Vegas trip with family

Happy New year!

December holidays we were planning a trip to Lake Tahoe… and last min R says lets go to Vegas. We end up in Vegas next day.

Vegas with a kid is a different experience. There is still enough to do without gambling. These are my top 3:

  1. All the themed casinos
  2. Bellagio fountain
  3. Circus Circus Adventure dome

Here is a compilation of all pictures in 3 days…

Tips for parents:

  • avoid staying in casinos for too long; #PassiveSmokingSucks
  • take the stroller; you will walk at least 15K steps a day

Pindari Trek Day 2

Day 2:

After staying a night at Kathkodam, we started out early in the morning to a place called Bageshwar.

A journey of 182KM which would take close to 7 hours by road due to hilly region and tough terrains.

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We stopped somewhere in between for rest and found a nice huge tree. I clicked this with higher aperture to get better depth of field.
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After sometime when we stopped for lunch we spotted a birds nest where these birds were feeding the little ones. Both Roopa and I got very busy clicking this wonderful sight.

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Even with such long journey spirit of the group was very high as we were all eager to reach our final destination and get on to the trails trekking.

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That evening we  roamed around the streets of Baheswar looking for. We knew that the closer we got to the himalayan range the landscape was getting prettier.

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Pindari Glacier – Himalayan trek – Day 1


Total distance trekked: ~100KM

Number of trekking days: 7 + 2 days travel

Temperature difference: 45 Deg C (in Delhi) to 0 Deg C near Pindari Glacier

Max Altitude: 3350mts (10990 Ft)

Spotted Wildlife: Bear, Sparrows, Cuckoo bird, Mountain deer, Chameleons etc.

We (group of 7) head out on a new adventure to the Himalayas (Pindari Glacier) Trek. Our journey began by flying from Bangalore to Delhi.

>> Posing at the Bangalore airport! Rakesh, Roopa & I. 

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>>Roopa clicked a nice shot of the Bangalore sparrow found mostly at the airport!
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Excited bunch after reaching Delhi, we took the best mode of transport – The Metro!

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Found the metro to be very clean and tidy.

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45 Deg C of Delhi was not easy to handle. We finally reached one of the busiest railway station of Delhi

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>> People standing in endless Queue to buy tickets
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We reached a place called “Kathgodam” by evening where we relaxed.

All Pics of Day 1 journey – Click here!

Trip to Bahrain

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Trip to Bahrain, a set on Flickr.

A short trip to Bahrain. Started on Tuesday and Back on Friday.

Very different experience compared to Dubai. Currency being so strong makes a big difference in shopping. We tend to buy more as everything looks cheap before you covert! 😀

Interestingly, Bahrain is a very relaxed place and looks like a party place. Place where we stayed had 2 discos in it. People party till 6:30AM, which was very different from other countries.

Did see a few drunk people on the street, which is never heard of from the middle east.

Highlight of the place – World trade center with windmills, Clear sea water & the awesome hotel room with a view! 😀


5 Different time zones!

In the last 15 days I have been to 5 different time zones.

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My Journey started with going to Austin. I had a small presentation to do with one of the hitech companies there. It was my first time to Austin and I was amazed by the number of companies and the number of flyovers going all around. No wonder it is called the second silicon valley in the US.

By the time I could get used to the time difference of Bangalore and Austin, I hopped on to a plane to visit my sister and broter-inlaw in California. It was a red eye flight with a stop over at LA.

California always excites me for the bike lanes. So the first thing I do when I land there is to take out my bro-in-law’s bike and head out! Never ever have I seen dedicated bike lanes and also exits for bike lanes to goto work. California is truly a bike friendly city and a road bikers paradise.

The next two days we relaxed in the bay area roaming around in the car and playing a lot on Xbox kinect.

We visited the golden gate park and rented a few bikes there. It is a very nice park and I must say is a great place for runners. Not the best place for bikers, but we enjoyed going around the place. Beach was right across with wind surfers all around.


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Yakshagana at Pandeshwara


Yakshagana is a dance drama popular in the state of Karnataka, India. It is believed to have evolved from pre classical music form and theatrical arts. Yakshagana is popular in the districts of Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod district of Kerala. Actors wear costumes and enact the various roles. Traditionally, Yakshaganas would go on all night. It is sometimes simply called as Aataā in both Kannada and Tulu (meaning play). Yaksha-gana literally means the song (gana) of a Yaksha. Yakshas were an exotic tribe mentioned in the Sanskrit literature of ancient India. Info from Wikipedia.


I recently had been to my native place for a couple of days for the inauguration of Ramadevi Chadaga Memorial Hall, built by my Uncle Mr. Chandrashekar Chadaga and My dad Mr. Vadiraja Chadaga. It has been their dream to make this happen in a place where they grew up.

I had the opportunity to see Yakshagana performance at the end of the inaugural event. At first I couldn’t understand what the narrator was saying. But later when I understood it I started enjoying the whole show.


What is very interesting about this is that it is only men who participate in this event. All the women roles are also played by men.

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