The colours of Hikkim….

Hikkim is a vllage in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the highest year-round inhabited locations in India, with residences from 4330m to 4400 m above msl! Hikkim’s claim to fame is the Post Office (India Post), which is credited to be the World’s Highest Post Office! Hikkim is…

a sunset to soak in…

Considered by some as the highest motorable village in the world, Kibber at 4270m above sea level is a tiny village nestled in the Himalayas, in Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. Known for its snow leopard and ibex sighting, the village does provide for some amazing sunsets….!    

just another day…!?

There are days when you are forced out of bed by the sunlight burning your face, push yourself to get ready to do your chores, and trundle around to get about your regular activities, look up at the sky for the darkness to surround you, get back to that bed you woke up in dreading…

a random thought……..

Fields in all shades of green all around, in complete contrast to the barren and brown slopes, with their quaint little mud houses; the shadows playing their magic, with a part of the landscape obscured from view, creating a mystery. A post card moment indeed. Such was the first view of Kibber, a remote little…

Vistas be like….. a throwback

December 2007.. A 16 hour ride on a rickety cramped bus got 50 us college students to Manali from Amritsar. The view from the hotel window looking into the distant snow capped peaks makes one forget anything else around… Such bliss, such calm. Did nothing specific in Manali during that trip. Yet, the peace was…

Where Man has no say…..

Nature puts things in perspective. Man is no more than a tiny speck in the larger scheme of things…! Narcissistic traits vanish away like melting snow when on the mountains. One feels so minuscule, that even a slightly strong gust of wind could push him over the edge. A tiny village (possibly Malling), along the…

The Moment – The Emotion

There is something about travelling.. Something you can never put a finger to..! More so, in the case of a solo trip.. Something intangible, but with a constant presence!  It is this that makes one want to travel again, over and over again. An itch one can never appease, a hunger you can never satisfy,…

My tryst with Chandrataal…..

Tales about Chandrataal is filled with the exciting trek, or the scintillating bike ride on the jeepable road, or the photo-op at Kunzum top. But my stand out emotion with Chandrataal would be forlornness… This image sums it up….. ————————————————————————————————- Saturday – Sept 12, 2015 – 830 am… Standing on a dusty patch of the…

stop looking, and simply see……

A song* goes thus, “stop looking and simply see…”. While on a trip to Himachal, i remember hearing a fellow traveller tell me, “the views get monotonous after a point”. This, in response to me telling him that there comes a point where you don’t want to click pictures any more. You just want to take…