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Ten facts about Langza, Spiti Valley

Langza is a beautiful destination, located in one of the most majestic valleys in India’s Spiti Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This picturesque village is blessed with ancient monasteries and buildings of a pre-historic era. It is surrounded by green pastures, snow-clad mountains and barren landscapes that awe-strike every person who visits this stunning location, which is certainly one of the best places in Spiti Valley. The magic…

Ramzan from dal Lake

Humans of Wanderlust: Ramzan Lungroo from Dal Lake

Ramzan Lungroo was born in the Dal Lake area. Dal is a lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. He has a family of 10 people including his two brothers, their wives and kids. Growing up, he was surrounded by a variety of travellers from different parts of the world. He owns the Pride of India houseboat in Dal Lake and is the third generation in his family…

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Ten tlow trips ideal for your anniversary

With the boom in travel over the last few years we a tlow have modified a few of our trips to help make your holiday a lot more enriching. Here are 10 of them: Bhandardara camping This might sound rather odd but yes, our campsite at Bhandardara is an ideal place for those on a budget to experience something raw over the weekend. With a couple tent option, Bhandardara will…

Ten facts about Komik, Spiti Valley

The picturesque Lahaul and Spiti Valley embraces several treasures in its vicinity and Komik is one such place, which is set beautifully amid the stunning mountains in the state of Himachal Pradesh in North India.   Komik is the highest village in Asia and is located at a height of 18,000 feet above sea-level. The beauty of this place cannot be described in words; it can only be felt and…

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Ten facts about Kohima, Nagaland

Kohima is the hilly capital city of India’s north eastern state of Nagaland. With a resident population of 99,039; it is the second largest city in the state. If you are staying in Kohima, one can enjoy the sunset at 4 pm. While visiting local village of Kohima, remember that all slopes are steep. Make sure you wear proper shoes and take care while walking around. Kohima lies north of…

Mohammad from Srinagar

Humans of Wanderlust: Mohammad Shafi from Srinagar

Introduction: The urban lake, which is the second largest in the state, is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is named the ‘Jewel in the crown of Kashmir’ or ‘Srinagar’s Jewel’. Mohammad Shafi Shora is basically a tour guide by profession but when it is off season, he drives an auto rickshaw for his family’s survival. He has two houseboat as well in Dal Lake. He is a…

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What to experience in Kasol

The small backpacker town in Himachal Pradesh has been our home since the last seven years. After living here for so long, this is a list of things we feel everyone who comes to Kasol should at least consider experiencing. Experience the local bus ride It’s only in the local buses, that you will understand the actual vibe of the valley. Take the bus from Kasol to Manikaran or Barsheni…

Key Monastery

Ten facts about Key Monastery, Spiti Valley

Key Monastery or Ki Gompa is a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monastery situated right on top of a hill, which is close to the Spiti River in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. Key Monastery or Ki Gompa is a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monastery situated at 4,166 metres (13668 feet) above sea-level. There are only a handful of people that make it up there. It is the largest monastery in the Spiti…

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Ten facts about Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga National Park is a 170 square mile park located in Assam, India. The park was established in 1908 as a forest reserve. It had previously been declared the Kaziranga Proposed Reserve Forest in 1905 due to the Viceroy of India’s wife Mary Curzon’s concern about the lack of rhinos. Kaziranga was originally 90 square miles in size when it was created in 1905. It expanded over the years until…

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Humans of Wanderlust: Halima Parveen Khatun from Leh

Introduction: Halima Parveen Khatun was born in Hunder, Nubra Valley, a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is located in the Nubra tehsil, on the bank of the Shyok River. She was born and brought up in Hunder and later got married to a police man and settled in Leh. She completed her high school from Hunder. Her family includes her husband and three kids,…

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Five reasons why a voyage is the best teacher

‘Travel because money returns, time doesn’t’ This quote explains the importance of travel and makes you realise certain things in your life which you don’t see in city life. Here’s a list of the benefits of travelling which can definitely help you to find yourself and makes you a traveller. 1. Makes relationships stronger – Whenever you go to any place, you find different people with different cultures and thoughts…

Ten facts about Kaza, Spiti Valley

The town of Kaza, Kaze or Kaja is the sub-divisional headquarters of the remote Spiti Valley in the Lahaul and Spiti district of the state of Himachal Pradesh in the Western Himalayas of India. Spiti, which is a part of the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal, is a high altitude or cold desert having close similarities to the neighbouring Tibet and Ladakh regions in terms of terrain, climate and…

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How safe is travel to North East India?

