Trek Himachal

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Welcome to Trek Himachal

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I am in a classic dilemma. Where do I begin? This is not a travel site, I am not a tour guide, I cannot claim to have travelled very extensively (though I hope to be able to claim that someday). To cut the agony short, I have had a completely uneventful life. Born and brought up in Himachal Pradesh, India, I did all the stuff good middle class boys are supposed to do. After a Bachelors in Engineering, post graduation in Management and 4 and half years at a bank, at 27, I realized I am not going anywhere. Then, a bug bit me, summarized by something Mark Twain said:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Travel is something I always loved and longed to do. Travel to me is more than just hopping onto a flight/train/bus, getting down, staying in a posh hotel, touching all the known places and coming back home. It is about living the journey and the destination. It is about soaking in everything that is there to soak; the culture, the lifestyle, the language, the economics, the social dynamics.

What better place to begin with than the state I originally come from? Himachal has so much to offer that is still unexplored and untouched. Barring  Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala, there is little else people outside know of. Of course, quite a large part of that is thanks to the inactivity of the government on the tourism front, which is not all bad, for governments are not too well known for sustenable development. To an enthusiastic, outgoing tourist, Himachal offers so much yet, he knows of nothing.

The agenda goes beyond the literal name of the domain. The endeavour is to bring the personal and first hand experience of travelling in Himachal. Trekking just happens to be the best way of doing that. Inside, you will find pages on trekking in himachal, trek routes and maps, food and drink of Himachal, religious belief and diversity in Himachal, mountain passes of Himachal and villages/places in Himachal. If you feel any important aspect of travelling has been missed in these pages or can be improved upon, please feel free to post your comments.

Update on 17 Jan 2010

While I travel Himachal and write on this site, there is a lot of content which does not fit in here for various reasons. You can find that and a lot of photographs on my blogs at Blogspot, The Confused and The Wandering and Sunsetophilia.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2011 08:57