Snapshots: India's natural splendour
We invited readers to send in their favourite travel pic -- that one photograph that perfectly captures the beauty of a place they visited. And we have been inundated with stunning pics of every corner of this beautiful country. We would like to thank readers for the tremendous response. Keep those pics coming!
Here we publish some more photographs we received.
First up is Nitin Jog's photograph of Amboli, South Maharashtra.
"It is nestled in the Sahyadris and easily accessed from Kolhapur / Belgaum / Goa.
All the pictures are clicked in the rainy season (September 2009) which is the best time to experience the innumerable waterfalls in the area."
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Lot of other places like Sawantwadi, Tarkarli (beach) etc are a short (50 km) trip away from Amboli, making it an ideal destination for a long weekend."
Rann of Kutch
Next, Jalpesh Rajani shares his photograph of the Rann of Kutch.
"The truly amazing border of the Rann of Kutch. As you look out to the horizon, you see the sand in the desolate stretch reflecting the setting sun as clearly as the still surface of a water-filled lake.
Difficult to believe but it is a amazing mirage formed at day-end. You got to see it to believe it."
River Beas, Himachal Pradesh
This is what Jalpesh says about the river Beas. "The amazing river Beas flows through Manali and along the whole approach road from Shimla to Manali.
Is it a heavenly sight? Not really, it just makes you feel blessed to be on Earth to witness this beauty."
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
The amazing snow clad peaks of Manali.
"Nothing can make you feel more in love with your life (and wife if you are on your honeymoon), than those amazing, fantastic white peaks," says Jalpesh Rajani.
Road to Mirik, West Bengal
"The picture is taken on my way from Darjeeling to Siliguri via Mirik during October 2009," says Anirban Ganguly.
Mattupetty Dam, Munnar
Shekar K Rao shares his photograph of the shoreline along the Mattupetty Dam in Munnar, Kerala.
"I had been to the place with my wife and kids, my parents, and my in-laws during December 23-25, 2009. The scenic beauty of the dam simply enthralled me. It looks like, (and is as good as) some place in Switzerland (which I have visited twice).
It was really sunny, and crowds were yet to build up in the morning. A short walk across the dam gives you this view on one side, and on the other, the sluice gates open up to show a jet of spray when excess water is being released downstream.
I simply loved Munnar and its tea estates. It is as beautiful as Ooty or Kodai, and far more cleaner too! Don't forget to have a cup of cardamom or masala tea along one of the roadside stalls, the tea tastes great, and gives you a chance to ponder over the beauty too."
Sand storm in Rajasthan
Here Aniruddha Sen sends this photo taken when he travelled to Rajasthan in July 2009.
"This picture shows a sandstorm in Rajasthan desert on our way from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer by road.
The visibility was reduced to less than 10 metres and the SUV speed dropped down to less than 10 kmph. The snap shows the shifting sands that is quite common in a desert; but rare to be captured on camera."
Manish Ojha sent this photo of his visit to Mussorrie in last august.
"It was looking awesome and we felt as if we were in clouds."
Calangute beach, Goa
"I took this pic when I travelled to Goa last year, " says Ravi KS.
"It was amazing there. If you look at the photo carefully, you will see a parachute just passing below the sunset. I waited for the right moment to capture him along with the sunset."
Sujan Prasad sent this pic of the Hogenakkal Falls located at the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border, about 180 km from Bangalore.
"River Kaveri in its full splendour, a miniature version of the Niagara Falls! A great travel spot with exquisite scenic beauty.
I travelled along with a group of friends in August 2007. The place has nice spot picnics and a must-do here is a ride in traditional cup boats."
Rohtang Pass, Manali
A traffic jam on Rohtang Pass!
Says Dharmen Shah, "This picture was taken from Rohtang Pass (55 km from Manali). Despite the rough roads, thousands visit the scenic Rohtang Pass. One can see the traffic-jam on the way to Rohtang from Manali."
The Pink Palace, Jaipur
Shwetha Pandurangi sent this photo from a trip to Horanadu, Karnataka in December 2009.
"Horanadu is located in Chickamanglur district of Karnataka and is home to the famous Annapoorneshwari temple.
The route to the temple is through dense forests and ghats and is one of the most pristine sights.
The route is not very clogged with traffic and a stretch is through Kudremukh Park. The views were simply breathtaking."
Triund, McleodGanj, Himachal Pradesh
"Triund (2975 metres) is a 9-km trek from McLeodganj (1700 metres). We started our trek at 7 am from McleodGanj square and reached Dharamkot village (2100 metres) in 1 hour.
After resting for a while we headed for our next stop Galu Devi Temple (2130 metres) and had our breakfast of Maggi and chai at the Rest a While restaurant. This is the last point upto which vehicles can go. There are no roads ahead.
We took exactly 4 hours and 20 minutes to reach Triund, taking Kitkat breaks and rests enroute. In the 3 hours that we were there, we saw everything from bright sunshine to rain/ drizzling, clouds beneath our feet and a crystal-clear view soon aftwerwards. It was life time experience!
The beauty of Triund is just amazing, at one moment you are floating over the clouds and the next you are trying to find shelter from the rain in a local shop and then again you are sitting in the sun to enjoy your lunch.
Its pristine beauty makes it one of few places that has been untouched by commercialisation, honking traffic and impatient crowds. You will see people playing the guitar, writing diaries or enjoying a bonfire. It was just perfect!"