Review: Whispering Willows Hotel at Shey, Leh, Ladakh

When my travel consultant booked me at Hotel Whispering Willows for my stay in Leh (located in Ladakh in the Indian Himalayan state of...

Young Lamas at Karsha Monastery, Zanskar, Ladakh

Boys will be boys, even when they are being groomed to be Buddhist Lamas. When I started taking pictures of some young Lamas at...

My trip to Ladakh in July 2008

I have just come back from Ladakh (in the Indian Himalayas) which I would describe as the trip of a lifetime. I was on...

Review: Abbott Mount Cottage, Uttarakhand

If the idea of a surprise visitor in the form of a giant spider under the quilt covers does not bother you, plan a...

Review: Wayfarer Mountain Resort, Munsiyari, Uttrakhand

As far as first impressions go, the Wayfarer Resort in Munsiyari in the Himalayan state of Uttrakhand (Uttranchal) flatters – but it does end...

Drugs Tourism in Himalayas: Are visas being restricted to Israelis?

Is the Indian Government getting more stingy about the duration of visas it issues to backpackers who supposedly come to stay in the...

Trek from Mcleodganj to Triund: A Log

The following is a kind of a log when you trek to Triund. This the experience of someone like me, who drives all over...

Triund: Beyond the Seventh Heaven in the Himalayas

Triund happens suddenly. One moment you are puffing up a steep, rocky path with only a mountain wall to your left and a forested...

Hotel Review: Kunga Guest House in Mcleodganj

If you are looking to stay in a warm, friendly family run place, the Kunga Guest House located in the Himalayan town of Mcleodganj...

Hotel Review: BirdHouse in Dehradun

The Easter weekend (March 21-24) of 2008 saw me staying at a small family owned property in Dehradun, the capital of the Himalayan state...