a bit beyond……

At times, it is rewarding to go a trifle bit beyond what the tour guide book says, even if its a few steps… Advertisements

Hope… Courage… Life…

They said the place closed at 5! They said it got just too dark to be around thereafter. They said it was dangerous. They said it was the land’s end.  It sure seemed to be the land’s end. The canyon so vast and deep made a rumbling river sound no more than a meek trickle….

Random 2

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….

Someday…

Some people I know must be bored of hearing me say, I wish I could take off from work now.. if I could, you would never see me again.., for they know, right after I utter these words, I usually get back to my desk, with a vacant look in my eye. To the casual looker…

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…

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…