Great Himalayan Drive Day 52: A walk in the tulip gardens...

Want to see tulips? Here are two possible options: 1. Keukenhof Flower Gardens near Amsterdam in Holland: Over 7 million bulbs planted, best viewed for...

Great Himalayan Drive Day 56: Shopping for vegetables in the Dal...

Aaarrrrrghh! Its 4:30 am and the alarm is not giving up. If only I had not booked a Shikara for 5:00 am! But get...

Kunzum Route K11: Jammu & Kashmir

If there is one thing to be envied in earlier generations, it is their good fortune to have seen Kashmir at its bountiful best....

Great Himalayan Drive Day 54: Visiting Hazratbal and Jama Masjid in...

Click on any image for a larger view The day turned out to be one marked for visiting some holy spots – and what a...

Great Himalayan Drive Day 55: An evening Shikara ride on the...

Click on any picture for a larger view The best time to go boating in the Dal Lake is in the evening. Start about half...

Kunzum Travel List #14: Kunzum Route K12 – Don’t die before...

My job is to recommend great travel ideas but not necessarily insist you experience these. But I will make an exception here: you must...

Kunzum Travel List #16: Pahalgam – Leaving you breathless

If you have ever been to Pahalgam, the vivid imagery of driving the winding roads along the Lidder river with towering peaks in the...

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...

Hotel Review: Almond Villa – A Royal Homestay in Srinagar, Kashmir

The Almond Villa in Srinagar in Kashmir is literally a jewel in the crown. On paper, it is a bed and breakfast or a homestay....

Kunzum Travel List #12: Zanskar – Remote but not regressive

The road from Kargil to Zanskar is one of the most trying you will drive on. It is either pot-holed, or just a rocky...