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Notes from a Kashmir trip: Part 3 – The Tulian trek

The Lidder is ice-cold. I dip my toe in the water, but instinctively retract it. I marvel at my colleague Sankalp and two Kashmiri friends who shed their clothes for a quick dunk in this burbling river at a campsite … Continue reading

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In Pics: Weekend trip to Manali and Rohtang

Photos clicked on my Nokia Lumia 925 with added Instagram effects. A couple near the #Rohtang Pass         This cyclist is a long, long way from home. On the way back from #Rohtang Pass, near #Manali A … Continue reading

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Notes from Darjeeling, Gangtok, Mirik and Nathu La

Perhaps my most abiding memory of last week’s trip to Darjeeling and Sikkim is that of taxi drivers obsessively cleaning their cabs. Having spent much of my life avoiding rides on New Delhi’s smelly cabs, it was good to see … Continue reading

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Photo blog: Kasauli – a weekend getaway

Mapping the view at Sunset Point, Kasauli This British-era cantonment town in Himachal Pradesh is a cozy weekend retreat for tourists escaping the heat of the plains. The mist rolls in at odd hours, sometimes accompanied by squalls and – … Continue reading

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Notes from a Kashmir trip: Part 1 – Srinagar, flatbread, and the Bengali connection

Some minutes before our aeroplane landed in Srinagar – Kashmir’s summer capital – disembodied voices floated to my ears from the seats behind me. A woman was addressing a girl of six or seven, perhaps her daughter, urging her to … Continue reading

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Of tiger-less Sariska, butt vibrations and Neha’s husband

A weekend trip to Sariska and Bhangarh near Alwar, Rajasthan didn’t really go as planned. The Sariska Tiger Camp was comfortable but I couldn’t sleep at night, thanks to a diligent colleague who shook me awake whenever I started snoring. … Continue reading

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Reflections from the Delhi Metro

Travelling alone on the New Delhi Metro Rail? Short trips are fine but an hour-long commute in a jam-packed compartment can be deathly boring. Wondering how to pass your time? Eavesdropping helps. Woman 1: My boyfriend says I don’t provide … Continue reading

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