The Great Himalayan Drive

A Night of Fear in Hayuliang, Arunachal Pradesh | #IndiaisCalling

Fear comes in many forms. Eviction from the only room in town at midnight, after a harrowing two day drive dodging falling stones and landslides, can rank amongst the worst kind. In my earlier posts,[Read More…]

Kibithu, Arunachal Pradesh: Dodging Falling Rocks and Landslides | #IndiaisCalling

Mountain drives are exhilarating. But they can get a little too adventurous, and tricky, at times. Imagine it is raining and clouds at road level are limiting visibility. And then a falling stone misses your[Read More…]

Kibithu, Arunachal Pradesh: Take a U-Turn or Drive Into Chinese Army | #IndiaisCalling

Kibithu is India’s easternmost motorable point, in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. When you get there, your only option is to turn back – if you carry on, you will earn the ire of[Read More…]

Driving Into Nepal – And Beyond to the North-East | #IndiaisCalling

Let me share a secret with you. If you like the idea of travel, the best journeys on the planet are road trips in the Indian subcontinent. I have driven over 100,000 kms in this[Read More…]

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. Over the last quarter of a century, terrorism and global warming[Read More…]

Kashmir: No spotlights for the Martanda Sun Temple in Matan

The Martanda (Sun) Temple near Matan is another of the many hidden wonders of Kashmir. The first thought to cross my mind when I saw it: why is this not more famous? The Sun Temple[Read More…]

Nepal: A spectacular cable car ride to Manakamana (A Video)

Magic Ropeway to Manakamana from Kunzum on Vimeo. You can watch this video on YouTube as well. Impoverished Nepal sure knows how to throw a few surprises. One such is Nepal’s only cable car to[Read More…]

Nepal: The town where Pied Piper took the children (A Video)

The Children Of Bandipur from Kunzum on Vimeo. You can also watch this video on YouTube Did the Pied Piper leave the children in Bandipur (read more here) in Nepal?  The ones here seem such[Read More…]

Nepal: The beautiful music at Bhairavsthan in Tansen (Videos)

Bhairavasthan is a beautiful temple near Tansen in Nepal, claiming to have the world’s biggest Trident (Trishul) used by Hindu God Shiva. Click here to read about it. And enjoy the videos here for the[Read More…]

Great Himalayan Drive: Autumn Colours at Nako Lake

I chose to drive to Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh in October for two reasons: to see the best apples in bloom and to catch the autumn colours. And[Read More…]