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Great Himalayan National Park

A few months ago, we went with some friends to spend a couple of days at the Great Himalayan National Park in Tirthan valley, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. It’s a very high sounding name for a quiet, secluded valley, though the core areas are protected from human entry. We stayed in a rest house situated right next to the Tirthan river. It was a nice, comfortable if not fancy place. Food was a slight issue, but we found some small local shops ready to oblige us, at a very reasonable cost.

The houses in the region, the traditional architecture, had this very unique feature; none of the balconies had railings. The wood, stone and clay built dwellings still carried a lot of charm though! That massive steel trunk you see is another piece of cultural history that is bowing out of social life; these huge pieces were what a bride’s dowry was packed in, when she got married; the number and size of it proclaimed the prosperity of her parents. These things are seriously big, you could easily pack two adult humans into one! 😀



About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


6 thoughts on “Great Himalayan National Park

  1. The house has a lot of charm and holds the history. Did you enjoy the trip, Dr. Hb?
    Hope to see photos of the Great Himalayan National Park. 🙂
    I almost miss this post, it didn’t come to my reader.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 19/08/2017, 5:26 PM
  2. The balcony looks as if it could not hold the weight of the trunk for much longer! The fact that it could hold a body or two is perhaps part of the plan? Marriage does not work out and so….

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Victo Dolore | 17/08/2017, 5:36 PM

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