The Call of the Mountains

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a timecapsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people. On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typical hill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and  even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff of the air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee, and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into another world altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama is
palpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to the Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes you want to stay on just for a little while more.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes
you want to stay on just for a little while more.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest near Forsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestones while walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of the souls.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed. Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping below zero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,
by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day with yourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world, Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there. It took just 2 hours from Shimla Town...
Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there and it took just 2 hours from Shimla Town.After a pleasant drive through other villages we reached this viallge with green fields all around and colorful houses. We trekked around some hills in this village and met various people from this locality. Everyone in the group was young and had good energy to roam around for more exploration. Weather was also very supportive.There were some old houses in the village and some of the families are still using traditional chulha for cooking food. In these days of high-inflation, firewood is no doubt a good fuel to cook food... Above photograph shows typical chimney used in these houses... House-roof you see in above photographs is made up of small slates created out of very strong rocks, which are usually found on hills which get frequent snow...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other..Meeting different people, knowing their viewpoint is really an awesome experience for people like us living in big cities and running for some something which can't define peace. At times, these conversations compel us to think the difference in thoughts, living-style, peace-of-mind in same country. In fact, 10 years back people were leaving these villages to get involved in global race and time has come when some of them have realized that rural India can also be a another good option to spend rest of the life. During our visits, we see many educated folks in rural India working on some unique ideas and impacting whole world...Overall, it was a great outing and we enjoyed it a lot. It was sunset time and we had to move back...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other...Palampur is one of my favorite place to live and I visit this place at least thrice in an year. Here I am trying to share some of the photographs shot during latest trip to Palampur. Most of these photographs are shot from moving car, so excuse for bad quality, but I am sure that you will enjoy this Photo Journey around Palampur...Palampur is popular for it's natural beauty and beautiful Tea Gardens all around. Most parts of Palampur town has wonderful view of snow covered Himalayan Ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Above photograph shows tea gardens on both sides of road and this road connects Palampur with Baijnath. Baijnath is a very old town popular for an ancient Shiva TempleHere is a photograph of ladies plucking tea-leaves from gardens. Tea is then made out of these leaves after some processing. Leaves plucked during April are considered as best for tea. Green Tea of Kangra Valley is very popular among Teat Lovers.This Photograph is shot during evening while driving towards Chamunda Devi Temple near Palampur Town. This whole stretch shares wonderful views of snow capped hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This road further goes till Dharmshala/Mcledoganj and a very well maintained road. Generally roads in Himachal are well maintained, at least in Kangra region of the stateAgriculture is main occupation of folks in Himachal and above photograph shows stepped fields shining in front of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges in Kangra region of Himachal PradeshPalampur Town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts... The stretch between Palampur and Dharmshala has most beautiful views of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains



Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a timecapsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people. On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typical hill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and  even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff of the air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee, and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into another world altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama is
palpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to the Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes you want to stay on just for a little while more.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes
you want to stay on just for a little while more.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest near Forsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestones while walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of the souls.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed. Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping below zero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,
by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day with yourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world, Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there. It took just 2 hours from Shimla Town...
Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there and it took just 2 hours from Shimla Town.After a pleasant drive through other villages we reached this viallge with green fields all around and colorful houses. We trekked around some hills in this village and met various people from this locality. Everyone in the group was young and had good energy to roam around for more exploration. Weather was also very supportive.There were some old houses in the village and some of the families are still using traditional chulha for cooking food. In these days of high-inflation, firewood is no doubt a good fuel to cook food... Above photograph shows typical chimney used in these houses... House-roof you see in above photographs is made up of small slates created out of very strong rocks, which are usually found on hills which get frequent snow...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other..Meeting different people, knowing their viewpoint is really an awesome experience for people like us living in big cities and running for some something which can't define peace. At times, these conversations compel us to think the difference in thoughts, living-style, peace-of-mind in same country. In fact, 10 years back people were leaving these villages to get involved in global race and time has come when some of them have realized that rural India can also be a another good option to spend rest of the life. During our visits, we see many educated folks in rural India working on some unique ideas and impacting whole world...Overall, it was a great outing and we enjoyed it a lot. It was sunset time and we had to move back...