Issue 05 | November 2011  T R A V E L   M A G postcards fromBIKANER
contents                                        Where are you                                           07 Bikaner, rajast...
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issue 3, sePteMBer 2011A Journey to kashMir, on Kunzum            hOtel revieWsRoute K11                                  ...
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bright moon above and the entire area         hotter,” announces the compere when          of them even take in pieces of ...
A camel’s fur with an embroidered look for the fur cutting (called Baal Katra in local dialect) competitionDancers at Lade...
A foreign tourist trying a sip of freshly milked camel milkFire dancers from the Sidhh community walking over a bed of Tow...
let’s talk shOPSomeone needs to send Wee Willie            Point will even match silken laces with   dresses on hire and g...
steP Out On an eMPty stOMaChBikaner can get anorexics to start         Bikaneri Bhujiya sure deserves it. A        one of ...
the junaGarh FOrtWhy would you bury a man (byhimself) alive in the foundations of afort or within one of the turrets (onho...
Imprints of hands of Satis     a Hidden treaSure: Cross the               and tHe ligHtS come on:     Suraj Prole (Sun Gat...
the arMOury      the sharp edges face upwards and           the royal ladies for transportation.    market - the earliest ...
The beds for kings are interesting.      so the feet are on the floor; should       wouldn’t they have incapacitatedParano...
PHOTO ESSAY     Hitting a WallThe blue colour of this village house in Nepal caught my attention - as did the logs used fo...
I noticed this wall in a house in Tansen in Nepal. While the colours were appealing, the shiny utensils drying in the sun ...
Three locks to secure a blue door - what was stored within?      The way you lock your premises says            these as t...
These frescos in a haveli in Shekhawati in Rajasthan, beautiful by themselves, were further enhanced by the blue windowsTh...
A naturally orange backdrop for the ear cleaner in old DelhiAn old lock in a traditional wooden house in Batseri village i...
This is the ceiling of the entrance chamber to a Buddhist temple in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Patan in Kathmandu i...
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Learn to shoot Like pros.                          Discover your creative seLf.anD proDuce images that onLy you can.the ku...
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may have been Sher Shah Suri who          sandstone and white, black and grey        chamber but Humayun converted itwas k...
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Kunzum Travel Mag - November 2011
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  1. 1. Issue 05 | November 2011 T R A V E L M A G postcards fromBIKANER
  2. 2. contents Where are you 07 Bikaner, rajasthan: An enchanting headed these camel fair and lots more winter holidays? 18 Photo Feature: Hitting a Wall Are you busy planning your travels during the coming winters? 30 Delhi This is a time when we are all spoilt for choice. Purana Qila (Old Fort): Where emperors A gorgeous world awaits. Even if it comes take fatal tumbles with a higher than usual price tag - hotel khair-ul-Manazil Mosque: A gift from the prices always go up during the winter break, nanny especially between Christmas and the New Year. But don’t let this minor speed bump get in the way of your holiday. 37 hOtel revieWsBut are you scratching your head for ideas? Here are some I would stick my neck out > iora, the retreat - Kaziranga, Assamand strongly recommend: > Fish tail lodge - Pokhara, Nepal• Delhi: Who goes to Delhi for a holiday? If you have not considered it, do so now.You will experience the best weather on the planet during the city’s winters. Andthere is so much here: history, events, food, shopping… enough to keep you busy for 42 stuFFweeks. > the Wanderer’s Palate: A chick for every season• Rajasthan: Always in vogue at this time of the year. Plan a circuit covering > sketch Feature - SwitzerlandShekhawati, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Osian, Bera, Pushkar, Udaipur and Jaipur. > Book review: Three Men in a BoatYou cannot go wrong here. > The Handwritten Travelogue• The Freezing Himalayas: Don’t let the cold and possible snow put you off. Go toThaneder, Rishikesh, Mcleodganj and any number of hill stations where hotels areopen for business. Think Srinagar - you will fall in love with someone when there.• Nepal: This country is so beautiful and hospitable, it’s a pity why Indians havewritten it off. Go, go, go…• The North-East: You have nothing to fear. Go to the wilds of Assam, meet thetribals of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, go caving in Meghalaya, attend the manyfestivals in the region, or just drive around. team kunzum CTO (Chief Travelling Officer): ajay jain• Gujarat: Drive across the vast plains of the Rann, visit sites of ancient civilizations, - He also hogs the driver’s seatgo birding at the many sites, or hop on to jungle safaris in Gir and Velavadar. CEO (Chief Editorial Officer): anubhuti rana• Down South: I have had limited exposure here, but visit lovely Coorg. Or keep - Prefers being on the passenger seat on the highwaysdriving along the Arabian Sea coastline and weave in and out of the Western Ghats.A new discovery will await everyday. CSO (Chief Social Officer): shruti sharma - Found on Facebook, Twitter, Kunzum Travel Café or trekking in the wildWant more information on the above? Browse through www.kunzum.com - we havelots of stuff posted there. Or ping us on mail@kunzum.com - we will be happy toguide you. CDO (Chief Design Officer): Faizan Patel - Also Chief Desk Officer, that’s where he is stuck when others travelWe travel. What are you planning to do? samridhi Minocha - A big welcome to our new team member*Unless mentioned, all articles and photographs in this issue are by Ajay Jain Subscribe to the for FREE at http://kunzum.com/mag available as PDF & for the iPad & Kindle
  3. 3. kunzum travel mag (Previous Issues)Missed the earlier issues of the Kunzum Travel Mag? No problem. Download the same at http://kunzum.com/mag. This is what we have covered: issue 1, july 2011 rajasthan / ranthaMBhOre: Gujarat > Looking the tiger in the eye > Rani ki Vav in Patan: A Stepwell or a naGalanD: Misty Mountain Top Work of Art? The re-discovery of nePal > The Sun Temple at Modhera laDakh: At the top of the world jOrDan hiMaChal PraDesh / lahaul sPiti > Dead Sea: Try sinking in it, you > Kaza: Paradise is Here cannot! > Tabo, the Village of Cavemen and hOtel revieWs Lamas > Swaswara in Gokarna, Karnataka - Delhi Perfect to uplift your body, mind and > Mehrauli Archaeological Park: Bet soul no one tells you this one > Banasura Island Retreat, Wayanad > Hazrat Nizamuddin’s Dargah: Kerala - What a perfect setting for a Qawwalis, resort Fairs, Prayers, Shopping – It all > Banjara Camps and Retreat, Sangla, happens here Himachal Pradesh - Cannot Admire it BOOks: > 5 books to read about the Enough 1996 Everest disaster > Gir Birding Lodge, Sasan Gir, Gujarat - They know the jungle! issue 2, auGust 2011 assaM: rajasthan > Manas National Park: The Games > Kuldhara, Jaisalmer: When the Elephants Play Paliwals Vanished into the Night arunaChal PraDesh: > Bera: Welcome to Leopard Country > Hello Ladies…of Arunachal Pradesh - It is Wild and Free hiMaChal PraDesh hOtel revieWs Maharashtra: > Banjara Retreat, Shoja > The Matheran Light Railway: Go for > The Almond Villa, Srinagar a Joyride > Rann Riders, Dasada, Rann of Kutch uttarakhanD > Devra Homestay, Udaipur > Kunzum Route K14 stuFF Delhi > Sketch Feature - Singapore > If it’s Ramadan, you must be in > Photography: Don’t let the Camera Matia Mahal go Dead on you > Walk on the Northern Ridge: History > Book Review: Journey to the Center of in One Sweep the Earth
