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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

Kabini Part 2 - A Boat Ride

The river Kabini is the heart of the Nagarhole National park, and a boat ride on the river is an integral part of the stay at the Kabini River Lodge. The incessant, unseasonal rainfall had marked our stay so far, and heading to the jetty for our boat ride on our second evening at the lodge, we kept our fingers crossed, hoping for clear skies. 

The Jetty... at the Kabini River Lodge




The weather was clear when we set out. However, within minutes, the skies turned dark, and it began to rain. We thought that was the end of our boat ride, but just as quickly as it had started, the rain stopped, and a rainbow appeared in the sky.

The River, with the overcast sky...

And the Rainbow...



Soon, birds began to appearCormorants

Cormorants


Cormorant


River Terns

River Terns in flight


Snake-birds or Darters

Snake Bird, or Darter


A variety of Kingfishers…..Pied Kingfishers

Pied Kingfisher


Common Kingfishers

Common Kingfisher


And the White Throated Kingfishers too.

Pied Kingfisher (top) and White Throated Kingfisher (bottom)


Lapwings

Lapwing


Grey Herons

Grey Heron with a fish in its beak


Painted Storks

Painted Stork


And White Ibis….

White Ibis


Flocks of herons flew homewards as the light began to fall…



And hidden in a bunch of fallen branches, we spotted a flock of Night Herons, both, adult and juvenile!

Can you spot the Night Heron? 


Night Heron - Juvenile

Night Heron - Adult

Night Herons - Juvenile and Adult

An Osprey swooped over us and perched on a branch…

Osprey in flight

Osprey




And yes, there were crocodiles too, in the water… and out!

Croc! 

Crocodile - so well camouflaged!



A herd of spotted deer were the largest animals we saw!



And we came across people... fishing in coracles




And in the fields.



The sun was setting as we made our way back to the jetty.







As the orb dipped over the horizon, and the night sky glittered, we thanked our stars for a wonderful evening… and wondered what the morning would bring! 

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  1. The varieties of kingfishers are wonderful to see! I love your sunset pics too. :)

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    1. Thank you Natalie! We love seeing all these varieties of Kingfishers. and there are many more, that I have yet to see! as for the sunset, I guess we can never tire of watching them, whether at home, or out!

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  2. Beautiful tour of National Park with lovely birds.

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  3. Enjoyed the boat ride with you,thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Ani! Glad you enjoyed it! It was a pleasure to share our experience!

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  4. beautiful nature.... And Thank You Very Much.........

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    1. Nature is always beautiful! there is so much to see and enjoy!

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    2. Yes you're absolutely right

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  5. I want to thank you for this exceptionally awesome write up along with the pictures. Nature is always mesmerizing. I myself had Kabini experience and must say the view is just awesome...I went for long walks by the river either during dawn or in the evening...Moreover the boat ride is the best ever option for an exclusive "boat jungle safari"..

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