Adventures in Northern Sikkim
03 Jun 2019

Adventures in Northern Sikkim

Standing in the lobby of our hotel in Gangtok, we wondered whether it was really safe to go north. Should we really go ahead with our plan and try to visit Lachung and Yumthang? Just two days earlier, north Sikkim had received such heavy snowfall that routes were impassable. The

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What Camping in the Himalayas is Really Like
29 May 2019

What Camping in the Himalayas is Really Like

The grass was warmed by the gentle sun; the pasture was open before us. Some wild horses stopped for a few seconds to check us out. I guess we didn’t seem to present any danger to them as they continued their relaxed feast. Some wild yaks crossed the river a little

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How to Spend a Long Weekend in Mussoorie
17 May 2019

How to Spend a Long Weekend in Mussoorie

  The British rulers of colonial India loved to ‘summer’ in Mussoorie. Evidence of their occupation is still visible in the architecture they left behind, and in the names of the streets, buildings and even mountains. Subsequent generations of middle-class Indians have continued the tradition of escaping to Mussoorie. Given

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14 May 2019

A Weekend Getaway to Kakani

Sometimes it can be necessary to get away from Kathmandu for a day or two. Everybody knows about Nagarkot and Dhulikhel, but a lesser-known destination for a short trip out of the capital is Kakani. It’s 23 km to the north-west of Kathmandu, right next to the Shivapuri National Park. The small

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Mount Siniolchu, as seen from Gangtok. Photo: Ankur P/Flickr
09 May 2019

What to Do in Idyllic Gangtok, Capital of Sikkim

At 5 am, Kanchenjunga wakes under a blanket of saffron clouds. The sky is an unnatural shade of pink, but the air tastes cold and clean, and is a welcome change from the grey stuff back in Delhi. Admittedly, I’m hungover and sore from having lost three games of Mahjong.

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20 Reasons to Visit Nepal in 2020
03 May 2019

20 Reasons to Visit Nepal in 2020

The Government of Nepal is putting a special emphasis on encouraging travellers to visit Nepal in 2020, promoting it around the world as a destination for adventure, luxury, and everything in between. While any year is a good year to visit Nepal, here are 20 reasons to visit Nepal in

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Bumthang chain bridge. Photo by Abbie Synan
24 Apr 2019

The Alps of Asia in Bumthang, Bhutan

The verdant rolling hills, cows grazing in the valleys and the plate overflowing with Emmental cheese at your homestay would lead you to believe you’re vacationing somewhere in the Swiss Alps. But this is a common scene here in Bumthang, Bhutan. It is the perfect place for farming, and the

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The Snow Trek to Muldai Viewpoint
05 Apr 2019

The Snow Trek to Muldai Viewpoint

For travellers looking for an alternative to the tourist highway of Ghandruk to Ghorepani, take the less well-trodden path up to Isahru and Dobato to reach Muldai Viewpoint. My friends and I headed up on the first day of the season, and while we were prepared for some snow, a

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Solo Trekking in the Himalaya and the People You Meet
01 Apr 2019

Solo Trekking in the Himalaya and the People You Meet

I have a tendency to make travel plans on my own, not because I don’t want the company of others—I do! But in my experience, it’s difficult to find friends who can take time off work, who have similar traveling styles and budgets, and who won’t drive me insane (and

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Finding the Beauty of the Himalayas in the Monsoon
28 Mar 2019

Finding the Beauty of the Himalayas in the Monsoon

“Should we go back?” I asked myself, as the pelting rain and thunderous rivers created an unrelenting cacophony in my mind. I stopped to flick two thumb-sized leeches off the rubber grips of my trekking poles in an attempt to avoid another feeding frenzy—a horrific sight I hadn’t gotten over since

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