A Summer Slowdown in Old Manali

Manali is always bustling with activities and things to do. I have been to this beautiful Himachali town many times and my favourite trip continues to be the one in which I had no plans and relaxed every day. Since it is one of the most sought-after destinations in India, it may seem tough not…

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People of Kumaon, Uttarakhand (Part 2)

It is difficult to escape their charm. Every time I travel to Uttarakhand, the loveliness of the people I meet seem to only increase. I recently wrote about the women who I met in Kilmora and Chirag and as a continuing part of my conversations with the people of Uttarakhand, I’d like you to meet two…

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Madrid in a Day

It is a very busy city. Committing only 24 hours in Spain’s capital, Madrid, can be a challenge. It certainly was for me. I started early, stocked up on breakfast, packed a bottle of water, grabbed a map of Madrid, slipped in my Madrid Card and bid goodbye to my hotel room. There is much to…

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The Kilmora Women of Kumaon, Uttarakhand

Two of my three travels to Uttarakhand, last year, introduced me to some of the most enthusiastically independent women I have met. The first bevy was in Chirag (Central Himalayan Rural Action Group) in Kasiyalekh. Chirag is a social enterprise that works with local communities by diversifying and creating various livelihood opportunities. In Chirag, I…

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Brewbot, Mumbai

I miss good beer pubs. And the humidity in Kolkata takes me back to the warm evening in Mumbai. Along with couple of my friends, we visited Brewbot. Situated amid an array of restaurants and bars, the ambience of this craft brewery was surprisingly pleasant and the outdoor space, fairly large. The Decor No sooner I stepped…

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Climbing the Mountain Meadows

Last month, I spent a good couple of weeks in Himachal Pradesh. On one of the mornings, we hiked up to an ancient temple called Giri Ganga and stopped by the neighbouring meadows for lunch. I was with my homestay’s host and a couple of his friends. The four of lunch sat on the open…

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