Travel

Tourism a way to keep Chinese at bay?

Tourism a way to keep Chinese at bay?

Over the years, I have contended that tourism is an effective tool to protect our boundaries and integrate Indians living in the remote corners of our country. Be it in J&K (including Ladakh) or the North-East. And over the years, many have argued against it. With arguments ranging from protecting […]

September 10, 2017
Traveling to Ladakh for the 9th time

Traveling to Ladakh for the 9th time

It is time to board the flight to Leh and begin my 9th journey to Ladakh, a place I have come to love and respect. For it teaches you a lot, a lot about others and a lot about yourself and the world around you and how you react to […]

August 7, 2017
How-to explore Ladakh in 3 days!

How-to explore Ladakh in 3 days!

Gone are the days when you needed half a month to travel to and explore Ladakh. These days with corporate pressure increasing day by day, disposable income on the rise and thanks to plenty of flights to Leh, the possibility of exploring Ladakh on a long weekend has become a […]

July 10, 2017
How to travel to Spiti and Ladakh

How to travel to Spiti and Ladakh

For most people, Spiti and Ladakh are a dream trip they wish to undertake at least once in their life. And for a vast majority of people, it is nearly impossible to take multiple long leaves. So when they start planning for Ladakh, they also think about adding Spiti to […]

June 11, 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
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