Wednesday, December 12, 2018
“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next to the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows.” – David Henry Thoreau. For the complete set of...
"Landscapes have a language of their own, expressing the soul of the things, lofty or humble, which constitute them, from the mighty peaks to the smallest of the tiny flowers hidden in the meadow's grass." - Alexandra David Néel   For the complete set of pictures from my trek to Dayara Bugyal in the last week of October 2014, please visit: Dayara...
While any one of us at Pure Explore who are hopelessly bitten by the travel bug would love to have our very own take on Ernesto (Che) Guevara's classic Motorcycle Diaries, these three men went ahead and did just that. In this first person account, Ketan Joshi's new book 'Three Men on Motorcycles' brims with the enthusiasm and the excitement...
Note: I undertook this trek thrice- 16th to 18th August, 2012, 28th September to 1st October 2012 and 29th to 31st December 2013. First time around, I had gone solo, relying on public transport while the second and third time, me and a friend had taken our own car. I have tried to pen down the experiences and information...
Based on my travel last week, a small piece I wrote for travelers who are already aware of Malana Village but need more information on how to reach the elusive village and how the experience might be like. Standing isolated from the outside world for several hundreds of years, the mystical Malana village is gradually but reluctantly opening its doors...
Spiti Valley - A world within a world! Are you planning to push yourself to the extremes, and travel to Spiti Valley? If yes, then you can thank me after experiencing the most enthralling trip of your life. To plan a trip to Spiti Valley, you need to know a lot of things. I will try to address most of these in...
“You mean Hampta Pass trek?” “No. Hamta Circle trek.” “I have never heard of it. What is it? Ok. Let’s do it. ” Introducing the Younger Sibling That was the first time I heard about this lesser known trek near Manali. Often overshadowed by its glamorous elder sister, Hampta Pass Trek, the Hamta Circle (as is often true amongst siblings too) is often confused...
“Summer is gone with all its infinite wealth, and still nature is genial to man. Though he no longer bathes in the stream, or reclines on the bank, or plucks berries on the hills, still he beholds the same inaccessible beauty around him.” – Henry David Thoreau. Most would be surprised, but trekking in the Indian Himalayas can be an...
The trek to Har Ki Dun is among the most popular winter treks in India. Not just in winters, this trek is extremely popular in summers too. It is one of those treks where you don't reach the summit of a mountain for the endless views, but you actually traverse a valley enclosed by mountains on all sides. The total...
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A time lapse video featuring some of the landmarks of Kathmandu Valley. The film is made up of over 20,000 individual photos threaded together that were taken over a course of about 3 months! Isn't this beautiful and makes you want to go to Nepal?!

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