London by the Midnight [Europe][England]

  • Date:  Dec 30 – Dec 31, 2008
  • Activity: Roaming London Central
  • Route: Random
  • Duration: 9pm – 4am
  • Walking Distance: around 7 miles

London Central by the Night

The tour of london started at the Paddington Station. I took an Express train from Heathrow to London Central for a whooping amount of 16pounds (1200Rs). The first shock was the numbing chill. The temperature was close to 1 degree celsius, the wind chill being lower. Luckily I had an extra sweater to warm me up. After buying a cap to keep my head warm to maintain my cool ;), I started to enquire about the best place to roam the night. All roads lead to London Central – a busy shopping area, which turn into a huge pub by the night. This shot was taken at 2am in the SOHO district, also famous for its gay and lesbian crowd.

Proof

Although London Central is company enough to explore it on foot, the cold was a deterring agent. Amazingly, the buses are efficient even throughout the night. Took a 20 min ride to the illustrious Tower Bridge. Alas, it was an obvious mistake – you dont see the bridge in it entirety from the bridge. I started walking towards another nearby bridge – London Bridge. Found this nice spot to take a self portrait in London. This is the only shot of me in London to prove my visit ;)

Tower Bridge from London Bridge

I first went over the Tower bridge, little did I realize that to get a good picture of a bridge I should not on it but looking at it from a distance. A walk of a kilometer and I was on the less famous London bridge to shoot on Tower bridge.

Big Ben

At one of the bus stands, waiting for the bus had a small talk with a student from Turkey. He had suggested I visit the London Eye and surrounding areas. This area included the Westminister Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace. A must visit for a tourist. Alas my tamron 17-50 was broken, this is the best I could nmanage with the good’ol 50mm

London Eye

Looking at the London Eye, from the westminister bridge. From wiki – The London Eye (Millennium Wheel) at a height of 135 metres (443 ft), is the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe, and has become the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over 3 million people a year.

The Red Bus

The only traffic I saw were these red buses. This is a shot at the Trafalgar Square. Remember – Advance to Trafalgar Square. If you pass Go collect £200 . It was a pleasant experience to actually visit some of the places I visited as a child on a monopoly board – Trafalgar Square, Regents Street, Bond Street, Oxford Street, Piccadilly, Pall Mall :)

Buckingham Palace

I was in double minds to visit Buckingham Palace. It was near 4 am in the night, and I was exhausted numb from the cold. Moreover there were no buses that went near it. Finally decided to walk the extra mile and take this eerie shot of the Palace.

Mexico Motorcycle Trip [Mexico]

  • Date: Mar 25-29, 2009
  • Destinations: Ensenada, Mexicali, San Felipe, Puertacitos
  • Activity: Motorcycle
  • Members: Abhinav Bhatele, Ankit Srivastava, Anshuman Gupta (Half Trip) and Nikhil Rasiwasia
  • Distance: 850 miles
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Terrain: Coast, Mountains, Desert

A small collection of my favorite pictures from the Mexico trip. We had two trips – Con Anshu, and Cin Anshu. Anshu lost is passport and hhad to go to Mexico City. Our original plan was to do about 1200 miles, but we had to come back to San Diego to Drop off Anshu’s Motorcycle. This was the first two days. The next three days, we went to a small beach town called San Felipe on the northern tip of Sea of Cortez. Unfortunately I was unable to take my camera on the second trip, so many of the pictures here are not taken by me and are from Bhatele’s point and shoot camera. A bigger collection of pictures is here. Ankit has also written a blog about it here.

