Framed! Lens on India's 100 best destinations
Journalist Bob Rupani's latest title offers glimpses of India from a well-travelled lens that spans its wildlife, heritage, culture and attractions. Soma Das caught up with the intrepid traveller to find out more about his 360-degree spin on India's most picturesque sights and sounds
Excerpts from an interview with Rupani:
I love to travel and explore. India has so much to offer and though many of its destinations are well-known, there are several lesser-known destinations as well. So, I thought about coming out with a book that includes both; and I ended up compiling India’s 100 Best Destinations.
Over how long a span of time did the travelling take place? Was it spread across several years?
I have been traveling all over India for over 25 years and this book is the result of my travels and experiences over this period.
Which were your personal favourite destinations and why?
I love Ladakh due to the majesty of the Himalayas and the high altitude desert terrain that humbles you. I am fascinated by Rajasthan due to its forts, palaces and friendly people. But my favourite destinations have to be our wildlife sanctuaries and national parks as they give us a glimpse of the huge natural wealth that our country once possessed.
What were the major challenges that you faced on a project like this?
India is really incredible and the challenge actually was what to include and leave out in the book. My book is about India’s 100 Best Destinations, but you could easily do a book about 500 destinations. So, the challenge actually was in selecting the 100 best destinations.
Maharastra’s coastline and the Konkan region are wonderful. And where else can you see such formidable sea forts. Tadoba Tiger Reserve is also impressive but the biggest highlights have to be the Lonar Meteorite Crater and the Ajanta and Ellora caves.
- Bob Rupani, Journalist