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Snapshot from my Travels

Location: Mandi

Mesmerising view of the mountains in Mandi, Himachal.

 

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The Scenic – Janjheli Valley

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Bulah (Janjheli Valley)

Janjehli Valley, at a distance of 80 km from Mandi (Himachal, India) is a paradise for hikers, offering treks up to a height of 3,300 metres. Last month, I got an opportunity to travel to this less explored place, the picturesque valley of Janjehli has fewer tourists as compared to other similar popular trekking and camping destination as it’s not that popular yet on tourist map.

Around 6 km from Janjehli is a place called Bulah, I loved the place and mesmerized by its beauty, I stayed there in a camp for a night. For me traveling and spending a day in Janjehli Valley has been an enchanting and fascinating experience. It is a beautiful, tranquil and calm place, the beauty of which is enhanced by its lush green serene surroundings, apple orchards, hills covered with pine and deodar trees, a river flowing through various crisscrossed hills, numerous waterfalls, and breezy and fresh environment all around the valley. The valley adorned by snow during winters, is no less than heaven on the earth. At around 10 Km from Janjheli is a Shikari Devi Temple at a height of 3,332 metres above sea level. From the temple area, it offers a mesmerizing scenic and sunset view which is just soul stirring, the sunset view from here is like one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see.

Some more snapshots from my travel to this place:

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View outside my Camp in Bulah(Janjheli)

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Me and my friend(the guy in the picture) stayed there in the camp in Bulah

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Bulah (Janjheli Valley)

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Bulah (Janjheli Valley)

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Bulah (Janjheli Valley)

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Mesmerizing scenic view from the Temple area – at 3332 meters above sea level

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Janjheli Valley

How to Reach:

  1. Mandi-Pandoh-Bada Kanda-Janjehli-> 76 Kms
  2. Sunder Nagar-Dadaur-Chailchowk-Janjehli-> 80 Kms.

Trek Routes around Janjheli Valley:

Janjehli-Shikari Devi via Budha Kedar 10 Kms

Janjehli-Magrugala 8 Kms

Janjehli-Bulah-Raigarh 12 Kms

Janjehli-Shikari Devi-Devidarh-Kamrunag 28 Kms

Janjehli-Raigarh-Shankar Dehra-Karsog  27 Kms

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Today’s day out, somewhere over the hills.

Nature is Painting for Us

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Location: Jubbal, Himachal                                Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

Jubbal is a small beautiful hill town, it is famous for its apple orchards and the Jubbal Palace. Jubbal town is virtually unexplored and hardly ever crowded. It is exquisitely beautiful with a combination of vast landscapes, thick woods, and splendid buildings.

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Location: Chanshal Valley View                      Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

A beautiful and mesmerizing view of Chanshal Valley

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Location: Chansal Valley View                          Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

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Location: Khara Pathar                   Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

Rampur Satluj River

Location: Rampur, Satluj River                 Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

Have a nice time ~ Vikas Sharma

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Incredible Kinnaur – Meet the Mountains

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Location: Pooh, Kinnaur Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

Few days back I’ve been to this place called Kinnaur. It has spellbinding scenery with tall mountains which seems like touching the sky with their snow clad peaks shrouded with clouds; the view at every turn had just given me goose bumps. It wouldn’t be false, if someone would say it’s a world within a world, and after spending a week there, I can’t spot myself from writing few words about this place, so here you go:

Kinnaur Reckong Peo13Kinnaur, it consists of very high mountains, deep valleys or gorges, glaciers and rivers; it’s one of the districts of Himachal – India. This tremendously beautiful district have three high mountains ranges: the Zanskar range – present along the northeast and its crest forms the eastern international border of Kinnaur with Tibet, the main Great Himalayan range – runs from northwest to south, and the Dhauladhar range – forms the southern boundary of Kinnaur, merging with the main Himalayan range in southeastern Kinnaur. The highest peaks in Kinnaur are Leo Pargial (6816 meters) and Manirang (6,593 meters). The Kinnaur area of Himachal has been opened to Indian and Foreign tourists since after 1989. While going via Shimla and Rampur – Kalpa, Reckong Peo and Sangla Valley can be visited by Indians and Foreigners without any restrictions. To travel beyond Jangi in Kinnaur to Kaza in Spiti one requires an inner line permit for foreign nationals.

Kinnaur Reckong Peo14It’s a land of fairy tales and fantasies, has a spectacular terrain of lush green valley, orchards, vineyards, snow clad peaks and cold desert mountains. The apples, chilgoza, apricots, pears, grapes, pine nuts and other dry fruits are grown here are world famous, specially the apples, the taste cannot be replicated anywhere else. And about locals, despite bearing deadly winter and living life in tough terrain, you will always find them smiling and content.

Kinnaur Reckong Peo7There are lots of places to visit in Kinnaur, especially for the people who are into trekking, hiking, camping, biking, adventure sports and love to be in the nature. You can find bikers on your way in Kinnaur packed up with camping stuff, and the beautiful trekking route includes the ‘Kinner Kailash’ mountain. The high terrain here provides way to great adventure sports of all kinds, and so for all the adventure lovers, Kinnaur is the place to come at least once despite regarded as one of the most dangerous and toughest roads in the world, the thrill and the fun is just out of the world experience. The landscape is so beautiful, after every few miles there’s a different landscape and some parts being like the moon land, and you would feel like being in a different world.

