 4 Bed Mixed Dorm, 4 Bed Female Dorm, and 2 Bed Mixed Dorm.While in Himachal, one should certainly try local cuisine <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/05/taste-of-himachal-platter-of-delicacies.html>. I am sure that Zostel Manali would certainly be helping the guests with some of the popular cuisines of Himachal Pradesh.At Zostel Manali, you can expect following facilities Cafes & Restaurants* Comfortable beds* Common Hangout Areas* High-Speed Wi-Fi Connection* Laundry Services* TV* Board Games and Consoles* Secure Lockers* Outdoor Activities such as Trekking & Mountain Biking Tariff at Zostel Manali look pocket friendly. I would encourage to check more details at Zostel website.  Zostel Manali has beautiful garden cafe. It's spacious and good to network with like minded and passionate backpackers from different parts of the world.Do check out more about Zostel Manali at http://www.zostel.com/

Himalayas invite lot of backpackers from different parts of the world and Manali is one of the most popular himlayan destination for trekkers, hikers, backpackers and adventure lovers. And today I have a great news to share with all backpackers who are planning a trip to Manali in Himachal Pradesh (India). Manali has got Zostel now, which is very well equipped with all that you need during your trip. 

Himalayas invite lot of backpackers from different parts of the world and Manali <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/search/label/Manali> is one of the most popular himlayan destination for trekkers <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2010/08/wonderful-trekking-experience-of-bijli_16.html>, hikers, backpackers and adventure lovers. And today I have a great news to share with all backpackers who are planning a trip to Manali in Himachal Pradesh (India) <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/search/label/Himachal%20Pradesh>. Manali has got Zostel now, which is very well equipped with all that you need during your trip.I have not yet stayed in any Zostel but have heard good things from backpacker friends. This is second Zostel in Himalayan State of India - Himachal Pradesh.The place looks cozy and traveller friendly. Manali <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2015/12/how-to-reach-manali-and-main-places-to.html> certainly deserves a good place like this, as it's one of the popular destinations among travellers and backpackers.Zostel Manali is located around my favorite part of Manali town. It's located near Old Manali <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2010/09/very-old-manu-temple-in-manali-town-of.html>. There is a a beautiful Manu temple in Old Manali.Manali is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and unlimited adventure activities. This whole region of Himachal Pradesh has plenty of options for explorers.Zostel Manali has beautiful 6 dorms and 5 private rooms with brilliant views of snow covered peaks. Zostel Manali has 4 Bed Mixed Dorm, 4 Bed Female Dorm, and 2 Bed Mixed Dorm.While in Himachal, one should certainly try local cuisine <http://phototravelings.blogspot.com/2016/05/taste-of-himachal-platter-of-delicacies.html>. I am sure that Zostel Manali would certainly be helping the guests with some of the popular cuisines of Himachal Pradesh.At Zostel Manali, you can expect following facilities Cafes & Restaurants* Comfortable beds* Common Hangout Areas* High-Speed Wi-Fi Connection* Laundry Services* TV* Board Games and Consoles* Secure Lockers* Outdoor Activities such as Trekking & Mountain Biking Tariff at Zostel Manali look pocket friendly. I would encourage to check more details at Zostel website.  Zostel Manali has beautiful garden cafe. It's spacious and good to network with like minded and passionate backpackers from different parts of the world.Do check out more about Zostel Manali at http://www.zostel.com/

Indian Bazars - Colors, Crowd, Negotiations and lot more


It's been more than 7 months that I touched a DSLR camera. My mobile camera has been doing a great job at capturing some of the events I observed in recent past. Most of the photographs in this Photo Journey are clicked in evening vegetable market around Wave City Centre.  

