Friday, December 14, 2018

Tihar- A festival for all

At last it is the time of the year we all have been waiting for the whole year. Diwali is here!!! But this time with a twist....

Jatinga Bird Festival

In the hilly terrains of Dima Hasao, Assam lies one of the unresolved mysteries of nature. Planked by the rivers, Jatinga and Dulong, and surrounded by the...

THE UNDYING SOLDIER- Baba Harbhajan Singh

Situated in the East Sikkim district an offshoot of the historic Silk Route is Nathula at a height of 4,310m above mean sea level. Other than presenting...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...