  4. 4. issue 3, sePteMBer 2011A Journey to kashMir, on Kunzum hOtel revieWsRoute K11 > Castle Bera, Bera, Rajasthan RainDelhi Country Resorts> Join the annual Dussehra > Wayanad, KeralaProcession >The Blackbuck Lodge, Velavadar,Safdarjung’s Tomb GujarattaMil naDu: The Niligiri Mountain > Banjara Orchard Retreat, Thanedar,Railway - A Toy Train you must Himachal PradeshRide stuFFrajasthan > Travel Bites: Don’t be Jet-Lagged thisJodhpur: Food, Bazaars, History - It all Holiday SeasonHappens Here > Sketch Feature - Malaysia > Book Review: River Dogissue 1, OCtOBer 2011Postcards from Gujarat jOrDanhiMaChal PraDesh Wadi Rum: A vast, echoing and God-Thanedar: The birthplace of apples in like desertIndia hOtel revieWsrajasthan > Wild Grass Lodge, Kaziranga, AssamMount Abu: A quiet oasis in a desert > Soulitude, Ramgarh, Uttarakhandstate stuFFDelhi > The Wanderer’s Palate: Elai AdaiChor Minar: Making an example of > Travel Bitesthieves > Sketch Feature - Kanha NationalKhooni Darwaza: The gate with a Parkbloody history > Book Review: Being a ScotKinari Bazaar: Where colours change > The Handwritten Traveloguewith seasons
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  6. 6. Bikaner rajasthanAn enchanting camel fair and lots more Think of camel fairs, and chances are you will head to Pushkar in Rajasthan. But hold on to your horses (or camels) for a moment - consider Bikaner, with its smaller yet far more enchanting version. And that is only one of the reasons why you need to be in this desert city. the Fair First The festival is all about colours and see the latter is at the Sheetla Saptmi smarter - the trainers or the animals? music. The opening act itself is a parade fair around Holi in March in West by the royal guards mounted on richly Rajasthan when 35-40 such groups There is more. Camels walk the ramp to decorated camels. These forces may come together to perform. Not to be decide whose coats are embroidered only be symbolic now, but the riders left out, groups of eunuchs dressed in best by the artisans of Rajasthan. still display the same pride as their bright red, magenta and yellow join Yes, the fur is cut to make beautiful predecessors may have when the elite the party, performing dances including patterns. A treat follows - in the form of camel corps, the Ganga Risala, existed some mildly suggestive ones. camel milk fresh from the udders. Take and fought in the two World Wars. a sip - its salty taste has to be acquired Camels are the real stars though, and I am told. But locals and the scientists Bravado out of the way, it is time to they sure work hard for this occasion. at Bikaner’s National Research Centre break into a song and a dance. Not that Their acrobatics and dances defy their for Camels believe this milk is highly Rajasthanis need much of an excuse to unwieldy look. Strutting, rolling and nutritious and therapeutic and can do so. If Sartar Khan Lattah and party raising themselves high on just their even cure diabetes. set the mood going with their folk hind legs, they even pick up money music from Barmer, the likes of Sushil and hold tea kettles in their mouths, Thereafter the action shifts to the Mali brings his troupe to perform the offering it to guests of honour. Some village of Ladera for two magical days Lal Angi Dandiya Gir Nritya dressed in even grip their owners’ necks by their and nights. The setting is just perfect all red. The only other time you would teeth - but only gently. Wonder who is there: a huge sand bowl, clear skies, a 7
  7. 7. bright moon above and the entire area hotter,” announces the compere when of them even take in pieces of burning resonating with only the sounds of the cultural programs start on stage coal in their mouths letting out sparks. festivities. Far removed from the madding after sunset. One is treated to the All seemingly under a spell of the world we live in. Daytime sees sporty many different forms of Rajasthani soft drug Bhaang made from the competitions including Gramin Kushti (rural folk culture including the Ghoomur leaf of cannabis indica. Theories wrestling), Kabaddi, dune racing, camel dance. Don’t rush blindly to woo the abound on how these dancers pull racing, Kho Kho and women’s musical beautiful dancing women - some of off this ‘trick,’ but does one care? chairs. And the way locals cheer and root them are men! The thrills are complete. for their favourites, you would think the world championships are at stake. Even The ‘hottest’ event is the fire dance. And what better way to round up the contestants for the Mr. Bikaner and Ms. Performed by members of the Siddh fun than with authentic Rajasthani Bikana can be seen vying for the top spot. community, supposedly blessed with food? Scrumptious thalis (big metial special powers by Lord Jasnath. They plates) of daal, baati, choorma and “The night is getting cooler and cooler walk on a bed of burning wood and other traditional vegetables leaves you and the stage is getting hotter and coal, and dance around the fire. A few with no choice but to overeat. Travel Tips for The BiKaNer fair There is no entry fee. Arrangements are made to transport visitors from Bikaner to Ladera (45 kms / 28 miles) by bus. You can stay in hotels in the city, or book tents pitched by organizers in Ladera. Book in advance - the festival falls during peak tourist season. Carry some warm clothes for the evening. For more information contact Hotel Dholamaru (A Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation property) in Bikaner.Eunuchs dancing at the festival. Most of them work as office boys in Government department and A highly decorated camel participating in theperform when called upon. The one in yellow, Sunil, is taking computer literacy classes. acrobatics competition 8
  8. 8. A camel’s fur with an embroidered look for the fur cutting (called Baal Katra in local dialect) competitionDancers at Ladera Participants in the Mr. Bikaner competition 9
  9. 9. A foreign tourist trying a sip of freshly milked camel milkFire dancers from the Sidhh community walking over a bed of Towards the end of the fire dance, the dancers started to ‘splash’ the burningwood and coal on fire wood and coal with their feet all around causing the sparks to fly as seen here
  10. 10. let’s talk shOPSomeone needs to send Wee Willie Point will even match silken laces with dresses on hire and garlands madeWinkie to put the people of Bikaner lingerie. of real currency notes. With Rabdito bed on time. They simply don’t Band available to provide the music.want to call it a day – keeping their You could take ailing pressurebazaars bustling with activity till late cookers, cooking gas stoves, blenders For serious shopping, you have big outletsinto the night. Join the fun, stroll and lighters at the Pressure Cooker like Maharaja Arts selling traditionalaround and window shop. Don’t be Hospital on a sidewalk. The proprietor Rajasthani bed linen, curtains, clothes,surprised at barbers shaving men at will also exchange spoiled currency cushions, toys, decorations, replicas often in the night, or women trying out notes for a commission, or top up your antiques, bean bags and more. BargainKolhapuri juttis or traditional shoes. mobile. Another peculiarity are shops hard - don’t hesitate to offer 50 percentGet bedazzled with rows of shops branded with brotherly love. You or lesser than the quoted price - youselling shining stainless steel utensils. have ‘Shop of Three Brothers,’ ‘Pandit could land yourself a steal. A salesmanPick up stone mortars and pestles Harprasad and Sons, Brothers’ Shop,’ offered me ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ bedin various shapes and sizes from ‘Two Brothers Garment’ and so on. cover. It was a reversible one, the other sideroadside vendors, or buy lingerie If you are planning to get married, being free. Very funny. I offered him Rs. 500,from a shop called Shanti (meaning there is all that a groom needs for saying it is actually Rs. 1,000 if he countedpeace, wonder where?). Matching his wedding day including make-up, both sides of the bill. Funny back! sCenes FrOM the Bazaars OF Bikaner
