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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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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Exploring Sissu, Unearthing Lahauli Culture and History

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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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Jeolikote, Uttarakhand: Offbeat Nainital

I have always passed through tiny villages sitting in bumpy buses headed to my destination, and I always wonder: what is life like in these hamlets where no one goes, what hidden gems does Mother Nature hide here that not many have explored? And this is a never-ending feeling. Regardless of where I am headed,…

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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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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 Jammuย and Kashmir,ย 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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Offbeat Jammu- More Than Just the City of Temples

As I was waiting for my metro to arrive in Delhi, a kind gentleman saw me with me lugging my bags and asked me, ”kaha ja rahi ho beti?” (Where are you headed to, child?) I responded with a smile, “Jammu”. “To visit Vaishno Devi?”, he asked and I just shook my head no, still…

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How I spent 4 days in Haa, Bhutan Doing Absolutely Nothing

I spent the majority of my time in Bhutan travelling to the most common places any tourist would want to go to. Staying mostly in the western part of the country, I travelled through Thimphu, Punakha and Paro staying in homestays, eating local food, and exploring parts of these valleys that have been seen by…

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