A morning walk in Little India, Singapore

Little India is a hub for the Indian community in Singapore. It’s one of the most interesting places for day & night photography in Singapore, and is best explored on foot. The narrow lanes are full of color and action all day, and the 24-hour Mustafa shopping complex keeps the streets busy at night. It’s usually quite…

The Thai Spirit

It’s the festival of Songkran in Thailand today, the traditional Thai new year. It’s a water festival in which friends and family get together and celebrate by sprinkling water on each other, as a symbol of good luck. It’s a three-day festival which starts on April 13th every year and coincides with the new year of many…

Nui beach : Panorama

Nui which means small in Thai, is a small rocky beach in south Phuket which is good for swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing or just getting away from the crowds. Its hidden in a cove, somewhere between Nai Harn beach & Promthep Cape in south Phuket, totally secluded, with access only through a steep dirt road or by boat. It is one of those secret…

Phuket’s little secret : Nui beach

Unexpected adventures are often the most rewarding experiences while traveling. In my travels to Asia, some of the most interesting adventures have been off the beaten track. And one such memorable adventure in Phuket, was when I accidentally stumbled upon the enigmatic little Nui beach while driving, to view the sunset from my favorite viewpoint, at Promthep…

Similan Islands : Panorama

Similan islands are so appealing that once you’ve visited them, no other place in Thailand would feel as exotic anymore! The virgin beauty of the islands is flawless and gazing into the bright turquoise ocean I realize how unpretentious it is… To read about the islands, how to get there and my experiences, refer to my earlier post…

Ko Similan : A virgin beauty

My first snorkeling experience really opened my eyes to the exquisite world under water. It’s an indescribable feeling, being there in the water with all the fish, sharing their space and be able to touch the beautiful corals. Since I don’t know swimming, it took me a while to get used to the idea that I would…

Racha : A little piece of paradise

Having lived on the plains & hills of north India most of my life, I’d always wanted to experience living on a beach, where I could fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the ocean. A holiday in Goa is the closest I got, before I moved to Singapore 4 years back and went on…

Thai High

If ever I’ve to choose my last meal, I’ll pick all my favorites from Thai cuisine to get that last high! The bursts of flavor on my tongue and the aroma would be refreshing, satisfying and divine to all my senses alike. It’s a harmonious blend of sweet, salty, sour, spicy and bitter, all of it together. Thai cuisine is extremely diverse as…

Gastronomy : With a view

Eating out was invented for travellers but it’s an important aspect of socializing and is highly sophisticated in today’s world. It gives us a chance to show off our cosmopolitanism in a world which values it. We spend not so much for the food as for the entertainment value and the thrill of being treated like…

Beach Bums

Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. And humans in turn, respond to dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies. This connection of a human with a dog is special. I have noticed that stray dogs, specially those on the beach are more friendly than…

Cambodia Painted

I have been enchanted by Cambodia and its colorful images so I decided to paint a few. Some of my favorite pictures that I took at Cambodia as paintings in water-color and oil. Floating house at Tonle Sap Bayon Temple The road ahead On the road A Cambodian Home Streets of Siem Reap Standing Tall…

Banteay Srei Temple

With just half a day left in Siem Reap, we decide to wake up early next morning and visit Banteay Srei. It’s 25 km away from the other temples and one hour by tuk tuk, but the ride there through the country side was the most pleasant one. The endless views of the flatlands of Cambodia, the…

Evening at Angkor

After the sunrise experience at Angkor Wat,it was a must to see the temple in the light of the setting sun. So, the next day at dusk we head to the temple on our tuk-tuk. The temple is much more crowded at this time. Everyone is eager to catch a glimpse of the beautiful Angkor…

The magnificent Angkor

It’s an early day, we’re on our way to visit the grand Angkor Wat, a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu ( Avatar) – the Preserver. Angkor Wat, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and am excited as its the first time, I’ll experience the spectacular sunrise at the temple. As we cross the bridge over the gigantic Angkor…

Bayon Temple

Prasat Bayon is the main temple of Angkor Thom, and is situated right in the center of the ancient city. As I walk to the temple, the guards at the entrance check my pass. I notice a lot of japanese tourists here, some with their faces covered in hygiene masks. Our guide explains that the temple’s conservation…

Ta Prohm : Jungle temple

In the jungle among the really tall trees is the outer wall of the ‘Jungle temple’ – Ta Prohm. The entrance gate with a Bayon head gopura, leads to a dirt track, on the sides of which are some men under a huge umbrella, playing traditional cambodian music. They are land-mine victims, who now play music,…

Baphuon – A Shiva Temple

Baphuon, a pyramid shaped temple was built in the mid 11th century as the state temple of Udayadityavarman II and was dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. It is located in Angkor Thom, northwest of the Bayon in Siem Reap. In the late 15th century, the Baphuon was converted to a Buddhist temple. One side wall of the temple is in the…

The Elephant Terrace

Built by Jayavarman VII, Terrace of the Elephants is a part of the walled city of Angkor Thom, in Cambodia. Most of the original structure was made of organic material and is lost, only the foundation platform of the complex remains. The terrace is named for the carvings of elephants on its eastern face. The middle section of the…