Top Things to Do in Gulmarg: Saurabh’s Comprehensive Guide for Happy Trips

By | January 11th, 2016|Adventure, GoMissing in Media, Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir, Skiing|

Gulmarg, the meadow of flowers, is the perfect destination for the discerning traveler. It's verdant landscapes, tall pine and deodar forests, gurgling brooks, and the snow covered mountains make a picture perfect setting while offering  travelers incredible avenues to find adventure, soak in the beauty [...]

Cycling Around George Town, Penang

By | December 21st, 2015|GoMissing|

When it comes to cycling destinations, GoMissing goes all out to bring to you charming, eclectic, adventurous and offbeat destinations. Last week saw us heading out to George Town, Penang in Malaysia. We were heading there to sample Penang’s unique cuisine, see a thriving culture [...]

Skiing Refresher-1: Revv up your Skiing Vocabulary Ahead of the Season

By | November 19th, 2015|GoMissing, Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir, Skiing|

With the start of Skiing season, GoMissing will have a base in Gulmarg to oversee skiing courses and customized programs. As skiing season hots up, in addition to getting your ski gear in order, its important to refresh your skiing knowledge.  For all those planning [...]

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This Halloween, a Spooky Tale That’s Great for Bonfires and a Bit of ‘Kissa-Goi’ That’s Great for Bonding

By | October 28th, 2015|Adventure, GoMissing, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jaunsar Bawar, Ladakh, Mountain biking, Nainital District, Travel, Traveler Speak|

It was December of 2013 and we were camping on a craggy stone cliff facing the Arabian Sea, somewhere close to Kashid beach in Maharashtra. We were three families with five children, all of who wanted it to be the night full of scary stories [...]

Stories of Integrity, Courage and Honor

By | October 2nd, 2015|GoMissing|

  Like Mahatma Gandhi, with whom he shares birth date, Lal Bahadur Shastri is one of the most loved leaders of India. Admired for his integrity and values he lived by, this Gandhian, a man of principles, led an austere life and brought the same [...]

Here’s why Gandhi ji is a Fab Fitness Icon

By | October 2nd, 2015|GoMissing|

If there were a contest to choose the fittest icon of the century, Gandhi ji would definitely be a prime contender. While he inspired the world with his religion of truth and non violence, he was also a role model for health, fitness and disciplined [...]

What’s a Bonfire without these songs?

By | September 25th, 2015|Cyling, GoMissing, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kuari Pass, Lama Dug, Mountain biking, Nainital District, Photography, Tons river, Trekking, Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers|

Come autumn and the trekking season begins at GoMissing! Whether you are on our Lamadug/Pin Bhaba/Kunzum Chandrataal  treks  in Himachal or Kedarkantha/ Valley of Flowers/Nag Tibba treks in Utarakhand, one thing that runs common across all these are the unmissable Bonfire evenings. What roasting marshmallows [...]

10 Cycling Hotspots in Delhi

By | September 24th, 2015|Cyling, Delhi|

The cycling ecosystem in Delhi is pretty good and the number of people taking to recreational and professional cycling in the city has increased exponentially over the last few years. Step out early in the morning towards India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan and Rajpath, and you will [...]

History of Manali 

By | September 9th, 2015|GoMissing, Himachal Pradesh, Travel|

  History and mythology have always been intricately entwined in India. The further back one goes, the harder it gets to accurately discern one from the other. Strands of one seep into the other, blending homogeneously. 
Perhaps it’s just as well. Myths spice up the [...]

10 Shudh Desi Travel Keedas

By | July 31st, 2015|GoMissing|

Everybody loves a good hack! For the generation that looks for effective hacks for nearly everything, we at GoMissing decided to share some of our tested and tried travel hacks. These absolutely DESI hacks are desier than jugaad and masala chai! When we are getting [...]

Ladakh Road Signs That Will Compel You to Laugh Out Loud

By | July 27th, 2015|GoMissing|

GoMissing MTB rides from Manali to Leh are rarely complete without some laugh out loud photo opportunities with the Himank road signs and milestones. Himank, a project of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in the Ladakh region was started in 1985. Team Himank battles tough terrain and extreme climatic conditions [...]

