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Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi.
Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi. A closer view at the inscription above the arch in the picture above.
Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi.
Terakotta pottery, Dilli Haat, New Delhi.
Rajasthani and other paintings, with their proud salesman in front. Dilli Haat, New Delhi.
We took this beautiful tourist train - the Kangra Queen Shatabdi Express - from Pathankot to Palampur. Narrow gauge, too!
From the engine room of the Kangra Queen Shatabdi Express.
The nice, small guest house we stayed at during our stay at Palampur, courtesy of Institute of Himalayan Biotechnology Research Institute.
Cultivation along the Himalayas - view form Palampur.
After waiting a good 2 hours, sunrise in Palampur was just about as interesting as any other. Except for the added reflections from the snow.
Laxminarayan temple of Chamba
Some children who gathered around us as we trekked to the helipad at Bharmour, about 500 feet above the temple area. My sister at the very end.
The river Ravi, en-route to Bharmour. After a steep climb.
River Ravi, en-route to Bharmour. The road pretty much follows the river throughout the route.
The helipad area of Bharmour, being the top of the hill, is a very pretty place.
The Kailash range of mountains. Bharmour is the end of the road - from here, trekking routes start off towards Kailash, a month long trail.
A particularly active kid at the Bharmour helipad area.
Chamba valley, at night, from the Chamunda temple.
Chamba dam catchment area. From the route to Dharamshala.
There's little that's more colorful than these trinklet stalls that surround most Indian temples. In this case, Chamunda temple, near Dharamshala.
Trekking along the daisies - near Ajit Singh Smadhi, Dalhousie.
Just another scenic snap. En route to Dharamshala, overlooking the Chamba Dam.
The head monk at the monastry, Dharamshala.
The lonely monk and the tree. Somebody should write a story on this. Reminds me of the vague pictures we had to write stories about way back in school.
Buddhist praying wheels (drums) - these rotating drums have a mantra (prayer) written inside them, and each rotation amounts to one chanting of the entire script. Once you take a look at the length of the script, you'll understand how time saving a route to Nirvana this is.
A view of the praying room in the monastry, Dharamshala.
An interesting all-stone temple - higher up the road from Dharamshala monastry.
A Konark-style temple at the top of the range of Jwalamukhi temples.
A hindu Sadhu reading his way through. Jwalamukhi.
View of the entire lower temple cluster from above. Jwalamukhi.
The kids at Khajjiar who showed us the way along a small trekking route into the woods and beyond.
Khajjiar - the Switzerland of India. A flat patch of land surrounded on all sides by high mountains, and a shallow lake in the center of it all.
View from the trekking route, Khajjiar.
The town of Khajjiar, from a distance.
The walking path we took for these awesome views from Khajjiar. Far away from the maddening crowd.
Himalayan vegetation up close. Khajjiar.
Just some of the lofty trees along the walking path, Khajjiar.
View of the mountains through the blanket of trees. Khajjiar.
The mall, Manali. We stopped for a break here on our way to ohtang Pass from Kullu.
Manikaran - close to the source of Ravi. A huge hot spring area, with the water on a turbulent boil. Shops were selling rice-in-a-bag that one can cook simply by keeping it in this natural heat source.
Guest house, Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Bajoura, some 14 km from Kullu, 4km from the Kullu airport.
Cars and buses snaking their way down the mountain. En-route to Rohtang Pass.
5-layer roads - the Indian / Himalayan way. We had to snake our way around through all this to reach Rohtang, the highest roadway in the world.
Rohtang Pass.
View of the town of Mardi from higher up the route to Rohtang Pass.
A temple at Mardi. Probably among the highest temples of the world.
Rohtang Pass.
Rohtang Pass.
View of Rohtang Pass (the valley region) from Mardi (the village at the base).
Goats and sheep who were making their way across Rohtang Pass. Apparently, they pay as much road tax as cars, and so have equal priority.
My parents and sister. Rohtang Pass.
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