Mountains, rivers, food, people, bird-life, bustling villages and towns and peaceful temples are all vivid memories. I especially enjoyed exploring a few of the mountain streams and rivers and looking at the ice carved and water worn rocks that have been shaped over millions of years. See photo below.
The event that marred the start of the visit was when I got the news last Sunday, that my boss and friend, Alistiar Henley, died of a heart-attack while our walking in the hills near Kuala Lumpur. Alistair was Director of the Asia and Pacific region for the Red Cross (IFRC), but as i wrote in an earlier post, A Tribute to Alistair Henley, I was able farewell him in a fitting manner.
Anuj Bahri and I did quite a lot of walking in the foothills of the Dhaula Dar and visited Dharamsala and McLeodganj, the home of the Dalai Lama and many Tibetans in exile.
My travelling companion Anuj Bahri outside the money changer in Mcleeodganf. Photo: Bob McKerrow
Rather than return the usual route through Una, Anandpur and Ropar to Umbella, we took the route into heartland Punjab via Jullunder and Ludhiana and then onto Umbella.