Sikkim – Land of Peace and Tranquility

Mt. Khangchendzonga, the world’s third-highest peak is revered by the people of Sikkim as their protective deity and is located on Sikkim’s border with Nepal. Little wonder that this tiny former Himalayan kingdom is such a haven for travelers.


By Air:

The nearest airport is Bagdogra (in West Bengal). Consider booking flight tickets well in advance, for cheaper fares. I booked mine a month in advance. Gangtok is 124kms away from Bagdogra.

From Bagdogra, you can also take a TSA helicopter to get to Gangtok in just 20 minutes. However, their services depend on the weather conditions.

By Train:

The nearest railway station to Gangtok is about 148 kilometers away in New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri. The station is well-connected to major cities like Kolkata and New Delhi. From New Jalpaiguri, you can take a taxi to Gangtok or go to Siliguri Bus Station and catch a state-run bus to Gangtok, which will take you about 5-6 hours.


Summer (March – June) The summers are the best time to visit North-Sikkim as the weather, though on the cooler side, is pleasant. Monsoon (July – September) The monsoons, though not ideal, are a good time to visit North-Sikkim.


Day 1:

My flight from New Delhi landed at Bagdogra airport around 1 pm. It took me another five hours to reach to Gangtok. I checked into Silk Route Residency and after taking a shower took a stroll around the MG Road. After shopping around and quenching my crave for the much-hyped momos (that lived up to their expectations), I retired early to bed as I had to leave very early for Nathu La Pass the next morning.

Day 2:

I woke up to the news that there was some discrepancy with my travel permit (you require to obtain a travel permit to visit Nathu La. More details below). And so, instead of getting dismal about it, I decided to go and explore places around Gangtok.

  • Banjakhri Waterfalls:

    It’s a museum created around a waterfall and beautifully maintained by Sikkim Tourism. After hopping a few more typical tourist sight-seeing spots like Ganesh Tok, Tashi Viewpoint, flower exhibition center and having a nice lunch, I hired a taxi to visit monasteries.


    It was recommended by a travel enthusiast friend. This was my first visit to a monastery, and I am not exaggerating – one of the most beautiful moments of my life! The moment I stepped inside, I was surrounded by such calm and peaceful vibes. The interiors were intricate, minimal and very detailed. Monks, draped in traditional robes, flocked the monastery, all drowned in their own activities. Some sat in prayers, some played the gyaling – a traditional woodwind instrument of Tibet – and others sat outside studying. I met two meditative cats, gray and black in color. The monastery visit left a lasting impression, and I knew at once what I will be re-visiting Sikkim for. [Always trust experienced people for alternatives!].



    One of the more famous monasteries, there is a kilometer long walk to the main entrance after the taxi driver drops you. A very beautiful and enthralling walk, that would not be tiring at all. “DO NOT FORGET TO TAKE YOUR ID CARD HERE FOR ADDRESS PROOF.” After reaching the monastery, I sat on its terrace gazing at the most beautiful mountain view for hours.After the monasteries visit we came back to the hotel. I was falling in love with Sikkim a little more every day.

DAY 3:

At around 1 pm, we started for Lachen.


It is a small town, about 124 km from Gangtok. From the local taxi stand, it took almost 7 hours to reach there, so I will suggest you guys leave as early as 8 am for Lachen. I spent most of the day traveling, halting the cab at some very beautiful scenic point, crossing many waterfalls, and bridges (I have literally lost the count!). The terrain is a little rough, but the view during the journey compensates.
Finally, I checked into Hotel Hill Retreat at Lachen and had a hearty dinner.

DAY 4:

I got up at 5 AM, to a beautiful Sun greeting me, and started the journey towards Gurudongmar Lake.

Gurudongmar Lake:

The road leading from Lachen to the lake is almost 65 km and it took almost four hours to reach there. Again, it is always recommended to start your day early, so you can visit the lake and return by afternoon. It is one of the highest lakes in the world and is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Sikhs. The lake is blessed by Guru Padmasambhava and also by Guru Nanak, and you can start feeling the sacred vibes once you are in its vicinity.
The lake remains completely frozen during the months from November to Mid-May. China border is 5 km on the eastern side of the lake.
After spending 45 mins at the lake, I started my journey back to Lachen, where I reached at 4.

Some things to take care of:

  • As the lake is situated at an altitude of almost 18000ft. you can face breathing issues there. so two days in advance start taking medicine like Diamox [after consulting your doctor of course].
  • Kids or people with breathing issues should think twice before going here.
  • A 2-hours stretch terrain is so rough that, all your body shake and might hurt, so be prepared for that.


