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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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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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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