Himachal Pradesh

A lesser known ‘Himalayan toy train’ : Kangra Valley Railway

  Hitching rides to the Kangra Fort and Brajeshwari Devi temple on a scooter, we are quite pepped up about making it to the tranquil town of Bir. The famous adage of ‘The journey is more important than the destination’, is about to be realised. In this age of ‘all planned travel’ – courtesy of google …

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Chandrataal Lake and a Night at Chandra Dhaba, Batal

Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) had already resulted in me being alone after just having entered Spiti from Kinnaur. A stroll in Chitkul at 3450m had caused breathlessness to my co-travellers and the short walk to Nako Lake had proven disastrous. The check post officer in Sumdo complicated matters further by asking them ‘Why have you …

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Finding the offbeat in Manali

Manali has well and truly captured Indian hearts and has turned into an adventure gateway in the last decade, owing to its proximity to Ladakh, Lahaul & Spiti. Apart from the usual touristy attractions, over the years my explorations have enabled me to experience the offbeat delights in Manali. Here’s presenting a few relatively unknown and …

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Heaven in Parvati Valley : The Himalayan Village, Kasol

From the moment I first stepped into the warm reception area of The Himalayan Village at Doonkhara (just before Kasol) in Parvati Valley, I was hooked. The resort, resembling a fort had bewitched me ever since my eyes had set sight on it, almost a year ago. I had just dropped in to say hi …

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7 Days in Little Tibet – McLeodganj

I felt better doing yoga & hiking around Rishikesh, recuperating from asthma in the last week of January, 2014. The backpackers at the ashram were gung-ho about their exploration of India, soaking in the spirituality in low season. They were travellers who had been around the world and spoke about ‘India being the country that …

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