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SHIMLA -- Eight trekkers, seven of them reported to be students of an engineering college in Punjab, have gone missing after they left from Nagger for the 12,000-ft high Chandrakhani Pass in Kullu dis...
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati
It may not be as high as the moon, but sitting pretty at a height of 4300m, the crescent-shaped Chandra Tal (Moon Lake) takes quite an excursion to get to. Located in the Lahaul region of Himachal Pradesh in India, the nearest town is Manali, about 140km away, but because there are few roads to speak of after the Rohtang Pass, it takes about eight to 10 hours to reach. But as these pictures hopefully prove, the effort is worth it.
As I began the hike nothing but the aspens stretched out in front of me as the ridges of the Rocky Mountains towered above. It was too quiet. The signs at the trail head cautioning about hiking in bear and mountain lion country preoccupied my thoughts. Five minutes later I was back at the base and decided instead to walk the safe, paved, asphalt street winding its way through million-dollar mountain mansions. That street hit a dead-end within about 300 feet, the metaphor of which was not lost on me.
Trekking in a vast country like India can be magical. You can walk through icy deserts and tropical rain forests, climb vast Himalayan peaks or run down expansive rolling meadows, all without ever cro...