Songs for the road

By | July 19th, 2015|Travel|

A long road on a barren landscape of red mud, high morning sun filtering through the car window, pleasant ambient temperature inside the car  (air-conditioning, of course!), the dilemma of deciding the next destination and a song playing in the car - Yun hi chala [...]

The Tribes of Dha Hanu

By | July 17th, 2015|Adventure, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh|

Light-eyed, tall and strong jawed people with aristocratic noses, the Aryans have long been a source of much fascination and study for people in India and around the world. 'Aryan', a term for racial grouping was used to describe people of European and Western Asian [...]

Walk in Clouds @ NagTibba with Nandita Saini

By | June 20th, 2015|GoMissing|

Nandita with her kids About our Guest Author: Nandita is an adventure junkie with hobbies ranging from motorbiking, trekking, cycling and skiing to photography & writing. She works with an IT company and balances her life amazingly between work, activities and her kids. [...]

Experience India by Road with Rahman

By | June 17th, 2015|GoMissing, Travel|

Many memories of growing up in Kanpur and Lucknow are related to the road journeys we took in our trusted Ambassador. The car majestically carried us to towns like Rai Bareily, Allahabad, Fatehpur, Benares for many memorable 'mundans', engagements, weddings, housewarming or sometimes, just to [...]

Exotic Flowers in Valley of Flowers

By | March 19th, 2015|Valley of Flowers|

Green bellflower vine is found in abundance in the Valley of Flower. These greenish yellow bell-shaped flowers appear on vines in summers and have purple markings all over. The flower is commonly found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Bhutan, at an altitude of 1200 [...]

Trekking in Valley of Flowers

By | March 19th, 2015|Trekking, Valley of Flowers|

A place of astounding beauty Using superlatives to describe the Valley of Flowers seems totally justified. Abound with millions of flowers, numerous streams and verdant green landscape – the valley exudes unparalleled beauty. During monsoons, the valley exhibits a whole spectrum of colors. In [...]

Landscapes in Valley of Flowers

By | March 18th, 2015|Trekking, Valley of Flowers|

Best time to go: July and August. In the peak monsoons, the flowers are in full bloom. Difficulty level: Easy to moderate (well-defined stone path all the way). The climb to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara is a steep 6 km long climb The experience: Surreal to say [...]

Takhsang Lakhang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)

By | February 27th, 2015|Bhutan|

The Legend of Guru Rinpoche Over thousand years ago, Guru Rinpoche arrived in Paro, Bhutan on the back of a grand tigress. For 3 months after that, he meditated in a cave nestled deep within a mountain. This is where the Taksang Lakhang or the [...]

The Nag Tibba Story

By | February 12th, 2015|Trekking, Uttarakhand|

As the adventurers that we are, the GoMissing team decided to recce the Nag Tibba which is an easy grade trek in Uttarakhand. So the trip was planned for the weekend and, Monika and I started on the Friday evening.  After a 5 hour journey [...]

8 Reasons To Go on a Trek Date

By | February 6th, 2015|Trekking|

The Valentine's week is here and why not do something different than the plain old fancy dinners and red heart shaped balloons? Here we have 8 reasons why going on a trek date is much more romantic and fun!   So what are you waiting [...]

Nandita’s GoMissing Experience

By | January 27th, 2015|Traveler Speak, Trekking|

About Nandita Nandita works with an IT company and is what many would call a true adventure junkie with hobbies ranging from motorbiking to trekking, cycling and skiing. An avid photographer, she balances her life amazingly between work, activities and her kids, whom she is [...]

Chime Lakhang – Punakha

By | January 25th, 2015|Bhutan|

The Temple of Fertility The Chime Lakhang or Chimi Lakhang is the temple of fertility, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley - the divine madman of Bhutan. The temple is located in the Punakha district, which is about 10 kilometers from the Punakha town. To reach [...]

The Lama Dug Trek (Video)

By | September 10th, 2014|Adventure, Himachal Pradesh, Trekking|

On a recent trek to Lama Dug meadows near Manali in Himachal Pradesh, we had the company of a lovely group of youngsters. This was their first ever trekking experience, and we were thrilled to have them join the GoMissing trek. This video by Aakriti captures some [...]

33 Ultimate Travel Tips

By | July 21st, 2014|GoMissing, Travel|

Traveling is an art and the more you travel, the better you get at it. Experience teaches you, with time, the skills to become the ultimate traveler. So we decided to compile a list of travel tips from our most seasoned travelers and the tricks [...]

