Friday, December 29, 2017

Tour de Thar 2017 - Manganiyars Music

Tour de Thar 2017 - Manganiyars Music


Video glimpse of Manganiyars live music played in the silence & wilderness of Thar at Osian. 





Tour de Thar 2017 - Day Five to Osian

Tour de Thar 2017 - Day Five To Osian


Tour de Thar 2017, enters into day five of its journey. Participants would reach Osian by evening. On their way they would visit the haunted village near Khaba, Rajasthan. At Osian they would camp in the dunes and the evening air filled with tunes and music played by 'Manganiyars'.  Manganiyars are hereditary folk music singers. Using simple instruments they belt out soulful folk music in Rajasthani language. It is hard not to swing to their tunes. 

On a camel ride
By the banks of water body

At Khudi Fort with Naval and the gang of TDT-ians

Beautifully restored window at Khudi

Band of TDT-ians

Naval finding his inner peace in wilderness
Waking up to the music with Digvijay Singh 'DeeJay' & Rithesh at Osian

Waking up to the soulful music being played to welcome the sunrise

Hot cup of chai, music and morning sunrise. That's life!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Tour de Thar 2017 - Camel Ride At Sunrise, Sam, Rajasthan

Tour de Thar 2017 - Camel Ride At Sunrise, Sam, Rajasthan 

Day Five 


Photographic glimpse of Tour de Thar 2017, day five. 

Start the day with chai

Desert Explorer

Capturing the moments

In conversation with Digvijay Singh 'DeeJay'AKA Monitor Saab

Sunrise at campsite

Over the dunes on camels

Camel Ride

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tour de Thar 2017 - Night At Sam, Rajasthan

Tour de Thar 2017 - Night At Sam, Rajasthan

Day Four


Photographic glimpse of Tour de Thar 2017, day four at Sam, Rajasthan. Time to do night photography at camp site.


Camping in the dunes





Tour de Thar 2017 - At The Indian Border


Tour de Thar 2017 - At The Indian Border

Day Four


Photographic glimpse of Tour de Thar 2017 participants at Tanot & Longewala border areas. 1965 & 1971 Pakistan attempted to invade and capture territories of India. Gallant and valiant soldiers of Indian Army and BSF repulsed the invasion of Pakistan Army. 

Day four of Tour de Thar, participants would also visit Ghotaru fort and would camp at Sam for the night. 




Making your own path

Captured Enemy Tank

Jatin with Sagar

With Prachy Singh

Conquering My Fort

Ghotaru Fort
Ghotaru Fort
TDT-ians at Indian Border 

TDT Convoy







Tour de Thar 2017 - Nano conquering WMsar.

Tour de Thar 2017 - Nano conquering WMsar


Nano driven by Rahul Rajagopalan with co-driver Anupama, conquering and leaving their tracks at WMsar. A campsite situated in the middle of wilderness of Thar desert. 





Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tour de Thar - Dinner With Master Chef

Tour de Thar - Dinner With Master Chef

Day Three


Cooking lal maas is standard ritual in Tour de Thar. Anukraman, chief of Western Motorsports, takes the role of master chef  to prepare this lamb dish. Lal maas is a traditional Rajasthani non-vegetarian dish. It is made with minimal ingredients. This dish is not for those who have low tolerance for chillies. 

Photographic glimpse of lal maas preparation at WMsar campsite.

Lal Maas preparation by Anukraman "Masterchef"

Ingredients added to the handi. 



Tour de Thar 2017 - Day Three

Tour de Thar 2017 - Day Three


Photographic glimpse of Tour de Thar 2017, day three.


With Sagar, visiting culturally important temple

View of temple

Temple View

Our stay last night.

Explaining the importance of this site, with Anukraman

Lining up to roll out

My villa

View of canal, life line of Thar desert

Participant cars with service vehicles


Visit to durry making unit

Our last night stay

Visit to durry making unit

With their machines

Art work on durry
With Amit
With Mrinal
Making your own path
Following the lead
With Kanwar Digvijay Singh
In convoy

Nano with its navigator Ms. Anupama