Grace of Gompa

Young boys walking up to the Key Monastery near Kaza in Himanchal Pradesh. After spending a lazy few hours at the canteen of Key Gompa, I started making my way towards Kibber. On the way I met these boys walking up to the Gompa and started talking. It was Saturday and a day off for…

Road to Heaven

A dirt  track snakes its way though the barren high altitude hills near the Nathu-La pass in Sikkim. The high altitude areas of Sikkim are mostly devoid of any trees or shrubs. There are few metalled  road and dirt tracks meander their ways through the slopes. When I was there during spring, fresh shoots of…

Hill Life

A log hut amidst the fields near Mori, Uttarakhand, India Having spent the night at Purola in Gharwal region of Uttarakhand, I left early in the morning hoping to reach far into Himanchal by evening.  As the morning fog lifted and the road rose above the Tons river the beauty of remote Uttarakhand unraveled around…

Fiery Conversations

Two men converse over a flaming coal fire oblivious of the danger of the paper (being used as a plate) catching fire. Every year, Ramadan time presents a great opportunity to food lovers to indulge in some excellent non-vegetarian street food. There are street stall in several parts of the city and one can choose…

Smo-Key

A dilapidated chorten and my bike framing the Key Monastery with smoke coming out of breakfast fires. I had woken up early and driven out in the cold to catch the first rays of sun on the Key Monastery. Having reached the monastery, I realized that high mountains towards the east of the monastery put…