“Half of us will deliver the homestay kits and the rest will set up the homestays. Let’s keep the ball rolling, people!” hollered a member of the operations team at Mountain Homestays (MH) to pump up his mates on a cold Ladakhi morning in March. These young men had set out for the remotest corners...Read More
When we think of mountains, we think of adventure, natural beauty, a pleasant climate and peace. It’s only when we dig deeper, we begin to understand the lived realities and challenges that the communities here navigate on a day-to-day basis to survive in such harsh regions Ms. Lo Thi Trang, a Muong woman born in...Read More
Not too long ago, there was a time when we’d get overwhelmed by the tonnes of travel choices we had to plan our perfect vacation. A young, budget-conscious traveller would choose to go backpacking, whereas a leisure traveller with deeper pockets would take luxury holidays. There were choices aplenty in the travel market for everyone....Read More
Once you’ve reached Leh, there are many options for you as a traveller to explore Ladakh. One such place, at a distance of 211km from Leh, in the peaceful region of Rupshu, is a small village called Korzok. Set on the banks of Tso Moriri, the largest high-altitude lake entirely within India, Korzok is perched...Read More
The concept of a homestay—where travellers choose to live in a local home instead of a hotel—first appeared in the 1950s, when Bob Luitweiler founded Servas International, a non-profit promoting travel for interracial and international peace. In the decades that followed, the homestay economy fast evolved into a multi-billion-dollar industry, providing a multitude of experiences...Read More
How would have the concept of hosting strangers in your house or staying with an unknown family on a vacation sounded a decade back? Hardly anyone would have been comfortable with such a concept. But we have seen people getting comfortable with staying in homestays, using Uber, sharing office spaces, and using many such peer-to-peer...Read More
Most of us had a travel bucket list at the start of this calendar year and suddenly we find ourselves confined to the four walls of our homes. The Covid-19 crisis has been a black swan event for the travel and tourism industry. World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates a loss of 50 to...Read More
This is a story of unusual grit and passion. A story of a young man, Tsewang Dorje, who chose to stay in his village after completing his graduation. With only a primary school in his village, located near the world-famous Pangong Tso (Lake), Dorje had to literally earn his education. Development still hadn’t reached the...Read More
Over centuries, humans have shaped the world with inventions and modernizations at every stage of evolution. While such innovations have made mankind’s lives simple, easy and comfortable, our actions have also left a less than desirable footprint on the planet we all share. Growing industrialization, unabated pollution and over-population have triggered climate change, global warming...Read More
Have you ever thought of spending a peaceful time in the mountains? Did crowd and pollution played a deterrent in taking the step? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. You are from the lot constantly looking for an offbeat destination. In this blog, we are going to introduce one such getaway location...Read More
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