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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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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Lahaul: A Comprehensive Guide to an Overlooked Gem

Lahaul is… I can’t find the words to describe what Lahaul is. No, really. I spent about 20 minutes staring at a blank screen thinking of how I could do justice to the beauty Lahaul is. But I finally gave up and decided to take an hour-long break to come up with at least a…

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A Solo Traveler’s Guide to Leh, Ladakh

For the longest time, I had tried to ward off the idea of going to Leh and Ladakh. Having heard of the heavy inflow of tourists that the area receives year after year, and the negative impact this footfall has on the region’s fragile ecology, I had tried my best to not become one of…

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13 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Travel to Spiti Valley

Yes, you read that right! While there are a number of tour operators selling the mystical land of Spiti Valley all over the world wide web, and while there are countless blog posts (including mine) that list out the charms of this high altitude barren land of Himachal Pradesh, I’m here to tell you differently….

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Menstrual Cups- The What, Why and How

There’s been a lot of buzz about this new product on the block that’s supposed to make your period a hundred times better, as well as help you reduce your waste generation, and in turn reduce your carbon footprint. Unfortunately, there’s very little talk of what menstrual cups are exactly, whether they are safe to…

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Velas Turtle Festival 2020 – All You Need to Know

I still remember that night clear as day when I visited my freshly-out-of-engineering-college best friend for one last time before he boarded his flight to his new city of residence where he would now be working 5 days a week in a million-dollar IT firm, sitting in a cubicle, making big bucks and living the…

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Do Gokarna the Right Way, Travel with Trippr!

At this point, I’ve just come to terms with the fact that sometimes life interrupts your plans and you have to make time for what’s more important. Last year I took a one-month hiatus from travelling to care for my newly adopted dog before I left for Spiti Valley in August. This year, I took…

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Jammu Mahotsav- A Display of the Rich Dogri Culture

If you’re not new here, you know about my recent obsession with the beauty that Jammu is. Not Jammu and Kashmir, but just Jammu. And if you’re new here, then you probably cannot believe what your eyes are reading. Of all the places, JAMMU? Wait, hold up. Isn’t Jammu the City of Temples, and best known for…

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