मैं अब क्या कहूँ मुझे किसकी तलाश है,
मंज़िले मेरे संग चलें मेरा हमसफ़र मेरे साथ है ।

मौत में ही है ज़िंदगी और ज़िंदगी में मौत है,
ये सफ़र यूँ चला करे, मेरे हाथ में तेरा हाथ है ।

ये तब्बसुम, वो हँसी और रूठ जाना तेरा,
सब ख़ज़ाने मेरे है फिर क्या दिन क्या रात है।

ऐ दिल की धड़कन सुनो, ये ग़ज़ल मेरी पढ़ो,
‘चाह’ क्या चाहे है अब, इसमें ही वो बात है ।


Mangalajodi: north of chilka in Odisha

Mangalajodi represents the fresh water wetlands in the north of Odisha. The wetlands were famous for the poaching of migratory birds earlier. The villagers were later sensitised about the importance of the migration of birds. These poachers then turned conservationist and also the tourist guide for birding enthusiasts. The godvit is the place to stay during your visit to the place. There are two trips deep in the wetlands to spot birds. 


Borra Caves, near Vishakhapatnam (Vizag)

Borra caves are located near Vizag and you need around 6 hours to visit this place and come back. These are limestone formations created long ago having both historical and geographical sitnificance. Caves are situated in western Ghats and were discovered in 1807 by British geologist William King. The caves are naturally formed due to slow dissolution of calcium carbonate in the rocks due to humid acid in the water. These caves are believed to be around 150 million year old. When the water contains calcium carbonate percolate down from the roof it creates the deposit on the roof and on the ground. The structure created on the roof are called stalactite and on ground are known as stalagmite. These structures in the Borra caves have taken different shapes and the imagination of human beings have given them names like, shiva Parvati, animals like crocodile,snake, camel etc. There is one stalagmite at the centre of caves has taken the shape of human brain. 


Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, Near Lucknow

Nawabganj Birds Sanctuary is a great weekend trip from   Kanpur and Lucknow for bird lovers. Area of sanctuary is around 3 Sq KM and attracts migratory birds during the winter. I have visited the sanctuary on 1 November 2014, but at that time migratory birds did not arrived. But the trip was quite exciting as I was able to take amazing photographs of many birds apart from spotting some birds first time by me. The sanctuary is actually an area of swallow lake surrounds by vegetation from all sides. There is a concrete path surrounding the lake. The pathway is also lined up with small concrete pillars which works as tripod for camera. To enhance the knowledge of visitors regarding birds, an Interpretation Centre is established in the Sanctuary. It has the provision of film shows related to wildlife. There are motel, restaurants and small eateries around the sanctuary.

The Nawabganj Birds Sanctuary is 45 Km from Kanpur railway station. Amuasi Airport, Lucknow is around 28 Km and Lucknow railway station is 55 Km from the Sanctuary. During my visit I have spotted following birds-

  1. Grey Heron
  2. Asian Openbill
  3. Laughing Dove
  4. Red eared Bulbul
  5. White throated kingfisher
  6. Bronze winged Jacana
  7. Greater Flame back
  8. Brown Capped Pygmy Woodpecker
  9. Purple Moorhen
  10. Pond Hen
  11. Spot Billed Duck
  12. Cattle Egret
  13. Little Egret
  14. Oriental White-eye
  15. Jungle Crow
  16. Purple Heron
  17. Little Cormorant
  18. Tit
  19. Plain Prinia
  20. Black Drongo
  21. White Bellied Drongo
  22. Great Indian Caucal
  23. Parakeet
  24. Grey Hornbill
  25. Yellow
  26. Brown
  27. Unidentified-1
  28. Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch
  29. Purple Sunbird

White Bellied Drongo IMG_0109 Pygmy woodpecker IMG_0125 IMG_0130 IMG_0135 IMG_0153 IMG_0175 pond heron india IMG_0206 IMG_0211 IMG_0219 IMG_0237 IMG_0249 IMG_0270 IMG_0302 Purple Heron Purple Heron-01 IMG_0393 IMG_0400 IMG_0403 IMG_0407 IMG_0444 IMG_0448 IMG_0487 IMG_0503 IMG_0508 IMG_0511 IMG_0514 Asian Openbill IMG_0085

Kalibangan: Harappan site in India

Kalibangan in Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan was excavated during 1961-69. The material excavated from the site are now under display in the museum. The exhibits in the galleries include Harappan seals, bangles, terracotta objects, terracotta figurines, bricks, grinders, stone balls and the well-known six fabric pottery repertoire from A to E of Pre-Harappan level of Kalibangan. Besides, images of exposed structures of different levels of excavations have also been displayed. For more details on Kalibnagan please visit-

Anyway following are the photographs of the material–














मंज़िलें किसी की नहीं…

है ये जिंदगी का सफ़र, मंज़िलें किसी की नहीं,
खूब चले हैं मगर हमको ये मिली ही नहीं।

अजीब है ऐ खुदा ये तेरी नियामत मुझको,
पीऊँ शराब सभी मगर नशा हुआ ही नहीं।

तमाम आज गिरे ख्वाब मेरी आँखों से,
अभी पता चला, हस्ती मेरी कुछ भी नहीं।

वो चूम लें उड़के गगन हमारी चाहत है,
उम्मीद है उनसे जो कभी उड़े ही नहीं।

बहुत खूबसूरत है इनके बदन की रंगत,
ऐ वो हैं जो कभी खूँ मे नहाए ही नहीं।

‘चाह’ है चाह यही मैं भी इंसान हो जाऊँ,
चाह जो चाहे मिले, ऐसा कभी हुआ ही नहीं।

Okhla Bird Park, December 2013

Here are some pics of the visit-



















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