Apr 212017
 
My First Travel Podcast With The Musafir Stories

One of the joys of sharing your travel stories is that you get to relive the experience once again. As I close my eyes and type on the keyboard ( Yes I can type with my eyes closed thanks to muscle memory 🙂 ). I am transformed back to the rugged mountains of Spiti, that I last visited more than 2 years ago and need to visit again but due to various reasons I have not been able to visit them.  And with this I want to share the famous quote by Ibn Battuta that Moroccan wanderer, I have [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Aug 312016
 
September 2016 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper - Dhankar Lake Spiti

Download September 2016 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper Dear wonderful readers, for the month of September 2016 calendar let me present you the emerald waters of Dhankar Lake in Spiti. Earlier in the year, I have shared an image of Chandratal Lake in Spiti, that now has camping facilities and you can take a vehicle almost up to a kilometer to the lake. The good thing about the smaller but equally alluring Dhankar Lake is that hardly anybody treks to it though it is only about 2 hours climb  from Dhankar Monastery in Spiti.  The path is not very walk friendly [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 192016
 
To Find Yourself – Go be a Wanderer

In Search of A True Wanderer Why did you want to climb Mount Everest?” “Because it’s there”, said George Mallory this has been called “the most famous three words in mountaineering” Then we have the famous lines “Not all those who wander are lost” -J. R. R. Tolkien, used, again and again by every traveler, tourists, and  true wanderer.  There are many ways folks like to describe their traveling style, from the traveler to tourist, to slow traveler, solo traveler but there is something magical in the word “ Wanderer “ that gives a timeless magnetic, almost poetic resonance to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 012016
 
May 2016 Calendar Download Desktop Wallpaper – Prayer Flags Kunzum Pass

  May 2016 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper Let us welcome the month of May, one of the hottest in North India with some cool breeze from Kunzum Pass, fluttering the prayer flags surrounding the gompas there. If you have ever been to any place with Buddhist Monasteries you must have noticed the colorful Buddhist flags, that flutter in the piercing cold mountain air. When I first saw them in Sikkim during  a college trip, I was so captivated with the colorful flags that I got one for me. But as a solitary flag does not put much of a show, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 292016
 
March 2016 Calendar: Download Desktop Wallpaper

  March 2016 Calendar Desktop Wallpaper Ah, the month of March will soon be marching in our lives announcing the end of spring and the wait for monsoons begin with the onset of early summers this year. Normally here in Delhi we keep our woolens till about a week before Holi, but this year we are in our  half sleeves already. So to ask the weather gods to let cooler weather  stay for a few weeks more, I am dedicating the  for the March 2016 desktop wallpaper Calendar to winters. So  ladies and gentlemen I give you the 85 feet idol [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Aug 222015
 
desi Traveler Goes To Kunzum Pass

A Day At Kunzum Pass: My experience & pictures from Kunzum La So desi Traveler went to Kunzum, or rather I should say I passed from Kunzum Pass on my way to and back from Spiti. You need to pass two main passes on the way to Spiti, via Manali one is Rohtang La and second is Kunzum La. Technically, height wise Kunzum is bigger and higher and better to photograph. But Rohtang is more notorious as it is closer to Manali and our tourists are happy to visit it after hours of struggling in traffic and then play in [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 162015
 
Naggar Castle & The Town Nicholas Roerich Chose As Home

Close to the Maddening Crowd -Naggar in Himachal Pradesh So you have done the Simla, Manali, Kullu, Kufri and Chails of the world, lunar landscape of Ladakh is not your cup  of tea and because your head spins in the rarefied air,  Spiti is out of the question. Now you are wondering where to go in the mountains where you get all the creature comforts, yet you are away from the Touristy places because you just realized “ Oh  I am to Traveler and not a tourist”, well dear awakened soul may  I  present to you the town of Naggar. Ah [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 132015
 
Dhankar Lake Trek in Spiti

Trekking to Dhankar Lake from Dhankar Monastery in Spiti I am not much of a trekker, at least not anymore ever since I worked really hard ( or hardly ?) to acquire that extra tire around my waist.  So most of the treks I go now are short quick treks where after a few hours I can sit and watch clouds make patterns in the sky while I plot my next best seller novel ( yes there are a few stories deep inside me, and don’t ask me what stage of writing I am ).  One such trek I [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 012015
 
June-Hottest month in North India

Where are you traveling in June ? June is one of the hottest mmonths in India. While some parts of India like Kerala gets their first monsoon showers during June most of North India has to wait for June to give way to July to see the first showers. But  June is not only hot it is also moody, now and then we get dust storms followed by some torrential rains or just a few drops to tease us. June is also the month when most of us were busy enjoying our summer vacations as this is the only [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]