Himalaya travel

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Kalka-Shimla Railway

Life in the slow train words and photos by Angus McDonald A bus will get from Kalka to Shimla in two thirds the time taken by the train, whose maximum speed is a stately 25 kilometres per hour. But velocity, of course, is very far from the point. Nobody goes to the Himachali capital to … Continue reading

Indrahara Pass trek – McLeodganj to Bharmaur

OVER THE HILLS The trek from McLeodganj to Bharmaur takes about a week and is not for the faint-hearted. But the rewards are spectacular, and arachnophobes should do just fine. Eight of us set out for Bharmaur – Wendy, Neil, Dave, Claire, Ramesh, Jaggi, Pappu and me – a motley crew assembled in McLeodganj over … Continue reading

Wandering the Spiti Valley

HEAVEN IS A PEA FIELD After waiting two hours for the bus to fill up with passengers and a few animals, we left Manali at 7am, and an hour later we were stuck in a huge traffic jam caused by landslides on the Rohtang Pass. Finally the Spiti Valley appeared in the distance, and we … Continue reading