Barot, Himachal Pradesh – An idyllic holiday destination

Barot is a small village in Himachal Pradesh, around 60kms from Mandi. It was developed in the 1920s by the British as part of the Shanan Power Project. While the majority of the project lies in Jogindernagar, a diversion dam and tunnel lies across the hills in Barot which redirect the waters of Uhl river….

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?…

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…

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…