Annapurna, Nepal region trekking experience – Namaste

Treks in the Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Sanctuary, Nepal are a cultural melting point of people of various nationalities, cultures, languages and trekking styles. The experience and memories will stay back as much as the experience of achieving your trek targets. Right from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu where the permits have to be…

Tibetans and The Tibetan Refugee Camp, Pokhara

While shopping in the hip Lakeside area of Pokhara, Nepal, I walked into quite a few Tibetan curio shops. Most of these have expected merchandise like singing bowls, beads, stones, dorjes but sometimes, if you hang back in the shop and observe, interesting bric-a-brac is available for very good prices. Most owners love conversations and will encourage you to look around….

Spiti Valley Homestay Trek/Itinerary

Here is a probable itinerary either for a homestay trek or a general tour of Spiti. It is a comfortable schedule and covers most of Spiti. Spiti Valley can be done by road as part of the Shimla to Manali, Manali to Shimla, Manali to Manali or Shimla to Shimla routes. The road from the…

The Best Mountain Climbing Movies and Documentaries

This is my list of best movies/documentaries about the mountains. I have only included those in the list where either the mountain or the climbers are the protagonists. Everest, Jake Gyllenhaal’s movie does not make the cut as it is a poor adaptation of the novel and does not do justice to the subject, the…

The Bridge To Yesterday

When the tyranny of the heart didn’t enslave the mind,

And time wasn’t a sentinel, we looked over to evade,

Space Travel – Why Explore Space?

Why explore space? Well, for a moment put aside our universe, forget our galaxy and even forget our solar system. Think about the fact that on our planet itself, we are seemingly the only species to ask existentialist questions about the meaning of our lives  and if there is an enigma that we were meant to unravel. The thought itself is hair-raising…

Manali – Best restaurants/cafes and some local gossip

I managed to get some serious dope on Manali’s restaurants and cafes. And that too from a Manali insider. Dope, not about the restaurants in the bigger hotels and resorts but about the regular ones travellers frequent. And in the process, also dined at two good restaurants. The two good ones first. Johnsons – Circuit House…

The God Of Nothing

Ptolemy  the donkey,  laboured on like generations of her race had. Unwieldy weight she carried almost for perpetuity and the furrows below her eyes due to the salty tears were the only testament to the distraught being she was. Oh, her greatest of grandfathers in the land of the Levant hoping for a bright day in the future…

A Night Tour Of Pondicherry’s French Quarter

At around 6.30 pm every day, the vibrant colours of the French and Tamil Quarters, Pondicherry which glimmered in the warm cloak the town was enveloped in, slowly transform into a twinkling landscape of muted colours and bright lights. The cool nights set free those chained spirits of the town and nowhere is this more…

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh – Images on the road

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh bordering Tibet and Ladakh and having the highest inhabited villages through the year on this planet, is usually described as a cold desert with a lunar landscape. I have not been to the moon and thus not entirely familiar with lunar landscapes but Spiti which actually means “middle land” is literally…

My Failed Panpatia Trek/Expedition

Legend has it that there was a priest at the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand, India who used to do the morning puja at the mentioned temple and the evening puja at the Badrinath temple. He was the first person to do the reverse Panpatia Trek. Physically and geographically, this is impossible because the shortest distance…