  11. 11. steP Out On an eMPty stOMaChBikaner can get anorexics to start Bikaneri Bhujiya sure deserves it. A one of the vendors. Made from cowquestioning their own resolve. The spicy crisp snack made of gramflour milk around Bikaner, and buffalo milkcity is full of food, inviting you with, fried in different shapes, it is sold in around Dholpur, villagers make these“Come, gorge!” Take your pick from shops bearing names like Bhikaram at home and supply all over Northkachoris, samosas, jalebis and ghevar Chandmal, Shri Ganesh, Jai Ganesh etc. India.straight from the frying wok. Or choose Surprisingly, it is not that easy to findfrom all kinds of Indian sweets and traditional Rajasthani dishes like daal, Many a shop sell all kinds of localsavouries from menus that read more baati, choorma etc. - one has to go to medicines made from herbs, rootslike encyclopedic compilations rather Ladera during the Camel Fair to get the and other ayurvedic formulae.than the offering of a single eatery. authentic stuff. Promising to cure you of virtually everything including obesity, gas,Recharge with munchies like dried Bikaner is also an important source asthma, heart ailments, piles,fruits, groundnuts, chickpeas and of Mawa, a key milk ingredient for blood pressure and any orthopedicchanas being sold wholesale. They may many Indian sweets. The Mawa Bazaar problems. Some even claim to havenot have been awarded a Geographical located just off the Banthiyon Ka received awards from the PresidentIndicator (a kind of a patent linking Chowk is the biggest wholesale market of India for their work. If you get sicka product category to its origin, like for Mawa in Rajasthan after Dholpur of eating all the sumptuous BikaneriChampagne and Darjeeling Tea), but according to Laxmi Narayan Raj Purohit, food, you know where to head to. eatinG Out in Bikaner 26
  12. 12. the junaGarh FOrtWhy would you bury a man (byhimself) alive in the foundations of afort or within one of the turrets (onhorseback) if he had done nothingwrong to deserve the fate?It was considered auspicious andguaranteed invincibility to the fort, orso go the legends. If true, it seemed tohave worked for the Junagarh Fort inBikaner, with its impressive record ofnever having been conquered. If yougo digging in the foundations west ofthe fort, where a temple of Bhomiajistands, you may find the fossils of aman who volunteered to be buriedalive. It was a matter of Rajput prideto give up your life for this ‘cause,’ withthe family being rewarded with landand money.The fort, originally called ChintamaniDurg, was built by Raja Rai Singh;work started on January 30, 1586 andfinished in 1594. For three centuriesafter this, the rulers engaged in about ninebattles with their cousins from Jodhpurstate. A dispute between the two sideshad been simmering since around 1491when some family heirlooms, the Rathoresymbols of power, were given away byRao Jodha (founder of Jodhpur) to his sonRao Bika who founded Bikaner in 1465.Descendants of the latter always emergedvictorious, and these heirlooms remain safein Bikaner till date under the care of the RaoBikaji Maharaja of Bikaner’s Heirloom,Insignias and Farmans Private Trust. Oneof these, a sandalwood throne datingback to 1212 is on display at the fort. Entry to the Junagarh FortBikaner did not have a hill to builda fort on for greater security, but its either to lead lives of outcasts or in Singh on October 30, 1825, before thedesign still gives it an imposing stature. confinement, or were expected to British outlawed this practice. RecordsEvery generation following the founder immolate themselves on the funeral show Rao Bika had eight Satis, withmade additions and alterations to the pyre of their husbands. This act of the largest entourage of 35 immolatingfort, but the surrounding moat always committing Sati was preferred by themselves with Maharaja Zorawarremained a dry one. A walk through the women whose indoctrination since Singh. Royalty at the time had manyfort makes for fascinating sights: childhood taught them life without wives, mistresses and concubines and their husband was not worth living. As all often committed Sati, sometimesImprInts of hands of you enter the fort, you will see imprints with maids and other female staff of the hands of some of the women who of the queens. In an unusual case,SatiS: The period around 1200 - committed Sati. The ones in marble are Sangram Singh Mandlawat, a faithful1600 A.D. was a dark one for Rajput those of the last Sati - Kanwarani Deep manservant of Maharaja Raj Singh,women in Rajasthan. Widows had Kanwar, wife of Maharaja Kumar Moti committed Sato. 13
  13. 13. Imprints of hands of Satis a Hidden treaSure: Cross the and tHe ligHtS come on: Suraj Prole (Sun Gate) and pause on In a visionary move much ahead of its the ramp or Khurra - it is believed Raja time, Maharaja Dungar Singh engaged Rai Singh buried a treasure of gold and an English engineer Mr. Robinson jewels under it for an emergency. All to install electric power in the fort. royal establishments are rife with such And when the switch was flicked legends - should keep Indiana Jones on, onlookers were left dazzled with busy for a long time. powerful lamps and arc lights coming alive simultaneously, illuminating the whole fort. In 1914, Maharaja Ganga Singh installed the first elevator, imported from England, in Rajasthan. tHe armoury: You cannot but help get impressed with the collection of arms, one of the finest in any fort in India. Swords, knives, daggers, shields, maces, armours, bows and arrows and guns used over the centuries are all on a well curated display. You will also see a World War I DH9-DE Haviland fighter plane. Actually, the British presented Maharaja Ganga Singh parts of two such shot down planes as souvenirs in return for combat services rendered during the war. Around 1985, Maharaja Karni Singh engaged craftsmen to take parts from both and put together one replica of the original. There is a stand with swords placed horizontally in it;14
  14. 14. the arMOury the sharp edges face upwards and the royal ladies for transportation. market - the earliest sign of members of the Siddh community The fort is dotted with temples, foreign influence in the interiors. would perform stunts by walking on some open to public and others One of the rooms has a 65 kilo these. They do similar stuff on beds of only for the royal family. The Badal silver door leading to it. A silver nails and burning coal. Don’t try it! Mahal or Cloud Palace has a blue throne stands in the Karan Mahal ceiling with clouds and lightening and was used for ceremonial You need to spend at least a full painted on it - to give a feeling of purposes. A swing known as day in this fort to really appreciate coolness in the harsh, dry desert Krishna Jhoola is used during all that is on display. You have a region. The Chini Burj has tiles Janmashtami to celebrate the collection of palanquins used by made in China for the European birth of the Hindu God Krishna.In earlier times, entertainers would stand and walk on these sharp The World War I DH9-DE Haviland fighter planeedged swords. Ouch!