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other...Palampur is one of my favorite place to live and I visit this place at least thrice in an year. Here I am trying to share some of the photographs shot during latest trip to Palampur. Most of these photographs are shot from moving car, so excuse for bad quality, but I am sure that you will enjoy this Photo Journey around Palampur...Palampur is popular for it's natural beauty and beautiful Tea Gardens all around. Most parts of Palampur town has wonderful view of snow covered Himalayan Ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Above photograph shows tea gardens on both sides of road and this road connects Palampur with Baijnath. Baijnath is a very old town popular for an ancient Shiva TempleHere is a photograph of ladies plucking tea-leaves from gardens. Tea is then made out of these leaves after some processing. Leaves plucked during April are considered as best for tea. Green Tea of Kangra Valley is very popular among Teat Lovers.This Photograph is shot during evening while driving towards Chamunda Devi Temple near Palampur Town. This whole stretch shares wonderful views of snow capped hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This road further goes till Dharmshala/Mcledoganj and a very well maintained road. Generally roads in Himachal are well maintained, at least in Kangra region of the stateAgriculture is main occupation of folks in Himachal and above photograph shows stepped fields shining in front of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges in Kangra region of Himachal PradeshPalampur Town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts... The stretch between Palampur and Dharmshala has most beautiful views of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a timecapsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people. On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typical hill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and  even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff of the air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee, and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into another world altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama is
palpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to the Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes you want to stay on just for a little while more.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes
you want to stay on just for a little while more.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest near Forsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestones while walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of the souls.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed. Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping below zero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,
by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day with yourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world, Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there. It took just 2 hours from Shimla Town...
Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there and it took just 2 hours from Shimla Town.After a pleasant drive through other villages we reached this viallge with green fields all around and colorful houses. We trekked around some hills in this village and met various people from this locality. Everyone in the group was young and had good energy to roam around for more exploration. Weather was also very supportive.There were some old houses in the village and some of the families are still using traditional chulha for cooking food. In these days of high-inflation, firewood is no doubt a good fuel to cook food... Above photograph shows typical chimney used in these houses... House-roof you see in above photographs is made up of small slates created out of very strong rocks, which are usually found on hills which get frequent snow...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other..Meeting different people, knowing their viewpoint is really an awesome experience for people like us living in big cities and running for some something which can't define peace. At times, these conversations compel us to think the difference in thoughts, living-style, peace-of-mind in same country. In fact, 10 years back people were leaving these villages to get involved in global race and time has come when some of them have realized that rural India can also be a another good option to spend rest of the life. During our visits, we see many educated folks in rural India working on some unique ideas and impacting whole world...Overall, it was a great outing and we enjoyed it a lot. It was sunset time and we had to move back...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other...Palampur is one of my favorite place to live and I visit this place at least thrice in an year. Here I am trying to share some of the photographs shot during latest trip to Palampur. Most of these photographs are shot from moving car, so excuse for bad quality, but I am sure that you will enjoy this Photo Journey around Palampur...Palampur is popular for it's natural beauty and beautiful Tea Gardens all around. Most parts of Palampur town has wonderful view of snow covered Himalayan Ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Above photograph shows tea gardens on both sides of road and this road connects Palampur with Baijnath. Baijnath is a very old town popular for an ancient Shiva TempleHere is a photograph of ladies plucking tea-leaves from gardens. Tea is then made out of these leaves after some processing. Leaves plucked during April are considered as best for tea. Green Tea of Kangra Valley is very popular among Teat Lovers.This Photograph is shot during evening while driving towards Chamunda Devi Temple near Palampur Town. This whole stretch shares wonderful views of snow capped hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This road further goes till Dharmshala/Mcledoganj and a very well maintained road. Generally roads in Himachal are well maintained, at least in Kangra region of the stateAgriculture is main occupation of folks in Himachal and above photograph shows stepped fields shining in front of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges in Kangra region of Himachal PradeshPalampur Town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts... The stretch between Palampur and Dharmshala has most beautiful views of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a timecapsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people. On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typical hill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and  even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff of the air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee, and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into another world altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama is
palpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to the Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes you want to stay on just for a little while more.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes
you want to stay on just for a little while more.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest near Forsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestones while walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of the souls.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed. Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping below zero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,
by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day with yourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world, Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there. It took just 2 hours from Shimla Town...
Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there and it took just 2 hours from Shimla Town.After a pleasant drive through other villages we reached this viallge with green fields all around and colorful houses. We trekked around some hills in this village and met various people from this locality. Everyone in the group was young and had good energy to roam around for more exploration. Weather was also very supportive.There were some old houses in the village and some of the families are still using traditional chulha for cooking food. In these days of high-inflation, firewood is no doubt a good fuel to cook food... Above photograph shows typical chimney used in these houses... House-roof you see in above photographs is made up of small slates created out of very strong rocks, which are usually found on hills which get frequent snow...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other..Meeting different people, knowing their viewpoint is really an awesome experience for people like us living in big cities and running for some something which can't define peace. At times, these conversations compel us to think the difference in thoughts, living-style, peace-of-mind in same country. In fact, 10 years back people were leaving these villages to get involved in global race and time has come when some of them have realized that rural India can also be a another good option to spend rest of the life. During our visits, we see many educated folks in rural India working on some unique ideas and impacting whole world...Overall, it was a great outing and we enjoyed it a lot. It was sunset time and we had to move back...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other...Palampur is one of my favorite place to live and I visit this place at least thrice in an year. Here I am trying to share some of the photographs shot during latest trip to Palampur. Most of these photographs are shot from moving car, so excuse for bad quality, but I am sure that you will enjoy this Photo Journey around Palampur...Palampur is popular for it's natural beauty and beautiful Tea Gardens all around. Most parts of Palampur town has wonderful view of snow covered Himalayan Ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Above photograph shows tea gardens on both sides of road and this road connects Palampur with Baijnath. Baijnath is a very old town popular for an ancient Shiva TempleHere is a photograph of ladies plucking tea-leaves from gardens. Tea is then made out of these leaves after some processing. Leaves plucked during April are considered as best for tea. Green Tea of Kangra Valley is very popular among Teat Lovers.This Photograph is shot during evening while driving towards Chamunda Devi Temple near Palampur Town. This whole stretch shares wonderful views of snow capped hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This road further goes till Dharmshala/Mcledoganj and a very well maintained road. Generally roads in Himachal are well maintained, at least in Kangra region of the stateAgriculture is main occupation of folks in Himachal and above photograph shows stepped fields shining in front of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges in Kangra region of Himachal PradeshPalampur Town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts... The stretch between Palampur and Dharmshala has most beautiful views of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a timecapsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people. On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typical hill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and  even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff of the air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee, and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into another world altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama is
palpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to the Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes you want to stay on just for a little while more.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes
you want to stay on just for a little while more.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest near Forsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestones while walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of the souls.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed. Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping below zero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,
by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day with yourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world, Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there. It took just 2 hours from Shimla Town...
Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there and it took just 2 hours from Shimla Town.After a pleasant drive through other villages we reached this viallge with green fields all around and colorful houses. We trekked around some hills in this village and met various people from this locality. Everyone in the group was young and had good energy to roam around for more exploration. Weather was also very supportive.There were some old houses in the village and some of the families are still using traditional chulha for cooking food. In these days of high-inflation, firewood is no doubt a good fuel to cook food... Above photograph shows typical chimney used in these houses... House-roof you see in above photographs is made up of small slates created out of very strong rocks, which are usually found on hills which get frequent snow...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other..Meeting different people, knowing their viewpoint is really an awesome experience for people like us living in big cities and running for some something which can't define peace. At times, these conversations compel us to think the difference in thoughts, living-style, peace-of-mind in same country. In fact, 10 years back people were leaving these villages to get involved in global race and time has come when some of them have realized that rural India can also be a another good option to spend rest of the life. During our visits, we see many educated folks in rural India working on some unique ideas and impacting whole world...Overall, it was a great outing and we enjoyed it a lot. It was sunset time and we had to move back...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other...Palampur is one of my favorite place to live and I visit this place at least thrice in an year. Here I am trying to share some of the photographs shot during latest trip to Palampur. Most of these photographs are shot from moving car, so excuse for bad quality, but I am sure that you will enjoy this Photo Journey around Palampur...Palampur is popular for it's natural beauty and beautiful Tea Gardens all around. Most parts of Palampur town has wonderful view of snow covered Himalayan Ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Above photograph shows tea gardens on both sides of road and this road connects Palampur with Baijnath. Baijnath is a very old town popular for an ancient Shiva TempleHere is a photograph of ladies plucking tea-leaves from gardens. Tea is then made out of these leaves after some processing. Leaves plucked during April are considered as best for tea. Green Tea of Kangra Valley is very popular among Teat Lovers.This Photograph is shot during evening while driving towards Chamunda Devi Temple near Palampur Town. This whole stretch shares wonderful views of snow capped hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This road further goes till Dharmshala/Mcledoganj and a very well maintained road. Generally roads in Himachal are well maintained, at least in Kangra region of the stateAgriculture is main occupation of folks in Himachal and above photograph shows stepped fields shining in front of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges in Kangra region of Himachal PradeshPalampur Town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts... The stretch between Palampur and Dharmshala has most beautiful views of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a timecapsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people. On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typical hill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and  even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff of the air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee, and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into another world altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama is
palpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to the Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes you want to stay on just for a little while more.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes
you want to stay on just for a little while more.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest near Forsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestones while walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of the souls.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed. Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping below zero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,
by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day with yourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world, Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there. It took just 2 hours from Shimla Town...
Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there and it took just 2 hours from Shimla Town.After a pleasant drive through other villages we reached this viallge with green fields all around and colorful houses. We trekked around some hills in this village and met various people from this locality. Everyone in the group was young and had good energy to roam around for more exploration. Weather was also very supportive.There were some old houses in the village and some of the families are still using traditional chulha for cooking food. In these days of high-inflation, firewood is no doubt a good fuel to cook food... Above photograph shows typical chimney used in these houses... House-roof you see in above photographs is made up of small slates created out of very strong rocks, which are usually found on hills which get frequent snow...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other..Meeting different people, knowing their viewpoint is really an awesome experience for people like us living in big cities and running for some something which can't define peace. At times, these conversations compel us to think the difference in thoughts, living-style, peace-of-mind in same country. In fact, 10 years back people were leaving these villages to get involved in global race and time has come when some of them have realized that rural India can also be a another good option to spend rest of the life. During our visits, we see many educated folks in rural India working on some unique ideas and impacting whole world...Overall, it was a great outing and we enjoyed it a lot. It was sunset time and we had to move back...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other...Palampur is one of my favorite place to live and I visit this place at least thrice in an year. Here I am trying to share some of the photographs shot during latest trip to Palampur. Most of these photographs are shot from moving car, so excuse for bad quality, but I am sure that you will enjoy this Photo Journey around Palampur...Palampur is popular for it's natural beauty and beautiful Tea Gardens all around. Most parts of Palampur town has wonderful view of snow covered Himalayan Ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Above photograph shows tea gardens on both sides of road and this road connects Palampur with Baijnath. Baijnath is a very old town popular for an ancient Shiva TempleHere is a photograph of ladies plucking tea-leaves from gardens. Tea is then made out of these leaves after some processing. Leaves plucked during April are considered as best for tea. Green Tea of Kangra Valley is very popular among Teat Lovers.This Photograph is shot during evening while driving towards Chamunda Devi Temple near Palampur Town. This whole stretch shares wonderful views of snow capped hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This road further goes till Dharmshala/Mcledoganj and a very well maintained road. Generally roads in Himachal are well maintained, at least in Kangra region of the stateAgriculture is main occupation of folks in Himachal and above photograph shows stepped fields shining in front of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges in Kangra region of Himachal PradeshPalampur Town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts... The stretch between Palampur and Dharmshala has most beautiful views of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a timecapsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people. On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typical hill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and  even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff of the air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee, and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into another world altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama is
palpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to the Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes you want to stay on just for a little while more.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes
you want to stay on just for a little while more.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest near Forsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestones while walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of the souls.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed. Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping below zero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,
by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day with yourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world, Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there. It took just 2 hours from Shimla Town...
Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there and it took just 2 hours from Shimla Town.After a pleasant drive through other villages we reached this viallge with green fields all around and colorful houses. We trekked around some hills in this village and met various people from this locality. Everyone in the group was young and had good energy to roam around for more exploration. Weather was also very supportive.There were some old houses in the village and some of the families are still using traditional chulha for cooking food. In these days of high-inflation, firewood is no doubt a good fuel to cook food... Above photograph shows typical chimney used in these houses... House-roof you see in above photographs is made up of small slates created out of very strong rocks, which are usually found on hills which get frequent snow...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other..Meeting different people, knowing their viewpoint is really an awesome experience for people like us living in big cities and running for some something which can't define peace. At times, these conversations compel us to think the difference in thoughts, living-style, peace-of-mind in same country. In fact, 10 years back people were leaving these villages to get involved in global race and time has come when some of them have realized that rural India can also be a another good option to spend rest of the life. During our visits, we see many educated folks in rural India working on some unique ideas and impacting whole world...Overall, it was a great outing and we enjoyed it a lot. It was sunset time and we had to move back...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other...Palampur is one of my favorite place to live and I visit this place at least thrice in an year. Here I am trying to share some of the photographs shot during latest trip to Palampur. Most of these photographs are shot from moving car, so excuse for bad quality, but I am sure that you will enjoy this Photo Journey around Palampur...Palampur is popular for it's natural beauty and beautiful Tea Gardens all around. Most parts of Palampur town has wonderful view of snow covered Himalayan Ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Above photograph shows tea gardens on both sides of road and this road connects Palampur with Baijnath. Baijnath is a very old town popular for an ancient Shiva TempleHere is a photograph of ladies plucking tea-leaves from gardens. Tea is then made out of these leaves after some processing. Leaves plucked during April are considered as best for tea. Green Tea of Kangra Valley is very popular among Teat Lovers.This Photograph is shot during evening while driving towards Chamunda Devi Temple near Palampur Town. This whole stretch shares wonderful views of snow capped hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This road further goes till Dharmshala/Mcledoganj and a very well maintained road. Generally roads in Himachal are well maintained, at least in Kangra region of the stateAgriculture is main occupation of folks in Himachal and above photograph shows stepped fields shining in front of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges in Kangra region of Himachal PradeshPalampur Town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts... The stretch between Palampur and Dharmshala has most beautiful views of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a timecapsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people. On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typical hill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and  even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff of the air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee, and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into another world altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama is
palpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to the Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes you want to stay on just for a little while more.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes
you want to stay on just for a little while more.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest near Forsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestones while walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of the souls.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed. Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping below zero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,
by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day with yourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world, Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there. It took just 2 hours from Shimla Town...
Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there and it took just 2 hours from Shimla Town.After a pleasant drive through other villages we reached this viallge with green fields all around and colorful houses. We trekked around some hills in this village and met various people from this locality. Everyone in the group was young and had good energy to roam around for more exploration. Weather was also very supportive.There were some old houses in the village and some of the families are still using traditional chulha for cooking food. In these days of high-inflation, firewood is no doubt a good fuel to cook food... Above photograph shows typical chimney used in these houses... House-roof you see in above photographs is made up of small slates created out of very strong rocks, which are usually found on hills which get frequent snow...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other..Meeting different people, knowing their viewpoint is really an awesome experience for people like us living in big cities and running for some something which can't define peace. At times, these conversations compel us to think the difference in thoughts, living-style, peace-of-mind in same country. In fact, 10 years back people were leaving these villages to get involved in global race and time has come when some of them have realized that rural India can also be a another good option to spend rest of the life. During our visits, we see many educated folks in rural India working on some unique ideas and impacting whole world...Overall, it was a great outing and we enjoyed it a lot. It was sunset time and we had to move back...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other...Palampur is one of my favorite place to live and I visit this place at least thrice in an year. Here I am trying to share some of the photographs shot during latest trip to Palampur. Most of these photographs are shot from moving car, so excuse for bad quality, but I am sure that you will enjoy this Photo Journey around Palampur...Palampur is popular for it's natural beauty and beautiful Tea Gardens all around. Most parts of Palampur town has wonderful view of snow covered Himalayan Ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Above photograph shows tea gardens on both sides of road and this road connects Palampur with Baijnath. Baijnath is a very old town popular for an ancient Shiva TempleHere is a photograph of ladies plucking tea-leaves from gardens. Tea is then made out of these leaves after some processing. Leaves plucked during April are considered as best for tea. Green Tea of Kangra Valley is very popular among Teat Lovers.This Photograph is shot during evening while driving towards Chamunda Devi Temple near Palampur Town. This whole stretch shares wonderful views of snow capped hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This road further goes till Dharmshala/Mcledoganj and a very well maintained road. Generally roads in Himachal are well maintained, at least in Kangra region of the stateAgriculture is main occupation of folks in Himachal and above photograph shows stepped fields shining in front of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges in Kangra region of Himachal PradeshPalampur Town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts... The stretch between Palampur and Dharmshala has most beautiful views of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a timecapsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people. On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typical hill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and  even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff of the air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee, and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into another world altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama is
palpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to the Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes you want to stay on just for a little while more.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes
you want to stay on just for a little while more.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest near Forsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestones while walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of the souls.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed. Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping below zero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,
by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day with yourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world, Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there. It took just 2 hours from Shimla Town...
Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there and it took just 2 hours from Shimla Town.After a pleasant drive through other villages we reached this viallge with green fields all around and colorful houses. We trekked around some hills in this village and met various people from this locality. Everyone in the group was young and had good energy to roam around for more exploration. Weather was also very supportive.There were some old houses in the village and some of the families are still using traditional chulha for cooking food. In these days of high-inflation, firewood is no doubt a good fuel to cook food... Above photograph shows typical chimney used in these houses... House-roof you see in above photographs is made up of small slates created out of very strong rocks, which are usually found on hills which get frequent snow...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other..Meeting different people, knowing their viewpoint is really an awesome experience for people like us living in big cities and running for some something which can't define peace. At times, these conversations compel us to think the difference in thoughts, living-style, peace-of-mind in same country. In fact, 10 years back people were leaving these villages to get involved in global race and time has come when some of them have realized that rural India can also be a another good option to spend rest of the life. During our visits, we see many educated folks in rural India working on some unique ideas and impacting whole world...Overall, it was a great outing and we enjoyed it a lot. It was sunset time and we had to move back...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other...Palampur is one of my favorite place to live and I visit this place at least thrice in an year. Here I am trying to share some of the photographs shot during latest trip to Palampur. Most of these photographs are shot from moving car, so excuse for bad quality, but I am sure that you will enjoy this Photo Journey around Palampur...Palampur is popular for it's natural beauty and beautiful Tea Gardens all around. Most parts of Palampur town has wonderful view of snow covered Himalayan Ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Above photograph shows tea gardens on both sides of road and this road connects Palampur with Baijnath. Baijnath is a very old town popular for an ancient Shiva TempleHere is a photograph of ladies plucking tea-leaves from gardens. Tea is then made out of these leaves after some processing. Leaves plucked during April are considered as best for tea. Green Tea of Kangra Valley is very popular among Teat Lovers.This Photograph is shot during evening while driving towards Chamunda Devi Temple near Palampur Town. This whole stretch shares wonderful views of snow capped hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This road further goes till Dharmshala/Mcledoganj and a very well maintained road. Generally roads in Himachal are well maintained, at least in Kangra region of the stateAgriculture is main occupation of folks in Himachal and above photograph shows stepped fields shining in front of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges in Kangra region of Himachal PradeshPalampur Town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts... The stretch between Palampur and Dharmshala has most beautiful views of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a timecapsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people. On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typical hill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and  even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff of the air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee, and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into another world altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama is
palpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to the Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes you want to stay on just for a little while more.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes
you want to stay on just for a little while more.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest near Forsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestones while walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of the souls.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed. Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping below zero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,
by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day with yourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world, Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there. It took just 2 hours from Shimla Town...
Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there and it took just 2 hours from Shimla Town.After a pleasant drive through other villages we reached this viallge with green fields all around and colorful houses. We trekked around some hills in this village and met various people from this locality. Everyone in the group was young and had good energy to roam around for more exploration. Weather was also very supportive.There were some old houses in the village and some of the families are still using traditional chulha for cooking food. In these days of high-inflation, firewood is no doubt a good fuel to cook food... Above photograph shows typical chimney used in these houses... House-roof you see in above photographs is made up of small slates created out of very strong rocks, which are usually found on hills which get frequent snow...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other..Meeting different people, knowing their viewpoint is really an awesome experience for people like us living in big cities and running for some something which can't define peace. At times, these conversations compel us to think the difference in thoughts, living-style, peace-of-mind in same country. In fact, 10 years back people were leaving these villages to get involved in global race and time has come when some of them have realized that rural India can also be a another good option to spend rest of the life. During our visits, we see many educated folks in rural India working on some unique ideas and impacting whole world...Overall, it was a great outing and we enjoyed it a lot. It was sunset time and we had to move back...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other...Palampur is one of my favorite place to live and I visit this place at least thrice in an year. Here I am trying to share some of the photographs shot during latest trip to Palampur. Most of these photographs are shot from moving car, so excuse for bad quality, but I am sure that you will enjoy this Photo Journey around Palampur...Palampur is popular for it's natural beauty and beautiful Tea Gardens all around. Most parts of Palampur town has wonderful view of snow covered Himalayan Ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Above photograph shows tea gardens on both sides of road and this road connects Palampur with Baijnath. Baijnath is a very old town popular for an ancient Shiva TempleHere is a photograph of ladies plucking tea-leaves from gardens. Tea is then made out of these leaves after some processing. Leaves plucked during April are considered as best for tea. Green Tea of Kangra Valley is very popular among Teat Lovers.This Photograph is shot during evening while driving towards Chamunda Devi Temple near Palampur Town. This whole stretch shares wonderful views of snow capped hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This road further goes till Dharmshala/Mcledoganj and a very well maintained road. Generally roads in Himachal are well maintained, at least in Kangra region of the stateAgriculture is main occupation of folks in Himachal and above photograph shows stepped fields shining in front of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges in Kangra region of Himachal PradeshPalampur Town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts... The stretch between Palampur and Dharmshala has most beautiful views of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a timecapsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people. On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typical hill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and  even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff of the air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee, and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into another world altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama is
palpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to the Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes you want to stay on just for a little while more.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes
you want to stay on just for a little while more.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest near Forsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestones while walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of the souls.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed. Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping below zero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,
by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day with yourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world, Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there. It took just 2 hours from Shimla Town...
Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there and it took just 2 hours from Shimla Town.After a pleasant drive through other villages we reached this viallge with green fields all around and colorful houses. We trekked around some hills in this village and met various people from this locality. Everyone in the group was young and had good energy to roam around for more exploration. Weather was also very supportive.There were some old houses in the village and some of the families are still using traditional chulha for cooking food. In these days of high-inflation, firewood is no doubt a good fuel to cook food... Above photograph shows typical chimney used in these houses... House-roof you see in above photographs is made up of small slates created out of very strong rocks, which are usually found on hills which get frequent snow...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other..Meeting different people, knowing their viewpoint is really an awesome experience for people like us living in big cities and running for some something which can't define peace. At times, these conversations compel us to think the difference in thoughts, living-style, peace-of-mind in same country. In fact, 10 years back people were leaving these villages to get involved in global race and time has come when some of them have realized that rural India can also be a another good option to spend rest of the life. During our visits, we see many educated folks in rural India working on some unique ideas and impacting whole world...Overall, it was a great outing and we enjoyed it a lot. It was sunset time and we had to move back...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other...Palampur is one of my favorite place to live and I visit this place at least thrice in an year. Here I am trying to share some of the photographs shot during latest trip to Palampur. Most of these photographs are shot from moving car, so excuse for bad quality, but I am sure that you will enjoy this Photo Journey around Palampur...Palampur is popular for it's natural beauty and beautiful Tea Gardens all around. Most parts of Palampur town has wonderful view of snow covered Himalayan Ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Above photograph shows tea gardens on both sides of road and this road connects Palampur with Baijnath. Baijnath is a very old town popular for an ancient Shiva TempleHere is a photograph of ladies plucking tea-leaves from gardens. Tea is then made out of these leaves after some processing. Leaves plucked during April are considered as best for tea. Green Tea of Kangra Valley is very popular among Teat Lovers.This Photograph is shot during evening while driving towards Chamunda Devi Temple near Palampur Town. This whole stretch shares wonderful views of snow capped hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This road further goes till Dharmshala/Mcledoganj and a very well maintained road. Generally roads in Himachal are well maintained, at least in Kangra region of the stateAgriculture is main occupation of folks in Himachal and above photograph shows stepped fields shining in front of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges in Kangra region of Himachal PradeshPalampur Town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts... The stretch between Palampur and Dharmshala has most beautiful views of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains

If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -
  1. Manage your waste well and don’t litter
  2. Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
  3. Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
  4. Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.
  5. Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a timecapsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people. On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typical hill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and  even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff of the air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee, and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into another world altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama is
palpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to the Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes you want to stay on just for a little while more.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heart burst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another country may float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street, the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statue that has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. But just when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an old Tibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makes
you want to stay on just for a little while more.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church of St. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest near Forsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestones while walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of the souls.Mcleodganj, a small town about 10 kilometers from Dharamshala, isn’t anything like your typicalhill station. Yes, there are mountains, temples, and even a quintessential waterfall, but one whiff ofthe air fragrant with the tantalizing aromas of fresh baking, Italian and Tibetan Cooking, and coffee,and a walk through the Buddhist artifacts-laden market are enough to transport you into anotherworld altogether. The fact that this town is also the residence of His Holiness the 14 th Dalai Lama ispalpable everywhere, from the narrow congested streets, receding into the heart of the town, to theTsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama’s temple, towering over the town.In this mesmerizing town, it is easy to chance upon sights and sounds that will make your heartburst with joy. At one corner, beautiful notes of the flute played by a tourist from another countrymay float through the air and make you feel one with the supreme power. While in another street,the more earthy sounds of tourists haggling with shopkeepers for the fair price of a Buddha statuethat has conquered their hearts make you feel connected to the world we are bound to live in. Butjust when you are ready to head back towards the worldliness of Dharamshala, the sight of an oldTibetan lady, her back bent with age, walking slowly and turning the prayer wheels silently makesyou want to stay on just for a little while more.Besides Monasteries, eateries, and shops, Mcleodganj also holds close the Anglican Church ofSt. John in the Wilderness. Built in 1852, this magnificent building is nestled in the forest nearForsythganj and is surrounded by graves dating back more than a century. Reading the gravestoneswhile walking around in the cemetery is enough to give goose bumps to even the bravest of thesouls.Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping belowzero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry anumbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day wityourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world,Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed. Summers in Mcleodganj are cool while winters are very cold with temperatures dipping below zero at times. The area records the second highest rainfall in the country. So it is better to carry an umbrella and waterproof shoes if you are planning to visit Mcleodganj. The town is accessible by air,
by road, and by train so getting there isn’t too challenging. If you are looking to spend a day with yourself, trying to discover new things about yourself without having to cut yourself from the world, Mcleodganj is a place to visit. Go with an open heart, and you won’t be disappointed.Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there. It took just 2 hours from Shimla Town...
