Exploring a Himalayan Paradise in Dardistan, Pakistan
25 Jul 2018

Exploring a Himalayan Paradise in the Gurez Valley, Kashmir

Dardistan, meaning the land of the Dard people, was once inhabited by this tribe. It used to refer to parts of land between north-eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and northern Kashmir, extending up to a small part of Western Tibet. Even today, in places such as the Gurez Valley in Indian-administered

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Guide to the Hemis Monastery Festival, Ladakh, 23-24 June 2018
04 Jun 2018

Guide to the Hemis Monastery Festival, Ladakh, 23-24 June 2018

The Hemis Monastery, 43 kilometres from Leh, is one of the richest and most important monasteries in Ladakh. It is also one of the few monasteries to hold its annual festival in the summer. Therefore, it’s very popular with tourists. If you’re lucky enough to be in Ladakh in June/July,

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Reaching the End of the World in Sikkim
16 Aug 2017

Reaching the End of the World in Sikkim

We have reached the end of the world—or so it feels. After this village, the road stops for vehicles and if you want to travel deeper into Sikkim, you have to walk. However, we are visiting Yuksom during the monsoon, which comes with zillions of leeches. Freaked out as I

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8 Unique Ladakh Experiences You Can't Miss
19 Jul 2017

8 Unique Ladakh Experiences You Can’t Miss

I spent almost a month in the Land of Lamas (officially known as Ladakh), in far northern India. The high-altitude area is dotted with beautiful lakes and is home to a rich and diverse culture. It’s a popular tourist destination, and if you’re planning a trip there, there are a

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Try the Newest Sport in Town: Bouldering in Manali
01 Jun 2017

Try the Newest Sport in Town: Bouldering in Manali

The five members of the Delhi family I was travelling with wore rented one-piece snowsuits that they had picked up in Manali. We wouldn’t encounter any snow for at least another thirty minutes on our drive up the road toward the Hampta Pass, but that did not stop them. Nor

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Must-Do Treks Around McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh
25 Apr 2017

Must-Do Treks Around McLeod Ganj

McLeod Ganj, in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, may be a destination for Buddhists the world over, but for those with an affinity for nature and a passion for walking, it is merely a gateway. The hikes/treks accessible range from short, hour-long walks to gushing waterfalls, to overnight trips

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Beas River
18 Apr 2017

Pushing Through Pain While Cycling in Himachal Pradesh

“It’s time to let the brakes off, but hold onto them tightly,” instructed my local guide as we neared the top of the 3,200 metre Jalori Pass. I was confused by the paradoxical instruction. It sounded as if I was about to perform a Mission Impossible-esque stunt. His words echoed

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A Surprise Homestay in Arunachal Pradesh, India
30 Mar 2017

A Surprise Homestay in Arunachal Pradesh, India

On the eastern end of the Himalayas, bordering both China and Bhutan, lies the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is nothing like many people imagine India to be. Instead of dirty, crowded cities, the mountainous green land is sparsely populated by ancient tribes and clans. Many of these people

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The Stunning Portraits Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas
23 Mar 2017

Stunning Portraits that Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

The Himalayas are an enormous mountain chain that spread from Pakistan in the west, to Bhutan in the east, as well as encompassing Nepal, parts of Tibet and several states of India. So while there is some cultural similarity between the peoples living in this region, there are also lots

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Searching for Tibetan Culture in Dharamsala
10 Mar 2017

Searching for Tibetan Culture in Dharamsala

Perched in the Himalayas of India, Dharamsala shines with vibrant colors emitting forth from its quaint streets. It is impossible to ignore the unique beauty while walking through the city, but even simple sightseeing in what has been dubbed “Little Lhasa” is an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. Dharamsala became a

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