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2023 - The Year That Was

Places impact you for a variety of reasons. And the same place impacts different people in different ways. This is especially true when it comes to spiritual experiences, where every single person’s experience is unique. And personally, every spiritual experience is unique, the same person can have different deeply spiritual experiences at different places, at different times. This thought has emerged because of my own experiences over the years, but especially so this year, with different and unique experiences at various places I have visited recently. I began this year with a visit to Baroda (Vadodara) with friends. It was meant to be a relaxed trip, a touristy trip, with our sons. We enjoyed ourselves to the hilt, but the highlight of that trip was a visit to the Lakulisha temple at Pavagadh. It was the iconography of the temple that I connected with, and I spent a few hours simply lost in the details of the figures carved around the temple. There was an indefinable connect with

Some Incidental Birdwatching in Gwalior

Now that I have finished writing about Gwalior, it is time to move out, to all the other interesting places around. However, before I begin my posts on the sites around Gwalior, which are going to be all about our built heritage, it is time to take a break to look at our natural heritage, just waiting to be seen around us... like birds, for example! 
I can’t remember the last time I went bird-watching. But, wherever I go, I do see birds... lots of them. The Gwalior trip was no different, and we frequently stopped, on the road as well as within the fort, hearing the call of some bird. It surely irritated our guides and our drivers, and while some grumbled, others simply stared at us in astonishment! These birds aren’t exotic, and they aren’t rare. Yet, it’s always a delight to see them, which is why deserve a post to themselves! And so, here are some birds we saw, in and around Gwalior! 

Peacocks we saw in plenty, almost everywhere we went. But this one was the best. He posed so beautifully atop the rock, somewhere on the road near Gwalior




We spotted this Hoopoe at the Gwalior Fort, as we explored the monuments. Our guide and a group of French tourists were surprised to see me pay so much attention to the bird! The guide actually paused his narration to glare at me! 

This Drongo was such a beautiful sight, perched on the finial of one of the monuments. This time, the guide didn't even bother to glare. He had given up! 


An entire flock of parakeets living in the wall of the Vikram Mahal created a racket while we were walking around. We, of course, were happy to click them, lagging behind while the others moved on, giving up on us, and our fascination for birds!

Samhith spotted this Egyptian Vulture in a field as we were driving to Batesar. Our driver was too surprised and stunned that we actually wanted him to drive back a little to photograph a bird! He looked on, amused, as we clicked and clicked....

The bird finally becomes aware of us, and the attention it generated!

Another Hoopoe, this time in the grass

And finally, the highlight of the day.... a bird of prey... Unfortunately, I have not been able to conclusively identify this bird, so any help will be appreciated. 


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  1. Thanks a lot I really enjoyed the picture

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  2. I believe the last pic of that beautiful raptor is a black-shouldered kite. Such a striking-looking bird! But most raptors are, aren't they? :)

    Love your bird pics! Hope you get a chance to dedicate some time to bird watching again soon. It was fun to see the Egyptian vulture - they are so very different than the vultures we have in our area.

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  3. Wonderful shots of beautiful birds.

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  4. Wonderful shots of beautiful birds.

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  5. White shouldered kite...the last one....a very beautiful Bird...

    Once I had seen a huge group of Yellow Wattled Lapwing in Gwalior University ground :)

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