“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” — Toni Morrison.
My adaptation of Toni Morrison’s famous quote – “If you find something touching, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Sriparna Saha.
Image: Bandarpoonch peaks from Kaflani, ahead of Mussoorie. This article is lists some of my travel articles I have written in The Outlook Traveler and The Hans India publications, especially, the trips to Uttarakhand Himalayas. Sriparna Saha is an architect in several slope architecture projects in the Uttarakhand Himalayas.
I have been traveling to the many places in our country and particularly, the Himalayas, ever since I gathered my senses. The trips to Uttarakhand Himalayas have been the most memorable ones. For this, I thank my parents for instilling a love for travel and being in new places and new people. Especially, my father, who always has believed in the saying – “Travel expands our horizons and always makes us a better person.” Also, thanks to my cousins who were always gung-ho and looking forward to the travel experience – for those happy memories which has kept our bonds strong.
A note to the reader – I hope my Uttarakhand travel blogs inspire you to travel and bring out the many more perspectives of the diversity in our country and our world.
Saklani patti and the Vriksha Manav
Trip to Saklani patti – in Tehri district of Uttarakhand – Satyun, Pujargaon between Dehradun and Tehri with a group of World Wildlife Institute (Dehradun) students to understand the heritage and legacy left by Vishweshwar Dutt Saklani – also popularly known as Vriksha Manav (Tree Man) – who planted 5 lakh trees in 100 hectares over a span of 8 decades.
Rishikesh and the Beatles
Trip to Rishikesh – in the footsteps of the Beatles to what was then the Mahesh Yogi Ashram.
A Himalayan Homestay in Garur Valley
A trip to Ana village and Garur valley – in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand – on the Kausani – Baijnath road for setting up a ethnic and unique Himalayan homestay through an elaborate ancestral old home renovation and remodeling project.
Mahasu Devta temple at Hanol
A trip to Hanol – in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand – the seat of Mahasu Devta to document the temple architecture and the heritage potential.
Valley of Flowers and the Pushpawati River
A trip to the Valley of Flowers and the magical Pushpawati river, part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve – in the Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand, touching Gangharia and Govindghat
Darma Valley, Pithoragarh
A trip to Darma valley – in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand – to study and document the tribal heritage of the region.
Kalap and the Pandavas
A trip to Kalap – in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand – to understand and document the local home architecture, mythology (associated with Pandavas) and the heritage potential of the region. The region appears to be high on future homestay potential.
Matogi and Lord Balarama
A trip to Matogi – in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, ahead of Katapathar and Vikasnagar – to understand the mythology of Lord Balarama and the future homestay potential of the village settlement
Ramgarh and its Apple Orchards
Trips to Ramgarh (Nainital district), Harsil (Uttarakashi district) and Narkanda, Thanedar, Theog and Rampur (in Himachal Pradesh) to understand the future homestay potential in the apple producing belt.
Dwarahat and its Katyuri Temples
A trip to Dwarahat – in Almora district of Uttarakhand –to study and document the temple architecture and vernacular architecture and check out the future homestay potential of the region
Pangot on the fringes of Corbett National Park
A trip to Pangot in Nainital district of Uttarakhand – close to the Jim Corbett National Park – to understand the future homestay potential of the location.
Kartik Swami Temple in Rudraprayag
A trip to Kartik Swami Temple, Rudraprayag in Uttrakhand, ahead of Kanakchauri – to study and document the temple architecture and vernacular architecture of the region. The visit was also aimed at evaluating the future homestay potential in the region.
Kasar Devi in Almora
A trip to Kasar Devi (in Almora district of Uttarakhand) – to study the heritage value and vernacular architecture. With a good amount of foreign tourists coming to Kasar Devi and Almora, an objective of the visit was to evaluate the future homestay value of existing homestays and also understand the future homestay potential of the region.
Nag Tibba and The Goat Village
A trek to Nag Tibba (near Pantwari ahead of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand) – for renovation and room additions for The Goat Village Resort, Nag Tibba. In many subsequent visits, detailed evaluation of the future homestay value of existing homestays and future homestay potential of the Barkot-Pantwari region have been conducted.
Mount Abbott in Champawat
A trip to Mount Abbott (in Champawat district of Uttarakhand) – This trip was made for a much needed respite from the heat of the plains of Delhi across a 3 day weekend.
Christmas in the Himalayas
Christmas trips to the Himalayas – Mussoorie and Nainital in Uttarakahand, Shimla and Manali in Himachal Pradesh, Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir – These were my winter vacation trips in my school days to the Himalayas.
Bedni Bugyal and the Nanda Devi Raj Jat
A trek to Bedni Bugyal via Haridwar and Karnaprayag and Nauti village for the Nanda Devi Raj Jat festival – This was a personal trip but one which was high on heritage, customs and culture. Homestays in the region were checked out for their future homestay value.
My Travel Blogs: My trips to the Himalayas – Joshimath Glacier Burst; My Homestay Architecture Blog : Pahadi Ghar Homestays; My Home Renovation Blog : A Case of Home Renovation and Remodeling; My Landscape Architecture Blogs : The balancing roles of a Landscape Architect – The Science of Garden Design; Buransh, Buranskhanda and Burans Mahotsav-Rhododendron Arboreum in Uttarakhand Himalayas
Sriparna Saha is based out Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. As an architect, she works on a variety of projects in the Himalayan region.
Along with travel, she got into the habit of writing early-on and that has continued even today.
Architect Sriparna Saha – Detailed Profile