Traveling solo to Kashi, for Dev Deepawali, was a risk well taken, the net result in the category of good decisions taken in 2017. Call it Varanasi, Benaras or what you will, to me it will always remain Kashi, the holy city of the Hindus. For some inexplicable reason Kashi had always been my dream destination and traveling solo … Continue reading Why Kashi?
Packing up. The nagging worry of departure. Lost keys, unwritten labels, tissue paper lying on the floor. I hate it all. Even now, when I have done so much of it, when I live, as the saying goes, in my boxes. Even today, when shutting drawers and flinging wide an (sic) hotel wardrobe, or the … Continue reading Packing Up
Per Aspera Ad Astra- four words that aptly summarise our trip to Spiti Valley. It is a Latin phrase which means "through hardships to the stars." To say that this region is surreal is stating the obvious, to say that reaching here is tough is in the genre of FYI, what needs stating is that it's totally … Continue reading Spiti Valley
"There is no happiness for him who does not travel, Rohita!...The feet of the wanderer are like the flower, his soul is growing and reaping fruit; and all his sins are destroyed by his fatigues in wandering. Therefore, wander! The fortune of him who is sitting, sits; it rises when he rises; it sleeps when … Continue reading Why Travel?
It's usually really easy to write about travel experiences, given their factual nature. But when a trip is packed with one amazing memory after another it becomes difficult to write a factual blog about it. To find my way around it I first thought of a BuzzFeed kind "10 Reasons why you should visit Kutch" … Continue reading Kutch
It's a pity that a mention of Rishikesh evokes images of adventure sports (only). A New Year trip to the place with a desire to get away from the social obligation of attending Crazy New Year Eve parties revealed to us the other side of Rishikesh, what the place was meant for originally, before rafting and … Continue reading Rishikesh sans Adventure Sports
I belong to that generation which during its formative years saw a nation make conversation with absolute strangers (as if they have known each other since time immemorial); from train journeys, bus stops to the common area with a television in villages (you would understand what I mean if you had been to an Indian … Continue reading The Art of Conversation-I
I've generally found Indians to be extremely passionate and territorial when it comes to mangoes! Most of us never give up on the mangoes we grew up on. The consequence of this is that every year my doting father sends across 20-30 kgs of mangoes plucked, packed and transported under his personal jurisdiction for his … Continue reading 6 Destinations, 3 Women, 1 Road Trip
Inability to decide between hills, ruins and beaches made me zero in on Sri Lanka as my next holiday destination. It was a gamble to visit Sri Lanka in June as it is a lean tourist season but it paid off. Before visiting Sri Lanka one must check the places to visit during the months … Continue reading Sri Lanka: A Pictorial Journey
In life I have always needed that one friend who shares my passion for traveling; who is the go-to person when everyone else has backed out. After finding such a friend when life decided (after all these years) that it was time for us to part then the first thing that came to mind was, … Continue reading Nag Tibba Trek