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Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Dharamsala May 19th 2013

I am writing this entry very belatedly, as the last couple of weeks have gone so quickly I'm wondering if they in fact happened at all. So, on my second day in India the driver from Laxmi travels met me in the foyer at my hotel, and got a cycle rickshaw to take us to the road where the Dharamshala bus would leave from. My big backpack sat in the back on the rickshaw, held back only by one metal bar and I had to hold onto the top of it to keep it from falling onto the road. The bus stop was really just a random, dirty street corner. There were only a few people hanging around there when I arrived. Two guys leaning on a car bonnet said to me, 'Excuse me, are you ... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Mcleod Ganj May 15th 2013

"What may matter not, at the end of the day, is how many conversations you had, how many friends you made, how many places you visited.... ....sometimes, things that do not matter are fun. " Sometimes, you just want to break free. It's not that difficult too. Sometimes. Had had enough of staying put in Gurgaon, the king of concrete cities as far as I know, and so, not anymore delayed for want of company, decided to head out to the Himachal lands for a weekend. Day 1 An overnight train to Pathankot, with time spent on the floor of the train for want of ticket confirmation, and a couple of hours whiled away at the sleepy little station, brought upon the time of departure of the Kangra Valley train journey. One of the more beautiful ... read more
A brilliant day.. a brilliant ride
Daya Singh - the benevolent village stalwart
Life in Mcleodganj

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Manali April 15th 2013

Buses in India. Let's just say that if you experience riding a bus in Himachal Pradesh, will never be able to watch the movie SPEED (Starring Sandra Bullock and Keeanu Reeves) with the same eyes EVER AGAIN. Going to the Himalayan Mountains is for sure a MUST while vacationing in India, however going by the local bus companies may not be the wisest. Although I will tip my hat at an Himachal bus driver because these guys are professionals at what they do: driving insanely fast on twisty turny roads, and only six inches of space between your buses wheels and a certain death off the cliff face alongside you. My first trip to one of the hill stations while in HP had me death gripping the seat in front of me (and unadmittedly squeeling ... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Dharamsala April 4th 2013

Ahhhh India. India. India. India. I lived in the mountains in Himachal Pradesh, one of the states in India famous for the Himalayan Mountains. During my two month life in a very limited town--I was the only international foreigner inhabitant--I had to survive without the basic necessities required of most American blonde girls. One of such necessity: hot water shower. That's right. No bathroom in my apartment. And no hot water shower. The only shower system available was found across the street at my neighbors joint family accomadation, and even then the shower was COLD WATER only. Now did I mention I was living near the Himalayas? In winter? Not exactly the weather I would be tempted even slightly to participate in a cold water shower on a daily basis first thing every morning. Water in ... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Dharamsala March 18th 2013

India 8 - 'Into thin Air' Mumbai-Udaipur-Ranakpur-Jodhpur-Nagaur-Roopangarh-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Keoladeo-Fatehpur Sikri-Chambal Agra-Delhi-Shimla-Dharamsala-Pong-Amritsar Shimla and Dharamsala 11th March 2013 'Into thin Air' I guess we don't talk about class these days. It's not considered politically correct to think of others as second class citizens or upper class snobs, is it? As it happens there's only one class; 'Chair Class', on the Himalayan Queen, the five-hour train journey north from Delhi to Kalka where we transfer to the narrow-guage 'Toy Train' on its way up to Shimla. The fertile plains of the lowlands give way to shallow hills, rising to sharp-sided mountains where green hillsides turn to brown as the... read more
The 'Toy Train' to Shimla
Christ Church Shimla
Viceregal Lodge


Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Pong Reservoir March 13th 2013

It's a long drive from Mcleod Ganj to Amritsar, so we'd decided to stop for a night at Pong on the way. No, it's not 'Pong' the other half of 'Ping'. Nor 'Pong' the arcade video game. Not even 'pong' the disagreeable or offensive smell (although that's fairly close to the truth). I'm talking Pong the reservoir! There's only one hotel. It turned out to be a carbuncle on the landscape with basic rooms, terrible food, dire management and a website that miserably failed to tell it how it was. The view from the roof was lovely. The boat ride on the reservoir was awful. I thought about ending this blog right here, but you want to know more about why we didn't think much of Pong, don't you? So... First, a confession. It was me ... read more

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Mcleod Ganj March 12th 2013

I had hoped that some day I might see Tibet, the roof of the world. However, until China returns the country to its rightful owners and stops brutalising its people and destroying its traditions, I'll make do with Tibet in exile. Mike Fossey, March 2013 In March of 1959, after an epic journey on foot over the Himalayas, Tibet's spiritual leader, Tenzin Gyatso - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, crossed through the Khenzimana Pass into India. Days earlier, in Tibet's capital Lhasa, the people had risen up against Communist China's occupation of their country for the past eight years. The uprising was brutally put down. The tiny Tibetan army was outnumbered and out-gunned. More than 85,000 were said to have been killed. Those members of the Dalai Lama's bodyguards who'd remained behin... read more
On the march
In the Tsuglagkhang Complex
On Temple Road

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Shimla March 9th 2013

We'd spent yesterday amid the clamour and cacophony of Delhi's characterful monuments and charismatic markets (see ). At five o'clock this morning, a more different view could hardly be imagined. There was only the merest hint of daylight. There was a chill in the air. There were no buzzing tuk-tuks, no honking horns, not even a background hum of traffic. Apart from a dog barking somewhere in the distance, silence reigned. We were on our way out of chaotic Delhi. Despite the ungodly hour, one of the young men from our homestay kindly supervised arrival of our taxi and quickly installed our bags, some in its boot and the rest balanced precariously on its roof-rack. We sped through an almost deserted city, racing through red lights, crossing junctions without slowing down, not giving the handful of ... read more
Changing trains at Kalka
Joining the Toy Train at Kalka
Blossom on the hillsides

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Shimla » Shillon Bagh March 5th 2013

Shimla 4.3.13 My birthday and lots of Happy Birthday messages that made a good start. Steve bought me a pressie also lovely, have Internet, hot shower, lovely view, sunshine, my man what else could I want? Well lots actually as I am very greedy want my family and friends too and some muesli for breakfast well none of those on offer so settled for scrambled eggs Indian style quite good.Updated our blogs then received a card and flowers from Nim and a birthday cake from the manager that was a lovely surprise! Danny tried to Skype twice but we weren't here that was sad, now to Shimla.We are 2000m high surrounded by mountains. The air is very clean, cold in the morning and evening and warm in the day. We took the free hotel taxi to ... read more
Hill Station Shimla
Happy birthday girl

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Manali February 28th 2013

I have traveled Manali many times and always keen to go there again and again.. I have stayed there in five star acomodations to no class hotels. I have stayed in river side camps and also in the hotels surrounding with apple trees with full bunches of red apples. weather there is pleasent in summers and chilling in winters. I have actualy seen a big full moon in the day time 9:00 AM in the morning there. Last year in june 2012 me and my 3 freinds planned a tour for a week to Manali. we were all very excited to go there as it was very hot in Delhi. Manali is around 600 Km from our place. So I took my car and 3 of my freinds and started our journey at 7:00 PM in ... read more

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