a Fortress, a Monastery & a Lake

Meet Dhankar. A village, a Fortress, a Monastery & a Lake. Above the Dhankar Village, sit the Fortress and the Monastery, watching over the confluence of the Spiti and Pin Rivers. This spectacular setting is what gives the place its name, Dhankar, meaning ‘Fort on a Cliff’. The village of Dhankar lies somewhere between Kaza and…

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Royal Ruins: Shey Palace

On the road from Leh to Thiksey, atop a hill, sits The Shey Palace and Monastery. It is by far the most picturesque of monasteries in India. Little surprise then that it was once the summer palace of the Kings of Ladakh. The views that the Shey Palace commands are like no other. Despite the persistently…

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But, first coffee.

Dubai Marina, I Love You. But, first coffee. The Starbucks in Marina Promenade has been my ‘Haven of Escape’ for all my time in Dubai. This is where I would disappear to, without fail, all those late evenings right after classes and early afternoons on the weekend. It is quiet, cosy and has absolutely no crowds. Except…

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Where The Monasteries are.

I have always valued the Hindu rituals growing up and there is no denying that. But, that does not hold me back from aspiring to one day appreciate Buddhism in all its beauty. My regard for this religion comes not just from the solace that their monasteries (gompa) have always granted me, right from the first…

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Sugar Rushed in Hyderabad

5 Eateries. 12 Desserts. A tour of the most delightful desserts in Hyderabad. #1 Eatmor | Must try Desserts = 2 As always, I start with my favourites. First on this Dessert Trail, Eatmor at Ohris has been my go-to place, not just for desserts but for everything from fries & sandwiches to 4-course Chinese meals. The meals did…

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Sunrise on Surfers Paradise

This week, I am revisiting some old memories! Last year when I was living in Sydney, we had a study break when we were supposed to work on a project. Instead a bunch of us (read most of the class) rented an apartment on Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast & took off. Some, including me…

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In the Realm of The Passes: Khardung La

I have been to the Himalayas twice. Both times, my most memorable moments have been at the Lakes & the Passes. Their beauty is incomparable & my love for them is eternal. With the crisp mountain air in our face, listening to the Buddhist Morning Prayer, Khardung La or the ‘Pass of the Lower Castle’…

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Little Ones of Ladakh

I was never interested in shooting portraits, or so I thought! Standing still, on the sidelines, as columns of brilliantly dressed Ladakhis walked by to the Polo Grounds for the Opening Ceremony of the Ladakh Festival, I watched. The multitude of tourists and photographers clamouring to capture everything. It stuck me. I was just a…

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A Day on The Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is a popular holiday island in Western Australia eighteen kilometres off the coast of Perth. This island framed by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean is a ferry ride away. Making for an ideal day trip destination. Separated from the mainland around 7000 years ago, it is famous for its secluded bays,…

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The Road to Serenity: Chandratal

My first ever camping experience was at the incredibly beautiful Chandratal Lake in Spiti Valley, a Desert Valley that is the middle land between India and Tibet. To pitch a tent amidst the magnificent Himalayas on a freezing summer night and to sleep under the  skylight sky is amazing enough in itself. But if the campsite…

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