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

The Flip Flop Quest to Machu Picchu

“Seriously my life is not normal…not normal…not normal” I silently talk to myself while I walk through Cusco Airport in Peru and shake my head in disbelief. I could try to explain how I completely unexpectedly and miraculously ended up in Machu Picchu. But would you believe me if I tell you unicorns can fly? See, so I won’t even try. So basically a miracle … Continue reading The Flip Flop Quest to Machu Picchu

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

Pilgramige to Kailash in Tibet – Part 2

Since time immemorial spiritual seekers are drawn to circumambulate Mount Kailash. As per ancient mythology it resembles the spiritual center of the univsere, the naval of the world. The great Sages of mankind tread this path to Mount Kailash. It is here in the deep Tibetan Himalayas where the secrets of existence are hidden and where the ancient scriptures point us for Truth to be revealed. … Continue reading Pilgramige to Kailash in Tibet – Part 2

Pilgramige to Kailash in Tibet – Part 1

Words come back with my mind vainly trying to express my experience of Kailash. Incomplete trials to invite you into my experience of Parikrama around the spiritual center of the universe, the navel of the world, as Kailash is called as well. I remember the moment when I was blessed to stumble upon Kailash in the internet. I felt an indescribable inner pull. “I will … Continue reading Pilgramige to Kailash in Tibet – Part 1

The Swami with the Rolex

“Your watch Swamiji”, my friend says. “The watch is waterproof” Swami casually replies while putting on his helmet to go wildwater rafting on Ganga River in the Himalayas. “It’s a Rolex watch,” my friend adds. I look at his watch. I have been exposed to a lot of luxury in previous years and am not much impressed by material things. In fact I wear my own … Continue reading The Swami with the Rolex