  15. 15. The beds for kings are interesting. so the feet are on the floor; should wouldn’t they have incapacitatedParanoid of being attacked even while someone tie the king in his sleep, he him to fight at all? If yes, at leastasleep, these were made low to ensure could still stand up with the bed on his the king could have ordered moreno conspirators could hide underneath. back and put up a fight. Question: If comfortable beds to sleep while heThe beds were shorter than the body someone got so far as to tie the king, still could.A Palanquin Tiles from ChinaUsefUl Travel iNfo for JUNagarh forT• Timings 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.• Guides are included in entry ticket. Audio guides are available at an extra charge. A sign reads, ‘Guides arepaid servants of the trust.’• Entry Fee: Indians - Rs. 20; Students and Children - Rs. 10; Foreigners - Rs. 150• Camera fee: Still - Rs. 30; Video - Rs. 100• There are separate cloak rooms and ticket counters for Indians and foreigners.• ‘Luggage and pet dogs not allowed in the palaces’ reads a sign.• The Prachin Café inside the fort serves Indian and Chinese cuisines besides sandwiches and beverages.BiKaNer: Travel Tips• Weather: Mild winters and very hot summers.• Best time to go: October to February.• How to reach: By road or train. Nearest airports are at Jaipur and Jodhpur.• Recommended Stay: At least 3 days.• While you are there: Visit the Karni Mata Temple at Deshnoke (30 kms / 19 miles) away. Or spend a night atthe Gajner Palace heritage hotel (32 kms / 20 miles away) with its artificial lake and beautiful surroundings;the royalty hosted wildlife shooting parties here at one time. Also check out the Lallgarh Palace in townmade of pink-red sandstone. Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in 1902 as modern quarters for the royal family,it houses a museum and a hotel, the Laxmi Niwas Palace. Scout the inner lanes of Bikaner to see some oldHavelis or mansions built by businessmen; the Bhanwar Niwas is one that has been converted into a must-stay hotel.• Combine trip with: Jaisalmer and Shekhawati.
  16. 16. PHOTO ESSAY Hitting a WallThe blue colour of this village house in Nepal caught my attention - as did the logs used for curing honey in some way I couldnot quite comprehend. The green window with protective iron rods added to the imagery.A s a travel photographer, my shops and buildings - and you will find formed by objects - like a broom audience have many different yourself looking at works of art. Just the adding a different character when expectations from me. Some blue of a village house, or the rustiness resting against an otherwisewant stunning landscapes, others of an old lock can make you whistle a blank wall. Some variations maywant portraits or cultural expositions. ‘wow.’ You will pass these often and yet emerge naturally, say, in theThere will be those who want me to not see them in a creative light. form of roots or anthills growingpost historical essays, with another set against walls. Any such variablewanting an adrenalin high with images And I am not even talking about stuff has the ability to transform anfrom the wild. I capture all these images that has been commissioned to artists. otherwise ordinary background- but the real joy comes when I manage These are everyday structures, where into something eye-catching.to spring a surprise. the owners just picked on a colour or a pattern to their liking. “The neighbour Once I noticed some of theseYou can do this by presenting a rare chose green, so I will go for yellow” wonderful works of art, I cannotsight. Or with something that is kind of a thinking. Or someone may help looking out for more of thesealways around travellers but they are be using locks going back a hundred whenever on the go. And oneblinded to it. years, and happy because no one does not need to travel far - your could pick them yet. neighbour’s window may qualifyOne such theme are walls. And doors, without the owner realizing so.windows and locks. All you need to do The aesthetic could be enhanced Go, face a wall or a door. It is ais stop and observe ordinary houses, when ever changing patterns are kaleidoscopic world out there. 18
  17. 17. I noticed this wall in a house in Tansen in Nepal. While the colours were appealing, the shiny utensils drying in the sun with abroom lying alongside added new dimensions to it. You will see this sight only on Sundays in Darya Ganj in old Delhi - the regular market is closed on this day enabling a used book market to come up on its pavements for the day. Also on sale are old movie posters. These roots growing into a crumbling wall with the statue of the Hindu God Ganesha in Shekhawati in Rajasthan are usually ignored as a junk spot by all - but it gave me one of the most admired photos in my collection 19
  18. 18. Three locks to secure a blue door - what was stored within? The way you lock your premises says these as they are open all day - but not me, asking why I was taking photos a lot about the society you live in. I at that hour. The locks themselves, the of locks when there were castles captured this set of locks and more bolts, and the colours of the walls and and frescos that tourists came for. in Shekhawati in Rajasthan. I was out doors were all arresting. And then I A theory started doing the rounds early morning looking for subjects to started clicking them - arousing much amongst them: With these photos I click when some shop doors caught curiosity amongst the few locals up could possibly make keys to break in my attention. One usually does not see and about. Some started following later. If only it was so simple. The pink door and the pattern formed by the bolt, chain and locks caught my attentionAn old fashioned lock still good enough to Another old fashioned way of locking the door, keep the premises safe with the green wall and the rusty brown wooden The yellow with the Coke Red and Pepsi Blue made for quite a door making a nice contrast noticeable colour scheme
  19. 19. These frescos in a haveli in Shekhawati in Rajasthan, beautiful by themselves, were further enhanced by the blue windowsThese wooden birds in a haveli (old bungalow) with wooden patterns sure enhanced the entrance in Shekhawati in Rajasthan
  20. 20. A naturally orange backdrop for the ear cleaner in old DelhiAn old lock in a traditional wooden house in Batseri village in Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh
  21. 21. This is the ceiling of the entrance chamber to a Buddhist temple in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Patan in Kathmandu inNepal. Most photographers would give it a cursory look and move on to shoot the temple - but I saw it differently. One of my bestselling images - a kite shop at dusk in Rajasthan. This was taken a few days before the kite flying festival of Makar Sakranti in January
