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... battle for territory and food between the stray dogs and the monkeys amuses all. I head off to the bus station to find a way of getting to the cave up in the hills. After asking around several groups, I finally investigate the taxi prices. After some debate I agree a price for one way up to the hills, as I want to walk back. The taxi ride was beaut up to the cave. The cave itself was surrounded by a small Buddhist Village but the cave was very ...
... and actions have been the most positive times. Basically, the best times have been when I've been alone, and contrary to the predictable; this is also when I've felt least lonely (or you could say, most connected) inside my heart and to the people I know and love. As I laughed to myself writing this down, I thought; 'at first it appears I love India, but I think secretly, i think this love is for me'.
It's strange how photos, although great, only ever ...
... to myself as I half reluctantly smiled at him; he's right, I can chill. No one's actually out to get me here. He asked me of my destination and quoted me a steep price for Mandi in a taxi. I shook my head like a bargaining Indian, and said, 'That's way too expensive! I'm going by bus! I'll get a taxi to the bus station for sure though".
Then, as if by magic (the shopkeeper appeared, perhaps would be appropriate here?), his ...
... and his army when he strode into and across the Indian sub-continent.
Luxuriant moist coniferous forest clad the steep surrounding mountains, interspersed with tiny terraced farmlets. We were fascinated to see a plethora of ferns and palm trees clinging to the edges of the river. It seemed strange to see "rainforests" at such a high altitude. White water rafting is very popular in this area and is well supported by numerous raft ...
... the more dark it was getting. Lights inside the bus were also dimmed. I noticed some honeymooning couples taking advantage of the dark. They were all heading for either Shimla or Kullu-Manali.
My boyfriend has been travelling through these lanes for years now so quite naturally he was at ease and after a while started snoring. But I was wide awake, it happens, you know, when you are very tensed you can’t sleep at all.
It was a journey of 12 ...
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