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A pictorial introduction to Lal Bagh, the crown of Bengaluru's green spaces

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Lalbagh has historically been known for its wealth of vegetation. Some of the trees are over 200 years old like this tall mango tree, which bears fruits till date.  To see a larger version of this map click here The main gate of  Lal Bagh, an 18th century garden in Bengaluru. The construction of Lalbagh (pronounced 'Laal Baagh') garden in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) has been attributed to the father-son Mysore rulers Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan during the 18th century when they ruled this part of India. The British Raj literature says that Haidar Ali's inspiration for Lal Bagh came from the Mughal-era Khan Bagh garden at Sira, Tumakuru (formerly Tumkur) District. Sira is a historically important town having been ruled by the Nayakas, Adil Shahis and the Mughals before changing hands between the Marathas and Haidar-Tipu. Beyond the death of Tipu Sultan on the battlefield on 4th May 1799 the British took over this garden and maintained it as a green space. Th

Bonding made easy, thanks to online travel portals and apps

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The hills are a favourite place for newly-weds to get away from the crowds The days immediately following your marriage are the most important ones to know and understand your soul-mate. This is a period that helps you cement your relationship for the rest of your lives. Traditionally, the ideal way of doing so has been to get away from the daily routine and spend time with your better half. Newly-weds usually pick and choose from the array of honeymoon destinations and themes based on their common interests. While some choose the hills for their pleasant weather or the backwaters for their idyllic settings, others choose the sea to let loose the adventurer in them. When one thinks of the hills, the snow-capped Himalayas and the lush Western Ghats strike an immediate chord. Speaking of the sea, the vast vistas of Andaman and Goa come to our minds.  Gone are the days, when people had to undergo the travails of booking their holidays through a maze of paper work, walking up and d

Criss-crossing Quebec's Appalachians

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Summary Pristine lakes in dense, forested hills, occasional rolling farms along roads less traversed, clear skies and limitless supply of spotless clean air, what else does a nature lover need? Somewhere in the Appalachian mountain ranges, Route 232 passes near the 731 sq km Rimouski wildlife preserve, and joins the scenic Route 132, just after Mont Joli village. Driving down east and exiting south, one leaves Quebec province to reach what New Brunswick province proudly showcases as Appalachian range scenic route.  Appalachian hills, homesteads and forests The drive from Rivière-du-Loup to Interprovincial bridge criss-crossing the Appalachians https://goo.gl/MdKZur Day 3 At about 4:30 AM just as the sun was dawning, the early morning chill woke me up. Eager not to miss the sun rise and the opportunities to photograph it, I took off on Edmunston Road. At Cabano, I took a deviation north onto Route 232 as planned. Fortunately it was a deviation well taken as this was

The 1000+ mile drive from Canada's Atlantic Coast to Toronto

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The drive from Port Hastings, Nova Scotia to Toronto City https://goo.gl/JRtj0k I started off for my home in Toronto from Canso Causeway in Cape Breton Island of Nova Scotia province. On this road just before exit 30 between James River and Beaver Meadow Road, I could sight a bald eagle scavenging on an animal that was run over. It was about 6:35 PM Atlantic time. Although my original plan was to drive along the Sunrise Trail on Highway 6, I missed the directions and instead drove to Amherst, beyond Truro. For the entire trip over the past few days since I left Toronto I was the sole driver and navigator. On most occasions I had to look at the map for directions as I drove. This made me miss my direction this time around. It didn't matter much as the Trans-Canada Highway 104 was very good and allowed me to drive at high speeds sometimes touching 150 kmph.  After driving up to Moncton on the Hwy 2, Trans-Canada Highway, didn't want to drive to Fredericton ag