Travel, it changes you.

Update: 4th June 2010:
Blogadda Travel Photography Winner, Tarun Chandel Photoblog
This post featured among the 3 winning entries in the Blogadda Travel Photography Contest.

1st June 2010:
According to Webster the etymology of Travel roots to torment, labor, strive, journey. I guess because in early ages traveling must have been a really difficult task. In our current, well cushioned, lifestyle traveling need not be a laborious journey. Though in a way I do agree that strive it is – strive to find something new, at times in the outer world and at others in your inner soul. To me it has always been an endeavor to search for answers deep within me, sometimes with the help of novel surroundings.

Even though this blog has been a reflection of my journey, through the lens of my camera. I am compiling some of the photographs I have taken during my journeys. Stick around while I take a breather to reflect on the past excursions.

Eiffel Tower Front View Paris France, Tarun Chandel Photoblog

Front View of the Eiffel Tower, Paris France.
On a sunny day in Paris you can just lie down on the grass for hours and keep gazing the Eiffel Tower. The life seems just so simple at that moment. It doesn't take much time to realize that no problem is insurmountable, if someone could build a tower like that, all your problems can be unraveled too.


London Eye, Tarun Chandel Photoblog

London Eye at Night.
Along the Thames path you can find the best London has to offer. The city has the finest things on the banks of Thames. London Eye is very special, a modern day structure standing tall in midst of all the classic buildings, bridges and monuments. In a way it represents the today’s London, moving earnestly towards modernism and yet staying in touch with its classic demeanor.

India Gate New Delhi, Tarun Chandel Photoblog

Night Photography India Gate New Delhi
In the middle of fast moving life of Delhi stands still a classy structure. India Gate somehow brings a sense of calmness in the frenzied life of Dilliwalas. The big park around India Gate provides a place for people to relax, be it the shade of tree in scorching heat, or a place to dance in the rain or to spend a sunny day in the chilly winters. India Gate has been in the center of Delhi's lifeline in every season. Irrespective of the time of year, the nights at India Gate are always happening, with families coming out after dinner for ice-cream, couples catching up after work or the elders and kids having a stroll in the park.

Girl With Mumbai Dreams, Tarun Chandel Photoblog

Girl With Mumbai Dreams.
Mumbai has always been a city of dreams. I am yet to see another city with so many hopeful eyes that are full of dreams. The city has this romanticized notion of being a place where you can achieve anything that is possible and sometimes a bit extra as well. The arduous life makes you realize, daily, that the last sentence is far from truth. Yet people hang on to those hopes and their dreams. But you know what; those who keep searching do end up realizing their dreams.

Dry Garden yet so fresh, Tarun Chandel Photoblog

Dry Garden yet so fresh.
I took this picture in Zurich, Switzerland. This one remains one of my favorite pictures and that too for an unusual reason. After taking a long walk along the Zurich Lake I reached a beautiful garden and noticed this brown patch in middle of a green garden. The odd part was that no one was interested in visiting this brown patch in the garden. From a distance it looked like a pile of filthy leaves in middle of the garden but as I approached it and got inside the ring of trees, I realized what a great place it was. Sometimes the most beautiful things go unnoticed as we are busy judging everything with our preconceived notions. I always feel glad when I look at this picture, as I chose to ignore the beaten path.

Travel is about seeing new places, meeting people you never knew existed, taste different cultures and their food too. Travel help to widen your horizon; it helps you to build a better perspective of this world. Travel helps you to ask so many questions to yourself. Travel inspires you to solve problems, it makes you dream big. But more than anything, traveling helps you to connect with yourself. It helps you to find answers that were always inside you just that you never took enough time to search. It helps you to be a better you.

Travel, it changes you!

Tarun Chandel

I am using this compilation for taking part in a Travel Photography contest organized by
BlogAdda and sponsored by Pringoo Logo.

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38 comments:

Edu Crispi said...

great capture!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. All of them are great.
All the best.

My Travel Photos

Sukhdeep said...

Amazing Shots Tarun. Loved all of em. :)

Swaram said...

I lovvvved 2 and 5! Wonderful shots!

~ Lopa said...

Awesome pics....loved it... All the best :)

devilzangel said...

oh des r 1 of d best pics i'v come across off lately, pretty kewl :D :p

Tarun Chandel said...

Thanks everyone.

Rohini said...

Lucky you! You seemed to have so much of the world :D Nice snaps!

attiDuDe++ said...

Awesome pictures Tarun. Love the vastness of your frames!

Sridhar said...

great shots.

Sridhar said...

I love the small description you have written for each place. Especially loved the Mumbai story, it is so true. The overall message is also good.

Praj ~ said...

Just amazing! Loved all of them..

Sam said...

great shots and the words add so much more to the pics. Liked your take on the dry garden, best things are on the ignored path.

Wil said...

Great pictures and I like your take on the London Eye, so apt.

~ Lopa said...

I told you i loved your pics... Congratulations on winning the contest.
You truly deserved it :)

Arti said...

Brilliant pics

Nishant said...

I missed this blog! Greats pictures there and congratulations :D

subu.ps said...

Congratulation Tarun for winning this contest. Needless to say your pics are simply marvellous!!!

Namita Chandra said...

great photos congrats

Shankha said...

Excellent! Congrats for winning!

Nimmy said...

Superb snaps..

Adi said...

Simply superb.

Rajul said...

Great pics. Congrats!

Rajul said...

Great Pics. Congrats on winning.

Tarun Chandel said...

Thanks everyone, stick around I have many more shots to click.

Manikanth. P. said...

Hey ur pics are too good Tarun ! I like the London's eye and the brown patch very much for some mysterious reasons ;-) Wonderful photography and hearty congrats on winning the Blog adda contest.

Regards,
Manikanth.P.
insights2day.blogspot.com

indianhomemaker said...

Your photographs are amazing!!!!!! Loved each one ... I feel they are the best out of all I have seen till now. Congratulations. India Gate at night is absolutley stunning (so is every other picture)... you should publish a Coffee Table book with such fabulous photographs.

Abhishek Bhardwaj said...

Great Pictures !
My Personal favourite was India Gate as i have visited it many times but never it has looked so beautiful to me.
Congrats foe winning Blogadda contest !

sonali said...

nice pics tannu..great!! keep clicking..all your pics are just wonderful..

Raj said...

Awesome pics and India Gate one is just mind blowing.

AswathiBabu said...

Congrats ....

sam said...

Congrats for the win, awesome pics.

Neha said...

Really nice photos...loved them all!! bookmarked your page for more eye candy ;)

Priya said...

Lovely shots! Esp loved the brown patch...and the line that goes with it 'I chose to ignore the beaten path'
Congratulations Tarun!

durga said...

awwwww....lovely pictures!! Congrats on winning!

Manav said...

Great pics Tarun, I am loving your pics. One question why have you reduced the size of the pics?? The pics at the start are bigger but others you have reduced.

Tarun Chandel said...

@Manav: Thanks for the appreciation.
For the size of the pics, I have not reduced the size of older pics but I posting new pics at bigger size. I was posting at 800X600 earlier but now I am posting at 1000X800. Cheers.

crown lanta said...

These photos look amazing. Somehow they inspire me to travel and see these places personally. Good job!

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