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A Quiet Farm Retreat in the Himalayas – The Goat Village

A Quiet Farm Retreat in the Himalayas – The Goat Village
By the December of 2016, I was a minor veteran of Himalayan treks. Having been on six, I had my share of living the tent life. For my next Himalayan trip, I wanted to experience the mountains in a more relaxed way.  I wanted to wake up early and wait patiently for the sun to...

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A Tour of Remote Spiti Valley

A Tour of Remote Spiti Valley
I visited Spiti Valley in late July 2014. Going solely by photos on social media, Spiti isn’t as popular as neighboring Ladakh. I was surprised to learn when reading up before that trip that Spiti is in Himachal Pradesh. I always imagined this Himalayan state to be nestled in lush green forest, with fair skinned...

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A Weekend Trip to Hampi, Karnataka

A Weekend Trip to Hampi, Karnataka
Update 1: In September 2016, I updated this article with photos from more recent trips and a few from older trips. The text remains the same as that of the original article which was written in 2014. Update 2: From July 2017, as per an article in the Deccan Herald, the Archeological Survey of India has banned the use of...

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Backpacking in Bhutan

Backpacking in Bhutan
I originally wrote this in Feb, 2006. You can download a PDF (with images) of this writeup (1.8mb): bhutan2k6.pdf. Bhutan is nestled in the Himalayas between India and Tibet. With a reputed tour operator and a little money, you can travel through the picturesque terrains of this small kingdom in a cozy 4X4, with a...

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Exploring Culture in Gujarat

Exploring Culture in Gujarat
In late 2008 I visited Gujarat with a sketchy plan of touring the State along with my friend Uday. He was then studying there at the National Institute of Design (NID). Having completed his course, he was working on the post-production of his diploma film. I had flight tickets to Ahmedabad from Chennai where I...

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Gokarna Travel Blog and Pictures (Karnataka)

Gokarna Travel Blog and Pictures (Karnataka)
In Nov 2015, I also wrote an article about Gokarna for Jungle Lodges. Click here to read it. Gokarna is a temple town in North Karnataka. There are several small secluded beaches in and around Gokarna, which makes it a nice getaway from the city. Visitors come to Gokarna for both pilgrimage, and recreation. If...

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Snow Trek to Har-Ki-Dun And Pictures

Snow Trek to Har-Ki-Dun And Pictures
Trek Itinerary 20th April – Dehradun – Purola 21st April – Purola – Taluka 22nd April – Taluka – Osla 23rd April – Osla – Har-Ki-Dun 24th April – Har-Ki-Dun – Osla 25th April – Osla – Mori 26th April – Mori - Purola – Mussoorie 27th April – Mussoorie – Dehradun - Delhi Har-Ki-Dun

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Jungle Safari in Satpura Tiger Reserve and Stay at Forsyth Lodge

Jungle Safari in Satpura Tiger Reserve and Stay at Forsyth Lodge
Satpura Tiger Reserve is one of the best places in India to experience a jungle safari. This article narrates my experience of staying at Forsyth Lodge and seeing the wild animals of the national park.

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Tracing History in The Rocks of Badami

Tracing History in The Rocks of Badami
This post was voted one of the must read posts of 2016 by Asian Tours and Holidays! The idea of visiting Badami crossed my mind many times. However, I had never traveled past Hampi until the August of 2015. A few friends and I hatched a plan to visit Badami for which we picked the weekend...

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Silent Valley National Park (Kerala)

Silent Valley National Park (Kerala)
When I was around 18, I read James Redfield’s ‘Celestine Prophecy’ and was quite blown away by the concept of synchronicity. A lot of things in my life have happened due to meaningful coincidences and the Silent Valley trip is one of them. During the first or second week of joining my new workplace (just...

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Trekking to Valley of Flowers (Uttarakhand)

Trekking to Valley of Flowers (Uttarakhand)
Valley of Flowers is a mystical region in the Himalayas, that has been quoted in various texts old and new. I remember reading about it in Swami Rama's book, "Living With the Himalayan Masters" a long time ago, before I did any kind of photography. The interwebs tell me that this place even gets a...

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Winter Trek to Deoriatal and Tunganath (Uttaranchal)

Winter Trek to Deoriatal and Tunganath (Uttaranchal)
This is a guest post on the winter trek to Deoriatal and Tunganath. Three of us, including the author of this post, were a team from Bangalore who trekked with IndiaHikes to Deoriatal in December of 2016. “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your...

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