A Journal of Treks & Travels in the Himalayas of India and Nepal
by Kothanda Srinivasan (KS)
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 digital-camera to tell the full story. Your feedback & comments are welcome by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Update (Mar-2009): This blog is 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.
Update (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.
Update (March-2020): In last 10+ years I have done more treks in Nepal than in India! The main attraction of Nepal for me is the wonderful "Teahouse Trekking" you can do there. Most trek routes in Nepal, have Tea Houses & Homestays run by local Villagers which serve Hot fresh cooked food and have Guest Rooms furnished with cots, mattresses and comforters. For my treks in Nepal I hire a porter-guide to carry my main bag from a Trekking Agency; Asian Hiking Team in Thamel, Kathmandu. Suman Neupane is the friendly and helpful proprietor of the Agency (email: email@example.com).
Update (21-April-2021) : After surviving a year of Corona Quarantine, with hardly any activities, Google has announced that I must migrate my blog from their "Classic Sites" to a modern "New Sites" latest by 1st Sept 2021. So I have started that process now, with their 'auto-migration' tool. Though the auto-migration has worked well I now have some fine-tuning and alignment work to be done. But it is a 'welcome work' as I can be busy for a few weeks, while the Corona Wave-2 rages outside. And enjoy the dopamine releases while reliving old memories and pictures.
Update (22-May-2021): After moving this blog to Google New Sites, I have resolved most of the Text-Image alignment issues that came with Auto-Migration. Some finishing work is still pending that I will be doing over next few months.
My Tours & Treks : Most recent on top in below table ... (or select from Menu on left margin)
Tour#, Type*, Mth/Year and Description of places visited (Click on a Tour to see the details) > > > > > > >
62. Car Sep-2016: Sikkim Meghalaya and Assam - a post-monsoon tour in India (blog not started yet)
*Type: TREK=Hikes, CAR=Self-Driving Tours, BUS=Backpacking Rides in Buses, JEEP=Share-Jeep Rides, SUV=SUV Road Tours, TRAIN=by Indian Railways.
A few pictures from the Tours (lots more inside):
The frozen Tsamgo Lake in Sikkim on 13th April 2009
Flowers in KMVN-Kausani's front garden .... and the Trishul & Mrigthuni snow peaks in the distance (5th Oct 2004)
Blue-Green hills & misty valleys ... from the Mizo Tourist GH at Champai near Mizoram's Eastern border with Burma (Myanmar) on 11th Dec 2011
Mithoo and me at Thorang-La pass top (5416M) during the Annapurna Circuit Trek on 25th Oct 2006
A family drinking morning tea at Kalapokhari Village on the Sandakphu-Phalut Trek in Nepal-Sikkim border on 5th April 2008
Me at Larkhe-La Pass on the Manaslu Circuit Trek on 6th October 2014