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

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

Snowfall in the Himalayan town of Shimla – Part I

17th January, 2013 Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India After a month of clear sunny days, it was raining when I got up. I trusted the weather gods and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute for a day long snowfall. They were right and it was beautiful. So, here are some pictures for those who missed it. I would also like to thank my friend, Aasheesh Mehta who saved me and my camera with his umbrella while I was shooting in the blizzard, during theRead more

Cover Story – The Braj Holi : Legend in real life

( 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 amazing time I had. )   The festival of colours is celebrated in Braj bhoomi for almost 50 days. In Mathura, Vrindavan, Nand Gaon, Barsana, Goverdhan, Dauji and Baldev, Holi festivities begin from Basant Panchami. While the official holiday for Holi around the country may be just a day orRead more

A cold winter morning in Shimla

I am sitting here in the Indian Coffee House. The one situated on the mall road of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. Its a cold winter morning. Its around 8:30 am I could not sleep the entire night. So here I am on an early morning walk to the Mall Road. Here are some pictures i took on my way. It was only when I was strolling, I realized that I might freeze in a few seconds. I got inside theRead more

Himalayan Landscapes

First of all, I would like to thank you for all the love and support in the form of comments, emails and visits on this website. I couldn’t update the blog because of my frequent visits to The Himalayas. I also visited Ladakh twice in the last two months and I uploaded few more photographs from the different ranges of The mighty Himalayas. So I present to you a collection of serene landscapes from the Indian Himalayas. The slideshow includes photographs fromRead more