Trek to Shashur: The Monastery amidst the Blue Pines

The valley around Keylong, and in fact the entire Lahaul was at its fecund best during June and July. In fact it was so fecund that I almost [...]

Kibber: My First Encounter with Acute Mountain Sickness

So, the car started soon and rushed past the famous Key Monastery in no time. But as it did so, I was beginning to feel a little awkward, so [...]

Hemkund Sahib: Slippery Trek, Emerald Lake

It was foggy and cold but the exhaustion went away the moment we caught a glimpse of the emerald green lake by the side of the Gurudwara Hem [...]

Eran: A Porcine Nostalgia

The archaelogical ste of Eran is now a small, rectangular plot with a few surviving statues and parts of temples, mostly from the Gupta era [...]

Dhankar: Shadow Magic

A trip to Dhankar village and its 1000 year monastery that turned into a trek due to non-availability of transport. [...]

Tabo: That Museum in the Cold Desert

It looked like a set of mundane huts, barely standing there, braving the assaults of time and harsh weather of the cold desert. However, as [...]

#60DaysOfSummer Round-up: 10 Observations

So, the #60DaysOfSummer in Himachal are technically over. I did it slowly, taking ample breaks in between more intense activities and stayin [...]

Pangi Valley: Postcards from the Last Frontier

The Pangi Valley in Himachal Pradesh still remains secluded, unknown, and ignored even at the face of tourism boom. I want it to remain so b [...]

The Sach Pass Shramdaan and hitchhiking on an ambulance

I recount this experience not to show what an adventure I had but to depict the daily struggles of the HRTC drivers on difficult roads like [...]

Mechuka: Not That Far Yet Too Far

Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh is situated near the Chinese border and is one of the farthest destinations in India being groomed as a tourist [...]

Roerich Estate: A Cinephile in a Art Gallery

I don’t exactly remember when I first came across the name of Nicholas Roerich. In all probability, I worked it backwards from Devika Rani [...]

Shoja to Jalori Pass: Slopes of Iris

The area around Shoja and Jalori Pass blooms with delightful Iris flowers in the month of June. Time it well to experience these magical vie [...]
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