Bandhavgarh March 2015 Trip Report

The forest was biding its time to be held by a shivering moonbeam.  It was a world brimming with lyrical metaphors… The Toehold troupe reached Bandhavgarh, accompanied by Skipper Phillip Ross, and settled in at the hotel.  Sleep didn’t come easy, in the wake of the exciting times anticipated over the days to come. With permits…

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All is Fair

Beware! You might go high on the explosion of colours between an incredibly blue sky and the golden sands. You’ll see camels and horses and other livestock lined up to be traded, but their pulse just as wild as ever, and skin just as gleaming. While the air seems rigid with bargains on one side,…

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What’s the World but What the Stories Tell of It?

“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet,” said Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.  He knew what it meant in essence.  Do you? We believe that every bit of this Earth is sacred; and this thought almost has a spiritual connotation with a scientific exactness to it because this planet is our only…

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Passion Gives Form to the Inexpressible: Mohan Thomas

When photography helps you express the ineffable… Photography has been more than a hobby for Toehold Patron, Mohan Thomas; “It’s been a way of expression,” says Mohan, who reveres it as an art. Mohan’s journey of making pictures started in 1999, when he started to preserve special moments with a click. But this habit soon turned…

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Little Rann of Kutch December 2014 Tour Report

Most people visit Kutch to see two things – the wild ass and the flamingos.  But there’s always more. A barren emptiness for as far as the eyes can see and beyond welcomes one to Kutch.  The Little Rann of Kutch is situated in Gujarat and is the last abode of the Asiatic wild ass.…

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Into the Throbbing Veins of Hampi

There is a Hampe, Behind the Hampi of now, Which stands just the same as ever, Under the scorching summer sun, Beneath the wintry twilights, And the moonless night skies.   The temple gongs and chimes Sing of the ancient grandeur. Idols of the mighty Gods Speak of human stories – Untold, half-told, retold – Stories that…

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Coorg July 2015 Trip Report

They wanted to kiss a frog even if there was no promise of Prince Charming!  Like a heady concoction of all things beautiful, Coorg is about the irresistible aroma of coffee and other spices, of a rich culture, of an irreversible love for the land, of relentless rains…and of the lively little creatures that thrive in the…

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Allured by Avian Beauty: Srihari Krishnamurthy

When the photographer in you catches up with the explorer that you already are, then every moment of anticipation brings a bit of the future to the present, so that you fail not to freeze it into a frame. Srihari Krishnamurthy, a long-time Toehold patron, is a devoted lover of nature who knows how to…

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A ‘Cock tail’ of Colours

This Independence Day, we made an honest attempt to redefine freedom, or live the delusion of liberating the meaning and essence of the word rather than shrouding it in a definition. Sounds like a cliché? Hold on, and ask us how. Imagine the harsh hues of traffic lights grossly befouling the beauty of the fragile, early…

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Nature in Frenzied Colours: Rahul Pratti

If a traveller is also a hoarder of all things nice, is there a better way to accumulate priceless moments than carrying a camera around? Toehold Patron Rahul Pratti, a fervent explorer of nature and wildlife, has known this simple truth from the days of film cameras. He fondly recollects how he never went anywhere…

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Bharatpur February 2014 Tour Report

Bharatpur is special for all bird lovers.  And on this Tour, the magical man-made wetland just found some new fans. We reserve the first week of February every year for this place, because over the years, it has been the most productive time for us to be there in terms of light and birds. We arrived…

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The Cats Cavort while the Cameras Covertly Watch: Magal Sanjeev

Not often does one get to evidence the roar of tigers getting endearingly reduced to murmurs of a celebration that humans fail to fathom. But our long-time Patron, Magal Sanjeev, did. Do not blame us if the picture makes your jaws drop in awe, with the cats flouncing around with their paws extended. A wildlife…

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Chandeliers in the Sky: Deepti Aravind

A refreshingly atmospheric image by our March 2015 Corbett Tour participant, Deepti Aravind, shows the outstanding landscape photography opportunities omnipresent in this beautiful park. And here’s a description of Deepti’s experience, in her own words: “I used to think that one Toehold photography tour would suffice an entire lifetime. After that you are equipped to…

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Birds of Different Feathers: Neelutpaul Barua

They say birds of the same feather flock together.  But on our Tours, photography enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds converge to enjoy the magic of nature and its photography. This very spirit of disparity and a shared playing ground is to be seen in this unique image by Toehold Patron, Neelutpaul Barua. Mr Barua captured this…

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Fields of Gold: Sunaina Samanta

We hope you’re having a good morning wherever you are.  We certainly are, due not only to this beautiful image by our March 2015 Corbett Tour participant Sunaina Samanta, which portrays a radiant morning in Corbett’s fields of gold, but also the eloquent and glowing tribute she supplemented it with: “Why is it that certain…

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SkipperSpeaker – Kenya Photography Tours

In this brand-new series called SkipperSpeaker, Toehold’s Kenya Photography Tours Skipper Sachin Rai speaks about what makes Kenya special as a wilderness destination, and outlines our annual calendar of Tours to the celebrated land of the lion, designed specially for you.