Your Guide to Kalpa: Nothing to See and Everything to Experience

“Why did we come to Kalpa? There is nothing to see here.” – A frustrated backpacker I met in Kalpa market. Kalpa is a sleepy little village a few kilometers above Reckong Peo, the administrative center of Kinnaur valley. Peo has a major bus depot that provides connectivity to Spiti, Kinnaur, Manali, and Delhi. Travelers on their way to the Spiti Valley reach Reckong Peo … Continue reading Your Guide to Kalpa: Nothing to See and Everything to Experience

Gokarna Beach Trek – With Plan The Unplanned

Treks in India bring to mind snowy cliffs and deodar flanked paths of the Himalayas or the dense mountain peaks of Western Ghats. Which is why the Gokarna Beach trek (or hike if you are a purist) is a delightful surprise. The trail is along the coastline over rocky hills giving way to beautiful coconut tree fringed beaches. About Gokarna Gokarna is a small coastal town … Continue reading Gokarna Beach Trek – With Plan The Unplanned

How I Survived a Cold Snowy Night at Key Monastery, and Other Adventures

A few years ago in Bhutan, I saw a poster of a mystical monastery, a perfect block of stones and flags right in the middle of nowhere, a Shangri La of sorts. And I said to myself, it would be some adventure to go here someday … This summer, when I took on a much overdue solo trip to Spiti, all along the journey from … Continue reading How I Survived a Cold Snowy Night at Key Monastery, and Other Adventures

University College, Mangalore

There’s a beautiful red building in Mangalore’s bustling city center, Hampankatte. Stone arches and green wooden windows seem to hang on to the grace of a bygone era. Around the heritage structure, the city slowly moves towards its millennial aspirations. The institute’s origins can be traced back to 1824 when a group of German Missionaries introduced English language education in coastal Karnataka. Over time, the institution … Continue reading University College, Mangalore