Night at Betla National Park

Betla – One Night at the Forest

Betla National Park – 1986

Since I was quite small and cannot recollect all thus the key information have been provided by my parents.

The year 1986, the place Betla, my father in those days used to go around different places across Easter India in a Mahindra Willys Jeep with the canvas covering. All of a sudden my father and a group of close friends of planned to visit Betla forest driving all the way from Kolkata.

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Palamu Fort – A Close Encounter with a Tiger

Palamu Fort - A Close Encounter with a Tiger

Some parts of this blog was already mentioned in my earlier blog about my Betla – Netarhat trip but I have decided to write a separate blog about Palamu or Betla forts since its importance is often not recognized in the history of that particular region. But the main reason for me to write this blog separately would be to tell you a fascinating story of our encounter with a tiger. Do read the whole blog then you would actually feel wehat we felt exactly.

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Land of the Red

In the beginning

It is becoming somewhat of a tradition to go on photography tour during Holi vacation. Last year it was Khajuraho and we desperately wanted to go somewhere this year also. We had shortlisted Betla – Netarhat circuit or Murshidabad – Baharampur. Our first preference was always Betla – Netarhat but in the back of our mind we were aware that the biggest challenge we might face during Holi vacation will be that of hotel booking. Specially in Betla and Netarhat the best lodging facility was only with Jharkhand Tourism hotels and booking them was a bit difficult than that any other generic hotel.

The only hitch in my plan was the cost factor, it would be bit expensive for two person to travel to Betla – Netarhat since almost all part of the journey would have to be done by a private car since no organized local transports were available.

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The Lost Kingdom of Navratangarh


No idea is simple when you need to plant it in somebody else’s mind. This line from the movie Inception sums it all up for what I am going to write. Well unlike the movie this was not planted in my dreams but came to me while I was wide awake and eating breakfast.

It was 16th of December 2014 and I was invited along with my family for a breakfast at my in-law’s neighbour’s house. I was served bread toast with butter as this was favourite breakfast menu. The breads were crisp and brown with a thick layer of molten butter on top. I was busy enjoying the bites when I realized that the bread crumbs were falling on the carpet below so I decided to spread out the morning newspaper around the plate.

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