Bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu and then the Airport – The Apocalypse

My Nepal Airlines flight from Kathmandu(KTM) to New Delhi was scheduled to depart at 5.00 pm. I arrived near Prithvi Chowk in Pokhara to catch a micro-bus (Toyota Hiace) to Kathmandu, after having left my guesthouse at around 7.30 am. As luck would have it, there were none and thus had to reluctantly get into one of…

Annapurna base camp trek itinerary – Solo traveller

The complete lowdown and itinerary for the solo traveller for the trek to Annapurna base camp and sanctuary. ACAP/TIMS Permits NTB, Pardi, Damside, Pokhara; NTB, Pradarshani Marg, Bhrikuti Mandap [near Ratnapark], KTM Got my permits done in KTM. Should take around half an hour which includes filling forms. Carry Nepal Currency(NC). You can walk back…

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 mountain climbing movies and 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…

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 life and if there is an enigma that we were meant to unravel. The thought itself is hair-raising and…

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 shouldered, almost for perpetuity. The furrows below her eyes caked and salted by multiple tears; the sole testament to the turmoil within. Oh, her earliest of forefathers hoped for a day of promise and placed trust on a paragon of virtue believing that the kingdom…

A Night Tour Of Pondicherry’s French Quarter

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