The sacred Himalayas are even more endangered than the holy cow.
My 10-year-old and I watched J.K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in December. Our first film after the Supreme Court enforced the playing of the national anthem in theatres. "The nat...
Pranay Lal’s book takes us to Indian sites that show how the world was created.
Anyone who lives in Kumaon for a while falls in love with the region — its undulating hills, stretches of pine, cedar and rhododendron, slate-roofed houses, temples and temple bells and, lastly,...
The enigmatic tales of the elusive Brokpas, a 5,000-year-old tribe of Ladakh, believed to be the last of the ‘original Aryan race’, have drawn curious travellers to the remote region. Jaipur-based p...
For three years, Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), a group that promotes 'impact’ tourism, has been bringing solar-powered light to desperate villages that dot the more remote areas of Ladakh. They h...
Filmmaker Sajan Kurian, director of the upcoming film Bibleo, has reportedly died in Ladakh at the age of 33. According to The Times Of India, Kurian, also known as Sajan Samaya, was there for the sho...
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In the mountains, it's eternally early morning. Fingers of mist, unbroken serenity and unearthly beauty reign through the day in the lofty strongholds, immune from the sun's tendency to unveil. So when I think back to my time in Kanatal, Uttarakhand, the memories are bound to two timeframes -- the wee hours of the morning and the late hours of the night. It was during the former that my encounters with the white-capped water redstart began.
As you finally broach the topic of setting out solo, there's a sequence of reactions from the family. It starts with the calm before the storm, an air of hushed incomprehension. Then the eyebrows go up a fraction. And then all hell breaks loose. There are cackles of disbelief, wails of lament. How can our daughter even think this way? Could a demon have possessed her? Hope is reposed in divine forces. God will help us, he will cure her of these unholy thoughts.
India, you will meet her, not in newspapers nor in a movie, not an idea or fantasy, not solely in her texts, nor what the journalist, moviemaker or prejudice says, nor in fables or documentaries. Y...
I spent almost a week in Barpak village in Gorkha district, which was the epicenter of the earthquake. The villages of Mandre, Barpak, Laprak, Singhla and many others are almost impossible to access and not much help has reached them yet. Several sad stories about these villages have been floating around in the media -- images of people crying and distraught - but what I saw was a sense of resolution rather than dissolution.
Formed in 1988 to reform the educational system of Ladakh, SECMOL today creates opportunities for rural Ladakhi youth, and promotes sustainable living. Their aim is to help present and future generations of Ladakhis benefit from education and adopt a symbiotic relationship with their environment, stalling the impact of global warming and pollution on Ladakh's sensitively balanced ecosystem.
NEW YORK — A team of an evolutionary biologist and a zoologist has refuted a recent claim that an unknown type of bear must exist in the Himalayas and that it may be, at least in part, the source of y...
No matter how much you research for your trip, you will be offered temptations prompting you to change course. A hidden fort, a beautiful lake, apple plantations, a religious festival, marriages, local fairs--the more you ask around, the more to-dos will get added to your list.