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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Hikkim Village

Well, this photograph is from the pace, actually village named "Hikkim". Hikkim village is at the highest altitude and it is the only village which is situated...

Witnessing the Guru Thongdrol and being blessed by Guru Rinpoche at Paro Tshechu

Witnessing the Guru Thongdrol on the last day of Paro Tshechu was never on the cards during my 12-day Bhutan trip, but it started to make sense...

Player flag

Those prayer flags that you’ve hung at your desk and on your bike are not just some fancy accessory. Everything right from the color to the words...

The Legend of the Magical sunrise at Kinner Kailash, Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh.

This sunrise at Kinner Kailash is no ordinary sunrise. This represents awakening, the victory of good over evil and the light of divinity. As per the legend, after...

Key Monastery

Key Monastery or some may pronounce it as "Ki, Key or Kee". Whatever you may call it's all the same. Well, many of you would be familiar...

An Ordinary Ladakhi Tale

Please don’t kill me for the title! But to be honest, all the blogs and notes that I have read talks about people’s experiences and trips in/to...

Ladakhi traditions

The globalized world runs very fast endangering the delicate environment of Ladakh and the ancient respectful culture of its own population . Luckily some local associations, like...

Day Trip to Sauraha

It takes three buses to make the 17 mile trip to Sauraha, Nepal. From where I'm staying every passing bus is headed towards Bharatpur, my first stop....

Satse – back to old times of mother’s childhood memories

During every summer holiday, I always visit Domkhar village (my maternal house) which is 60 km away from my village and 12kms  from main city of Leh....

Meghalaya: The abode of Clouds

My first trip ever solo trip was to 'The abode of Clouds' also called Meghalaya by Indians. A state so small but so rich in culture. A...

The Hugs of Himalayas

                    The Hugs of Himalayas I felt in the midst of the white snow, Reaped inside me the warmth it cast! The warmth of the white fur that surrounded its...

Soul Food: Getting Cosy in a Naga Kitchen

A Naga kitchen is like a mother's hug- warm, cozy, and comfy. This may seem like a bit of a contradiction given the Nagas' reputation as fearsome...

Peaceseeking in Dhampus

This year we decided to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday peacefully. The owner of  the Sunrise hotel in Pokhara, Dhen, recommended this trip to us, he has thirty...

Walking down memory lane

  It was the summer of 2009, when I had visited Manikaran for the very first time as a child and the effect it left was that of...

Indigenous India

After arriving in Delhi I met a very friendly man from Kashmir called Ishak. Just by chance he gave my rickshaw driver directions to the hostel I...

In a Distant Country Sheltered By Mountains.

Tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people run from one point to another in search of tranquility in their lives. So here I am, looking for some kind of escape from...

Bhole Baba – Kinner Kailash

Kinner Kailash In the almighty rocks and clouds of Himalayas 21000 feet above sea level "Bhar Bhar chilluma peetiya bhole naal galla kitiya" Since 1994 The Kinner Kailash trek opens...

Learning Tibetan

Since I came to India for the first time in 2015 I simply got inspired by the Tibetan people, by their culture, by how they try to...

In a land of Mysteries

Travel Journal ( 02-07-2017 to 09-07-2017) Destination - Roopkund, Uttrakhand. ROOPKUND - The Skeleton Lake "Mysteries fascinates peoples", true, but "Unsolved Mysteries" are the one's which lead people to them....

Life That Flows

The age old river flowing seamlessly, collecting memories and desires, hopes and lost dreams as it slithers over rocks and crags. Many a miles it has covered, many more to go. It offers...

Walking with Wings

A raspy cover of Brown’s classic ‘This is a Man’s World’ blasted through my headphones as we started on the long road from the Inner Terai valleys...

Preserving Ladakh: Culture, History and An Abundance of Serenity

The former royal palace of Leh, built in the 17th century is a prominent landmark currently being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India. Housing a museum...

