5 reasons to visit Ladakh in winter

If you think Ladakh, you think snow-capped mountains and cerulean lakes and picture postcard scenes. But then, you also think summer months, the peak season between May and October when the world descends upon this region. Have you ever considered a trip to Ladakh in winter? Just before you begin to freeze at the thought,…

6 reasons to love Ladakh

You cannot visit Ladakh just once – the pull is so strong that if you have been once, you will want to go again. And again. perhaps every year. I have been to Ladakh twice, and every year in season, I think about going again. Ladakh is remote, bleak, for sure – but there is…

Hotels I love: Chamba Camp TUTC

There are those who, when they go camping, want to leave it all behind. And then there are those who want to take it all with them. And want to have it all when they get there. I belong to the latter group. Love and fresh air may be enough for some; I look for…

My Kashmiri Wazwan

In Gulmarg this winter, I had my first taste of a Kashmiri wazwan. A vegetarian wazwan. Have you finished sniggering? Then, go on to read about what I ate. I was staying at The Khyber for a few days in January and on my first night there, I had a wazwan. It was served on…

Keeping warm the Kashmiri way

As Delhi winter draws to an end and the days get warmer, I am thinking of my brief stint with the cold and snow in Kashmir in January. Different cultures learn to keep warm in different ways. While the Bhutanese, for instance, eat chillis to keep warm, Inuits use seal oil lamps and animal skins,…

6 great reasons to stay at The Khyber

I recently spent a lovely three days / nights at The Khyber in Gulmarg, my first visit to mainland Kashmir (I have only been to Ladakh earlier). I sipped on endless cups of Kahwa, rode up a gondola, got pampered at the spa and spent several hours gazing dreamily into the snowfall. I particularly liked…

Snow in Gulmarg

I just got back from a quick trip to Gulmarg, where I stayed at The Khyber. This resort bowled me over, with its stunning location facing the snow-clad mountains (more coming up on this soon). When I checked into The Khyber earlier this week, the real snow – and therefore, ski – season had not…

Friday photo: Monklings

From a morning at Thiksey monastery – monklings bustling about, mock fights, introspection, laughter and prayers… ~ Also see: Friday photo series ~ Read other posts from Ladakh here