Monthly Archives: March 2017

langza village buddha statue front view

Solo Backpack Trip to Spiti Valley – Day in Langza & Komic

Just imagine how exciting it must be to live in a village which is situated at 20 thousand feet from sea level, which gets covered with the snow for 9 months in a year, where you survive at -20-degree temperature, where you struggle for day to day basic needs.  Either you should be God or Superman to do that. I call myself extremely lucky to visit this place in real, Yes we are talking about Langza & Komic. We started […]

key monastery

Solo Backpack Trip to Spiti Valley – Day in Key Monastery & Kibber

It was my 7th Day on Solo Backpack trip which was no more solo after meeting these guys. In continuation to the last story when we reached to Kaza, Nitin had a booking in Hotel Deyzor. We checked in together and were flattered with its ambiance. I must say it is the most amazing hotel in Kaza. Karan is the fabulous host and traveler like us who owns this hotel. This is the only place in Spiti Valley where I […]

Kaza city top view

Solo Backpack Trip to Spiti Valley – Day in Kaza

It was my 6th Day of Solo Backpack Trip. After finishing our amazing village tour from Nako Village, it was a time to head towards Kaza. Its 111 Km distance from Nako and almost 4 hours bus drive. Hope you will like this journey. There is only one Bus which travels from Nako to Kaza, which starts from Recong Peo. It usually arrives at 12.30 to Nako and takes almost 4 hours to reach Kaza if everything goes right on […]

Nako Village top view

Solo Backpack Trip to Spiti Valley – Day in Nako Village

Travelling is like dreaming. It is as thrilling as dreams. And there is a sense of peace – which you got to find for yourself, in nature or landscape or people and culture. I feel so blessed when I look back at my journey in the Himalayas. It’s truly Incredible India without barriers. This was my 5th Day of Solo Backpack. My next destination was “Nako” which is 103 Km from Recong Peo and about 5 hours journey by HSRTC […]

Kalpa Temple door

Solo Backpack Trip to Spiti Valley – Day in Kalpa

“Kalpa” is a small town in the Sutlej river valley, 3 km from the main city – Recong Peo. This place is famous for its apple orchards. Kalpa has 83.75% literacy rate which is highest in the region. The city has recently started getting more visitors because the much acclaimed “Highway” movie was shot in this village. Another interesting fact is that India’s first ever voter Shyam Saran Negi belongs to Kalpa. Picking up from where we left, Davika helped […]

Chitkul homestay

Solo Backpack Trip to Spiti Valley – Day in Chitkul

“Chitkul – The Last Village of India” How does this sound? – “Hey, I have been to the last village of India” 🙂 yeah…I know your feeling because I felt the same when I heard it from Neeraj (A guy who inspired me to go to Spiti Valley). I was wondering what is so special about this place. I googled, watched all the videos, read as much as I could about Chitkul. It did look tempting, but only after I stepped in […]

Sangala Valley

Solo Backpack Trip to Spiti Valley – Day in Sangla

Sangla Valley, around 225 Km from Shimla, is also called Baspa Valley as it runs along Baspa River. The valley starts from Karcham village and ends at Chitkul (Last Village of India). Why should you visit Sangla? Because this valley produces world’s best apples and hosts Kailash Parvat. Till 1989, it was restricted for outsiders to enter into Sangla valley without a special permit from the Government of India, due to its strategic position on the Indo-Tibet/China border. But now, […]

Manali to Khardungala Cycling Expedition - First Pilgrim

Cycling the World’s highest Roads

Suraj Tal Lake near BaralachaLa Pass (Himachal Pradesh, India) Manali to Khardungala: Cycling World’s Highest Roads – For a major part of my upbringing, the Indian bourgeois mentality led me to focus more on excelling in academics rather than enriching myself with what I truly loved (Outdoors). The sedentary lifestyle of a Technology job, then the startup financial woes always created an internal dichotomy something which Herman Hesse so beautifully elucidates in his epic book — Steppenwolf When I was 21 […]

Hike to the beautiful Kedar Tal - First Pilgrim

Kedar Tal Trek

Kedartal Trek: A Hike to Shiva’s Lake – It was 16th of October 2016 and the alarm rang at 4:30 a.m. I woke up with a sore back and tired legs, the Cold wasn’t helping either!. It was my 25th continuous day of hiking in the Indian Himalaya and just the previous day I was back from Tapovan and Mount Shivling Base camp above Gaumukh (the source of the River Ganga) surviving a mercury drop of almost -15 degrees Celsius. […]

Bagini Glacier Trek - First Pilgrim

Changabang Base Camp

A Memorable Hike to Changabang Base Camp: A For the last three years, in what has become an annual pilgrimage, some friends and I have headed to the Himalayas to explore, and challenge ourselves while traversing the wilderness. Some of us want to escape to a remoteness where, for a fortnight, we aren’t troubled by the buzz of our internet-connected mobile phones that herald yet another email or deadline. For others, it is an opportunity to see the spectacular beauty […]

Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal – A Beautiful hike in the Garhwal Himalaya

Brahmatal, A Beautiful hike in the Garhwal Himalaya: It was 30th September and I was just done with the Roopkund Trek which starts at Lohajung in Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India. I took a day’s break to rest and withdraw some money from Tharali about 45kms from Lohajung after changing multiple shared jeeps and getting excellent views of the Pindar river. Lohajung is a small market area catering to the villages of Baank, Didna, Wan, Kuling etc in this remote part of […]

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