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  • Ch. 11 – A walk to clear the mind

    Ch. 11 – A walk to clear the mind

    My walk took me 4 kilometers down the Sangla-Chitkul road. One of the things that I really like and would repeat to anyone who wants to take any vacation in the future, is walk.

  • Ch. 10 – Give me my room!

    Ch. 10 – Give me my room!

    The bus dropped us off in the center of Sangla, a small settlement which really wasn’t anything more than a pitstop for people who were going further into the valley; where they would either […]

  • Ch. 8 – The concert at 7500 feet

    Ch. 8 – The concert at 7500 feet

    I woke up early the next day, like most temples, Sarahan had an early morning darshan which I was keen on attending. I amazingly managed to bypass the yearning to sleeping in, rolled out […]

  • Ch. 7 – The Self Correcting Tower

    Ch. 7 – The Self Correcting Tower

    I took the bus from Shimla to Sarahan. Commuting in Himachal Pradesh, with all those hills, is an absolute nightmare. I was staying in Mashobra, some 10 km in the direction I was going, […]

  • Ch. 6 – A playlist for wandering

    Ch. 6 – A playlist for wandering

    Shimla was, at the time, my base camp. I would make my trip to Spiti and would return back to Shimla before returning to Delhi. Since I was staying in my Dadaji’s orchard, it […]

  • Ch. 5 – The orchard on the hill

    Ch. 5 – The orchard on the hill

    Some decades before I was born, my paternal grandfather, aka Dadaji, decided to build a house in Shimla. As I write this, my family is currently in that very house. How I wish I was […]

  • Ch. 4 – The Tourist

    Ch. 4 – The Tourist

    The thing that really hit me about Shimla was the amount of people that it could hold. When I first saw the hill station in the early hours of the morning, it was sprawled […]

  • Ch. 3 – Shower time in Delhi

    Ch. 3 – Shower time in Delhi

    The first thing I thought when I boarded the plane was, ‘is that Fleetwood Mac?’ Sure enough, as I boarded my flight from Bangalore to Delhi, SpiceJet flight 134 had Rihannon drifting through their […]

  • Ch. 2 – I’m Going on an Adventure!

    Ch. 2 – I’m Going on an Adventure!

    I had finalized my route, instead of traversing most of North India; I was going to be travelling to Himachal Pradesh and experiencing some of its most beautiful places. My trip route was as […]

  • Ch. 1 – Planning is Everything

    Ch. 1 – Planning is Everything

    By January of 2015, I had given up on my grand plans of a pan India cycling trip and had reinvested my mind to going for a backpacking trip. In theory, it was great! […]

  • Ch. 0 – Let’s Begin

    Ch. 0 – Let’s Begin

    It was in 2014 when I decided I’d go on my first solo, backpacking trip. The objective, then, was much smaller; there was a family function in Jaipur, and I would spend the remainder […]

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