Category: Hills are a-calling

Hills are a-calling, Travels

Snow-ed in Sikkim: Reminiscing My First Snowfall at Zero Point & Yumthang Valley!

I notice a sudden cold fleck on my cheek. My fingers automatically go over it and I feel a cool wetness. I look up, expecting to see drops of rain. Instead, I watch wisps of white, falling all around us, moving diagonally with the strong gusts of wind. Instinctively, I try to feel them, with …

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Hacking and Gagging to Gurudongmar Lake

Standing at the reception desk, I let my eyes wander over the pictures of “must see destinations in Sikkim”, secured with pins on a soft board and hung right beside the wall clock. My uncle was busy with his customary small talk with the receptionist while 2 gangly boys were carrying our luggage to our rooms. …

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Trekking for the first time? Here are some handy tips!

Here’s a quick list of do’s & don’ts for someone who’s trekking for the first time – taken from my maiden trekking experience to Sandakphu. Go ahead and dig in! Go with someone who has trekked before Why not wing it? Because you’re climbing up a mountain, for God’s sake. Having at least one person …

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The Return to Gairibas and Men in Camouflage Eyeing Tits: Sandakphu Trek Day 5 and 6

I woke up to the frantic noise of camera shutters clicking. We were at the Trekker’s Hut in Gairibas, and this was the morning after our descent from Sandakphu. I looked around and found Aishani sleeping soundly. Rahul’s bed was empty though. I peered out of the window. It was cloudy and really foggy. Who …

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Gasping for Breath & Tolerating Idiots on the Final Climb to Sandakphu – Sandakphu Trek Day 4

I try not to give in to the urge to stereotype, even when it’s really, really tempting. But there’s this one specimen of humans that tests my restraint the most. You know who I’m talking about. The one that brings out the eye roll and under-the-breath muttering of “uncultured” in every Bengali and Tamilian. Yep. …