Saanjhi Rawat & Rashmi Rawat
Like one day you realize that there's air so you can breathe, there are places on this earth where you are supposed to be. So just as you inhale carefree, you wander naturally.
My mother.Been with me for 9 months more than any other person, naturally would be the first one accompanying me on this trip!As a mother she often overlooked enjoying herself. Dancing spontaneously, posing crazily for snaps, discovering new places, I saw her live like a woman again.
The local customs, wisdom, arts and rituals that guide your way
Faith. Teamwork. Beauty.
Different Spectrums of Culture
My Temple Diary
The Fruit Affair
Visiting Arakot we saw a temple being made. The Himanchali temples are a beautiful blend of woodwork and stones. The culture of the village was such that each day, one person from every house would go and cook food with others for the workers and themselves. They would help in whatever way they could to contribute to the formation of the temple. A true spirit of team work!
Culture isn't only restricted to four walls of a holy place or a historic event. It has many faces.1) A rock edict of Ashoka from 250 BCE in Kalsi, Uttarakhand.2) An painting made from mantras in a homestay in Arakot, Uttarakhand made by a local artisan Jagmohan Bangani, acclaimed globally.3) A procession for a Devi in Pabbar valley.4) A group of kids cleaning temple premise before it opens.
Four widely different temples I covered in my trip.1) Ma Bhangayani Temple, Haripur Dhar.Climbing 128 stairs to this temple atop a hill offering panoramic view.2) A temple constructed to mark faith at 12,000ft, Chanshal.3) Ma Hateshwari Devi Temple Complex,Rohru which is a major abode of faith.4) Giriganga temple, secretly lying between hills, home to myths and faith.
We visited numerous orchards and covered an important part of Himanchal- it's Horticulture. Growing apples, pears etc forms an important source of income and people own acres of lands having them. They are sufficiently satisfied with this and live simple rooted lives.4th pic shows apple Plantation covered with nets to prevent damage from hails
From rural landscapes to city-scenes; your journey from your perspectives
Heart-bleat with furry friends
The Butterfly Effect
Shades of Pabbar Valley
Divergence in View
What a Woodwork!
Picture 1- This one goat posted for me before running off our her herd.Picture 2- Sharing a moment with sheep during their lunch time!Picture 3- The snow capped peaks of Chanshal range in the backdrop!
Climbing a hill in Giriganga, I came across a wild patch of flowers with hundreds of butterflies. Few of them-1) Leopard Butterfly2) Cabbage Butterfly3) Indian Tortoiseshell ButterflyIt was a sight to behold, these beautiful creatures feeding on wild flowers!
I covered various valleys like Bangan, Kotkhai, Pabbar. Here is my take on Pabbar from various views.1) Pabbar Valley with Pabbar River flowing. The orchards of apple in the hills at the back.2) Valley seen below from 10,000ft height of Chanshal.3) View at night.4) View in the afternoon.
In this I capture two contrasting things I noticed in the trip. The first two pictures show a man river fishing. How he reached the centre in such a strong current is beyond my imagination.The last two pictures are from Renuka Lake where fishing is prohibited and these fishes are considered holy. Thus both extremes occur simultaneously in our world.
My take on the different woodwork seen along the trip. Firstly the houses of Himanchal with woodwork.These ancient houses date back to 19th and 20th century and are still in use.One feature is the numerous windows which gives an amazing view. Secondly the market of Tiuni which has stilt like wood support as a precaution when the river water increases during monsoon. It has an archaic aura.
Along the way, we saw flowers blooming at such locations it made us believe- Beauty thrives even in the ill-favored conditions. I captured them with hope of imbibing this law myself.
Those you make unforgettable memories with along the way, new and old
On top of the Bolero!
Crossing River with Tuin
A Lungful of Love
Grooving at 12000ft
You got an open roof top in your car? I've got better.. I sit right on top of the car!! The driver was kind enough to entertain my wish and the people on either side of me held me in the bumps and jumps. I got an unfiltered view of the Chanshal range. All thanks to the warmth of the Himanchali people!
The Tuin River Crossing-With the help of locals, we crossed the Pabbar river the traditional way i.e using a trolley or Tuin. It was a whole new experience for us, with the gushing Pabbar river below and a single rope support.
From climbing into a JCB, to washing car in a river, to playing cricket with a group of strangers, to dancing, singing, learning, living. A short trip with so many memories and friends!
At Chanshal, Himanchal Pradesh, we saw a group of locals dancing to their local tunes (Naati). We decided to join them and learn their steps and taught them a few of our own. What followed was the best jam session at 12000ft.
Your culinary road trip that will make the judges hungry!
Chullol Chutney from scratch!
Sweetness with a View
The Archaic Taste
We learnt how to prepare Chulu(apricot) chutney called chullol from scratch! From climbing trees to sweating while mashing, it was a whole new experience. Wearing traditional attire was a bonus!
I have a very sweet tooth and in this adventure I tried different sweets at different scenic locations.1)Stuffing of Seedhe which we prepared in the morning. 2) Seedhe(a local sweet dish) at Chanshal(12000ft). 3) Rasmalai at Kanasar, a beautiful grassland amidst Deodar trees.4) Milk cake overlooking a valley on Shimla-Rohru Highway
We were fortunate enough to stay at a local's residence in Khauni, near Rohru and eat in their 150 yr old kitchen in the traditional way. The kitchen had an underground cellar which opened in the floor below. It had a mud chulha with a huge chimney. Our wonderful host can be seen in the third picture who served us delicious food.
The Wrangler InfiCool apparel that keeps you cool and confident while wandering
What makes you Wrangler
Denim mode on!
Adventure in Boots!
What Wrangler actually means to me, what defines it, forms its elements are-1) Wet-Like water, one should feel transparent wearing Wrangler. Flowing without a worry.2) Wind-One shouldn't stop with Wrangler. Rather bend obstacles and show your independence.3) Wild-Carefree and uninhibited are what Wrangler wants you to be.4) Wander-With all the above, can you stop wondering what lies beyond?
Our journey was unique and powered by Wrangler. We made lots of memories and we're thankful to Wrangler for that. We made a hand gesture saying W and used it in all our favorite momenrs. Our tagline for the journey was- We. Women. Wonder. Wander. With. Wrangler!
1- Inficool jeans for those who set a new trend this hot summer. 2&3- Wrangler apparel for your serene moments. Moments which give you such calm from the normal humdrum of life
Wrangler denims give you the ideal fit and shape! Whether it is to climb or stretch or squat! My take on #wranglerbutts in the most scenic places I've been to in my trip!
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