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The lost planet of Socotra

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1st Feb 2015

Dragon Blood Trees

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

First glimpse of Qalanciya

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

One of island's lagoons

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

Light falling on Socotra

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

Bedouins or the mountain people

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

The fantastic Cucumber Tree

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

Wadi Dir Hul, one of the lost wadis

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

Shifting sands of Zahak

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

Emerald private pools

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

The sugar white sand mountains of Qalanciya

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

Emptiness of Moumi Plateau

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

Omak Beach and only me

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

The stunning Detwa Lagoon

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

The pot bellied Desert Rose Trees

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

Adventure of a lifetime

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

Flamingos of Socotra

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

The local lagoon and date plantations

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

Arhar beach and giant sand dunes

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

Unbelievable emptiness

Photo of The lost planet of Socotra by Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan

Imagine an island which is untouched by tourism. A sugar white beach which belongs solely to you, shy people who live in caves, fantastic trees and fauna, excellent fishing, paragliding and snorkeling activities on an island which receives only 2-4 tourists every month. Famous for Blood Dragon trees, Socotra is somewhere in the middle of Indian Ocean and is called "Galapagos of the East". 90% of the island's flora and fauna are endemic and the island remains closed for 6 months due to strong winds. Only 2 flights/week cater to Socotra and the island is a virgin paradise for adventure and nature lovers. There are more goats than humans on Socotra and there is only 1 road which encircles the island. Public transportation is rare and I had waited by the highway for more than 3 hours to get a bus. It is not for comfort lovers, but if you love sleeping in caves, swimming in sparkling streams in hidden valleys, sleeping under the stars, fishing your own meals and catching sunsets from giant sand dunes, then Socotra is the place for you. Right now, it is once again closed due to Yemeni war situation and direct flights from Dubai to Socotra are expected soon in winter. Socotra is not a destination. It is a lost planet, an adventure of a life time.

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Chaitali Patel
Sounds too good to be true! Gorgeous place!
Thu 05 14 15, 23:56 · Reply (1) · Edit · Delete ·
Thank you. Socotra is gorgeous and one of the last unexplored places on earth.
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