Trip Notes

“India is a land all men long to see, and having had a glimpse, would not trade for all the world’s sights.”     

 Mark Twain (1835-1910), American author and traveler. 

Namaste! Welcome to India 

You are visiting a country of enormous scale, historically, culturally, as well as geographically. It is often said that India’s tail is firmly in the past, the head and nose in the present and the future, and the rest somewhere in between. Indeed, in some pockets exist primitive tribes who reject contact and live the way they have for tens of thou...

Additional Points to the “Very Vital Advice” document



Use of any kind of satellite telephone in India without a prior license from Department of Telecommunications (DOT-Government of India) is illegal and attracts penal provisions. It will also result in seizure of your device. 


Personal health and hygiene is the primary concern of first-time visitors to India. Himalay...

Understanding India


Almost all travellers to India find it difficult at first to get used to the different pace of life here. When a local says “......five minutes” it may mean anything from immediately to half an hour or longer. What the speaker really means is “after I have finished one task”. You may get frustrated if locals are casua...


POLITY Parliamentary democracy. The constitution grants universal franchise. National elections are held every 5 years.
CURRENT HEAD  OF STATE Prime Minister Narendra Modi  
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION In Asia. Borders shared with Myanmar, Bangladesh, Tibet (China), Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, as well as nearb...

India: A Short History

One of the oldest in the world, the Indus Valley civilisation, evolved on the Indian subcontinent around 3000 BCE. Two great religions of the world, Buddhism and Hinduism, were born on this land long before the birth of Christ. With the protective wall of the Himalayas in the north and an extensive coastline in the south, India has historically bee...

Delhi: Your Gateway to India

The region of present Delhi has been inhabited since prehistoric times. In the last 2500 years, several cities have risen and declined on sites lying within the present sprawl. Relics of this past lie scattered all over in the shape of monuments, big and small. Many date from the medieval era, when Muslim dynasties held sway, and Delhi was the hub ...


anali is situated at the northern end of the Kullu valley, the ‘Valley  of the Gods’, on the banks of the Beas river, at an altitude of approximately 2000 m (6600 ft). The town is surrounded by pine forests, and is a major summer resort catering to middle-class Indians who wish to escape from the intense summer heat of the plains. Manali is not yet...

Must-Know Information about Manali

Staying Healthy, Ski Gear, Clothes & Accessories • Things you can buy in Manali • Things you can not buy in Manali • Transportation


Manali is serviced by three private clinics, two pharmacies, one government hospital and one Mission hospital. The Mission Hospital has an excellent reputation as well as facilities necessary (operating theatre, X-ray, defibrillator, etc.) for all but the most serious cases. The doctors working at the Mission Hospital are first r...

Further reading on India

Out of the tens of thousands of books on India, below is a short list recommended by us to help you understand and enjoy this complex country: 

HISTORY Into India. (1973). A classic history.  India: A History. An insightful narrative covering the period from 3000 BCE to 1998.  When Men and Mountains Meet. The Explorers of the Western Himalayas 1...

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