Itmenaan – The Caress Of Kumaon

As I climb up the winding roads of pine and deodhar, I cant help but regale in the life that Kumaon has to offer. Kumaon to me is not just another hilly terrain, but one that fosters hope, humbleness and hedonism, all rolled into one. As the staff comes to pick me at the hill…

Predjama and Postojna – Slovenia’s iconic castle and cave system

As I made my way to Predjama with the uber-enthusiastic Damjan from Slovenia Explorer, I lived an era dating back to the 15th century. Professionally managed, the tour was one of the finest I have been on. Right from the punctuality to the van, the provision of extra jackets for the caves to the guide’s…

Gangaur – a riot of colours, sight and sound

Gangaur, a riot of sight and sound explains itself as a festival celebrating womanhood. The name derived from Gan (Shiva) and Gaur (Parvati- Gauri). Legend has it that Gauri’s husband comes to pick her up from her parents’ home to their marital home. And this departure is marked with a colourfully bedecked procession. Of all…