Landmark JunctionWaiting for AnshuEnsenada, MexicoAnshu, Ankit and AbhinavNight View EnsenadaAnkit Leaning for LifeAt a coffee shop in TijuanaBack Home in San DiegoOn the way to San FelipeAbhinav BhateleNikhil RasiwasiaSunrise in San FelipeMexican HatsSome Random Beach south of San FelipePlaying in the BeachRelaxingThis is how we got them there.SoakingRare Pose Shot ;)Coming Back Home

29h Monument Valley [USA] [UTAH]

  • Date: Feb 13-14, 2009
  • Activity: Driving
  • Members: Himanshu Khatri, Ankit Srivastava and Nikhil Rasiwasia
  • Distance: 1504 miles
  • Average Speed: 64.9mph
  • Duration: 29 hours
  • Terrain: Coast, Mountains, Desert
  • Lodging: In Car.

Doing something different, something creative, something adventurous has always been our motto. Let not funny faces befool you about the seriousness of the trip. It was a pretty darn serious trip, excusing the actors. The idea was simple. We drive. Thats it. We had the car for a day, and we drive for a day, 29 hours to be precise. East was calling us. Our inital estimate was to do 60mph on average, ride for 29hours, and cover atleast 1200miles.

The 29h TripThe BeginningGas StopLightThe MorningWaiting for sunshineWaiting for sunshineThe Sun meets the Awesome ThreesomeLook backSunlight FinallySunlight FinallySunlight FinallyMovementBeholdNever BeforeThe Three SistersPeaceful, Pure, Picturesque with MoonStopIconic Monument ValleyThe Way BackPageThe BendPeaceful, Pure, Picturesque

A week of bicycling in Alaska [USA]

  • Date: June 28 – July 5, 2008
  • Route: Denali National Park – Valdez, Alaska (Denali Hwy – Richardson Hwy)
  • Distance: 350 miles (270 miles/430 kms on bicycle, 80 miles/130 kms hitchhiking),
  • Duration: 7 days/6 nights
  • Daily Average: 40 miles, 6-7 miles per hour, 6-7 hours of riding per day
  • Road Condition: 135 miles gravel, rest paved road.
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Elevation: start-2000ft, max-4000ft, end-sea level (max elevation gain at a stretch-1000ft)
  • Lodging: 5 nights tent pitching, 1 night at a lodge.
  • Food: Cooking along the way / packed snacks / at lodges.
  • Bicycle: Cannondale Silk Path 24″
  • Bicycle Rental Company: Downtown Bike Rental

These photos are with detailed descriptions.

The First HeartbeatFirst Glimpse of AnchorageThe night beforeDay 1 begins: The Alaska RailwaysChange of thoughtsThe Noble SteedOn roadWelcome to the real world.Day 2 begins: The darkest hourThe decisive momentFortune favors the braveNature factorFirst major uphillFirst official Denali Highway ViewpointTired = PhotographyHeroic ShotAmazingSeeing nature upcloseDue ImportanceRain - Cloudy - SunnyEnd of Day 2Day 3 begins: Susitna River BridgeThink of the devilThe high pointHail StormNature congratesLooking backEnd of day 3Day 4 begins: Maclaren River LodgeCumulus cloudsThe longest uphillWonderfulMaclauren summit and glacierHiking on Maclauren SummitSplendid beautyParentA group of bicyclistsAnother splendiferous shotI should smileA calm ending of Day 4Glennallen with Mt. DrumMt Drum and Mt SanfordThe Wrangell MountainsNo words for the titleEnd of Day 5Gap in Day 6The most beautiful 5 milesParadiseTaking it slowFearfulApproaching ClimaxI am still thereBeauty EverywhereThe Climax - Worthington GlacierMy impressionsFull of lifeMy home for the nightDinner timeDay 7 beginsAlto cumulus CloudsNearing Thompson PassStanding knightlyAnother classic shotThompson PassEntering Keystone CanyonFrozen fall upcloseSome HistoryBridal Veil FallsAnother water fallOfficial ending of the BikingIn ValdezJuly 4th PreparationHalibutValdez - the port townHappy 4th of JulyFireworksCelebrating IndependenceView from ValdezThe last crackersDay 8 begins: Ferry LoadingEerieIceberg! Right Ahead!God bless AmericaWhittierA satisfying endingPosing ;)Another poseFinal PoseThe mighty one