Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Out With My Camera: Coorg (Day 2)

I know this is nearly two weeks overdue, but it's exam season and the stress has completely taken over my mind and every bit of spare time is spent on retail therapy.

Nearly two weeks ago, I went away to Coorg for the weekend and in the first part of this blog post (which you can read here!) I took you with me through the amazing mountain roads of the western ghats and to many tourists sites of Coorg.

On the second day, we were meant to return to Bangalore, but upon my insistence, we stopped at Kushalnagar on the way. A few kilometers from Kushalnagar is a place called Bylakuppe, which is a place that I always visit when I head towards Coorg. Years ago, Tibetan refugees settled on this piece of land, which was completely barren at the time. Over the years, they have turned it into a tiny piece of Tibet on Indian soil. They have managed to turn the barren lands into agricultural fields and have found a way to sustain themselves here. It may be quite surprising to know that most of the older generation of Tibetan settlers can only speak their mother tongue to this day and cannot speak the local language at all. However, they are still extremely friendly and helpful and all round peace loving people.

One of the main attractions here is the Golden Temple. I love visiting the temple as the architecture and the ambiance takes me to another world completely. I won't talk too much about it. Instead, I will let my pictures do the talking.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Out with my Camera: Coorg (Day 1)

It had been nearly a month since my last holiday and that did not sit well with me. I needed an escape from reality and an overdose of inspiration. What better than fresh mountain air to cure all my sores and blues?

I decided to split this post into two parts as I have so much to share and so many pictures to include. I didn't have the heart to cut any of them out.

This time I went away from the coasts I've been frequenting and took to the hills. Coorg is only about four hours away from Bangalore, and although one weekend is never enough to discover the hills, I didn't think too much of it as this is one place that I have visited so many times in my life. I knew I'd be back soon. Hopefully with a bigger crowd. Always more the merrier on holidays!

Unlike a lot of people I know, I really like the drive to any destination. I'm a quiet traveler. I've always got my iPod in, creating playlists as I go, and my camera in my hands capturing the view through the windshield. I also like creating a Travel Gram on Instagram for every one of my holidays so I have my phone or iPad ready to use too. This time, I got so much love on Instagram for my snaps which kept me in a good mood throughout the trip.