Video – Alpine Skiing in Spiti

When the winter is about to end in the month of February and the temperature starts rising in the remote valley of Spiti, some locals take out their old ski equipment and climb various snow covered slopes around Kaza to practise their ski skills. When I was there for my project, Life in Spiti in the year 2015, I learn’t some basics and  each morning we would pack our breakfast and coffee and start our two hour long climb up onRead more

First Bus to Dodra Kwar – The Remotest Region of Shimla

NOTE – Please mind any errors. There is a reason I am a photographer not a writer. It was 2009. The newspaper had a piece about the remotest region of Shimla. The motor-able road from Rohru to Dodra Kwar was now open and the government was starting a daily bus service to this remote valley. So, I along with three of my friends decided to take that bus to Chanshal Pass (3750m) and camp there. Having no idea how camping works, our campingRead more

People of Korzok village in Ladakh

Six years back we reached this small village right next to Tso-Moriri Lake — 15000ft above the sea level — about 215kms from Leh. This place is known for the monastery that I had never heard of. Residents belong to the Changpa Tribe and are mostly info farming and rearing livestock that includes famous Pashmina goats. Here are some of the pictures. Hope you like them. Please feel free to share the link but kindly don’t save and upload theseRead more

Winter drive to Pangi for BBC

I am sharing with you a link to the travel story about our winter drive to Pangi that I did for BBC Travel recently. You can read the full article and also the video on BBC with the following link.  http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160401-a-perilous-ride-to-a-remote-valleyRead more

Road Trip from Chandigarh to Nagaland and around

Most of my travel plans are made in an instant. When my friend invited me to experience whats it like to drive to the north east, I instantly said yes and started packing. The next morning I dumped two bags of equipment and few clothes in his white Tata Safari and we started our journey from Chandigarh.  We drove through ten states, covering a total distance of around 7000km. These are the places we drove through. Chandigarh – Delhi – Agra – VaranasiRead more

Few pictures from our drive to Pangi

In early November we drove to Pangi valley via Kashmir and these are some pictures from our drive. Day 1 – From Shimla to Kihar Full day of driving from Shimla to Kihar in Chamba. Day 2 – Kihar – Doda – Kishtwar – Killar We entered Doda district via Padri Jot and then crossed the beautiful region of Kishtwar. After Kishtwar, the roads had multiple landslides till Gulabgarh. From there we reached Ishtiyari and then crossed the famous 5-7km patch of the most dangerous road inRead more

My thoughts on ASUS ZenPad 7.0

Last week, I got a New Years gift from ASUS, the Taiwan based computer company, known for their motherboards, phones and tablets. They sent me their brand new tablet and asked me to review it. So, I took this device to Shimla and used it for a week. Even made my parents use it. So, presenting my review on the ASUS ZenPad 7.0, the low cost 7.7 inch tablet that runs on android.   Design This 7.7inch tablet looks pretty neat with aRead more

Spending a winter in Spiti

As the winter welcomed spring, and the snow started melting during the daytime, I woke up in a  small guest room at Komic monastery, 4500m above sea level. My wrist watch kept on the side table displayed -6˚C and the blue water bottle, kept right next to it was full of ice. I reached for my boots, then struggled to put them on and after 15 minutes of trying to sqeeze my feet in the shoe, I gave up. They were frozen solid as I forgotRead more

Himalayan Roads – Reaching Pangi valley via Kashmir

On 1st November, we started our journey from Shimla to the remotest valley of Himachal – Pangi valley in Chamba district. The shortest road, via Saach pass, that connects Pangi to the rest of the world opens for just a few months and it was already closed. So this was the only road open for the people of Pangi. We reached Kihar in Chamba at the end of a day full of driving and then started early to reach Killar,Read more

Mountain Biking 67km through the high altitude villages of Spiti

“So I have two mountain bikes”, said Mr. Tsering Bodh, “You can take them and reach this beautiful village called Langza the first day and from there you can move ahead to Komic the second day and then you can decide if you want to come back via Hikkim or continue ahead to Demul and then reach back to Kaza.” This casual conversation was happening in the dim lit lobby of Sakya Abode in the month of October two years back. ARead more