Lachung is 50 km from Lachen and it took almost 2 hours to reach there, including time spent at “Amitabh Bachchan waterfall”. yes, it’s a real place.
Our hotel at Lachung was ‘oh so beautiful’! Of all the places I have been to, I had the most scenic view from here. Can’t forget that moment when all I did was sit on the bench outside our room and gazing at mountains. I can go back to Sikkim just to stay in that hotel again.


DAY 5:

We left for Yumthang Valley at 6 in the morning!

Yumthang Valley:

Also called as, Valley of Flowers, with a river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains! It took 2 hours to reach there from Lachung. Of all the time I spent in Sikkim, that half hour sitting near a bridge surrounded by numerous prayer flags will always stay with me. There was no one around and all I could hear was the sound that Teesta river made. some birds flying over and the sound that the flags created because of the wind pressure. I did not want to get up from there but I had to because I had to reach Gangtok by evening!


So after spending some time in Yumthang Valley, we started for Lachung. there was a different kind of silence inside my body while I was leaving that place. Such places do that to me.
After reaching Lachung we had our lunch and started for Gangtok around 3 pm. We stopped at multiple points again and reached Gangtok around 8 PM.

DAY 6:

And the second last day of the trip was everything. Adventure, emotions, spirituality, patriotism! Finally, at 8 AM, I started for Nathula Pass.

Nathula Pass:

Nathula pass is the border between China and India. It can rain/ snow at almost any time of the day making the temperature go as low as -1-degree Celsius. Nathula is 57 km from Gangtok and including the time taken to reach to the check post, it took around 4 hours to reach there. It is 14000 ft above sea level.

Few things before you plan to head out here:

  • Apply for the permit at least 4 days before. Keep multiple passport size photos and your ID proof with you for the permit form.
    wear warm clothes.
  • Carry a raincoat or umbrella.
  • Avoid traveling with your kids, because of temperature and breathing issues.
  • wear gripped shoes for snow.
  • Photography is prohibited so you can give a rest to your cameras.

Nathula Pass was the place through which the famous Silk Route used to operate until 1962. We climbed till the actual border line in heavy snowfall and everything was freezing there. Also, met Indian and Chinese soldiers. Spoke to them about the difficulty of their job. The Indian soldiers are transferred after every 3 years and they carry everything with them, even the soil of their plants, “because this is what home for them is.”

As per our itinerary, we were to leave for Darjeeling after reaching Gangtok around 6. After we started from Nathula Pass, we took a stop at Baba Mandir.


This temple is dedicated to an Indian army soldier Baba Harbhajan Singh who died in 1968 near the Nathu La. Indian Army personnel who are posted around Nathula Pass have come to believe his spirit protects every soldier in the inhospitable high-altitude terrain of the Eastern Himalayas. This mandir has a very different vibe, that you will feel if you will stand inside the temple!

So while we were there, one army personnel told us to hurry up as multiple landslides happened en route Gangtok. We rushed back to our cars and just after a few kilometers we were stuck because of the landslide. And as it was a Sunday, the labor was on leave so we had to wait for a JCB machine to clear the mess, that took more than 4 hours, with help from the army, volunteers and the generous local people.
Finally, I reached Gangtok at 11 PM and did not leave for Darjeeling.

DAY 7:

Now I have a flight at 1 and Bagdogra is almost 5 hours from Gangtok, I took a cab around 6 and left for the airport.

Now, you can do any of the following things if you have one extra day unlike me:

  • Book a taxi and visit Darjeeling. You can do local sight seeing there. You may visit Tiger hills or Darjeeling zoo.
  • Book a taxi and go to Nepal border for shopping.
  • Visit Namchi for The Namchi Monastery, Ralang Monastery, and TendoHill. The world’s largest statue of the Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim, is on the Samdruptse hill (The Wish Fulfilling hill) opposite Namchi.

Make the choice as per availability of time!

The natural beauty of Sikkim and the warm hospitality of its people are sure to remain with you throughout your life.

If you have any query or need any suggestions, do comment below and we will make sure to revert as soon as we can!

Also, read about our last trip to Hampi here.

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Goat Village- The simple life of Bakrichaap

Its not about a beautiful property in the hills but the luxury of simple living with high thinking.

While my stay here, I realized how easy life can be if only we put our resources at the right place. The idea of making more of what we have from our natural surroundings and opportunities. The Goat Village is an inspiration for many villages and farmers, thanks to the initiative that supports successful sustainable agriculture.

