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Dharamsala to Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

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(October, 2010)


When we woke up the wind was coming from the opposite direction than normal and our Indian landlord told us "monsoon finished" so we sadly left paradise in the sun. Later we had to sit out a brief downpour with some locals. Game on for cycling India!

 



Picture of our camping stove on the balcony on our US$4 hotel room in northern India. I like bicycle touring with all the camping gear but it is nice to wheel the bike in a room and have coffee with a great view.

 



We made some friends while walking around Tashijong and Taragarh.

 



Old temple with Himalayan foothills.

 



I convinced Cindie to get rid of her Suduko book she bought in the airport before we left the USA. This is a picture of Cindie explaining how to work the puzzles to an excited Indian girl. Things we take for granted at home are prized possessions here.

 



Cycling in the Indian countryside.

 



Terrace farming.

 



A little hill climbing.

 



Photo of Cindie and loaded touring bike on our quiet Indian road cycling south through the mountains to Nepal.

 



Picture of Tim's loaded touring bicycle taking a rest during the four hour uphill spin to Rewalsar Lake, India.

 



 

 



This Hindu priest invited me to watch a ceremony in the temple then we all slept in it and had another ceremony at sunrise - very hypnotic. I have a lot to learn about this religion and way of life. So cool.

 



Indian trucks are very decorated in several different themes depending on the religion of the driver.

 



I seem to be a big hit with the drivers here in India - They get so excited and happy - waving out their windows at me.

 



Touring bicycle parking is easy outside of the cities here in India

 



This man is making my lunch. Talking to the guys at the truck stops is how I am learning Hindi and boy, do they like to talk.

 



I have no idea what it says but I think it is a "vote for me" poster.  India is the world's largest democracy.

 



I went uphill continuously for 40k (25 miles). I thought I was bicycle touring in the Himalaya until I rounded a corner and saw the real giant snow-capped peaks. I'm still in the foothills!

 



Once I climbed high enough I had shade and cool mountain air.

 



Making friends along the road.

 



Shimla, India - the shining city on the hill. It was a British Hill station. Now it's a university town. Also a big honeymoon destination.

 

 

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