600km Walk from Turtuk to Manali – Part 3

The 600km walk from Turtuk to Leh to Manali on foot would be incomplete without telling you about Rohtang. Not Rohtang the last peak of our walk before we reach Manali. Rohtang the dog, who was one of the strangest companions I have ever witnessed. As soon as we entered the last settlement before the ascent to Rohtang peak, a street dog walks straight up … Continue reading 600km Walk from Turtuk to Manali – Part 3

600km Walk from Turtuk to Manali – Part 2

Tanglang-La! The toughest part of our 600km walk from Turtuk to Leh to Manali. Tangla-La Peak lies on an altitude of 5,350 meters and is the second highest motorable road in the World. Bittersweet are my very fresh memories from my ascent the day before. It had brought tears, doubt and an internal battle to continue. But now I sit in calmness with bright sunrays … Continue reading 600km Walk from Turtuk to Manali – Part 2

600km Walk from Turtuk to Manali – Part 1

Do you want to walk together to do the Char Dham? he asks while we sit in a tuktuk. “Yes” I reply immediately with a big smile. “Think about it for some time first. This will be no joke,” he continues. Yes he is right. Such a real and raw walk will be a very serious challenge; something that was on my mind for quite … Continue reading 600km Walk from Turtuk to Manali – Part 1

Saintly Encounter in Yamunotri

On my way to Yamunotri in the Himalayas I stop at a small restaurant. Hired by the restaurant owner, a father with his wife and five children run the kitchen and service. I am the only guest. “What would you like to eat?” the father asks me in Hindi. I pick the most common dish “Rice, dal and roti”. He smiles. Not only with his … Continue reading Saintly Encounter in Yamunotri