Earthen Trails

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    • Painting the town red at Alwar!
      “it is a belief in power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable” – Mary Angelou When women set out to do something there is no stopping them. An all women road trip to Alwar from Delhi turned out to be so liberating […]
    • Roopkund – lung test
      A high altitude Himalayan trek that encompasses a plethora of sights from forests, farmlands, streams, snow laden mountains and lush meadows including walking on ice!! Not for the faint hearted this!! It is striking beautiful from the first camping site at Lohajung (8000 ft) itself. The 10 hr drive from Kathgodham is scenic and along […]
    • On a rainy day at Mandu
      Monsoon is arguably the best time to appreciate India’s hinterland. The glistening tar roads, bare vegetation add a mysterious hue to the ruins from history that lay scattered along the countryside in Madhya Pradesh.  We landed in historical Mandu on a particularly wet day in August 2014. The drive from Indore is picturesque and the […]
    • Tirthan Valley’s Cottage
      At the gates of Great Himalayan National Park I have a leaning towards homestays and especially in the hills. They certainly are a better bet at giving you a wholesome experience than a large and impersonal hotel. One such homestay that stands out in memory is Raju’s cottage in Ghusaini (Himachal Pradesh). Lovingly run by […]
    • Har-ki Dhun trek
      The drive from Mori to Sankri is beautiful as we enter the Govind National park enroute. Sankri to Taluka though is a motorable road is prone to landslides and one has to be prepared to trek the 7 kms on such an event. We were lucky to be able to pass though though the ride […]
    • kareri lake trek in the land of Dalai Lama
      Mcleodganj dairies Day 1 –  what a start to the trip!! Blessed by the Dalai lama. Breakfast at Woeser bakery run by a bubbly self taught passionate baker. We devour the handmade cappuccino, panini and and delicious pancàke. Lunch at carpe diem which serves fantastic wood fired veg and pepperoni pizza. Post lunch we walk […]
    • Nag tibba trek -Season 2
      I could not get over my November trek to Nag Tibba, near Dhanaulti Uttarakhand and planned a spring hike up the hills this way again. A new group and new team meant we could see this terrain with fresh eyes. The trail begins at Pantwari and the path snakes through tiny villages and farms. The […]
    • The artists month at Edinburgh’s FRINGE FESTIVAL
      No amount of pre hand information can prepare you for the carnival at the city of Edinburgh in August. We alighted the train from Waverly station on a wet August morning to witness the madness and flurry of activities in the city. The streets are abuzz with musicians, artists and actors. There are tourists everywhere. […]
    • Burton-on-the-water
      The official site reads “where time stood still for 300 years”. Cotswold region in England had always  fascinated me since a long time and so when the opportunity came to travel to this part of the world I decided to jump right in. With a help of cousin in Midlands worked out a plan to […]
    • A gastronomic treat at Indore’s Sarafa Bazaar
          A night halt at Indore is much advised if you wish to partake of the goodies on the street at Sarafa Bazaar.  We were enroute to Mandu- Maheshwar but Indore’s famed street had us extending our stay by a night just to feast on street food. The bazaar starts after 9 pm when […]