South Face of Grand Canyon,

Grand Canyon, USA Part 1 : Grandeur in its Essence

Visiting the Grand Canyon, USA was one of the HIGHLIGHTS of our Road Trip for 2013 covering the main destinations of the West Coast of USA, through the states of California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. The first leg of our Vacation was from San Francisco to  Las Vegas via Yosemite National Park and Anaheim, Los Angeles . … Read more

the window meteor crater arizona

Meteor Crater, Arizona – 8

 THE ROCKS THAT MADE THE DAY: Our guide then went on explaining the types of rock formations found in the crater. On the outer rim one could find Coconino Sandstone (sandstone formed 265 million years ago); Toroweap Formation (limestone formed 255 million years ago); Kaibab Formation (dolomite formed 250 million years ago);and Moenkopi Formation (mudstone … Read more

Inside a Masai Mara School – VII

Experiencing a Masai Mara School : A Short Detour

We had our fill of African Safari Game viewing inside Masai Mara for the last two days and a half. Now it is time for us to be heading back to our Eco camp and on our way we took a short detour in order to visit a neighboring Masai school. We met the Vice -principal, (since the principal was away) and he spoke about the students, their backgrounds, the school, about the teachers and also about the grants and aids that ran the school. The Principal’s office was decorated nicely with charts and graphs illustrating the school’s progress. My wife, herself a teacher, was interested to join a class. So me, my wife and our 9 year old participated

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In Search of Hippos and the lone Lion at Masai Mara

In Search of Hippos and the lone Lion at Masai Mara  is the sixth episode of my account of our travels into Kenya. It was also  the third morning of our Masai Mara safari; and we were on the lookout for the Hippos  today. The earlier two days, we had had our share of Elephants, Lions, wilder … Read more

Trip to a Masai Village

A Masai Village :  This is part 5 of my Masai Mara Kenya Travelogue

No trip of Masai Mara is complete without a visit to a Masai Village. It seemed that our Masai guide was also aware of this and the trip to a Masai Village was always in their cards. The other reason is that every trip by a tourist to a village helps these Masais with the money that the visitors willing spend on buying the Masai artifacts and their home-made infacts. So  as we scooted and bumped along the forest lanes and open grass fields of the Savannahs, a quick few turns and we found ourselves stopping outside the perimieter of a Masai village. A couple of horns and out came a few Masai men, with their traditional attire and their leans upright body in that stealthy gait that they have. We spoke a little, one of them could speak decent English. His name is Kaai, and he said that they would be willing to show us around their village, but there was a monetary charge that they ask from Tourists. A big of negotiations and we agreed soon.I paid 60 USD for our family.  What one should remember while trying to negotiate a price with the Masais is that all of the money collected by the different Masai villages goes to the support of their local schools. So, I suggest, be generous.

Here we were welcomed with a series of traditional Masai dances,

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Meteor Crater Background, US

Meteor Crater, Arizona, USA : Travelogue

WAY TO THE  METEOR CRATER, ARIZONA: Visiting the Meteor Crater was not exactly on our priority list but we were going to Arizona from the Grand Canyon to Dad’s place since he lived there and it fell on the way. This visit actually took place all because of my daughter Titir. She had this lesson … Read more

Do not venture out at night. Elsamere camp, Kenya

We were staying at Elsamere Camp at Naivasha , Kenya. This was in Nov 2011 and we were here after a two day Masai Mara safari tour. The camp is absolutely THE place to stay when you are in Naivasha. This is not only because of its locale or the ambience, but also because of the history associated with this WWF conservation center.

But once the sun sets in across the Naivasha Lake, the ambience of camp gets a little eerie .

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From Masai Mara to Scenic Lake Naivasha, Kenya- Part I

Driving to the Scenic Lake Naivasha, Kenya
After our short safari trip to Masai Mara , our plans were to travel to Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Basically we had two more days  in our budget travel calendar, and the choice was either to go to Lake Naivasha or To Lake Nakuru. Both of these locations are around a huge lake which offers boat rides and is a haven for bird lovers. We chose Lake Naivasha, not only for its scenic beauty and wildlife but also because it holds a special place for book lovers and movie buffs.

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Tunganath Temple @ Garhwal Himalayas

The Himalayas stand guard over these sacred places of the yogis

Tunganath, Garhwal Himalayas : Tunganath and Chandrashila Travelogue on Garhwal Mountain range of the Himalayas: This is the first of a 3-part article on a hiking and trekking trip undertaken in 2001. Tunganath is a holy shrine as well as a peak of the  Garhwal range of the Himalayas  in India. It is also a place … Read more

Reaching Masai Mara Kenya – II

Nairobi, the Capital of Kenya – This is part 2 of my Masai Mara Kenya Travelogue

Nairobi, the second largest city in Africa (after Cape Town), has a large Indian population who mostly control the local business. Nairobi is a progressive city and on that particular day the city was hosting an international soccer match against Uruguay, their arch rival in football. The stadium area was lively with supporters, fans and hawkers thronging the streets. Karen Blixen Avenue, named after the Dutch author, is one of the up market areas of the city. She is famous for her memoir on her life in Kenya titled “Out of Africa” which was later made into a successful Hollywood film. This was the nicest area of Nairobi which we saw.

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Lioness Mara

Masai Mara – A dream Safari

This is part 1 of our Travelogue on

Masai Mara – A dream Safari Part 1

We went on a family trip to Masai Mara from UAE in Nov 2011. The accounts is of our 5 day Family trip to Masai Mara, Kenya. This African – Kenya safari included a 3 day tour of Masai Mara and a 2 day lake side stay at Lake Naivasha.  This memoir of our safari to Masai Mara is presented as a 7 piece Travelogue in this site. I have attached some pictures from our safari and game viewing too for your pleasure. The article on Lake Naivasha can be found here 

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