Hike from Killar to Hudan: Paradise on the Edge

A Short hike to Hudan Bhatori in Pangi valley. It is hard to imagine a place this sensory yet this desolated in this day and age when other [...]

Postcards from Rohtang La: One of the World’s Highest Traffic Jam

I have crossed the Rohtang Pass many times but never clicked a photograph before. The reason for the same is mainly the tedious nature of th [...]

Malana Tourist Ban: What it Means, and What it Doesn’t

Malana village has recently banned the guesthouses and homestays from hosting tourists. Here is a first-hand account of it, as well as an ef [...]

Masks of Majuli

A quick visit to the Chamaguri Satra, the center of Majuli's famed, mask-making culture. [...]

Trek to Shikari Devi: The Huntress Under the Sky

After the misadventures in Chhatri, I settled down in Janjehli for a few days. I liked the feel of the place with all its inexpensive homest [...]

Chhatri : A Temple and A Hitchhike

We left Gadagushaini after the morning detour to Bahu. We were now totally bereft of money and still nowhere near an ATM. Chattri was the ne [...]

The Great Himalayan National Park & Jalori Pass Budget Travel Guide

A comprehensive guide to the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), the villages and treks around it. Accommodation, permits, guides, costs, [...]

The Serolsar Detour

I have seen more enticing high altitude lakes in the Himalayas compared to the Serolsar Lake near Jalori Pass. But since it was there, it ha [...]

Manali Beyond Clichés: How Backpackers Can Salvage the Manali Trip

Finding cheap accommodation in Manali is a nightmare but it is still possible to salvage the situation and have a great experience in Manali [...]

Gadagushaini and Bahu: Some Unexpected Hospitality

Not many people visit the Gadagushaini region in Mandi district. Roads are not in good shape and information is scarce. But that is what has [...]

Bashleo Pass Trek: Towards Summer Snow

Trek to Bashleo Pass, a low altitude pass at 3300 mts located in the ecozone of the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), connecting Bathad [...]

Beyond Batahad: Rise of the Machines in the Valley of Gods

A short walk in the GHNP ecozone to one of the interior villages beyond Batahad (Bathad), in the Tirthan Valley. [...]

Understanding Tirthan… and Doing Nothing

Where exactly is Tirthan? This was a question I asked many years ago when I first heard of the name. Some people gave me a rough idea and th [...]
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