Life in Delhi certainly has it's benefits, but lots of space and fresh air is not amongst them. So I find it essential to once in a while get out to places where there is more room and better air to breathe. Luckily Delhi lies not too far from the greatest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. So I planned a small trekking trip around the town of Dharamsala in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
Nitoli couldn't join me so instead she suggested I should go with two of the interns at the embassy. One got sick, but the other one was up for it. We took a train on Friday night so that we could start our trek fairly early on Saturday.
Below I'm showing pictures from day one where we walked from Dharamsala to the Guna Devi Temple, which turned to be less picturesque than I hoped. Nevertheless it was a good walk with some nice walks, but also going through several tiny villages giving us a glimpse of local life in the Himalayan foothills. We arrived at the temple in good time to setup before sunset so we could enjoy the view for a bit. Usually Himalayan sunset are accompanied by huge clouds suddenly appearing out of nowhere to cover the mountains in a thick mist.
Look at how clean that water is. Hard to believe when you live next to the super-polluted Yamuna river