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  • Palampur : Gliding in for some nice Tea!

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  • Bundla Tea Estate
    Bundla Tea Estate
    The sighting of Dhauladhar range.Walk around the tea plantation.Daily buses from Delhi to Palampur.Takes an hour from Dharamshala.
    I was in Dharamshala,when I overheard a couple talking about some expensive tea from a nearby town.I,being the invasive traveler,asked them about it & they mentioned about this small town called Palampur,which apparently is the Northern equivalent of Assam Tea.Mountains.Let's go!
  • Bundla Tea Estate
    Bundla Tea Estate
    Take an auto to travel around town.The Process of tea cultivation.
    I have been in love with the Himalayas ever since I saw it.The thing about Himalayas is how random it can get. The culture of each & every region is different. The worker was kind enough to tell me about their process of cultivation & how I can see tea estates all over palampur.
  • Bundla Tea Estate
    Bundla Tea Estate
    The chirping of the birds. :')
    Like I said,Himalayas can get really random.I sure felt some amount of peace in Dharamshala but as it was a more advertised tourist location,there sure was some frenzy. Whereas here,I was in a tea estate..among the parallel lines of tea plants & was accompanied by the birds. :')
  • Bundla Tea Estate
    Bundla Tea Estate
    Try your hand at plucking.
    What's the point of going to a place & not doing anything that the locals do? I tried my hand at the tea plantations techniques! I had always seen the basket & the weighing bag in those picturesque photos.Now,it was my turn to do it & maybe click a photo while doing such.;)
  • Palampur
    Palampur
    Costs Rs 2500 per 100gm.
    So..these were the tea leaves that had led me to this beautiful hamlet. They are called 'silver linings'& are crafted by the best.They had the kind of aroma that I would like to have every morning. I love it when my dad makes a cup of tea for him & me.This was my idea of heaven.
  • Palampur
    Palampur
    The early morning view from hotel.There are a few hotels & homestays.
    Waking up to the vast Dhauladhar range was becoming my favorite part of Himachal Pradesh. Back home,I try to find calm places whereas here,the serenity was in the aura itself.All I had to do was search for my inner peace..yeah..Po from Kung Fu. I was becoming random as well. :3
  • Saurabh Van Vihar
    Saurabh Van Vihar
    Everything. Opened from 9am to 7pm.Entry free : INR 10The Tiger Hill bridge.
    I'm not keen on picnic stops but this park had a story behind it.It has been built in dedication of the valiant solider Saurabh Kalia,who was a martyr in Kargil War. I was glad that I didn't miss it.The location of the park stole my heart away. No wonder I saw the tri-color. :')
  • Saurabh Van Vihar
    Saurabh Van Vihar
    Go for the boating. :')
    I would have a picnic in this park every single day of the week.If the mountains & river were not enough,there were boating & health trails as well. I got to relive my childhood and my adulthood simultaneously.I could see some parents showing their kids birds.It was beautiful.
  • Saurabh Van Vihar
    Saurabh Van Vihar
    A stroll around the park.
    I had seen way too many magnificence in Himachal before coming to Palampur.I had underestimated it in a way. Maybe that's a good thing..to underestimate. Because some places take your breath away & Palampur was doing exactly that. It was showing its shades one at a time. :')
  • Andretta Pottery
    Andretta Pottery
    Theres a 3 month course :DYou can also learn for an hour.;)20 mins drive from Palampur.
    This place was my highlight of the trip.You will get to know why. The place is managed by a local family.The husband is a famous potter while the wife,a foreigner, has been in India for over 30 years now & is a delight to converse with. One can take a 10 min or an hour course.:D
  • Andretta Pottery
    Andretta Pottery
    There were a few others there.Some were taking a 3 months course.I consider doing anything worthwhile with full concentration as a form of yoga.For me,it isn't about sitting in one position & waiting for something to happen.It is about learning. Pottery was my idea of meditation.
  • Andretta Pottery
    Andretta Pottery
    Take a walk in their gallery.
    After getting done with my lesson,I was able to understand pottery..a little.I went into their gallery & was spellbound to see such masterpieces.This,among the rest stood out the most.I was staring at it when the owner told me if I would like a personalized tour of the place. :D
  • Andreta
    Andreta
    Residence of Norah Richards.Do read about her. :)'Lady Gregory' of Punjab.
    I had heard the name while reading about Annie Besant.Still,I felt ignorant. Before going to the village,I decided to read all about her & was astonished to see her effort to make sure that the cultural heritage of this place prevails. She made a house just like the villagers.
  • Andreta
    Andreta
    Himachal Pradesh Heritage Village.
    This place was a piece of heaven.The mountains & the grasslands did justice to the conserved beauty.Traditional houses of Himachal were present everywhere. The more I thought,the better I understood. Your heart decides your 'home'.Nora Richards' heart was right here.:')
  • Baijnath
    Baijnath
    On the way to Billing.
    On my way to Billing,I came across yet another Shiva temple.Lord Shiva & the Himalayas have an undeniable connection.But one doesn't get tired on seeing his temples.Each of the temples are uniquely placed & structured. It wasn't crowded & I was able to see the Shivling as well.
  • Billing Valley
    Billing Valley
    PARAGLIDING. Take off: Billing & landing:Bir. Billing is 14km away from Bir.Bir is 35km away from Palampur.
    Here's where the word 'gliding' in the trail name comes from.Ofcourse,I wasn't about to drink tea here as the trail suggests but I was about to plunge into the valley below.It's an extreme sport & I was nervous.But a part of me wanted to feel the fall as well. :')
  • Bir
    Bir
    The Paragliding!!!!The Paragliding capital of India.Elevation of 2400m.
    I was nervous as hell during the entire duration.I could see the entire valley.And thanks to the professional,I was still alive. But like my favorite,Moriarty had said,"It's never about the fall..It's about the landing." That holds true even in paragliding. The landing.Woah!
  • Sansal - Palpung Sherabling Monastery Road
    Sansal - Palpung Sherabling Monastery Road
    Glorious union of study & practice.On our return journey from Bir.
    What is it about monasteries that draw us in? Himachal,especially around Dharamshala,is a seat of Tibetan Buddhism & it is always so peaceful to simply go there & walk around.I got to know so much about the 'Tai Situpa' lineage of the Kagyu school. It was new yet felt familiar.:)
  • Palpung Sherabling Monastery
    Palpung Sherabling Monastery
    The Buddhist prayer room.
    As I sat through the prayers,I realized how a qawali at a Dargah,a 'sandhya arti' at a temple or buddhist prayers in a remote monastery,are different in so many ways yet feel so similar when it concerns the soul. Even if I'm not religious..seeing others' beliefs feels..complete.

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