In Nature’s Cradle

A retreat at Nimba Nature Cure, Gujarat, is all about healing the body, mind and soul Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati Welcomed by the breeze, swaying trees and lots of sunshine, this 100-acre retreat turns out to be haven for my tired body and exhausted soul. Located on the Ahmedabad-Mehsana expressway, it promises to be an antidote to the pain around my neck and shoulders. … Continue reading In Nature’s Cradle

Meeting The Tribals In Corbett National Park

Probably one of India’s most famous national parks, Jim Corbett National Park, is home to many species of flora and fauna. All of us might not spot the magnificent big cat, but the forest offers many more exciting experiences. Picture courtesy: Google This was one of my most thrilling journeys. I had been invited to review the huge Ford Endeavour. And it was going to … Continue reading Meeting The Tribals In Corbett National Park

Kerosene lamps under which Norah Richards wrote, Andretta, Himachal Pradesh, India

Artistic Andretta

Where the arts flourished, the village of Andretta in Kangra is the place to become one with Nature. Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati A signboard says ‘theatre’. The mud structure has no seats, no huge hall, no café, no ticket counter, no sound and light systems. Surrounded by a garden, this theatre is in the estate where theatre artiste Norah Richards lived. On another side is … Continue reading Artistic Andretta

The Call Of The Hills: Marigold Sarovar Portico, Mashobra

Shimla is  Delhi’s crowded cousin. Once the summer capital of the British, it is now choc-a-block with cars and noise. For those who still dream of a clean, green holiday in the hills, the nearby villages promise a happy vacation. Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati I experienced one at this modern yet quaint hotel. Sloping roofs and colourful flowers line its driveway. Nothing ostentatious, just … Continue reading The Call Of The Hills: Marigold Sarovar Portico, Mashobra

Meditating on the ghat, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Soul Searching In Rishikesh  

Among the more famous pilgrim towns in India, it is also known as the yoga capital of the world. Every March, it comes alive with sessions and workshops by eminent yoga practitioners and other healers. Words: Ambica Gulati My tryst with Rishikesh started in 1999. It was my first visit to an ashram. I had started to work with a magazine called Life Positive and I … Continue reading Soul Searching In Rishikesh  

Tribal couple, Gada Kalewa, Mahunt Ghasidas Museum, Raipur, India

Chhattisgarh Beyond Bastar

Dotted with water bodies and swamped in greenery, the 18-year-old state hosted the annual classical dance and music extravaganza—Chakradhar Samaroh—in the little town of Raigarh. The virgin green trails and slow pace added to the charm. Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati Ducks waddled, white lotus swayed in the pond, children did some muscle movement on the swings, women bathed and prayers rang in the air—the … Continue reading Chhattisgarh Beyond Bastar

Camel cart ride, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

Prayers Amid Camels & Roses

The little town of Pushkar, with its annual camel fair and the only Brahma temple in the world, is laced with folklore and mythology BY AMBICA GULATI ON OCTOBER 11, 2018 Sand dunes stretch into the infinite sky as the sun lowers into the Aravalli ranges. The camel cart sways through the narrow alleys. The decked up camel, colourful cart with its little tinkling bells, … Continue reading Prayers Amid Camels & Roses