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Stories and Tips Himachal Pradesh

The road to Dharamsala

Written by koshkha on 24 Aug, 2013

We left our base at the Sun Park hotel in Manali to head off to Dharamsala but things started a little slowly. Our poor driver, Mr Singh, was late arriving because he’d been staying in a drivers’ hostel where there was no hot water in…Read More


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Mall Road Manali

Written by koshkha on 27 May, 2013

Many Indian cities have a street called ‘Mall Road’ and Manali is no exception. I cannot be sure, but my assumption is that it’s a generic term referring to a pedestrian street with only very limited vehicular access. The most famous of the Mall Roads…Read More


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A Wedding in Vashisht - Maybe

Written by koshkha on 18 May, 2013

After a long day of tourism, we were pretty much ready to head back to the hotel for a snooze but Mr Singh, our driver, had other instructions and wasn’t letting us go anywhere until he’d ticked off all the attractions on his list. The…Read More


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Day 9: Chail to Pinjore: Back to the Plains

Written by phileasfogg on 28 May, 2008

We’re headed down from the hills today, and the thought itself is enough to make me glum. I have a fascination for the hills, and a definite soft spot for Himachal. And a week in Himachal is, I realise all over again, just too short.Tarun…Read More


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Day 8: Thanedhar to Chail: Down with a Bump

Written by phileasfogg on 28 May, 2008

We wake up in the morning to a sky that’s washed clean and beautiful—so clean that we can finally see a range of stunning snow-capped peaks way off to the right. The sky’s a lovely blue, the mist only lingering on the far-off peaks. The…Read More


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Day 4: Shimla: Everybody’s a Visitor

Written by phileasfogg on 28 May, 2008

The guru heading the convention yesterday has still not taken himself off, and dozens of devotees eager to get a private audience are milling about the hotel. They entertain themselves by singing songs and clapping loudly, so we decide that the sooner we get out…Read More


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Day 2: Kasauli: Brats of Different Species

Written by phileasfogg on 28 May, 2008

The hills are alive with the sound of birdsong. The liquid trills, chirrups and tweets echo through the pines, but the birds—little brats that they are—are nowhere to be seen. The only birds we’re able to see are the jungle crows (utterly commonplace) and a…Read More


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Day 3: Kasauli to Shimla: Off to the Capital

Written by phileasfogg on 28 May, 2008

Kasauli and Ros Common, we decide, are lovely, beautifully relaxing and oh so quiet. Time to move on to Himachal’s capital, Shimla. Both Tarun and I, in our respective childhoods, have visited Shimla, but haven’t been since. It’s common knowledge that Shimla is probably the…Read More


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Day 5: Shimla: The Quieter Side

Written by phileasfogg on 28 May, 2008

We wake up in the morning and Tarun orders a cup of tea from Room Service. The waiter who brings it is the same one who took our order for breakfast yesterday. He’s at his dimwitted best again today. All the other waiters, when they…Read More


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Day 6: Shimla to Thanedhar: Into Apple Country

Written by phileasfogg on 28 May, 2008

We’re feeling a little sad that we didn’t get to see the Himachal State Museum, but it can’t be helped, really. The museum opens only at 10, and unless we leave Shimla but 10, we won’t be in Thanedhar in time for lunch—and we’re supposed…Read More


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