Do not let Hills turn into garbage pit !

Who doesn’t love to travel? If given half a chance of receiving a salary even when you travel, half of us will pack our bags and just leave!  Hence, we have to make sure that the hills we call our home are clean, trash free and look as beautiful as your own home does !

No matter where you go, you see cigarette buds, chips wrappers, chocolate wrappers, perfect rolls thrown everywhere. As a fellow traveler, one thing you never want to face is garbage trash, so why would you keep on throwing these small things that will eventually become a garbage pit in no time.

Last year I visited Mukteshwar. There is a very famous place called ‘Chauli ki jali’. This place is so beautiful that people from far away places come just to catch a glimpse of the sunset and sunrise from this place. Just see for yourself!

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Pictures don’t do justice to this place !

But as obvious as it gets, more people means more garbage and more trash. And, if you really want to see the place clean, do not rely on anyone else but yourself. With this magnificent view as a backdrop, I could see all the waste on ground and people trying to adjust their cameras so that the garbage below doesn’t show up in their pictures. Turning your eyes away is the easiest job. Doing something about it makes all the difference.

So I started picking up the waste around me and started collecting it in a bag. Looking at me most of the people who came there started picking up the waste around them and this beautiful place was cleaned in a few hours. Did we get anything in return? No. Did we post about the “good deed”? No. Today i stumbled across these pictures that my friend clicked during that time to make fun of me.

We all did our part in keeping it clean so when people will see a pristine place without any trash, they will not throw any trash, this is as simple as it gets.

So do your part, do not litter, do not allow people to litter! And no one is going to clean that place you “think” should be clean, just start doing it. For yourself. For the hills!!

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Road trip to Palampur !

If at all you are planning to visit Kasol, McLeodganj or any other destination like this again, here I am giving you all the reasons to change the plan and explore something new!

About Palampur :

Palampur is a small green hill station in Kangra Valley and is beautiful as anything!It is surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests that merge with Dhauladhar ranges. One of the main reason I loved it to my core because of the resort we stayed in! It was a small village in itself with waterfalls, river , trees ! I will write about it in details later on.

How to reach :

By road : We went by our own car and it took us about 10 hours to reach there! The way upto Palampur is smooth so we had no difficulties. It is 486 kms from Delhi.

Also, there are numerous buses that you can find of HRTC.

By Train : Palampur has its own Railway Station named as Palampur Railway Station which is connected to the major cities of Himachal Pradesh. It is is linked with the cities like Pathankot, Kangra and Palampur.

By Air : The nearest Domestic Airport is Dharamsala Kangra Airport, Gaggal, roughly one hour drive from Palampur.

 Places to Stay :

Palampur has beautiful villas if you would like to stay in private! You can get them booked in advance. One of them that we checked out was Noor villa. We couldn’t get any room here as it was booked. But we loved it and hope to stay there on our next visit. You can search for  other properties , just get them booked in advance.

Himachal Heritage Village :

This is the place I was talking about! We stayed at this beautiful place. It is in village Thalla, near Power Project. It has four houses with UNA, Kangra, Barot and Khaniara style. We stayed in Kangra Hut. And it was beautiful hut with three rooms. Two on ground floor, and one on first floor.

Here is the link to know more about this place and rooms, http://www.himachalheritagevillage.com/

Best time to visit this place :

September to June.

Places to visit :

  • Chamunda Devi temple : Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The walls of the temple are decorated and painted with scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana.
  • Baijnath Temple : It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was founded by local merchants named Manyuka and Ahuka in 1204 A.D. The structure of this temple reveals about Nagara style of temples.
  • Tea Gardens : It is widely referred as ‘Tea Capital of Northwest India’. Tea of this area is very famous and is available in the market with different names like Bageshwari, Darbari and Bahar.
  • Kangra Fort : Also known as the “Nagar Kot”. It is presently preserved by Archaeological department.
  • Uttrala : It is a small village with beautiful drive that you will fall in love with just the trek!

 

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