Kaziranga National Park, Assam – The One Horn Rhino Sanctuary

Guided tours through national parks and wildlife sanctuaries 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…

War Cemetery at Kohima and Guwahati – The Greatest Battle of World War II

One of the greatest battles of World War II was fought at – surprise, surprise – in a sleepy little village in north-eastern India. The battle was as important as the Battle of Stalingrad, if not bigger, and is both acknowledged by war chroniclers and veterans of the British army. “was one of the greatest battles of the Second World…

Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary Trek – Solo

“Do you want to do the Manaslu circuit in Nepal?” asks a voice drily over the phone. Curiosity aroused, I ask, “When?” “In a couple of days,” answers the voice. I am flattered and bemused. Satya falls into the category of solitary trekkers who carry their own tents and supplies. So hitchhiking with Satya would…

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…