Postcards from India

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Post cards from India

Postcards are just a way to collect the mementos of certain destinations. Alas! They are not popular these days.

The old world charm still lingers, with a pack of postcards in your bag, small handwritten messages, a description that would only be brought back to aid as a florid piece to your room was once a trend.

Well…those were the times I can still picture; now simply to relive that golden era…Let’s call it an electronic letter. Read some of the postcards from near and far to help you get some firsthand experiences as you scroll to number –

1. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

A heart pumping destination Kasol is everything they say – let me be a part of the trend and call it the ‘Amsterdam of India’ as this picturesque village throngs with hippies all day long. Who wouldn’t make a pit stop to this unpolluted destination only to find the loveliest Himalayan Valleys and pristine River Parvati.

Marjungla Jamir, a student of Miranda House enthusiastic about Fashion and Travel, takes over Kasol and this is what she has to say…
Kasol“I took this picture in Kasol, Himachal Pradesh. A small village situated at the Parvati River with its precarious road conditions and hippy culture. Even though the world has been changing with mankind’s chain of developments, the hills remain untouched. It holds so much beauty and it’s no wonder people travel miles to get to this place.”

2. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Tagged as a backpacking destination, Manali has fame for its adrenaline activities. Manali charms many visitors for its soothing landmarks, and street shopping; you got to try its typical Himachal menus to the handiwork items. In fact, you can stroll the streets of Manali, I can assure you – exploring any city on foot is authentic and inspiring.

Aman Saini, an enthusiastic traveller and photographer prowl the city at night leading him to something he had been looking for.
Manali“I captured this one late night while enjoying a Grilled Trout Fish in Manali. Yes, it is one of the awesome places to hang out. ‘Jimmy Johnson’s Café’

Just a stone thrown away from the Bus stand on Circuit House Road, It’s a fairy Tale Restaurant in the heart of Manali. It’s a fine example of the colonial era with a sprawling beautifully head out a garden. Wooden panelling and unique artwork create an aura of old time charm. Wooden flooring, rich furnishing with the modern amenities makes it a home away from home. It offers a wide range of cocktails and mocktails and many more mouth watering cuisines. And the best thing is its Grilled Trout Fish the reason why I visited there. A must visit place while in Manali.”

3. Tezpur, Assam

Sprawling with verdant tea gardens and a never-ending stretch of the paddy fields, Tezpur is one of the consequential states in North East India. Probe into the jars of Assam and explore the state emblem, row your boat around the Brahmaputra and eye the orange sunset at Ganesh Ghat, Tezpur.

Siddharth Sipani, an adventurer, animal lover and an actor by profession gives an introductory to Tezpur’s temple run.
Manali“There are many ancient temples but among them, Mahabhairab Temple stands to the north of Tezpur town. This temple is believed to have been established by king Bana with a Siva Linga – it’s a beautiful temple. After that, I visited star paper and board mill which is the first northeast paper mill awarded by the president of India which is surrounded by natural beauty and temples.”

4. Koilamari Tea Estate, North Lakhimpur, Assam

Assam is known for its wildlife, archaeological sites, tea estates and the mighty River Brahmaputra. The state of North Lakhimpur is flowing with greens and tea gardens that are endless. This multi-cultural and multi-ethnic state of Northeast houses its uniqueness and grace, sprawling about 400 km from Guwahati, North Lakhimpur showcases its luxuriant gardens and this image says it all.

Tanu Bhandari, a journalism student, a book and music junkie highlights the best of summer.

Assam

“I shot this photograph early one summer morning when I was visiting Assam for my holidays. I took a ride with my father to visit the Tea Estate. There was no chaos or confusion there, just the sound of the wind and sight of nature and that’s when I froze this moment in my camera. Everything was just so perfect that it made this photograph even more beautiful.”

5. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

Sitting high in the Kumaon hills, this tourist destination in Nainital district of Uttarakhand is an abode of naturalistic beauty. Mukteshwar is a charming destination surrounded by fruit orchards and coniferous groves. There is no denying, these hills are blessed with adventure activities and everything from tucked up cafes to inexpensive guesthouses.

Kapil Sharma, a connoisseur and practitioner of classical crossover music has few notes for you.
Mukteshwar

“The annual visit to Mukteshwar, my hometown, is no less than a ‘sublime’ experience. A tiny town on an intimidating soaring altitude of 7500 feet above sea level, in Uttarakhand, it sets itself apart from other mainstream, commercially proliferating hill stations of the Himalayan region. Its distance from urban-industrial bedlam and monotony, an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and colonial British architecture are primary reasons to place it on the list of priorities for vacation destinations. A lush green paradise in summers and rains, and a vast white expanse of thick snow in winters, this place is Eden regained.”

6. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla is constantly buzzing with vacationists, for being one of the popular hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, the meandering and rambling central street constantly glares with lights and festive characters. Once the summer capital of British the dwelling is mostly of distant snowy peaks, maze-like alleys of the bustling bazaar and beloved Christ Church.

Ayush Chandra, a journalism student, loves photography, exploring new places and is certainly up for an affair in this charming abode.
Shimla

“The first thing that strikes you when you reach Ridge is the classic Christ Church which still maintains its aura after so many years of its origin. The church is as beautiful from inside as it looks from outside and is one of the most visited and prime attractions in Shimla. A visit to Christ Church in Shimla would surely offer you great peace and power. This charming place is one of the pleasantly panoramic and pristine hill stations of Himachal Pradesh I have ever been to and I recommend it as a must visit destination.”

7. YOL, Himachal Pradesh

Famed for its intrinsic beauty of hill stations and temples, Himachal Pradesh is blessed with equally mesmerising landmarks around. One such town of Himachal in Kangra district is the Young Officers Leave camp or better known as YOL. This small town established by British Indian Army holds beautiful and a picturesque view of mountains and rivers.

Joshita Grover, a commercial pilot and a travel enthusiast came across one such romantic affair to remember.

YOL

“This picture was clicked in a place called YOL, near Dharamshala. This picture takes me back to the time it was clicked, every single time I look at it. Although it was clicked about a year ago, during the onset of monsoon, I can still smell the fragrance in the air; feel the wind in my hair, rain pouring down and a perfectly placed rainbow. It was like God himself painted this picture. I am glad I had my camera that day, or else I would have never been able to share one of the most picturesque images of nature in all its glory.”

Some memories are just too good to forget. Evoke those valuable flashes you have and make a photo montage and frame it on your wall {one way to relive the historical postcards trend}. If you have interesting stories about a destination in India, we’d like to hear your tales as well. Make the comment section your platform and let out all entertaining travel narratives.

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About

Abhishek Gurung is a writer whose passion for food and travel is an unending affair. He likes going on treks and camping in the woods, loves exploring forts and architecture, he is a cycle enthusiast who likes to contribute something to the environment, travel photography and videography is another interest as he sees life in a cinematic point of view. He likes the idea of living in offbeat destination where the mode of communication is to interact with each other. Coming from Nagaland, he has visited some beautiful valleys and remote villages and appreciates nature as it is and as it should be.


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