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Kandbari Views-A Pictorial Essay

Updated on April 24, 2010

White Mountain

View of the Dhauladhar Mountains. Image courtesy the author
View of the Dhauladhar Mountains. Image courtesy the author

Introduction

This is the third in a series on a holiday in Kandbari, in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh (region of snowy mountains). Kandbari lies at 1200 metres (4000 feet) in the foothills of the Dhauladhar Mountain Range (White Mountain) of the Himalayas.

It certainly is much easier taking and exhibiting photographs than writing tomes. If you don't believe this, please read My Unfinished Hubs.

But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words (or is it?). Decide for yourselves.

A Bend in the Awwa

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Image Courtesy the author

The melting snows feed the Awwa River which in turn waters the fields and feeds the villagers. They wonder what is causing changes in the climate which is becoming more unpredictable. The fact is that in our increasingly interdependent global village, an unseen jet aircraft is contributing as much to this as the belching of cattle and sheep.

Bridge over the River Awwa

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Image Courtesy the author

Steps hewn out of this huge rock, ice-cold waters and a bridge that would be far easier to bomb than the one over the River Kwai.

Morning Has Broken

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Image courtesy the author

Morning breaks with the sun crowning the mountaintops while shadows fill the valleys. In minutes the land is awake and nature's beauty revealed.

Nain Village

View of Nain Village. Image Courtesy the author
View of Nain Village. Image Courtesy the author

The houses in Nain village are clean and well-kept with all the appurtenances of modern life, including refrigerators and TVs. The villagers are a satisfied lot and the education of children is a high priority for everyone.

Terraced Fields of Nain Village

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The crops include rice, wheat and corn. Additionally guava and citrus fruit and beans and lentil flourish in the soil and atmospheric conditions prevalent in the hills.

Rhesus monkeys and wild boar cause extensive damage and the villagers have to cope as best they can.

Tall and Straight-the Way We Should Be

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Like elsewhere on our fragile planet, the limitless well of human greed is leading to destruction of trees. Powerful mafias operate with impunity. Movements like the Chipko Movement, in which village folk and especially women folk, managed to stop the decimation of trees by hugging them, need to be organised to protect trees.

Tree-framed Mountains

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Image Courtesy the author

Wherever you go in this area, the Dhauladhar Mountains tower above you, making you feel that man's inflated sense of importance needs levelling and the mountains do so very effectively.

Habitation in the Hills

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Image courtesy the author

As you ascend higher up the mountains, scattered villages like this are visible. The mountain streams become markedly colder even when you gain height by just a few hundred metres.

Sunrise, Sunset, Swiftly Fly the Years

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Image courtesy the author.

Open spaces, fresh, clean air, bubbling mountain streams, friendly folk, beauty surrounding you everywhere you look-what else could one ask for? Perhaps just to be reborn at Kandbari.

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      sabu singh 6 years ago

      Very kind of you Vishaaa. Thank you for reading.

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      Vishaaa 6 years ago from Somewhere on this earth..

      The bridge and the mountains.. Wow.. Breathtaking. What else we want to spend our life peacefully in a place like this? Enjoyed your photography the most. wonderful. voted up.

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      sabu singh 6 years ago

      Let me know if you ever visit India Doc Snow and we shall see whether it is possible to arrange a visit to Kandbari. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Doc Snow 6 years ago from Atlanta metropolitan area, GA, USA

      Thanks--not quite as good as visiting myself, but much more affordable!

      Thanks for a beautiful 'post-card.'

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      sabu singh 6 years ago

      Thank you Kultar. I hope we can meet when I visit Kandbari next.

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      KULTAR RANA 6 years ago

      You have a lot of very good photographs here to illustrate your hub from my village. I like them!and appreciate your efforts of my village.

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      Thank you for you kind words D.A.L. It is my pleasure to share them with you.

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      Dave 7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi sabu, a photograph surely does speak a thousand words especially when they are of this quality about fascinating subjects. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      Thank you for your congratulations and kind words Thai Women Advice. There is a lot to see in this beautiful country and we wish more people like you would visit to enjoy its natural beauty.

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      Thai Women Advice 7 years ago from THAILAND

      Firstly congratulations on your 10,000 reads.I have enjoyed this Hub,particularly as it is about such a beautiful part of India ,incidentally the photographs are lovely.I have visited India several times, but my business always took me to the South.

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      Thank you for visiting Vibhavari. It is always heartening to see some appreciation. Cheers.

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      Vibhavari 7 years ago from India

      Lovely pictures!

      and now I am following you...Thanks for the personal notification. I also read the hub on the hilfolk, that was nice too...

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      Thanks for your heartening words Stoob. That comparison with NG just made my day, week, month and year. Why don't you plan a visit this October. I plan to be there, God Willing.

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      stoob 7 years ago

      Sabu - a visual treat. Almost as good as National Geographic. It felt good to be transported from the heat of the plains to the cool mountains.

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      Thank you for your kind comments hummingbird5356. Glad you visited.

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      You have a lot of very good photos here to illustrate your hub. I like them!

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      My apologies for not acknowledging your comments, ST. As always, it is so much of a pleasure to have you visit. Yes, I do have a great camera and I am trying to develop my eye.

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      High time Bils. Fingers crossed. Love

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      billy sidhu 7 years ago

      nanbhaiya - yup its time we all moved there!!

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Gorgeous, Sabu! Thanks so much for sharing your quiet corner of the world, nearly half way 'round the globe from my quiet corner. The scenery is magnificent. It is very interesting to view the enlarged versions of your pics to see the detail. You and your camera did an awesome job.

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      Thanks Jaspal. Good to see you back on HP after quite some time.

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      Jaspal 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful pics. Though I have never been to Kandbari, they bring back fond memories of similar - and yet so different - locations where one has camped and trekked over the years.

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      I am sure you would be more than welcome into Indian homes. As it is, you already have an Indian connection and the advantage of a collection of Indian Hubbers whom you already know.

      Thanks for your comments.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Your wonderful pictures made me want to visit India.

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      Thanks FP. You are absolutely right. Let's all move to Kandbari.

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago

      Fabulous! Who would live somewhere else if they could live like this?

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      sabu singh 7 years ago

      Thank you for your comments Shalini. Kandbari is definitely worth a visit if you want peace and quiet.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Absolutely breathtaking, Sabu! Yes, indeed, with scenery like this, what more could one ask for?