Tour de Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan (India) - by Kaushik Saha

  I visited Pushkar in November 2010, during the Camel Fair. It was an overwhelming sight–thousands of camels and their herders, lakhs of pilgrims from every corner of the country, village folk dressed in their colourful best, and hundreds of make-shift shops stuffed with everything under the sun–from toys and shoes to swords and daggers straight out of a Hollywood movie.        After spending one evening shooting the scenes at the fair, I headed out to town the next day. The ancient alleys buzzed with people from all over the world – tourists and hippies, backpackers and devout pilgrims. Barber shops sported signboards in Hebrew, cafes promised chapatis and ‘real’ Italian coffee, while the temples drew in the faithful by the hundreds. Above, hot air balloons dotted the sky, offering a bird’s-eye view of the spectacle below.                                      As I wandered through the streets, I chanced upon a small temple in one of the innumerable alleys. Inside, across a courtyard, was a shrine to Kabir. The priest invited me in and I sat down for a chat. A roughly hewn, black stone image of the seer sat against a wall, surveying the human carnival. I stayed a while soaking in the peace and quiet of the shrine, then picked up my camera and walked out into the streets, promising to come back next time I visited Pushkar.

I visited Pushkar in November 2010, during the Camel Fair. It was an overwhelming sight–thousands of camels and their herders, lakhs of pilgrims from every corner of the country, village folk dressed in their colourful best, and hundreds of make-shift shops stuffed with everything under the sun–from toys and shoes to swords and daggers straight out of a Hollywood movie.

  I visited Pushkar in November 2010, during the Camel Fair. It was an overwhelming sight–thousands of camels and their herders, lakhs of pilgrims from every corner of the country, village folk dressed in their colourful best, and hundreds of make-shift shops stuffed with everything under the sun–from toys and shoes to swords and daggers straight out of a Hollywood movie.        After spending one evening shooting the scenes at the fair, I headed out to town the next day. The ancient alleys buzzed with people from all over the world – tourists and hippies, backpackers and devout pilgrims. Barber shops sported signboards in Hebrew, cafes promised chapatis and ‘real’ Italian coffee, while the temples drew in the faithful by the hundreds. Above, hot air balloons dotted the sky, offering a bird’s-eye view of the spectacle below.                                      As I wandered through the streets, I chanced upon a small temple in one of the innumerable alleys. Inside, across a courtyard, was a shrine to Kabir. The priest invited me in and I sat down for a chat. A roughly hewn, black stone image of the seer sat against a wall, surveying the human carnival. I stayed a while soaking in the peace and quiet of the shrine, then picked up my camera and walked out into the streets, promising to come back next time I visited Pushkar.

Making Photography an Art - Justin Rabindra, a well known face in Candid Wedding Photography scene



* About yourself : Who you want world to know about you?

I bring a certain aesthetic sense to photography as a result of having spent over 25 years in advertising. I shoot primarily food for hotels and more recently for food tech companies that are mushrooming in Gurgaon mostly. I find food photography exciting, to work with a talented chef to make food look appealing. The challenge is to make it look so good that people order by just looking at your image. And are willing to pay a good price for a dish.

