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East By North-East - Added To My Linea's List!

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by J Ravi, May 2, 2012.

  1. sungoa2010

    sungoa2010

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    Now I understood why Mr. Ranganath was able to give the second powerful spark. If the picture itself speaks this much, I wonder, how wonderful it will be, when one experience it.
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  2. J Ravi

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    Cost Of Petrol Across India

    Now, it's time for a monotony break. This morning, I compiled the cost of petrol that my Linea had across India and Bhutan. Here are the details:

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    Bangalore retains the dubious distinction of selling the costliest petrol in India and Phuentsholing, Bhutan, the cheapest petrol. I was under the wrong impression that only Goa, Pondicherry and Delhi sold the cheap petroleum products in the country. Surprisingly, Meghalaya and Odisha figure in the list. But, Phuentsholing, Bhutan, beats even these places by a wide margin!:)
    Thanks, Ravi. Those tense moments were really scary.:eek:
    Even I didn't think in those terms. You are proving again and again that you are a master story-teller, sungoa2010!:)
    I am thankful to Mr Ranganath for that spark. I rate Kaziranga National Park the first place in my trip. The second rank goes to Shillong/Cherrapunjee. Bhutan comes a distant third. Really.
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  3. theblack

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    I feel there are a lot of other details that govern the cost of petrol/ diesel in any state.
    Some of them being..
    1.) State govt policies on fuel
    2.) cost of transportation
    3.) cost of storage
    4.) Road taxes in each state
    5.) Cost of real estate for preservation

    Many more..
    Not to mention the oil mafia ;-)
  4. J Ravi

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    Kaziranga National Park - Elephant Safari

    20 April 2012 [Friday]

    We got up at 4:00 am and were ready by 4:30 am. We heard a knock on our door. On opening, we were greeted with a Good Morning, hot tea and NICE biscuits, which energised us for the forthcoming elephant safari.:) When we came to the front office, Prakash was waiting for us. I must confess that there was never a dull moment at Wild Grass. Everything went as per our schedule. No room for any complaint. clap.gif

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    We drove in my Linea through the main gate of Kaziranga National Park, parked my Linea near the boarding point for elephant safari. Time was 5 am. Mahouts brought their trained elephants for the first safari. The elephant safari lasted for about an hour, from 5:40 am to 6:45 am. Prakash informed us that he would be waiting for us at the arrival platform with a Gypsy.

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    The visitors assembled on the boarding platform. A forest department official called the visitor's name as per the registration made, guided them to their respective elephant and supervised the boarding and seating on the elephants. We got our turn and the forest department official was kind enough to inform my wife that she could sit by placing both the legs on one side as she wore saree. Nothing to worry, he assured us. First my wife sat followed by me. It was a new experience for both of us as we rode on a elephant for the first time. Our elephant's name was Loki Prasad, the mahout informed us later. In the beginning, we felt little uncomfortable as Loki Prasad was walking shifting his weight from one side to the other. After a few minutes, we got used to the elephant ride and started sighting rhinos at a very close range. An armed escort accompanied the group in a separate elephant.

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    More to come.
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  5. theblack

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    Very Nice photos sir...
    Awesome
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  6. sungoa2010

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    Excellent photos!

    What is the role of cute Bhadhuri. Standing and learning how his/her mother is doing her task. It reminds me of Guruvayoor temple. Many times I have seen cute little elephants there. In kerala particularly in Malabar area, in many houses people worship the family deity and once in year the priest will bring the idol to home by sitting on a an elephant and we use to fill 'para', a wooden container, with rice. All children in house will be waiting for the elephant, some brave kids will go near and try to experience the roughness of the skin. Thanks for the photos that taken me back to childhood.

    The Rhino is always with the company of birds in beige and white colour.

    The last photo conveys "We are all creatures of this planet and we need to share this planet because it belongs to all. There is no difference who is big and who is small":smile:
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  7. J Ravi

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    Kaziranga National Park - Elephant Safari

    20 April 2012 [Friday]

    More photographs clicked during the elephant safari.

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    We returned to Wild Grass, breakfasted and again left for the second jeep safari in different range, after which we returned to Wild Grass for lunch and rest. We left for the third and final jeep safari in the eastern range post-lunch.

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    To be continued.
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  8. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    Beautiful pictures. It is so tempting for me now to visit the park. Thanks for sharing it Ravi Ji.
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  9. sungoa2010

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    Ravi Sir, I have a suggestion. I think each photo should be protected by copy right. Many of them are very rare and nature has been so kind to allow you to take them.:)
    Kaziranga has simply stolen our hearts.
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  10. J Ravi

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    Thanks, Ramesh. It's an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
    Thanks, sungoa2010. I will be happier if somebody copies and uses them notwithstanding TFI water-mark!:) I thought of including my name and date as I did in case of my Leh trip photographs, but then, it distracts people's attention from enjoying the photograph. That's why I refrained from repeating that exercise.
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