Friday, June 22, 2018

Mesmerizing Bhutan

What comes to the mind when we think of a trip abroad? A long flight, exchange of currency, unknown language, skyscrapers, fascinating locations and some exotic food.  Sometimes...

My Inspiration this Environment Day – Birdwoman, Niharika Rajput

Year after year, we celebrate ‘days’ like today to raise awareness of our impending doom, and then out of contrition, indulge in taking pledges to overcome them....

Khardung La – Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Khardung La, at an elevation of 5,359 m (17,582 feet) above the sea level, is a high mountain pass located in the Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir,...

The Sands of Heaven – Nubra Valley

Beyond the grandeur of Khardung La and before the mighty pillars of Lahaul and Spiti, lies the Nubra Valley with its rather unique, high altitude sand dunes....

Project Last of the Aryans- An experience for life ; 2nd to 10th June...

Remember the Aryans whom Hitler declared to be the most desirable and superior race? No, this is not about them. But it is about their proclaimed descendants living...

Meet Himachal’s rising solo artist: Shubhank Sharma

Shubhank Sharma is a self-taught singer/songwriter/guitarist/composer from Rohru, Himachal Pradesh, India who loves everything from rock to blues to grunge and ghazals. Performing in his own band,...

Inside the World’s only Carbon Negative Country – Bhutan

Bhutan, often perceived as James Hilton’s real-life Shangri-La, is no ordinary place. Comfortably tucked between two of the world’s most populous countries, this landlocked, mountain-clad kingdom is...

The Sangai Story- Keibul Lamjao National Park

A floating meadow for anyone else would sound like a fragment from one’s imagination, but for the fishing communities living around the Loktak Lake in Manipur, it...

Making a Real Difference – Project EBC

‘It’s Awesomely Awful!’ exclaimed Bette Chen in a blog post about Project EBC - her ‘Adventure with a Mission’, that was born from a few chance meetings...

At the Source of Origin- The Ambubachi Festival, Assam

When the God of Rain smiles over the country and monsoon is around the corner, the Gateway of Northeast, Guwahati, opens its doors to pilgrims from across...

Tosh-unexplored beauty and serenity

Two roads diverged in a wood, And sorry I could not travel both and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference- Robert...

Festivals of Meghalaya: Behdienkhlam

Whenever I find myself in a new place, I take great pleasure in enquiring about the cultures and traditions associated with the place. Quite recently, I found...

Would the Himalayas survive the impacts of Global Warming?

Photo: Climate4life The Himalayas, which also translates to an ‘abode of snow’, is home to 9 out of 10 of the world’s highest peaks, including the mighty Mount...

Manikaran – a fresh memory

It was the summer of 2009 when I had visited Manikaran for the first time and the effect it left was that of a perfect hermitage retreat....

Tsha Tsha Art Part 2- An Interview with Ms. Nyima Dolma Sundari.

Nyima Dolma Sundari was born to second generation Nepalese Buddhist immigrants in French Riviera. Far off from her cultural roots, her grandmother and father were her initial...

Legendary Maps from the Himalayan Club – by Harish Kapadia

Harish Kapadia a mountaineer himself has several credits with the plethora of activities in the Himalayas. Through his numerous books and in being the leader and organizer...

Me, Music and Mokshya: Discovering the mysterious Beatles’ Ashram

You may say I’m a dreamer !! But I’m not the only one !! I hope someday you’ll join us !! And the world will live as one !! During the...

Tsha Tsha Art: Guardian angels in clay- Part 1

More than two and half thousand years ago(624 BC), in a land nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Lumbini(now in present-day Nepal)- a land endemic...

Masked Monks and Dancing Demons

The blow of the horns overpowering the chirping of the birds and splash of hues in the otherwise green scenery marks the beginning of the most cherished...

ASSAM’S KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK – WHERE RHINOS ROAM

Its early, early morning and the mist has still not lifted from the ground. The only sound is the soft thud of the elephant's feet, the creak...

Stoked in Stok Kangri

“Are we there yet?” I asked Sam while gasping for breath. “I don’t think so, but keep on walking even if it’s just little steps”  replied Sam....
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“The KedarKantha” – Our Story to reach at top of it!!

