Walking on the Edge of Meru Glacier

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek in the Gangotri National Park in Uttarakhand is, for me, one of the memorable treks ever! This day, as the weather cleared – after an incessant snowfall for the whole of previous day, slowing down much later into the night, we set out to explore the grand Meru Glacier.

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Flying Jewels of Garbhanga Forest

The greens looked a shade lighter under the blanket of the early winter fog that morning. A dirt-track gently meandered into the forest. Sunlight was yet to slice through the forest canopy. The tranquil silence was occasionally broken by the chirps and sounds of songbirds, hidden away from sight. The forest looked soothing with all the greens and browns, sprinkled with vibrantly coloured, tiny wildflowers.

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The Handsome Mount Shivling

After an almost incessant snowfall the previous night, we woke up to a beautiful clear day. And there it was, the stunning mount Shivling standing tall in its full glory! It was completely obscured the previous day when we had set up the camp even as it snowed continuously, it was hard to even imagine something this grand stood right there and we couldn’t see it!

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Pondicherry: Old Port and Pier

“Only fishermen are allowed on the Pier”, one of two lady Constables who were patrolling the area told me. I had asked them if I could walk on the pier. So I checked if I could walk on the shore around and under it, they nodded a yes.

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Himalayan Wilderness

Gaumukh – the snout of the Gangotri Glacier, and the source of river Ganga or the Ganges, deep inside the Gangotri National Park in Uttarakhand. It once resembled the snout of a cow, which explains the name “Gaumukh” or “Gomukh” (which is what the word means in local parlance).

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Autumn Colours

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
― Albert Camus

Such pretty season autumn is, too bad that we don’t experience it as much here in India except for the Himalayan regions up north. I remember traveling to those places (Ah! the good old days when we could travel to our heart’s content!) around the fall season and watching the leaves change their colours. And swaying and dancing in the breeze, bright and beautiful, and falling on the ground as if falling in love with the earth.

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Kedarkantha – A Magical Sunrise over the Mountains


I stared, awestruck at the magnificent, unobstructed expanse of the sky filled with numerous hues and shades of morning colours. I was to witness one of the most beautiful moment of my blessed life – sunrise at Kedarkantha.

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Aihole and Pattadakal: Towns Lost in Time

History was never my fav. subject in school, probably because the way it was taught. But as I began travelling, visiting and exploring places, reading, seeing and hearing the stories each of them had in store, my perspective changed. In fact, I started to look forward to learn as much as I can, about the history of the place, and all the what, when, why and how’s of it.

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Pondicherry, and the Treasures of the Seas

Pondicherry is a popular tourist destination in South India. However, for some reason I never happened to visit it for a long time. But last year (after my parents visited the place I was tempted to plan a trip too) I planned a quick visit to Pondicherry.

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A Day in Slo-mo in Gopeshwar, Uttarakhand

Not all travel stories leave you awed, some just tell things as they are, simple, regular, normal stuff. Like this one here, that’s from the time I was in Gopeshwar. It’s a sleepy little place near Chamoli in Uttarakhand. Not much to do here except for observing life as if in a slo-mo, days beginning with spectacular sunrise and ending with colourful sunsets over the tall mountains.

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Nachiketa Tal: Hiking To The Hidden Lake

At the crack of dawn, I boarded a bus headed towards Lambgaon and got down at Chaurangikhal. These are the names of some unpopular places in Uttarakhand – one of the beautiful northern states of India, nestled in the laps of the majestic Himalayas. I had started the bus journey from Uttarkashi – a major town in Uttarakhand, which is well known for its proximity with many important religious destinations and as a gateway to several extreme and adventurous spots.

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