Date Taken: 23 June 2012 | Place: Ranganathittu, Karnataka, India.

Catch It! - Brahminy Kite

Date Taken: 08 July 2012 | Place: Sangama, Karnataka, India.

Let's Make Our Planet Green

Date Taken: 23 June 2012 | Place: Ranganathittu, Karnataka, India

Over Everest

Date Taken: 21 Apr 2012 | Place: Kathmandu, Nepal

Rowing On The River Ganges

Date Taken: 17 Apr 2012 | Place: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

President's House

Date Taken: 27 Apr 2012 | Place: New Delhi, India

Taj Mahal

Date Taken: 25 Apr 2012 | Place: Agra, India

Bangalore at Night

Date Taken: 20 May 2012 | Place: Bangalore, India

Uttarakhand - Simply the Heaven

Date Taken: 05 May 2012 | Place: Uttarakhand, India

01 April 2013

Astonishing 30 days photography tour to northern parts of India and Nepal

It was an astonishing and extravagant trip to most famous tourist places of northern parts of India. The trip was organized by an private travel agency based in Bangalore. It was an amazing experience for me, as a photographer I could visit so many places to do some street photography on some of the famous Indian streets.

We covered most famous Pilgrim, Heritage, Archeological and Hill Station places. Here is our rote map planned before we started our journey.

We started from Bangalore to Orissa and ended from Delhi to Bangalore. The transportation was pre-booked and well organized for Trains, Tourist Buses, and Flight.

Below are the major places we could cover in 30 days:

A. Bengaluru, Karnataka - Start
B. Bhubaneswar, Odisha (Orissa)
C. Kolkata, West Bengal
D. Gaya, Bihar
E. Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
F. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
G. Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal
H. Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh
I. Agra, Uttar Pradesh
J. Jaipur, Rajasthan
K. Delhi
L. Haridwar, Uttaranchal
M. Kedarnath, Uttaranchal
N. Badrinath, Uttaranchal
O. Delhi
P. Bengaluru, Karnataka - The End

Day 1: We took a train from Bangalore, Karnataka to Bhubaneswar, Orissa. We were about get settled in our seats, most of the cell phones started ringing around me... I got a call from my home as well, thought someone would wish for the journey, but it was a shocking news for all of us that there was earthquake happening in Bangalore... people went so panic about this and started looking for live news on their cell phones etc... but it was not a big quake... though it did quit a bit of damages.

It was a long journey to Orissa by train... :) made lots of friends at these times...

story... will be continued...

Here are some of the best shots I captured in this trip.

My plan is to write a full blog on the 30 days journey from state to state, so please don’t go away.
I would be updating this blog every day…

32,000 African Forest Elephants were illegally slaughtered for ivory in 2012

Yes, we have to believe the unbelievable. There are many conservation teams working to save elephants in Africa, still the poaching is not controlled. Below are few reports on this issue.

‘Gang of eight’ on ivory probation

The worst offending countries in the ivory trade have been given a strict deadline to reduce their involvement or face sanctions.

The decision taken at the final meeting of the Cites conference in Bangkok is meant to compel countries like China and Thailand to tougher action.

But some campaigners say Cites is failing to protect elephants and want more urgent action.

Elephant Poaching Pushes Species To Brink Of Extinction

A new study of Central African forest elephants has found their numbers down by 62 percent between 2002 and 2011. The study comes as governments and conservationists meet in Thailand to amend the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

African forest elephants have been in trouble for a while, but only now have scientists figured out that more than half of them have died over the past decade. It took hundreds of researchers nine years, walking literally thousands of miles, counting piles of elephant dung as well as elephant carcasses stripped of their ivory tusks, to realize that the majority of the dead had been shot.

New Promises Follow Elephant Slaughter in Chad and Cameroon

In the aftermath of the largest elephant poaching episode thus far in 2013, Central African governments met to coordinate and adopt an emergency plan to combat the killings. But is it too little, too late?

On March 14-15, at least 86 elephants were killed in Tikem, near Fianga in the Mayo Kebbi East region of southwestern Chad, close to the Cameroon border. Among the victims were more than 30 pregnant females, many of which aborted their calves when they were shot. The calves were left to die, and reportedly some were shot. It’s too sickening to even comprehend.

Thai ivory trade criticized before wildlife conference

BANGKOK (AP) — You can buy it freely in urban markets and rural stalls set up at elephant shows in Thailand every day: ivory, carved into everything from intricate statuettes of the pachyderm-headed Hindu deity Ganesh that go for more than $1,000 a piece to tiny tusk pendants worth less than $10.

But the thriving trade here, conservationists say, is helping fuel the unprecedented slaughter of elephants thousands of miles away in Africa, where the largest land mammals on earth are facing their worst poaching epidemic in decades. It's a crisis so grave experts now believe more are being killed than are being born.

How to slow the slaughter and curb the trade in "blood ivory" will be among the most critical issues up for debate at the 177-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, that gets under way Sunday in Bangkok. And the meeting's host, Thailand, will be under particular pressure to take action.

Iain Douglas-Hamilton has dedicated his life to elephants. “I like elephants because of the way they treat each other,” he says. “They’re very nice to each other most of the time, but not all the time ... You see a lot of play...a lot of tender touching, caressing, tactile contact of one sort or another.”

The affection goes both ways. Douglas-Hamilton recalls one curious female who would always approach his vehicle. “Eventually I got so friendly with her that...I could walk with her and feed her the fruits of the wild gardenia tree. That was a very special elephant for me. She eventually brought her babies up to meet me.”

Slaughter of the African Elephants

THERE is nothing a mother elephant will not do for her infant, but even she cannot protect it from bullets. About a year ago, poachers attacked a family of forest elephants in central Africa. The biologist who witnessed the attack told us that wildlife guards were completely outgunned. In the end, an elephant mother, riddled with bullets and trumpeting with pain and fear, was left to use her enormous body to shield her baby. Her sacrifice was for naught; the baby was also killed.