I consider it as a blessing to have visited North Sikkim. It is the largest of the four districts of Sikkim and certainly one of the most beautiful and serene places one can visit. The Geography…. The place is characterised by high mountains and steep valleys. The vegetation varies from thick forests till alpine heights from where onwards it turns into a barren desert at … Continue reading North Sikkim …. Beauty beyond compare….
Sikkim is the smallest and the least populous state of India and lies in the Eastern Himalayas. My visits…. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful state in the country. I was fortunate to visit this state on number of occasions. The natural beauty of the place and the simplicity of the populace keeps pulling me back again and again. I will cover Sikkim … Continue reading Sikkim ….The garden of the Gods….
I started my travel blogs taking you all on a tour of hills and vales of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. This time around I just thought of taking you all to the coastal plains down south. The place of focus is Puducherry which I happened to visit in Oct 2019. History…. As per historical records Poduke or Poduca (a market place) was a Roman trading … Continue reading Puducherry ….Paris of the East….
I visited Dharamshala last year. Located in the shadow of Dhaula Dhar range, it is another favourite of tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh. It is the headquarter of District Kangra. The beautiful location…. The cool climate, the pines, rhododendrons and the tea gardens around give Dharamshala a unique beauty. The place has an average elevation of 1450 meters. All the features combined made it a natural … Continue reading Dharamshala ….The spiritual dwelling….
Spiti meaning the middle land is a cold desert mountain valley astride the river Spiti in North East Himachal Pradesh. Our next logical tourist destination after the beautiful Sangla was the Spiti valley. We left early in the morning for Tabo village the oldest operating Buddhist enclave in India. Tabo is home to the famous Tabo Monastery. The Journey…. The road is pretty fine barring … Continue reading Spiti valley …. beautiful nature…lovely people…
Sangla valley located approximately 220 kms from Shimla is a must visit location for any tourist coming to Himachal Pradesh. It is a 40 km long valley astride river Baspa starting from Karcham and ending at the last Indian village of Chitkul along Indo-Tibetan border. The drive from Shimla is long but the road is well maintained. The beautiful valleys and the pine covered hills … Continue reading Sangla Valley …. Beauty beyond compare….
The next on the list of tourist destinations is Shimla the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh. The city derives its name from Devi Shyamala, the fearless reincarnation of Godess Kali. I travelled through Himachal in Oct 2019 and I intend taking you all through some of the beautiful locales in the next couple of blogs. Himachal is one of the most beautiful states … Continue reading Shimla …The Queen of Hills….
On the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the first Guru of Sikhs I thought nothing more will be more apt than taking you all on a short trip to the Golden Temple. Brief History…. The Golden Temple or the ‘Harmandir Sahib’ meaning ‘The Abode of God’ was completed by the fourth Sikh Guru, Guru Ram das in 1557. A … Continue reading Golden Temple ….. ‘The Abode of God’
Srinagar is one destination I will never get tired of going back time and again. I have been there umpteen times ‘but yeh dil hai ki bharta hi nahin’ (The heart longs for more and more). Instead of spending another day in Sonamarg we decided to head back straight to Srinagar from Drass. The Emotions…. We started from Drass at around 12 pm and after … Continue reading Srinagar….The Paradise on Earth….
Drass is a beautiful high-altitude township located 65 km from Sonamarg on National Highway 1 across the Zozi la Pass on the Himalayan range. I had last driven on this road to Drass in 1992 which remains covered under feet of snow for nearly six months. It used to be just a dirt road for nearly 25 kms. The move used to be slow and … Continue reading Drass…..A trip down memory lane…