Travel Writer and Photographer

Freelancer specialising in Offbeat and Adventure Travel Features. All stories carry images taken by me. Photography Portfolio link above.

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Travel + Leisure

Munsiyari's elusive Himalayan Charms - Travel+Leisure India & South Asia

Situated at the edge of Johar valley, along the ancient Indo-tibetan salt route, Munsiyari is as remote as it is alluring.

By Neelima Vallangi

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BBC - Travel - India's forgotten African tribe

An African-origin ethnic tribe of about 20,000 people has been living in near total obscurity in India for centuries.

By Neelima Vallangi

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BBC - Travel - The abandoned mansions of billionaires

While most of Shekhawati’s havelis have crumbled and remain abandoned, a small window into the world of these painted mansions is being preserved.
By Neelima Vallangi

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BBC - Travel - A frozen highway to an ancient kingdom

In the summer, the Zanskar River runs wild between the deep canyons of the Himalayas. In the winter, it becomes a road of ice – and the only escape.
By Neelima Vallangi

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National Geographic

Himachal Pradesh's Hidden Valley - National Geographic Traveller India

Low-key Banjar Valley Brims With Possibilities | Text & Photographs By Neelima Vallangi

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Travel + Leisure

Bhutan: A Slice of Heaven - Travel + Leisure India & South Asia

Bhutan is a land of the thunder dragon and shakyamuni Buddha. it is the himalayan kingdom where every curve of the road leads one to a new legend, Buddhist monastery, and centuries-old practices. By Neelima Vallangi

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A River Runs Through it - Travel + Leisure India & South Asia

Neelima Vallangi stumbles upon a pristine jewel of a destination, remote, untouched and beautiful—you could call Mechuka, the Ladakh of the east.

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National Geographic

Wild Things: Walking With Pythons And Rhinos - National Geographic Traveller India

A city slicker lets her guard down in the jungles of Nepal's Chitwan National Park.

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The India you never see: Photographer captures incredible images of India | Daily Mail

India is often associated with crowds and temples but there are also plenty of stunning natural landscapes.

Photographer Neelima Vallangi travelled around the country, hiking to the remotest parts to discover its gems.

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Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark: A social experiment - Livemint

Christiania is a hippie idyll in the heart of Denmark’s prim and proper capital.

Photo Essay by Neelima Vallangi

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BBC - Travel - Hunting the blue Yeti of Bhutan

Once thought to be a Himalayan myth, Bhutan’s national flower is a once-in-a-lifetime find.

By Neelima Vallangi

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BBC - Travel - India's mysterious glowing forests

During monsoon season, the rain-drenched jungles of the Western Ghats can give off an eerie glow, allowing a rare glimpse into one of nature’s spectacular eccentricities.

By Neelima Vallangi

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BBC - Travel - India's amazing living root bridges

In order to cross swollen rivers in the country’s Meghalaya region, villagers devised a clever solution – weaving tree roots into sturdy, living structures.

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BBC - Travel - A 500-year-old mummy – with teeth

A trek in the Indian Himalayas reveals the eerie and ancient tradition of self-mummification.

By Neelima Vallangi

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National Geographic

The Kids Are All Right - National Geographic Traveller India

Get Your Kids Outdoors With These 5 Treks Across India | Explore Kerala, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Sikkim on foot with the young 'uns.