Delhi is the first place I’ve lived in where a mountain is not immediately visible, which I find somewhat sad. Volcanoes and mountains dominate the landscape of most of Mexico. In a clear morning, you can see Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl from many points in Mexico City. As a child, I would spend many weekends at my grandparent’s house which had amazing views of the Nevado de Toluca. Later, when I lived in California, a 30-minute drive would take me to the heart of  the Santa Cruz Mountains, where I used to hike very often. However, I can forgive Delhi for its lack of mountains because it only takes a one-hour flight to reach the Himalayas.

In the past two years, I’ve been tothe Himalayasa few times. I mostly did sightseeing during those trips. Instead, in September, I joined a friend in Kangra Valley, one hour away from Dharamshala, with the specific intention to do some hiking. I hadn’t done it for a long time so I was really looking forward to it. The hike was a lot of fun and challenging enough. The weather was great, neither too warm nor too cold. The sky was clear blue and the air fresh and clean. I think I should do it more often.

I didn’t bring my DSLR with me and I kind of regret it because the landscape and views were breathtaking. However, at the same time I am glad I didn’t bring it because I could focus more on the experience. Anyway, here are some pictures I could snap with my phone.

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Tea estate
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There are several tea estates in this region. If you are into it, they are worth a visit. You can learn about the process to obtain both black and green tea.

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