Sikkim is my favourite destination through the year. I find myself returning to soak in the sights and sounds of the state as often as I can. Sikkim offers pristine views of the Eastern Himalayas and the sight of third highest peak, Kanchenjunga (Kang-Tchen-Dzo-Nga) shines a bright golden in the morning and evening sun. Continue reading “Postcards From Sikkim, A Model State Where Sustainability Is A Way Of Every Life!”
Rakhaldas Bandypadhyay or R. D. Banerji as he is known, is credited with the discovery of the Harappan ruins of Mohenjo Daro; and also celebrated for tracing the origin of the Bengali script. His ancestral home stands some kilometres from the city of Kolkata. Continue reading “Here’s What The Village Of The Discoverer of Mohenjo Daro Looks Like Today!”
There’s a checklist that most families adhere to when setting out for a vacation. In India, the basic criteria of a middle-class getaway revolve around:
- Value addition in terms of religious knowledge or historic elements
For us, it was already too late to book the conventional holiday as the options available were either too expensive or sold out. So we did what no family usually thinks of doing, go camping! Continue reading “Our First Responsible Camping Experience Turned Out To Be A Classic Holiday!”
Located on the Jaipur-Jaisalmer higway, the Samsara Dechu property is the perfect rendition of an oasis in the desert. The shrub-laden sides of the highway hold the promise of the desert all the way without offering more than just a peek at it. Continue reading “A Touch Of Class And It’s Magic All The Way…”
Angom Ronald feels that travelling makes him humble. He has been travelling in Manipur, his home state and Meghalaya, on a bicycle, for the past three weeks. “I carry a tent and sleeping bag so I can sleep anywhere but sleeping in a very secluded area or jungles that I passed was a little scary. So I tend to look for places near people at night. I always ask if I can camp around the locality. If they don’t want me to then I move to other places. But will I say that I have been lucky or people are good everywhere, I was always invited to homes during most of my journey. I hardly got to pitch my tent. What I would like to say is I don’t want to rely on the people but I have to trust a complete stranger.”
He trusts them to guide him to a camping site, and at times, feed and shelter him.
Do you remember the smell of the soil before the first rain of the season? That favourite sweet-smelling flower that meant it was time to get the woollens out? The change in the slant of the sun-rays and how you shifted your place with it? The pickles that had to carried up to the terrace in the morning and then down at dusk? Do you remember dusk or dawn?
Throughout my graduation years in Delhi, I had heard stories of Triund, Kheerganga and similar treks in the state of Himachal Pradesh. A few months ago, my friends and I decided to take the trek to Triund. I was aware of the terrain and knew that it wasn’t a tough trek which meant an easy start although I yearned for more adventure. Continue reading “The Triund Trek, Once A Hiker’s Delight Has Carelessness Strewn All Over”