Sambhar Lake: A Weekend Getaway From Delhi

Earlier this year, when a pandemic seemed more like a dystopian novel instead of a crude reality, Abbimnyou and I started scouting options for a short road trip from Delhi and that is when Sambhar Lake happened for us. One random evening, a plan was formed, a friend was called, a checklist was made and…

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Sustainable Travel: Mending Ways Post Coronavirus Lockdown

Note: This piece is loaded with a lot of facts, and links to articles. I request you to please take your time to go through these, and read with an open mind. It’s May 2020 and we’re living in a pandemic. Amongst the many other things, the travel industry has come to an absolute halt…

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My Journey from Khonoma to Dzuleke, Nagaland

For some context, read: “Why I Left Khonoma Earlier Than Planned”. I was up the entire night trying to drown the house dog’s cries in the background, focusing on my great escape. I had told my host I would be leaving the next morning for Dzuleke. “But how will you get there”, she asked me….

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Getting a Food Coma in Jaisalmer

When I travel solo, my need versus want radar is at its peak. I stay in the cheapest of rooms with the hardest of beds, eat the cheapest of food which mostly consists of dal and chawal, and travel in the cheapest modes of transport. Think local buses, on foot, and often via hitchhiking. But…

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Hippie Island, Hampi: A Complete Travel Guide

Tropical Paradise. What comes to your mind when you hear these two words? Beaches, oceans, swimming, bikini bottoms? Tropical paradise meant all this and more for me as well- until I landed in the Happy Hampi. Turns out, tropical paradise isn’t all about beaches and the ocean but can also include paddy fields, historic ruins,…

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Covid19 Quarantine: 5 Travel Shows to Watch at Home

The times are rough. The pandemic of covid19 has taken over and the world is quickly going into an indefinite quarantine. Transport systems are being shut, industries are being closed down, people have adopted their homes as a place of work and “going out” means buying essential groceries or making chemist runs. With the virus…

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Khonoma, Asia’s First “Green Village”: Why I Left Earlier than Planned

I tossed and turned on the bed at my homestay in Khonoma and finally sat upright. Just the previous morning I had hitched a ride from Kigwema to Kohima, spent hours in search of a bus headed to Khonoma that nobody seemed to know anything about, finally landed at the NST Bus Depot in town…

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Surviving -30 Degrees in Spiti Valley

It was a decision that required a lot of courage and planning. I couldn’t have woken up one day and packed my bags and decided to leave, as I often do. I had to go over a list of things I needed over and over again and every time I went through it, it seemed…

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Hornbill Festival, Nagaland: 2020 Guide

Nagaland. The moment I said these words out loud, I was bombarded with a string of words I did not appreciate- ‘insurgency’, ‘headhunting’, ‘uncivilized’, ‘unsafe’, ‘WILD’. I was baffled at how oblivious mainland India can be to areas far away from its imagination. Never having been to the state, never having interacted with its people,…

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Solo in Sissu: Of Hikes and Contemplations

I woke up to the sun spilling into my room through the glass window. The first thing I saw after opening my eyes that morning was a valley bathed in sun, flanked by snowcapped mountains and a seemingly tiny waterfall flowing into a gorge and further into the Chandra River. And I immediately fell home….

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