Unforgettable humble stay with a family at Nako

Nariendar got the contact number of his relative's friend at Nako. The idea was to request them and allow us to stay for a night at their home. Initially, both me and Subbu were uncomfortable with the idea as we prefer privacy and our own room. But we wanted to just talk with the family … Continue reading Unforgettable humble stay with a family at Nako

Nearing Spiti

Day 4 of Spiti trip – Kalpa, Hangrang valley and Khab Sangam At The Monk - Kalpa, we woke up to stunning views of Kinnaur Kailash mountain. Right from our window, we could see the mountain range shining brightly almost blindingly bright! Kinnaur Kailash mountain range from the window of our room! Some parts of the hotel … Continue reading Nearing Spiti

Stunning Himalayan views begin

Day 3 of Spiti trip - Sarahan, hot springs at Jeori, Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa Waking up to beautiful views!! I woke up just before Subbu. From the bed I could see a green mountain on the left. I felt a little disappointed. I wanted to see snow-capped Himalayas and three days into the trip I … Continue reading Stunning Himalayan views begin

How much harder our body works at high altitude

This is a continuation of my previous post on AMS. Here, I will try to mathematically derive the amount of effort our body should exert at high altitude to keep us going. Please understand that I am not an expert and I have used the information available on internet to make these observations. References are … Continue reading How much harder our body works at high altitude

What is altitude sickness and how to deal with it

I "read" extensively about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) before my trip to Spiti. I understood that it can be very unpleasant at best and fatal at worst. But only when I reached Kaza, I actually "experienced" it. And yes, it was bad! The experience spurred me to know more about AMS and understand why I … Continue reading What is altitude sickness and how to deal with it

Why I didn’t like Shimla

Well, for me this is a civil way of saying "Shimla sucks". That's how much I hated it during my trip to Spiti. I was so glad that we planned to have Shimla as only a stopover. Despite being a fanatic of greenery and hills, I don't think I would return to Shimla for these … Continue reading Why I didn’t like Shimla

Missed bus, got cab, saw Hatu peak and reached Sarahan

Day 2 of Spiti trip I am a light sleeper. Slightest sounds wake me up unless I am absolutely exhausted. That night I could not sleep well. There was some construction work going on and workers were dropping iron rods as if they there was nobody around. Somewhere far, someone honked horn continuously for more … Continue reading Missed bus, got cab, saw Hatu peak and reached Sarahan

Take off, Chandigarh and unpleasant Shimla

Day 1 of Spiti trip Got rid of the impractical rucksack Morning on May 31st, I was busy packing up my stuff in rucksack and checking myself in the mirror to see if I am able balance myself with the camera bag in the rucksack. I frankly was very unsure about the rucksack. It kept … Continue reading Take off, Chandigarh and unpleasant Shimla

EPIC TRIP TO SPITI

Spiti, first makes you go out of breath and then makes you hold your breath! Two girls head to Spiti SPITI!! Ahh! I am not sure where to begin. This has been a very eventful enriching and enlivening journey. Except for my trip to Manali with mom when I was 8 years old, I have … Continue reading EPIC TRIP TO SPITI

Trip to Almatti dam

Day 5: Almatti dam See Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal for the entire travelogue. Mom very much wanted to visit Almatti dam. Our driver Rasool and others were of the opinion that there was nothing much to do or see there. Since mom wanted to visit, I ignored all that. The drive from Hotel Mayura, … Continue reading Trip to Almatti dam