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Gangtok, Sikkim – An Unorthodox View

In the land of Sikkim, sandwiched between Tibet, Nepal and the rest of India, is a town that should have been more famous than Darjeeling, Shimla or Mussoorie. But it is not. And we need to be thankful for that and to the British for not having colonised Gangtok. Because unlike the other towns that…

Shillong – A Commentary

Shillong, India, (which has the, Scotland of the East, moniker) is a two hour drive from Guwahati and lies at an altitude of 1500 metres. The clamour for getting involved in the “Shillong Trade” starts at Guwahati airport when the taxi drivers start asking if you need to be dropped in Shillong. Which is rather…

Kohima, Nagaland – A Short History and Places To Visit

The far eastern region of India, Nagaland is where tales of incredulity can be weaved. And some of them would be true. The capital of Kohima is still untouched either by rail or air. Though India has a single time zone, the country’s administrative managers did not really take into account the northeastern region’s horological…

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Umngot River, Dawki – On the border of India and Bangladesh

There is a river near the India-Bangladesh border which flows from the state of Meghalaya towards Sylhet in Bangladesh. As a river is wont to do, it twists and turns and happily hops about before reaching the international border near the village of Dawki. Here, the river decides that it has had enough of its youthful adventures…

Birding on the River Brahmaputra, Guwahati

North-East India especially Assam and Arunachal Pradesh is an avian lovers paradise. Because of the terrain, the location and the river bodies, this area plays host to both migratory birds and non-migratory birds. So when I got a call in Guwahati if I would be interested in accompanying an avid birder and naturalist on one of his…

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Kaziranga – The One Horn Rhino Park

Guided tours through national parks are unimaginative, irrespective of whichever animal that may be on view. Except for maybe the tiger or a dinosaur. Consider this. Wildlife national parks are created as sanctuaries for animals. Then a road is laid for visitors. The visitors come in droves and driven through the parks on off-roaders to view the…