GoMissing is hiring – June 2014

By | June 10th, 2014|GoMissing|

Before we get to know you, here is who we are and what this is all about. We're a young travel start up running AWESOME adventure & off beat tours in the Himalayas. Like a lot of start ups, GoMissing offers tremendous learning opportunities and offers [...]

11 smart phone accessories that’ll make your shot click

By | May 22nd, 2014|Photography|

The constantly improving camera capabilities of the smartphone have given the photography enthusiast a great means of delving into travel photography. With powerful technology at your fingertips, you don’t have to spend a bomb on expensive cameras, lenses and other photography equipment to get those perfect [...]

8 awesome and free things to do in Delhi

By | August 2nd, 2013|Delhi|

Living in Delhi or visiting Delhi over the weekend and wondering what to do without spending a bomb? Read on to see how you can spend a great weekend in Delhi without doing the usual pub/ club/ movie/ dinner kind of thing. This post lists [...]

Valley of flowers – 2013 status

By | July 6th, 2013|Valley of Flowers|

Valley of flowers is one of our favorite places in the world and is also a favorite of several of our travelers. Every year, we run multiple trips to the VoF during the monsoon months as the VoF meadows become a riot of colors during [...]

11 reasons why you must visit Spiti

By | July 2nd, 2013|Spiti|

Spiti, also known as the middle land, is a beautiful cold desert area in Himachal Pradesh. Spiti is known as the middle land as it lies between India to the South and Tibet to the North. In the past, a large volume of trade between [...]

13 reasons why Bhutan is a must visit

By | June 13th, 2013|Bhutan|

Does the idea of exploring a different place, meeting people from different cultures, understanding their lives and finding adventure outside your comfort zone interest you? If you hear yourself saying "yes this is totally me" then read on. And once you're done reading, pack your [...]

Mountain biking in Uttarakhand – Kodima

By | June 11th, 2013|Uttarakhand|

Uttarakhand, the land of the gods as the state is popularly known as typically conjures up images of temples, religious rituals and the Char Dham Yatra (The pilgrimage of 4 temple towns) for most people. For adventure lovers, the state is associated with rafting, kayaking [...]

MTB ride to Bhardwaj Lake

By | May 17th, 2013|Adventure, Delhi|

The Bhardwaj lake is a lesser known wonder on the outskirts of Delhi. Till recently, the lake wasn't on most maps and it was one of those places which couldn't be found except by those who already knew where it is. In recent times, the [...]

Endearing sights

By | November 12th, 2011|Ladakh|

Children offering prayers There seems to be something about some simple sights which just leave an impression on you for a lifetime. The picture above is a simple click of two children playing. Somehow this picture just goes right up in my favorite [...]

Yellow Wattled Lapwing

By | November 2nd, 2011|Madhya Pradesh, Photography|

The Yellow Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus Malabaricus) is a fairly common non migratory resident bird found in the dry scrub and open grassland of the Indian subcontinent. Although the bird is non-migratory, it moves seasonally according to rain patterns. You can distinguish it from [...]

A moment with a Butterfly

By | September 15th, 2011|Photography|

    We were wondering what to do one February weekend in Hyderabad, when we decided to visit the Zoo and explore wildlife photography in a relatively controlled environment. The Hyderabad Zoo is a good place for wildlife lovers and photographers looking to [...]

The Purple Sunbird

By | September 13th, 2011|Delhi, Photography|

    "The purple sunbird dances, dressed in shades of black, then the sun spots her, turning her into a mesmerizing purple, " writes Sreelekha Premjit, in her poem dedicated to the winged creature. True to the words above, this little bird, just about 10 [...]

“Tons” of fun weekend – rafting the Tons river

By | June 3rd, 2011|Adventure, Tons river, Uttarakhand|

This time around, the GoMissing gang is heading to the Tons river for a weekend of incredible fun, laughter, rafting and giving ourselves a break from the city life. Joining us is a motley crew of professionals, entrepreneurs, special educators and HR professionals. trip details: [...]

