Pangna fort in Karsog valley of Mandi region in Himachal Pradesh, India - by Karan K Gupta

History associated with Hill states has always fascinated me. Sometimes I feel so grateful to almighty god for blessing me and granting me a life so peaceful in the lap of Himalayas, the place where I belong to and my parents who brought me up so well that I am able to write the below . As it is a sensitive topic,  which I would express, as told to me by elderly people of my family and temple priest of Pangna Fort. I request that kindly correct me if you find any wrong information. I would be taking it down. No harm intended.

Photo-Editing Tips & Tricks - Black-Magic of Lightroom || Making best use of 'BLACKS' in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom


Do you also like blacks in your photographs like me? Today I thought of sharing very basic things I do in photographs having high contrast due to direct sunlight on main subject and dull/dark background. Most of the light conditions don't allow you do achieve pure black in the background, so you need to handle it in softwares like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Follow below mentioned steps to achieve pure blacks in your photographs to make your main subject pop out in the frame.

How to Resize a Photograph in Pixels instead of Inches, Precent, CMs, MMs, Points, Picas and Columns?

This is very common thing to re-size a photographs in pixels, but this is a common query which is asked on forums or blogs. When we open a photograph in Adobe Photoshop Elements and launch Image Resize options through Image Menu, we see pixel information disabled and resizing options are presented in Inches, Precent, CMs, MMs, Points, picas and Columns but not pixels. Does this sounds odd to you?

I love Photomail in Adobe Photoshop Elements : Best way of quickly sharing your Photographs with Friends in interesting way

In my opinion its very bad way of sharing photographs through attaching jpg files with an email and other sharing methods are not very quick... Photomail is the solution for Photographers like me who want to share the photographs through an interesting mail in nice background template... Lets know more about how can we send a Photomail...

STEP-1: Select Photographs in Organizer Photo-Well which are to be shared and go to SHARE Pane

I love Photomail in Adobe Photoshop Elements : Best way of quickly sharing your Photograpsh with Friends in interesting way: Posted by Ripple (VJ)  : I Love Photomail in Adobe Photoshop Elements...In my opinion its very bad way of sharing photographs through attaching jpg files with an email and other sharing methods are not very quick... Photomail is the solution for Photographers like me who want to share the photographs through an interesting mail in nice background template... Lets know more about how can we send a Photomail...STEP-1: Select Photographs in Organizer Photo-Well which are to be shared and go to SHARE Pane


Fresh snowfall makes Manali town more beautiful and attracts more tourists

Recently Neha visited Manali, when seasons first snowfall happened. This Photo Journey shares some of the beautiful photographs of Manali town with white sheet all around. Manali town looks beautiful after fresh snowfall and that's when one can enjoy the snow in best way. Fresh snowfall makes a place beautiful and after a while the same snow creates mess, if not handled properly. Whenever Kullu valley gets snowfall, many of the tourists from Delhi, Chandigarh and various parts of Haryana/Punjab start moving towards Manali. Above photograph looks so poetic. Beas river surrounded by snow covered landscapes having symmetrical trees as a background.Usually tourists visit Rohtang Pass to see snow which is usually not that fresh. Fresh snow is always very special. It's fluffy texture makes it special. As it gets old, some part of the snow starts melting and it starts becoming ice which is hard. And after few days, dust starts settling down on this snow and it looks horrible. If you have ever visited Rohtang, you know what I am talking about.   Ten years back snowfall pattern was quite predictable and most of the times, snow used to happen in the month of december. Most of the tourists used to prefer Shimla  and Manali for Christmas or New Year vacations. For last few years, this pattern was broken and hills were getting first snowfall in January or February. Many of the folks associated with Tourism must be very happy this year. Snowfall  in the month of december is definitely a good indicator for a profitable tourist season.Hills around Manali look amazing after snowfall. But at the same time, it restrict you to move around. Most of the basic facilities get disrupted and connecting roads gets blocked. It becomes difficult to go to some of the interesting places like Naggar Castle, Solang Nala, Marhi, Rohtang, Manikaran, Kasol Malana etc. Snowfall in these hill stations is definitely very exciting for tourists, but for local folks it's a temporary fun and suddenly many of the facilities stop working for next few weeks. Electricity cuts become normal and imagine living around snow without electricity. Although folks have figured out right ways to deal with these situations but still not having electricity and water for 6 days is big deal.Thanks Neha for sharing these beautiful photographs from Manali.

