TRAVEL :: Magpie Jungle Camp, CHOPTA



We search for offbeat places to visit during our summer breaks, now that the kiddo has grown up a bit. This year we found another place that was ‘away-from-the-touristy-spots’, to spend the weekends amidst the perfect bounty of nature.

The place is called Magpie Camp, situated at Chopta {located at an elevation of 2680 m above sea level} in Uttarakhand. It’s mesmerizing green areas are covered with trees like, oak, pine, burans and other himalayan species. It is built on a Meadow or Bugyal as they call it in the local language.

Chopta, an unspoiled natural beauty destination, popularly known as 'Mini Switzerland', lying in the laps of Himalayas offers amazing views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. It is surrounded by forest of pine, deodar and rhododendron and is rich in variety of flora and fauna.

We drove down to this place, {450 km approx} from Delhi. Although the best time to visit is from May to November, but if you want some beautiful uninterrupted view of the Himalayan peaks than I personally prefer going there during winters. It amazingly offers a 360-degree view of snow-clad mountains. 










Chopta is a also a base for trekking to the ancient temple of Tungnath. Located at a distance of 1 km from Tungnath is Chandrashila Peak {4000m plus above sea level} which offers a splendid view of snow clad Himalayan peaks.

It is a place that is yet to be fully explored and one of the best hill stations in India. Chopta is a must visit destination for nature lovers and those who are passionate for trekking.










Because of an abundance of some beautiful, colorful and exotic bird species, Chopta is becoming popular among birdwatchers. We were able to catch glimpses of some varieties found in and around the camp during the morning & evening hours.



















The most popular one is the long tailed, Yellow Billed Blue Magpie. It was too quick with its bouncy jumps and flights, but it the most frequent visitor to the camp too...hence the name i guess :)







But the highlight of our second day had to be my daughters interaction with nature! She got onto the swings on the high Deodar trees. Jumped and swung from the ropes hanging under the cool shades of the trees. But the most fun was when she caught sight of the wooly Goats and Sheeps grazing in the meadow. She loved watching the baby goats running after their mommies for a feed. So i asked the shepherd to help us take a picture with the smallest kid. He simply just picked him up and put it in my daughter's lap. She loved holding it!! She said it was soft like a ball of cotton :)










If you are also a nature lover then Chopta is the perfect place for you to visit in your next break.








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New Collection :: Handmade Wooden Earrings



I am so excited to introduce to you my latest and most exciting product category so far...handmade wooden jewellery!!

I have been busy making earrings and necklaces out of the left over wood from my bigger projects. The smaller pieces were cut into various shapes and handcrafted with various vintage images.










































Each of the jewellery pieces that I create has a story behind it. From one of that was picked from an Old Delhi antique junk shop to some flea market…

I persistently and benevolently collect the materials and elements, which I incorporate in all my designs. A myth, a dream or a colorful story becomes my muse and delivers my inspiration. Modern art, my photography and music also help.

My designs are for women who want to stand out from the crowd and live!






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{{Project}} Decoupage on Ceramic Plates

Decoupage Work Done on Ceramic Plates, first layout 

I recently was commissioned a new project. A client who found me through my website!! :) They were looking for Decouper artists in New Delhi for a customised gift. 
#exciting new project, new surface, new #challenges. I was working with ceramics for the first time. 
But in the end, I was super excited at the brilliant results!!!

Take a look…



Decoupage Work Done on Ceramic Plates, first layout close up




Decoupage Work Done on Ceramic Plates, second layout 




Decoupage Work Done on Ceramic Plates, second layout closeup




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NEW COLLECTION :: BUNDI


If you remember, my year started on a fantastic note. I travelled to the south of Rajasthan...on a road less travelled...
I visited a beautiful, mostly unexpolred BUNDI. I posted about it in January here. The city with blues houses, various lakes and beautiful, ancient palaces and huge forts, completely mesmerised me. The details on the pillars is amazing. Elephants that were symbols of prosperity are visible in all the artwork. This palace is built over a side of the hill on the top of which is the Taragarh Fort.
Bundi is the place of an authentic ”The Bundi School” of painting . The best wall paintings in the Bundi style are still available in the Chitrashala, Badal Mahal, Phool Mahal and Chandra Mahal. These paintings are displayed in excellent conditions, well preserved and truly fascinating to attract millions of visitors, but Bundi is still hidden from the tourist map. The Chitrashala (picture gallery) of the palace is total paisa wasool. It had some beautiful murals on its walls and ceiling. The rooms adjacent to the gallery are small but full of ornate walls, full of handcrafted mirror work.
Art Galley of Bundi Palace is a visual delight. This gallery is the part of a beautiful palace, known as Ummed Palace, built by Rao Ummed Singh. Many murals, wall paintings and artworks at its wall make it a must visit place. These paintings are mainly related to Hindu Mythological Stories (Especially stories related to Lord Krishna), court proceedings, love stories, musical melodies and general scenes of recreational fights as well as wars. These paintings are highly influenced by Mughal and Mewar style of Art. The color scheme consists of green background, on which men and women are printed with white color, while red, blue, black and yellow colors are used for traditional dresses. 

This place, especially the Chitrashala, had a strong imapct on me. When i came back, i started to work on a brand new collection based on the influences. I called it, but obviously, The BUNDI Collection. :)

I have been dying to introduce you all to my new collection. Have a dekho!!
















This collection is currently available only at The Tadpole Store, as an exclusive 60 Day Sale. DO have a look!! Cheers!!




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