A Journal of Treks & Travels in India and Nepal
by Kothanda Srinivasan 

I have always dreamed of travelling all over India, to see every remote village, river and mountain in this vast country. To meet people everywhere and experience their diverse cultures, gods & food.

In 2003, I was already 55 years old. When am I going to fulfill my dreams? I knew, I had to do this soon while I was still able to travel and use my legs to trek in the mountains. So, in Sept 2003,  I decided to retire from work and take up travel, more or less full time! It took me 6 months, to handover all work responsibilities .... and finally, I 'retired' on 31st March 2004!

I bought a copy of Lonely Planet's "India" 
Guide and started reading that, state by state. Later (after a few trips) I realized how practical and accurate this Guide was! Though LP is written for foreigners visiting India, I found it perfect for my purpose. Any place LP said was worth visiting and seeing was really so! In fact, Even Better!! 

The Tours listed below lead you to pages that describe my travels & treks in "diary" format. The narratives are brief; as I have relied more on pictures from my digicam to tell the full story. Your comments are welcome by email at: ks_bluechip@yahoo.com 

PS: (Mar-2009): This blog is just a diary of my personal experiences. It is not a travel-trek guide. I don't have the expertise to advise anyone on such treks or tours. At most, I can provide some tips. Anybody with determination and normal fitness can do these treks & tours. However,  if you are trekking to higher altitudes (above 3000M / 10,000 ft) do read the "trekking advise" chapters in any Trekking Guide. I found the first few chapters of Lonely Planet's "Trekking in the Indian Himalaya" very useful. On a trek it is best to have a local guide-porter to show you the way and carry your bag, so you can enjoy the walk without a load on your back. I have often taken Debu as a Guide for my treks in Kumaon and Sonu in Garhwal.

PS: (Mar-2010): This blog was started in 2005 using Google-Pages. In 2009, migrated it to Google Sites. Have retained the blog's old style and looks; but taken this opportunity to link  Hi-Res pictures from Flickr; so now a picture can be "clicked" to see a large image. This will mean initial page loading will be slower, but I hope faster broad-band speeds will compensate. 

The Tours till date (latest on top):

