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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Things to do and see at Ramgarh - 3

The magic begins almost as soon as you leave Bhowali. Make sure you tank up since this is the last petrol pump on your route. A steep climb and about 9 km later you get your first reward: the soothing sight of snow. The heat and dust you have left behind in the plains never seemed more far away. The thick chir pine forests suffuse the air with a heady, resiny aroma.

If you happen to he driving up to the hills after dark, you might even spot a leopard. Ramgarh itself is a small village with a road running through it. The best way to explore the countryside is to drive a short distance and then walk around through the sleepy hamlets. And if you are not up to haring around, grab a rug and a book and simply curl up on a grassy knoll. The only sound that will interrupt the peace is the tinkle of cowbells. Make sure the kids bring along their crayons and colouring paints: the pine cones strewn around can make an artist out of anybody. Ramgarh also has a fairly old Shiva Temple, located just south of Ramgarh on the Bhowali Road, where the road veers right towards Bhowali.

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