Month: Dec 2011

Himalayan villages: Chumikgiarsa at 4000m

Chumikgiarsa is situated along the wide sarchu plains just after the dhabba stop of Sarchu. It is however mostly viewed from a distance as the wide stepped river and plain keep it at more than an arms length. For the past 2 years I have always been very curious to visit this village that would appear as little dots of houses along a beautifully eroded river plain step. This year…

Himalayan villages: Old Manali

One of my favourite things about bike trips is that access to small, quaint and often forgotten about villages is a daily occurrence as you aren't simply whizzing by in the bubble of a bus and can stop at any point to meet the 'real' people. Old Manali and surrounding villages offer some interesting insights into the daily lives of tribes of Himachal Pradesh. The other nice thing is that…