Monday, November 18, 2013

Guest post:The Loshegani sunrise

Loshegani is a dreamy hamlet in Nainital in the Kumaon region of UttarakhandIn this paradise stands a spectacular little place called Villa Loshegani at 7,000 feet.

On a clear day, you can actually get a glimpse of the great Himalayan range which is almost 400 kms away. With a telescope, one can actually see the Badrinath and Kedarnath peaks from here.

My friends and I decided to holiday here a few years ago and we had the entire place to ourselves for all the five nights we were there. This included the mountains, the hamlets, its people and the serene winter that came with it. 

We spent hours walking these hills and meeting the locals, who saw us city folks as urbanised aliens. We had a great time walking around on these hills for about six hours with a stray dog for company. He just trailed alongside us as I took my time taking photographs. 
Loshegani Sunrise
The photograph above was taken at 5:30 am with the sun rising slowly behind the mountains and the day breaking dawn.

On one such trails, we met a woman from a village four kms away. She was collecting dry leaves in a sack which had swollen to twice her size by now. She does this everyday and sells them in the local market. 

We also met school kids walking to school six to eight kms away in another village. They'd walk the distance to and fro everyday five days a week!  

That place, the hills and its people had a world of their own and they were happy where they were. They personified true contentment.

Also on our agenda was a three-day music festival called 'Escape' in Naukuchiatal which is three hours south of Loshegani. 

Click here to see more pictures from the Loshegani trip. To check the villa we stayed in and book it for yourself, go here.

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This post was contributed by Bhavesh Bangdiwala, who is a budding photographer and a serious music aficionado. He spends his time travelling around the world collecting LPs of offbeat 'non-mainstream' music and indie bands. 

He likes to listen to the sounds of the world without prejudice. If it catches his ear, it becomes part of his collection. For him, it's all about giving complete attention to the artist and respecting their hard work by paying the small price they ask for to own their art. Get a peak into his world of music by signing up for his newsletter. He can be contacted at bangdiwalas@yahoo.com.

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