Traditionally mountaineering movies has always been made as documentaries. I guess, North face (a German movie) broke this trend and Everest (2015) gave genre of mountaineering movies an IMAX status. For me the mountaineering movies are holy inspiration and careful remainder that hiking is not a child’s play. I may never be able to accomplish… Read More Five mountaineering movies that you must watch
No matter how many times you go to Goa, there is always something new in the offering. No, I am not talking about some secluded beach. How about an island in the middle of the river in Goa? Mind boggling, right! Let me introduce a local secret – Divar. It is the second largest island… Read More GOA 3.0: Divar Island – A local secret of Goa
DOs Travel as light as possible: The more you travel light, the easier it becomes for you to travel. Moreover, we always tend to pack much more than what actually is required or used by us on the trip. You don’t need to do that is Spiti, so pack your stuff wisely. Travel during season… Read More Spiti – Dos and Don’ts for a solo traveler
1. Ranger roll packing This is something which I learned during my trek with Indiahikes, they call it ranger roll which nothing but Army roll. The ranger roll not only optimizes the space but also keeps clothes crease & wrinkle free. Click here to view Since I am very lazy to do all this, I… Read More 5 trekking hacks that you must know
Four friends embark on a journey of great western Australian road trip. From exploring some of the pristine beaches and tasting wines from about 4-5 vineyards, from visiting cheese factory to drooling in the chocolate factory, we did it all and that too in a self driven caravan, where we slept, ate, cooked, bathed and camped all in our 9 days trip to South Western Australia… Read More Best of South-West Australia – 9 days travelogue on a caravan
Walpole has large forest cover and its vegetation mostly include karri, Marri and Tingle trees. These trees are giants, towering up to 75 meters tall with a diameter of 25 meters. Giants right? And there is an army of them. You know whats even better, the authorities have built a massive suspension structure among these forest… Read More Valley of Giants
In 2013, I had watched this beautiful movie “Lootera” based on O. Henry’s story The Last Leaf and directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. Two things which I really loved the movie was Pakhiits cinematography and its dialogues. One particular dialogue which got stuck in mind and which motivated me to see Chandratal was a lovely conversation… Read More Chandratal
At 1098 meters, Bluff Knoll is the highest peak of South-Western Australia and third highest in Western Australia. Sound fascinating right? ‘Highest peak’. Well, its not that difficult as it sounds but it is certainly the most spectacular peaks in Western Australia. Important information Length: 6km (return) Time: 3-4 Hours Level: Easy to Moderate Best period:… Read More Hiking Bluff Knoll
Kaza is the headquarters of Spiti and located at 3750 meters from sea level. It is laid back town and will compel you to adapt to its speed. In no time you would start planning your next trip (may during the harsh winters as well) or even settle down there. Reaching Kaza The only way… Read More All about Kaza
In my Spiti road trip, one thing that stood out was my stay at this Namsey homestay. This was one of the best homestay experience I ever had – a home away from home. Run by Dr. Suresh and his family, the homestay is located near helipad in the very small but incredibly beautiful city… Read More Namsey Homestay – Home away from home
Congratulations on your decision to visit Spiti Valley. You are definitely up for some amazing times of your life. Travel via Shimla – Kinnaur – Spiti – Manali Route This route has many advantages over Manali – Spiti route but the foremost one which I can think of is acclimatization. The NH 22 provides a… Read More Planning Spiti – Things to keep in Mind !!!
Diu, the tiny island with an amazing tourism advertisement and equally awesome tourism website, is tucked beneath Gujarat’s Kathiawar coast and fairly hidden from tourism map of India. Calma de Ilha as they call it in Portuguese is absolutely opposite to its twin brother Daman in terms of serenity. Mostly pronounced together but they are geographically… Read More Calma de Ilha – Diu
Spiti Valley road trip is my first road trip in the dry regions of northern Himalayas. Like most of you, I also faced a moral dilemma of Spiti or Ladakh and honestly it wasn’t that hard decision. I always like to travel in lesser touristy parts so went ahead with Spiti. Next, comes the harder… Read More Spiti Circuit in 9 Days – Detailed Travelogue !!!
Planning to visit Spiti Valley? Looking for an experienced driver? And a comfortable ride? Your search ends here. Meet Deepu. He has more than 12 years of driving experience in Spiti Valley and owns an Innova. I found him to after dozens of calls to drivers listed on Devils on Wheels website. Most of them either… Read More My Friend Deepu !!!
