Month: October 2014

PANGONG BLUES

The Blue skies, the blue lake and we….. Pangong Lake had a tranquil and relaxing effect on us like blue topaz and inspired us as well. The vast and azure waters of Pangong were enough to mesmerise us and renewed our love for each other. Well, blue has always been my favourite colour…. Let the blue sky meet the blue sea and all is blue for a time  – Moncy Barbour Pangong Tso is about 160 km from Leh. To reach the lake you have to cross world’s third highest motorable pass, the Chang La (17586 ft) which is...

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SOMEDAY I WILL – LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST

Live life to the fullest, because it only happens once. -Maddi Jenkins So, how many times have you told yourself “Someday I will do……. “. Or perhaps heard yourself say “ This is not the right time to do this.. I will postpone this for later.” My husband Agni wants a Royal Enfield for himself since his college days. He used to say then “ I’ll buy one as soon as I get a job.” Well, he has been working for nearly four years now, but the Royal Enfield has still eluded him. “ Let me get a hike...

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Entering Leh, The Srinagar-Leh Highway

Ladakh has always been a panacea for travellers. We too wanted to have the taste of trans-Himalayan adventure, get the feel of the cold desert and wander round the mighty monasteries. Having heard much and seen a lot of google images, the blue waters of the Pangong seemed to beckon us; the monasteries called us with all its splendour and mystery.  So when during July 2013, we planned for the Amarnath Yatra, we decided to give Kashmir Valley a miss, and foray into the mighty Ladakh. And the best way to enter Leh is by the Srinagar-Leh Highway. After completion...

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Auroville – A place which no nation could claim as its own

The first time I visited Auroville was in 1998. I was merely in the eighth standard when my grandma held my hands and took me to see the Matrimandir, which according to her was a must see place. The place was still in the construction phase at that time, the construction of the Matrimandir was still on process. I could see huge golden plates being put on a huge globe. As a 13 year old, I was quite awestruck with the architecture. So was I, when we entered the meditation chamber in the Matrimandir. The serene atmosphere had an...

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Coffee at Keventer’s, Darjeeling

Who can ever think of Darjeeling without a visit to Keventer’s…. Standing tall on the Nehru road that leads to the Chowrasta Mall, for us visit to Keventer’s for a sip of hot coffee is a must. Our love story with Darjeeling started since 2012 and is still going strong, and is our affair with Keventer’s. Our trip to Darjeeling is never completed without a bite of ham and sausage and hot chocolate at Keventer’s. Keventer’s have completed 100 years since its establishment and has been serving sumptuous English breakfast, teas and snacks for generations. The ground floor is...

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TREKKER’S PARADISE – BUXA FORT

Trek to Buxa holds a very special place in our hearts, as it was our opening to the magical world of trekking and gradually became the elixir of our otherwise mundane life. We started from Jayanti early in the morning with our rented car and reached Santrabari at about 7 AM. At Santrabari, we had delicious Momos from the only shop that stood there. I often wonder, how they make such wonderful momos! The veg momos are yummier that the Momos we find at Kolkata- no offence meant to anyone. After having a sumptuous breakfast of momos and tea,...

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Discovering, Feeling and Exploring Places & Cultures in & around India. Tale of 2 backpackers is  the expressions of our trekking and travelling experiences in and around India. We started travelling together 3 years back as tourists, and then fell in love with travelling…… We are now travellers, trying to extract the most from the nature. We wish to explore the untouched beauty of India….....

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