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  24. 24. DelhiPuranatake Fatal Tumbles FOrt)Where Emperors Qila (OlD Qila-i-Kuhna MosqueT hree different rulers (one human settlement are archaeological on New Delhi (central Delhi currently), mythological, two real) zeroed excavations going back to the 4th Shahjahanabad became Old Delhi. The in on the site of the present day century A.D. Gupta period. Parliamentary constituency of centralPurana Qila (Old Fort) as their seat of Delhi is called New Delhi – confusingpower – and somehow none survived The first recorded foundations were for many as New Delhi actually coverslong enough to really enjoy the fruits of laid by the second Mughal emperor a much bigger area as far as postaltheir labour. Humayun in 1533 who called his new addresses go (when a postal address city Dinpanah (Refuge of the Faithful). reads only Delhi, and not New Delhi, itThe legendary Pandavas of the But after Sher Shah Suri ousted refers to Old Delhi; both Old and NewMahabharata fame are believed to Humayun in 1538, he demolished the Delhis are contiguous areas). We couldhave established the kingdom of earlier structure and built a new fort go on adding to the confusion but let’sIndraprastha here tens of thousands called Sher Garh and the city around it, go back in time first.of moons ago. It is sometimes referred Sher Shani. This was the sixth city ofto as the first city of Delhi. But there is Delhi. Humayun came back to power in The fort itself has three main gates:no evidence to support this claim – and 1555 after defeating Sher Shah’s weak the western Bara (Big) Darwazaso far, thankfully, the far right Hindus successors, and started building upon (Gate) on the Mathura Road is wherehave not dug up the Purana Qila yet to what was already there. The name one enters from. The one to the southprovide some. Many still refer to the Old Fort came about when Shahjahan, is called Humayun Darwaza, whilecitadel as Pandavon ka Qila (the fort of who also built the Taj Mahal, made the the northern one is called Talaqithe Pandavas). If this were so, it would Red Fort (the new fort, and thus the (Foridden) Darwaza and lies lockedbe the longest surviving man-made other one became old) in 1648 and since time immemorial. Accordingstructure in history. In earlier times, established the city of Shahjahanabad to legend, some king ordered it shuthouses were made of mud and palaces (referred to as Old Delhi now). Funnily, when he went to battle with ordersof wood – even if the Pandavas ruled during British times, Old Delhi was to open it only when he returnedfrom here, no structures would have referred to as Mehrauli (in south Delhi victorious. Apparently he neversurvived till now. The earliest proof of now); but when Lutyens started work returned; if the story is true, the king 30
  25. 25. may have been Sher Shah Suri who sandstone and white, black and grey chamber but Humayun converted itwas killed in 1545. marble) along with the carvings and into his library. Coming down the steps inlay work make it one of the beautiful one fateful afternoon in 1556, he heardThe compound inside is quite mosques in the city. A tank in front was the call to prayer. While attempting toextensive, with well maintained lawns used for ablution before prayers. A kneel down immediately, he tripped on(the Mughal Emperors would have deep step-well was also constructed to his robe and tumbled to his death. Heapproved of this for they loved their ensure water supply. did not enjoy the return to power forgardens). Few structures remain even a year.though. The most striking is the Qila- Nearby is an octagonal structurei-Kuhna Mosque built by Sher Shah in called the Sher Mandal – its infamy a word of advice: Do not wear a robe1541 with its five-arched entrance. The overshadows its architecture. Sher whilst snooping around the steps of theuse of different coloured stones (red Shah might have built it as a pleasure Sher Mandal.Entry to the Old Fort The Sher Mandalmetro: pragati Maidan, but a 15-20 minute walk from there 31
  26. 26. Camp Pinewood Trails is set in the heart of • accommodation and facilitieS:Himachal Pradesh and 30 minutes drive from a We have a Cluster of Fifteen 12’ x 12’ size, sturdysmall town Kandaghat on the Chail Road, Camp tents with ground bedding and sleeping bags,Pinewood Trails is surrounded by lush cedar Bathing/washing and toilet facilities (Western),forests. It offers unlimited options for hikes and an open dining space.along meandering hilly trek routes. A short trekabove the camp is yet another rejuvenating activitieS:experience with magnificent views to greet • adventure activities: Rappelling, Commandoyou. Softer options are a quiet relaxing stroll Net, Burma Bridge, Flying Fox, Tyroleanaround the campsite and cosy naps under the Traverse, Bridge slithering, Double rope bridge.sun. Whatever you choose its bound to be • games: Volleyball, Badminton, Carom, andmemorable and invigorating. Chess.Location: Situated in the valley at Sadhupul, 12 • trekkingkms away from Kandaghat on the Kandaghat- • Bird watchingChail road, 17 kms before Chail in Himachal • Bonfire with loads of games, singing andPradesh. Its well laid-out, safe, healthy and interactive fun.easily accessible. Address: 110, Aamrpali Apartments, Plot no-56, I.P. Extension, Patpar Ganj, Delhi -110092 Mobile: 9811213026/9873411989 Email: jeffrey@pinewoodtrails.com, alex@pinewoodtrails.com Website: http://pinewoodtrails.com/contactus.html 26
  27. 27. Delhikhair-ul-Manazil MOsQueA Gift from the Nanny I t is one of the best preserved and death of his father, Humayun in 1556. the mosque is the grand Lal Darwaza finest mosques in Delhi, but lies Interestingly, Khair-ul-Manazil is also (Red Gate) or Sher Shah Gate, which largely ignored except by the devout a chronogram; when the letters of its is believed to have been the southern who come here to offer prayers. Or by name are written in the Persian script, gateway to Sher Shah’s city. young boys who like to play cops and you get the numerical value of its year robbers amongst its ruins (at least the of construction i.e. 969 Hijri or A.D. An unconfirmed story: On his way back author did, while he was staying in Kaka 1561-62 (according to a sign put up by from a hunting trip, emperor Akbar Nagar in the late 1970s / early 1980s the ASI). It is located across the road visited the Nizamuddin mosque and across the road). from the Purana Qila (Old Fort). then came to the Khair-ul-Manazil. A slave of his late father, emperor Khair-ul-Manazil, meaning ‘the most You will see a hauz (tank) and a well as Humayun, attempted to assassinate auspicious of houses’ or the ‘best you enter the main courtyard which are Akbar but his arrow missed and killed a of houses,’ was commissioned as a used for ablution before the prayers. bodyguard. The emperor’s short height mosque and madrasa (an educational Rooms built along three walls were may have worked to his advantage. institution) by Mahan Angah, wet used for the madrasa. The mehrab nurse to Emperor Akbar. She was (prayer wall) on the fourth faces Mecca When you go visiting, and see any boys politically very influential when Akbar to the west; it is decorated stucco and playing cops and robbers, try to enlist was still a boy king after the untimely glazed tiles in different colours. Next to the former to provide a security cordon. tranSlation of inScription over tHe central arcH of tHe prayer cHamBer In the time of Jalal-ud-din Muhammad who is the greatest (Akbar) of just kings When Maham Begh, the protection of chastity, erected this building for the virtuous Shihabuddin Ahmad Khan, the generous, assisted in the erection of this good house. How blessed is this building that its chronogram is ‘best of houses.’ - Composed by Niyaz Baksh, under the supervision of Darwesh Husain 33
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  29. 29. We travel. and come back With stories and images.and We put all these great holiday ideas as the travel list 1-25 1-25 1-25 1-25 1-25 trav t r a ve ell lliistt t r aavel l l i istt el l ss t r avv e l is t t r AjAyAjAyIN jAIN AjAy jA y IN jA jA AjAy IN jA jAIN AThe Kunzum Travel List is a compilation of great holiday ideas for you tochoose from. From all across India, Nepal and the rest of the subcontinent.Holidays you will cherish, and remember for a lifetime. Something you willshare with others and evoke envy - prompting friends to ask you more sothey too can head out on the same path. All put together in the form of books for you. Want to have a great time travelling? Visit http://kunzum.com/travellist The Kunzum Travel List is currently available as an e-book in PDF format and for the iPad and Kindle.
