Oct 2, 2018

Neelakurunji, Nilgiri Tahr and Eravikulam National Park

Neelakurinji Nilgiri Tahr Eravikulam Munnar Kerala
Nilgiri Tahr ont he slopes with Neelakurinji bloom int he foreground

"Earth laughs in flowers" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

And her this laugh takes twelve years to bloom! Well, I am talking about Neelakurinji- a flower endemic to Southern Western Ghats which blooms every twelve years. Like many others I too was very curious to witness this enigmatic beauty of the rolling hills of Munnar carpeted with bluish purple flowers. Sometimes reality bites! Well, I saw the blooms but no carpets, more tourists in bright colored clothes than flowers! The recent torrential rains, floods might have to be blamed for the damage to the soil, shrubs and the buds. 

Jun 26, 2018

Kedartal- A trekker's D-R-E-A-M!

Kedartal Mt Thalaysagar Mt Bhrigupanth Uttarakhand Himalayan trekking
Kedartal with views of Mt Thalaysagar and Mt Bhrigupanth

Kedartal, as the name indicates its Lord Shiva's lake. The legend says Shiva created this lake as a contribution to River Bhagirathi. The lake is believed to be the origin of Kedar Ganga, a tributary to Bhagirathi which joins the river at Gangotri. But, in that landscape you happen to see Kedar Ganga originating from a glacier which feeds the lake too!

Feb 12, 2018

The Chadar Trek and ME!!

Chadar Frozen River Trek Zanskar Leh Ladakh
The formidable River

Chadar trek was on my list since 2013. I used to read blogs and envy people. This year somehow I made it happen in the fear that this amazingly wonderful and breathtakingly beautiful trek might become a history in a couple years! I was so excited about trekking this winter highway that I went silent :) The flight from Delhi to Leh was packed with trekkers. The cold desert of Ladakh invited everyone with wide open hands.

Feb 9, 2018

Chadar Trek- Few things you need to know!

Ice walk on Chadar Trek Zanskar River Leh Ladakh India

Well, Chadar is a very popular trek and you will find tons of information on web. But, surprisingly people are not prepared enough for the trail. Most of the times trekkers underestimate nature and overestimate themselves. All is well that ends well. If not, no one is to be blamed but ourselves!! With my own experience I would like to say few things ...