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Masroor Rock Temples – Himachal Pradesh

Masroor Rock Temples – Himachal Pradesh

Masroor Monolithic Rock cut temples, dating back to the 8th century is a little known world heritage site. The day was heavily overcast when I set off for Masroor, about 40 kms from Kangra on the Nagrota Suriyan Link road.  The road to the temples is in pretty good condition ; espied several green signboards (ASI) […]

Trek into Great Himalayan National Park

Trek into Great Himalayan National Park

As planned, we trekked and camped in the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), following the river Tirthan upstream into the park for about 15kms and back, over 4 nights and 5 days. Our porters, camping equipment and food were arranged by Raju’s Guesthouse, which meant that all we had to do was tag along. And […]

Raju Guest House in Tirthan Valley

Raju Guest House in Tirthan Valley

Himachal’s Tirthan Valley is home to the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), which was high on our must-visit list. While planning our route earlier on, we thought that it would make sense to visit this part of the state whenever we get to Kullu, as it would be closer from there. From Narkanda, the plan […]

In the heart of apple country – Thanedhar

In the heart of apple country – Thanedhar

About 18kms northeast of Narkanda is the little village of Thanedar. Situated just off the old Hindustan-Tibet road, it is where the apple-farming revolution, if you can call it that, originated. The British had introduced cooking apples in India in the late 19th century but these were not sweet and therefore not coveted by the […]

HPTDC Giri Ganga Resort Khara Pathar

HPTDC Giri Ganga Resort Khara Pathar

We really enjoyed our stay at the HPTDC hotel in Chail and the ones in the other towns looked good too. So when we saw that Khara Pathar had one, we didn’t think twice before booking our stay there while visiting the Giri Ganga, 6 km from the resort. And we weren’t disappointed at all! […]

Disappointing trip to Kufri near Shimla

Disappointing trip to Kufri near Shimla

Kufri near Shimla, over the years, is a must- visit place for tourists coming to Shimla. This tourist season again lakhs of tourists will be visiting the place with much anticipation. After all, every travel operator and taxiwalla refers this place to one and all who visit Shimla. A quick search on Internet suggests that […]

The bedazzlement: Mandi and Prashar Lake

The bedazzlement: Mandi and Prashar Lake

Here is the first part of my trip report of the Mandi – Kullu – Manikaran – Kasol – Manali trip. The journey began on the night of  Friday the 28th when I got a call from my cousins asking me to pack my bags to Kullu for the Kullu Dusherra the next morning. It […]

Manali Travelogue

Manali Travelogue

We went to Chakki benk from Pune and picked up a taxi booked through the Himachal taxi union. The journey till Kangra was through some low, brown yet impressive hills with many dry rocky beds passing by. After Kangra we came across some very good views of snow capped peaks; sometimes they would come very […]

Chandratal Lake

Chandratal Lake

Chandra Tal Lake is situated at a height of 4300 m and 6 km away from the Kunzum Pass in Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Boasting of a circumference of about 2.5 km, the deep blue-water of Chandra Tal Lake is the source of the Chandra river. I had just come back […]

Hotel Iceland Manali

Hotel Iceland Manali

If the idea of looking out of hotel window and seeing the meandering Beas river  or snow-capped mountains, or pine forests, or lush green valleys excites you, Iceland Hotel is the ideal address near Manali. Hotel Iceland is located in the picturesque village of Solang at an altitude of 8500 feet. Iceland is just a […]

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Pathetic Hygiene issues at Himachal Roadways Food Stop

A video on social media has gone viral over pathetic condition of a dhaba, food joint, where Himachal Roadways (HRTC) buses stop for dinner when plying between Delhi and various tourists towns of Himachal Pradesh. Irony is that these food joints are approved by Himachal Roadways top management. After repeated complaints from the people about […]

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