My stay at lebua Corbett

My first experience with the lebua league of hospitality was at Lucknow a couple of years ago. I was so impressed that when I heard about their new property in Corbett, I couldn’t wait to visit. Towards the end of December, my husband and I finally got a chance to travel all the way up…

Corbett Calling

The forest was surprisingly quiet early in the morning, devoid of even the melodious chorus of birdsong that usually reverberates in the air. Dozens of chital (spotted deer) were grazing in companionable silence, looking up with a start at the sound of our jeep and then getting back to the business of breakfast. Grey langurs…

Wind beneath my wings

The takeoff itself wasn’t particularly tough; it was the decision to board that took courage. This happened on a recent whistle-stop tour of Kumaon’s “lake district,” with Bhimtal as my base. Stopping on the hill roads one evening to stretch my legs, I was drawn to the bustle of people milling around a large parachute…

Call of the wild

Sitting on the terrace of the homestay in Corbett, shivering slightly in the crisp Kumaoni air, we glanced through the photographs from our evening in the forest. I realised then that I had shot an entire series on the tiger cub, which was the highlight of that safari, perhaps the whole trip. One of the…

Kumaon journey 2

This is the second part of my memories from a holiday in Uttaranchal a couple of years ago. Read Kumaon journey 1 first. *** Moving on half-heartedly from Kausani, we then made our way to Binsar. We had been warned that travel to Binsar included a steep incline on a one track road for the…

Kumaon journey 1

The hills are alive with the sound of… silence? Although calling the magnificent Himalayas ‘hills’ is rather like calling Mickey Mouse a rat. Uttaranchal offers something for everyone… mountains, rivers, lakes, glaciers, wildlife sanctuaries, temples. You can stand by and watch from a distance and be awed by the breath-taking splendor of it all –…