Looking back at 2013

by Puru


Dec 31, 2013

The year 2013 was a memorable one. We were now one month into marriage and setting up our home in Pune. We also had now, more leaves and some cash to look forward to spending in the coming year. So in 2013, we traveled a lot, had loads of fun and created some happy memories. The fun doubled with Ekta gifting me a D7000 which never ceases to amaze us with the awesome images it takes.

This post is a look back at the year that is passing by and relive some of those happy moments from our trips with a hope that it gets better in 2014.


What better way to start the new year than making an amazing trip to Rajasthan? Jaipur, Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer .. it was a whirlwind tour culminating in the peace of the Thar Desert.


This remains our favorite photograph from the Rajasthan trip. Taken from the King’s palace atop the Golden Fort, it remains what I would call a perfect moment captured nicely. Also, was taken from a simple point and shoot, no fancy DSLRs used here…

Varandha Ghat Panorama

During the monsoons we made several trips of the Western Ghats. The Sahyadris look so incredibly green after the rains that they almost look photoshopped ..

Varandha Ghat

Did I see a smirk when I said photoshopped ? Well, consider this .. nature in its natural glory ..

Kaas Plateau

And we saw a Valley (or Plateau) of flowers too, at the Kaas Pathar ..


In August, we were in Bihar, my homeland. In the scorching heat, we decided to follow the footsteps of Buddha, to the ancient city of Rajgir and the desolate University of Nalanda


September saw us in Mandu, the incredible Afghan citadel famous for the eternal love story of Baaz Bahadur and Rani Rupmati. It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in India ..


We were in Hyderabad in the month of October, to the ruins of Golkonda and the glamour of the Nawabs .. the stories are yet to come ..

Goa 2013-158

November was the time for our annual pilgrimage to Goa. No fuss, just fun, feni and seafood …

Tiger Temple

The year ended on a great note with Ekta making a trip to Thailand. Beautiful Pagodas, Giant Buddha, Tigers, Thai Food and a Bridge on River Kwai .. it had everything …

Dear 2013, you were wonderful as long as you lasted. We had a great time having you with us and hope our relationship with your successor will be as cordial.

Au Revoir !

Puru & Ekta

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Puru is an IT Project Manager from Pune, India and an avid blogger. He is passionate about travel, photography, cinema and books. He blogs on Shadows Galore, Art House Cinema, The Mutinous Indian and Antarnaad.

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  1. umashankar pandey

    That was a fulfilling feast to the eyes. They are all keepers, those pictures.

    May the New Year usher in unchained joy and prosperity to you.

    • Puru

      Thanks USP. Wishing you a very happy new year with ever greater stories in 2014 🙂

  2. C. Suresh

    May the coming year be as lovely for you as the photographs were for me.

    • Puru

      Thank you Suresh. Wishing you a very happy new year too 🙂

  3. Nisha

    Your photos are awesome Puru! And you have been to quite a few places which I want to. 🙂

    May the new year keeps you busy travelling to more places.

    P.S.- As promised my recap of 2013 is ready now. 🙂

    • Puru

      Thanks Nisha. Lets hope 2014 will be even better than 2013 🙂

  4. Siddhartha Joshi

    Your pictures are absolutely stunningly beautiful…love them all! The first two are lovely…

    • Puru

      Thanks Siddhartha 🙂 I do take inspirations from you time to time, especially in Street photography 🙂

  5. The Tales of a Traveler

    Amazing capture and lots of travel 🙂 Love the rajasthan and khaas pattar pic the most , infact kass pattar was the first post I read on your blog 🙂

    Wish you more and more of travel this year too !!!!

    • Puru

      Thank You Swati 🙂 Wishing you a great year ahead with loads of trips 🙂

  6. Empty Rucksack

    All of these pictures are so beautiful! They would feel anyone with wanderlust and a desire to get on the road…even those who are already on the road,..

    • Empty Rucksack

      damn i meant fill not feel


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