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    • Kitsafari
      you had fantastic tiger sightings, and Kanha which I really liked, performed for you. I'm not sure if I would return to India anytime soon. So i'll just enjoy India viscerally through your and others' trip reports! looking forward to more. 
    • Treepol
      @KaliCAwow - what a varied and interesting itinerary you put together. Everything from tigers to Arti Puri, I've really enjoyed your holiday cross section of Indian life and experiences.
    • KaliCA
      It is now dusk, and the religious ceremony Arti Puri is about to begin. We sit on our box under an umbrella, closely surrounded by many local people. Soon, the priests dressed in orange across the river begin to sing, chant, and pray and sometimes the crowd answers in unison, sometimes they raise their hands and chant with the priests. Then the priests light fires and there is more singing and chanting. The man who sold us our spot is sitting next to us in front of a shrine with idols and is swinging a burning fire ball from side-to-side chanting.          Sadly, the meaning of the ceremony is a little lost on us, except one thing: Towards the end, many people light the candle in their flower basket, drip water on their head, step into the water and let go of their flower basket. In the semi-darkness, little flower boats are floating downriver to honor the goddess, Ganga.            As flower boats drift down-river, many pilgrims immerse themselves into the water of the Ganges River, many holding on to chains to be save despite the strong current.         As we leave the ceremony, I'm reminded that we witnessed this religious ceremony in a very authentic way. There may have been five tourists present, but thousands of believers made the pilgrimage to Haridwar for their religious reasons.  On the way home, we stop at the lit-up statue of Shiva who happens to spear the moon with his trident! CB's idea.     At the restaurant in our hotel, we get served a Vegan meal that looks like this:  
    • KaliCA
      We observe how two very pretty cows walk from one footstall to the next, begging for food. Many vendors feed them flat bread, then bow in front of the cows. Why? It could be that the spirit of their uncle or grandfather has been reincarnated in a cow and for this reason, they revere the cows. Once fed, the cows move on to the next stall. A man tells us that this is a daily ritual!               Enterprising kids selling paint for....? We don't know.   Here is a side arm of the fast-flowing Ganges River. We cross the bridge and are looking for a place to sit. Not easy, thousands are already here, sitting ten deep. But capitalism is flourishing in religious ceremonies, and CB is finding a man who is selling us two seats on a box covered with a blanket and with a pretty good view for 400 Rupees.   
    • KaliCA
      We are strolling through the holy city of Haridwar together with many Hindu Pilgrims. For them it is the fulfillment of a life-long wish to be here, to immerse themselves in the river, and bring a sacrifice of flowers to the river goddess Ganga. Containers of all sizes are for sale for those who want to bring some of the holy water home and share. There are also many religious articles for sale.   Old ladies have fashioned baskets out of reeds and filled them with a candle and flowers. Many of the Pilgrims will buy those flower baskets and then offer them to the goddess Ganga during the Arti Puri ceremony which we are about to witness and the reason for our visit.   Vendors are selling sweets, nuts, and other snacks to the pilgrims.         CB can tell from the way the pilgrims dress from what region of the country they are from.          
    • pomkiwi
      Quiet Time   We settled down to lunch scattered along the slope looking down on to the bush where the puma had hidden herself. The weather had closed in somewhat with the stunning mountain views we had got used to now largely obscured:   The most impressive thing however was the silence - for half an hour we sat in complete silence - certainly a rare experience for me and I guess for most of us nowadays.   Sol woke up and went back to the ridge. We followed and took the opportunity for another environmental portrait:   However she fairly quickly headed downhill and found a new sleeping spot. We waited for another hour with only a distant Aplomado Falcon to keep us interested:   It did not appear that she was going to move anytime soon and Marciel let us know that the puma on the other side of the road had revealed herself. We returned to the cars and drove for a couple of minutes before walking a little way up the hill. The puma was sitting and crying a little like an oversized domestic cat. J-P told us that she was in heat and was trying to attract a male. Sol had been in heat the previous week.     As previously mentioned this puma Rupestre is regarded as the dominant female in this area and was featured in the BBC documentary Dynasties raising her four cubs. One of the cubs was called Dania and this was the puma we had seen lying in the grass on the first two days. Eventually Rupestre gave up calling and headed downhill in the deceptively lazy manner that we had become used to:   Once again we tried to get in front of her but once again we found it hard to keep up. At one point we thought that we had managed it only for her to turn and come parallel to us:   We tried once more and she passed very close to us - once again the instruction to "Stay completely still" was followed without debate:   However once she had given us a quick look we were dismissed as being of no relevance and she carried on. She jumped a small river but as we were behind her I couldn't get an interesting photo. She went up on to the road and J-P felt this was a good time to bid her and the pumas farewell:       There was however to be one more twist to our tale.....
