Month: January 2016

A Walk Into The Himalayan Woods

Travelling alone has its own benefits. It gives you that control where you can set an itinerary and then you can ditch it. Spending days in solitude also makes you more eager to chat with locals, absorb their culture and team up with them to make your journey more interesting. And that is exactly what happened to me when I was on my way to trek all the way to Deo Tibba. Deo Tiba is basically a 4 to 7 days trek depending upon how far you want to go. The base camp takes 7 days. The elegant Deo Tiba peak which is 6001 m high looks like half oval shaped egg. The journey starts from Jagatsukh village (about 20 kms from Manali), in a motorcar, followed by a great deal of walking through Himalaya’s pristine and untouched beauty, laced with the amazing forests and snow-clad peaks. But let’s not waste too much time speaking about its specifications, because we aren’t even going there. So as I said, travelling alone has its own benefits. And this journey just proved me …

The Journey That Brought FootlooseDev Into The World

It’s amazing how small life experiences leave an imprint on our DNA and force us to change our life one way or the other. I found this statement more than true when in 2014 I travelled in the lofty and vainglorious mountains of Uttarakhand for a few days, and got bit by an unsettling travel bug. At that time I had no idea that I’d soon quit my job to circumnavigate places, one after the other. As they say that life experiences aren’t something to be denied, but to be celebrated. I think I just happened to celebrate my experience so strenuously that it eventually became a way of life. My first travel-solo experience was more of an excursion activity. It was a 2 day trek in the snout of Gangotri Glacier to reach place called Gomukh, from where Bhagirathi River originates. I was constantly feeling a certain springy keenness the day I started the trek – on my own. Well factually I was walking with a group of other hikers, whom I met in Gangorti. But …