T# Mode* When  Tour Title and a Short Description of places visited   Link
71TREK Oct-2019Gokyo Lakes and Gokyo-Ri Trek in Nepal  71
Trek to Danda-Kharka & back (Makalu-BC route), Nepal   70
69 TREKMar-2019Winter Rambling in Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand, India (WIP)  69
Tamang Heritage & Ruby Valley Trek in Nepal (WIP) 
67TREK May-2018Tumlingtar to Lukla Trek in Nepal's Makalu-Barun NP region (WIP) 67
66 TREKNov-2017Kalapathar via Kongmala Pass Trek in Nepal Everest region (WIP) 66
Satopanth Lake Trek (near Badrinath) in Uttarakhand  65 
Annapurna area: Mohare, Khopra, Muldai, MBC & ABC in Nepal (WIP)
Oct-2016Milam Glacier Trek (New Route) in Uttarakhand (NEW) 63
62CARSEP-2016Sikkim, Meghalaya & Assam - A post-monsoon Tour (Not Started yet) 62
TREKOct-2015Kanchenjunga Base Camps (S & N) Trek in Nepal (**) 61
60TREK May-2015 Dodital, Darwa-Pass, Dayera-Bugyal Trek in Uttrakhand  60
59BUSFeb-2015Snow-bound & Spell-bound in Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh  (**) 59
58TREK  SEP-2014Manaslu Circuit Trek & Tsum Valley Trek - in Nepal 58
57TREK  JUL-2014Kashmir Great Lakes Trek - Sonamarg to Naranag, J&K  57
56TREK APR-2014 Jiri to Namche-Bazaar (again) but Goyko-Ri & Lakes elude  (**) 56
55JEEPS Mar-2014 Backpacking East Kumaon: Pithoragarh,Lohaghat,Pancheshwar  55
54CAR Oct-2013 Tiger's Nest climb, Bumthang Fest and more; in Bhutan (**) 54
53WALKOct-2013 Nostalgic pandal-hopping, in Kolkata, during the Durga Puja  53
52TREK Aug-2013Monsoon Treks to Tulsi Lake & Yewoor Hill Ridge of SGNP (Thane) 52
51TREKMay-2013Langtang-Gosainkund-Helambu (LGH) Treks in Nepal  51
50CARNov-2012Pushkar Lake, Camel Fair, Mela & Ajmer Dargah in Rajasthan
49CARNov-2012Shekawati Painted Havelis in Fatehpur, Mandawa, Nawalgarh in RJ 49
48TREKMay-2012Exploring Kugti & Holi Valleys near Bharmour in HP (**) 48
47JEEPSDec-2011Hornbill Fest, Nagaland, Cachar,Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya 47
46BUSJuly-2011Backpacking in HP: Jalori-Pass, Rohtang-La & Sach-Pass  46
45 TREK   Jun-2011 Bagini Glacier and Changbang Base Camp Trek near Nanda Devi   45
44 JEEPS May-2011 Collarwaali Tigress and her 5 cubs in Pench Tiger Reserve, MP   44
43 TRAIN Mar-2011 Grand Circular Indian Rly Challenge (GCIRC) to 4 corners of India  43
42 TREK  Feb-2011 Snow Trek in Dakhuri, Chilta, Bajling Passes of Kumaon   42
41 CAR  Sep-2010  Wildflowers of Kaas Plateau near Satara in Maharshtra    41
40 TREK  Jun-2010  Twin-trek to Kuari Pass & Nanda Devi Outer Sanctuary    40
39 CAR Apr-2010  A summer vacation in 5 Hill-Stations of Kumaon, Uttarakhand  39
38  CAR Mar-2010  Bijapur, Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole in North Karnataka   38
37 TREK  Jan-2010  Treks in Sanjay Gandhi NP (SGNP) from Tikuji-ni-Wadi, Thane  37
36 TREK Dec-2009 Kumaon to Garhwal - Trekking the local Villagers' trails  36
35 SUV  Sep-2009 Grand Himalayan Road Tour-2 (GHIRT-2): Zanskar, Padum, Leh  35
34    TREK July-2009 Monsoon Trek in the Darma Valley in Eastern Kumaon    34
33 SUV Apr-2009  Grand Himalayan Road Tour-1: Sikkim, Bhutan, Arunachal  33
32  TREK Dec-2008  Kumaon Hi-Alt Villages Trek - Loharkhet to Birthi Falls  32
31 TREK Sep-2008 Pabbar Valley Chandranahan-Lake Trek in Kinnaur, HP  31
30// TREK Jun-2008  The Roopkund Trek in Garhwal, Uttarakhand   30
29 BUS May-2008 Botanical and Rose Gardens of Ooty, Tamilnadu   29
28 BUS Apr-2008  Hoysala Temples of Belur, Halebid and Kemmangundi  28
27  TREK Apr-2008  Sandakphu Trek on Singalila Ridge in Nepal & WB  27
26  CAR  Feb-2008  Kumbalgarh Fort and Ranakpur Jain Temple in RJ   26
25 CAR Dec-2007  Grand India Road Tour - GQ+, 33-Days, 9388KMs   25
24 TREK  Oct-2007  Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar Trek in Nepal   24
23 TREK Sep-2007  Jiri to Namche Bazaar - The Classic Trek in Nepal  23
22 TREK July-2007  Har-Ki-Dun, Yamunotri, Gangotri-Gaumukh, V-of-Flower  22
21 JEEP May-2007  Corbett Tiger Park in Uttarakhand  21
20 TREK  May-2007  Milam Glacier Trek from Munsiary in Kumaon  20
19 TREK May-2007 Gwaldam to Debal Trek in Garhwal, Uttarakhand  19
18 CAR  Dec-2006  Hampi - The Vijayanagar Ruins in Central Karanataka  18
17 CAR  Dec-2006  Konkan & Goa Beaches and Coastal scenery  17
16 TREK  Oct-2006  A 200+KM Trek - Annapurna Circuit in Nepal   16
15 BUS May-2006 Zanskar, Lamayuru, Leh, Nubra, Pangong-Tso, Keylang  15
14 JEEP  Feb-2006  Bomdilla, Sela, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh   14
13 BUS  Feb-2006  Namdapha WLS, Bramhaputra, Pasighat, Alang in AR  13
12 JEEP Jan-2006  Kaziranga (Rhinos) National Park, Assam    12
11 CAR Dec-2005  MP - Mandu, Ujjain, Sanchi, Kanha, Khajuraho, Orchaa  11
10 BUS Oct-2005 Bus Tour - Joshimath, Auli, Badrinath, Mana, Ranikhet  10
09 TREK Oct-2005  Sundardunga Trek in Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand    09
08 CAR Aug-2005  Saurashtra Coastal Drive - Bhavnagar to Dwarka - in GJ   08
07 TREK Apr-2005 Triund Trek In Dauladhar Range in Himachal Pradesh  07
06 JEEP Apr-2005  Dharamsala, McLeod Ganj, Khajjiar, Kalatope, Chamba  06
05 BUS Apr-2005  Sarahan, Kinnaur and Spiti Valleys in Eastern Himachal   05
04  TREK  Nov-2004  Yuksom to Dzongri-La - Kanchenjunga Trek in W. Sikkim   04
03 BUS  Nov-2004  Gangtok, Yuksom in Sikkim and Darjeeling in WB  03
02 BUS  Oct-2004 Kausani, Choukori, Munsiary - Hill Stations of Kumaon  02
01 TREK Sep-2004  Pindari Glacier Trek in Kumaon, Uttarakhand   01
* Mode: TREK=Hikes, CAR=Self-Driving Tours, BUS=Backpacking Tours in Regional/State Buses, JEEP=Tours in Share-Jeeps, SUV=SUV Road Tours, TRAIN=by Indian Railways.
 (**) - Tour blog is mostly done ... but some finishing work is still pending.

Some pictures from my Tours:

The collage of pictures below will display as per your Internet Browser's whim! I laid out the page in Google's Crome but haven't been able to make it display OK in Microsoft IE. If you click on any Image it will open up a larger version of that picture. Click "back" to return. This feature is still 'work-in-progress' in some of the tour pages inside.





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