Tag: Religion

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Nomadic Luxury in Nagaland: The Hornbill Festival

Piece published in SUITCASE magazine. My Bell 412 helicopter searched for the helipad, a spherical silhouette on a patchwork of multicoloured terraced houses, slung out on a ground of undulating forest. I felt like Elizabeth Bowen, a lone female entering the Land of the Head Hunters – albeit by much more modern means. In these far-flung reaches of eastern India lies Nagaland, a region shrouded in … Read More Nomadic Luxury in Nagaland: The Hornbill Festival

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The Chamba Camp, Thiksey: Nomadic Luxury At Its Best

Published on The India Tube: A former playing field of “The Great Game” Ladakh was once considered a destination so remote “only your best friend or worst enemy will visit you”, or so the local adage goes.  But with daily flights from Delhi to Leh, it’s now a firm favourite for a long weekend getaway from Delhi. And The Ultimate Travelling Camp really is … Read More The Chamba Camp, Thiksey: Nomadic Luxury At Its Best

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Leh Lady Leh: The Girl’s Guide To Ladakh

A piece published on one the bestest gal pals there is, Maia Sethna’s superb blog Girl Panic: After flying solo and moving to Delhi almost a year ago, I felt like I needed a change of scenery. I had never even set foot in Ladakh, but you don’t get much more of a dramatic scenery change than here. In fact, as soon you step … Read More Leh Lady Leh: The Girl’s Guide To Ladakh

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The 33rd Kalachakra: The Greatest Buddhist Gathering, Ladakh

Yesterday saw the first day of the 33rd annual Kalachakra in Ladakh, hosted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The largest annual gathering of Buddhist in the world, with over 150,000 pilgrims set to attend it promises to be quite the gathering. With a break of 38 years since the last Kalachakra was held in Ladakh it is most likely to be the His … Read More The 33rd Kalachakra: The Greatest Buddhist Gathering, Ladakh

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It’s My Birthday: I’ll Get High If I Want To!

Lying in bed with a pounding headache, unremitting nausea, unable to leave my room save for some medicinal strength coffee is pretty much how I spend most of my birthdays. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Except that this year my incapacitation was not alcohol induced, this year it was because I got high – 10,500 feet high to be exact.   View of Thiksey … Read More It’s My Birthday: I’ll Get High If I Want To!

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Almora: Photoblog and Guide from an Amateur

The stunning views along the drive from Kathogodam to Almora – worth staying awake for!  Followed by the mandatory chai stop and my first bread pakhora? I think that’s what these are called? Anyway they’re bloody delicious and basically hot morsels or crispy, carby goodness!  The beautiful “Blue House” And our “Happy Yellow” room 😀 The butterfly(!) that made my lap it’s home for half hour … Read More Almora: Photoblog and Guide from an Amateur

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Relaxing in Rishikesh: Not What You’d Expect

“Beatles ashram?” we asked hopefully to the two small village boys that stood idly across the overgrown forest trail. Our enquiry was met with vacant expressions. Apparently they weren’t fans. Yet despite the lack of guidance we found what we were looking for but a hundred feet or so further down the trail. And it was shut – fabulous. Our ‘relaxing weekend of yoga … Read More Relaxing in Rishikesh: Not What You’d Expect