Walking, the Essence of My Travels

Ever since I can remember, walking has been my expression for happiness, curiosity and departure. Growing up amidst the beautiful hills of Shillong, in Northeast India, walking wasn’t as therapeutic as it is today. It was the only way of getting around the town; we used to walk to college, to weekend gatherings, to reluctant…

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Photo Story: Vistas of Gstaad, Switzerland

During my summer visit to Switzerland, I decided to take the train and explore Gstaad. The GoldenPass Line traverses from Montreux to Zweisimmen with many scenic stops. Gstaad was one of them. This was an ideal opportunity for me. As I alighted onto Gstaad station with a host of other tourists, I found myself a little…

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Photo Story: The Golden Touch of Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

On my first evening at Suryagarh, Jaisalmer, Karan Singh, president of MRS Hospitality Group, quoted W B Yeats’ Cloths of Heaven. He recited, ‘Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light; I would spread the…

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Suryagarh – Jaisalmer’s Golden Enchantment 

With its dreamlike persona, Suryagarh Jaisalmer welcomed me on a warm summer evening. I saw the golden light shine upon the fort-like structure from a distance. There began my love affair with Suryagarh. And what followed thereafter only strengthened this emotion. Intimate Spaces My first exclamation was when I walked into my room. The Jaisalmer…

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Travelling with my Wildcraft Rucksack

My travel gear is an important aspect of all my travels. It has to be simple, ready for mountain weather and durable, apart from being resourceful. Whether it be a rucksack, a pair of shoes, walking stick, jackets, travel towel or even my headlight, I invest time and money in it. I have been using…

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Solo Destination: Beral, Himachal Pradesh

Beral is a small village in Himachal Pradesh’s Rohru district. A friend of mine pointed me in the direction and I packed my bags to leave in no time. A 4-hour drive from Shimla and I arrived at Kharapathar junction. Here I got introduced to Ashish, my host, and together we drove a distance of…

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