Tirthan Valley – A destination less traveled

“It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.” Nestled in the Kullu Region of Himachal Pradesh,Tirthan Valley has managed to remain the destination less travelled. At an altitude of 1600 m and by the side of the Tirthan river, this valley will just win…

Village Sarchi in Tirthan Valley- Picture of the month April

“ Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent school masters, and teach us more than we can ever learn from books”- John Lubbock There is a magical image of a place that keeps coming to me in my dreams. That image of a small village in…

The Mist

I started my walk in the forest and was soon greeted by flowing water. I opened my shoes and dipped my leg in the cool water and looked above. Wow! I was below a canopy of trees vs the usual concrete at home. It was just the beginning of the trek and i had already…

Thoughts on my Birthday

Yesterday I completed another trip around the sun. I celebrated it with a small 100km round trip on the bike. For the past few years this has been the ritual. Being on the bike clears my mind a lot, especially it helps me channelize my thoughts. For me birthdays are a mix of both fun…

Travel Story-The Monk

There is something about those faces which tells you a story. I sat for a cup of tea besides a sadhu and I knew he wanted a cup of tea too so I ordered 2 . The shopkeeper was asking for 16 bucks but he insisted on paying 10 which he always did. I always…

Seeking Happiness

“Happiness is the state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.”– Taken from Atlas shrugged. If there were a rule book for happiness we would all be happy but happiness is about an experience which varies from person to person.Your idea of happiness can be different from mine but essentially the essence…

Trekking to Kurangani Hills

Why Kurangani ? : There are a lot of one day treks in South India but mostly all these treks are in a National Park area where camping is not allowed. Kurangani is one of those treks where you are allowed to camp that too inside tea gardens with a mesmerizing view of Sunrise. I…

La Digue-Picture of the month March

This was clicked at La Digue, a small island at Seychelles. La Digue will always remain in my memory for the magic the place has to offer. Take a trip to this island and experience the medieval times. A small island which can be walked around in a day has cycles as the sole mode…

Top quotes on life

We all need to be motivated in life. I feel that when we go to college, school, there is a curriculum at place. Strangely later in life you would realize that we all need a curriculum for life and it has to be designed by us. Much of what happens to us is a function…

Life lessons from 12 years of traveling

1)Collect moment not things: I sit in the shade of a tree with red flowers at one of the bends on the road which quite strategically gives me the clear view of occasional vehicles from either side.I am happy for the fact that not only do i see a mountain with a tinge of white…

10 must do things at Varanasi

Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together. – Mark Twain   A brief history of Varanasi: Varanasi has an amazing history which could date back to 1200 BC. There are indications that the city could be living since 3000…

The other side of the Coin

Life is so about perspective and views, to get a wholesome view, one must explore all the angles. Same with my trip at Varanasi took some good effort to be on the other side of the Ganges, but ola, what a view. Same goes with our life, our decisions and most important our opinions. In…