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

Christmas Eve at Wonderful Western Hills, Sakleshpur

In our last holiday trip of 2018, we were returning after a wonderful weekend stay at Attihalli, Sakleshpur. Our hearts still yearned for some more time in the hills. My husband happened to notice a rickety signboard, Western Hills, beside a dusty path that disappeared into the hills. It looked interesting, so we followed our instinct. It was 24th December. I didn’t expect to find … Continue reading Christmas Eve at Wonderful Western Hills, Sakleshpur