Kathailri is a small village in Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh (The Himalayan State of India). Villages of Himalayas are really interesting destinations for picnic outings. One of my friends in Shimla suggested this weekend picnic and we headed there and it took just 2 hours from Shimla Town.After a pleasant drive through other villages we reached this viallge with green fields all around and colorful houses. We trekked around some hills in this village and met various people from this locality. Everyone in the group was young and had good energy to roam around for more exploration. Weather was also very supportive.There were some old houses in the village and some of the families are still using traditional chulha for cooking food. In these days of high-inflation, firewood is no doubt a good fuel to cook food... Above photograph shows typical chimney used in these houses... House-roof you see in above photographs is made up of small slates created out of very strong rocks, which are usually found on hills which get frequent snow...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other..Meeting different people, knowing their viewpoint is really an awesome experience for people like us living in big cities and running for some something which can't define peace. At times, these conversations compel us to think the difference in thoughts, living-style, peace-of-mind in same country. In fact, 10 years back people were leaving these villages to get involved in global race and time has come when some of them have realized that rural India can also be a another good option to spend rest of the life. During our visits, we see many educated folks in rural India working on some unique ideas and impacting whole world...Overall, it was a great outing and we enjoyed it a lot. It was sunset time and we had to move back...Now if you are wondering, where this village is and what is so special about it?Basically Villages in Himalayas are all together a different experience and rich in terms of natural resources. Natural beauty can be better explored in these rural parts of Himachal Pradesh, as compared to big known cities which are converting into concrete jungles now. So it's not about Kathailri, it's about a normal village in Himalayas. There can be some basic challenges like options for stay, but many of these villages have home-stay options now. In fact many people these days go in their vehicles and carry tents & sleeping bags. As I said, these villages can be great exploration places for adventurous people and every village is different from other...Palampur is one of my favorite place to live and I visit this place at least thrice in an year. Here I am trying to share some of the photographs shot during latest trip to Palampur. Most of these photographs are shot from moving car, so excuse for bad quality, but I am sure that you will enjoy this Photo Journey around Palampur...Palampur is popular for it's natural beauty and beautiful Tea Gardens all around. Most parts of Palampur town has wonderful view of snow covered Himalayan Ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Above photograph shows tea gardens on both sides of road and this road connects Palampur with Baijnath. Baijnath is a very old town popular for an ancient Shiva TempleHere is a photograph of ladies plucking tea-leaves from gardens. Tea is then made out of these leaves after some processing. Leaves plucked during April are considered as best for tea. Green Tea of Kangra Valley is very popular among Teat Lovers.This Photograph is shot during evening while driving towards Chamunda Devi Temple near Palampur Town. This whole stretch shares wonderful views of snow capped hills of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. This road further goes till Dharmshala/Mcledoganj and a very well maintained road. Generally roads in Himachal are well maintained, at least in Kangra region of the stateAgriculture is main occupation of folks in Himachal and above photograph shows stepped fields shining in front of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges in Kangra region of Himachal PradeshPalampur Town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts... The stretch between Palampur and Dharmshala has most beautiful views of Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Palampur also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts.Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains

3 comments:

Panchali said...

Breathtaking....magical shots!

VJ Sharma said...

Thanks Panchali :)

Ajeeth boaz said...

Superb shots...

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