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Five stunning off-beat places in Himachal Pradesh

Five stunning off-beat places in Himachal Pradesh

Recently a friend from Himachal Pradesh wrote on Facebook- Is there any Himachali who lives outside and doesn’t miss Himachal Pradesh? I wrote back saying there are non-Himachali’s who also miss Himachal Pradesh, I like the state that much. It has been almost a year since my last visit and plans are to go back […]

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 […]

Saroga forest nature walk at Thanedhar

Saroga forest nature walk at Thanedhar

On most days, Thakur Saheb, the amiable host of Banjara’s Orchard Retreat (Thanedar), takes his guests on a nature walk through the Saroga Forest. On the way to Saroga Forest Background: Vaibhav, Mahima, and Thakur Saheb This walk is highly recommended since he helps you identify the local flora and when things get too “botany”, […]

Giri Ganga

Giri Ganga

When we started out from Shimla, our aim was to explore the Pabbar valley, which is in Himachal’s southeast corner. The little village of Khara Pathar falls on the way and therefore became our first stop. It is located quite scenically in a forest of Deodar trees and apple orchards at a height of about […]

Tibetian New Year Losar in Himachal

Tibetian New Year Losar in Himachal

Losar, the Tibetian New Year was celebrated in Himachal Pradesh in Dharamshala on February 14, 2010. On the traditional Tibetan calendar it was 2136 being bid a fond farewell and 2137 being greeted. The Tibetan calendar is based on a lunar cycle of 60 years. It consists of 12 animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, […]

Glorious Jalori: A Ride to Remember

“Where are you from?” asked the unassuming Bong in a pink half sweater. However disappointed I was with him, I had to answer, “From Delhi”. “Delhi to Jalori Pass on a bike?” pink half sweater couldn’t believe what he heard and gathered all his sweatered and mufflered family members to witness the wonder that I […]

Karsog

A long weekend looms in Shimla. It’s best to leave the town to the invaders: increasingly numerous, sometimes dirty, badly behaved tourists. How many houses and streets does it take before a town begins to be called a town? How many mazes of little streets and meeting squares, old houses and new? How many feet, […]

Thanedhar – A story of Stokes legacy

Enjoying an apple after a nice lunch on a Sunday afternoon at Banjara Retreat Thanedhar, I wondered how many people in India know the wonderful journey of apples, all the way from North America to India. The first apple tree in this country was planted by Capt. R.C. Lee of the British army in the […]

Tree House Cottages, Manali

Tree House Cottages, Manali

An ideal homestay near Manali, Tree House and Cottages have an unique USP. One of the cottage is atop an oak tree surrounded by orchards and green fields. This quaint cottage is located at Katrain, 19 km before Manali on the main National Highway leading to Manali. The cottage offers a great view of the […]

Shelapani

Shelapani

When I first saw pictures of this beautiful spot, I was spell bound! Shelapani is situated in Shimla hills. A 3 hour drive from Shimla takes you somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Shelapani is suitably complimented with snow clad peaks, green hills, a river, pine forest and Apple orchards. This place is the ultimate […]

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Holiday Cottages & Resort Manali

Holiday Cottages over the years have become synonym to a perfect gateway for a refreshing and enjoyable holiday in Manali. The property initially started with 4 Cottages is now a 45 room Resort and has been suitably renamed as Holiday Cottages and Resort. The resort offers superb views of the snow clad mountains and the valley probably […]

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