India Travel Blog Newsletter is sent approximately once a month (sometimes less frequently), summarizing the previous month’s activity and giving a glimpse of the coming month on the website. Subscribe to the newsletter by keying in your email address in the box on the top of the sidebar. Here is a copy of this month’s newsletter, dispatched yesterday.
It is two months since the earlier newsletter was sent out early in August. And it has been such eventful two months that I can’t help make this a long one. I hope you have the patience to read till the end. Here is a quick summary of the newsletter to begin with.
1. Five years of India Travel Blog + Facebook Page
2. Desktop Calendar for October 2010
3. My inverviews on the web
4. Photo Essays
5. Posts from Ladakh
6. Travel Photography Articles
7. Featured Guest Posts – Less known heritage sites
8. Other posts
Five Years of India Travel Blog
The first news I want to share is on the completion of five years of India Travel Blog. In these five years, the blog has seen more than a million visitors who have come to read more than 750 posts. Read my detailed post on the journey so far – Five years of India Travel Blog
India Travel Blog is now also on facebook. The facebook page doesn’t merely reflect the posts on the blog; it also features some larger pictures, collection of images and (sometimes) anything related to travel and photography. Many of the photographs uploaded of the page have detailed captions. Join our facebook pages on the journey of seeing India and photographing its beauty.
October 2010 calendar is now online. It is an image of an array beetlenut trees standing perfect straight and parallel to each other on a foggy day. Download it and set it up as your wallpaper.
My interviews on the Web.
Technology news portal Techgoss has a very long interview of me, where I talk about my profession as a photographer and travel writer and the journey into becoming one. TravelByU, a community travel website has featured my interview on the occasion of completing five years of India Travel Blog, where they ask me about travel writing and photography.
Many of my readers have told me that they love to see a lot of pictures on the blog. I bow and comply. Since last few months, I am making the site picture heavy, loaded with many photo features and and single image posts. In the two months since last newsletter, I have posted six photo essays.
I will soon be adding a new category called photo-essays, where you will be able to find all photo features till date in one place. You can also see other photos posted on the blog here.
Posts from Ladakh
We have had two posts from the ongoing travelog series on Ladakh since the last newsletter dispatch. There are more posts from Ladakh on the unfortunate cloudburst.
1. Korzok Gustor Festival is a vibrant festival in the remote Changthang region, where locals dress up at their best and come to the monastery to meet their old buddies and see the monks perform masked dances at the monastery
2. Korzok Fu is a lush green oasis in the arid mountain regions of Ladakh, where a group of nomadic changspa people had camped when I was there. The place is so full of life – lush grass, gurgling streams and yaks grazing happily in the pasture – I fell in love instantly. But I even got caught in a sudden storm but quickly found shelter in a nomad’s tent!
3. Also see – a story on the monasteries of Ladakh, published in Terrascape Magazine
I also wrote two very long posts on the cloudburst disaster that devastated Leh and many other parts of Ladakh.
Travel Photography Articles
Featured Guest Posts – Less known heritage sites
Travel Writer Lakshmi Sharath, who writes at http://backpakker.blogspot.com has been a writing a series on ‘less known heritage sites.’ She has a list of very interesting places that few of us know about.
1. Book Review – Geography of Bliss – A book on author Eric Weiner’s search for happiness across the world
2. Places around and Delhi – A compilation of popular weekend destinations in Delhi with links to detailed travelogues.
I hope you are enjoying the stories on India Travel Blog. I am all ear to your feedback; please share your thoughts and feedbacks in the comments section of the blog. The coming months on the blog will see a greater focus on images, though not at the expense of information and experiences that I write.
With Diwali coming up a month ahead and a series of festivals and holidays that will follow, 2010 travel season has almost begun. Have a great time and discover beautiful places! Happy Travels!