Every big city has more than one story to tell, but none weaves a yarn as rich as New York. This megalopolis was built by immigrants, slaves, the poor, and the persecuted, which arrived at its shores over the generations, to make a better life. In the nineteenth century, Italians…

The guidebooks on Ladakh make it a challenging terrain–it’s the highest, most remote, and sparsely populated region in India. Its climate is severe even in summers when hot days are followed by freezing nights. It’s cut off from the rest of the world from November to May by snow when…

For years I had shunned the idea of traveling to Calcutta — now I know, and I wish I hadn’t.

Maybe it was the poverty porn preferred by western media — ‘ the city of the dying’, Mother Teresa and her work amongst the poor, successive Leftist governments’ anarchy —…

Varanasi is a scream, a crash course in faith and a hallucinatory trip, and in each of these, an intense sensory overload.

As with thousands of pilgrims-tourists that have appeared here every day for centuries, I was hoping the city herself will respond. But she did not; she remained aloof…

“Aurat ke ek nahi teen janam hote hain. Pehla jab wo kisi ki beti bankar is duniya me aati hai. Dusra jab wo patni banti hai. Aur teesra jab wo ma banti hai”– The film was Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, one of the many that had become a staple during…

Newspaper headlines announce the name of Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby daughter–‘Lilibet’. And one marvels at what happened to all those Anne, Alice, Beatrice, and Margaret, the darlings of British Royalty for generations. …

Sierra Nevada (Spanish - “mountain range covered in snow”) is the longest, and arguably the grandest mountain range in America. It’s a single unbroken range almost as large as the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps combined. At 420 miles long, with a width varying from 50 to 80 miles, it…

Imagine a paradise… Where lakes have intense vivid hues, where fountains shoot up hundreds of feet unannounced, where dark grottoes make gurgling noise like the breath of a slumbering dragon, where waterfalls’ plunge is so massive that it raises a plume of mist half a kilometer high. And then add…

Note — This is a continuation of the Bhutan trip. You can find previous entries here— Bhutan Part I, and Bhutan Part II.

Our day starts with an early check-in at Paro (Bhutan) for an 8 AM flight. They pleasantly surprise us with an upgrade & an RHS window seat…

Note — Part I of the blog is available here.

Punakha Dzong

Like a ship at the confluence of two estuaries, the dzong stands strong as a fortress. The rivers Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu represent the yin /yang duality in nature. The steep wooden entry stairs can be pulled up, and…

Ajay Goel

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