Meghalayan Musings: A Photo Essay

    From barren lands began the search for greener pastures and green they were. Blue skies engulfed by giant, tufty clouds flowing fluidly over valleys of undisturbed hills,...

North East India Cultural Diversity

North east India, one of the most beautiful region of India, also known as the “Seven Sisters”. It includes Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura...

My Bhutan Diaries Day 5 — 2nd January, 2017

Umm.. why exactly do we travel? :) After three nights in Thimphu, we’re travelling to a new place, Punakha! We were up and out early today: 9:30 is early...
Tiger's Nest

A Brief Journey Above the Clouds

As I stand in the queue at the Drukair check-in counter, I realize how little I know about my destination, and I marvel at the luggage carts...

Day 3: 31st December, 2016 (Thimphu)

WHY do we travel? :) Not everyday do you wake up to such a view: https://www.instagram.com/p/BP64WuLAdF5/ Multiple times during the trip, I found myself being completely overwhelmed by Bhutan’s beauty: it...

My Bhutan Diaries – Day 1: 29th December, 2016

Why do we travel? :) I didn’t have to try and wake up that morning, because I hadn’t slept the previous night. Yeah. I’d put myself in a Passport...

Losar – Twirling about Butter Stars

This year, on January the 1st and as part of the celebrations for the Losar, the Ladakh Buddhist Association organized a Tse-Tse (New Year’s Moon Watching Ceremony)...

Magical Paro

The beautiful town of Paro in Bhutan, casts a spell on you, the moment you set eyes on the terrain. We were there in November 2015, when...

Realm of reality

The breathtakingly beautiful Tachog Lhakhang Dzong on our way to Thimphu, from the valley of Paro. It was constructed by Thangtong Gyalpo, also known as Chakzampa, the...

A chat with an old soul

I have always wanted to know what everyone's first thought is when they see towering mountains. Do you want to take a picture of it? Or imagine climbing...

The children of Himalaya

Right at the entrance of Sikkim's Tsomgo Lake, there's a stairway leading down towards the local market that sells all kinds of winter wear, 'mountain' food (the...

The daughter of the Koch tribe

The girl in the photo is a Koch Rajbongshi girl who is wearing the traditional women attire of the Koch Rajbongshi Tribe.The man behind the girl is...

Man and nature unite!

How often do we see man made miracles and natural elegance join hand in hand? Well, you have to visit this place to witness it for yourself.In...

Buddha, Streets, People – Dharamshala it is

Buddha, Streets, People - Dharamshala it is Walking down the McLeodganj lanes, crossing across the traditional souvenir shops and food stalls, I found life so much engrossed in each...

A Journey of Spiritual Awakening for the Environment

  Ladakh’s mystical magic and mystery lies dormant in the fact that it remains a remote cavern of uncharted territory with unfathomable geological mayhem spread across its treacherous...

The Himachali “Pula”

"Pula Chappal" the Himachal footwear Pula chappals are handmade grass footwear from Himachal Pradesh (A northern Indian state in the Himalayas, India). These Vibrant chappals are made from...

People of Highland

(Fig: very kind old lady) Old lady: Let's go to my home. I want you to record the song that I will sing to you. Me: I wish I...

A trek up to Tiger’s Nest

Bhutan is intriguing.  The place, the people and the breathtaking scenes of the Himalayas. I was excited to be part of a car rally held in September 2016,...

Gujjar hutment at Manjhi- Dodital

Many consider Dodital in Uttarakhand to be a stepping stone to the more difficult and lengthy treks in the Himalayas.   It is a moderate trek that winds its...

Women from the Kumaon Himalayas.

Several cultural norms have accustomed women to live the life of inferiority in rural areas. Where a woman catalyses development, but she is often pulled down to...

Shimla – Queen of hills

I have been to Shimla many times . I have grown up in the lap of the mountains so it was not a new experience for me....