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…

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…

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…

Scenic drive to Gangotri

We woke up to the rushing sound of Bhagirathi and the same overcast sky. A new day but the same weather. Looked like it would continue to rain. Though our destination for today, Gangotri, was only about 100 KMs away, there was a catch. Locals told us a portion of the highway (to Gangotri) was…

To Uttarkashi (from Delhi)

Ever since I was back from Kashmir, I was longing for a drive up the hills. July being the month of rains, was definitely not recommended for a road trip to the hills. The dangers of landslide, shooting stones, flash floods are all too real. But then, you gotta do what you gotta do 😃….

A road-trip to Uttarakhand in Monsoon

Uttarakhand and monsoons don’t go together all that well. More so since the tragic floods of 2013. Nobody seems to be willing to risk it by travelling during the monsoons. With some hope on the accuracy of the Meteorological department’s monsoon forecast and against the popular sentiment, we ventured there nonetheless. Day 1: To Uttarkashi…