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We left McLeod Ganj at 10am which was a far more civilised time than the buses at 5am and 6am,
We had opted for the luxury of our own driver as this also gave us the option to stop whenever we wanted to for food/drinks/washroom/leg stretches/photographs.
Almost as soon as we left McLeod Ganj which mean dropping 500m, it stopped raining and the sun shone on us for the first time properly in days.
As we dropped lower and lower it got warmer ...
... narrow. But throughout the journey, you’ll enjoy driving through lush green forests and splendid scenic views. If you’re lucky, you might also come across a nice waterfall just about 10 kilometres before Khatnol.
Just around 2 kilometres before Khatnol, you’ll see a sign board which will ask you to go to right on the road going uphill. The sign would say “Bhimakali Temple”, 7 ...
... was trying to aim for yesterday. I crossed the river, past one of the many hydroelectricity installations in these valleys, and up the eastern side of the valley along a well-trodden path. I caught up with a couple being led by a local guide and thought about lagging behind and discreetly following them, but decided that this would be too cheeky and also they were frustratingly slow. After a while, having surpassed the level of the top of the green pipe, ...
... en route; for this, people were recommending not doing this without a guide as there are many paths branching off the main one.
I had seen a sign at one of the places in Khir Ganga advertising porter & guide services, had asked about this yesterday, and was told just to turn up tomorrow; I told the guy I would be there at 9:30am. I turned up there accordingly and was told to wait for half an hour. I figured that if someone turned up, I would do ...
There are hot springs near the hamlet and myself and several Israelis - including a couple who had come paragliding with us all last week and randomly turned up at lunchtime at the guest house I'm staying at - went up there for a soak this afternoon. The steam from the hot baths mingled with the afternoon clouds, mist and light rain that drifted down and around the valley.