The goat village is a concept of Bakrichaap people who believe in the five basic pillars of environmental conservation – earthly architecture, nutritious food, energy, water conservation and proper waste management. The Goat here is considered as the Mascot because of the Goat Farming and other Agro practices that provide a better livelihood to the locals.

The Goat Village is a 1:30-2hrs hike from base village Panchgani, Uttrakhand. The hike is easy and offers a scenic view of the valley and snow covered peaks on the other side.

Each room is equipped with a double bed plus a window-side sitting area overlooking the mountains, which turned out to be my corner in the room. The place is powered by solar energy, there is no electricity in the rooms but you will be provided with lamps and candles. For charging, one can use the common area plug points. An array of activities can be enjoyed on the surroundings, you can take a village tour, hike to Nag Tibba and ahead to Jhandi or just play the traditional games like gilli-danda, lagori, spinning tops and flying kites in the ground.

Mahesh is a warm host and takes care of guest’s comfort and convenience. He is an enthusiast part of the Green People community that supports Agro-tourism movemement with a self-sustained village. You can get in touch with Mahesh before planning your visit, as he can help with the weather and route details.

Take a break from your busy life to tread a winding path along a farmland, breath in the fresh air, soak in some sunlight and let the silence enlighten your mind. It is a place you shouldn’t commercialize but let un-commercialize you. Bring yourself back to simple living because offline is the new luxury.







































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VH1 Supersonic 2017- The LEGEND-ARY experience.

For Music lovers all across the country, VH1 Supersonic brings together the music that will change your life. You will not be the same self again, and you will know how it helped you evolve and see things differently. My first Supersonic was in Goa, 2013. It was THE DAY I heard Above&Beyond live. How to explain.. It’s like falling into the black hole, the more you fall the more you know you are in there. And it’s a whole new world of beats, rhythm, melody and lyrics. It’s amazing how it talks to you without words and gestures.

Vh1 Supersonic 2017 came up with everything we could have asked. The artist line-up made it hard for us to decide, we couldn’t actually.. so we had to stage hog to not miss on anything. It was 3 days of Mad world.

The 3 day line-up had more than 40 artists play in a row. From Sonic Realm to Spectrum to Labortoire, the array of energy people shared for the love of music was unbelievable. There was alternative sub-genres of the sound like Techno, Bass, Trance and Future House, all at one place.

Eric Prydz was the first reason we were there. The reason we lied in our office, saved money and flew to Pune. It was not by chance but an effort we all made. Worth it? One of the rarest best decisions I have made in my life. Rightly said “It will transform the way you listen to and understand  dance music”.

From all dance music followers, we owe it big time to Nikhil and Pearl. They have introduced new dimensions of music to India. Thank you for all positive energy.


Here is glimpse of my personal favourite 5 sets:

  1. Eric Prydz


2. Joris Voorn


3. Secret Cinema


4. Pearl


5. Boris Brejcha


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Things to do in Hampi !

What to do in Hampi?

1. Rent a two-wheeler at dirt cheap price! A scooty costs you INR. 200/- a day, if you bargain right. There are mopeds and bicycles too. Go for bicycles only if you are fit enough to endure the slopes and treacherous roads of Hampi. Mopeds are the favorite among many foreigners. Petrol is sold in many shops in plastic bottles and costs INR 90/- per liter.


2. Meet/interact with locals and other co-travellers. During my journey through Hampi, I was fortunate to come across many interesting and warm-hearted people, and I am going to carry many meaningful conversations ahead in my life. Don’t be shy to smile and say hello.


3. Do give the local cuisine and fresh fruits a try. My favorite was the Veg Thali along with Papaya or Watermelon juice.

4. Immerse in nature – Find a tree to sit under, chase the Sun, watch its reflection in a lake and gaze at the infinite stars and constellations dancing above the boulders. Hampi is a visual treat for the soul.



5. Temples – I witnessed my History books come to life. From genius architecture to intricate carvings and detailed labor, the majestic temples of Hampi have stood through the ages and still provide answers that all of us have craved.

Temples of Hampi include – Vittala (dedicated to Lord Vishnu), Virupaksha (commemorated in the worship of Lord Shiva), Aengundi (Hanuman temple), Laxmi Narasimha, Hazara Rama, and Krishna.

6. Watch the sunset and sunrise, every day.



7. Lakes of Hampi – Find a nice, clean and still lake around and jump! Some lakes are believed to have crocodiles. I am joking. Or Am I?



8. Get lost in the wilderness. Escape. Explore. Experience. Chill. Do it all while you are here.




Also read, Hampi – the mystical city of ruins.