    • Dave Williams
      Claire drives but didn't have a licence with her and even if she did it wouldn't have helped the situation as she would then have to play taxi too unless we hired a second car then I would still be playing taxi . Don't look for me at Rosemarkie Fred, I'm in Fortrose!!
    • Dave Williams
      I understand that Pedro, it's when the lead cyclist enters the roundabout when there is a vehicle already on it that has to stop to let them all pass through.
    • Peter Connan
      Only four months late. I can certainly see why you were hooked. That second photo really is fabulous. I pity you have lost the RAW.
    • pedro maia
      Dave, they do that because that´s the rule in Spain, check this explanation of the rule (I don´t have a clue on why I know that):  
    • Caracal
      Many thanks @Tom Kelliefor so many great photos which I'm much enjoying. However I think you should think about putting them all into a Trip Report even if you call it  My Photographic Memories of Manyeleti Game Reserve and just add a brief commentary if that's what suits. That way all your beautiful photos and the report's there for future readers. PS I'd be very happy to read a longer commentary if that suits !
    • Peter Connan
      Wow, what a trip!   If it makes you feel any better, your leopard sighting exactly mirrors all three mine before the age of about 20. Keep in mind that I had been going to an area pretty close to the reserve with what is believed to be the highest leopard populations anywhere at least annually and usually four or five times a year.   Leopards that don't want to be seen, aren't. Simple as that.
    • kittykat23uk
      Well @Kitsafarilet me know if you fancy doing something like this as its really hard to find people who aren't either just into birds or just into mammals 😂😂
    • Tom Kellie
      Fancy Dancer     Taken on 3 July, 2023 at 3:09 pm in Manyeleti Game Reserve, Ndzhaka Camp, using an EOS 1D X camera with an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II telephoto lens   ISO 800, f/5, 1/2500 sec., handheld Manual shooting mode in a safari vehicle in bright afternoon light   **********************************************************************************************************************************************************   ~ We'd gone for days without any warthog sightings. Our final game drive featured a close warthog encounter.   He'd been standing in a pond, covered with red-billed oxpeckers before trotting up to and down the track with unmistakable élan.  
    • Galana
      Our time here comes to an end tomorrow. Not the best of choices. It just does not work for us. The bed I would take home with us. Wonderful and comfortable but the rest is just not up to snuff. It seems we are in a different market. Well equipped but poorly executed. Some of the 'construction' tecniques set my teeth on edge. If they used a joiner he should be shot. If they actualy PAID him for his work THEY should be shot. I don't think the posh owners have any concept of self catering. A Teapot without a cosy is next to useless. We do NOT subscribe to the scruffy modern trend on sticking  a Tetley tea bag in a mug of boiling water. I was taught the art of tea making by none other than Miss Twining herself. And how can a man have his boiled egg for breakfast if there are no bloody Egg cups? Or a whisk for making an omelette? DO people really need a Hot tub in the garden when it is pi$$ing down with rain? Anyway tomorrow we head for Barra from Oban. Where on arrival we look forward to dining with @Soukousin the Castlebay Hotel as we are sharing the same Ferry and by coincidence using the same B&B. Our Hostess, Mrs Angela McNeil does a mean poached egg too.    
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