During our staycation in the hills at a nature retreat surrounded by a mixed forest around Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, the verdant and sylvan surroundings were home to many different species of birds. And here, I was blessed to sight these beautiful creatures time and again in their various moods; about 35 different species of birds out of which 25 I managed to capture through my lens, a mere 300 mm. Here I share some of my birding encounters and experiences with pictures.Read more
Category Archives: Himachal Pradesh
As the Sun’s orange glow spreads,
The monsoon clouds stop still,
By its soft radiance.
They wait awhile before washing
The valley back a verdant green.
The sky acquiesces to Surya
And rich hues cover its canvas.
(A feeble attempt to atone for the devastation of nature by trying to appreciate its beauty and magic through free verse.)
Bir is a picturesque village in Kangra. Popular as the paragliding capital of India it also houses a Tibetan settlement and is populated by tea gardens and monasteries. The nature lover can lose himself during hikes in breathtaking vistas amongst the rolling hills, quaint villages, meandering rivers, emerald meadows, swirling clouds with the sky a riot of colors.Read more
Pabbar Valley Trail is an offbeat excursion in the apple belt of Himachal Pradesh (India). Lying in the lap of virgin nature below the breathtakingly beautiful Chanshal mountain range, Pabbar Valley ahead of Shimla and Narkanda, near Rohru is a haven for offbeat travelers. At 13926 feet, Chanshal Pass remains open from May to October.Read more
Shoja in the Seraj Valley of Himachal Pradesh (India) is 5 kms from Jalori Pass (10500 feet) and a gateway to the interesting forest treks to Serolasar Lake and Raghupur Fort with a 360 degree view of the Himalayan Ranges. Slopes of majestic cedars, in various hues of green, rising upto the treeline characterize Sojha.Read more
Park Woods Shoghi is an excellent destination offering myriad experiences of misty mornings, dew kissed forests, verdant valleys and untouched countryside with panoramic views. A nature and adventure resort, 15 kms before Shimla off the NH-22 highway in Himachal Pradesh (India), offering accommodation in deluxe tents and quaint cottages.Read more
Sangla Valley in Kinnaur – with the beauty of Baspa River, Kinner Kailash Ranges, Himalayas and the last Indian Village, Chitkul. Close to the Indo–Tibetan border (Nagasthi) in the Northern Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh (India), 238 kms ahead of Shimla. Hikes to mountain lakes, the quaint village of Batseri and glacier points.Read more