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Travelling for free from Delhi to popular tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh

Well, one can reach places by hitchhiking.  Did you know this? They say, by tradition when one solicits a ride by standing on the edge of the road, from the traffic moving by making a gesture like- one's thumb extended/upwards, it's called hitchhiking. This reminds me of the hitchhiking technique shown in Pooja Bhatt and Aamir Khan starrer " Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin" in the year 1991. I won't recommend Pooja Bhat style of hitchhiking.  😄 This was some fun intended! Hitchhiking from Delhi to Manali or any tourist destination in Himachal is not all that difficult. The best part of this route is the heavy traffic on this route. The route, at least, up to Chandigarh is flooded with many options from cars, tempos, lorries, tractors etc. One might face problems beyond Chandigarh. Here are some of the hitchhikers audio-visuals to get inspired from- 1st - Shubham Kumar,a  young boy from a normal background, who  visited 18 countries in a span of just 2 years. His story is

Food & Beverages that you must enjoy while on a trip to Himachal

Himachal Pradesh has a wide range of uniqueness in traditional fermented food made of cereal, pulses, and milk. Most of these items are cooked by boiling, smoking, roasting, and frying. The traditional fermented foods in Himachal are largely probiotic,such as seera,bhaturu,jhol,chaang etc. Within the state itself, one can find local variation due to the pattern of food production and altitude where the people live. For instance, the region of Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur people consume products having millets, barley, buckwheat as the main substrate, while in lower areas of the state  i.e Mandi, Kangra, Hamirpur, Bilaspur people prefer rotis made of wheat  or maize flour  and rice. Babroo and Bhaturu are fermented products(Rotis) made up of wheat flour. I still remember the ladies sharing Malera ( traditional inoculum( which used to be added to the dough) followed by a considerable length of resting period. If you tear Bhaturu apart, it will have ticker & thinner parts. As a

Shimla Struggling To Find Her Soul- The Tourists & The Buzz

Today on 1st May 2021,  I was standing near Metropol enjoying the panoramic view of going to be Smart City Shimla along with one of my friend. This location is the new location for Kamats-Original Family Restaurant,Shimla. Kamats-Original Family Restaurant had to close the operations on Mall Road due to extended lockdowns last year in July. Covid-19 is on its spread in the rest of the parts of the country and Himachal Pradesh State Govt also has imposed a lockdown on Saturday & Sunday. All the shops were closed except for the essential commodities. The roads were sparsely dotted with vehicles. The newly built multilevel parking attendants were off mood looking at the business they were pegging in the month of May. It was raining today and suddenly the mercury dipped. But still the tea vendors, maggiwalas were hunting for customers. Standing up there, I was also looking at the face of Shimla which has old buildings, some of them in a dilapidated state,unpainted- not at all face lift