In the lap of Himalayas

My friend and I decided to trek the Hampta Pass in August. Monsoon in the mountains is a stunning sight. And the Himalayas hold a special appeal for trekkers. The thrill of the Hampta Pass trek is not just about reaching the top; it is also in the journey. It takes around four days, through the picturesque valleys of Kullu and Manali to the arid landscape of Spiti and Lahual. On day one, we started from the Rumsu base camp, where we had spent the previous night acclimatizing and loosening our muscles, at around 7 am. We had to reach the Hampta Dam by 8 am. The dam is an hour's drive from the base camp and involves crossing several hairpin bends along the way.

The Hampta Dam trail is pretty easy with a mild gradient. We soon crossed the beautiful River Rani to reach a grass-covered flat terrain - Chikka, about 10,200 feet above sea level. From there, you can get amazing views of Indrasen and DeoTibba, two popular mountains in Himachal Pradesh. Chikka's night sky also offers the pe…

Manali - By the River Beas

It has been a few weeks since I returned from Manali, but the memories of the trip is still fresh  and will remain deeply etched in my mind for my entire life. It was a short trip, but a very effective one. From exploring beautiful places, to travelling along the hilly roads, to meeting new people and trying local food, it was an experience to remember.

Kullu and Manali are two very stunning places in the snow-clad ranges of the majestic Himalayas in the state of Himachal Pradesh. While the serene Kullu valley is home to scores of magnificent temples and castles, Manali, located to the northern end of the Kullu Valley, at an altitude of 2,050 meters in the Beas River Valley, is a stunning hilltop with wading water streams, rivers and lofty mountains.

As you enter the breathtaking Kullu valley, the first sight that greets you is the umpteen number of apple orchards laden with ripe fruits on both sides of the road. It is often said that the apple trees along with trout (a type of fish), w…

Tajpur Beach - Refreshing Experience

When it comes to planning a beach holiday, Bengalis largely prefer Digha mainly because of accessibility (it's well connected to Kolkata by road/rails). Tourists from across the state throng to the beach to spend some quality time with their family and friends. As a result, Digha is now one of the congested beaches in West Bengal, and it remains so throughout the year.
Why Tajpur?
I always prefer a peaceful place for my holidays which offer serenity and calmness. 
Since Digha no longer fit into that category, I chose Tajpur, located in East Medinipur district, between Mandarmani and Shankarpur, for my weekend trip. I have been there couple of times in the past, and I love going there because of the beach, the sand and the red crabs. The hundreds of red crabs crawling and playing hide and seek on the sand is a special attraction. In addition, the beauty of the casuarina trees that surround the sea shore truly offers great visual pleasures.

Tajpur, on the shore of Bay of Bengal, is 17…

The Untold Secrets Of The Sea

Sea lovers of the world unite!

The essence of sea—its beauty and charm—can only be felt by people who love visiting the beaches and dreams of building a farmhouse, maybe someday, near a seaside so that they can absorb the awesomeness of early morning sunrise over a cup of tea looking at the waves, enjoy the soothing evening breeze after the sunset, or relish the sumptuous seafood.

Yes, there are such people who long to spend their lives on a beach island. If you ask them what’s so special about the sea, they will tell you there's something which is beyond explanation—there is something that attracts them—is it the waves, the beach-sand, the seashells, the sound of waves hitting the shores... they don’t know. Sometimes it is any one of these factors, sometimes it is a combination of all the factors. Simply put, you have to be there, right in front of the sea, embracing the breeze, and welcoming the waves as if they were your own, in order to know what exactly makes people fall f…

Water Solves All Woes: Tears, Sweat, Or The Sea..

Just the other day, over a hangout session with my friend, I told him it has been a long time since I last went for a vacation and that it is time I get back to packing my travel kit and explore something completely new. 

With an amazed face, he quickly butted in to remind me that barely a fortnight ago I was in the Sundarbans with two friends (Debarshi and Madhumay), not to mention the fact that I'll be travelling to Goa and Andaman and Nicobar Islands in a few months time – to enjoy yet another trip with friends – and that I've plans to visit the hills of North Bengal with my family towards the end of this year. Then he, with a sense of perplexed amusement went on to elaborate on how, for the last six months, I've hardly stayed home in the weekends.
I somehow failed to make him realize the state of my mind – I just need a vacation. A long one. May be for a week or so.
When 'change' becomes a necessity after a certain point of time, just pack your bags and set out …

Sunset: Magic of the Highest Degree

Recently, in one of the trips to Digha, I came across one of nature's truest magics: The Sunset.

Autumn sunsets are special, and this one too, had a profound effect on me. Standing on the beach I witnessed the sun going down, and it appeared as a huge disc of yellow and orange. It had cast a typical haze of reddish orange above the horizon. The sun, from where I was standing, looked like a majestic fireball which was partially shrouded by clouds. The scene seemed straight out from a painter’s canvas, with meticulous strokes of paint brush drawing one of nature’s magnificence. The colour produced in the sky was worth watching as there was vast contrast of various colours. The scene was truly wonderful and created an enigma, a mystery, which was hard to solve.

After a point, I felt, the red fireball was looking at me with dull glare, and I felt I could almost touch it. The dull light of the sun illuminated the atmosphere in a way I had never witnessed before. The sea in front of …