I have always felt that cities and towns which have rivers have a lot more wealth than cities and towns which do not. Wealth in terms of romantic quotient , serenity , tranquility and history. A beautiful river gives that to a place.
I felt the magic of River Beas last year in the small little hill town of Kasol. The river goes through all of it magnifice and splendor through this sleepy town. The beauty of this river pulled me to it yet again and I explored other places through which it flowed. Mainly the hill towns of Kasol, Manali, Kullu and Naggar. These Hill stations are located in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India.
We stayed at Naggar which is about 30-40 kilometers from Manali , Kullu and Naggar. This town has a historic importance in the state as it was the capital of the ancient rulers at one point.
We stayed at a beautiful hotel (Heritage Village and Spa, Naggar ) which offered comfortable cottages in the midst of apple orchards and where the balconies offered a panoramic view of the mountain range ie. , Dhauladhar.
|Insides of the cottage , 2 room set with a kitchen and living room area.|
|Cottage located in the midst of apple orchards|
|View of the mountain range from the room balcony|
|Garden area of the hotel|
|Nearby village area|
|Cottage from outside|
Beautiful Dhauladhar Range
Our first stop in the area was at a religious shrine famous for its hot water springs. The gurudwara at Manikaran. We reached there late in the evening which is the best time to be at the Gurudwara when the most melodies prayers are being sung.
|Gurudwara (Sikh temple) at MANIKARAN|
|Insides of the Prayer room of the Gurudwara|
The second day was spent visiting Kulu and solang valley. Solang valley offers a number of adventure sports to indulge in . I indulged in Paragliding for the first time in my life during this trip here and loved the thrill to be airborne with a panoramic view of the mountains and valleysee.
|Paragliding at Solang Valley|
Next week headed towards Nagar. The places worth visiting are the Royal palace of the former kings of Kangra. This Palace is a building situated at a hill top and has the beautiful wood carvings and old architecture.