Taste of Himachal - A platter of delicacies from the hills

Different parts of Himachal has different cuisines and it varies according to the weather & other factors like agricultural status, communities, population density etc. During normal days dal-chawal, roti-sabzi, curd & other mild products are used in meals. But special preparations are done during festivals or special occasions. The whole setup of having specialize cooks making selected food items is called Dham. Dham of Mandi is different than what you get in Kangra. This Photo Journey shares more about Himachali Dham and various aspects associated with it. As a traveller you should find out opportunities to experience Himachali Dham. This post will also share some tips for that :).  Like other Indian states, Himachal Pradesh also has it's own cuisines and some of them are popular in some parts of the state. I am not a foodie but thought of compiling this list of popular Himachali Cuisine enjoyed. I have also tried to add some links to recipes shared by experts.   Dham धाम is most popular Himachali cuisine and it's not a single dish but an array of dishes prepared in very special way. Dham preparation varies from one region to another. Like dishes served in Kangra Dham are different than what you experience in Mandi Dham. Do click on the link to know more about Dham - what is dham, when it's prepared, who prepares and how it's served etc. No celebration is Himachal is complete without Dham.  Sepu Badi सेपु बड़ी is made up of Mah daal. Mah dal is kept in water overnight and paste is made in grinder. Cuboids of this paste are fried. Now these fried pieces can also be kept for few weeks. And then fried in coriander, onion, garlic, tomatoes to make delicious gravy. Sepu Badi is one of the popular dish in Mandi Dham as well.   Rehru रेहरु - Himachalis make their own kind of Kadhi. Rehru is form of Kadhi which is made quick and with fresh lassi. It's so simple to make Rehru. A quick Tadka of coriander with pinch of salt & turmeric. Since most of the houses have easy access to Lassi, Rehru is common side dish in Himachal. कचालू कड़ी is another form of Kadhi which is popular in Himachal. It's also called Khairu.  Aloo Palda आलू पलदा - Potatoes with thick gravy of curd. In my childhood, I was never able to differentiate between Kadhi and Aoo ka Palda. Because most of the time Kadhi was also made using curd and hence very thick. But gradually I learned the difference. It's very yummy dish and you may want to check it's recipe here.   Jhol झोल - Like famous rice-curd from south, Jhol is rice cooked in buttermilk. Rice is simply put into buttermilk and boiled. At times salt is also added before boiling while some enjoy adding salt while serving. It seems that people used to enjoy Jhol with sendha namak in early days.   Mittha मिट्ठा - As the name itself says it's sweet dish which served at the beginning of a meal. In some parts of Himachal it's served at the end of a meal. Mittha is made up of various things but Pumpkin Mittha ( कददू मिट्ठा  )  and  Badana Mittha are most popular. Sweet Fennel, small pieces of coconut and Raisins are also added. Mittha is not made everyday but on special occasions and if there are guests at home.  Sidu सिड्डू - It's a kind of bread which is made by wheat flour.  This is usually served with ghee or dal. More about Sidu and it's recipe can be checked here.  Babru बबरू - Babru is usually cooked on auspicious occasions and the process of making Babru is very interesting. Wheat flour is fermented and then fried in oil. They are soft and sweet. Babrus are packed & sent to relatives when you have a function at home and want to invite your loved ones. Gradually readymade sweets replaced this tradition but still it's followed in small villages. Babroos are also made to celebrate birthdays. My Grandmother makes Babru on my birthday. Before distributing to all families in the village, a few are served to God.  Chana Madra चना मद्रा - Madra is thick gravy and rich in ghee. There are different types of Madras made in Himachal Pradesh but Chana Madra is one of the most popular. Chana Madra is specially included in Kangra Dham. When I searched, I came across this brilliant post which shares the recipe of Chana Madra - Check out  Kadoo ka Khatta कदू का खट्टा - Since Pumpkin is found in abundance and can be stored for a longer period of time, it's used in lot of Himachal Dishes and the most popular is कदू का खट्टा.  Daal Maah दाल माह (काली दाल ) - Black Lentils or Mah dal is favorite dal of Himachalis. And it's one of the important dishes served in Dham. It's usually spicy and thick. I see some relation of Kali Dal and Dal Makhani, as both Punjab & Himachal are adjacent states. In fact, some part of Himachal was earlier in Punjab.   Ainklee or Patande पटांडे - It's a bread made up on rice flour. Looks more like Dosa but since ingredient is different it's taste if very different. Usually consumed with sweet milk or Mah daal. And Desi ghee in Mah dal is preferred when you want to enjoy Ainklee. It's made in most of the house on Diali Night. Ainklee is also made on some special occasions at home.  Tudkya Bhaat तुडकिरा भत्त It's basically fried rice. Many times remaining veggies are fried in rice. This is a very generic term used and ingredients vary from one part to other. Usually Tudkya Bhaat is also made from left-over food from Dham.   Rahra Chicken राहरा - Although mutton is popular non-veg dish in Himachal but when Chicken is preferred over mutton, Rahra Checken is made.   Malpua मालपुआ Malpua is quite popular in other states of India. It's sweet dish made up of wheat flour/maida and dipped in sugar syrup.   Daal ke bhalle दाल के भल्ले  Kachalu Kadi कचालू कड़ी - Colocasia roots ( अरबी  ) is called कचालू in Himachal. If you are aware of Kadhi Pakoda, this form of Kadhi has fried कचालू instead of pakoras. This is usually served with मक्की की रोटी ( Corn Bread) and usually preferred in winters, but it's not that कचालू कड़ी is not made in other seasons.  Ghandyali da Khatta गण्डयालि खट्टा  Auriyali Moong dal औरियाली मूंग दाल - Kashundi ( Mustard seed ) is known as 'ओरी ' in Himachal. And moong dal is made with Kashundi. This is usually part of Dham, but also made as regular meal at home. Usually it's खट्टी dal.   While compiling this post, I realized that writing about food and recipes is difficult to explain in English as compared to Hindi. Probably I need to read more food blogs and the recipes shared on these blogs.   If you have ever tasted any of these Himachali Cuisines, do share your inputs and I would appreciate if you can share photographs. And do feel free to mention in comments if I missed anything which is specific to Himachal Pradesh.

