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…

Bundi – Charmed by the Magic of this Fairytale Town in Rajasthan.

I had first heard the mention of Bundi from foreign backpackers when I was in Rishikesh in 2014. It was especially surprising, considering I was from Rajasthan itself and had never thought of Bundi as a tourist destination. The mention was quickly forgotten as I made my way to McLeodganj and Manali in the snow….

Tosh : Mellow Call of the Snowy Peaks

I had overslept on the Prashar – Mandi bus and found myself in Mandi instead of being close to Bhuntar. The bus guys were supposed to drop me at the turn near Kandi-Khatola village so that I could catch another bus to take me to Bhuntar and onward to Parvati Valley. I was in a…

The Delights of Kangra – A Travel Guide

Kangra had very pleasant weather, considering it was the fag end of December and it actually felt quite nice after coming back from the extreme cold of Kugti. We had acclimatised and gradually got used to the cold in Chamba & Bharmour before walking the final distance to reach frozen Kugti village. The bus meandered along…

My Favourite Eateries & Cafés in Goa

Goa came into being for me when I was in college; I was in Pune back in those days and Goa was hardly 10 hours away. Some of us friends made a pact to go to Goa as often as we could, and it is no surprise that I have had more than 10 trips…

The Goodness of Strangers : Curfew in Kashmir (Part 2)

Continuing the (seemingly) action hero type narration travelling in Kashmir in the Burhani Wani curfew, I had been lucky to reach the highway village of Saura from the Srinagar airport. Already pleasantly surprised with the kindness of strangers, I couldn’t afford to relax or take it easy. The danger was real and I wasn’t in…

Cenotaphs of Orchha : So Beautiful, You May Want to Die

It was as whimsical as one could be; Orchha had beckoned for years and I had chosen the middle of April to finally set foot in this land of riches and subsequent ruins. While the original plan was to see it over 2 days; I ended up spending close to a week. It was slow travel…

Diwali Celebrations in Jaipur, in Pictures

Diwali – A word that conjures up so many memories; when I let my mind wander. That last line also reminds me what a precious commodity time has become. In the quest of trying to do everything, humans seem to have lost the fine art of whiling away time. Oh, lest I digress – Diwali,…

The Goodness of Strangers : Curfew in Kashmir

I see no network on my phone and immediately alarm bells start ringing. There were hardly 50 people on the aircraft and none of them seemed to be tourists. I am greeted with curious looks after I alight with a backpack at the Srinagar airport. It was the early hour of 7 in the morning and the Tourist office was…