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Kangra Fort

Kangra Fort

The day was overcast and gray with splatters of raindrops now and then on the windscreen. I drove about 20 kms from Dharamshala to reach Kangra town and headed up towards the Kangra fort which is also known as Nagarkot or Kotkangra. The Kangra fort was built by the royal family of Kangra – the Katoch dynasty and […]

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) […]

Rani Nallah a problem when headed to Rohtang Pass

Rani Nallah a problem when headed to Rohtang Pass

Rani Nallah, like previous year has remained a major bottleneck when traveling to Rohtang Pass in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Rani Nallah is situated 6 km before the Rohtang Pass and has become a major irritant for tourists and travelers while reaching the Rohtang Pass due to bad road condition. The area has become a constant […]

Kasauli, Shimla, Narkanda: A memorable trip

Kasauli, Shimla, Narkanda: A memorable trip

It was a usual Mumbai morning – as always. It was the usual Mumbai traffic jam – as always. It was the usual boring feeling going to office – as always. It was a call from dad – not as always! He proposed a trip to Chandigarh & Narkanda – not as always!! I felt […]

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 […]

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, […]

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