Like other Indian states, Himachal Pradesh also has it's own cuisines and some of them are popular in some parts of the state. I am not a foodie but thought of compiling this list of popular Himachali Cuisine enjoyed. I have also tried to add some links to recipes shared by experts. 

Tungnath - The third Kedar and Chandrashila (By Raghav Arora)


We started off from Rishikesh in the wee hours of a Saturday morning when dusk was about to break. Took the Garhwal Parihavan bus, a frequent service between the town and all the major areas in the Garhwal region. The mountains of Uttarakhand seem more rocky and a river would always accompany you down the valley, changing it's name at various places. The first halt was after 70 kms, at Devaprayag, where the rivers Alakananda and Bhagirathi and  - convulge. A clear distinction of different shades of water can be seen merging into one. Another 70 kms from there is Rudryaprayag, another district of Uttarakhand, about 30 kms from Srinagar.

Simple & Effective Photography Lighting Lesson by Joe Edelman


Today I came across this brilliant video on understanding lighting through experiments with Egg. Mr Joe Edelman talks about some exercises to better understand light. Initially I thought, I would share this video on our Facebook & Twitter handle but then there are lot of you who visit the blog or subscribed to the blog-stream.

After checking out the video, you would be surprised how simple experiment it is and easy to execute at home. And Joe has explained it brilliantly. It's mainly about positioning an egg at one position and see how the shadow on egg because of change in light modifies the whole frame. And then putting the egg in fixed light and change your camera angle. I would encourage to check the video for detailed information and try yourself.

I am yet to try this, but sounds very interesting. Do check out and let us know if you tried & how was the experience.

Chatori Dilli || Exploring the 'popular' Food Options of 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.

Old Delhi has it's own charm and that's why lot of travelers don't miss to explore this part of Delhi. Apart from it's heritage and old world charm, Old Delhi also offers great options for foodies. There are plenty of food businesses in Old Delhi which are flourishing for centuries (yes, you read it right - centuries)

