7050km on a Farm Tractor – Chandigarh to Kanyakumari and back

After the Longest and Highest Tractor Expedition to Ladakh covering 3623kms in 14 days in 2012, Jaibir Virk planned yet another expedition in 2013. This time he along with Amit Chaudhary would take the tractor to Kanyakumari and back creating a world record for the longest journey on a farm tractor. I would navigate and sometimes drive the support vehicle along with the tractor. Indo Farm gave us a brand new closed cabin tractor with Air Conditioning and a music system.Read more

Evening Drive to Khashdhar Village of Rohru

I was born in Rohru, a small town about 100kms away from Shimla, known for its apple orchards, but having spent all of my life outside, I hardly know this region. So, every day I make it a point to drive to a new village and spend my evening there. Hope I’ll be able to visit all of the villages very soon. While enquiring about villages with really bad roads, my neighbour who is a government school teacher in Rohru,Read more

Bharmour and its 1400 Year Old Temples

The first time I saw Bharmour was when I turned eighteen. I had just got a drivers license and I had a lot of free time. The map of Himachal I had at that time showed Bharmour as the last place one could drive to on that side of Himachal. Having never seen Chamba district, I set on a solo drive in my father’s blue Maruti 800. Now after about nine years I reached back and the place is surprisinglyRead more

Panasonic Lumix GH5 in the Himalayas

Panasonic gave me their Lumix GH5 + Vario 12-35 2.8 O.I.S lens to test for 10 days. I took it to explore the remote valley of Rohru for my ongoing project, Life in Shimla. I won’t really get into the technical part as you can find a lot more detailed technical reviews on the internet. I’ll just show you the pictures I took with it and a little conclusion about the whole experience. I am pretty sure no one isRead 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

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

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

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

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

What to expect when driving to Spiti valley in winter?

Hidden in the Trans Himalayan range between Tibet and Ladakh, Spiti valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, attracts the peace-loving and the adventurous from around the globe. The tourist season starts from the end of May till the month of October, just after the famous rally, ‘Raid-De-Himalaya’ passes through the valley. In early November, when the temperature dips down to -10˚C, the hotels are closed for the tourists and the first spell of snowfall stops the government bus serviceRead more