thebengali @ TheMountainWalker: Republic Day Salute – Kaza, Spiti Kaza, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India, 26th of January 2017, 1056 hours: The moment is here and so are the people of Kaza, the chief guest, Dr. Vikram Singh Negi (ADM, Kaza), and the local police led by DSP Mukesh Kumar, SHO Hira Singh Thakur, ASI Yashpal Sharma and Head Constable Ashish Thakur. The turnout […]

thebengali @ TheMountainWalker: Morning of India’s 68th Republic Day 26th of January 2017, 1037 hours, Kaza, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India: Throughout my life, I have tried to be grateful for all that life has given to me – primarily because I have received much more than I had ever hoped for. And here in this moment, I realise that destiny has been generous […]

thebengali @ TheMountainWalker: The Monk Who Pushed a Ferrari (I mean Xylo)

Lidang-Shigo, Himachal Pradesh, India, 25 January 2017, 1120 hours: We are well and truly snow-bound. All roads are closed. We are going nowhere. That is, if we get back to Kaza. The car is dancing around the snow-laden road. Thankfully, there is help at hand. One of Sanju’s friends, who works with the Public Works […] […]

thebengali @ TheMountainWalker: Heading Into a Snow-storm Lidang, Himachal Pradesh, India, 24 January 2017, 1235 hours: We are driving towards Sichling, just as a snow-storm is thinking of shaping up. Our plan today is to visit Dhankar Monastery. So far, we haven’t done a great job of getting there since we are stopping to experience and capture the spectacle of the […]

thebengali @ TheMountainWalker: Of Security, Self, and The Unknown Trail

Kaza-Komik Road, Himachal Pradesh, India, 23 January 2017, 1052 hours: We are heading to Komik today. There are a couple of ways to get there, one is via Langza. We are taking the direct from Kaza. With every passing day, my desire to let go of the comfort of a fixed base to return to […] […]

thebengali @ TheMountainWalker: Little Monks Skiing Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India, 22 January 2017, 1059 hours: We were on our way to Keurik but had to stop at the frozen Shila Nallah to watch these little Buddhist Lamas at play. Children are children anywhere in the world. 😊 via The Mountain Walker Diaries: Little Monks Skiing — The Mountain Walker

thebengali @ TheMountainWalker: Habit

Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India, 22 January 2017, 0755 hours: Habits are a thing of wonder. Given half a chance, human beings form new habits when in new surroundings. The 3 Glasses of Hot Water is now a habit. It’s not a gourmet treat or a compulsion. It just makes sense and the body and mind […] […]

thebengali @ TheMountainWalker: Mind, Body, and Lessons In Between

Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India, 22 January 2017, 0735 hours: I had expected that I might be inclined to sleep in or get up late every day, like 8.30-9 am. But turns out that I wake up between 6.30-7 am every day. Which is pretty much my waking up time in the city or anywhere I […] […]

thebengali @ TheMountainWalker: My Kind Of Weather Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India, 21 January 2017, 1215 hours: We are on our way towards Losar. The weather is overcast, we are all bundled up, but we know this is going to be a hard day – there is wind, there is snow up ahead and it’s a hazy white blanket. This is our […]

thebengali @ TheMountainWalker: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Cars (But Should Never Ask Me) Kaza-Key Road, Himachal Pradesh, India, 20 January 2017, 1145 hours: The car has stalled and listening to Sanju, Abhishek and Ameen diagnosing the issue, probable causes and possible solutions, I am thinking it’s a good thing I either walk or hire a car – there’s no way I will ever learn and know so […]