Old Delhi has it's own charm and that's why lot of travelers don't miss to explore this part of Delhi. Apart from it's heritage and old world charm, Old Delhi also offers great options for foodies. There are plenty of food businesses in Old Delhi which are flourishing for centuries (yes, you read it right - centuries)Natraj Dahi Bhalle - This is one of the popular corner shop in Chandni Chowk, where you can enjoy Dahi Bhalle and they also serve Aaloo Tikki. Frankly speaking, I am not a huge fan of 'popular' places of delhi, which are usually defined by number of people waiting outside. I have eaten Dahi Bhalle at Nataraj many times, but I could never find it very impressive. At the same time, it was not bad at all. Balle served are very soft, but don't we find soft bhalle at other places? Famous Jalebi - As we move from Jain Temple towards Fatehpuri Masjid, this Jalebi shop comes on the left. It's a small corner shop which mainly serves Jalebis made in desi ghee and samosas. From the shape and thickness, these didn't seem interesting to me. But when I tried, I found them quite tasty. I always thought that only thin Jalebis can be interesting, but these were really good. 500 Rs per kg and usually served in small plates. 50gm or 100gm.Nagodi at Kedarnath Premchand Halwai - Nagodi is a smaller form of puri and crisp like golgappas. It's served with Aaloo ki Sabzi and Halwa. It's a brilliant breakfast. A plate of 4 Nagodis, Sabzi and Halwa costs 25 rs. Lot of folks come here in morning and get it packed for breakfast, especially during weekends. Check out the photograph below to know how Nagodis are eaten. I loved Nagodis.Poori at Chaina ram - After Nagodis it makes sense to talk about Poori, one of the most preferred breakfast food in North India. Chaina Ram's poori are very popular. Famous Rabri Faluda - When you take right from Fatehpuri Masjid and walk 100 meters, you reach Giani's on the left. There is a counter of rich Rabri and Faluda. These glasses look awesome with white layer of faluda topped with rich Rabri, a spoon of sugar and ice. My first impression after taking one spoon inside my mouth - 'why is it so special?'. It was too sweet for me. After taking few more spoons I realized that it was mixed well and hence spoiled my taste. So I spent 80 rs and didn't enjoy it :). If you are in a group, please do order one because it's heavy. If you like it and want more, order another one.Seekh Kebab's at Karims - Seekh Kebabs of Karims are most popular amongst other non-veg food items served at Karims. Karim's is near Jama Masjid. There can be some waiting but these soft Seekh Kebab's are worth the wait. And if you like non-veg, there are plenty of options at Karim's. I didn't find it properly maintained, so I don't prefer eating there. I wish they focus more on cleanness around the place.Milk Cake by Hemchand Ladli Prashad - So far I have just heard about Milk Cake by Hemchand and yet to try it. Most of the photographs of this Milk cake on web look delicious. I will update the post when I taste it :)I am yet to try Motichoor ladoo of Tewari sweets , Ghantewala Sweet Shop , Ved Prakash Lemon wale, Jung Bahadur Kachori wale, Ashok & Ashok meat dhaba, Kuremal Mohan Kulfi Vale, Dogra snacks for ram ladoo, Amritsari Lassi Corner, Gole Hatti, Kake da dhaba, Khemchand Adesh Kumar's Daulat ki Chat, Lotan Chole wala, Shiv Mishthan Bhandar and Hazari Lal Jain Khurchan wale.Al Jawahar - is a great place in Matia Mahal if you like biryanis. This is probably one of the best places to have Biryani and Korma in Delhi. This whole street has multiple options for non-veg lovers, but Al Jawahar is class apart.  Haji Tea Point- It's in Bazaar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid, New Delhi. Poori bhaji, Halwa and patti wala doodh (tea without water) are some of the popular things to be tasted at Haji Tea Point.Paranthe wali Gali - 11 years back when I came to Delhi, I visited Paranthe Wali Gali and it was a very disappointing experience. These are not Paranthas of current time. Probably that's how Paranthas were made centuries back, but they are nowhere close to what we eat at home or anywhere else. These are deep fried and I didn't find them delicious. But people who like these Paranthas, recommended Pandit Gaya Prasad shop which is serving Paranthas since 1872. Take a round of the gali, even if you don't plan to try these. There are some small shops in this street which serve nice Khurchan and Milk Cake.Mohammad Nadim’s bread-omelet stand - It's near Jawahar Hotel, Bazar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid, New Delhi. And quite popular in this part of Old Delhi.Kada prasad at Sheeshjang gurudwara - How can we miss this wonderful thing while in Chandni Chowk.These were some of the prepared food items from Old Delhi, but you may also get surprised by some of the options available on streets of Old Delhi. I got to know about the fruit called 'Khirni' in Chandni Chowk.Now it's time for quick quiz. Do you know the name of fruit in photograph below? Let us know through comments.

A short Pilgrimage Tour to Jammu and it's surrounding - by Shankar Rajaram



Jammu & Kashmir is not only famous for its landscapes and beauty but also for its innumerable temples. When I went for Spiti valley tour, I made a short trip to jammu for covering some of the temples in and around jammu. 

I went from Manali to pathankot via mandi and palampur, where I spent some time with my friends and reached pathankot in the midnight . Luckily I got a bus to jammu at 1 a.m. And arrived jammu in the early morning. My first destination was Budha Amarnath, that is situated in the Poonch district, on the indo-pak border. I got a early bus to mandi where the temple is situated that is nearly 20 km from Poonch bus stand.

