We woke up early and checked out from the hotel in Chopta, and had some black tea, which looked and tasted like something else. Earlier somebody had informed us that a share taxi will be arriving and we could take it to reach the next point, Mandal, and proceed onwards to our journey to Badrinath. … More Journey to Badrinath or The Single most adventurous day of my Life
It was during the trek down the Tunganath to the base camp Chopta. Having spend a horrible night and a failed attempt to trek the mere one kilometer from Tunganath to Chandrasila, I was walking slowly down, without any thought or feelings. I was like a cold piece of meat, emotionless, then. My friends, like … More The day I fought face-to-face with a buffalo
So, having checked in at a hotel in Chopta by 12 noon leaving our luggage there and taking up to more than five hours to trek the three point something kilometres to reach Tungnath, feeling the bliss of reaching after the most tiresome walk I ever had, me and my two friends took time to enjoy the … More That horrible night at 12,000 ft!
Chopta, a small silent village in the mountains of Uttarakhand, had only a few shops and hotels. This place is the base camp for the trek to the Tungnath, the highest Shiva temple in the world and one among the paanch kedars, and further up to Chandrasila. By 12 noon, on reaching the place, we booked one room … More Chopta-Tunganath : The trek to the highest Shiva temple in the world
Yes! It is killing me softly, and the mere thought having to stay at a place for too long is driving me nuts. Because the world is so vast to occupy in one life, despite the illusions the modern media gives us, that the world has shrunken into a tiny ball that one could play … More How staying at a place for too long is killing me slowly..
I felt like going down, and while climbing the steps towards the river, workers were climbing back carrying heavy sacks on their shoulders. I reached the shore, to see sand mining going on, and the sacks were being filled with the same either. But the space, the surrounding, the river, the hills around, and obviously the translucent mist that enveloped the area made it all look like something…. … More RudraPrayag & the Mist of Alaknanda
Some say one could meditate at his/her home, and there is no need to go to the mountains for the same purpose. But what I felt was, Rishikesh had a meditative ambiance embedded in it, and it shares its precious quality with whoever comes here. … More If Peace is your goal, then Rishikesh is your destination.
Haridwar! This holy place is called the Gateway to the Himalayas. First time I came here with two close friends, after three days in the Dehradun Express, all I wanted to do was to have a glimpse of the famous aarti at the Har ki pauri ghat. But we missed it on late arrival and the next … More The gateway to the Himalayas
What’s the feeling when you pass through a sign board that tells you are entering the last village of your country, and beyond a few kilometres it’s completely an other nation or nations, divided by the imaginary lines of human-invented boundaries? From Badrinath we went straight to MANA, only three kilometres from the holy place … More A Visit to the Last Indian Village
Last year,I quitted my job and backpacked to Northern India, the Himalayas, which I cherish as one of the best things I EVER DID IN MY LIFE. The idea of quitting the job and travelling has become a cliche by now, so much that even presenting it as a cliche is becoming a too common thing. Still … More Follow the cliche: 17 reasons to quit your job and backpack through India