Dharam Khoday


Dharam Khoday

Am a real travel junkie ! Never get tired of travelling and exploring new places.

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix-Mont-Blanc September 29th 2019

A casual conversation with few office colleagues on the highest point in Europe piqued my interest on Mont Blanc. My colleagues were Austrians and Swiss and each was taking credit of their country having the highest point in Europe. Unfortunately for them, Mont Blanc is the highest point only in Western Europe and is top of the Alps. And it is in France on the border with Italy. As an aside, the highest point in Europe is in Russia/Georgia. When we had few more days of travel on the Interrail pass, we were wondering which place we should visit. We had done Swiss/Italy in summer in August and this was mid-September. We were looking for a different terrain and suddenly I remembered Mont Blanc. We thought it would be full of snow and less crowded as ... read more

Europe » Italy August 4th 2019

Just returned from an incredible trip to Switzerland and Italy. Trip that seemed impossible due to doing it at short notice and that too first time with kids and in peak summer! Anyways went ahead with hardly 2 weeks planning. First booking hotels that were available and then deciding on the itinerary. EU rail pass came in handy to provide some flexibility and not enforcing a firm schedule. Once hotels and tickets booked, a rough itinerary after finding distances between the cities, what to cover, who might like what, expected weather etc. etc. - an algorithm that even AI analytics can’t help with ! Oh did I mention, coincidently Kavita and I celebrated our 10th anniversary during this visit! Bern was the base location in Switzerland and all day trips undertaken from there. Bern itself is ... read more

Black Forest (Schwarzwald in German) conjures up images of fairy tales and stories of princes, princesses, ogres, mountains, rivers, mists and tall trees. Our trip was all of this except for the ogres ! This was our first proper vacation within Germany (before this we had done day trips to Cologne and Russelsheim) and undertaken during Easter break. Again a hurriedly planned trip at last minute. Kids were of course excited to be on the ICE DB train and they were further elated to get gifts from DB in the train (miniature DB trains, puzzles, drawings etc). Our pitstop was dependent on where we got hotel bookings. We were in luck to get a booking at the Roserhof guesthouse in Gengenbach. The owner Janina was very helpful and more importantly English speaking ! Gengenbach is a ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 25th 2008

Paris is timeless ! I was visiting it after 10 years and nothing seem to have changed about the city. But I was very moved when I visited it this time and was very glad that I got a chance to visit this city again. I introspected a bit during my stay as to why I felt so. 10 years ago, I had first visited this city and instantly fell in love with it. It made feel completely at home for the 6 months that I stayed here. It didn’t matter that I couldn’t speak French. People were friendly and willing to help especially when I used a few French words to start a conversation. On most occasions it was limited to ‘Vous parle anglais ?’ ! It also helped that all the types of public ... read more
Eiffel from Seine
Top of Notre Dame
Roadside artists !

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir October 3rd 2007

To start off with… First of all, JULEY Well, that’s ‘Welcome’ in Ladakhi. Actually it can be any greeting - hi , bye, good morning, evening, anything really ! BTW La-Dakh means ‘Land of Passes’. Ladakh is a desert mountain with arid terrain in summer and snow during rest of the year. You will find some green or yellow patches of shrubs only in the valleys probably along with some beautiful flowers. The idea for the Ladakh trip was proposed by Nilesh in Dec’06 and I was game for the same, though I was much clueless as to what I was getting into. He was going to do it on his bike and I on a hired Qualis, along with a bunch of guys mostly from Delhi. For much of the 9 months since the idea ... read more
Gaata loops
A beautiful mountain range at Pang
Tanglang La

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