Asus Zenfone Max - A Power-packed Budget Smartphone

It’s interesting to see that everyone in extended family is using Smartphone these days. Most of these are Android phones and a few iPhones. I hardly see anyone using Tablet for a long time. I and few cousins have bought Android tablets, but hardly use these now. And if I look at the phones being used, many of them are in the range of 10k-20K Rs. But there is one common thing, which almost everyone complains about – these phones need better batteries, especially when 3G is being used most of the times. And issue is even bigger when you use camera very frequently.Recently Asus approached me review their new phone and during the call with Asus team, I got to know about it’s battery. 5000 mAh battery made curious to know more about the phone and try it out. Yesterday I unpacked the phone and sharing few details about the phone here and would try to write another post, when I use the phone for few more weeks.Most of the phone in this budget (10K) offer 3000-3500 mAh battery, and certainly 5000k is interesting number. But it would also depend how much battery this phone consumes, which is yet to be tried. Overall I find it a good deal in terms of battery offering because it’s simply 1.5 times what other phones offer.There is one thing unique about Asus Zenfone Max that you can charge another phone through this device :). Which means that I can help other co-traveller to keep the phone alive. The downside is it’s embedded battery, which is not user-replaceable.Asus Zenfone Max has Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor and comes with 2GB/3GB ram. It has got 32GB memory which is extendable to 64GB.Built of this phone is better than other Zenfone series devices. I liked the leather cover at the back. It’s claimed to be sleek, but it’s not that sleek unless you compare with others side-by-side and in my opinion that’s not the idea :).Supposedly, Zenfone Max camera has better performance while shooting indoor or in low lighting conditions. I am yet to try that out. Probably it’s because of f/2, but let’s see how it performs and how is depth-of-field at f/2. Check more specification and stay tuned to it’s detailed review, especially battery and camera performance.

It’s interesting to see that everyone in extended family is using Smartphone these days. Most of these are Android phones and a few iPhones. I hardly see anyone using Tablet for a long time. I and few cousins have bought Android tablets, but hardly use these now. And if I look at the phones being used, many of them are in the range of 10k-20K Rs. But there is one common thing, which almost everyone complains about – these phones need better batteries, especially when 3G is being used most of the times. And issue is even bigger when you use camera very frequently. 

It’s interesting to see that everyone in extended family is using Smartphone these days. Most of these are Android phones and a few iPhones. I hardly see anyone using Tablet for a long time. I and few cousins have bought Android tablets, but hardly use these now. And if I look at the phones being used, many of them are in the range of 10k-20K Rs. But there is one common thing, which almost everyone complains about – these phones need better batteries, especially when 3G is being used most of the times. And issue is even bigger when you use camera very frequently.Recently Asus approached me review their new phone and during the call with Asus team, I got to know about it’s battery. 5000 mAh battery made curious to know more about the phone and try it out. Yesterday I unpacked the phone and sharing few details about the phone here and would try to write another post, when I use the phone for few more weeks.Most of the phone in this budget (10K) offer 3000-3500 mAh battery, and certainly 5000k is interesting number. But it would also depend how much battery this phone consumes, which is yet to be tried. Overall I find it a good deal in terms of battery offering because it’s simply 1.5 times what other phones offer.There is one thing unique about Asus Zenfone Max that you can charge another phone through this device :). Which means that I can help other co-traveller to keep the phone alive. The downside is it’s embedded battery, which is not user-replaceable.Asus Zenfone Max has Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor and comes with 2GB/3GB ram. It has got 32GB memory which is extendable to 64GB.Built of this phone is better than other Zenfone series devices. I liked the leather cover at the back. It’s claimed to be sleek, but it’s not that sleek unless you compare with others side-by-side and in my opinion that’s not the idea :).Supposedly, Zenfone Max camera has better performance while shooting indoor or in low lighting conditions. I am yet to try that out. Probably it’s because of f/2, but let’s see how it performs and how is depth-of-field at f/2. Check more specification and stay tuned to it’s detailed review, especially battery and camera performance.

Recently Asus approached me review their new phone and during the call with Asus team, I got to know about it’s battery. 5000 mAh battery made curious to know more about the phone and try it out. Yesterday I unpacked the phone and sharing few details about the phone here and would try to write another post, when I use the phone for few more weeks. 
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