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…

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…

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…