Rural Central India for two months

School Kids of government school in Bettiah, Bihar, laughing in a WASH in school session which is a part of the Nirmal Bharat Yatra

I am back to the hills after spending almost two months in central Indian villages with WASH United. The following paragraphs will have a brief info about the yatra and […]

Flight to Ladakh that landed in Kullu Valley

The Great Himalayan Ranges at Ladakh

After spending half of my winters in Delhi, I realized that its not cold enough. So, I tried to book my tickets to the nearest Hill Station, Leh, the capital […]

Camera calling by Priyanka Sharma

Himanshu Khagta with the Raika Tribe in Rajasthan

( Priyanka Sharma, a student journalist who wrote this article about me for her college magazine. Thanks Priyanka) The beauty of her mysterious mountains and the tranquility of life in […]

Kashmir Valley for Destinasian


( 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


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


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 […]