Adieu Chang La

Prologue How will you feel when you stand and behold the vast whiteness of an amazing snow world with towering peaks surrounding you, chilled winds biting the very remains of comfort from your skin? Your breath gets held; you remain mesmerized in the amazing beauty of the Mother Nature!! Snow World..Chang La This is the … More Adieu Chang La

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Morning in Camp Pangong

Prologue The aura of the overnight camping at Pangong had a long lasting impression on all of us. Although we had comfortable sleeping bags and heavy blankets at our disposal, but with the lights being put off for the night, severe cold wave surrounded the camp completely. Pangong Tso…Amazing Morningscape… Hassan ji later informed us … More Morning in Camp Pangong

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Breathtaking Shyok Safari

Prologue The early morning was bathed with bright sunlight flooding the Nubra Valley. Every tree, bush, fresh blooms and the orchards of Hunder had adored their blissful colours shedding their overnight dullness. The surrounding rugged dark grey mountains look formidable in the brute elegance. A Fish Eye Shot of the Shyok Basin The immortal verses … More Breathtaking Shyok Safari

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The Amazing Road Trip to Nubra Valley

Prologue  “…..Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River. Life is old there, older than the trees, younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze. Country roads, take me home to the place I belong….” Country Roads…Take Me Home…The Road Trip to Nubra Valley (Hunder Village)  John Denver’s magical tunes were like a magical … More The Amazing Road Trip to Nubra Valley

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Raiding the Khardung La

Prologue John Keats had once commented “a thing of beauty is a joy forever.” The beauty of the brown mountains, lofty snowy peaks, blue lakes (“Tso”) and the breathtaking passes (“La”) had created an eternal aura of Mother Nature at her very best in Ladakh. Destination Khardung La Khardung La is one among the mighty mountain … More Raiding the Khardung La

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Polyandry, Alienation, Religion and Land: Many Shades of Kinnaur

Prologue It was the wedding night of Ram Kumar Negi and Jyothi. Ram’s green Kinnauri topi was hanging beside the closed wooden dwarang (door) of their humble two storied hut in the village of Rakchham in Kinnaur. Their beautiful wooden hut was today neatly decorated with Bijli lamps. It was also the wedding day of Ram’s … More Polyandry, Alienation, Religion and Land: Many Shades of Kinnaur

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Traveling to Kalpa: The Adrenaline Rush

Traveling to Kalpa: The Adrenaline Rush Prologue Milton had immortalized the flavor of paradise in his illustrious creations Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. People had quite often compared the valleys of Kashmir as being the true Jannat  (Paradise) on Earth. There is no doubt about that! But how many of us are aware that, beyond … More Traveling to Kalpa: The Adrenaline Rush

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Chitkul the last Inhabited Himachali village near Indo-Tibet Border

Prologue We had been excited like anything from the moment we had read about the Kinnaur village Chitkul last winter. As our trip to Kinnaur shaped out during this year’s summer vacation, we could hardly hide our elation and excitement about this amazing place. Our journey from Kalpa to Chitkul We had already booked a … More Chitkul the last Inhabited Himachali village near Indo-Tibet Border

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Robber’s Cave Dehradun: Admiring the beauty of Nature

PROLOGUE Ever since my childhood days, I had been enthralled by the stories of the hideous mysteries of caves. The fear factor started from the stories of Tom Sawyer, Ali Baba and Forty Thieves, Aladdin. The adventure of Tom Sawyer in that mysterious cave scared a hell out of me. I had enjoyed cave exploration to my … More Robber’s Cave Dehradun: Admiring the beauty of Nature

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Dalhousie Delights

Prologue The dark woods wooed me too long, The drooping shadows of the pines – Haunted me, ignited visions of peace, I wanted to throw away, The heartless cacophony around me! I cherished to lay my restless soul                   On the meadows so green- Quench my thirst with the wild brooks around me, The mountains … More Dalhousie Delights

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