Fresh mountain air

Stunning drive-by

On the drive from Amritsar to Dharamshala, the majesty of the Himalayas is unveiled. After living in Delhi, breathing clean air and looking upon healthy forests in India is truly spectacular.

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City lights

Amritsar at night

A bustling night bazaar in Amritsar, yet away from the market, the city and countryside are pleasantly dark. India remains short on power and nights outside the major cities can be low-light affairs.

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Temple kabutar!

Pigeons!

My ongoing obsession with pigeons. These come from the Harmandir Sahib complex. It was a hot afternoon and pigeons need to drink, too.

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Chai, chai, garam chai, chai garam, garam chai…

Amritsari masala tea is dang fine

A charismatic chaiwallah whips up a batch with pomp and circumstance. Spicy with plenty of kali mirch and elaichi. Accha hei.

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Contemplating faith and beauty

Man and temple reflect

A man pauses at the Golden Temple, the Harmandir Sahib, in Amritsar. The beautiful complex of white marble, reflecting water, glistening gold and marching pilgrims is Sikhism’s holiest site and something stunning to behold.

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