Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bird's paradise- Okhla Bird Sanctuary

Large grey blabber
Located in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Noida, Okhla Bird Sanctuary is a must see place for all nature lovers, bird watchers and photo enthusiasts.  The sanctuary is spread across four square kilometers with a large water body and several migratory birds that flock here. Advisable to visit the place early morning to see the beautiful birds. As they day progresses, you will be left with lesser birds in sight. The sanctuary has two entrance gates, both without proper parking facility. Car parking is at visitor's risk! Entry fees to the place is Rs 10 each.

Once you enter the premises, it is a straight two kilometers road without turns or curves. This is how the morning Sun welcomed us with bright sunlight and misty breeze.

Human beings don't read signboards. "Do not Litter". "Silence please" boards are often ignored. It hurts to see the insensitivity of human race towards nature. The irony is, the sanctuary is located on the backside of Mayawati's Dalit Park from where loads of plastic waste and noisy generators pollute the place. Such is a peaceful coexistence of humans!

I was able to capture few images with great difficulty. It takes patience and some scolding to noisy visitors in order to win the birds' trust and then take their pictures. 
Siberian Stonechat female

Ashy Prinia

Red Vented Bulbul

Black Drango


Jungle Babbler

Did you recognize Vijay Mallya Logo?

Spot Billed Duck

Great Cormorant

Great Egret

Spot Billed Duck

Ringed Parrot

Home to more than 200 species of birds, Okhha Bird Sanctuary is a photographer's delight. If only we could maintain silence & cleanliness, we would be able to see more of them. 
AddressNoida Plaza, N Block, Pocket K, Sector 95, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301
Timings- 7am to 5:30pm all days of the week

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The must visit Mount Abu

Mount Abu, a dreamy hills station located on the western part of Rajasthan is a favorite honeymoon destination and a peaceful holiday place. In comparison to the other cities in Rajasthan, this place has a relatively cool climate. The place is not very large and the best medium of transport is to hire a two wheeler ranging between Rs.250-300.

The main attraction of Mount Abu is Dilwara Jain Temple. The temple is more then 1000 years old and offers an architecture which is mesmerizing. Unfortunately mobile phones and DSLR's are not allowed inside the premises. The interior of the temple is breathtakingly beautiful and I must say that it looks prettier than Taj Mahal ! Inside the temple, the carvings on the walls and ceilings are so accurate that it is hard to imagine that someone had done it with only ancient tools.    

The second most visited place in Mount Abu is Nakki Lake. A small lake surrounded by hills is beautiful picnic spot where you can enjoy boat rides and local cuisines. The place bustles with lot of crowd every day!!

Market place of Mount Abu

Don't miss the lovely sunrise in Mount Abu. I woke up early to capture the beautiful hues of the sky.

Trevor's Tank- A lesser known place, this is a breeding place of crocodiles. A quaint place in the middle of a forest is spooky and adventurous. Spotting crocs here is a challenge! Rest, you can bask in the Sun, mount the bird's eye hill top or just soak in the tranquility of the place.