Author: Soumi Sarkar

Lachung And Lachen: A Double Delight

Hire a cab and make your way through challenging terrain towards North Sikkim to experience a world different from the rest of India. Hiding in the Himalayas in these stretches of the country are two twin villages of Lachung and Lachen. Borrowing their names from the rivers that run through it, the two villages are a scenic beauty, complete with… Read more →

Mandarmani: Driving On Sandy Trails

Head south from Kolkata and drive for a distance of about 180 kilometers towards a quiet beach destination on the Bay of Bengal called Mandarmani. Known only to the avid travelers on the east coast, Mandarmani is an upcoming tourist destination located in southern district of Purba Medinipur in West Bengal. The best way to reach Mandarmani would undoubtedly be… Read more →

Gangtok: Moving Through Space

As the cliche goes, India is a land of a variety of cultures, each of them being unique from the others. The north-eastern region of India exemplifies one tiny part of this rich cultural heritage. Sikkim is a small state in the north-east and is the centre of all Buddhist activities in the country. The Himalayas are characteristic of every… Read more →

Shillong: The Hills Are Alive

Tucked away in the middle of the Khasi hills in the state of Meghalaya in north-east India, Shillong is a tourist getaway that is often called the ‘Scotland of the East’, and for good reason. Far removed from the maddening crowd of the plains, Shillong is a small, quaint township that is a perfect escape for everyone who wants to… Read more →

Shantiniketan India: A Return To Innocence

Take a four hour car ride or get on a train from Kolkata and head north towards the small university town of Shantiniketan in the Birbhum district West Bengal. Originally a known as Bhubandanga, Shantiniketan was owned by the predecessors of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Literally meaning ‘a peaceful and quiet place’, Shantiniketan was given its modern name by Rabindranath’s… Read more →

Kamakhya [India]: Because Not Everything Is Meant For The Pleasure Of Your Senses

Nested on top of the Nilachal hill in the city of Guwahati in Assam, the Kamakhya temple is an important aspect of the Indian cultural heritage. Built in the late-16th century, the Kamakhya temple has since become popular as one of the major ‘shakti peethas’ in the country where the goddess figure is worshipped as ‘shakti’, or power, in her… Read more →

Auli – A Return To Nature

Tucked away in the far corners of the Garhwal ranges of the Himalayas in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Auli is a small skiing destination that gets lost amidst the popularity of its other Himalayan counterparts. Auli emerged as a tourist destination only recently, after the larger state of Uttar Pradesh was divided into Uttarakhand and present-day Uttar Pradesh in… Read more →