It was about to start a new year and I was still in process of thinking to go for my next trekking expedition. So I don't want...

Beautiful Risk

The towering glacier glistened as the first ray hit the powdery snow. On the horizon, the sun was glowing red breaking our almost six-hour ascent in the...

The Annual Black-necked Crane festival in Bhutan

Phobjikha valley in Bhutan, also known as Gangteng Valley is named after the impressive Gangteng Monastery of the Nyingma sect in central Bhutan. At an average altitude of...
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In The Hunt Of Snow

First snow, like a panorama of joy, magically turned into reality, straight out of a fairytale! You have to witness it to believe it. Cameras surely have...

Yazali Nyokum Yullo – 23 to 27 February 2018

Arunachal Pradesh has been the land full of diversity and culture. From ages, it has defined its serenity, customs, and thus stands out the Nyishi Tribe which...

An Indigenous Journey Through Nepal

A Scottish photographer has documented his recent expedition through the Himalayan landlocked country of Nepal. Bordering China in the north and India in the south, east, and...

Kinnaur’s Rum Theology

Precipitous heights, deep gorges, hillsides replete with sub-alpine vegetation and patches of the cold desert sandwiched between the Great Himalaya and Tibet; Kinnaur’s landscape wears such an...

DAB : Donate A Book Campaign

In this year full of experiences in Uttarakhand, I (Linita) & Eshan came to a common understanding that the importance of Libraries in Government Primary Schools are...

World’s most dangerous roads – High in Himalayas

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Masks, Monasteries and Reincarnations

On August 2016, I had my first backpacking trip in India and experienced erratic weather patterns; rain during the morning, scorching heat at noon and cold winds...
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Chitkul – Last village near India-China border

Chitkul Chitkul is the last inhabited village near the India - Tibet Border. Approximately 600kms from Delhi, Chitkul is situated on the banks of River Baspa. Chitkul is...

HAMPTA PASS TREK: PARADISE ON EARTH

When you are a kid, you see something new and it seems astonishing. But when you are an adult, it’s your choice. You can choose an adventure...

Spreading Smiles at Phuktal Monastery, Zanskar Valley.

Phuktal Monastery (also called Phugtal Monastery) had been on my mind for a while. But something or the other kept me away from it since 2014. No...

Lahaul and Spiti – Promoting Sustainable Livelihood Through Empowerment In An Untamed Terrain

Few places on earth can mark so dramatic change in landscapes. Flanked by the majestic Himalayas Lahaul and Spiti houses, millions of Tibetans and is a land...

Zanskar to Ziro: No Stilettos in the Himalayas (by Sohini Sen)

  Zanskar to Ziro: No Stilettos in the Himalayas is a travelogue about two women’s decade-long love affair with the Himalayas. Their 10,000-kilometre trail stretched from the remote...

Wanderings Through the Garhwal Himalaya (by Ganesh Saili)

  ‘You may break; you may shatter the vase, if you will But the scent of the roses will cling to it still.’ The recently published title Wandering through...

Riding for Shiva

Well, it all started some two years back when I realized that something was missing in my life. Even though I had almost everything to survive through...

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...

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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...

Everest Base Camp “Walk Slow…”

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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...

The Winter Kuari Pass Trek ­- An Anecdote

'All’s well that ends well' You know the things about the Himalayas? When you are up there amidst the mountains and the chilled winds, the narrow passages and the...

Exploring Nepal by Royal Enfield

Before I could devote myself to spending time on Nepal's mountain expeditions I wanted to take out some time to see more of this incredible country and...

Tathastu Bhava

Tathastu Bhava is a group of people who solely wish to contribute back to the society through various measures.  It was incorporated as Not-for profit organization in...

Kong Thong: A Tribal Village Where They Have Tunes Instead of Names

Who are we? How was the first society? Which was the first language? Aren't words and languages made out of random noises? Why do our names make sense?...

The Best View Comes After The Hardest Climb

Roopkund Lake || Final Summit Push || 25 May 2017 || 15750 fts. It was the final summit push day and the entire trek was to be on...