Jaintia Hills – The land of Giants?

Jaintia Hills lie further east to the Khasi Hills in Meghalaya. It is one of the administrative districts in the state, headquartered in Jowai. Starting from Umiam, we skip Shillong completely and instead, take the beautifully laid bypass road, which meets the old highway NH6, coming through Shillong, near Mawryngkneng. The highway itself, is really picturesque and…

Sohra, Cherapunjee – To the Abode of Clouds

Sohra (or Cherrapunjee) is a small place about 50 kms from the state capital Shillong. A fantastic highway through the East Khasi hills ensures you cover the distance in under 90 mins. But, a major problem to that, are the views around you. They make you stop every few meters. Why Sohra? The claim to…

Tirthan Valley – In the Nature’s Lap

Barely 65 KMs from Mandi, lies the valley of Tirthan river. Although not as popular as Manali, Kullu or Kasol, it has it’s own charms which are hard to find elsewhere. It is a relatively lesser explored destination and offers some solitude and peace. Something we city dwellers badly need. Adventurous drives, lush green farms, apple…

Dawki – Travelling to the land’s end

Dawki is a small town on the India Bangladesh border in Meghalaya. It is around 80 kms from the state capital Shillong and lies in the west Jaintia hills. The river passing through it, is called Umngot, and has become famous of late, because of it’s crystal clear waters. Why is Dawki, the Lands’ end?…

Narkanda – A perfect weekend getaway

Barely 65 KMs from Shimla, lies the small town of Narkanda. At around 2700 m ASL, it offers some of the most beautiful views of the snow clad Shivaliks. It is a busy little place with a bustling market. It lies on the erstwhile Hindustan Tibet road that was an old trade route between India…

Aru Valley – A hidden gem in Kashmir

Nestled between towering mountains, and flowing streams, Aru Valley is as pristine as it gets. Once you move past the small village, numerous meadows and lakes await you. If you are up for it, some multi-day treks from here can take you to places, you won’t believe exist!

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…