Looking back at January 2016 || Missing Dilli ki Sardi

On 15th Jan, we planned a Photo-Walk to Okhla Bird Sanctuary with Adobe friends. This Photo Journey shares some of the main experiences of Okhla Bird Sanctuary and few basic tips about planning a visit to this place near Noida. let's check out more photographs & know more.The Okhla Bird sanctuary is near Noida and there are enough water-birds. In 1990, an area of 3.5 square kilometres on the river Yamuna was notified as a bird sanctuary by the Uttar Pradesh government under the Wildlife Protection Act of India.  The most prominent feature of the sanctuary is the large lake created by damming the river, which lies sandwiched between Okhla village towards the west and Gautam Budh Nagar towards the east.We left from office at 8:00 am in the morning and reached this place by 8:15am. While going from center from the Noida, we crossed Mahamaya flyover and then took first right cut after flyover. Okhla Bird Sanctuary gate is just in front of this cut onlyIt was very foggy in the morning which created more excitement and a little disappointment :). Overall, most of us were not much worried about the these things as everyone was geared up to faces such challenges. After just entering into the sanctuary we saw huge water body on our left. There were plenty of birds in these water ponds. Space inside was very clean and impressive. None of us were expecting such experience and now we know a good option around Noida for quick walk or fun.There is a well maintained road surrounded by green areas and birds whistling all around. A wonderful environment and fog added more value to it. More than bird photography, this place gave us oopportunities to try landscapes.There is an entry fees of 30 Rs per person and 100 rs for car entry. After getting inside, we chose to walk with cameras and cars were parked. Ideal place to park cars inside Okhla Bird Sancturay is near Banyan tree from where we can go to different machans for bird-watching in deep areas of the sanctuary and high grass birds.   Okhla Bird Sanctuary is spread over 4 square kilometer and situated on entrance of Noida. While visiting any bird sanctuary, keeping silence if the golden rule and the birders say keeping your ears open is more important than keeping eyes in action.While going to such places, it's extremely important to respect the environment and try not to disturb birds. Towards the end, some of us unkowning made the birds feel about some danger around and all of them flew away to another place in the sanctuary. View looked beautiful but it's something that should be avoided and specially photographers should be more careful about their movements.Another tip is to wear dull colors and avoid vibrant shades, as birds get scared by seeing vibrant shades around. Here is the awesome group of Photographers, who joined for the Photo-Walk and made it a most enjoyable one.


This year winter in Delhi fizzled out like a damp fire-craker. The much-awaited Dilli-ki-Sardi didn't arrive at all. It was cold(ish) for about four and a half days and now it is almost like spring. And before we know it, it will start getting hot as a furnace here. Climate change is here and we can no longer pretend that it is just an urban legend, fodder for science fiction movies.

Before we go any further, let me share with you some photographs from just a few years back. This is what Delhi used to look like in winter. It was cold, but pretty.

On 15th Jan, we planned a Photo-Walk to Okhla Bird Sanctuary with Adobe friends. This Photo Journey shares some of the main experiences of Okhla Bird Sanctuary and few basic tips about planning a visit to this place near Noida. let's check out more photographs & know more.The Okhla Bird sanctuary is near Noida and there are enough water-birds. In 1990, an area of 3.5 square kilometres on the river Yamuna was notified as a bird sanctuary by the Uttar Pradesh government under the Wildlife Protection Act of India.  The most prominent feature of the sanctuary is the large lake created by damming the river, which lies sandwiched between Okhla village towards the west and Gautam Budh Nagar towards the east.We left from office at 8:00 am in the morning and reached this place by 8:15am. While going from center from the Noida, we crossed Mahamaya flyover and then took first right cut after flyover. Okhla Bird Sanctuary gate is just in front of this cut onlyIt was very foggy in the morning which created more excitement and a little disappointment :). Overall, most of us were not much worried about the these things as everyone was geared up to faces such challenges. After just entering into the sanctuary we saw huge water body on our left. There were plenty of birds in these water ponds. Space inside was very clean and impressive. None of us were expecting such experience and now we know a good option around Noida for quick walk or fun.There is a well maintained road surrounded by green areas and birds whistling all around. A wonderful environment and fog added more value to it. More than bird photography, this place gave us oopportunities to try landscapes.There is an entry fees of 30 Rs per person and 100 rs for car entry. After getting inside, we chose to walk with cameras and cars were parked. Ideal place to park cars inside Okhla Bird Sancturay is near Banyan tree from where we can go to different machans for bird-watching in deep areas of the sanctuary and high grass birds.   Okhla Bird Sanctuary is spread over 4 square kilometer and situated on entrance of Noida. While visiting any bird sanctuary, keeping silence if the golden rule and the birders say keeping your ears open is more important than keeping eyes in action.While going to such places, it's extremely important to respect the environment and try not to disturb birds. Towards the end, some of us unkowning made the birds feel about some danger around and all of them flew away to another place in the sanctuary. View looked beautiful but it's something that should be avoided and specially photographers should be more careful about their movements.Another tip is to wear dull colors and avoid vibrant shades, as birds get scared by seeing vibrant shades around. Here is the awesome group of Photographers, who joined for the Photo-Walk and made it a most enjoyable one.

