Artificial scents in your laundry detergent? Bah!

Tide Mountain Spring and Oxy-Clean Mountain Fresh and sundry other suds ain’t got nothing on the smell of clothes dried properly in fresh Himalayan air.

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I want to live there…

Tiny mountain farm house

The forested hills and mountains above Dharamshala.

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Majestic views from Upper Dharamshala

Breathe free

With a soundtrack of chanting monks, a permanent Tibetan refugee population and backdrop of the Himalayas, Upper Dharamshala — known to tourists as McLeod Ganj — is enchanting. This view comes from the Dalai Lama’s monastery, the Namgyal Monastery.

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The mighty Kanchenjunga range

Kanchenjunga (right) at sunrise


Pelling offers so many good photos. So easy to take them.

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Mountain road cricket

Just don't hit it into the valley just out of frame

Quite regularly, the Darjeeling region in West Bengal organizes a bandh, or strike, to show support for creation of a separate state called Gorkhaland. On those days, the usually choked, winding mountain road and rail tracks between Ghoom and Darjeeling are practically empty.

Perfect time for a pickup cricket game. Indians will play anywhere, after all.

Of course, on the other side of the road, the valley plummets hundreds of meters. Best not to swing for that side.

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