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Monday, 5 January 2015

Hoolangapar - Home of Indian Gibbons

Known as the Knowledge city of Assam – Jorhat is a small town in the NorthEast India with a unique distinction of sheltering India’s only population of Apes – the Gibbons. Hoolangapar Gibbon Sanctuary spreads across an area of about 21 km sq and is named after Hoolock Gibbons. Not just the Gibbons, it also houses 7 species of monkeys out of total 15 species that are found in India, varied species of birds, spiders and squirrels.

A morning walk inside the Hoolangapar Gibbon Sanctuary

Gibbons are the Apes and are differentiated on smaller size, lower sexual dimorphism, no nesting habits from the Greater Apes. Hoolock gibbons are the second largest of the gibbons and spread from NE India to Myanmar, with smaller populations in Bangladesh and China. Hoolangapar Sanctuary provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet these gibbons in their natural habitat. Also, the sanctuary has India’s only population of nocturnal primates – the Slow Loris. With distinctive large eyes, every species of Slow Loris has been identified either Vulnerable or Endangered.

Spiders represent the other attraction for macro-hunters, with large webs and colorful tentacles – they naturally attract their victims as well as photo-enthuiasts.

Gasteracantha dalyi - the Spiny Orb- Weaver

Nephila pilipes - the Golden Silk Orb - Weaver

How to reach?
Jorhat is well connected by rail, road and air transportation modes. Jorhat has daily connecting flight to Kolkata and can also be reached by train. Mariani (MXN) is the main station, situated some 17kms from the Jorhat town. A very well managed NH 37 connects the town to Dibrugharh (~140 km, 2 hours) and Guwahati (~300 km, 5 hours). There are many Budget to 3 Stars hotels in town.
Sanctuary is located at about 5-10 minutes’ drive from Mariani station.

Best Time?
October to February is generally suggested as best time, though the park can be visited anytime except during Monsoon.

Take Aways
  1. Jorhat is a small well connected town in Assam.
  2. Hoolangapar Gibbon Sanctuary has an unique distinction to house India’s only population of Gibbons and Slow Loris; and it offer a very high bio-diversity in a very small area.
  3. Best time is October to February.
  4. Take your camera, capture and bring back the memories.
  5. Be responsible and Don’t litter.

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

2014: The Year it was


Second word that best describes me is procrastinator. You don’t need to ask me why, check the last date I posted something or in fact the fact that I am posting The Year it was on the fourth day of New Year tells it well. And, now when you ask what’s the first word, I promise I will write on it someday soon (God promise it is :p)

This year had really something I wish to have every year – lots and lots of travelling. It all started with solo Kutch ride and ended with a drive to Murudeshwar, I changed job – travelling played a big role in that too, I met someone and realized that there still can be a life (met momentarily, realized - well, perhaps on real terms), I almost touched all the corners of the country – chronologically Kutch in West, Leh (finally) in North, Imphal (yippy) in East and Murudeshwar in South.

Only thing that I regret about the year was less of riding, though travelling did compensate it to a good extent. Also, that I couldn’t write, not that I didn’t want to but I actually couldn’t for no reasons as such.

And when a picture has a capability to tell a thousand words, a lazy bum like me of course resorts to pictures:

That's how the 2013 ended and I started a 2014...on a solo Kutch ride

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Highly Dynamic London - Set 1

A good mood can always bring someone back to writing. After a tiring training (working) week at Oxford which happened to overlap with a changing mind, I finally had a day to devour the City of Palaces- London!

I spent the hoping on hoping down the London underground/tube trains, visiting and capturing places in HDR and whenever had some idle – thinking about the coming week – what to do what not to do! Anyways, this blog is not about how to travel London, but to share the HDR London I saw…

The London Eye

I have always wanted to visit this modern wonder, and believe me it was as wonderful as it could have been to a solo traveler...

The London Eye

Modern Wonder in HDR

Few moments at Big Ben and a walk on Westminster Bridge was another wonderful experience for me...

Friday, 27 June 2014


Finally, planned - postponed - planned - unplanned...series of Yes and No...year after years...finally a plan that took a shape to be executed...and finally it collapsed! Fourth year of Planning a Ride to the Top of the World(ly senses), and it Flopped when the guy who planned it - booked a bed in Hospital for some unknown disease that turned out to 'fresh water worms' but killed his plan!

When it starts to feel like cliche (like my life), I get to the point...I am leaving for Leh tomorrow morning! This time - NO PLANS! All I have got is a ticket to Jammu and a return ticket from Leh. What I will miss most on my ride is ofcourse you don't know and I won't tell, but Achtung! will for sure be missed a lot; but it's his fault - he didn't start the day he was scheduled to be packed and leave for Jammu; perhaps he didn't want to start it alone! Epic ride it is! (Btw, to those who don't know, Achtung! is my Bull - an RE TBTS 350.

What next? I don't know...all I have is leaves, ATM Cards, rucksack and camera bag (if I don't count the shadow I carry everywhere)...and I know it will be  hell of a trip!

Next year....trekking Zanskar with DoW and if possible Mansarovar!

I will try to post updates about the trip at Twitter and Instagram, if you are vella these days, may follow me out there.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Tata Safari Storme Meet with Anil Kapoor and Indibloggers

It was not just another sunny Weekday, it was a day when we were scheduled to meet and have lunch with non-other than the Jhakkas Anil Kapoor. Well, it all started a few days back at around 11PM when I received this mail from Indiblogger to confirm if I would like to have an Exclusive Lunch with Anil Kapoor courtesy Tata Storme and 24 – The Show. Not very much into Bollywood, I asked my friends should I go. And, it was like everybody had a single answer, of course. (check out the the blogpost which led me to this meet)

I was picked up at Vashi with another Indiblogger Deepti by Abhinav in a Bus bound to Pune from Dadar. There I met Ira and another guy (probably Varun) and also the other 3 bloggers (Megahna, Nandini and Vaisakhi). A group of tweeples was also there, who have won some twitter contest. As the journey took its course, I befriended with the Bloggers and few of the tweeples. With the day unfolding we came to know more about the event.
Inside the Tata Motors' Pune Plant
We reached Tata’s Pune factory at around 10 AM, and Ira took the bloggers with her for an exclusive tour of the plant. I must say it was a fascinating trip. Fun wasn’t just watching Anil Kapoor and his awed fanfare but also witnessing the karma-bhoomi of visionaries like of JRD and Ratan Tata. The trip did recalled me the famous story of Sudha Murthy and her postcard on gender bias at the TELCO (now Tata Motors Ltd), which made her the first female engineer in the ‘fraternity’. Touring in an open Tata Safari we saw the assembly line, press line, research centre etc along with the convoy of Anil Kapoor and Tata Motors Sr VP Ankush Arora. Hopping in and out of our vehicle, Tata executives were more than eager to share with us about the different departments of the factory. I particularly like the Torture track where some combat truck was undergoing some tests. 
Torture Track
With fans (of course of Anil Kapoor) all around cheering and clicking snaps, taking videos, we seriously felt like celebrities at that time. I wonder did they try searching for our faces in the later episodes of 24! Shy!
My first shot....Anil with the plant employees

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