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mount everest

Mount Everest Base Camp Trek

My hike to the Mount Everest Base camp was unplanned, which is also one of the most rewarding time of life. I was on my 2-week hiking expedition in Uttarakhand.  After reaching the summit of Pangarchulla Peak (4700m) give me an overwhelming experience and boosted my confidence like never. Soon after finishing my second trek, I took a flight to Kathmandu, and within an hour I was on the beautiful land of Nepal. I was composed enough with a notion […]

Murphy's law of cycling

Murphy’s law of cycling

 Law 1: The day after you wash your bike it will rain   Law 2: The light will turn green the moment you unclip   Law 3 – You will always puncture when you don’t bring a pump. You would have brought everything but a pump   Law 4 – When building a bike from parts you bought over the internet, there will always be a piece that doesn’t fit   Law 5 –  There will be headwind in both […]


The Rule of Three While Hiking – Because It’s Always Safety First

Rule No 1: You can survive for 3 weeks without food Rule No 2: You can survive 3 days without water Rule No 3: You can survive three hours without heat Rule No 4: You can survive for 3 minutes without air Rule No 5: You should hike with at least 3 people This is because, if one falls ill, one person can go looking for help, while one can stay with the sick person to take care of him. […]

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, […]

Solo Backpack Trip to Spiti Valley - first pilgrim

Solo Backpack Trip to Spti Valley- Day in Shimla

Solo Backpack Trip: A Day in Shimla – a dream I don’t remember when and how grew so big, and a dream that turned into a reality that I will never forget! I wanted to travel without preparation or any thoughts. I just wanted to follow my heart; wanted to experience the thrill, adventure, joy, loneliness, all at the same time. Who knew it could happen to me just like that. These photographs are from my 15 days of journey, […]

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