Grahan Village Trek from Kasol : Happiness and More

I was returning to Parvati Valley in 2018 after a year long hiatus; chiefly because of the crowds that I’d seen around Kheerganga on an earlier trip. I must have thought of Kalga though when a trip was planned with friends. When we boarded our HRTC Himsuta Volvo from Delhi to Bhuntar, there was no…

Photo Story of Kheerganga Trek

While the earlier write-up on Kheerganga turned out to be a nice travel guide, this post is more of a photo story with my personal experiences as captions. You can read more about Kalga Village here, in this memorable post with a focus on Responsible Travel. The Dilemma of Responsible Travel : Secret Villages in…

A Detailed Travel Guide for Chopta, Tungnath, Chandrashila Trek

While the internet is awash with travel blogs about popular trekking destinations, a careful perusal results in finding out that most of them are similar and may sometimes not have proper information. And I noticed the same for Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila trek. After the many thankful emails and comments that I have received…

Amarnath Yatra from Baltal – A Travelogue

While I’ve always held a fascination with natural beauty on my journeys, religious sites proved to be a necessary accompaniment. A visit to them also provides important insight into our history and the perceived thought process of India – at large. It was the difficult time of July’s curfew in Kashmir and I had somehow…

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, in Pictures

At first I set about writing a travelogue; but then quickly realised I could do that later and instead share the photographs which had created quite a storm on social media, particularly instagram. All the captions are heartfelt memories 🙂 When I went on this trek, in July-August 2016 I was a bit skeptical especially…

A Detailed Travel Guide for Trekking to Kheerganga

While checking photographs from my trip to Kheerganga (Khirganga), I was also reminded of the lack of proper information about the trek on the internet and travel blogs. Here is an attempt at making a step-by-step guide on trekking to Kheerganga (Khirganga) on your own. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below : Thanks 🙂 ____________________________________________________________________________________________…

Nature’s delights, from a secret village in Parvati Valley

Thundering clouds and ominous skies had greeted us as soon as we had started walking on the bridge that separates Kasol from Chalal. My two travel partners were already becoming fidgety about the ‘trek’ to Rashol or Rasol. We had spent two marvellous days in the serene setting of a wooden cottage right beside the Parvati River….

The fairytale of Gushaini & GHNP

Cold, blustery winds blow as the bus drops me outside Aut tunnel on the Delhi-Manali highway. I haven’t envisaged May to be this cold. It is the unearthly hour of 6 in the morning and the HRTC Volvo is right on time after leaving Delhi ISBT at 7 last evening. The only souls around are two construction…

Doing the unthinkable – Solo Trekking to Zanskar

My Lahauli friends chide me for being too upbeat about trekking to Zanskar, all by myself. ‘Even we locals don’t go alone’, they say. The trek path begins from Darcha on the Manali-Leh route, just an hour’s drive away from the district headquarters of Keylong. Cloudy weather has caused the atm machine to not work for…

Winds of change in Malana

‘Go away if you aren’t going to buy any charas,’ said the guesthouse owner and frowned upon us. We were quite stunned to hear that in this 2000 year old hamlet.  For years I had read about the famous (or infamous) Parvati Valley and had never ventured there alone. This time in October-November 2014 I…

Trekking from Purne to Phugtal Monastery, in Pictures

  Read : Stunning experiences from the most remote monastery in the world   Read : Leh-Ladakh : Amalgamation of Cultures     Read : Wanderings in Lahaul – Tayul Monastery     Read : Wanderings in Lahaul : Kardang Monastery       Read : Lamas at Phuktal Monastery     Chortens, monks, a monastery guesthouse and the greatest…