Walking around the Famed Meadows of Sonamarg & Thajiwas Glacier

The heart was finally calm after the locals had given fate a twist by deciding to make me stay in their home. I was in Sitkari village (pronounced Sitkadi) and an entire gamut of emotions was going through my head. Kids were running around causing much needed happiness while my brain was still in shock…

A Backpacking Guide to Meghalaya

I explored a few parts of North East India in February; my journey started from Guwahati and continued around parts of Meghalaya, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. In money terms, I spent on an average 800 Rupees per day including all expenses. Out of these I thought Meghalaya was really easy to navigate and being in close proximity to…

A Stroll in Bhangarh’s Gorgeous Ruins

I was on an assignment to cover a few remote regions of Rajasthan and the chance of travelling in my own style made me accept it gleefully. A drive through bumpy roads flanked by lush green wheat fields on both sides brought me to Bhangarh. The morning had been very foggy and cold, and I…

A Roadtrip Without a Plan: Destination No. 1 Khajjiar

The train had pulled into Pathankot station and I wasn’t very sure where to go next. Day 1: Khajjiar : The ‘Mini Switzerland’ (Oh no, not again!) It was the 23rd of December and Delhi was in a festive mood. We bought some cookies, plum cakes and a few bottles of wine to be safely packed for celebrating Christmas and…

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 🙂 ____________________________________________________________________________________________…

Failures on the Road – Stupidity in Changthang, Ladakh

It’s time to get real. Travel is not a bed of roses (well, not for me anyway); I am not looking for comfort on the road, but for experiences – which may differ in variety and can range from staying with a nomadic tribe to trekking on rough paths to see a spectacular view. In…

Photo Story from Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

The villagers of Majuli were brilliant with the suggestion of the shortcut of reaching North Lakhimpur in Assam. It was essential for me to get to North Lakhimpur to procure a permit for travel in Arunachal Pradesh and somehow find a shared taxi (sumo) for making my way to Ziro Valley. I was lucky to be…

Adventure in Rajasthan : Kankwari Fort

When I’d first arrived in Sariska, the night was furiously cold in January, even by Rajasthan’s standards. What surprised me though was the warm breeze that blew during the day. And then the weather changed; various social media updates showed snow all across the Himalayas. The clouds had decided to make merry and came out in…

Leh-Ladakh : Amalgamation of Cultures

Strategically located on the Old Silk Route, the caravan town of Leh has over the centuries developed into a major entrepôt giving it a very cosmopolitan air. A walk through Leh almost feels like arriving back in time to a Central Asian capital, with a mixed racial composition of its inhabitants providing a cultural experience…

Bhutan : Experiences & Tips

Why should one travel to Bhutan- I thought of that multiple times during my one week stay in this incredibly happy land. Lonely planet writes ‘Bhutan is no ordinary place’ and rightly so.  When one travels from Phuntsholing (border town between India and Bhutan where up to 5 kms is a free area and can be…

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…