Author: Sohini Das Gupta

Posted ON October 1, 2022 A D V E R T I S E M E N T Inhale. Exhale. Repeat: Yoga for Rookies Outside, the raindrops have formed a drum circle. But in the yoga room, the only sound I can hear is the odd crunching of my joints, bent on early retirement. In another world, the difficulty in dragging out an ohm, or making my fingertips touch my toes would have left my competitive self red-faced. But the rules of existence are topsy-turvy at Kairali—The Ayurvedic Healing Village. There’s plenty of room for errors here, but no vacancy…

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Posted ON February 9, 2022 In my defense, I was young and impatient. All pumped up on what we shall call the ‘Indian holiday hormone,’ I’d made mental notes on how to narrate the story back to my friends in Kolkata, when I spot my first-ever royal Bengal tiger in Bandhavgarh. But said tiger had other plans, and I was left… royally disappointed. So much, in fact, that I have the flimsiest memory of what must have been a beautiful winter morning in the national park in Madhya Pradesh. I don’t remember the huge herd of chital, nor the gorgeous…

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Forest flowers, boat rides, and a storm of stunning birds—glamping at RAAS Chhatrasagar digs up unusual riches.   Tents at RAAS Chhatrasgar are a deft mix of decadence and sustainability, with eco-friendly modern fixtures. Photo courtesy: Avesh Gaur Inside the tent, I hear the morning before I see it. Chweep. Caoooo. Rutta-tat-tat-tattt. A bird orchestra streams in through the patio, blurring the edges of my 6 a.m. dream. I wake up fresh but disoriented. Why does my tent have glass doors? A bed, a sofa, dimmers, and a wooden deck? Looking around, I’m swaddled in earth colours: taupe from the…

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As birding continues to amass amateur fans, we turn to the pros for a handbook to off-grid spots in India. India Wildlife Sohini Das Gupta | POSTED ON: March 30, 2021   egal to the boot, griffon vulture is just one of the many raptors in Rajasthan’s Tal Chhapar Sanctuary. Photo By: Jesus Giraldo Gutierrez/shutterstock “Everyone always rushes off to Bharatpur,” laughs Adesh Shivkar, speaking over sketchy network from a station in Maharashtra. An ornithologist and director of a pan-Indian birding tour company, Shivkar is on his way back from Bhigwan, a small town near Pune where the backwaters of…

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