One of the unexplored place in Delhi is Mehrauli Archeology Park which reside in the Mehrauli, an area between Delhi and Gurgaon. It is an archeological site and one of the oldest extant forts in Delhi.

Around Mehrauli Archeology Park
When I shifted to Delhi, I was very excited to explore the city and the best way to do it is with a Photo Journey. I was scanning through the Facebook post, that's when I came across the Delhi Photography Club and their Photo Walk to Mehrauli Archeology Park. I quickly rsvp myself and was looking forward to the day.

Monuments in the park
The Photo Journey started with everyone gathering at Bhool Bhuliya. It is located very near Qutub Minar. If you get a chance, do visit Qutub Minar. It is located in huge complex and more than the main build (Qutub Minar), the construction around it is fabulous. 

View of Qutub Minar
Bhool Bhuliya is a tomb of Adam Khan, who served in Mughal Emperor. Bhool Bhuliya means maze or labyrinth. Though the building doesn't have any maze, but it does contain architectural importance.

Bhool Bhuliya
Side view of one of the pillar
Moving on in our Photo Journey, we headed to the premises of the Mehrauli Archeology Park. The entire park has over 100 significant monuments, some maintained and some destroyed.

Remnants of the monuments
You may come across some other creatures too!
The Park also attracts people from all parts of Delhi, Mehrauli and Gurgaon.

Place to rest after your walk around the park
Being a Mughal construction, there is Jamali Kamalu Mosque inside the park.

Jamali Kamalu Mosque
Inside the Mosque
On our way, we also clicked few pictures at Rajon Ki Baoli, famous stepwell in the park.

Around Rajon Ki Baoli
Mughal Construction involves beautiful pillars and carvings
There were so many monuments in the park that I got immersed in clicking the picture and skipped on all the information. 

Yet another monuments, place is full of such constructions
Some more!
It is a good place to explore and experiment with your camera and learn new tricks or so!

Category: Historical

Location: Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi

Time: It is open throughout the day and there are no entry tickets. During weekends, expect lot of local crowd.

Good bye to beautiful place, till we meet again!
Sandakan, second biggest city in Sabah, is also second busiest place after Kota Kinabalu. During my visit to Sabah, I was staying in Sepilok region, which is around 1 hour away from Sandakan. Earlier we thought of staying in Sandakan and visiting various places in and around Sepilok, but due to time constraint and also less day in Sandakan, we decided to stay in Sepilok and pay a day visit to the city. 

Sandakan City view
Compare to Kota Kinabalu, I found Sandakan much quieter and cleaner. The city centre is near harbour and few attractions are on the border of the city. We started our day with lunch at Four Point by Sheraton. The hotel is at best spot i.e. near harbour where you get a view of the endless Sulu Sea and all cargo ships traveling from Sandakan to various other countries. Food at Four Point By Sheraton was amazing and quantity was good compared to other restaurants. Being vegetarian, we have to struggle to find good vegetarian food, but at Four Point by Sheraton, it was indeed tasty and perfect. We had ordered potato wedges with pasta and pizza. 

View of Infinity Pool at Four Point by Sheraton
Since I had little time, I visited very few places in Sandakan. However, I am sharing with you all things one can do in Sandakan.

Turtle Island
If time permits, also pay a visit to the marvelous Turtle Island. The tour in the afternoon when the operator will pick you from your hotel in Sandakan and take you to Turtle Island. After dinner once the night sets in, they will take you near the beach where turtles gave give birth to the little turtle. You will also get a chance to see journey of little turtle towards the sea. After a good night's sleep, you will be dropped to Sandakan city in the morning post breakfast. 

Turtle Island
Photo Courtesy: Google
Agnes Keith House and Museum
It is a house of former author, Mrs. Agnes Keith's house is converted into a teahouse and a museum. A small stop during your afternoon tea.

