Memories of Chitkul

Watercolor illustrations and journal entries about a trip to Chitkul (or Chittkul), a scenic village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Travel tips and stories to help you plan your Himalayan vacation and solo travel in India. Continue reading Memories of Chitkul

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

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