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Puducherry Pleasure

It’s a place that can take you back in time where there is no rush in life, where people still sit and share a chat at 12pm, where bicycles are one of the main mode of communication even now. Pondicherry is placed on the east coast of India and has 4 beautiful beaches Promenade Beach, Auroville Beach, Serenity Beach and Paradise Beach.

It is a place to watch sunrise, relax, detox,  read/write. Or put on your headphones, play your favourite playlist and roam around on the charming French quarter streets, because nobody cares.

Puducherry holds alot of history with Dutch, Portuguese, British and French colonialists, which makes it a contrast of different cultures and architect. There are a number of old and large churches in Puducherry, most of which were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Puducherry is also known for its eateries that cover a wide variety of cuisines. The BEST, and I mean it when I say it, THE BEST SEA FOOD.

Puducherry is a weekend getaway destination for major cities around like Chennai. It has vast option of places to stay, eat and chill. I will share the places I visited on my weekend in Puducherry and few things I missed on but you must try to go for.

Where I stayed:

The Promenade, is located on the Promenade street which is like the Marine Drive of Mumbai. It has a seascape view so you can watch the sunrise every morning in the comfort of your bed. It has a touch of French architect and a small pool for leisure. The Hotel consists of 3 restaurants:

  1. BlueLine:The 24 hour restaurant, overlooking the sea, serves Indian, Oriental & Continental cuisine as lavish buffets or a la carte.
  2. Risque:Relaxed leather seating and contemporary music make this sea facing lounge bar a great place to laze. There is an amazing range of exotic cocktails, international wines, draught beer, mocktails and exclusive blends of coffee to serve your mood.
  3. Bay of Buddha,Lighthouse:Serves Pan-Asian cuisine paired with stunning ocean views and the town’s ancient (and now unused) lighthouse to give you a table setting that’s unforgettable. Open for dinner only.

Places to eat and chill:

  1. Baker Street: Bakery with flavoursome desserts, pain au chocolat, baguettes and quiches.
  2. Cafe des arts: Really really cool place to chill with very reasonably priced menu. Must try crepes and waffles.
  3. Le Dupleix: Candle light dinner kind of place with French vintage charm.
  4. La Villa: Garden sitting, serves exquisite fish
  5. Villa Shanti: For a North Indian lunch treat
  6. Cafe Xtasi and Tanto: PIZZAAAAAAA!!



  1. Wake Up Pondy Cycle Tour: Roam around on the streets on Pondicherry in hand-painted vintage bicycles, an initiative by Sita Culture Center
  2. Water Sports and Scuba Divivng with Temple Adventures



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Road Trip- Manali > Ladakh

We cannot describe Ladakh as a gem because its nothing less than whole crown. The only person who can understand what I am saying is the one who has lived it, the beauty and simplicity of this place.

Ladakh is a region of Jammu and Kashmir which is surrounded by Kuen Lun mountain range to the Great Himalayas.

As we planned this trip, we took flight from New Delhi to Ladakh and then covered Ladakh to Manali via Road. Undoubtedly it was the road trip of lifetime.


By Road : From capital, Ladakh is 1250 km.
Manali – Leh highway is one of the most tricky but most beautiful highway in India. It follows,
Manali – Rohtang Pass – Keylong – Jispa -Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu (state border) – Pang – More Plains – Tanglang La – Upshi – Leh. We took the same route from Leh till Manali. Travel time is unpredictable because weather keeps taking U – turns with every turn you take. It is advised to complete the route in 3 days taking breaks at Sarchu, keylong or pang,

By Air : Delhi to Ladakh is 1h 20min flight. And main Leh is like 20 mins from the airport. PS : do not sleep during flight else you are going to miss most magnificent views you will see in your lifetime.

STAY : Here, home stays are the most preferred and convenient option to stay. They are cheap plus they can cook you whatever food preference you have.


Hanle : It is 250 kms from Leh. It took us around 6 hours to cover the journey. Route from Leh to hanle is beautiful. We got a home stay there and the couple cooked us delicious meals. Hanle is famous for The Indian Astronomical Observatory.

Khardungla or K-Top : It is one of the highest motor-able road of India. We hired Bikes to travel from Leh to K Top and i was frozen at 18,379 ft but every moment i spent to reach there was worth of that bumpy ride i will never forget.

Tso Moriri : It is the most scenic lake i have ever seen in my life. You know when you are sitting by the lake with heavy wind crossing your face from everywhere and there is no one to be seen for as far as you can see. That moment get frozen in your brain for long.

