Home to Lord Shiva, Varanasi (also known as Banaras or Kashi) is one of the most ancient cities in the world. To put down into words my experience in this city, will be difficult. You’ve got to be here to feel it. To believe it. The rush and the madness. I had mixed feelings during […]
2 months in Sikkim! What did I do?
Sikkim possesses raw beauty. It doesn’t scream for attention. The state is on hilly terrain. In its season, rivers and waterfalls flow through the state. Water which is pristine, gushing directly from the snow-capped mountains, which are in themselves, a sight to behold. I had planned at least 2 months in the state. And 63 […]
Offbeat places to explore in Sikkim – 9 hidden gems!
During my 63 day stay in Sikkim, I tried to visit every corner of this beautiful state. Considering the Indian geography, lifestyle and culture, the whole state is an offbeat travel destination. I am going to list my favourite places; keeping aside the popular ones. They are beautiful too. This list is for those who […]
Ranikhet – Of greener grass and apples!
During my conversation with the cab driver on my way back from Ranikhet, I asked him curiously, ‘Isn’t the place and the hills around greener than usual?’ ‘Yesterday, an old gentleman travelling with me had the same query,’ he replied, agreeing at the same time. Now, I’ve been to the mountains in all seasons. Have relished […]
Magic in Pithoragarh !
What do you remember most about a place? Is it the alluring landscapes of a secluded hill or the architectural marvel of a historic city? Unexpected encounters on the road or friends from a town you may never see again? Or do you only recall the much-publicized tourist points of interest and cafes and their […]
Exploring Rishikesh: Beyond river rafting!
Considered to be the yoga capital of the world and one of the holiest places to the Hindus; Rishikesh has been the abode to spiritual gurus and teachers transmitting ancient knowledge of spirituality, meditation, yoga and Indian mythology. Located at the foothills of Himalayas, the town derives it’s significance and lifeline from the mighty Ganges that originates […]
Beatles Ashram – Where the rock band stayed, meditated and composed!
Be it selling hippie culture in the name of Marley, cafes with posters of Morrison or baked food as German when there is no possible connection with Deutsch, Indians possess the unique ability to even sell water to fish. So be it with Chaurasi Kutia, except the fact that the Beatles did stay here. MAHARISHI […]
Bir, Billing, Paragliding and more !
A little adventure for the body and mind blended with some peace for the soul makes a perfect recipe for a great trip. That is why exactly you need to be here. To sense the rush of flying in the skies and to still the mind. BIR Two things particularly stand out in Bir – […]
Amritsar – Historic city of gold !
Golden temple does not define Amritsar. Nor does Wagah border. It is a city with history of warriors and martyrs, of painful partition and bloodshed; of a religion with valiant leaders and gurus spreading the message of peace. Blend old crowded lanes of Hall Bazaar, buzzing Town Hall, colorful turbans, smiling faces, jovial people, a heartfelt […]
All about Pushkar and the ‘grand mela’!
There are two ways of looking at things. Either you try to see behind walls; have admiration for smallest of things, embrace the new and feel and experience the vibe around you or else you are indifferent and can interpret most things as obvious with hardly any element that surprises you. If you fall in […]