Rural trip to Supi village in Uttaranchal

By | March 18th, 2011|Uttarakhand|

As with most startups, you go through constant change and attempt to innovate and try out new things. So one fine day, the GoMissing think tank sat ourselves down (quite a task knowing how everyone around here has a spring attached to their feet) and [...]

A kingdom in the clouds – Bhutan

By | February 28th, 2011|Bhutan|

We're repeating our super successful trip to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan this year again in April and in May. The Bhutan expedition is a people and culture expedition which will cover the highlights of Bhutan and heartwarming Bhutanese culture over one week. We start [...]

GoMissing at Bharatpur

By | February 18th, 2011|Bharatpur, Photography|

A 4 member team accompanied by a GoMissing expedition leader headed to Bharatpur in search for exotic avian life in the forests of Keoladeo Ghana national park. While the birding experience was absolutely brilliant, and we were able to spot and identify close to 60 [...]

GoMissing in Paradise – Gulmarg

By | February 17th, 2011|Gulmarg|

If you were to wake up one morning and look outside the window to find that everything was under a thick blanket of white, the trees, the ground, the fields and everything imaginable under a thick sheet of pure white, what would be your first [...]

The Black Drongo

By | December 23rd, 2010|Photography|

Perched on a wire, a 11inch long shadow of black can spell doom for the little unaware insects and grasshoppers flying in the vicinity. The Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) is a small passerine bird which feeds primarily on flying insects & grasshoppers which they catch in [...]

Nature in all her winter glory

By | December 15th, 2010|Uttarakhand|

A beautiful memory was created and imprinted in my mind on a very recent trek. We just finished the winter trek to Kuari pass in the first week of December. The trek turned out to be a surreal experience and all along we had the [...]

Takin – The National Animal of Bhutan

By | December 13th, 2010|Bhutan|

The Takin's unique characteristics make it unlike any other animal Taxonomy The Takin is a one of its kind animal. Due to its uniqueness and lack of relationship with other animals, the Takin has been a bit of a hassle for taxonomists. Since the animal [...]

Depth of Field in Photography

By | November 26th, 2010|Photography|

Recently a friend saw this (and some other) pictures and asked about how I was getting the perfect DOF for such images, and specifically asked about what I do in the field rather than what is published in the books and the articles. Isolating [...]

Around Leh – Sindhu Ghat, Shay and Stok

By | November 12th, 2010|Ladakh, Travel|

Our journey of exploration around Leh continued with a visit to the Sindhu ghat, Shay palace and Stok village. The Sindhu ghat (Indus bank) is a peaceful riverbank nestled in the surreal landscape of Ladakh. The barren brown mountains, a peaceful river flowing across stones [...]

Around Leh – Thikshay Monastery

By | October 27th, 2010|Ladakh, Travel|

The Thikshay monastery rises from the vast brown plains and embraces the open blue skies giving the approaching visitor a feeling of peace and calm. The Thikshay Monastery belongs to the Gelukpa order of Buddhism and was founded in 1430AD by Spon Palden Zangpo, nephew [...]

Around Leh – Hemis Monastery

By | October 27th, 2010|Ladakh|

After a night of blissful sleep we awoke to a crisp October morning in Leh. As the sun started rising over the horizon, the nip in the air gave way to a warm feeling which just made perfect sense. A little while later we got [...]

Wild and free

By | October 25th, 2010|Ladakh|

I would imagine that everyone at some point in time has had a dream like this; Run like there is no tomorrow, wind flowing through your hair and flowing through the rest of you, binding and uniting you with the spirit of freedom and with the [...]

Baralacha-la pass – pic of the day

By | September 15th, 2010|Ladakh|

From our unbelivably stunning "words can't even begin to describe it" cycling trip from Shimla to Khardung-la last year... the pic of the day of Baralacha-La pass Thanks Shrenik and Mike... you guys are simply the best :) It couldn't have been better. Cheers to [...]

Traditional Dances of Bhutan

By | August 3rd, 2010|Bhutan|

Bhutanese traditional masked dances The rich cultural and religious history of Bhutan comes to fore during the Tsechu festival when traditional dances based on the lives of Padmasambhava and other saints are performed. On our request, a mini Tsechu festival was re-created especially for our [...]

