The Pahadi Organic – An Immersive Cultural Experience And Stay In Uttarakhand

Visit any state in India, and bits and pieces of its culture reveal themselves to the discerning traveller – be it through the architecture, the food, the style of dress, the festivals and the like. But in Uttarakhand, the intricacies that make up its cultural fabric are hidden from plain…

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Postcards from Spiti – A Travelogue

Every traveller to Himachal Pradesh invariably has a visit to Spiti right on top of his itinerary. I was no different – the city enthralled me! A cold, barren dessert way up high in the mountains, so high that even oxygen is scarce. Surrounded by lofty snow-capped peaks, sleet grey…

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2 months in Himachal Pradesh – 1 epic travelogue

I felt nothing. Numb. As I booked my train ticket to Chandigarh, stuffed all the winter wear I owned into a bag, covered the furniture in my apartment with old bed sheets and settled into my berth as the train pulled out of Bandra Terminus, on what would be a…

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Best Cafes and Restaurants in Manali – ThatGoanGirl Guide

Hey dear readers, welcome back! If you hail from North India, there are high chances that you’ve already visited the bustling hill-station of Manali at least once. The popularity of this teeming little place doesn’t seem to be diminishing – it still attracts hordes of foreign backpackers, Indian honeymooners, families…

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Best Hotels and Homestays in Himachal Pradesh – ThatGoanGirl Guide

Hey there! As most of you know already, I recently got back from spending two months in Himachal Pradesh and during the course of that time, experienced a lot of places to stay – some worth recommending and others, never to speak of again. So whether you’re a backpacker looking…

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Sunshine Himalayan Cottage, Banjar- Stay here, Be HAPPY!

“Wow!” That’s something I said every few minutes, from the time I entered Sunshine Himalayan Cottage, to the time I left. I’m actually feeling a bit reluctant to share this sweet cabin with you – I want it all to myself! GETTING THERE Sunshine Himalayan Cottage is close to Gurshaini…

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Where to eat in McLeod Ganj – A Guide to the best cafes and restaurants

Hey lovelies! I spent a couple of days in McLeod Ganj and the weather played spoil sport the entire time. It was misty and raining non-stop! I was pretty bummed that I couldn’t do much sightseeing – it’s no fun when you can’t make out the vibrancy of the monasteries…

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Tall Trees Resort, Manali – an idyllic getaway amid the Deodar trees

Mention ‘Himachal Pradesh,’ and I’m sure it will bring images of a picturesque paradise to your mind – one with verdant hills covered in evergreens – sometimes swaying under clear blue skies, and at other times, peeking from behind a veil of mist. As you probably know by now, my…

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Feel at home in a villa made for royalty – Jyoti Niwas Cottage, Palampur

Hey! Welcome back! You’ve probably heard of many hotels offering guests a one-of-a-kind experience, but by and large, what they offer is pretty similar. That’s why, when given a choice, I try and pick off-beat home-stays and guest houses when I travel. The homely touch, the local stories I can…

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Monastery-Hopping in Bir – the best paragliding spot in Asia

“Did you go paragliding?” A flood of DMs, all with the same four words, hit my Instagram inbox, minutes after I posted stories of myself in this lush green paradise in the mountains. Bir, after all, is the second best paragliding spot in the world (and the best one in…

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Pulga Travelogue – A village with a sprinkle of magic!

With Kasol on one end of Parvati Valley, and the village of Tosh on the other, I had a few of the tiny settlements to explore in between. Kalga, Pulga and Tulga are all located between the two, a short distance from each other, but on the opposite side of the…

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