Amal Biswas

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Exploring India's remote Nubra Valley

Ladakh - the ‘Land of the High Passes’ - is among the most stunning parts of the Indian Himalayas. Wedged between Pakistan, Tibet and Xinjiang Province ( China) and India’s Himachal Pradesh, it forms the eastern part of the contested state of Jammu & Kashmir. North of Leh, Ladakh’s ‘capital’, lies …

Top 15 travel experiences in Sikkim, India

One of the Himalaya’s best-kept travel secrets, Sikkim is a welcome diversion from all conventional notions of an Indian holiday. Far from Rajasthan’s royal trail, Goa’s beaches and Kerala’s backwaters, this tiny Indian hill state prides itself on pristine alpine forests, lofty snow-capped …

Sikkim

Ladakh, Atop the World

It all started with a photograph. Hanging on the eastern wall of the living room of my maternal grandfather’s rambling mansion in Calcutta, it …

Kashmir to Ladakh By Bus: The Joys and Pains of Getting There

<i>How a two-day 258 miles bus ride through Kashmir served as my price of entry to Ladakh.</i> <br>Each time he coughed, a fog of rancid death gripped my seat. …