Photo taken during a trek in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India. Flower offerings in the Vashisht Temple complex. Marigold flowers can be seen strewn around altars at many temples, a sign of respect and faith.
Alert: These photos from Manali might act as a spoiler for the Manali that I saw. I never thought I would love this place as much as I do now, for almost everyone I know has been here and has complained of the growing crowd that it sees. Well, that can happen to any beautiful place. But that cannot ruin a place, right?
Dhankar Monastery in the Spiti Valley is one of the most impressive Buddhist monasteries in India. While my love for Buddhist monasteries is self-confessed, this one bowled me over.
Quite famous for its hash, Kasol sees a lot of trance party and the lovers of it. But yeah, there is more to it. A lot more to it if you are as city-sick (sick of city) as I am. Surprisingly quaint, Kasol has snow-laden Himlayan peaks for its horizon, a few good cafes, unobtrusive tourists, rows of shops selling tailored clothes (check out for some interesting hippie pants, wraparound skirts, jackets and bags), a few bike rental points and the customary momos stalls.
My experience of paragliding in Himachal Pradesh, India – As a child, I used to look up every time a plane crossed, trailing the white streaks it left for long. Back then, I used to imagine myself sailing across the blue skies, precariously perched atop a plane’s wing. And though, that perching bit faded as I grew up, the fascination for flying part stayed.