Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Village – In Valley’s Hand

Back when we're on the trekking expedition of Chanderkhani Pass in Himachal (2016), we've seen spectacular views of mountains and valleys. The expedition was from YHAI (Youth...

Dhankar Gompa

The name of this place is "Dhankar Gompa", it is a village and it is also known as "Gompa". Located in the Lahaul & Spiti Valley, it...
Chitkul

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...
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Leh Ladakh – Adventure of a lifetime -Travel Vlog

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7yaqwMQeHw&lc=z22ke3s4cu3ujryyu04t1aokg00wxhocjym2j5ha532xrk0h00410 A couple of months ago I decided to go on an adventure. Disconnected from the world, little did I know that these eighteen days would change the...

Strolling in Kalpa

The Himalayas never failed to awe me with its majesties and so I find myself coming back to the Himalayas on every occasion and sometimes even in...
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Chandrashila: A Trekker’s Paradise

The last night was cold. EXTREMELY cold. There was no hot water in the morning. We were only one degree and a teaspoon sugar away from turning...

Lesser Visited and Unexplored Places of Spiti

So, your much-awaited plan to Spiti is finally on. And by now you must either be reading about the things you do in Spiti or searching for...

Kalishila: The Land of White Secrets

करुॅ मैं कैसे बखान खूबसूरती का तेरी। कैसे दूॅ मैं बयान तेरे हुस्न का तेरे रूप का।। यूॅ कहूॅ कि तू आई है परियों के लोक से। पर ज़िक्र तो तेरा किस्से कहानियों में...

That kid from Spiti

We went to the highest post office (also a home to a wonderful family) in the world which was situated in Hikkim, roughly about 15,000 feet. As...

Gems of Parvati Valley: Kasol and Manikaran

From the lap of the mighty Himalayas to the laid-back town of Bhuntar, Parvati River with its sublime surrounding and it’s aura of tranquility has converted the...

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...

Melancholic delight

Chandratal Lake, Spiti Valley Spiti brings to mind these lines from one of Pushkin's poems- "'Tis time, my friend, 'tis time! the heart to peace aspires... For long now it...

Tungnath – Among the clouds

Flying high in the sky and nestled among the clouds are the Himalayas. So calm, muted, and soft in the lapse of which anybody is forced to...

Escapade in Himalayas

After mundane routine of office to home and home to office at Mumbai we decided to take a break and escape into geographically far away and different...

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...

LEH-LADAKH :The Dream of Many, The Opportunity for Some, The Reality for a Few

"Once a year go someplace you've never been before - Dalai Lama" This is the first time I am penning down my travel experience and what could possibly be better...

Landour – A Longing in Retrospect

I last visited Landour towards the end of winter in 2014. For the last three years, I have only longed for another visit to this cantonment town...

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...

The last trip

Decades later When the distance would have faded and the memories evaporated, I will come again To stand at this place, to breathe in this air, to relive everything that...

Nako Village

Nako Village is located near the Indo-China Border in Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated in the Kinnaur Valley Which is among one of the most beautiful...

Wanderlust in my soul

This line from Tennyson's "Ulysses", always comes to mind whenever I set out on a trip. "I cannot rest from travel; I will drink life to the lees". Few...

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...

Khirsu: Hidden gem of Pauri Garhwal

Surfing the net for a weekend getaway in the lap of nature away from the humdrum of routines of Delhi life, I came across Khirsu. Situated at...

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...

Himalayan Paradise

From the moment I set eyes on the Indian Himalayas, I knew it was going to be a spectacular trip. Paradise beckoned with uncountable snow capped peaks...

Deoria Tal- An Exquisitely Serene Lake in the lap of the Himalayas!

Deoria Tal was never on my wish list.To be honest, I had never heard of a place called by this name in Uttrakhand until I overheard the...

The Kasol Coming

The  Kasol  Coming Little did I know about the place where I was about to step into, a new journey, a new start to self realization and most...

Roopkund Lake Trek – A Myriad of Mystries

Trek to Roopkund Lake  Experiences are felt on many levels. Everything we see, hear, smell, touch and taste are mixed together into a cocktail within our infinitely wise...

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,...

Path Less Travelled – Kareri Lake Trek

"The truth is, I can never die. For I will be in everything and see you in everything and watch over you. I am your reaction in...

The Middle Land- 1

  There are few plans one make which no matter how much you try to materialize, always falls apart at the last moment. For three years, I...

Nathula travel Diary

Considering one of my best road trips, I must admit that it was Nathula pass. Nathula pass which is located at Indo China border (eastern Himalayas -...

Road to Tawang….

Tawang is a small hill station in the Himalayan mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Situated at an altitude of 2,669 meters, it's a place of chilling winters,...

Universe is a balance of sins and beautiful things

I Woke up early on a sunny winter morning to explore the beautiful Nameri National Park. (Nameri National Park is located in the foothills of the Eastern...

Humble and Happy in Himachal

There is a reason why the first snow fall embraces the mountain who stands tall with its highest peak and patiently awaits its coming. But we often take perseverance and...

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...

Sundakphu – A Place Above the Clouds

Sundakphu, 3636mt above sea level, is a nature's paradise, a place above the heavens. The soothing view of the sea of clouds beneath is a treat for...

A Journey Through The Alluring Emptiness – Chapter 2

CHAPTER 2 – THE GUIDING LIGHT EN ROUTE KAZA, HIMACHAL PRADESH 5TH SEPTEMBER 2016 MONDAY, 20:00 HRS   … CHAPTER 1 – LOST AND FOUND …     “Reaching Kullu doesn’t seem feasible now…I don’t think I...

A Journey Through The Alluring Emptiness – Chapter 1

CHAPTER 1  –  LOST AND FOUND KAZA, SPITI VALLEY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2016 THURSDAY, 14:00 HRS.         How the hell am I going to make it? Is it even...

The Land of the Dawn Lit Mountains

When does Kaziranga ever disappoint? The drive to Tawang, Arunachal from Dhemaji via Tezpur, Assam was one of my hardest yet most rewarding ones. The 8 districts spanning...

Your time as a caterpillar is over; stretch your wings and fly

As a child I grew up with the dreams of becoming "Materialistically successful "! When those uncles and aunties would ask me what I want to do...

Kedarkantha Trek : Changed into a tougher goal than it is!

  Kedarkantha Summit : Our Trekking Journey ==================================== They say that - When the going gets tough the tough gets going..!! Myself, along with a traveller friend of mine, reached Sankari...

My Travel Diary: Palchan

Moving from Kasol, Palchan is around 86 kilometers by road. Palchan village is located in Manali Tehsil of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated...

Kuari Pass – A Gateway to Heaven

Sigh! I breathed heavily once again and wiped the beads of sweat off my face. My bag-pack was getting heavier by the minute. Lack of preparation for high...

An ode to BRO (Border Roads Organisation)

"Life is a Journey. Complete it" - read, one of the captions of a yellow Milestone on the roads of Ladakh. I was besotted by this profound line...

Nubra to Pangong Lake via Agham-Shyok

Pangong Lake and Nubra are two gems on Ladakh’s crown while what used to make it tough was crossing KhardungLa top for Nubra and to come back...