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Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh, India
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Himachal Pradesh

The bridge that stood up to the fury of a river...

For incoming travelers headed for Manikaran, Diyar, Kasol or Manali, the Bhuntar-Hatithan bridge might be a mere landmark but for dwellers of the valley it continues to be a busy lifeline.

Is your family as close knit as that of the caterpillar?

In its final larval stage, identified by its dark body with spiky white hair that causes skin irritation to humans, a nest of walnut caterpillars meander across a tree in a manner entomologists have come to define as processionary motion. Keep an eye out for this spectacle of nature when outdoors.

For work, lunch, chess or that unfinished book.

Break a long journey over lunch at Nature Park Mohal, or drop in for work, a game of cards or the charm of reading in the midst of nature.

Possibly the world’s most complex hybrid.

What creature has the trunk of an elephant, the jaws of a crocodile, the eyes of a monkey, the tusks of a wild boar, the scales, tendrils and gills of a fish, the tail of a peacock, the mane of a horse and the claws of a lion?

The first apple.

Himachal was not always the land of apples as it is today. In fact in ancient times not a single apple tree grew within her borders.

The early start.

Trekkers wake up early for the Bhawa Pass trek in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India in this photo by expedition leader Panki Sood.

Bhuntar in the snow.

Dense snowfall in 2014 turns the town of Bhuntar in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh into a dreamy picture of a hill town.

Here I sing free.

Reveling in the freedom of its natural habitat, a Himalayan Bulbul sweetens the air with its soft and soulful whistles in Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Making the heavens pour.

A dense patch of vegetation is set alight on a hillside and left to smolder and fume, in an attempt to bring down the rains in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh, India.

What to expect at Bhuntar, a mid size town, that falls en route to Manali and Manikaran in Himachal Pradesh, India.