Category Archive: Himachal

Bike Trip To Ladakh – A Beginner’s Guide

A few weeks before we were supposed to leave for our first bike trip to Ladakh, I found out that we were missing the famous Hemis festival by just two days. Though I felt miserable, I… Continue reading

Manali to Leh – The Ride of a Reluctant Biker

The road was barely 4m wide with a wall of snow outlining both sides. The traffic had come to a standstill and a few people had stepped out of their cars to help ease the jam.… Continue reading


  Woke up this morning with these lines in my head: “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to… Continue reading

Monks In Maroon

I just realised that I didn’t share the pictures of monks I saw on the streets of Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj. But better late than never. So here you go… Monks in maroons… Continue reading

Dharamsala Airport

Dharamsala airport which is actually called Gaggal airport which is also known as Kangra airport is an airport in Gaggal (Near Kangra), about 14 km from Dharamsala. Dharamsala itself is very pretty but… Continue reading

Tibetan Women

I met her in Dalhousie which has a small Tibetan population settled here. The colourful striped apron or ‘pangdens’ is a part of Tibetan traditional wear for married women. Most Tibetans, especially the… Continue reading

Old Friends

The streets of Dharamsala had a lot of old folks, stopping by and warmly greeting their friends. Such a pleasure to watch them. Seen in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala

Rush Hour

  The mum was trying to rush the kid who was easily distracted by every car that passed by. The kid also had some special love for puddles, much to her mom’s distress.… Continue reading

Billo The Horse

I spoke to him while he waited for his horse that had gone for a ride with someone. ‘What’s your horse’s name?’ ‘Billo.’ ‘But Billo means cat!’ ‘Yea.. she is catty.’ ____ I… Continue reading

Human Babies

‘See dad, I’ll show you how it’s done.’ Before he decided to start mopping, he was running behind the monks with a stick while his dad tried to stop him. One can never… Continue reading

Shop the Suitcase

When I started this blog, I named it Suitcase of Stories because whenever you set out with a suitcase, you come back with a bunch of interesting stories. The suitcase packs in a… Continue reading

The Walk

Saw this old woman walking uphill on a very steep slope. She saw us and gave us that big toothless grin. I am guessing that she was carrying the stool so that she… Continue reading


“We are studying Arithmetic.” “Oh.. Do you have an exam coming up?” “No, exams just got over. We just enjoy the subject.” ——– Seen inside an 8th Century Lakshmi Narayan Temple  in Chamba,… Continue reading

I <3 Tibet

  “Born to party.. forced to work.” – Tenzin Max. He works in the Norbulingka Institute Centre for Arts and Woodcarving. Seen in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. —— I spent the last week in Punjab… Continue reading