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The Heritage Toy Train Journey - Childhood Memoir

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I wonder if it is natural to be nostalgic! Or is it due to the mental and emotional exhaustion invoked in us due to Covid -19 and its consequences? Do you also feel nostalgic at times! If yes, kindly share your moments of nostalgia in the comment box. One such nostalgic moment evoked by Ruskin Bond's book 'The Great Train journey' inspired me to write this blog. You must be wondering how! To explain this, let me take you to my childhood memories. I was born and brought up in the same small town Kalka which Ruskin Bond has beautifully mentioned in his book. Not only this, he also talked about the Toy Train, which happened to be the first train that I also ever saw.  Still confused! Let me explain further.  It was nostalgic because I also saw the train for the first time on the narrow gauge of the Kalka Shimla track that happens to pass just behind my house. I got excited every time the train blew its whistle. Waving to the passengers sitting at the window seat was a routine

Norbulinka Institute, Dharamshala

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Hello friends, today I am writing about a beautiful institution near Dharamshala- Norbulingka. Situated in foothills of Dhauladhar range, Norbulingka not only gives you knowledge about Tibetan culture but the architecture of the institution, its greenery, water flowing in the middle of the garden and prayer flags fluttering above your heads are treat to eyes. The brightly colored ambience of the institution is perfect for photography. I chose to write about Norbulingka because I think not many people who visit Dharamshala or Mcleodganj know about this institution. Norbulingka means 'Jeweled Park'. In 1755, Norbulingka was built in Lhasa, Tibet. It was the traditional summer residence of Dalai Lamas from 1780s onwards until the 14th Dalai Lama came to India on exile in 1959. It served as an administrative and religious center. It is a unique representation of Tibetan palace architecture.  After 1959 Tibetan uprising there was an influx of Tibetan refugees in India, who followed

Kandbari Hills-Palampur, India

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When it comes to travelling, we travel for two reasons. One is to learn about our glorious history, to understand the culture and diversity in the world. Second is to breathe new life into ourselves by interacting with nature.  All my previous blogs were about my travel to the historical cities which I visited for the first reason. But today, I thought of writing about a place that I chose for the second reason. Kandbari, a new and unexplored hill station is 11 Km from Palampur.  There is little to do here except for enjoying the bounties of nature.  After successfully ending a session in school and beginning the new one, I thought of taking a short break to revitalize myself. On 19 April 2019, we set out for a short break at Kandbari. Route till Palampur was well known as we have been on this road many times. But Kandbari was a new place for us. While searching on the internet for an unexplored destination, away from the crowd of tourists, we learnt about Kandbari. We booked our stay