Great Himalayan Drive Day 31: A tricky suspension bridge and sweet...

How do you cross a suspension bridge? Just walk across it, right? In theory, yes. In practice, a very different proposition – at least...

Postcards from Ladakh: My new book is out

I am pleased to announce the launch of my new book, Postcards from Ladakh. A pictorial travelogue on Ladakh, it will be available in...

Vying for Archery honours in Basgo in Ladakh

While visiting the Basgo monastery, I heard some drums beating from the village below. Curious, I followed these sounds through some village trails –...

Kunzum Route K103: Dasada, Little Rann of Kutch – Dholavira, Gujarat

Welcome to Kunzum Routes! This is a series of time / distance charts between popular travel destinations covering just two points, or recommended circuits....

Great Himalayan Drive Day 51: The hidden temples of Kiramchi near...

If I ‘discovered’ the ancient temples at Kiramchi, it was only because I was told they exist. Not that anyone – including the Archaeological...

Great Himalayan Drive Days 25-26: In Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh

After the excitement of watching elephants bathe and play at the Manas National Park in Assam, the following two days of the Great Himalayan...

Rani ki Vav, a beautiful carved stepwell in Patan, Gujarat: The...

I have seen many a stepwell, and after a while they all look the same. So it was with some misgivings that I ventured...

Pushkar Camel Fair: Meet the Puppet Man from Jaipur

Phool Chand Bhatt pursues his ancestral profession of making puppets for both sale and to put up shows. He lives in Jaipur, but travels...

Sign in Bikaner: Body fitness does not begin at home

This sign for a body fitness centre was spotted by me in Bikaner. Looks like a gym started by someone at home. Seen on...

Hotel Review: Banjara Camps and Retreat, Sangla, Himachal Pradesh

I stayed at Banjara Camps’ Sangla property two years ago and visited the same recently. Did anything change during this period? Yes, they have...