A Short Walk to Anjani Mahadev from Solang

Reasons to walk Anjani trail

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A shrine that does not accept physical and monetary offerings from the visitors is unusually clean, but not calm. Because the visitors come to Anjani Mahadev on foot, horses, or modern polluting Powersports 4-wheelers even during autumn when it’s partly brown and partly green. Some thrill seekers, especially snow lovers, …

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16 Dakinis Perform Gilded Mask Dance during Hemis Festival

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Photo: July 7, 2014. Hemis Festival, Ladakh. A group of sixteen dakinis performs the gilded mask dance around a religious pole. Sixteen dancers wearing copper / papier-mâché masks slowly move their bodies to match the traditional music tunes from Tibet. The dancers perform religious rituals to defeat evil spirits, to …

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Hemis Monastery Portrays Our World in Black Hat Dance

Black Hat Dance, Hemis Festival

Photo: July 7, 2014. Hemis Monastery, Ladakh, India. A Black Hat dancer       Nowadays, thirteen Janaka dancers perform Black Hat dance around religious objects in the Hemis Monastery during annual festival. However, in the olden times, it was a one-dancer performance. The dance, also known as tsamchot dance, …

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Why Should You Go on Leh-Manali Self-Driving Trip?

On the 2nd day of Leh-Manali self-driving trip, the road winds through Himachal Pradesh.

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In “Should You Do Leh-Manali Trip by Bus or on Your Bike?” I briefly talked about advantages and disadvantages of the bus and bike trips. Today I add one or two new arguments in the favor of a Leh-Manali self-driving trip. Don’t stare at women’s curves. Don’t waste your energies …

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Should You Do Leh-Manali Trip by Bus or on Your Bike?

Photos of interesting landforms along Leh-Manali bus route

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Being chauffeured has an advantage. You can focus on the neighbors of the road instead of focusing on the road. The roads snaking through the mountains of the Himalayas are challenging but they lend themselves to the beautiful views. If you drive to tame your adrenaline rush, you will miss …

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Grass and Jute Souvenirs from Chandigarh National Crafts’ Fair

What to shop at Chandigarh National Crafts' Fair

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Chandigarh hosts the National Crafts’ Fair every year. The event showcases crafts from across the country. Many of these boast personality of unique traditional souvenirs. For example, figures crafted from grasses and jute. These figures exude Indianness. Each figure uses homegrown material, grasses (bamboo, cane…) and jute. Each figure is …

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A Not-to-Miss Attraction for Your Nov-Dec Holiday in India

A Double Korean Orange Chrysanthemum from Chandigarh

Have a look at this postcard featuring an orange double Korean chrysanthemum from the annual chrysanthemum show held in Chandigarh. You should visit the show before starting your ski holiday in India to smell and enjoy these refreshing flowers.

A Tip to Enjoy Hemis Festival Performances

Break after Hemis Festival Performance

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The Hemis Monastery presents multiple colorful performances during its two-day annual festival. Each performance is a complete story packed with messages. A brief preparatory pause separates some of the performances / chams.  Make use of these pauses. Take a break, nap… to enjoy each cham of the Hemis Festival. Have …

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