Agnes Keith House
Sandakan War Memorial Park
The park is dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives during the Borneo Death Marches during the Second World War. Walk through the park towards the memorial will enlighten you with the history of Sandakan. 

Sandakan War Memorial
Photo Courtesy: Google
St. Michael's Church 
Built during British rule, St. Michael's Church is one of the oldest church in Sandakan and only to survive World War 2.

St Michael's Church
Photo Courtesy: Google
Local Market 
Sandakan is a good place to shop in the city. There is a local market near harbour to get a variety of fishes and sea creatures. Remember to bargain!

Sandakan was the last stop in our tour and exciting closer to our fabulous trip to Borneo. Sandakan has offered us a place to venture into the place of wildlife and nature.
We all know about Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand and so far I have not seen it as it involves a small trek to reach the park. For those, like us, who still wish to see valley of flowers closer and nearer to us, you have an option to visit Kaas Plateau in Satara, Maharashtra.

Bed of Pink Flowers
My cousins and I decided to pay a visit to this beautiful place. Recently, Kaas Plateau has been added to UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also called Kaas Pathar and falls under Sahyadri region. Once in a year, an entire land of Kaas is blossoming with colourful flowers making it look like a colorful bed of pink, yellow, red, blue, purple flowers.

Welcome to Kaas Plateau
This valley of flowers stays there for 3 months and the season starts from August till October.

Close up of the flowers
Every year, the quantity of blossomed flower and Color differs. Sometime it is full with purple flower or pink. During my visit, the land was covered with mostly white and pink flowers.

During my visit
These flowers are smaller in size. The best one were Mickey Mouse flowers which looked like Disney's character - Mickey Mouse, hence the name.

Mickey Mouse Flower
The Kaas Plateau in Satara is not yet commercialised so there are no entry tickets. However, you will find police to make sure that people don't miss use the place.

Kaas Plateau, Satara
A short distance away from Kaas Plateau is a Kaas Lake. After your walk amongst flowers, you can think of relaxing time near the lake.

Kaas Lake, Satara
Photographers will have fun time clicking pictures of flowers, mountain, whole view and much more!

Category: Nature and Adventure

Location: Kaas Plateau, Satara (Around 25 km away)

Time: It is open throughout the day during the season. It is advisable to visit morning to avoid the evening crowd.

Some candid moments:
The Gang!
Unknown Insect, Maybe colorful Ant..?
Splashing Moments!
One of the top attractions in Sandakan is Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok. Our itinerary was so tight that we couldn't visit it during the day time. Earlier we did Night safari in Mulu National Park and that experience was amazing. Hence, we decided to do it again in Sandakan. We called the centre and asked for their night safari. In Sepilok, you get options to do the night safari either at the Orang-Utan Rehabilitation centre or at Rainforest Discovery centre. Since we already visited Rehabilitation centre in daytime, we opted for latter one. 

Lake at Rainforest Discovery Centre
The staff at the Centre was very kind and supportive. As per their schedule, there was no night safari on that day, but they made an exception as we were 4 of us and after us there were many enquiries for the safari. 

View of lake from top of the Canopy Tower
The Night Safari started at 7 pm with our Guide introduces us to our route and taking us towards canopy in the sight of Flying Squirrel. Yes, you read it right, flying squirrel. It is one of the must see at centre and surprisingly squirrel has a particular time in which they fly from one tree to another. At the viewing point near the canopy, we patiently waited for squirrel to flying across the forest. We waited, we waited and nothing happened. We spotted the squirrel, and she or he was ready for the flight, but still was waiting for the signal. After almost 30-45 minute wait, we saw his first flight from the top of the tree to another one. The sight was amazing, I was so mesmerised by it that I forgot to shoot it with my camera. After the first squirrel, second one was ready to take his leap of faith. Immediately after 10 minutes of first flight, the second one also led its way. This time I was ready to shoot, but due to the low light and the speed of a squirrel, I didn't get anything. 

