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Few Moments for yourself at "Damdama Lake"

Everyone is entitled for a vacation, spending time with nature and more importantly with oneself. However our hectic schedules do not let us even think about such delightful occasions.

A week should be at least which I would like to reserve for a vacation, but I will consider myself lucky if I get even 3-4 days. Most of the times family commitments and work pressure play spoilsport for 3-4 days off too. 
उम्रे दराज़ से मांग कर लाये थे चार दिन,
दो आरज़ू में और दो इंतज़ार में निकल गए. 
I do not want to blame myself for not enjoying due to time constraints. We should enjoy when we can rather than when we want. I hope you guys will agree with me. 
What to do..???? Plan out something which starts on Saturday morning and concludes by Saturday Night or Sunday. This leaves us with the only option to explore nearby places, whenever you get a day off from your hectic life. That's what I will be going to do, start on Saturday morning and be back by evening/ night.

When I started to look out for nearby places, I was amazed to find a lot of such spots. One of the such spots is "Damdama Lake"

To explore and enjoy our Saturday, we started in the morning to Damdama Lake. It took us an hour's drive from Delhi to reach the Lake. Damdama Lake is surrounded by Aravalli hills which forms a striking backdrop to its placid waters.

I could have never imagined such an isolated and picturesque place, so close to Delhi. Rightly said "Seeing is Believing". Surrounded by greenery, a Haryana Government resort makes it a nice place for having fun trip, quiet Lunch in vicinity of nature. Damdama Lake is the perfect place to go for boating or day tour.

Surrounded by Aravalli hills, it should be a much sought after destination for avid Rock climbers. I got ample chances to try out my rock climbing skills in  in the difficult terrains of the Aravalli. Even I can plan for rock climbing every week to recharge by batteries and keep good health.

Check out, there are Paddle boats also, if you love boating you can enjoy that too.

However the cherished one will be a quiet walk alongside the lake and appreciating the amazing landscape. If you feel hungry, there is a restaurant in the resort which serves delicious food, so you can anytime fuel yourself. Even if you are a photography enthusiast, you will not be disappointed...

Next week I am planning again for a hang out at Damdama Lake. You too join soon...coz at the end, we repent for things not done and places did not visited...

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Safari at Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

If it would have been in my hands, I would have been living in the woods; surrounded by trees and nearby flowing river. I would have got up in the morning with the chirping of the birds, morning walk with bears and dears, farming/ cultivation in the afternoon and in the evening having a cup of Tea beneath the trees. I was enjoying the tea and all of a sudden a loud horn of the automobiles and I was out of my lovely dream. It was the time to accelerate my car. Insane traffic broke my dream but the thought was too adamant to leave my brain. I kept on thinking about the dream for some days, till I got engulfed with my routine schedule.

It was yet another visit to Agra when I spotted the sign board for "Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary", around 25 Km. from Mathura. 

At first I was wondering as I have not heard the name before and to be honest I was totally unaware that such a bird sanctuary exists and that too so near to Agra (12 km. to Agra). How come I have never noticed this park during my earlier drives through Agra? However true to my nature I had started early from Delhi, so I took the liberty of exploring the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary. Start early whenever you are on for a road trip, you might get some surprises the way I got.

There is a very nominal entry fee, but the better part is that you can take your car inside the sanctuary. However it is expected from the visitors to not to disturb the animals and birds, so please refrain from honking. All the roads are yours, whether it is a concrete or  kucha road. Moving slowly on way which was covered and surrounded by trees from both sides, was nothing less than the royal welcome by the nature.

Extravagant nature which was outside the window panes compelled us to stop the car and enjoy the walk. You can park your car as per the convenience and enjoy the Jungle Safari:

It was the first time I got the chance to tread into the forests. Whistling woods had created a magnetic field around us and we were getting sucked inside the forests despite the warnings that tourists should not go too inside the forests. Though there were occasional sounds of snakes hissing and other animals, but those were far too small and weak to dampen our spirits.



Where there is a will there is a way. I am not a wild life expert, but still I was exploring whatever was coming my way:

Once our souls were contended of the astonishing flora, we restarted our pursuit for the unexplored. We were due for an amazing surprise in the form of "Keetham Lake". On a foggy afternoon and laden with clouds, witnessing the lake in its full natural grandeur was simply an out of the world experience. 

Observing the lake from the distance was not my cup of Tea, so I took the plunge downsides to be at the closest point of the lake. The moment was nothing less than being in a wonderland. There were a lot shells were lying on the bed of the lake, we too picked a few as a souvenirs. Suddenly I went back recalling my dream, which had met an abrupt end due to the city traffic. I got the walk in the woods and a nearby lake too, it was the time to thank the Gods for their benevolence.

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As we were about to start back a forest guard told us not to miss the Bears. You guessed it right he was talking about the cute animal.


We took no time in reaching the bears' place. The fenced boundary wall visible in the below picture is the official residence of the "Bears".  

However to meet the resident we had to walk to the nearby watch tower. But it was very difficult for me to resist the temptation, so I tried to see the animal by going atop a tree. My efforts went in vain as I was not able to get any sight of the Bears. Hard luck, I started to walk again.

All is well that ends well. The moment we reached at the top of the watch tower, there was a very huge bear in front of us, Bear did not kept us waiting.


With that we were almost at the limit of our available time. It took us around 2 hours to go around the Sanctuary, but the memories gathered were much more. When ever you plan to drive to this side keep some time for romancing the woods.

From the next time on wards whenever I will be driving to Agra a stop at this Bird Sanctuary will be a necessary part of the schedule. 

So Friends keep on enjoying the world and keep travelling....

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Escape to Lansdowne...

Work pressures are sucking me, I cannot breath, city is so congested, traffic situation is so pathetic, I cannot take time for myself… Hey dude chill, give me a break…no no no dude you have to take a break from your mundane profile. And there is no other way than travelling out somewhere to Relax, Rejuvenate and Reclaim your inner self. But…But. But…where, how and when are a few hurdles which prevent us from coming out of the vicious circles of our lives.


Exquisite planning and strategy is not at all required to travel but yes, a heart full of passion and enthusiasm. "Where there is a will, there is a way". One extended weekend was more than enough to arouse the vagabond inside me. Selecting Lansdowne, that was the only planning I had to do.  Start early from Delhi in order to escape the chaotic traffic in Meerut. Post Meerut driving is a sheer treat, almost deserted highways gave us abundant time to appreciate the adjoining farms and stretches of cultivating lands. Trees planted along the roadside makes the journey more comfortable.


Bijnor and Najibabad will pass in a flash and in no time, you will be in Elephant park, which is situated at the outskirts of Kotdwar. Park was too tempting to take a break and step out of the car, but "Resist the Temptation". The moment if you look around you will find a skyline dominated by the hills. That is something seriously very hard to resist. Guys keep on moving, but take due care in driving as splendid landscapes appearing on either side are worth taking away your concentration, which you cannot afford at all while driving on the hills.

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