Recently Neha visited Manali, when seasons first snowfall happened. This Photo Journey shares some of the beautiful photographs of Manali town with white sheet all around. Manali town looks beautiful after fresh snowfall and that's when one can enjoy the snow in best way. Fresh snowfall makes a place beautiful and after a while the same snow creates mess, if not handled properly. Whenever Kullu valley gets snowfall, many of the tourists from Delhi, Chandigarh and various parts of Haryana/Punjab start moving towards Manali. 

Travelling with kids is more fun and it makes you more responsible traveller & better planner

Travelling solo, or with friends or even with your partner is completely different than travelling with kids. So far I have travelled solo most of the times and recently started travelling with my nephew and niece. This exposed me to different experiences. Here I would be sharing the way things which changes and some of the tips for folks who plan to travel with kids. And I am sure that many of the readers, who have kids, can add to this. Ensure advance and reliable booking - When travelling with kids, it's very important and probably the first step is to plan your travel and stay bookings.  It's very important to plan the booking of comfortable medium to travel and a good place to stay. With kids you can't keep things for the last moment and ad-hoc decision won't flyHave enough time -Whenever travelling with kids, make sure that you have enough time in hand and you are not time bound. Many times, we rush through few things and you would not get that flexibility when kids are accompanying you. They have their own moods and by nature they are curious. So they may want to spend more time at some specific places which you may to skip otherwise :)Well equip your kids - It's very important to have right stuff with you when travelling with kids and that really depends upon the interest areas of your kids. If you equip them well with right things you may explore their new interests and likings. Let them handle your camera and they may surprise you with the kind of clicks they capture. Above photograph shows Nishant (my nephew) who always carries his binoculars as he loves finding birds and seeing them doing various activities. While travelling, he loves keeping a tablet or few games with him.Be ready for weather change - Most of the time, we plan our trips w.r.t. current weather at the place and I have learned it from experience that we should never underestimate the changes that may occur and distrupt your whole trip.Games, books or a tab while traveling - When you have kids with you, one needs to be extra energetic. Although you can keep some games, toys, tablet with interesting apps on it, books but be ready some instant plans. Above photograph was shot in an apple orchard for which we had trek a bit and most of us were concerned if we should do it with Nishant or not. Most of the times we try skip such activities but surprise them some time and believe me it's fun, if done carefully.Better hygiene is a must -While travelling, staying or eating we need to take appropriate precautions. So it's always recommended to keep bacterial wipes, sanitizers and bottled water with you. Also keep some water for hand wash on the way. These are very small things which make your life much easier.Keep appropriate medicine and first-aid -As a practice, as a traveller we should always keep a first aid box with us but it becomes more important when you have kids travelling with you. Ensure that all important medicines are with you, especially when you are travelling to some remote areas. If your kids having some medication, always consult your doctor for appropriate precautions and other stuff you should carry to avoid any unknowns.Decide itinerary and place to stay, which is you kid friendly -The place to stay should be fun and comfortable. The bar becomes high in terms of quality as well. When we travel solo or with friends, many times there is a tendency to compromise on place to stay because we see it as a place to spend nights. With that's completely opposite when you are with kids. Kids may want to spend more time in the resort or hotel you are choosing, so you would want to choose a place which has sufficient arrangements for your kid. Apart from the place to stay, we also need to be careful about the itinerary and it should match with your kids preferences.  Try to move out of your comfort zone -These days our kids are not exposed to many of the experiences which we had in our childhood. Travel is the best time to expose them to something different and let them experience things they had never done or thought before. This also helps them learn a lot. Like using public transport can be a completely different experience for your kid, especially in India :). Trekking to different place. Take them to local villages or fairs happening around. Big cities don't expose the kids to such experiences. Encourage your kids to set some challenging goals to add more fun to your trips. And all this definitely needs some creativity on your part. The idea is to keep them engaged with something which has fun and learning.Club Mahindra Teddy Travelogues encouraged me to write this post today.Travelling with kids is a very special experience and this also leads you to think differently & enjoy your trips. Many times you also start feeling that some kid should be part of your trip. While writing this post, I realized that many of us become very good planners and do our travelling/exploration in a disciplined way. Isn't that amazing.Please feel free to share your inputs through comments. Also share that how kids make your trips special for you.

