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

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

A Short Autumn Trip to Kashmir: Pahalgam and Apple Orchards

Part 1 in a series of posts on Kashmir. The extraordinary, almost unearthly beauty of the Kashmir valley made it a strange conflict to cover. In the morning, the window of my houseboat on the Dal Lake would be open, and as I lay in bed I could see the reed cutters and fishermen. The shikara canoes would be in the foreground; behind were the bridges and … Continue reading A Short Autumn Trip to Kashmir: Pahalgam and Apple Orchards