Saturday, 6 October 2018

Mystic Mustang and the holy Muktinath

Mystic Mustang and the holy Muktinath
Located at an altitude of over 3,700 metres, at the lower side of Thorong La mountain pass, Muktinath is a holy destination for both Hindus and Buddhists. I am positive that Lord Vishnu would forgive my religious bankruptcy when I admit my sole purpose of visiting mystic Mustang. I went there to get closer glimpses of mighty Himalayas and to experience slightly wilder portions of the Annapurna trekking trail. It wasn't a pilgrimage feat for me. Whether you are a devotee or mountain freak, trekking in Mustang is one of the most ethereal experiences to gather once you are in Nepal.

Muktinath Darshan is a two-days trek from Jomsom, the administrative headquarter of Mustang district. There are easier options for non-trekkers to visit Muktinath though- taking a mountain flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and then surviving a couple of hours of bouncy jeep journey till Muktinath valley. If budget is not an issue you can always avail those helicopter services arranged by private tour operators from different hubs of Nepal, obviously the quickest option. Today's narration on Mustang is based on a 7 years old travel diary which was enthusiastically published by some travel magazine back in 2013. Why am I republishing it then? Well, take it as one of those rare memories which we cherish relentlessly in an infinite loop. 

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Santa Monica sunset Cruise conducted by GTDC

Santa Monica sunset Cruise conducted by GTDC
Yesterday, while I was leisurely researching for my upcoming motorcycle trip, few negative reviews on Santa Monica cruise which is run by Goa Tourism Development Corporation did grab my mental balls. After wasting some time on those unhappy feedback I realised that injudicious criticism is a favourite pastime for many tourists. You’ll be disappointed to find that a lot of consumers voice their opinions on a travel service solely based on their expectations. They tend to forget the cost associated with it, as if the concept of “value for money” was alien to them. It is to be understood that when you publish an online review it plays a pivotal role in decision making for many future travellers. In a more artistic sense, your every feedback creates a ripple in the travel community worldwide. So, if you are not sure about what you’re going to throw, at least refrain from peeing onto the pond. The enchanting aura of Goa formed by its myriad uniqueness and few myths captivates travel fantasy of every travel enthusiast at various stages of his life, in surprisingly different ways. Among many fascinating things to try in north Goa, one can checkout the musical evening cruise over River Mandovi. Just a minute, this article doesn’t intend to promote the cruise service of GTDC.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Joyful moonwalk from DSLR to a pocket Camera

Joyful moonwalk from DSLR to a pocket Camera
My journey around this fast evolving globe of digital photography had begun clutching onto the robust hand-grip of a Sony Handycam DCR-HC42E. Undoubtedly it was a huge upgrade over the Yashica MF-2 film camera I had been merrily using till then. The new gadget looked so posh and technology rich that I missed the basic point- it wasn't a still camera! It was built for serious videography. Clicking still photos with this highly potent camcorder was like using a smartphone as paperweight. Despite the minuscule resolution, its brilliant Carl Zeiss optics could produce some decent photographs. My sole purpose was travel photography. Carrying that beauty in any trip meant not only putting up with her poor battery backup, but also paying the additional video recording charges wherever applicable.

Having already parted with a hefty sum on buying the camcorder, I was too broke to fix my unmet need. It was the phone camera of Nokia 3250 that kept my point and shoot zeal alive for many subsequent years of travelling, till I got hold of a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350 which belonged to my girlfriend. Although I had liberal access to that pink shooter and few best journeys of my life owe their gratitude to her, she was too automatic for my taste back in those days. In spite of a thin wallet, hunt and struggle for a proper camera was still on. It took another couple of years to bring home my first capable still shooter, a Nikon Coolpix L120. It had an astounding focal reach of 25-525 mm which translates to 21x of optical zooming ability! It was the time when camera manufacturers were aggressively competing on megapixel (resolution) and zoom range numbers.