Travelling solo, or with friends or even with your partner is completely different than travelling with kids. So far I have travelled solo most of the times and recently started travelling with my nephew and niece. This exposed me to different experiences. Here I would be sharing the way things which changes and some of the tips for folks who plan to travel with kids. And I am sure that many of the readers, who have kids, can add to this. Ensure advance and reliable booking - When travelling with kids, it's very important and probably the first step is to plan your travel and stay bookings.  It's very important to plan the booking of comfortable medium to travel and a good place to stay. With kids you can't keep things for the last moment and ad-hoc decision won't flyHave enough time -Whenever travelling with kids, make sure that you have enough time in hand and you are not time bound. Many times, we rush through few things and you would not get that flexibility when kids are accompanying you. They have their own moods and by nature they are curious. So they may want to spend more time at some specific places which you may to skip otherwise :)Well equip your kids - It's very important to have right stuff with you when travelling with kids and that really depends upon the interest areas of your kids. If you equip them well with right things you may explore their new interests and likings. Let them handle your camera and they may surprise you with the kind of clicks they capture. Above photograph shows Nishant (my nephew) who always carries his binoculars as he loves finding birds and seeing them doing various activities. While travelling, he loves keeping a tablet or few games with him.Be ready for weather change - Most of the time, we plan our trips w.r.t. current weather at the place and I have learned it from experience that we should never underestimate the changes that may occur and distrupt your whole trip.Games, books or a tab while traveling - When you have kids with you, one needs to be extra energetic. Although you can keep some games, toys, tablet with interesting apps on it, books but be ready some instant plans. Above photograph was shot in an apple orchard for which we had trek a bit and most of us were concerned if we should do it with Nishant or not. Most of the times we try skip such activities but surprise them some time and believe me it's fun, if done carefully.Better hygiene is a must -While travelling, staying or eating we need to take appropriate precautions. So it's always recommended to keep bacterial wipes, sanitizers and bottled water with you. Also keep some water for hand wash on the way. These are very small things which make your life much easier.Keep appropriate medicine and first-aid -As a practice, as a traveller we should always keep a first aid box with us but it becomes more important when you have kids travelling with you. Ensure that all important medicines are with you, especially when you are travelling to some remote areas. If your kids having some medication, always consult your doctor for appropriate precautions and other stuff you should carry to avoid any unknowns.Decide itinerary and place to stay, which is you kid friendly -The place to stay should be fun and comfortable. The bar becomes high in terms of quality as well. When we travel solo or with friends, many times there is a tendency to compromise on place to stay because we see it as a place to spend nights. With that's completely opposite when you are with kids. Kids may want to spend more time in the resort or hotel you are choosing, so you would want to choose a place which has sufficient arrangements for your kid. Apart from the place to stay, we also need to be careful about the itinerary and it should match with your kids preferences.  Try to move out of your comfort zone -These days our kids are not exposed to many of the experiences which we had in our childhood. Travel is the best time to expose them to something different and let them experience things they had never done or thought before. This also helps them learn a lot. Like using public transport can be a completely different experience for your kid, especially in India :). Trekking to different place. Take them to local villages or fairs happening around. Big cities don't expose the kids to such experiences. Encourage your kids to set some challenging goals to add more fun to your trips. And all this definitely needs some creativity on your part. The idea is to keep them engaged with something which has fun and learning.Club Mahindra Teddy Travelogues encouraged me to write this post today.Travelling with kids is a very special experience and this also leads you to think differently & enjoy your trips. Many times you also start feeling that some kid should be part of your trip. While writing this post, I realized that many of us become very good planners and do our travelling/exploration in a disciplined way. Isn't that amazing.Please feel free to share your inputs through comments. Also share that how kids make your trips special for you.


Travelling solo, or with friends or even with your partner is completely different than travelling with kids. So far I have travelled solo most of the times and recently started travelling with my nephew and niece. This exposed me to different experiences. Here I would be sharing the way things which changes and some of the tips for folks who plan to travel with kids. And I am sure that many of the readers, who have kids, can add to this.

Folk dancers from Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh - Kullvi Nati


Himalayan State of India has various forms of folks dance. They vary from one region of Himachal to another. As an example the dance forms of Kullu valley is different from Kinnaur and Shimla. We met this group on our way to Rohtang pass. This is a 8 years old photograph which I found in my old Hard-drive and thought of sharing today.

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