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  31. 31. HOTEL REVIEWiOra, the retreat Kaziranga National Park, Assam I f you are looking for modern comforts when visiting the Kaziranga National Park, Iora is the place you should choose to stay. The property has all the comforts you can ask for, with high quality furnishings, satellite TV, a fully functional restaurant and more. The problem is the property could be anywhere in the world; it has little to show that it is at the world heritage site of Kaziranga National Park. Go there if you want plush accommodation • Service: Good service. Housekeeping • location: Very good location, near between your jungle safaris. does their job well, you are well served the entrance to two of the main zones at the restaurant and the guest relations of the park. staff is very courteous and helpful. • amenitieS: You have Wi-Fi • roomS: Different categories of rooms internet but it is erratic and works with clean, good quality furniture, sheets best in the lobby area. There is a COntaCt and towels. Air-conditioning in all rooms swimming pool too. Bogorijuri, Kohora for the summer months. Bathrooms have Kaziranga National Park, running hot and cold showers. You have • food Quality: Quite nice food. Assam - 785109 satellite television offering a wide variety With a vast selection of cuisines Tel:+91.3776.262411 / 262412 / 262437, of channels. Rooms have nice sit-outs including local. +91.9957193550, Fax: +91.3776.262418 for morning and evening tea, or to soak E-mail: iora@kazirangasafari.com in the sun. You have rooms of different • tariffS: Rs. 3,300 - Rs. 12,000 Website: www.kazirangasafari.com categories going up to suites. 37
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  34. 34. HOTEL REVIEW Fish tail lODGe Fish tail lODGe Pokhara, NepalF ew properties in the world can match the setting of Fish Tail Lodgein Pokhara in Nepal. With the Fewa • Service: Excellent. Staff is very courteous, and takes good care of the in well landscaped lawns. And you wake up in the morning to the chirping of property and its guests. hundreds of birds, all very soothing forTal (lake) on one side, and a forest the soul and the mind.cover on the other, it is an island of • roomS: Clean, bright with moderndelight. Accentuated with the imposing fittings. While these are very comfortable, • food Quality: Very average. BothMachhapuchre (Fish Tail) peak almost I would have preferred a look that the breakfast and the dinner wereat touching distance towering over it. blended better with the surroundings nothing to write home about – a pity for and the culture of Nepal. a property of such high rating.You get to the property in square boats,more like covered rafts, that move by • location: Does not get better. Inpulling in a rope tied to the opposite the middle of a lake with forest and high tariff (SuBject to cHange)bank. Once there, you can make it mountain peaks all around. • Single, Garden Terrace (standard), US$a base for the many activities and 140, Palm Court (deluxe), US$ 160attractions offered by Pokhara – or just • attractionS: Besides the landscape • Double, Garden Terrace (standard), US$stay put for an idyllic, romantic break. around, the property itself has a wide 150, Palm Court (deluxe), US$ 170 variety of trees, flowers and other plants • Extra Bed, US$ 45It is the place where royalty, film starsand other famous people stay when COntaCtthey visit Pokhara – not surprising since Address: P.O. Box 10, Pokhara, Nepalthe owners have been related to the Tel: +977.61.465071/460248/460258erstwhile royal families of Nepal. Even if Fax: +977.61.465072this were not the case, many a guest may E-mail: info@fishtail-lodge.com.npstill have chosen this as the place to stay. Website: http://www.fishtail-lodge.com 40
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  36. 36. The Wanderer’s Palate A chick for every season!! By Meena VaidyanathanI’ve eaten chickpeas (garbanzo beans, he would have to make to do with the and frankly a bit unbelievable!as some know it better) all my life. And meager prison food. But I have read about this legendI had no particular love or hate for this in enough places over many yearslentil, until I heard this story. Legend has The cook, taking pity on the and tried many recipes using thisit that when Aurangzeb imprisoned his Emperor’s condition told him amazing little protein ball to comefather, Emperor Shah Jehan, for nearly to choose the ‘chickpea’ and he to believe that Emperor Shah Jehaneight years, he offered him, rather promised him that he would make made the right choice after all! Trybenevolently, that he would allow him him a new dish out of the lowly lentil this instant kebab recipe and giveto choose one dish of his choice that he every single day. 365 dishes using your feedback whether you agreecould have everyday; at all other times, the chickpea!!! Sounds amazing, with me (and the Emperor!) or not! coarsely ground black pepper as a good substitute! Sometimes, when 2 green chillies finely chopped (those I am feeling adventurous, I also add who have a low threshold for chillies a fistful of soaked soyabean nuggets like me, may de-seed the chilles, but 2 into the mixture, and the kebabs get a chillies are needed for the flavor), along distinct flavor and crispiness. with finely chopped coriander Salt to taste The Arabs used to extol the virtuesthe traDitiOnal reCiPe of chickpeas for their aphrodisiacal procedure properties and used to consume a fairingredients Blend all ingredients together. Add more amount especially while travelling as1 cup of boiled chickpeas (a cup of bread if needed and keep kneading they believed it enhances their energyleftover “chole” or even humus can until it comes to a consistency that levels. I don’t know if this chickpeabe used instead of freshly boiled allows you to make small cutlets out of kebab recipe will er… influence yourchickpeas) the mixture. Shallow or deep fry (as you energy levels, but it is sure to satisfy1 cup of bread crumbs (for those who prefer…shallow frying gives it a melting your gastronomic urges!are lazy like me can also use fresh bread taste but takes longer to cook, whileloosely crumbled!) deep fried “kebabs” are crispier and I can visualize Emperor Shah Jehan1 teaspoon each of cumin seeds, chaat faster to cook). Bingo! Chickpea kebabs savouring these yummy chickpeamasala (can also use garam masala if are ready to serve. They taste divine kebabs while gazing into the Taj Mahalyou don’t have chaat masala), caraway with mint chutney, but in a hurry, the from his prison window longingly! Canseeds (optional), coriander powder and good old tomato ketchup also serves you? got more queries? Send them across to meena at meena.vaidyanathan@gmail.com. you may also follow meena’s blog, www.lifeintwohours.com.
