#The Snow Leopard Trail

When I was packing my luggage with trepidation and uncertainty, considering that this was my very first adventure trip, I could only think of cold weathers, lifestyle changes, food troubles, stomach troubles and not to mention elusive wild creatures.  I asked myself “Why did I plan this trip?” I should have probably stayed with a small trek around Mumbai. But, in my heart I knew that I wanted to do something very different. I wanted to get away from the city and challenge myself to achieve something that I had not done so far. Reminding myself of this, I set …

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HOW I GOT LEH’D – PART 4

And so we continue……. This was my fourth Parle G with tea. The biscuit was the fourth but my tea was the second. I usually don’t keep track, but the view that I was looking at would undoubtedly compel me to stay a bit longer which would eventually mean more tea and biscuit. But that’s just part of what I wanted to say – what was truly capturing my attention was the spectacular view of the ‘valley of flowers’ also known as the ‘orchard of ladakh’ also known as the nubra valley. We were at the monastery, which was up …

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HOW I GOT LEH’D – PART 3

And so we continue……. In Leh, the early mornings remind me of this amazing brown doughnut topped with blue and white icing. I used to wonder if I could just bite into it, so that I could savour the succulent brown mountains and landscape topped with the bluest of blue skies and specks of cloud. This was my view from my beautiful room at Grand Dragon, on our first day at Leh. Having decided to start our day a little late, we all gathered for a late breakfast that comprised of a complete indian & international spread.  We had two …

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HOW I GOT LEH’D – PART2

And so we continue…….             When we say ‘a cold morning’ in the mountains, it is actually a term that can be used for almost every single morning. But the coldness, with a stray ray of sunshine maneuvering its way through the crevices in the cloud, is a feeling and a sight to behold. I knew I was quite tired after a long Day 1, but there was something in the air that woke me up and I guess this serendipitous encounter with the morning sun was the exact ammunition I needed to get started. …

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12 HOURS IN BHOPAL – PART 3

Meeting done but I was famished. I had planned to visit some of the old eateries of the city Bhopal. But by this time, Anand, my driver had understood me. He was a strict vegetarian, but had spoken with some friends of his & drove me to a hotel called Zam Zam. I was skeptical about the place, but he assured me that the non vegetarian food here was the finest in all Bhopal. Nice simple restaurant, the menu looked fabulous. At such times, I wish we had more people sharing the meal table with me in Bhopal. It allows …

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12 HOURS IN BHOPAL – PART 1

The alarm went off at 4.00 a.m. exact. Well… a machine programmed to go off at 4 will operate as set, but the human body isn’t. But this time was different. I woke up with alacrity. The reason was 2 fold – I had a flight to catch n time, tide & flights wait for no one. The 2nd reason was my destination – Bhopal, the city founded by Raja Bhoja. My reason for this alacrity had nothing to do with Raja Bhoja, but Bhopal’s history as the city of Nawabs & hence the history of gastronomy that lay hidden …

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