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A blissful calm, a soothing ray of light reflecting off the sparkling water, the tall gentle slopes around belying the fact that the very foot of the slopes themselves lie at about 13000 feet above the sea level. Such was Chandrataal. A 9km trek seems nothing when 4 nomadic souls trudge, with only one another for company,…

Beauty all around..

Somewhere along a highway to Tibet, a contrast cant be more stark.. The rich blue sky, against a bone dry landscape and a small patch of green orchards.  Beauty all around, all it needs is our time to sit back and enjoy.. If only one could go back in time….

Hope…

The dark clouds with their ominous prescence lurk just at the edge of the village, their shadows threatening to swallow everything in its path; the setting sun keeping it at bay with the very last ounce of it energy.  A scene at Nako, a village tucked away in some of the remote areas of the…

A crazy relationship that!

  A crazy relationship…. Despite the physical proximity, they couldn’t have been more different… Him, happy with the views around him, his home; not rushed by anything, wise with age.. while her, the tempestuous nature in utter contrast to his stoic silence. Her quest for the unseen and the unknown will take her far away;…

just a moment….

A wise man once said, you blink and you miss… Such was this moment, somewhere along the NH 22, the Hindustan-Tibet road on the stretch between Rampur and Jeori. The river Sutlej snaking its way between the mountains is a common sight even before Rampur. There was however one moment when the valley seemed to stretch…

Sarahan…. When Spiti happened – Part 3

Day 2 : While a typical morning is defined by the harsh sun slapping you back into reality, there are those days, when the soothing sound of the Sutlej greets you the moment you open your eyes. Arriving at Rampur long after the day light faded, the only hint of the river was the sound…

Beautiful barren land….

Quite the irony, the title.. But then, such was Spiti. If someone had taught you there can be nothing beautiful in something barren, bring them to Spiti… So vast, with barely any vegetation, and yet so beautiful. The tall mountains, in their varied hues of brown, the stunning blue of the sky offering an amazing…

The Ajanta of the Himalayas…..

  Hours of bus rides on broken roads, countless switchbacks, gales of dust billowing into the bus, fly infested restaurant along the way; they are all worth the effort when the destination has such a view… This probably has the bus station with the view to die for!!! Tabo, I had heard was called the…

The Excitement of a threshold…..

Its not always that the expensive and the exotics take us over the moon! It could be something as simple and humble as a rusted old sign post, neglected in the age of multiple navigation apps. More so, when the said sign post is set up against the backdrop of the Himalayas, showing the distance I have…

When Spiti Happened….. 1

One hot day in May ’15 i had a random thought.. Why not celebrate my birthday in Pangong Tso, with complete strangers for company and not one known soul……. A wise man once said, “life is what happens when we are busy planning something else”! True, if you d ask me..! The Milky Way spreading across…