Tibetans in Pokhara, Nepal

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 Home Stay Trek/Itinerary/Tour

I have been asked a couple of times to list out a probable itinerary either for a homestay trek or a general tour of Spiti. Here is a comfortable schedule and covers most of Spiti. Spiti Valley can be done by road from Shimla to Manali, Manali to Shimla, Manali to Manali or Shimla to…

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…

Space Travel – The answer lies there

The thought is hair-raising and stimulating at the same time. 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…

Johnson Cafe, Manali

Manali – Best restaurants and some local gossip

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

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…