22nd April 2017, Saturday Hall in Tirol Austria “There are days when I feel happy about Innsbruck being so close by…….at least it keeps most of the crowd away from my neighborhood!” Erwin had been my generous host for the 4 days I spent in this northern part of Austria. Our evening walks along […]Read more "Experience the best of Inn Valley – but not in Innsbruck!!"
Whenever called upon to draw a landscape in my art classes in school, I had always drawn some version of a paradise I had always had at the back of my mind – a solitary house at the base of rolling meadows, a clear mountain stream flowing down from towering peaks in the background while some ducks paddle their way across the stream to the vast expanse of untouched meadows at the other side. To be able to see an even closer version of your idea of a perfect landscape was such a surreal moment that, truth be told, I could not help but feel goosebumps!!Read more "MY FIRST TRYST WITH BAVARIAN ALPS – MEMOIRS FROM BERCHTESGADEN NATIONAL PARK [Chapter 2]"
It is 02:00 am on a cold October night. I am waiting for a train; a train that will take me far away. I know where I hope this train will take me, but I don’t know for sure. But it doesn’t matter. How can it not matter to me where this train will take me?Read more "MY FIRST TRYST WITH BAVARIAN ALPS – Memoirs From Berchtesgaden National Park"
With the city slowly embracing the darkness, it brought to an end one of the most memorable, thought provoking and life-changing experiences of my lifetime!! No amount of reading, writing or oral recounts now can give deserved justice to the 3 days I spent in the lap of probably the most naked and uninhibited form of nature I had ever experienced……nature that taught me lessons worth a thousand years, opening my eyes to an entirely new portal of self realization and self-satiation.Read more "A JOURNEY THROUGH THE ALLURING EMPTINESS – JOURNALS FROM SPITI [CHAPTER 4]"
”I Don’t have a plan either. Will probably walk around and see if I can hitch a ride. If you are OK with it then I can join you and we can both hike or hitchhike our way to Kye and Kibber!!”
It’s rare to find like-minded budget travelers in unknown landscapes, so his offer was hard to ignore. Who doesn’t want a travel companion who shares your vision of a perfect travel experience?
We had been hiking across Parvati valley for 3 days and as she was getting ready to catch her bus back to Delhi now, I had still not made up my mind what I wanted to do next. But I was already at the doorsteps of Manali and I surely did not want to turn back yet.Read more "A JOURNEY THROUGH THE ALLURING EMPTINESS – Journals from Spiti [Chapter 2]"
I could see the houses near the horizon, but the landscape of Spiti does have that effect on your
perception of distances.
I had to make it to Koumik at any cost and my options and spirit were already running thin…
Through all my journeys, my interaction with people remained largely anonymous. Now that I think of it, it was probably one of the best things that happened – the mutual trust between two strangers when all we knew about each other were interesting stories from other’s life.Read more "Nihon Diaries – Chapter 1 (Part II)"
As expected of me, I had not planned anything for the day, no maps, no places-to-visit list – not even a “customary” water bottle. I need to learn how to act like a traveler!!Read more "Nihon Diaries – Chapter 1 (Part I)"
It was in one of such pursuits of perfect happiness that we discovered the joys of imperfection around us. Important lessons were learnt, interesting choices were made and what emerged on the canvas were memories to be cherished for a long time – and it all started with a simple mistake on our part.Read more "A Perfect Imperfection – Discovering Coorg"