Dhankar Monastery: An Unexpected Hike

To reach Dhankar on public transport, catch the Kaza to Peo bus at around 7.30 AM and reach Sichling in an hour. If coming from Tabo, look for Sumdo-Kaza bus, which reaches Tabo at around 9.30-10 AM. That should also leave you at Sichling in an hour. From Sichling, hitchhike or just hike for 8 KMs to Dhankar.

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Tirthan Valley: Gushaini Travel & Trekking Guide

Tirthan Valley centred around Gushaini is a part of the Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Many short and long treks can be done through the valley. Angling, ecotourism, and cultural escapades in the villages are other attractions. Jibhi and Jalori Pass are nearby attractions.

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Kaza: One for the Underdog

All you need to know about Kaza, Spiti, including the geography of the town, bus timings from Shimla, Peo, and Manali, homestays, hotels, and hostels, what to see, and what to buy from one of the remotest towns in Himachal Pradesh.

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Nahan and Haripurdhar: A confusing week through Sirmaur

The Sirmaur district was a princely state called Sirmur, also called Nahan State after the capital of Nahan, one of the bigger towns in Himachal. Nahan is 40 KMs away from Renuka Lake, the largest lake in Himachal named after Renukaji, mother of Parashuram. Haripurdhar, the highest town in Sirmaur at 2700 metres, is 60 Kms further from Renukaji.

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Pithoragarh: The Rite of Spring

Pithoragarh is directly connected to Delhi with overnight buses from Anand Vihar ISBT (NOT Kashmere Gate ISBT). The nearest train stations to Pithoragarh are Haldwani-Kathgodam (Ranikhet Express from Delhi) and Tanakpur (No direct trains from Delhi). From Kathgodam you can get buses or shared cars via Almora to Pithoragarh (200 KMs) and from Tanakpur via Champawat to Pithoragarh (150 KMs).

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Jauljibi and Askot: 12 Angry Men, One Morose Goat

The 95 KM long Pithoragarh-Dharchula route is an ancient route connecting Kumaon to Nepal and Tibet. Dharchula borders Nepal and is one of the many border crossings in the region on the banks of rivers Kali. But before that, you come accross Jauljibi, 65 Kms from Pithoragarh while Askote is a major village en route.

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