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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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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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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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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Motorcycle Diaries, Himalayan Edition
03 Feb 2017

Motorcycle Diaries, Himalayan Edition

It was a long weekend in October, one of the best times of the year to explore the majestic mountains of Uttarakhand. My dream of going on a motorbike trip amidst the hills was long overdue. So, I planned a drive to one of the beautiful hill station regions of

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The Best Treks in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India
22 Jan 2017

The Best Treks in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India

The Indian state of Uttarakhand–west of Nepal and north-east of Delhi–provides many opportunities for adventure-seeking travelers to climb its mountain peaks and explore its nature. It is also possible to trek in the Himalayas there year-round, including in winter and during the monsoon. Here are some of the best treks

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