Jibhi & Chehni Kothi : A Travelogue

This post has taken a long time coming. From seeing Jibhi as an unspoiled paradise and a secret that I wanted to keep to myself in 2014; to seeing a monstrous orange building come up near Jibhi bridge one afternoon in 2017. Jibhi lies in Banjar Valley on a popular route connecting Manali to Shimla…

Khangsar, Kwaring, Sarang, Kolong – Exploring Lahaul Valley

Yonten asks, ‘Shubham; Lahaul chalega?’, and I take no time to nod my head and say yes! It is already chilly in Manali as we are in the middle of November. I have long suspected that while the Rohtang Pass officially closes on October 15th, it is kept open for much longer for the locals…

A Day at Karsha Gompa, Zanskar Valley

After relaxing for two full days in a cheap guest house in Padum, I was mentally and physically ready to explore Zanskar’s tourist attractions! Karsha Gompa is the biggest monastery in entire Zanskar valley. Karsha Village is located 7 km away from Padum and the monastery is set on a hillock on top of the village. Karsha…

Brokpas of Ladakh – Culture & Portraits

After enjoying the explorations of the ‘Aryan Valley’ in Garkone (Also Garkhon) village in the cold of January in Ladakh’s winter in 2015, the lure of excellent wine drew me back to the Brokpa villages in December 2016 again. After visiting Biamah village and having a glimpse of this ancient culture, I had gone ahead…

St. Francis Church, Kochi & India’s Colonial History

When I was roaming around the streets of Fort Kochi in the latter part of November, it was a mighty struggle with the humidity. This was my first time in Kerala and I was very excited to set foot in the state where ‘India’ was discovered! Kerala was the first port of call for the Portuguese,…

Two Days in Udaipur – Most Popular Tourist Attractions

I had visited Udaipur for the first time as a teenage kid; when my grandfather insisted that we go to his daughter’s home. My memories of that trip are of a tasty meal (which surprisingly included karela vegetable) that we had in the train. I remember my elder cousin took me around Udaipur on a…

Two Days in A Paradise called Nongriat

After reaching Nongriat in the dark, the first place that we went to was the Community Guest House on the left just before the double decker bridge. It is also called Nongriat Village Guest House and is the first place that comes upon reaching the village. The price asked was 200 Rupees per person and…

Danish Delight in India – Tranquebar (Tharangambadi)

I franctically tried to explain to the conductor and driver that we had come past the turn of Tharangambadi and that it was better that they drop me on the highway itself. I told them I will hitch a ride with some local and get to Tharangambadi (local Tamil name for Tranquebar). Even with the…

Stunning Photographs from the Golden City of India : Jaisalmer

It was during the troubles of demonetisation that I was in Jodhpur and even though there was little money left, the adventurous heart had other plans. There was also the small matter of an invitation from a luxury property, but I was keen on exploring the golden city of Jaisalmer in my inimitable style. Sometimes…

Musings from Naggar : The Old Capital of Kullu

Once upon a time in the cold winter of 2014, after having been to Rishikesh and McLeodganj in January, destiny led me to Manali in February. After wandering around for a week or two, one sunny day I took a bus to Naggar. It used to be an offbeat destination at that time, primarily known…

Offbeat Places Around Dharamshala – McLeodganj : Part 2

In the first post on Offbeat Places Around Dharamshala, I noticed that the list was getting bigger and hence decided to break it into two parts. Here’s part 2 of Offbeat Places around Dharamsala  War Memorial in Kangra The war memorial in Kangra is located around 7 kms from Dharamshala and it is locally known…