Ten years ago when I first saw Hanle, it was a small village with an observatory on one hilltop and an ancient Buddhist monastery on the other.

It still looks the same but now it has some really comfortable home stays and a lot more tourists.

Decades ago it was impossible to get access into this military sensitive zone, now all you need is a special stamp with your inner line permits from the DC office if you are an Indian national.

Here are some pictures from my short visit.

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I was born in Rohru, a small town about 100kms away from Shimla, known for its apple orchards, but having spent all of my life outside, I hardly know this region. So, every day I make it a point to drive to a new village and spend my evening there. Hope I’ll be able to visit all of the villages very soon.

While enquiring about villages with really bad roads, my neighbour who is a government school teacher in Rohru, invited me to her village in Chwarah valley. I didn’t really have time to explore it all, but I’ll return with more pictures and information. You can follow lifeinshimla.com to see more villages like these in the near future.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Originally published at https://khagta.com on March 13, 2018.

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The first time I saw Bharmour was when I turned eighteen. I had just got a drivers license and I had a lot of free time. The map of Himachal I had at that time showed Bharmour as the last place one could drive to on that side of Himachal…

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