Kinnaur Reckong Peo10There is a beautiful Nako lake, a beautiful place called Kalpa famous for its apple and chilgoza plantations, which are found only in Iran and Turkey besides here, another place called Banjara which lead you into the time zone untouched by man and time, then Sangla Valley surrounded by snow-clad peaks and beside the gurgling Baspa river, then Batseri village across the banks, which boasts of a beautiful Devta temple made of wood, and then three famous wild life sanctuaries which you won’t find anywhere else in the world as they are unique for their high altitude and the animals they protect, and then the untouched places like Chitkul, Bhaba Valley, Hangrang Valley, Moorang, Pooh, Kaza, etc.

Kinnaur Reckong Peo9I spent my 3 days in Reckong Peo and 2 days in Pooh and all through this place, the view is simply amazing, one side of the road is occupied with a deep gorge made by the river and other side is surrounded by hilly slopes, mountain peaks cover with snow and shrouded by clouds. Whenever you pass through a narrow section of road, the view of Satluj River below can shiver your bones with thrill and excitement.

Kinnaur Reckong Peo4The untouched mountains, unaltered part of this world and the mystical valleys offer solace and comfort, to every weary traveler. Snow covered mountain peaks, apples hanging on the tree branches, sudden waterfalls, hairpin turns and zig-zag roads will be your best friends while traveling in this part of the world. If anyone is looking for place which gives them calmness in their own way, place where tranquility is at its zenith and the place where landscapes and atmosphere becomes your best soother, then Kinnaur is one of the places you need to visit. The journey to Kinnaur will take you into some of the most beautiful places most of us have only heard but never seen; a journey into one of the most beautiful valleys in the country and probably the world.

Here’s few more pictures, though not clicked perfectly but still sharing with you all, and in Kinnaur there are places far more scenic and exhilarating than these images which I tried to capture during my stay in this beautiful place.

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Apple Orchard

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Note: Roads are tough and dangerous in Kinnaur, also featured on History Channel in one of their reality shows, and climate is also a challenge there but despite of all this it’s a must visit place at least once.

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Mcleod Ganj, A Fine Hill Station

Just came back home a day before after an official visit to one of the finest hill station, that is Mcleod Ganj. It’s a small and beautiful hill station in Dharamshala (situated in Himachal Pradesh, India).

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Mcleod Ganj Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

There is a 10Km long Trek known as Triund around Mcleod Ganj, I really wished if I could go for it but as it was an official visit for some official work I didn’t get time for it but I will come back once again just to do this beautiful trek up to the Triund Hills.

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Mcleod Ganj Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

Just in case, any of you planning to go there then for your information I would like to share few things to visit in Mcloead Ganj like Tsuglagkhang Complex, Bhagsunag Waterfall, Dal Lake, St. John in the Wilderness, Bhagsunag Temple, and also there are some treks worth to pay a visit at least once like Triund Trek with a majestic view of Dhauladhar mountain Range.

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Mcleod Ganj Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

McLeod Ganj is also a residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the site of the Tibetan exile community’s main temple. The Tibetan government-in-exile is based just downhill at Gangchen Kyishong, and McLeod is home to a large Tibetan population, including many monks and nuns, and due to large population of Tibetans it is also known as Little Lhasa or Dhasa; a short form of Dharamshala used mainly by Tibetans.

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Mcleod Ganj Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

Mcleod Ganj has some very magnificent views of nature with snow clad hills around it, and one can find many activities and things to do in McLeod Ganj like day hikes/trekking, camping, strolling around the hills and watching the scenic beauty of nature, spending some peaceful time in the lap of nature, also there you’ll find workshops and volunteer opportunities too.

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Me with a colleague

Hoping to visit this place again!

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Mcleod Ganj Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

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Peace and World

Recently, I’ve spent few days in the hills of Himachal, few days in Shimla and few days in Mandi. Weather was rainy as it is a rainy season in that part of the Earth from June to September which can be problematic for the locals or maybe they’re use to it. Actually, I was there on some kind of official visit not to travel, enjoy and explore things but still I managed few moments to stroll around the place.

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Shimla

I find serenity and pleasure when I watch those hills and clouds, maybe because I love to be in the nature as it nourishes my mind with positive thoughts.

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Shimla

Some may find hills better to travel or some may find plains, some may find both or some may find nothing. I think it actually depends on how a person perceives things; a person won’t find peace anywhere if there is no peace in the mind.

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Mandi

Positive state of mind is obviously needed to have peace in mind, with peace in mind we realizes the real beauty of things.

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Mandi

The best thing which I love to do is traveling to different places, to watch the sun at different horizons, to feel the gentle cool breeze on the face, to watch the clouds forming different formations, to explore and relish beauty of the planet, to learn from the things around me, and of course sometimes to write down my thoughts and experiences too. Yes! I love and enjoy being in the nature and exploring the things.

Have a good day/night all ~ Vikas Sharma

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