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

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

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