Basai Wetland in Gurgaon

Basai Wetland is a decent place for bird watchers. Not too many birds, atleast not in November. And yes, the foul smell is a low point. But if you live in Gurugram and want to spend an hour or so, Basai Wetland is a decent place. And to reach there follow the Google Map strictly, the path goes through inner roads and you cross railway line too.
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In love with photography

And the experiment continues. Small steps but hopefully taking me forward. A few of my latest clicks.

If Not Birds?

If not birds then what at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary? This time focus of my article is not the birds but the pictures of birds I have clicked.

Mughal Gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhavan

Mughal Gardens at the Rashtrapati Bhavan ( President’s Estate) in New Delhi is a beautiful place. For the flower lovers it’s simply outstanding and quite understandably too. It has unlimited varieties of flowers like tulip, roses, dahlia and what not – I could not recognise others though my wife could. In fact it has innumerable sub-varieties of each of these different kinds of flowers it boasts of. And my guess is roses lead in terms of numbers and varieties too – it has a dedicated rose garden with some really interesting names like ice berg, just joey, Oklahoma, china man and what not.

Reaching and preparing for your visit to the Mughal Gardens

The Mughal Gardens are open as part of Udyanotsav for general public for about 4-5 weeks in the months of February and March every year. You can visit it on weekend and that’s the best part with Monday being the day it’s closed. Second best part could be that the entry is free. The entry/exit (click here for directions) is from Gate No 35 of the President’s Estate, which you can approach from North Avenue.

If you are coming by car, it’s open parking on the road, for free of course. If you come by metro, you’ll find these new e-rickshaws which will take you to the Mughal Gardens. Since I went by car, I can’t advise which metro station would be best. Leave all your water bottles, handbags, eatables, etc. at home as you can’t carry anything inside. There are cloak rooms in case you still end up carrying something, but why risk it. And if you are worried about getting hungry, well there is a canteen at the exit area and plenty of street food options.

Cameras not allowed, but mobile phone is

Cameras are also not allowed inside and that’s kind of a bummer. But they don’t mind or look the other way when you use your mobile to click pictures. So if you don’t have a mobile with a really good camera – like my mobile camera is pathetic, my suggestion is borrow it from your friend. And frankly, I hope in future they’ll allow people to take their cameras inside otherwise the visit to Mughal Gardens feels kind of incomplete. Else, you end with pictures like following which don’t do justice to the beauty of the flowers at all.

More than just flowers

And flowers are not the only thing you find in the Mughal Gardens. It has a dedicated area for the bonsai plants, whose number also runs into hundreds. Then there are so many of those medicinal plants and spices too. Then there is spiritual garden which has trees which are sacred to different religions. In spite of all this, needless to say the flowers are the most captivating attraction for most.

Historical connections

And for someone like me who falls in love with historical places and monuments, Mughal Gardens is another way of reliving India’s Medieval history and also rare chance to get as close as a common man can to the buildings of Rashtrapati Bhavan. For me that part, that feeling, that’s what would took the cake.

But be it flowers or history or anything else, to believe what Mughal Gardens are, you have to see it with your own eyes.

Me too syndrome – this time it’s photography

There are so many things we all do and do as self proclaimed experts. We do things, compare with what others do, believe we do it better and feel so happy about it. And that’s so true about photography.

Like everyone I know, I also knew I always wanted to do it. Like everyone I know, I also believe I am very good at it. Like everyone I know, I will share it with everyone. Like everyone I know, from being a cricket expert, a political commentator, a corruption crusader, a Facebook aficionado, now I am also a photographer.