  37. 37. viswaprasad raju is a Hyderabad-based advertising professional, and is also a random sketchcrawler, a weekly cartoonist and an occasionaltravel writer. He collects cheap souvenirs like coasters and dreams of expensive holiday breaks to a national park (any state) or anywhere in europe (any country). presently he is working on a screenplay for a feature film. connect with him at viswaprasadraju@gmail.com or find him at http://facebook.com/viswaprasadraju and http://hyderabadadvtg.blogspot.com.
  38. 38. BOOK REVIEW tHree Men in a Boat if only all travel books were written like this… By Nimish DubeyThere are travel books that tell you about and wit aplenty. There are hilarious the perils of camping out under the openhow people went about a particular accounts of how the threesome tried to sky:journey. There are those that tell you pitch tent on the riverside, of the visitsabout places that people visited. Of they paid to the local inns (yes, there is the “Camping out in rainy weather is notthe people they met. Of the food they famous incident of a fish on display that pleasant.ate. And so forth. And there are a few everyone claims to have caught – onlyrare ones do all of this and leave you for it to turn out to be an artificial one) It is evening. You are wet through, andbreathless with laughter while doing so. and of course, all the people they meet, there is a good two inches of water inJerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat is pleasant and otherwise. In spite of being the boat, and all the things are damp.a book that falls in this rare, last category. You find a place on the banks that is notIt not only tells you about the trip that quite so puddly as other places you havethree friends – and their dog – undertook seen, and youon the Thames between Kingston and land and lug out the tent, and two of youOxford, but tells it with so much humour proceed to fix it. It is soaked and heavy,that there are many (and Jawaharlal and it flops about, and tumbles downNehru is one of them) who remember on you, and clings round your headthe book mainly for its good humour and and makes you mad. The rain is pouringcheery tone. steadily down all the time. It is difficult enough to fix a tent in dry weather: inThree Men in a Boat starts off with wet, the task becomes herculean. Insteadthree friends, J (the author), George of helping you, it seems to you that theand William Samuel Harris being bored other man is simply playing the fool. Justto death and wondering what to do. as you get your side beautifully fixed, heHarris suggests a sea cruise but this is gives it a hoist from his end, and spoils itconverted to a cruise on the Thames all.”(after some very interesting descriptionsof the perils of travelling on the sea). As the best of friends, J, George and Harris Sounds familiar, does it not? And yet it isJerome points out, the vote for the cruise seldom agree about things, and as none narrated with such skill that you will bestood at three to one – the only voice of of them consider the others’ opinions to hard pressed to keep a straight face whiledissent coming from Montmorency, the be worth much (“That’s Harris all over – reading it. Three Men in a Boat is a slimauthor’s dog who rather plainitively (but so ready to take the burden of everything volume by most standards but seldomsilently) complains: “There’s nothing for himself, and put it on the backs of other have so few pages given so many peopleme to do. Scenery is not in my line, and I people,” remarks J in an aside to the so many reasons to laugh. Read thisdon’t smoke. If I see a rat, you won’t stop; reader), this results in a number of very book. Not just if you like travel, but if youand if I go to sleep, you get fooling about interesting arguments that more often like to be entertained. Or just feel better.with the boat, and slop me overboard. If than not have disastrous consequences,you ask me, I call the whole thing bally including a near fatal attempt to open – Laughter is, after all, the best medicine.foolishness.” yes – a tin of pineapple! And not just for travellers.Needless to say, poor Montmorency is And even while all this is happening, the Buy it. Or if you prefer to get your laughsoverruled and millions of readers, even English landscape is described in loving without paying a penny, download it fordog lovers, are glad that he was. For, and affectionate (if occasionally ironic) free from http://www.gutenberg.org/what follows is without doubt one of detail. There are also genuine pearls of ebooks/308. After all, the best things inthe greatest tales in the history of travel travel wisdom sown for the reader. For life, and even in travel literature, are free.literature, replete with action, sarcasm instance, hark to what is written about Well, sometimes… 45
  39. 39. PHEW! Finally a place for travellers to meet. In the real world - not on social media. To simply bum around. Exchange travel stories. Make travel plans.Read up & buy travel books. Post travelogues, images & videos. pick up photographic art. Even write books.Over coffee and cookies. And free Wi-Fi. Only at the Travel Cafe address: T-49, GF, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi 110 016, India telephone: +91.11.2651 3949 | +91.9650 702 777 | website: http://kunzum.com/travelcafe | mail@kunzum.com Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Mondays Closed)
  40. 40. Travel Cafe When travellers come calling at the Kunzum Travel Cafe, they often leave a notebehind for us. Here are some from the wall. Come over for coffee, and write one too.
  41. 41. The Handwritten Travelogue We love to hear travel stories from our guests when they visit the Kunzum Travel Cafein New Delhi. Better still, we like them to write the same in our scrapbook for others to read - like what you see here. Do you have one to share too? We are waiting...
