I love visiting markets while travelling any city, town or even the smallest village. Why? First of all, it is a great place to observe a part of local economy – what grows in the region, what people eat in the region, what is created here and what is valued here, what is demanded and supplied and … More Bazaars of the world – I
Who would have thought that spending an entire afternoon in the weekend-crowded park at Raja’s seat would turn out to be so interesting and we would deliberately spend another entire afternoon there! Our driver and guide for the day ditched us halfway through the day and we ended up at Raja’s seat almost around 4 p.m. on … More Patience pays off
A couple of years ago, I was teaching 6-9 year old children in Pune as a fellow at Teach For India. Being born and brought up in a town surrounded by hills and mountains in the foothills of Sahyadri, I had always desired to take my students trekking around Pune. Trekking in a group at a … More A journey is in vain, if it is not full of surprises!
Early morning on Kappad beach. After a trek to Banasura the earlier day in the windy, rainy empire of leeches, everyone was super tired. No one ready to get out. So only two of us left. The beach was just across the tiny road in front of our homestay. As we had packed only for … More Neither home, nor ferries
Don’t be shocked. I am from India, currently living in south India and even today, I do get similar reaction when I travel alone. Here is my first encounter with them. So I was travelling to Pondicherry, alone. Why alone? Because the friends with whom I planned the trip had cancelled it at the last moment, … More Single lady travelling?? OMG!!
continued from here. 10 We crossed a snow bridge on the way to Dhanderas. It was steeper than we had expected. We climbed very carefully. Almost at the end of it, it was no sooner that I sighed with relief that the glacier was over and we would step on normal ground again, than I … More Rupin Pass 3: target in sight
continued from here. 7 Next day, we crossed UK border… and entered Himachal Pradesh. The boundary was pretty interesting – it was a bridge made of two wooden logs over the Rupin river! The next camp was in village Jiskun. Another night in a homestay. Jiskun was a small village, though a little bigger that … More Rupin Pass 2: crossing UK border
1 It had suddenly started snowing the previous day when we were walking and by evening a few inches of snow-bed was formed. So we were using our buffer day today and waiting for the snow to melt. The next patch was too steep and narrow according to our trek leaders to walk on snow … More Rupin Pass 1: the quest begins