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Kashmir Valley for Destinasian

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( Originally appeared in the October/November 2011 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Last Valley”) ) Long marred by separatist violence, the Kashmir Valley is finally enjoying a relative peace, […]

5 Winter Memories of 2010

Kids Playing at Chitkul

Winter, the best of all the seasons. It’s when you pack yourself in layers of clothing. The time when you enjoy different flavors of tea. When you sit near the […]

Dinner with Lizards at Pushkar

Indian Breakfast at Pushkar, Rajasthan

Holy town of Pushkar, Rajasthan, is a place where Lord Brahma once performed penance, where thousands of Hindu Pilgrims descend to the lake every year to bathe at 52 different […]

A spritual evening at Srinagar, Kashmir

A girl wipes her tears at Hazratbal Shrine

Agar firdaus bar rue zamin ast hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast! (“If there be paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!”) – Emperor Jahangir […]

Environmental Portraits – Young Mountain Climbers

Young Rock Climbers

Adventure Hills invited me to experience their new adventure course, that would teach kids the skills to survive at high altitude areas and Himalayan forests. It included a 4 day […]

Van Gujjar Tribe of The Himalayas

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Van Gujjar, is a wandering tribe of the Himalayas. In the winter season, the Van Gujjars migrate with their herds to the Shiwalik foothills, and in summer, they migrate higher […]

Personal – Jumping Jacks

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It was a beautiful evening when we were strolling in the forests near Shimla. This small hill station is suffering from negative growth and unplanned development. So to find peace […]

Video : Road to Kinnaur ( Winter trip to Chitkul )

Way to Chitkul, Kinnaur

So this time I had to see Chitkul (one of my favorite Himalayan village) in winters. So me and my friend packed our bags and left for Chitkul. As I […]

Cover Story – The Braj Holi : Legend in real life

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( This year I couldn’t attend the colorful Holi celebrations at Braj, but when Hindustan Times asked me to write a travelogue about my experience, I could easily retrospect the […]

Braj Holi – The festival of colors

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This year again the small villages of Braj Region are getting ready for the big day. Holi, also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed […]