Sylvan Villa, Dharampur – A luxurious, pet-friendly villa in Himachal Pradesh

Sylvan Villa lies in idyllic seclusion, shaded by the glare of the sun just as much as it is shielded from the tourists that flock to the popular haunts in Himachal Pradesh. In a tiny cut-off lane leading up to a hillock, this luxurious stone-and-wood villa in Dharampur wears what…

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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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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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Stay at OffBeat Footprints, Jibhi for a local Himachali experience

I heaved a sigh of relief as my GPS showed 5 minutes to Brajesh’s location. I travelled a long way to get to Jibhi – around 150 kms from Fagu. It wasn’t the distance, but the road, riddled with bumps and potholes that made the journey seem endless. It’s almost…

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Losing Myself in the hills of Jibhi

As someone from a touristy hub like Goa who lives in a quiet little village, away from the cacophony of the beach belt, I can sense why Jibhi would appeal to off-beat travelers. Apart from a winding road running straight through this mountain village, there is almost no sign of…

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With love from Shimla!

As Shimla came into view, I gaped at what looked like a vertical city. Buildings appeared as if they were growing behind each other – from where I stood, what was someone’s top floor was the start of someone else’s ground floor. The road went on bending, dipping and climbing…

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