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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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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Travelling to the Unknown Mountains

Very many hours of my waking life are spent staring at India’s map. I think it comes closest to meditation for me! On a serious note, every Spring I spend some time picking my mountain region of the year. Last year, I was basking in Uttarakhand’s chrome sunshine. But where will the roads take me…

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That Mountain of Badrinath and Mana Village, Uttarakhand

I still remember, the day begun with excitement. Feeling victorious after the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund trek, Badrinath was my next destination. Not a religious person by definition but I was absolutely ecstatic to experience the one of the four most revered destination by the Hindus from world over. As if all their beliefs manifested…

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Photo Story: Christmas Vibe in Zermatt, Switzerland

A few years ago, I spent a weekend in a little town of the Swiss Alps called Zermatt. Very popular among skiers and mountaineers, Zermatt is also known for the stunning Matterhorn. Nicknamed as the Mountain of Mountains, the Matterhorn juts out from Swiss’ landscape like a clear, triangular peak. It is hard to miss…

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Photo Story: Trees of Kumaon, Uttarakhand

This year, I have spent a significant amount of my time staring and observing trees. It is one of those therapies that I cannot quantify. As an extension to my Instagram series, this post includes more visuals of trees from Kumaon in Uttarakhand. Also known as the fruit belt of India, I’ve been to the region…

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