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After a couple of dormant years, I am trying to update the trips / treks which are not yet documented and I am struggling to catch up. Same for GBs of photos which I have in my hard disk! In the last few months I have managed to finish a few long pending trek / trip logs and hoping to continue atleast this pace. Thanks to all those who follow this site and give me valuable suggestions and encouragement. Its been a privilege to know that people are actually using the information in this site. I hope to keep the contents up to date and useful!

Even with Facebook making the "page" concept irrelevant, I am continuing to post links and pictures in my Facebook page to use it a repository. If you are active on Facebook, please like Sandeep 's World @ Facebook and follow the updates. I am also leaving the 'Like' button and comment option on individual pages, hoping to use it as a popularity indicator. But, please note that I dont get any notification with this, unless tagged explicitly.

I have also re-launched Thru' the Lens as an album cum photo blog. Hoping to post more frequently there.

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After almost a two year delay, I managed to complete the log for the bike trip to Kanthaloor & Munnar. I was planning a trek to Chokramudi near Munnar and it made sense to take the Avenger out after a while and take a detour to visit the sugar cane fields and fruit gardens of Kanthaloor.

A trek to Antharagange turned out to be a lot more interesting than I originally anticipated. The first visit was meant to be a family picnic with some cave exploration thrown in, but we failed to reach the peak. In the second visit, I managed to reach the pool hill which is probably the water cache for the entire hills and the source of water at the caves. The peak was covered with huge boulders and thorny bushes all around - so I had to abort and come back after a memorable solo exploration.

Kurinjal was everything I wanted from a monsoon trek. A lot of greenery, lovely streams, misty mornings, but clear views at the peak and effortless trekking in a light drizzle - we stayed at the beautiful Bhagavathi nature camp for a trek to Kurinjal, before visiting the wilderness of Gangamoola and the voluminous Hanuman Gundi falls the next day.

Amazing would be an understatement to describe our Lohjang - Didna - Ali & Bedini Bugyal - Pathar Nachuni - Roopkund - Wan trek. Beautiful vistas - from rivers and water falls to forests to grasslands and snow capped mountains, experiences - from hot and sunny to rain and snow fall, altitude changing from ~2350m to ~4830m, legends, adventure - Roopkund had it all!

Continuing with the documentation of a China Trip I did in 2014 - updated Trips to Beijing page with pictures from this trip and followed that with adding Weekend @ Xian, A Day @ Hangzhou and Weekend @ Shanghai pages.

A re-visit to Agastya Mala - Pongalappara - Athirumala from Bonacaud, turned out to be almost perfect. This time we had three days to do the trek, making it much more relaxed than the last time. But, the real highlight was the breath-taking views from the peak, including the five Anjila Pothigai hills jutting out from the cloud cover.

After very slow progress of documenting a Kashmir trip we did in August 2013, I decided to post the trip log in multiple parts - excited to finally complete it. Part I, which covers Amritsar, Srinagar, Kargil and Sankoo, Part II is Leh, Khardung La and Nubra valley, Part III for Pangong Tso and Part IV, when we travelled to Tso Moriri and Rohtang La, before returning to Chandigarh. In hindsight, we needed a seperate trip and more time dedicated for Srinagar, Zanskar valley - which we had to skip and Nubra valley - where we spent less than a day! Even Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) and Leh town needed more time and a revisit :( Ofcourse, I could spend any number of days at either Pangong Tso or Tso Moriri! Eventually, we were too jaded past Tso Moriri and hardly anything registered!

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