Over the years fog has been replaced by a smog that not only stinks, it also causes several health problems. Coughs that last for weeks, respiratory problems among children, and general unwell are all too common. The sky is now a dull grey instead of blue and stars can easily be counted on fingers.

I miss the winters of my childhood that were fragrant with dew on the grass, and clean, white fog transformed a regular residential area into an enchanted land where everything seemed possible. So much has changed so fast, and we have lost so much along the way - shooting stars, birds chirping in the balcony, fragrances of flowers that bloomed in the night. So much.

So much has been written about climate change, but there seems to be no change in the situation on ground. And by tomorrow, this blog post, like many others, will get buried under selfies, photographs, and hordes of status updates. As far as our attitude is concerned, nothing much will change. The air, however, will become a little more polluted, the groundwater will recede another millimeter, a few more tonnes of sewage will be pumped into Yamuna, and the glaciers will melt a little faster. But because none of these changes is likely to kill us tomorrow, we will choose to ignore it all. Life will continue, but at the cost of all that is beautiful and pure around us.  Despite all this, Travelling Camera will continue to bring you closer to nature till there is hope. And there is hope till the human eyes continue to seek beauty. So here are some posts, all published in January 2016, to give you some joy in this dull, listless winter:  Here are some beautiful and exciting places to visit:

So much has been written about climate change, but there seems to be no change in the situation on ground. And by tomorrow, this blog post, like many others, will get buried under selfies, photographs, and hordes of status updates. As far as our attitude is concerned, nothing much will change. The air, however, will become a little more polluted, the groundwater will recede another millimeter, a few more tonnes of sewage will be pumped into Yamuna, and the glaciers will melt a little faster. But because none of these changes is likely to kill us tomorrow, we will choose to ignore it all. Life will continue, but at the cost of all that is beautiful and pure around us.

Despite all this, Travelling Camera will continue to bring you closer to nature till there is hope. And there is hope till the human eyes continue to seek beauty. So here are some posts, all published in January 2016, to give you some joy in this dull, listless winter:

Here are some beautiful and exciting places to visit:


This is Shimla everyone forgets to explore.  15 Photographs to tempt you to visit UB's Four Seasons Vineyard in Baramati (Maharashtra)  8 Days Road Trip in Himachal Pradesh  South Kerala Trip with Kids  A guest post on responsible tourism by Anirban Deb  Here are some beautiful collections (my humble fridge magnet collection along with Aditya Arya's magnificent camera collection) that their owners are very proud of:






Here are some beautiful collections (my humble fridge magnet collection along with Aditya Arya's magnificent camera collection) that their owners are very proud of:


Vintage Camera Museum, Gurgaon - One of the must visit places in NCR for photographers  Fridge Magnets from different parts of the world  Here are some gadgets that continue to capture beauty wherever possible:  A day with HONOR 5X



Here are some gadgets that continue to capture beauty wherever possible:



Here is a service that is making the world a much more beautiful place to live in:


But there are some disadvantages too of technology:


Despite the glitches, great things keep happening in the world, and many times it is us humans who make them happen:

And some celebrations never go out of fashion:  Indian Republic Day 2016  Nor do some people:

And some celebrations never go out of fashion:


Nor do some people:

Beauty often lies in intangible things like feelings, and one of the most beautiful and poetic feeling is that of nostalgia. Though it is already one month since we bade farewell to 2015, nostalgia continued. Here are some final recaps of 2015.  Top 10 lessons learned while travelling in 2015  Top 15 places explored by our guest bloggers   Best PHOTO JOURNEYs of 2015  Hopefully things will turn around in 2016 and we will have a beautiful monsoon and winter this year. If not, we will continue to search for and find beauty in all that is accessible to us. If you too would like to participate in our search for beauty in all things mundane, write to us at VJ@travellingcamera.com.

Beauty often lies in intangible things like feelings, and one of the most beautiful and poetic feeling is that of nostalgia. Though it is already one month since we bade farewell to 2015, nostalgia continued. Here are some final recaps of 2015.




Hopefully things will turn around in 2016 and we will have a beautiful monsoon and winter this year. If not, we will continue to search for and find beauty in all that is accessible to us. If you too would like to participate in our search for beauty in all things mundane, write to us at VJ@travellingcamera.com.

4 comments:

ArchanaC Kapoor said...

Nice roundup! But what happ to Dilli ki sardi???

Ami said...

Nice recap....love your pics

Swati & Sam said...

Superb pictures and Loved reading all other posts that I have missed :)

http://thetalesofatraveler.com/2016/02/02/hotel-grand-dragon-ladakh-review/

purba chakraborty said...

Beautiful pictures :)

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