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Fifty Shades of Green and More in Switzerland

Fifty Shades of Green and More in Switzerland

The journey begins when the airline stewardess sets a tray of Swiss chocolates in front of you. I chose one tiny piece, even though the whole tray looked scrumptious enough to eat. The chocolate melts in my mouth and hits a sweet spot—the Swiss experience begins in...
From Leh To Lamayuru

From Leh To Lamayuru

Here in the valley of the Indus, the sharp peaks of the Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges pierce the sky like jagged swords. The Indus River flows through the high Ladakhi plateau swiftly, sculpting the greater Himalayan landscape. Fifty million years ago, the Indian plate...
A Birthday Trek in the Himalayas

A Birthday Trek in the Himalayas

When I turned 60 in January 2016, the thought crossed my mind: what did I want to do with the rest of my life? My father and mother were recently deceased; I had more time than before for reflection. I had left India at 23 to study and eventually settle in the United...
All You Need to Know About Doing a Parikrama Around Mt. Kailash

All You Need to Know About Doing a Parikrama Around Mt. Kailash

Mount Kailash is considered to be one of the holiest spots for Hindus to undertake a pilgrimage. Since it is considered sacrilegious  to step on the mountain, most pilgrims undertake a parikrama walking around the base of the mountain. To undertake this is, in itself,...
Down Memory Lane In Manali

Down Memory Lane In Manali

      When I was seven, I lived in Manali for a year and a half. My favorite memories from that time are of seeing my first snowfall and getting our first dog. Apart from that, we had only experienced all the usual spots on a tourist’s checklist—the Hadimba temple,...
New Zealand beckons: Milford Sound

New Zealand beckons: Milford Sound

      According to Maori legend, Lake Wakatipu was formed when the body of a sleeping giant was burnt by a Maori warrior, who wanted to ensure that the giant could never kidnap his beautiful daughter again. The fire caused the ice and snow on the surrounding mountains...