Bhutan – A photowalk through Thimpu – People

By | August 1st, 2010|Bhutan|

Thimpu being at a unique crossroads in its evolution offers an eclectic mix of modernity, tradition, religion and life in general. A few pictures from Downtown Thimpu - All clicked at (or around) the Thimpu square (the place with the 'proud' clock tower) National [...]

Bhutan – Day 4 – Photowalk through Thimpu

By | July 17th, 2010|Bhutan|

After sightseeing in Paro, we left for Thimpu and got there sometime in the evening. The first hotel that we arrived at turned out to be a pretty bad place and considering that we were going to spend 3 nights in Thimpu, we all decided [...]

Bhutan Day 3 – Paro

By | July 15th, 2010|Bhutan|

There is a special charm of doing absolutely nothing and watching the rain fall all over the trees and the mountains. Life doesn't get better at these moments. The joy of traveling and soaking in the atmosphere of the place is pure bliss. After waiting [...]

Bhutan Day 2 – An evening in Paro

By | July 2nd, 2010|Bhutan|

By the time we reached Paro it was already late evening. While driving through the city to reach our hotel we caught a glimpse of the Paro Dzong and Museum. Both structures looked stunningly beautiful under the starlit sky and with artificial lighting. As soon [...]

Bhutan day 2 – at Phuntsholing

By | June 30th, 2010|Bhutan|

The charming town of Phuntsholing is the second biggest city of Bhutan. Although there aren't any significant temples or monasteries to visit, one can spend a few hours walking around town...

Bhutan day 2 – Phuntsholing

By | June 24th, 2010|Bhutan|

With major part of the trade with India being conducted from here, the border town of Phuntsholing is a hub of economic activity. The border is a gate which one can simply walk across. Most of the times papers are not checked, and there is [...]

Bhutan Day 1 – Bagdogra to Phuntsholing

By | June 22nd, 2010|Bhutan, Travel|

The 6 of us arrived at Bagdogra in 4 different flights. Two of us were the first to arrive there and we kept wondering if the others are going to manage their connecting flights. While this discussion was going on, I was happily sipping beer [...]

Kuzu Zangpo La

By | June 12th, 2010|Bhutan, Travel|

In Bhutanese language - Dzongkha the phrase means "Hello/How are you". La is added as a mark of respect to the person being addressed. The entire Bhutan welcomed us with such phrases spoken in soft voice with genuine warmth. Right from the time we were [...]

The smile

By | March 28th, 2010|Photography|

Ever heard of the 1000watt smile? Well... here is to a million watt smile :) or a million dollar smile if you please :)


By | March 26th, 2010|Delhi, Photography|

The place I've grown up in, is thankfully one of the greenest areas of Delhi. Right behind my place there is a huge forest area, which is teeming with bird life. Quite frequently I get to see several species which include raptors, tailorbirds, sunbirds, hornbills, [...]

Morning walk at Hauz Khas Lake

By | March 3rd, 2010|Delhi, Photography|

This has to be one of the most beautiful places in all of Delhi. A huge artificial lake, the Hauz Khas monuments on one side, large open parks all around. People with cameras, artists with their canvases, children with their cricket bats, laughter therapy groups, [...]

Born free?

By | February 22nd, 2010|Delhi, Photography|

One of the most awe inspiring predators ever, the Asiatic Lion was once spread over large parts of the Indian subcontinent. As with most big cats, loss of habitat, merciless hunting and loss of natural prey has led to a massive decline in the number [...]

Born free?

By | February 22nd, 2010|Delhi, Photography|

One of the most awe inspiring predators ever, the Asiatic Lion was once spread over large parts of the Indian subcontinent. As with most big cats, loss of habitat, merciless hunting and loss of natural prey has led to a massive decline in the number [...]

I know… awwww :)

By | February 19th, 2010|Photography|

One of the most photogenic creatures around, these little guys can keep a photographer entertained for hours. This one is almost saying... "i'm so cute... feed me" :)

Some just can’t sit still

By | February 5th, 2010|Photography|

... but then again :) **twweeeettt** and.. the male (as usual, more patience and all ;)) These were clicked a couple of days back from my terrace :) **still waiting for the $$$ to buy the Canon 500mm F/4** :) [...]

Birding @ Hauz Khas lake

By | February 4th, 2010|Photography|

After ages, I decided to pay a visit to one of my favorite haunts in the vicinity... the Hauz Khas lake. Usually, the lake is teeming with bird life; but for any sighting one has to reach there at the crack of dawn, or at [...]

