Doodhpathri – A secret waiting to be discovered!

From Srinagar, in less than 50 kms, you are at cloud nine! Well, nine thousand feet actually. Doodhpathri is a meadow with lush green fields and a smallish glacial stream meandering through. The name has it’s origins in the local folklore which tell the story of a Sufi saint coming here in search of water and…

Srinagar, Kashmir – How to spend a typical day!

Srinagar (and Kashmir as a whole) had been on our shortlist for a long time but we could not manage a trip here. The last trip to Kashmir was a fleeting visit we could afford during the run to Leh. Even this trip turned out shorter than I would have liked, but, hey, I can’t…

Chindi, Karsog Valley – A secluded paradise

Chindi in Karsog Valley, is only about 90 kms from Shimla. Yet, it sees only a fraction of the tourists that Shimla has to deal with. There are not many stay options in the valley. The pace of life is refreshingly slow here. Can you imagine the markets being closed on a Sunday? Well, it…

Sattal Trek from Dharali

Sattal is a cluster of 7 lakes at varying altitudes near Dharali. (There is a similarly named place near Nainital too – don’t confuse this one with that). The only way to reach them is to climb up the mountain on your feet. No motor-able roads here. Some of the lakes have dried up over…

Harsil – A supremely beautiful and quiet hamlet

Harsil was our designated stop for the night after Nelang (Nelong) valley. Although we did not cover much distance today, we made up for it by using up all the time we had. Harsil is a small hamlet, close to Gangotri. There is a sizable Army presence here because it used to be a complete…

Nelong Valley – The Ladakh of Uttarakhand?

Nelang (Nelong) Valley was the raison d’être of this whole trip. I wanted to visit Nelong ever since I heard the news of restrictions being lifted. I had to cancel the previous trips due to some or the other reason. Even this trip was on the brink of cancellation due to “Monsoons”. But thankfully, we made…