Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Why Travel Tuesday: the Dhauladhar Himalayas


Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features the first snowy mountain I ever laid my eyes on: the Dhauladhar Himalayas.

Dhauladhar Himalayas in Dharamsala, India

Yes, contrary to the couple of entries that I have been able to post ever since I started my trip, I am no longer in Singapore. In the 10 days that I have been traveling, I have been to three countries and four cities. Imagine that. The photo above is of the Dhauladhar Mountains, a section of the Himalayas visible from the quaint little town of McLeod Ganj in Dharamsala, northern India. I chose to post this photo because seeing it every single day gets me excited. Coming from a tropical archipelago like the Philippines, snowy mountains are not something I grew up with. Seeing these mountains made me realize why I travel: to behold something absolutely new and different.

We actually came to Dharamsala on a whim simply because we had the misfortune of missing our train to Jaisalmer, an equally beautiful Indian city in the Thar Desert. But I will talk more about these places later, transportation misfortunes included. I have a couple more of Singapore posts coming up. So that's that. Right now, however, on the eve of the Indian festival of lights, Diwali, we are now getting ready to go back down to the plains stopping off at the Sikh city of Amritsar. Yes, we will be experiencing India's major religions: Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Sikh. Things are looking up, I must say.


What absolutely new and different things you made sure you experienced in your travels? Are snowy mountains something new to you, too?


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