Sarovar Portico, Manali
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... by the driver. He took us to Naggar to see the Nicholai Reorich Gallery and home. He spent his last years living and painting in this house. The paintings were very good. They reminded us of Impressionist style paintings (our favorite!).
We next went to the Naggar Castle. It was built in 1460. The architecture is a mix of Himalayan and European styles. It is now a heritage hotel. The woodwork was beautiful!
We stopped in Jagatsukh to see the ...
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On my second day, the scenery started to change. Gone were the lush green valleys, they were replaced by more arid landscapes, with barely enough moisture to farm at all. The villages were becoming further apart ...
... vehicle. Occasionally we came across teams of workmen battling some rockfall or strengthening some barrier, dressed in scant clothes that had become the same colour as the surrounding rock, they would stop and peer at us through dusty scarves before picking up their basic tools again and continuing with their futile task. Tending this road must be an endless job with every spring snowmelt. Sidestepping a ravine at one point, we briefly spotted the mangled skeleton of ...
... have come from as far as Chennai and Bangalore – Manali must be worth it! My fave family have a son Arrow and a daughter Priya from Chennai who have already spent 27 hours on a train before boarding the bus. No complaints from me anymore. As we sail further up in the bus we pass rushing rivers and hilly villages and those views suddenly come to life. Snow peaked mountains and clear greenery as far as we can see. Priya is stunned and has ...
Anointed by ash:
We observed some people singing and chanting inside one of the tiny shrines at the next event and after praying were anointed by ash to complete our experience here.
After leaving the temple complex we spent the rest of the afternoon chilling out at the massive Kangra fort and staring at the truly prehistoric surrounding landscape, before perparing for our onward journey to Rishikesh.