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! 😀