  42. 42. The stunning Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus) is a breeding visitor to Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh and can be seen on mulberry trees © Rajat Bhargava/WWF-indiaYou don’t like ugly paan stains; neither does natureThe Green Hiker Campaign is a part of WWFs initiative to conserve Himalayan high altitudewetlands. The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is a partner to the campaign.greenhiker@wwfindia.net www.wwfindia.org/greenhiker
  43. 43. PEEP PEEP DON’T SLEEP a book on funny road signs and advertisements with captions and commentary by ajay jainIf you thought road signs are only meant to guide and inform, think again.The ones on Indian highways are in a zone of their own. They shower you with words of wisdom,keep your mind sharp as you unravel their cryptic messages, tickle your imagination, amuse you andentertain you. In public interest, they lend a hand to Alcoholics Anonymous. Since journeys are meantto be a pleasure, they remind you to ‘Smile Please.’The entertainment for the traveler does not stop at this. There are the limitless public notices, outdooradvertisements and storefront signs with their own idiosyncrasies and eccentricities. Who needs comicstrips in this country?Ajay Jain drove thousands of miles to put together this collection of signs. With a bit of witty commentarythrown in, this book will be a journey unlike any other you may have undertaken. Resulting in youletting out a ‘Peep Peep’ of delight. for more on the book, sample chapters and to order visit www.peeppeepdontsleep.com Available as a Paperback, as a PDF and for the iPad and Kindle 36
  44. 44. Postcards from Ladakh a pictorial travelogue by ajay jainPostcards from Ladakh is a collection of frames - picture postcards, if you will- frozen circa 2009, when the author drove for over 10,000 kms (6,000 miles)across the remote and fascinating region of Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas.Neither guidebook nor encyclopedia, it is intended to give you a flavour of thishigh altitude cold desert.You will also meet a few Ladakhis in these pages. And see the land they live in, thefaith they live by, the hope they live on…Each of them will spontaneously greetyou with a cheerful Julley and invite you to be part of their culture and society.No Ladakhi is a stranger. We just haven’t had the time to meet them all... for more on the book, sample chapters and to order visit www.kunzum.com/postcardsfromladakh Available as a Paperback, as a PDF and for the iPad and Kindle
  45. 45. A picture may be worth a thousand words But the Kunzum PhotoTalkies are a journey in themselves What are Phototalkies? Simply put, these are photo essays - only packing a bigger punch. With more images and supportingtext than an essay you would see in a newspaper ora magazine. Current versions have been designed as a PDF - to be viewed on any device supporting this format. But it is best seen on an iPad. And these are all Free! Looks like it is the season of freebies from Kunzum. http://kunzum.com/phototalkies
  46. 46. S i n c e 2007, Kunzum has served as an i m p o r t a n t g u i d e f o r t r a v e l l e r s p l a n n i n g j o u r n e y s i n I n dia and the subcontinent - and so m e i n t e r n a t i o n a l d e s t i n a t i o n s t o o . i n t rodUctions first … K u n zum is a high altitude pass in the L a h a u l S p i t i r e g i o n o f H i m a c h a l P r a d e s h i n I n d i a . A n d the inspiration behind the brand t h a t i s a l l a b o u t m e m o r a b l e t r a v e l e x p e r i e n c e s . O u r journey started in 2007 as a trave l b l o g b y w r i t e r a n d p h o t o g r a p h e r, A j a y J a i n . A n d w e h ave crossed many milestones - li t e r a l l y a n d f i g u r a t i v e l y - s i n c e t h e n . k U n ZUm. com An independent, objective and one of the most trusted online travel information websites in India. A unique style of writing, peppered with anecdotes and illustrated with high quality photographs and videos, have won the site a fan following of tens of thousands of travellers. More at http://kunzum.com. t H e k U n ZU m traV e L maG A u n i q u e p r o d u c t , i t i s a m o n t h l y e - m a g a v a i l a b l e a s a P D F, f o r t h e i P a d a n d Kindle, and for online reading with flipping pages on Issuu.com. Subscription is FREE at http://kunzum.com/mag. pU B LisHin G We publish engaging and quality travel books and guides in both traditional formats as well as e-books (for the iPad, Amazon’s Kindle, other mobile readers and all computers). More at http://kunzum.com/books. c U r ator of co LLecti BLe pHotoG r a pHi c a r t Available for your walls at home, office or resort and also as stock imagery for publishing and promotional materials. All printed on archival paper to last g e n e r a t i o n s . The prints are also on d i s p l a y a t t h e K u n z u m Tr a v e l C a f é . C h e c k t h e c o l l ection at htt p://kunzumgallery.com . k U n ZU m traV eL cafÉ A nother unique offering from Kunzum - a bricks and mortar place for the travel-minded to come together as a community, a sort of Face-to-Facebook network. Located in Hauz Khas Village in New Delhi, guests can hang around, read travel books, use free Wi-Fi, participate in events, exchange stories, enjoy music, buy photographic art, post travelogues and make travel plans. They can even order tea, coffee and cookies - and pay what they like. More at http://kunzum.com/travelcafe.COntaC t us Facebook http://facebook.com/kunzumajay j ain | ajay@ajayjain.com | +91.99100 44476 twitters hruti s harma | shruti@kunzum.com | +91.98119 84545 http://twitter.com/kunzum yo u t u b elinks http://youtube.com/kunzumOnline vimeohttp://kunzum.com http://vimeo.com/kunzum
  47. 47. a BOut ajay jain Ajay Jain is a full time writer, journalist and photographer based in New Delhi in India. He is not limited in his medium of expression, equally comfortable writing for newspapers and magazines, as well as his own books and blogs. Starting his writing career in 2001, he has been covering business, technology and youth affairs before deciding to focus wholly on travel writing. He pursues his passion by being on the road as much as he can. He has written three books, the latest being Postcards from Ladakh (http:// www.kunzum.com/postcardsfromladakh), a pictorial travelogue on Ladakh. His first, Let’s Connect: Using LinkedIn to Get Ahead at Work, is a management book on professional networking using the world’s most popular professional networking site LinkedIn.com. It was published in early 2008. His other book, and his first travel book, Peep Peep Don’t Sleep (http://www. peeppeepdontsleep.com), is a collection of funny road signs and advertisements. H e h a s w o r ke d fo r a n d w r i t t e n c o l u m n s C O n taC t fo r n a t i o n a l p u b l i c a t i o n s i n I n d i a Email: ajay@ajayjain.com including The Hindustan Times, Mint, M o b i l e : + 91. 9 910 0 4 4 4 76 F i n a n c i a l E x p re s s , I n d i a n M a n a g e m e n t ( B u s i n e s s S t a n d a rd ) , O u t l o o k B u s i n e s s , D e c c a n H e ra l d , M u m b a i M i r ro r ( T i m e s o f links India), Discover India, Swagat, Asian Age Facebook and Rediff.com. He has also edited ahttp://facebook.com/ajayjain9 yo u t h n e w s p a p e r, T h e C a m p u s Pa p e r. twitter P r i o r t o t a k i n g u p w r i t i n g , h e h a s w o r ke d h t t p : / / t w i t t e r. c o m / a j a y j a i n i n t h e I n fo r m a t i o n Te c h n o l o g y a n d S p o r t s M a n a g e m e n t s e c t o r s . H e h o l d s d e g re e s linkedin Mechanical Engineering (Delhi College h t t p : / / w w w. l i n ke d i n . c o m / i n / o f E n g i n e e r i n g , 19 9 2 ) , M a n a g e m e n t ajayjain9 ( F o re S c h o o l o f M a n a g e m e n t , 19 9 4 ) a n d J o u r n a l i s m ( C a rd i f f U n i v e r s i t y, U K , 2002). His schooling was at St. Columba’s School in New Delhi.

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