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Shutting petrol pumps to save the environment?

Shutting petrol pumps to save the environment?

From the 14th of May, petrol pumps in 8 states (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana) will remain closed on each Sunday, in a bid to save the environment by conserving fuel. This is a “novel” idea that petrol pump associations in these states have […]

April 19, 2017
Ladakh ILP reintroduced for Indian National

Ladakh ILP reintroduced for Indian National

In what can only be described as a regressive move, LAHDC (Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council) has once again decided to reintroduce Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Indian Nationals for all inner line areas. In 2014, LAHDC had abolished ILP requirement for the tourist circuit of Ladakh (see link). A […]

April 18, 2017
Why you don’t need a tour company for Ladakh

Why you don’t need a tour company for Ladakh

It seems for as many people heading to Ladakh these days, there are a similar number of travel and tour companies offering packages for Ladakh. Of course, this isn’t just limited Ladakh; it seems the internet and in particular, facebook is full of tour companies selling packages for popular and […]

April 17, 2017
Rohtang Permit to be available online

Rohtang Permit to be available online

In a welcome news for travelers, Manali SDM, Mr Hem Raj Bairwa has said, permit for vehicles heading to Ladakh and Lahaul Valley will now be available online. Until last year, permit for Rohtang Pass was available online, while permit for Ladakh and Lahaul had to be procured from Manali. […]

April 14, 2017
Why changing petrol price daily isn’t a good idea

Why changing petrol price daily isn’t a good idea

As per an announcement made by the Petroleum Minister, Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, soon oil marketing companies will be free to revise prices of petrol and diesel every day in India. Initially, this would be run as a pilot project in 5 cities; Puducherry, Vizag in Andhra Pradesh, Udaipur in Rajasthan, […]

April 13, 2017
Electric buses and eco-market for Rohtang

Electric buses and eco-market for Rohtang

Himachal Government has finally taken steps to reduce environmental damage and at the same time, lessen tourists’ woes by announcing 25 electric buses for Rohtang Pass, along with an eco-friendly market at Marhi. Even though NGT has been trying its best to reduce environment damage to Rohtang Pass. Thus far, […]

April 12, 2017
Long weekends, boon and bane for travelers

Long weekends, boon and bane for travelers

Another long weekend is almost upon us and quite a few people I know, are planning to make the most of it, by traveling. I too was planning to do that. However, health issues grounded me. Thankfully I hadn’t booked accommodation (which I was planning to do), else I would […]

April 12, 2017
Spiti, Chandertal and Sach Pass Ride Plan

Spiti, Chandertal and Sach Pass Ride Plan

Once a place almost unheard of, Sach Pass has quickly risen in popularity in the motorcycle touring circle. With Sach Pass, a lot of bikers also plan to cover Chandertal and Spiti Valley these days. This ride plan will not only give you a basic itinerary to cover Sach Pass, […]

April 11, 2017
Apps: Fewer the better!

Apps: Fewer the better!

It seems these days, everyone and their grandma wants you to install their app on your phone. It doesn’t matter whether that app adds any value to your life or not, just install it, so that the company can send notifications after notifications to your device while clogging up your […]

April 9, 2017
A cabin in the orchard…

A cabin in the orchard…

I don’t know how and I don’t know when my obsession with old colonial buildings began. However, something about them made me gravitate towards them. To the point, I actively started searching for a colonial era cabin built entirely of rocks or old bricks and wood. Located far away from […]

April 6, 2017