Shanti Stupa : It is one of the most calm and peaceful places i have visited in my life. It is Big, it has drums playing, it has people chanting but still the calmness you will find inside you despite all of this is hard to be found anywhere.

Pangong Lake , Nubra valley , Magnetic Hills : These places I am yet to cover but i can assure you i am not dying before i visit them.


Yep, every one is going to face this specially when you are travelling by Air. It is advisable to consult a doctor about the medication you should take before you start your journey.


My fav part of travelling, yay! Sku and Thukpa is the main food of Ladakh. Sweet tea, Momos (Meat and veg) are available at almost every stall you will visit.

Half of the population of ladakhis is Tibetans so delicious Tibetan cuisine is what you will find very easily,


The best time to visit Ladakh is from June until September.

From Sand dunes to snowfall to rains to lakes to mountains, Ladakh has it all. I hope you plan your next trip here soon.

I hope our story helps you plan your next trip. Adios!


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Goa- Airbnb Review

It’s not a story but an experience.

My best friend from last 10 years recently told me that she has never seen the beaches. I was surprised and wondered how come I never knew. Then and there I made a promise to her that I would take her to one.
It was nothing crazy or exclusive for me, but a promise kept. Even if you have done it 10 times before, do it one more time. For your best friend.
Here, I am sharing a photo gallery of the places we went to. Also this darling property we found on Airbnb at a jawdrop price. Inbox us on to know the details.

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Triund – Lakagot – Indrahara Pass

This time , i will start with my experience in the hills (literally) till Triund and Indrahara Pass.

Indrahar Pass Trek starts from McLeod Ganj (Dharamshala), passes over Dhauladhar range and ends at Chamba. This is one of the best treks if you want to get introduced to Himalaya.

Most of us are already familiar with Triund. It is a 9 km trek from McLeodganj that can be covered in 4-5 hours maximum. All you need to do before starting the trek is book yourself a camp for night stay at Triund. This can be easily done in Dharamshala / McLeodganj. Or for that matter, you can also carry your own camps. After you book your camp, just start with the trekking and while you will reach there, your camps will be ready with delicious Pahaadi food (if you have booked them in advance).
This trek’s difficulty level is pretty moderate and is always recommended to first timers. If you are looking for a trek with 2 days duration, this one is the perfect option!

Now, i will start my experience beyond Triund.
After spending one night in Triund Hills, we headed forward for trek of some 4 km till Laka Got which was our Base Camp. This place was , LEGEN – WAIT-FOR-IT-SNOW-SNOW-SNOW-DARY !!! We stayed in our camps for one night and it was icy cold.

Next day, we headed for Indrahara Pass. And the trek for same was nothing, but snow glaciers*. We started early morning in a row of 8. Our guides were entertaining as well as quite motivating. We crossed Laka Glacier in about 2 hours and reached Lahesh caves. These caves were a checkpoint towards Indrahara. Took a good break of some 30 minutes and then headed forward for Indrahara.

As I write to explain what it was to head from Lahesh caves, i am getting goosebumps all over again. We had to cross few routes on which one of you can only put one foot at a time. You are literally standing on the edge in snow mountains at height almost 14,000 fts. We tried to cross every route peacefully until we crossed few big rocks and turned to see only slant ice almost 1 km long. You put one step forward and go two steps behind. Slowly and leisurely we proceeded towards Indrahara Pass.
Unfortunately as we were getting closer to Indrahara pass, sky took a major change from sunny to cloudy to rainy. As per guided by our guides, we couldn’t complete the trek as we had to head back to our camps before it gets dangerous to trek back.

Returning to camps was fun. We sat in a row and slided along the snow that we trekked on while arriving here. We reached our camps in evening took a good look to the mountain we just trekked on. Though we couldn’t complete our trek, we were not sad. We were more encouraged , full of enthusiasm. We sat around bonfire and for hours discussing what-in-the-world we just did !
We slept in our camps at Laka Got when good hailstorm hit our camp but we were safe. Next day we headed for McLeodganj again taking a break at Triund and then completed our trek!

This trek will always be the most memorable days of my life. I never felt more close to nature than this ! It was mesmerizing and left me spell-bounded for rest of my life !

BEST TIME FOR THIS TREK – September – Mid October

1st day – Triund
2nd, 3rd days – Laka Got
4th day – headed back to Delhi

DIFFICULTY LEVEL – Moderate to difficult

Itinerary – If you are motivated enough to do this trek, you can find the itinerary at websites of Trekking India / Indiahikes .

* For trekking in snow, we got our shoes from Decathlon Noida[You will go and tell them what kind of trek you are heading to and they will help you with shoes].

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