Landscapes from Jagatsukh, Himachal Pradesh

By Mridula Dwivedi April 13, 2013 10 Comments , ,

Walking around in the hills is my favorite past time. And this time in Jagatsukh I walked at least for 8 hours in three sessions. I should actually say I was on the road for 8 hours because for most of the time I would stop and click pictures. I don’t know why the landscapes affect me the way they do. My best guess is that they put things in perspective, that I appear as a dot somewhere (or not even that) in the larger scheme of things!

Dhaula Dhar Range, Manali

Dhauladhar Range, near Manali

But I guess the people who live here would take the beautiful mountains completely for granted? I have heard many say though that they cannot take the heat of North Indian plains and would stay in their own villages in the mountains.

I guess they are lucky who have a gurgling stream flowing so close to their homes? Also this is not one of those villages where you have to carry a LPG cylinder for 11 kms to your house.

Majestic Mountains

Majestic Mountains

I read somewhere on the internet that nature is not a place to visit, it is home (OK I dug up the reference and it is Gary Snyder) and this phrase is just stuck in my memory. Because for me, as of now, nature is a place to visit. I hope this will change one day.

Electric Wires and All!

Electric Wires and All!

If you look closely at the picture above you can see electric wires in this landscape. Well it was there. There is a debate in the photography circles whether it is fine to edit such elements. To begin with I use only Picasa and I would not know how to edit it. And secondly I firmly believe that if there are wires there are wires, why give a false impression about the place? I would like it if they were not there but they were there and I clicked it as it was. And this is just my view. I have no fight if someone wants to edit them. But in this world of over edited pictures it is difficult to keep expectations realistic about a destination.

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10 thoughts on “Landscapes from Jagatsukh, Himachal Pradesh”

  1. lovely pics, Mridula….. and that was such a beautiful quote.. to me too, nature as of now, means only a visit…. but there is an urge to make it a home…. but i wonder if city bred me can ever really call nature home.. and i completely agree with you about the wires.. they are there, and they are an eyesore, but since they are actually there, it does seem wrong to edit them out, even if we know how to.

  2. Lovely blog Mridula and beautiful pics. I agree people who live at a place start taking the place for granted. For ex. I live in Andamans.. and I am not crazy for sea anymore as I used to be.. though I thoroughly enjoy the natural beauty of this place. And I also know that once I move out of here, I would miss this terribly. 🙂

  3. Thanks Farzana and Ali.

    Anu I come from a small town so I guess I can go back but you never know till you try it out. 😀

    Surabhi you live in the Andamans? Wow what a place to live.

  4. Mridul you seems to be professional photographer. I want to know how you manage to write everyday.

  5. wow !!! and yes not again !!!!

    Mridula … i envy u ..
    i die to be a part of the heaven … and in your last post i had mentioned .. how much i craved for reaching these beautiful snow capped green…mountanious heaven with the cold breeze bowling and the nature singing the continuous song of … peaceful silence …. !!! oh God !! amazing snaps may force me type my resignation …. 🙁 🙂

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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