The Landour List

Perched high up in the hilly Deodhar forests, with views of the Garhwal Himalayas to the north and the plains of Dehradun to the south, Landour is a world away from its downstairs neighbour, bustling Mussoorie. Six weeks of travelling around Uttarakhand, whilst full of wonderful experiences, was exhausting and we were looking forward to…

The Women Changemakers of Uttarakhand

I started my professional life training elected women across villages in India with an NGO based out of Delhi. At 22, fresh out of college, with a head full of ideals it was a sobering and humbling experience, one that has shaped many of my life choices and perspectives. These village women, with the right…

Photo Story: People of the Hills

Besides the wonderful views, invigorating walks, wholesome food and perfect weather one of the reasons we love Uttarakhand was the people. There is a special something about the people of the hills. Their ready smiles, easy nonchalance and generous hospitality means that you are never far from a good conversation and a steaming, sweet, cup…

Tungnath: A great trek in Uttarakhand for beginners

Babyyy!!! Leave me and go …. I can’t walk any more! I looked back, grinning, at Ambika, who was a few steps behind me, her tongue sticking out panting. Don’t worry it’s just a little more, I said, secretly hoping I was right! During the last half hour or so our breaks had increased exponentially…

From Mukteshwar to Ramghar: Finding our hill legs

A version of this story first appeared on Firstpost.com as part of a series of weekly dispatches from the road in Uttarakhand. #FTravellers  “It’s only 6-7 km, you can walk, it’s easy,” advises the guy at the lone store that was open in the Mukteshwar market. He went back to unpacking cucumbers from a large crate…

Uttarakhand: A summer in the mountains

This one has been a long time coming. For the last two summers we have talked about escaping the maddening Mumbai heat and heading to the hills, but somehow it never materialised. This year too it looked like it may not happen, as a planned trip to Sikkim in April became a victim of a…