The Indian Roller… (Blue Jay)

By | January 30th, 2010|Photography|

Commonly found in open grassland and thin forests, the blue jay is a considered a sign of good luck. The blue jay is also known as the neelkanth or blue throat after lord Shiva whose throat became blue after drinking poison. Though the bird has [...]

Kerala wildlife… Neelgiri Thar

By | January 28th, 2010|Photography|

A backpacking trip across Kerala led us to a small national park located in the Idukki district of Kerala. The park is all over the hilly terrain of the Western Ghats of India. Every 12 years in the months of September/October, the green slopes of [...]

The Enchantress… Pushkar

By | January 27th, 2010|Photography, Pushkar|

There I was... walking the streets of Pushkar (during the camel fair) mostly minding my own business, when I came across her. For a couple of minutes I continued walking and chatting with my friends after which I realized what that bright, colorful and gorgeous [...]

I know… a grasshopper…yuckkk!!

By | January 25th, 2010|Photography|

But then again... a gorgeous creature and a very very good model I must say. For more than half an hour this guy kept sitting on my desk (the black thing on which it is sitting is the external hard drive) It had enough patience [...]

Wildlifing @ Dandeli…

By | January 23rd, 2010|Dandeli, Photography|

These pictures were clicked in the thickly forested Dandeli wildlife sanctuary. The entire area is one non-ending forest. Our visit was during (or just after) the monsoons, and thanks to the rains, the entire area looked freshly washed and cleaned. While the rains made the [...]

A frequent visitor…

By | January 22nd, 2010|Photography|

One of the members of the party birds in the tree behind my house... As the flowers bloom on the bottlebrush (the red flowers in the picture) the purple sunbird's merrymaking starts. Usually one can see them chasing each another from branch to branch, tree [...]

and life goes on…

By | January 19th, 2010|Uttarakhand|

Broken walls, pillars caving in, cracks in structures, warped support beams, dangling electricity wires... ...and life goes on. Would you attribute it to the human spirit? or to the lack of choice? or something else? Clicked in Mussoorie over [...]


By | January 17th, 2010|Madhya Pradesh|

... wilderness all around, peaceful old hills watching over the forest, tall tiger grass shimmering in the late afternoon sun, gentle warm breeze caressing you with the lightest touch, deer grazing in the distance. An atmosphere of complete peace. A moment of just being and [...]

A recent visitor…

By | January 13th, 2010|Photography|

A recent power failure in the afternoon forced me to shut shop, and walk around on the terrace with my camera. The reason for the “terrace walk” with the camera was a bunch of Coppersmith Barbets that I had seen lolling around and hogging in [...]

Misty mountain hop… New year eve hike

By | December 31st, 2009|Adventure|

For a change, instead of partying over NY eve in Delhi, some of us decided to head to the hills for new year eve. This new year eve is all about fresh air, misty mountains, hiking in the hills, starry skies, company of great friends [...]


By | November 18th, 2009|Photography|

Freedom... just across the wall Another one of those hike, jump, bruise, walk, trek pictures. Taken near Fort Aguada in Goa.

Pic of the day… fond memories

By | November 15th, 2009|Photography|

The one year at ISB was quite eventful... to say the least. Some of the most beautiful memories, emotions, ups and downs were a part of the one year which (for some of us at least) will last us a lifetime. One of my fondest [...]

Pic of the day…. Moonlight symphony

By | November 12th, 2009|Photography|

The pacific ocean... a drive on the Big Sur. Park the car, take a walk. Everything around looks like its straight out of a child's story book. The winding mountain road, beautiful blue sky, the serene sea and no one around for miles and miles. [...]

All fake…

By | November 10th, 2009|Travel|

except me obviously... I'm the only one putting any real effort here! From the much fun Pondi trip. These fakes were clicked at Mahabalipuram. No help I get, I tell u!

Of Art and Artists… Streets of Pushkar

By | November 9th, 2009|Pushkar, Travel|

From twisted bodies to twisted minds... Pushkar offers you all forms of art. Right from junk to some really beautiful stuff. I'm sure someone with a better sense of art would be able to give better commentary. For me it was just a lot of [...]

