After a 6 hour train ride from Mussoorie to Delhi, we hopped on another train to Agra! This one was much quicker, only 1.5 hours. And BOY did I not miss the heat of Delhi/Agra. It felt even more oppressive and heavy than before, and I guess I had completely forgotten how intense it was. But … More Agra

Sunrise Hike

Woke up at 2:30 AM for this hike… We were so exhausted, and considered bailing, but the sky was clear enough to see the stars and the full moon, so we decided to go for it. After a windy, hour long drive up higher into the mountains, we got off at the start of a … More Sunrise Hike

GEMS Sainji School

The bus ride to this school was insane– even more windy and treacherous than the one to Mussoorie, if that’s even possible. We cut through the surrounding mountains, switching back and forth around sharp corners, going further and further down, narrowly avoiding swerving buses and trucks. I was sitting on the edge seat of the … More GEMS Sainji School


From the Hanifl Center we have been able to go on a number of hikes to surrounding villages and parks. Our first hike was to Flag Hill which is located in the Jabarkhet Nature Reserve. It was a quick hike to the top of a small mountain, but very steep. The top of the mountain was … More Hikes

Hanifl Center

Our new home!! We are staying at the Hanifl Center in the town of Mussoorie, a quite large city of about 30,000 people in the foothills of the Himalayas. The drive here was treacherous. We had to get out of our bus and into 3 SUVs because the road was so steep, windy, and narrow that … More Hanifl Center