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Sattal – A Perfect Nature’s Retreat

Since the time I can remember, I have always been fond of travelling. And if I do not go out travelling even for a few days, or few weeks, I get that proverbial itch. I become restless, and I just know, it is time I left. Recently, I had just returned from my South India travel, which included places like Munnar (Kerala) & Valparai (Tamil Nadu). I enjoyed that trip thoroughly and I had no idea that once I am back, within 48 hours, I’d be travelling again and this, to the Himalayas!

So, when it was presented to me, I could not say no. Sattal it was, and since it had been years I last visited this beautiful quaint place, I jumped in.

Sattal is situated at a distance of 306 km from Delhi. Also known as ‘Sat-Tal’ because of seven interconnected fresh water lakes present in the region, Sattal is well connected to Delhi by road and train. However, the best way to reach Sattal from Delhi is by road, a journey of about 6 hours by car. The places covered during the journey from Delhi to Sattal are Delhi – Ghaziabad – Babugarh –  Gajraula – Moradabad  – Rampur –  Haldwani – Bhimtal – Sattal.

Most of the road is in really good condition except a 5-6 kms stretch just past Rampur which is filled with pot-holes, off-road, dust and what not. Else, everything else is just perfectly enjoyable. Now, once at Sattal, I drove straight to the KMVN Tourist Rest House as I knew that’d be the perfect place to stay. As luck would have it, I was their only guest as this was the off-season. For Rs.1650/- I got a decently big room with a view, and dinner & next day’s breakfast was complimentary to boot! What else could I had asked for?

I fell asleep in the room for a couple of hours as the entire night was on the road, and was a little tired since I hadn’t slept for the last 48 hours almost. Refreshed, I got out of the KMVN rest-house and explored the entire aSattal_4 Sattal_3 Sattal_2 Sattal_1 wpid-img_20150726_194926.jpg wpid-img_20150726_143640.jpg wpid-img_20150726_131628.jpg wpid-img_20150726_053314.jpg wpid-img_20150727_193500.jpg wpid-img_20150727_194051.jpg wpid-img_20150729_183820.jpg wpid-img_20150727_202153.jpg wpid-img_20150726_195346.jpgrea, had lunch by the lake-side at one of the numerous food-joints/ dhabas and went back to my room by the sunset. Since I had company of two more people who rested for a while more before they could get out themselves, the night was really filled with talks, fun and what not.

Overall, the trip was really enjoyable. Here are some pictures that I’m sharing. These are clicked with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. So, please pardon the quality but it should give you all a fair share of idea about the place. If you’re looking for a quiet place to just relax, then Sattal should satisfy that need. Just remember to book a room in advance as during season, it would otherwise be impossible to find accommodation there. Also, it is worth mentioning that phone-network doesn’t work at Sattal. So, there.

 

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Connaught on an Monsoon Evening

It is not often that it rains so much in Delhi, the capital of this beautiful country, India.

But this year’s monsoon thus far has been a majestic one with non-stop rains for the past 48 hours almost and boy, I’m not complaining. I’ve been feeling happy, and content within and trust me when I say, the weather has got a huge role to play. You see, most people love sunshine, summers, etc. Not that I loathe them myself but there is something really magical, something majestic about the monsoons which just takes my breath away in an instant.

And then there is photography. I love how the rains provide us with some amazing chance to photograph everything around us. You don’t need a hefty DSLR to always get the shot. A mere cell-phone these days is capable of creating some amazing pictures.

I hope this spell continues for a few more days, for India is predominantly a country where summer rules the roost, so to speak. So, monsoons, you’re more than welcome to stay as long as you like, love. 🙂

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Connaught Place on an monsoon evening- by Bobby Roy

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New Delhi monsoon - by Bobby Roy

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Hauz Khas on an monsoon evening - by Bobby Roy

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Droplets - by Bobby Roy

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Monsoon reflections - by Bobby Roy

A day with Ferrari 458 Italia

Being a photographer, and a specialist in automotive photography at that has its perks. Like days when you get to spend the better part of the day with supercars. And when it comes to these uber-sexy machines, what better than the beautiful prancing horse – Ferrari!

Got to spend a day with the beautiful Ferrari 458 Italia, courtesy a corporate client and enjoyed it to the core. Sharing a few pictures clicked with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The proper shoot pictures will follow suit, hopefully soon. 🙂

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Ferrari 458 Italia by Bobby Roy

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Ferrari 458 Italia by Bobby Roy

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Ferrari 458 Italia by Bobby Roy

Delhi Monsoons!

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This is what the main roads of Delhi look like with just 20 minutes of monsoon rains. With miles long traffic jams, and a “lake” right in the middle of the main road, it becomes absolutely impossible to move.

And this is the case every monsoon. I wonder when will the Government finally wake up and take some solid step to curb such issues. And to think of it, Delhi does not even receive 20% of the rain-fall what cities like Mumbai or many states in the South or North-East India receive!

God’s Existence – the Belief

Wouldn’t you, for once, love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God’s existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, “You just have to believe.”

But first consider this. When it comes to the possibility of God’s existence, they say there are people who have seen sufficient evidence, but they have suppressed the truth about God. On the other hand, for those who want to know God if he is there, he says, “You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.” Before you look at the facts surrounding God’s existence, ask yourself, If God does exist, would I want to know him?

If you are wondering why am I talking in such a philosophical manner today, it is only because earlier this evening I accompanied a friend of mine to ISCKON Temple, a really big and perhaps one of its kind temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. And as I entered the premises, I was overwhelmed to see the number of people who were there, everywhere – in long que, on the lawns just relaxing after paying their respects, priests all over and devotees seeking the blessings of lord Krishna.

It was just heart-warming and overwhelming for me to see the amount of devotion that these people have. It is very humid and the weather hasn’t been kind since the past few weeks, but that does not deter people from gathering in huge number everyday to pray.

For someone who doesn’t quite believe in God, I was awe-struck, and couldn’t believe the sheer number of devotees inside the temple premises in one single time, with a long que waiting for their chance to get inside the temple and pay their respects to lord Krishna.

As I snapped a few photographs with my mobile phone, I just kept wondering all this time – does He really exist? Is he really listening to the millions of people who come here to pray each year, and if He really is blessing each one of us. I would never know…

Sharing a few pictures here, of the ISCKON Temple, New Delhi.

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ISCKON Temple, New Delhi

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ISCKON temple, New Delhi

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ISCKON temple, New Delhi

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ISCKON temple, New Delhi

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