While scrolling down through Facebook, I stumbled upon a post on ‘Tribal Lunch’ by one of my friend made me stop and click on the link to read more about it. I shared the link with some of my friends to plan it out. Finally, after a week or two, we randomly thought of going… Read More When I found organic in the middle of concrete
Located on the banks of two rivers: Pho Chhu (meaning father) and Mo Chhu (meaning mother), Punakha is a small but culturally very important city in central Bhutan and well connected by road. It is one such place where I would love to settle in and enjoy rest of my life in peace. Everyone in… Read More All about Punakha
Himalayas – the sheer name of it sends waves of excitement down my nerves and ignite hundreds of beautiful memories. Ever since I trekked Surpass in 2013, I longed to return again and thanks to perfectly placed weekends in the last week of 2015, I planned to trek Kuari Pass. Although it is at a… Read More Kuari Pass – India’s serenest winter trek
Diveagar (Dive Agar) is a serene coastal village in Konkan located in Shrivardhan Taluka, Raigad district in Maharashtra, approximately 170 kilometres south of Mumbai. The area includes a fishing settlement, a beach, a temple, local businesses engaged in coconut and betel nut tree farming, and some resort businesses such as restaurants, cottage rentals and motels, and… Read More Diveagar
The name ‘Pushkar’, literally means ‘lotus flower’ is one of the sacred Dhams (pilgrimage site) in Hinduism. For tourist like me, its place where colors and cultures come alive, where every grain of sand dunes has its own music, where no one will stop you from doing nothing or everything. According to the legend, Brahma… Read More Pushkar
The best part of living in Mumbai is the plethora of weekend getaways it offers to travel enthusiasts. Some destinations are so obscure, resting amidst the wilderness of western ghats that one has to dig deep on the internet(got the irony! 😉 to unearth them. Kaas Plateau is one such place. Maharashtra’s very own valley of… Read More Kaas Plateau
Paro is a very small and the most beautiful city of Bhutan. It is the oldest capital city of Bhutan and only city with an international airport. As soon as I entered Paro, I knew this is the place which I had been searching all my life. Roads with very little traffic, distant view of… Read More Paro – The capital of the last Shangrila
Weeks of documents, excel sheets and presentations and the crowdy-pacy life of Mumbai were a perfect ingredient to the monotony settling in when four of us friends decided for a small break. Meanwhile, there were more items piling up on our office desks. So, we had to make it back by Monday. That’s what made… Read More Prabalgad- A break from the monotony of Mumbai
Its been more than a month since I shifted to Mumbai, but hardly I could find a place for my lungs to breathe. The city is lively but the roads are too packed for cycling, the local parks are too small for running and government swimming pools are too crowded to book a slot. I… Read More Harihar Fort
Phobjikha is a small village in west-central Bhutan with even smaller population and known for is its amazing valley and black necked cranes. Commercial tourism industry is non-existent for good. Only two families run homestays. This place is around 6 hours ride from Thimpu and the roads are not good. Non-Bhutanese need a special tourist… Read More A mystic land called Phobjikha
Why is it called the Tiger’s Nest? Legend has it that in 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew to this exact spot from Tibet on the back of a tigress. He came to subdue a demon and then took residence in a cave where he meditated for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days. This was… Read More Hike Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Staying in Thimpu Thimpu has many hotels but only certain few are in the heart of city. Almost all travel blogs suggest Hotel Tandin in budget category. The rates now has been revised and current price for standard double bed is 1800 Nu. (1 Nu = 1 INR). The hotel has all the basic amenities… Read More Thimpu
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While planning my trip to Bhutan, one of my biggest concern was commuting. Bhutan has poor public transportation system. Things might get a bit difficult if you are a tourist (it is necessary to pre-book a car for the entire trip at Thimpu). So I had no option but to hire a car. I called… Read More My friend John
General Information and Tips A sound suggestion would be to go with a group of friends The trek is scheduled to be for 11 days, excluding the traveling part which can be a bit of issue for someone like me who is working in a private sector organization. We managed to save the prior two… Read More SARPASS Trek – 10 days of bliss
Krabi is one the most beautiful places I have been to. If you are planning a Thailand trip, do include it.
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Requirements Passport Number of stays should not exceed more than 15 days. A recent passport size photograph (4 x 6 cm). In case if you have forgotten to carry one, there one counter quick photo counter just before the Visa on Arrival queue at Suvarnabhumi airport…. they will print the photo on your Visa application… Read More Visa on Arrival Process at Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok)
Congratulations for your decision to visit Thailand. Here is a comprehensive list of things which you should keep in mind before leaving India – Money exchange – Certain minimum amount of Thai Baht needs to be carried for getting clearance at airport. The best way would be carry 50 % cash, use credit card wherever… Read More What you need to know before traveling to Bangkok from India
Bulleted below is comprehensive list of requirements for SARPASS trek – RUCKSACK (Although YHAI provides one but they are useless) Cotton t shirts Shirts and Track Pants (no jeans) – Keep an extra pair unused till the last climb Towel(light one) Wollen Jackets (Don’t compromise on this) Thermals – Must Monkey Caps – Must Good… Read More Things to Carry for SARPASS trek
Most of the folks living in Kolkata would have already been to Mondarmoni/Digha beaches. But have you considered cycling on it? I have done it recently and it really feels as a breath of fresh air and an underrated drug free antidepressant. Why don’t you try next time !!! Endless stretch of crowd free beach along… Read More A Biking Trip on a Moterable Beach
General Tips and Do & Don’ts It is strongly suggested to pre-plan your trip keeping in mind that Kerala attracts a huge number of tourist from world over. Bike trip – Not recommended. Roads are not that awesome coupled with ever changing weather, sharp turns. We were a group of four and hired Innova. For… Read More Kerala – Indeed God’s own country.