Doors of Varanasi : A Photo Story

Doors and windows from ancient towns have always fascinated me; not only for the aesthetic beauty but also the architecture style and cultural richness that they depict. Some of my favourite doors of Varanasi Click on the above to have a closer look at these wonderful doors in the lanes of Varanasi. Riot of colours;…

Aimless Wanderings in Almora

When I was in Kasar Devi & Binsar for leisure and pleasure, Almora was visited numerous times. It was a cold evening when the actual process of seeing the ‘cultural capital of Kumaon’ finally began to work itself out. I was in the middle of a fabulous summer that was progressing well in Kumaon Himalaya. Me and Bhishma (the…

Doors & Havelis of Khichan – Part 2

This was a trip that was supposed to be all about the cranes, errr… Demoiselle cranes who flew thousands of kilometres to escape the extreme cold of Mongolia & Siberia. You may recall in Part No. 1 I had given a little preview about the Havelis of Khichan. Since there were more stunning photographs to…

Leh in Winters : A Snapshot

When I had first booked a flight to Leh in the winter of 2013, it was really uncharted territory. Everyone said that all hotels in Leh are closed in the winters and I will freeze to death. By then I had travelled to remote areas on my own and known that most things are hearsay…

In Search of Demoiselle Cranes, Found Havelis in Khichan

After typing five different titles, I have settled for this one. It was an entirely inexplicable travel experience and I have no idea how to go about narrating it. I was on a slow trip roaming around Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and beyond, and was keen on visiting Khichan as well. This little town in Rajasthan had for…

Hello from the Coolest Chai Café in India

Sounds of a guitar interrupt my walking reverie in the dusty town of Bundi in Rajasthan. Its been two days of lazy ‘sightseeing’ here and it is now time to walk the streets of Bundi and savour its culinary delights. It is evening and there is no rush, we have no check list and we aren’t looking…

Redefining Remoteness : Secret Places… Continued

I must first thank everyone for the resounding success of the idea of not naming the destination, in an earlier blog post. The Dilemma of Responsible Travel : Secret Villages in the Himalayas There is so much positivity in your heart and it was heartening to (a) read the comments, (b) be told in person,…

Street Food in Varanasi

It was the middle of October and we were well and truly in the midst of an old fashioned October heatwave. I was here on an official invite from the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Board and had decided to stay back and wander around Varanasi in my own inimitable style to really explore it. While I…

Speechless in Sarnath : A Day Trip

I had already been in Varanasi for over a week and was desperately in need for some calm. Don’t get me wrong, but chaotic Benaras wasn’t exactly my kind of place. First the pollution had welcomed me into its grasp and then the incessant and omnipresent noise had created much heartache. In my inimitable style, I…

Travel to Spiti Valley in the Winter

The human mind sure works in an inexplicable manner! I have just stepped into my home in Jaipur; back after spending more than 2 weeks travelling to remote regions in wintry Ladakh and Spiti is on my lips. Incidentally, I was lucky to travel to Spiti in the winter of 2016 (after having travelled numerous times in the summers). As more and more…

McLeodganj – Best Cafés and Restaurants in the Himalayas?

McLeodganj as a getaway has everything going for it in the past decade or so. New age spiritual seekers have long been attracted to the zen-like calmness of the Buddhist monks. Dharamsala is the home of Dalai Lama and the headquarters of the Tibetan Government-in-exile. McLeodganj is 12 kilometres away from Dharamsala (Pronounced Dharamshala). As a tourist…