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Bijli Mahadev

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in India | Comments Off on Bijli Mahadev

Yesterday Buddhi and I went for a little ride to see a remote temple, Bijli Mahadev. Biji Majadev is a temple to Shiva (the Destroyer). There’s a large pole that serves basically as a lightening rod. Every March a lightening strike comes through the temple and  shatters the lingham (linham=penis), which is made of metallic rocks and covered with–yes, BUTTER! (Imagine the flies in this place…) I bet it’s truly astonishing to be there for the grand explosion! All we had to do to get there was slog through three+ hours (each way!!!)  of mud, mud mixed with cow manure, mud mixed with sheep manure, mud mixed with clay, wet clay, and mud mixed with yet more mud. 🙂 Looks great, right? Certain points during the day I thought I would die, at certain other points during the day...

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Bring in the Monkeys

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in India | Comments Off on Bring in the Monkeys

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday we went riding (more on that in the next post–those take me longer) in the rain, but then it cleared. Today, Thursday, dawned coll, sunny, and glorious. I’ve  come to really like Manali–can you not when you spend time in a place where you can call downstairs and they’llbring you a cup of tea to enjoy on your balcony? Can you not come to love a place, from your balcony, where you can look across the valley and see a majestic mountain rising 2000+ feet before your very eyes? Do you know I can count ELEVEN waterfalls, some over one thousand feet, within my panoramic view? And now, this morning, add the monkeys. On the hillside behind me I heard then screeching at each other and lo and  behold, there are about...

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A Day with Rain

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in India | Comments Off on A Day with Rain

It’s cold, wet and rainy here in Manali. It rained most of yesterday, too, but cleared up long enough for Buddhi and I to walk down the hill in Old Manali and have dinner without getting too wet. Tandoori chicken and a Banana Lassi. Yum! The droning downpour was terrific for sleeping, and I stayed in bed all cozy for about 11 hours! We were going to head out this morning to attend a local festival so I could take some pictures of traditional costumes and such,. We’ll see if we go later–I’ve already drowned one camera this season and now need another service on the G10, so I am not eager to ruin another piece of electronics. This also may affect our plans to begin touring tomorrow…we’d planned to visit Sarahan and Bijli Mahadev. I’m particularly interested in...

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YouTube Video–riding in the Indian Himalayas

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in India | Comments Off on YouTube Video–riding in the Indian Himalayas

Third video: (which also can be found on YouTube HERE if the link does not work) Please follow and like...

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YouTube Video–riding in the Himalayas (Rohtang Pass-pile of corpses)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in India | 2 comments

Below is another video, also from our last day of riding on the Leh-Manali Highway traversing Rohtang Pass. This video  shows typical riding conditions in the Himalayas of northern India. Here’s what Wikipedia says about Rohtang Pass: Rohtang Pass (Hindi: रोहतांग दर्रा) (Bhoti: Rohtang , lit: pile of corpses,[1] due to people dying in bad weather trying to cross the pass) (altitude 3,978 m or 13,051 ft),[2] is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km (32 mi) from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India. Manali-Leh Highway, a part of NH 21, transverses Rohtang Pass.   The cheering/voices you hear is when I pass people on the road and they realize it’s a woman riding the motorcycle. Note that the people in the road...

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YouTube Video–riding in the Himalayas (sheep crossing)

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in India | 4 comments

  This was our last day of riding on the tour–we’d just left Jispa and were headed up and over the mountains back to Manali. Please follow and like...

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