• Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
The world is divided by animal geographers; several areas called zoogeographic regions, on the basis of their animal life. These areas, also known as faunal regions, roughly coincide with major continental land masses and are separated by geographical features such as oceans and mountain ranges. Each of these regions has a distinct fauna on account of its habitat and isolation from the other regions. Almost all of India falls within the faunal region known as the Oriental or the Indomalayan region.
• Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
An oasis of rustic, yet luscious, sanctuary. Inky black star-filled night skies. Magnificent moonscapes. Succulent sun rising above the hilly vista, turning morning mists orangy-pink as it comes. Day after tranquil day. I am here at Ramganga River Lodge for a women’s retreat and retreat I do! I find myself unwinding, relaxing, revitalizing. Time becomes timeless as the power of nature has its’ way with me. Not to mention the power of pampering service by well-trained, efficient staff. From the first cup of hot chai, sweetened exactly to my personal taste, and delivered to my door along with a spotlessly clean stainless bucket of steaming, hot water for my morning bath, to the cozy hot water bottle that warms the sheets of my cool November evening bed, attention to personal comfort is seamless and constant. I quickly learn that each meal, beautifully presented, is memorable and delicious. Evening bonfires, in company, offer a lovely chance to connect with others staying in the camp, while feasting on skies unlike any I’ve witnessed elsewhere in India.
• Tuesday, February 02nd, 2010
I’ve been counting up. My trip out to the fringes of Corbett (spelling?) earlier this month was exactly the 30th that I’ve made to the subcontinent. Considering that most of my trips have been a month or more in length, that means I’ve spent about two and a half years in India and its adjoining territories. And I have to say, that my time with Misty was probably the most enjoyable of all. But why?
Stunning scenery, crystal water and the opportunity to actually fish for Mahseer that you can see. That, to me, is of a massive importance.
The constant awareness of so many big cats so close to you. Of course, many times, I’ve been aware of eyes upon me but never to the extent I experienced at The Himalayan Outback camp. The crackle and anticipation you could almost reach out and touch.
And, vitally, just the levels of service, friendship, generosity and hospitality. These ingredients are essential to the mix and so often overlooked in so many camps.
I’m back to India in just a few weeks. This time to the south again. But, believe me, my heart will be constantly urging me to go north again. I will, of course, report upon my trip to the Cauvery and how my love for India is progressing on all its various fronts.”