Himalayan Roads – 1 Million Views and Counting

Few years back I bought my first GoPro that was used to record the roads I was driving on my various journeys. Having had no experience on how to deal with video footage, I made my first video on iMovie and upload it on a new youtube channel called, Himalayan Roads. To my surprise, a simple video of a car driving from Chandigarh to Shimla was received quite well by the youtube viewers and then I started taking it a littleRead 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

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

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

8 pictures from my first trip to Spiti

Two years back me and my friend drove across Kinnaur to reach the high mountains of Spiti. After crossing the river at Sumdo few hours after Malling and Chango, the last villages of Kinnaur, the sense of approaching a different land is quite prominent. Rudyard Kipling in kim felt the same and wrote this. “Surely the Gods live here. Beaten down by the silence and the appalling sweep of dispersal of the cloud-shadows after rain. This place is no placeRead more

Life in Spiti – Website documenting Spiti Valley

Sometimes we arrive in unknown places and they feel like home. That is how I felt in Spiti. The valley is so silent and still, mostly cut off from the rest of the world. In these modern fast-moving times, it is rare to find oneself in such a place, which has no distractions. The hospitality of the people of Spiti is amazing. The locals welcome you warmly into their homes, offering you cups of steaming chai and freshly cooked food,Read more

Life in Shimla – Documenting my hometown through pictures.

A place that is so deeply entrenched in you that you could walk its streets blindfolded. That is Shimla for me. It is where I belong and it is here that I find contentment, evoked by a certain sense of familiarity, feeling completely at home. While growing up, Shimla was the only world I knew that existed. As a child, I remember walking on winding roads lined with pine and deodar trees. On many mornings, I would wake up toRead more

Off the beaten path : Stories of life and land in Arunachal, Assam and Meghalaya

After a tormenting flight full of very strong tremors, landing at Dibrugarh Airport in Assam was a bit of relief for me. In fact, the flight made me care even less about the news of insurgency in the region. Soon after landing,  I followed the direction of my friends and I took a shared cab to Tinsukia. On reaching Tinsukia, while I was just meeting my friends who came to pick me up from the market, we heard a loudRead more

The city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan

February, 2009 Jodhpur, Rajasthan Five year ago, when I was supposed to pack my bag with books and notebooks to leave for my 8:40am lecture of Political Science in my college, I was dodging the thick fog on Chandigarh-Delhi Highway to reach Rajasthan. I had to meet my friend and switch cars at Kurukshtra. After driving for a day, and stopping at numerous tea shops to chat with local people, we reached Jodhpur. For the foodies might already know this but evenRead more

Finding Nino

Max Bearak and I are on a month-long journey through Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya, documenting cultural  and environmental transformation in the region. Max is a journalist with The New York Times based in Delhi. Look out for his articles with my pictures on the NYT’s World section in the coming month. This is the first guest post on my blog – hope you enjoy. December 17th, 2013 DIBANG VALLEY, ARUNACHAL PRADESH – Ninety kilometers of a rutted road andRead more