Flying Squirrel preparing for the flight
Red Squirrel post his flight from tree top
Our excitement level rose to top after seeing the beautiful sight (first time in my life). Moving on to our night safari, our guide warned us about the fire ant and instructed us to tuck our pant in our shoes to save us from bite (warning: wear full pant or something which cover your legs fully). He also shared with us the wildlife which we will try to find in the dense forest. The species whose sights are rare to find - Tarsiers (the smallest monkey) and Slow Loris. Apart from these, we will keep encountering snakes and other wild creatures. 

Bird catching food in the lake
Going ahead on our walk, our guide selected unmarked route which was literally in the forest with no proper road in the pitch dark night illuminated by thousands of stars. The unpaved road was home to many fire ants and we happened to cross path with a big one around 3 inches long. Along the path, we also saw black Scorpio. Since we were carrying torches with low light, clicking pictures of Scorpio and ant was not possible even with higher ISO. 

Various Insects in the forest.
The Night Safari at Rainforest Discovery Centre was turning out to be the best night safari with an opportunity to see wildlife I would have missed out on my tour. Also, this was our last activity of my adventurous trip to Borneo, the excitement level was rising with passing moment. We hoped to see each and every wildlife reside in the Rainforest Discovery Centre. Our prayers were actually answered as we encountered yet another snake, this time it was Viper Snake. My earlier encounter with a snake was during Night Safari in Mulu National Park. Before our safari gets over, we encountered second Viper snake, as deadly as first one.

Viper snake making his way
Focusing on his hunt
Moving along the path, we also saw a Tarantula sitting on the tree trunk. Moving ahead, we sae another huge spider climbing up on his web and speed of this creature was amazing. Within a minute he was on top of the tree 6-7 feet above the ground. 

Tarantula in Rainforest Discovery Centre
Spider climbing up on his web
The night was becoming more and more exhilarating. Our next encounter was something I have seen first time in life, Slow Loris. Initially our guide spotted him twice and both times he ran away into the tree, I kept wondering who calls him slow loris when he is so fast to hide away. Then a moment came where we saw the true nature of slow loris when he started walking on the tree branch slowly. It looked as if I am watching the video of walking Loris in slow motion. Step by step, slow loris was moving inside the forest. I thought with this speed of animal, I am sure to capture many clear pictures only later I found out that I barely managed to click 1-2 good picture as it was dark and I clicked all pictures handheld.

Slow Loris climbing the tree slowly
Even though Slow Loris was really slow, capturing him handheld in flash light was a task
Also on our walk we saw one of the Borneo's wildlife who's name I am still unable to remember. He was hanging to tree bark in such a way that it was difficult to understand his body structure. His hands and legs were on a tree with a face looking at the floor.  

Unknown wildlife of Borneo
Last thing on our Nigh Safari, Tarsiers, was still missing and we walked miles deeper in the forest to get a glimpse of him. Surprisingly, in our entire night safari, we didn't spot any other money. I wonder, they might be sleeping at night, tired and exhausted from days hanging and jumping. Walking with eyes squinting to spot something, even when a leaf move, our guide suddenly signalled for us to stop and look in the direction of sound. Listening to insect noise in pitch darkness, he directed his light towards a moving animal. In a split second, I spotted the Tarsier and suddenly he disappeared. Then another movement and flash light of our guide showed, Tarsier resting on the tree. He was barely 5 inch long. I had to be quick in my action as I didn't want to miss him like squirrels and I managed to get little blur image of the world's smallest monkey. 

Tarsier, second before he managed to jump and disappear
Even before Night Safari end, our desire to see wildlife was satisfied. Even after the hunt of the top 3 species was over, we kept walking and our guide directed for one more stop. This time it was for a bird. Our guide pointed his torch towards a tree and we all couldn't see a thing. Then he slowly stroked his hand on the tree for us to actually see what it was. There was a small hole in the tree were little bird was sleeping with his back to us. After small stroke, he turned around and we saw him clearly. The entire sight was so cute - bird was quiet, calm and also half sleepy. He was in his place, not bothered with all the tourist clicking his pictures. 

