Church of the Intercession on the Nerl

Church of the Intercession on the Nerl

Everything is bigger, grander and incredibly imposing in Russia. Anything of importance either reflects the sheer decadence of Tsarist opulence or the Soviet penchant for the grandiose.

Overlooking the Oka & Volga

Overlooking Volga & Oka

A vantage view of Nizhny Novgorod, birth place of Maxim Gorky, a meeting point of the Oka and Volga rivers and the first stop of our Trans-Siberian journey across Russia.

Three Months in Russia

Saint Basil's Cathedral

For the next three months, Russia is our home, our office, our stomping grounds and our chance to explore a new land, culture and perspective.

A Trek to the Valley of Flowers

Trek to the Valley of Flowers

A photo essay of a trek through the Valley of Flowers, a National Park and a World Heritage Site, which is home to more than 500 species of wild flowers.

Trek to Gangria

Trek to Gangria

Day 4 of our trip to the Valley of Flowers and we found ourselves at Gobind Ghat. From there it was around a 15 kilometer trek to Gangria, which took us roughly 7 hours to complete. The air was pristine, views were spectacular and the trek was painstakingly slow thanks to the lack of oxygen.

An evening at the Arrey Warrey Beach

An evening at the Arrey Warrey Beach

The time had come to do a road trip. Given the responsibility of transporting my sister’s car from Mumbai to Goa, Priya & I decided to drive along the west coast, mostly on NH4 and taking roads along the sea side whenever possible. We broke the journey over three days, and on day two we found ourselves at the Arrey Warrey beach during sunset. We stopped and spent some time there

The ancient Banyan Tree of Adyar

The ancient Banyan Tree of Adyar

This 450-year-old Banyan is more than just a tree. It’s history, ancient knowledge and life fused together in an intricate network of gnarled splendour. While the grounds of the Theosophical Society in Chennai is a revelation in itself, this incredibly-spread out tree, one of the oldest trees in India, is a delight to behold. There are unverified claims that the branches and roots of this tree roughly covers over 40,000 sq feet!