Streets of Pushkar

By | November 8th, 2009|Pushkar, Travel|

The streets of Pushkar, especially during the mela, come alive with a myriad array of vibrant colors and sights... From artists performing on streets to roadside food to people selling their wares to camels. Here are a few interesting sights we came across... While walking, [...]

Culinary adventures & fireworks @ Pushkar

By | November 7th, 2009|Pushkar, Travel|

The streets of Pushkar, especially during the mela, come alive with roadside cafes, Italian, French, German, Israeli, and every other imaginable eating joint. While walking the streets, I came across restaurants serving all kind of cuisines. Loud signs outside restaurants inviting you inside in all [...]

The Pushkar Lake

By | November 5th, 2009|Pushkar, Travel|

The Pushkar lake, which is considered to be the most holy spot in the city, has almost dried up. There are about 1000 temples in Pushkar, but according to the locals, prayers are offered only at the lake. Unfortunately, this is what it looks like [...]

Pic of the day… family frolic in Kerala

By | October 27th, 2009|Photography|

A few years back, while walking around in forest area outside Munnar (Kerala), I came across this happy family frolicking in the open hill country of Kerala. Quite an endearing sight to see the kid playing with mom and dad... Family frolic in Kerala [...]

Pic of the day… Purple Sunbird

By | October 25th, 2009|Photography|

One of my favorite visitors on campus... the female purple sunbird. This one used to frequent the bushes outside my room window in campus, and every time I heard it tweeting (the real tweet) I used to start shooting. I don't think I've ever kept [...]

Pic of the day… to friendship

By | October 24th, 2009|Photography, Travel|

An amazing trip, and and amazing bunch of people... heres to friendship : ) Yeah, I know i'm in the picture. But then again, I composed it, i blackened and whitened and sepiad it, someone else just pressed the shutter : ) So as far [...]

Pic of the day… a walk through the woods

By | October 23rd, 2009|Photography|

Though this isn't exactly "wild", it was one of the wilder patches on campus. This was one of the favorite haunts of all the amateur photographers in ISB. Several morning walks saw a bunch of us here with our lenses trying to capture something or [...]

Pic of the day… the blue cheeked bee eater

By | October 18th, 2009|Photography|

Another one of those fun shots, its great fun watching Blue cheeked bee eater hunting for its prey. They generally perch atop a branch or on an electricity wire and swoop down upon dragonflies and other flying insects. Much fun chasing them around for that [...]

Pic of the day… The elements, Goa

By | October 17th, 2009|Photography|

The elements - Goa, clicked near Fort Aguada in Goa. I imagine it is tough traveling with a photographer. All the photographer wants is the "right shot" and would trek/walk/hike/jump/get bruised/and whatever it takes to get it (but still doesn't get the it a lot [...]

Pic of the day…

By | October 14th, 2009|Photography|

The common Jezebel (Delias eucharis), quite a common butterfly in the Indian subcontinent. Read all about it here (opens in a new window) Both pics clicked in Hyderabad, one at the Golconda fort, and the other in ISB campus. Clicking butterflies can be quite a [...]

Pic of the day…

By | October 13th, 2009|Photography|

In remembrance of ISB days, once again, the pic of the day series. Scenes gone by, interesting perspectives, etc etc etc... To kick-start the series, a picture from the trek at Yosemite national park...

Walkabout… Humayuns tomb – Delhi

By | September 18th, 2009|Delhi, Photography|

Ever since the ride to Khardung-la (through heaven I have to add), I've been itching to get the camera out and clickabout. So here goes... the first part of the explore Delhi series. A photo-walk at the Humayun's tomb - Delhi. For history, location, etc [...]

At Khardung-la

By | September 12th, 2009|Adventure|

40Kms, 6500ft ascent, altitude of 18380ft, 11 hours (including 3 hours of break) of gruelling uphill and we've done it : ) Cycled to Khardung-la - the highest motorable pass in the world :) A simply amazing feeling... really can't be described in words. Its [...]

The massive climb to Khardung-la…

By | September 12th, 2009|Ladakh|

What we're here for... we start today. And unlike other days, we're up early, and even managed to leave by 7 AM. Today's ride... 40Kms, 6500ft ascent reaching an altitude of 18380ft. The road... about 26Kms of good road up to south pullu... after that [...]

