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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.