Trek report: Markha Valley

Known as one of the most popular and beautiful treks in Ladakh, I decided to hike the Markha Valley during my time in Leh. Popular because it's easily accessible, the trail is not difficult to navigate and it's one of the few multiday treks in the region that can be done entirely with homestays, rather … Continue reading Trek report: Markha Valley

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Aru Valley

Aru Valley: Kashmir’s hidden mountain gem

Srinagar left me feeling like I needed to explore Kashmir a bit more instead of going straight to Ladakh, and so I headed to Aru Valley, a place not even mentioned in my guidebook. I’d hardly seen anywhere so green in my life, and it appeared like a landscape that belonged more in Switzerland than anywhere near India.

Dal lake sunrise

Srinagar: the contested jewel in Kashmir’s crown

The city had been exactly what I had imagined it to be and more; it was completely different to anything else I had seen on the subcontinent, the people were full of colourful and passionate conversation and the lake was truly beautiful with the background of the Himalayas faded under haze. Yet, I'd felt much safer than I perhaps thought I would, the media always driving a particular fear of certain places, and in fact, after I left I found myself telling people, "Go to Srinagar and spend time there," because only then can you truly understand it... Read about my time in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Nepal immigration

Crossing the India-Nepal border at Panitanki-Kakarbhitta

My experience and guide to crossing the India-Nepal border at Panitanki-Kakarbhitta or the eastern side near Darjeeling.

Fishing village

Majuli Island: Northeast India’s island escape

Locals of India's Northeast all spoke of Majuli Island as if it was some incredible paradise that I needed to visit before leaving the region. After leaving Longwa village behind, I decided it was the perfect time for a scenery change and some much needed R&R. And Majuli Island wasn't too far away, or at … Continue reading Majuli Island: Northeast India’s island escape

Exploring Mizoram and Tripura: a travel guide

Mizoram and Tripura are often clumped together, not because they’re much alike, in fact they’re actually very different. However, they are both the least accessible and therefore, least explored states in the Northeast region and both get very few visitors, rarely any foreigners. So here's a travel guide to exploring the two states and all the information you need to see them for yourself.

Nongriat village

Finding paradise in Meghalaya

A friend had told me about a place called Meghalaya in the far northeast of the Indian subcontinent. It occupied only the last couple of pages in guidebooks and there was limited information online. Even local Indians I had met in states like Rajasthan and Goa didn’t know anything about the place. This only intrigued me more... Written for Dame Traveler blog + added travel guide.

Sikkim: travelling where nature smiles

After dismissing the northwest of India because of the cold and snow at this time of year, I decided to explore the northeast instead. It wasn’t just the slightly better weather that appealed to me though, it was also the fact that it is the most underexplored area in India and government restrictions on foreign travellers still remain. My first state in the Northeast was Sikkim, one of the least populated states in India and famous for being home to the third tallest mountain in the world.