Of prayer flags, wishes and wish factories…

By | September 5th, 2009|Ladakh|

Crossing the Baralacha-la, situated in the Zanskar range, one of the highest motorable passes in the world. Once again, i'm rendered pretty much speechless. All around at the pass there are prayer flags and wishes. The view, nothing short of astounding. Rock structures made by [...]

Mountains and life…

By | September 4th, 2009|Ladakh|

What I did not capture was the immigrant laborers toiling away breaking stones for making roads. They come here from as far as Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal to make a living. What I did capture was the rosy picture of life in the mountains [...]

Boys will be boys…

By | September 4th, 2009|Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh|

At times, there is a sense of something amazing in the air, you just know it and you just feel it without really knowing what it is. At times, you discover, that the feeling is just snowballs, other times hot tea on a chilly day [...]

Crossing over, Himachal to Ladakh…

By | September 4th, 2009|Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh|

At times when you're just overwhelmed, there really isn't much to say. When you feel completely puny, completely insignificant. Everything you think about, all the problems, all that you know, all that you feel... seem to not exist. Just purity, just a sense of exhilaration. [...]

Changing scapes

By | August 29th, 2009|Himachal Pradesh|

From one side of Rohtang, shrouded in thick fog, heavy rain and mountains rising out of clouds we rode into warm evening sunshine, blue skies, white clouds adorning snow covered peaks of the Pir Panjal range. And the icing on the [...]

At Marhi

By | August 23rd, 2009|Himachal Pradesh|

By the time we reach Marhi it is already night. There aren't too many accommodation options and we shack up at a really run down place. No place for a shower or a clean loo and a room infested with mosquitoes is in store for [...]

Cycling to the Rohtang pass

By | August 15th, 2009|Himachal Pradesh|

The first few kms run along the beautiful beas valley, with a cover of green all along. In the distance shrouded in clouds and mist, there is a sheer wall of rock and snow called the Pir Panjal range. The Rohtang pass will take us [...]

The morning after

By | August 10th, 2009|Himachal Pradesh|

Written at 10:45AM on 27th July 2009. Yeah I was writing that time, and NO, we didn’t get late because of the writing. Beautiful morning, it rained all night and now everything around is freshly washed and clean. The trees look greener than usual, the [...]

Of cushions and perspectives

By | August 9th, 2009|Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh|

Cycling in the mountains is a whole different experience. What you discover about yourself, and life in general, you just can't beat. I promise you that. A poll conducted by interviewing the members of the team resulted in these top findings. 1. You really discover [...]

Temporal discordance…

By | August 8th, 2009|Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh|

24th July – Drive from Delhi to Shimla So, the plan was to update the blog real time during the cycling trip. Since that didn’t happen, I’m going to start the account pretty much from Delhi. Delhi to Shimla – by car with 3 cycles [...]

a new butt please!

By | July 31st, 2009|Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh|

I don't think I need to write anything in this post. The topic pretty much says it all. While i'm at it, how about a new set of legs as well. :) The story update will happen soon. Just a quick update for now, we [...]

Day -1 Flight from Hyd to Del

By | July 24th, 2009|Ladakh|

sleepless night, crazy day, long flight... but lots of entertainment. Mike forgets his name when the air hostess asks for him. Air hostess - Edward Mike EDWARD - Who? That's not me Air hostess - Mr. Edward? Mike - no Mike - **zzzzz** Shrenik/Saurabh - [...]

Scenes from the past…

By | July 22nd, 2009|Himachal Pradesh|

A few scenes from the past... can almost feel them calling out :) Water eroding the land Natural soil erosion in Spiti Beautiful natural formations in Spiti valley Dhankar lake - the mirror image Dhankar village - Pin [...]

The excitement

By | July 22nd, 2009|Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh|

... can't wait to get there. I have done some crazy stuff before. From cross country drives, to body surfing rapids, to high altitude trekking, to jumping off cliffs. But, this one really does take the cake. In all these trips, I've pretty much questioned [...]

Cycling to the top of the world…

By | July 21st, 2009|Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh|

...Okay, that might sound just a little dramatic, but then again, at 18,380ft Khardung-la is one of the highest motorable passes in the world (the highest according to the border roads organisation). Looking forward to the challenge of conquering Khardung-la or K-top as it is [...]