Kedartal trek…

Kedartal trek (Himalayas, India) is a once in a life-time experience. Requires high levels of endurance & fitness to succeed at 16,000 feet. What it gives in return is a truly momentous, magical moment.

Trek climbs to the gorgeous glacial Kedartal Lake, sprinkled with pristine peak views. Towering Mt. Thalaysagar, Mt. Bhrigupanth, Manda Parvat, Mt. Jogin, Mt. Gangotri, simply awe-inspiring.

Marvellous hike through magnificent pine forests before the trail enters high altitude pastures. Steep, relentless ascents all the way to the top. The terrain is rocky, tests resilience to the core. Kedar Ganga River rages past the trekkers.

Despite barrenness, the terrain is quite exhilarating. Vigorous, vibrant ascents. Very few descents demand high energy & effort to overpower unpredictable weather. Only 2 small streams for water along the way.

Flawless reflections of the mighty Thalaysagar Peak on the lake mesmerises. Quite an experience to dip our fingertips in the freezing emerald green lake. Stunning, breath-taking beauty.

Kedartal trek information

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Galápagos Islands…

On the top of the travel wish list. Enchanting islands of Galapagos. An incredibly intriguing atmosphere. Fabulous & rare wildlife. Spectacular & surreal scenery. 

Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. A province of Ecuador, 1,000 kms off the coast-line. An isolated terrain that shelters a unique diversity of plants, birds & animal species. Charles Darwin visited the island in 1835, it’s wonder & beauty inspired the theory of evolution.

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Good travel reads…

Travel books that inspire us to explore far-off lands:

The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) a book about following our dreams. The story follows a young shepherd boy from Spain to Egypt, as he follows his heart, finds the meaning of life. Full of inspirational quotes.

The Caliph’s House (Tahir Shah) inspired by Moroccan vacations, Shah decides to buy a house in Casablanca. Moves his family from England for a new adventure. Beautifully written, endlessly enthralling. 

On The Road (Jack Kerouac) – Sal leaves New York, heads west riding the rails, making new friends. Satiates the desire for travel adventures to become a confident person.

Unlikely Destinations (Tony, Maureen Wheeler)written by the founders of Lonely Planet. The story follows them from the 70s England to the beginning of 21st century. Fascinating read about a company that started the travel guide book industry, impacted how we travel.

The Lost City of Z (David Grann) – seeks to find out what happened to South America explorer Percy Fawcett, who trekked through the Amazon jungle in search of fabled lost city of Z. Blending biography & travelogue, Grann intermingles information about Percy’s life & expeditions with the science behind the myth of Z.

The Beach (Alex Garland) – a search for paradise, a quest to do something different, to get off the mundane beaten path.

Vagabonding (Rolf Potts) – Rolf spent 10 years on the road. An inspirational book delving deeply into the philosophy of long-term travel.

In A Sunburned Country (Bill Bryson) – an Australian journey from east to west, through little mining towns, forgotten coastal cities & forests. Travel in awe, sometimes fear (jellyfish, riptides, crocs, spiders, sharks, snakes).

Turn Right at Machu Picchu (Mark Adams)  a journey through pristine Peru in search of incredible Inca ruins & awesome ancient cities.

A Year of Living Danishly (Helen Russell) – why are the Danes so happy? From childcare, education, food, interior design to taxes, a funny yet poignant story.

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Borobudur…

Borobudur is an 8th century Buddhist temple in Indonesia. Largest Buddhist temple in the world. Stunning. Decorated with 504 Buddha statues.

Design took the form of a step pyramid. The main temple is a stupa built in 3 tiers around a hill, which was it’s natural centre. A pyramidal base with 5 concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with 3 circular platforms. At the top is a monumental stupa. Spectacular.

The temple design follows Javanese Buddhist architecture. Blends the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship & the Buddhist concept of Nirvana. The single most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia.

Absolutely serene

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Iceland…

Iceland is one of northern Europe’s most beautiful destinations. Simply, an extraordinary place. Out of the ordinary experiences, ethereal landscapes, smouldering volcanoes & thermal baths. Golden Circle is a classic route looping from the capital Reykjavik through Thingvellir National Park, to the iconic Gullfoss waterfall, the geysers of Strokkur & Geysir. Route 1, covering 800 miles skirts a charming coastline. Each day, there’s an adventure waiting to happen with an abundance of mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, lakes, caves & rough terrains. Truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with geo-thermal lagoons.

Between September & April, Iceland is treated to a magnificent natural display, the mysterious phenomenon of aurora borealis or northern lights. A birdwatcher’s paradise as large colonies of indigenous seabirds & waterfowl are visible around the coasts. Arctic Tern, Eiders, Waders, Passerine birds, Guillemot, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin, Fulmar, Gannets & gorgeous Gulls. Most stunning & serene natural beauty.

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Road less traveled…

Dedicated to the spirit of discovery & adventure in nature…

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both,
And be one traveler, long I stood,
And looked down one as far as I could,
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there,
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay,
In leaves no step had trodden black,
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh,
Somewhere ages and ages hence,
Two roads diverged in a wood and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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