Anini, Arunachal Pradesh

A wild wild trip to Eastern Arunachal Pradesh. The Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains, Arunachal Pradesh is the largest of the North-eastern states. The state is inhabited by 26 major tribes and over 100 sub-tribes. The major tribes are Adi, Galo, Aka, Apatani, Nyishi, Tagins, Bori, and Bokar. Over 80 per cent of Arunachal Pradesh is covered with thick evergreen forests and it has five major rivers- Kameng, Subansiri, Lohit , Siang and Tirap. Most Read more…

Rupin Pass

A Hatrick with Rupin Pass The mountains are calling and I must go. I stared at my t-shirt that was saying this out loud to me. It was that time of the year when I gave up the comforts of my city life and home and went trudging up some Himalyan slopes for some peace, quiet, and stunning beauty. It had become addictive and this was the third consecutive year that I was going trekking. Read more…

Hogenakkal

A traveller writes Appreciating Hogenakkal is like reading a good romantic novel: one tends to enjoy the journey more than the destination.  We were riding on bikes down to this small hill station on the fifth and last day of an arduous journey. We were hurt, tired and we longed for homely comforts. But the sheer beauty of sleeping landscapes in the afternoons, the winding roads sneaking into adivasi villages, going over small hillocks bathing Read more…

Roopkund Trek

 So every time someone does some Himalayan trek and comes back, all you get to hear is – “Hey it was epic! What a fun trek! A lifetime experience” and what not. No one really tells you the difficulties involved. Before I bask in the glory of successfully making it to a glacier at 15730 feet and forget about the struggle to get there, I have to write it down.   Dallywich We got to Read more…

Great Lakes Trek

Day 1: The Flight Journey! The 8 hour long flight with two stops at Mumbai and Amritsar was not as fun as we thought. Calling flight attendant to ask whether the Golden temple was on the left or the right side of the plane and other jokes kept us engaged for the first half of the day as we reached Srinagar by around 2 PM. Rafique bhai from Shabbir travels welcomed us along with the Read more…

Back-trekking Roopkund

“Far from the madding crowd” – this was the only mantra which gave me the courage to sign up for the Roopkund trek. A group of strangers (more or less), an untrained body, complete fatigue after yet another academic year – my only inspiration was my innate love for the mountains. ‘What on earth am I doing?’ spoke the little grumpy voice inside as I sipped coffee sitting at the Bangalore International Airport. I took Read more…

Vythiri

They say that after you suck dry all of the juice of a ripe mango, you can throw the seed anywhere in this land and it will grow. Maybe that is why every turn of the head is another sighting of spindly coconut palms flowing in the damp air. Or how the green ivy winds its way everywhere along the edges of stones bridges and carpets the forest floor around the base of trees. Why Read more…

Kotagiri

An Overview They say time travel is still a myth, technically maybe. However, sometimes life allows you spaces to almost walk back in time, find places and people who seem untouched by the fast moving pace of urban civilization. You can step into the threshold of ancient tradition, wilderness and civilization as you witness and the lifestyle and habitats of the Kurumba tribe in Vallericombi. Vallericombi is 1500 m above sea level and is less Read more…

Har ki Dun Trek

Day 1 Sankri village 1920 mtrs “Sorry, we do not have hot water,” the caretaker at the Garhwal Mandal rest house in Sankri announced with a deadpan face. My heart sank. After enduring seven sweaty days and 52 kms on the Har-Ki-Dun trail, I was so looking forward to a hot cleansing shower! And as if to mock me, a chilly gust of Himalayan breeze slapped across my tanned and blistered face– just when I was trying to Read more…

Kondiyanatham Hike

Up To The Hills   It was a sworn promise that the four of us (Taarak, Satyajit, Nadu and I) would make a camping trip every year in the month of December. This year the TV channels and the news warned ceaselessly about a cyclone that was about to hit Tamil Nadu. This did not deter us from packing our bags and heading off for the hills near Kacharapalayam (A camp site 150km from Puducherry). Read more…

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