Safety is easily the biggest concern for any person when they decide to leave home and embark on a journey be it an official meeting or a leisure holiday. No one wants to travel or visit a place that is unsafe. Safety in the North East can be broken down into two parts – the first being the human factor and the second, acts of nature. So when it comes…

Ten facts about Kalpa, Kinnaur Valley in Himachal Pradesh

Kalpa is a town with a history of ancient temples. The Sutlej River below hurtles through deep gorges, the winding mountain road is bordered by chilgoza forests. The serenity of this sleepy hamlet was not often visited by foreigners until recently, but there are still relatively few visitors.   There are now over five places to stay in Kalpa and more, below, in Reckong Peo where travellers must stop to…

Snow Blindness: Every snow hiker should know this

Snow blindness is a painful, temporary loss of vision due to overexposure to the sun’s UV rays. The medical term for snow blindness is photokeratitis (“photo” = light; “keratitis” = inflammation of the cornea). The terms “snow blind” and “snow blindness” have become popular because snow is highly reflective of ultra violent radiation. Skiing, mountain climbing and snowboarding usually take place at relatively high altitudes, where the sun’s UV rays…

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Why travel to the North East of India? Hear it from our past travellers

Each one of us wants to travel, be it to get a break from what we are doing, to celebrate important milestones, to recover from a setback and sometimes it is just to add a place to our travel list. While it’s easy to have an urge to travel, deciding a place and planning your trip to the destination is  difficult. We get highly influenced by what we see and…

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Assam and Meghalaya FAQs

General questions   Q.Where are Assam and Meghalaya located? They are located in the North Eastern side of India Q. Is it safe? Yes. Assam and Meghalaya are extremely safe to travel to. Tourists are not affected by any kind of conflict till date. Q. What about internal conflicts which we see and see read about in the media? Those issues are not a regular thing. It’s  the internal parts…

Ten facts about Hikkim, Spiti Valley

Located at a distance of around six kilometres southwards of Langza, on the way to Komic, as you reach the village, this lovely place simply mesmerises you with its beauty. Enjoy a leisure walk here, soaking-in the serenity. If you really wish to spend some memorable days away from the hustle-bustle of city life, this is the place to be.   Hikkim is known for being the home of the…

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Ten facts about Dhankar, Spiti Valley

Dhankar Gompa (also Dankhar, Drangkhar or Dhangkar Gompa; Brang-mkhar or Grang-mkhar) is a village and also a Gompa, a Buddhist temple in the district of Lahaul and Spiti in India.   It is situated at an elevation of 3,894 metres (12,774 feet) in the Spiti Valley above Dhankar Village, between the towns of Kaza and Tabo. The complex is built on a 1000-foot (300-metre) high spur overlooking the confluence of…

Tawang FAQs

General questions   Q.Where is Tawang located? It’s located in the North Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, very close to the Indo-Chinese border. Q. Is it safe? Yes, Tawang is safe to travel to. Sometimes, the weather does get bad with off season snowfall, rains, etc and also sometimes it gets hit by blizzards. Otherwise, it’s pretty safe. Q. What about India-China ongoing border issues? The issues with China are…

Humans of Wanderlust: Tashi Chondroling from Tangste, Ladakh

Introduction Tashi Chondroling was born in Tangste, a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India which lies 49 km before Pangong Lake.  Tashi aunty, as we at TLOW call her affectionately was born and brought up in Tangste only. She completed her high school in Tangste as well. She has two daughters who are both studying in Delhi. Tashi aunty is the simplest and humblest person we’ve…

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Humans of Wanderlust: Abdul Gani Dar from Hunder, Nubra Valley

Introduction: Abdul Gani Dar was born in Hunder, a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located in Nubra Tehsil, on the bank of Shyok River. He is pursuing a distant educational M.A in Urdu from Kashmir University. The Green willow cottage is based near Powerhouse stream in Hunder. The cottage started on 11th July 2018. TLOW was the first group with whom Abdul has started his…

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11 things to experience in Demul, Spiti Valley

Demul, a small village hidden deep in the mountains of Spiti Valley, With the scarcity of local buses to this village, it is best to hire a cab, come by your own vehicle or hitchhike while enjoying the scenic beauty. At the entrance of the village, you’ll be greeted by smiling faces, welcoming you by saying “julley”, which means hello in the local language. You’d be greeted by every villager…

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