Our Travels


Leh in Winter – A pristinely peaceful paradise

Ladakh – The land of High Passes – is stunningly beautiful. Having completed the Stok Kangri Base Camp trek in Summer of 2016, we had set our minds on the Chadar Trek on the frozen Zanskar river. Nonetheless, the weather Gods played spoilsport and the trek got cancelled at the last minute. This, nonetheless, turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as we got to experience the magic of Leh in winter. Being marooned […]

Leh market winter

Umananda Temple and a Sunset over the Brahmaputra River

Having spent a fruitful morning on the Nilachal hills exploring the Kamakhya temple, we decided to explore the Umanada temple in the evening. The temple, located on peacock island between the mighty Brahmaputra River, was built by the great Ahom King Gadadhar Singh in the 17th century. The original temple was badly damaged in the devastating earthquake of 1897. The temple that stands today is built by a rich local merchant. Umananda temple is an important […]


Kamakhya Temple and Nilachal Hills

Guwahati, the city of temples, is the gateway to North-East. The city is spread along the banks of the Brahmaputra river. Way back in school, I had heard of this majestic river which is the 10th largest river in the world that flows through China, India, and Bangladesh. I was happy to finally visit this gigantic river, and enjoy a sunset on its wide river banks. Quick Fact: In the early days, there was a […]


Root Institute of Wisdom and Culture, Bodhgaya

The Root Institute of Wisdom and Culture in Bodhgaya is an oasis of peace and calm amidst the chaos and crowds of Bodhgaya. Located 1.6 Kms away from the Mahabodhi temple, this institute offers a variety of Buddhist retreats and courses for Indians and foreign nationals. In addition, for travelers to Bodhgaya it opens up its peaceful rooms and dormitories affordable rates. The only caveat is that booking needs to be made well in advance […]


Rickshaw Puller – Contemplating the moral dilemma

Being from Mumbai, I have been fascinated by Bengal. The revolutions that have happened in the streets of Kolkata have shaped the history of India and the cultural ethos of our youth. But these resolutions are born from the poverty that plagues the state. This is true since the 18th century when the Englishman was so powerful, that the people of Kolkata were left with nothing, but mere scraps to build a living. An average […]

Rickshaw puller Kolkata

Sunderbans – The beautiful forest

The local train from Sealdah chugs to Namkhana station. Nestled in verdure meadows swaying with rabi crops the sleepy station seemed a far-fetched gateway to the land of mangroves. A country van pedals us to Namkhana bazaar, a jumble of narrow lanes and cramped shops. We sail to the other side of Haatania – Doania river in full  ‘jowar’ (high tide). The Ganga-Bhramaputra delta fans out like the braids of Lord Shiva covering an area […]


A Sense of Wonder

Wonder is a magical word. It opens up the gates closely guarding the secret to happiness. Do not let the work deadlines, expectations of  people, societal pressure take you anywhere away from this life inducing phenomenon. Take a break and look around. Everyone is in a hurry to reach somewhere, still nobody makes it to where they want to be. It’s an unending race towards an imaginary goal post. Spare some time to just gaze […]


Tarkarli – Devbaug Beach – A journey in snapshots

Tarkarli Beach, located around 6 Kms away from Malvan city, is one of the more publicized beaches of Malvan. That, however, does not take anything away from the beauty of this narrow strip of silver white sand with crystal clear waters where one can see up to 20 ft. below in the sea-bed on a bright sunny day. Tarkarli beach extends south towards Devbaug where Karli river meets the Arabian sea. On the northern end […]

Tarkarli Beach white sand malvan

In-Photos: Drive on the Konkan Coastal Road from Diveagar to Harihareshwar and beyond 3

I love the vast expansive shots in James Bond movies, where the action is set on coastal roads in foreign locales. Never did I imagine that India too has a similar coastal road. The roads in Konkan, may not be as smooth as the ones shown in Hollywood, but the views here are indeed as spectacular as ones you see abroad. The coastal road in Konkan falls on the Maharashtra SH-4. We only covered the […]


Lonavala to Bhimashankar [Lo-Bhi]- An Endurance trek

Walking along a stone path laid a thousand years ago, I wondered about the commerce, the warfare and cultural exchanges that may have happened on the roads that I tread. Lonavala to Bhimashankar ( Lo-Bhi ), a trek along the ancient trade route, is a gem of a range trek in Sahayadris that forced me to ponder over the history of this region beyond the exploits of Marathas, Mughals, and the Britishers. It is a […]