Lokesh Ohri

Revive foot pilgrimage routes in the Himalayas

HILLBILLY Uttarakhand is almost two decades old. During this period, there have been more losses than gains. Let us, for a moment, consider the state’s immense potential for tourism development. Today, we are gloating over the fact that despite a major disaster in 2013, a record number of people are visiting sacred sites like Kedarnath. Even though these visitors...

The glacier that gives life to Ganga is disappearing

—————GUEST COLUMN————— Hillbilly On a recent trek to the mouth of the Ganga, one was surprised to see markings all along that indicated how the glacier has been receding over the years. It was shocking that despite scientific evidence that the glacier has indeed been receding over the century, very little is being done to mitigate the damage.   On...

Pilgrimage Values in Tourism

Hillbilly Amongst the news of landslides on yatra routes, traffic jams and highway rowdyism that we have been hearing in the recent past, came the shocking revelation that only three, yes three, tourists visited the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve this summer season. No surprises that none of them were indigenous visitors. Compare this statistic to the more than 1.5...

A billion stars holiday

HILLBILLY “Must we in the future, in order to get on, run twice as fast as before…? Shouldn’t we instead take the foot off the accelerator if we want to win the race?” J Krippendorf, The Holiday Makers A city-dweller trekking in the mountains arrives at a village after a hard days’ climb. He is interested in knowing the...

Paintings from the Garhwal School

HILLBILLY         Lokesh Ohri The recent passing away of BP Kamboj, a consummate artist and photographer and a chronicler of the Garhwal school of painting has largely gone unnoticed in the media and also amongst various art groups active in the state. Kamboj, and before him Barrister Mukandi Lal were the greatest chroniclers of this art form. ...

Looking for Rusty’s trees in Dehra

HILL-BILLY Just imagine having to leave home and starting a life in the Bazaars of Dehradun as a teenager. Now imagine doing all of this in the 1950s. Well, author Ruskin Bond did all this and more in the once quaint valley of Dehradun. Ruskin writes fondly about the Dehra of the 1950s and 1960s, the sleepy town with...

WILSON, OF THE MOUNTAINS , Uttarakhand

HILLBILLY Monday, 24 September 2018 | Lokesh Ohri |in Guest Column Fredrick ‘Pahadi’ Wilson was a man of the mountains. A soldier of fortune, after deserting the British armies, he sought refuge in the mountains of Uttarkashi – Uttarakhand. There he began his business of lumbering, supplying the timber-hungry railway industry with the Himalayan woods. Wilson would soon acquire the...

HILLBILLY: THE MADMAN’S TRAIL

How about walking through a part of heaven that inspired a million eccentricities? Rambling up the eastern edge of Almora town in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand is a maddening yet romantic trail that could only be described as, believe it or not-Crank’s Ridge. In the world of art, rebellion often becomes mainstream when humans meet nature, as witnessed...

HillBilly-TOURISM OR TRASH?

“People say you need to think out of the box, and so on. That’s superficial advice. What you really need is to interact with people who see the world differently than you do, and take the time to occasionally see through their eyes.” Bruce Kasanoff Uttarakhand is a Himalayan State, located in close proximity to globally connected cities like...

HILLBILLY-DISNEYFYING KEDARNATH

Recently, we have seen disturbing visuals of a minister’s confrontation with women from a remote village in Garhwal, protesting against the felling of trees, in his own constituency. The mountains are once again seething with anger at the destructive development being unleashed by a double engine government. To understand what’s happening, we need to go back in time. The...