Little Bird opened his eyes after turning around
Along the path, there was another bird, kingfisher, sleeping between the leaves. Since it is nice walk, we saw only when they were sleeping as spotting them flying in dark night is nearly impossible.

Kingfisher sleeping
Another bird sleeping between the leaves
Since I have not gone night safari in Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, I can't tell you which one is better. However, Night Safari at Rainforest Discovery Centre was indeed amazing with a chance to see many species in a short span of time. Our end of the wonderful trip to Borneo was on the super happy and satisfactory note.
Ending our Borneo trip with an adventurous note!
Monsoon is the perfect season for trekking. Being adventure enthusiasts, I crave for such adventure. My past experience, some 5 years back of Sinhgad Fort was amazing. Hence, I wanted to relive the moment. From Mumbai, you have a pretty good option for trekking and from Pune, all those options are more closer. Trekking on the mountain is more difficult activity, especially during monsoon as you don't get much grip to move forward due to wet ground. But again, the best part of trekking is greenery and that you see in abundance during monsoon.

Entrance to Sinhgad Fort
View from the top
Sinhgad Fort is very simple and hardly people will count it as trekking. There is a base point till which you can take your car (a point which spoil the fun of the walk till the top of the mountain) and from there onwards, you can walk around the huge fort built by some two thousand years ago. Technically, there is hardly any trace of Sinhgad Fort as lot has been destroyed over the years. 

Fort wall, keeping attackers at bay
The whole fort is surrounded by such walls
The reason of enjoying the walk around the remaining of the fort is all because of the weather. The fort is at the height of approximately 4000 ft above sea level and during monsoon the feel of walking in the mountain range is as if you are walking on the clouds. The fog surrounds the mountain range and all you can see is greenery peaking from the  fog. If you are lucky, rain during such trek is refreshingly cold.  

Greenery hidden in the fog
Cow gazing 
Sinhgad Fort is closest to the city, Pune and also the difficulty level are for beginner, hence you see  many people visiting the fort. 5 years back when I went there in the morning, I hardly saw people coming to the fort. Unlike in today's time, I saw many people walking with the camera and the phone in their hand, ready to capture the beauty of mountain coupled with awesome weather.  

Due Drops on plants
Wind Point 
Another thing which adds magic to this experience is the joy of eating hot food. Inside Sinhgad fort, at the entrance and also at the base, you will find many street food stalls inviting you for enjoying piping hot Kanda Bhaji and Thalipeeth (traditional Marathi food). Apart from Kanda bhaji, they also have Aloo bhaji. All the calories you burnt by trekking will get double by eating this street food. The options of food at the fort is many. Whether one crave for hot corn on the cob or salty peanuts, or cold cut mangos or misal pav, you get it all!

Kanda Bhaji (Fried Marinated Onion)
Those who don't enjoy trekking but would like to do something interesting (apart from walking around in a shopping mall), Sinhgad Fort is for you. Those who would like to explore the difficulty of trekking and height, there are many other forts to explore like Lohgad, Tikona and many more!

Location: Sinhgad Fort, Pune (25 km from Pune)

Time: 2-3 Hours to walk around the fort and eat food. 1 hour away from main Pune city centre (depending on traffic). 

Carry: Jacket (to protect from rain and also cold), walking shoes, water bottle (you can also get it from vendors) and camera (to click amazing pictures)

Important note: If possible, visit very early in the morning to get a less crowd and also to get good weather (without sun). Most important, go too early to avoid traffic.

More pictures:
The freshness of morning on tree
Walking trail
Surviving part of the Sinhgad Fort
Food stalls serving hot food
Corn on the cob
Attack of Fog
Beauty in nothingness 
I love due drop and clicking without micro lens is indeed a task