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Solitude! Mt. Kinner Kailash, Himalayas, India

17th July 2012

It was the last leg of our Sangla-Spiti-Kalpa trip, and we had allocated 3 full days for Kalpa. It turned out to be the icing on our cake.

‘Love at first sight’ is how I would describe it. Mt. Kinner Kailash, barely 10 Kms away as the crow flies, towered majestically in all her grandeur. The spotless snow cap gleamed in the sunshine as Italian thaussus. I simply could not take my gaze off her with the warm afternoon sun orchestrating the hamonious transition of colours with all it’s glory.

The picture perfect views of the mountains are a part and parcel of the hotels’ canvas.

The variety of flora n fauna is a paradise for botanists….for me it was an artists’ play with his easel, colours and brushes.

I could have meditated for hours even days but for our dinner call. When I did move into our suite, I was overwhelmed; frankly I had not expected HPTDC to maintain any of its hotels even remotely close to this rendition at Kalpa.

The ornately designed features of the room tucked in a tinge of warmth in the vast expanse of the room.

The restaurant was neat the service efficient and the food exceptional. The snowy peaks hallowed in the midst of the dark fringes of surrounding mountains, clearly visible in the dim moonlit night. Neither my sizzler nor the ambiance could wait….I was clearly bowled over.

To say that nature is bountiful is a gross understatement…3 days at this ‘nothing-to-do’ place failed to satiate my appetite in the end!

Room Tip: Go in for a front facing suite…do not allow your budget to change your mind!Review of Hotel Mt. Kinner Kailash, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC)

A date with Mona Lisa

2nd March 2019

She does not do justice to her visitors. In her 500+ years of existence, billions of pairs of eyes must have tried to decipher her smile and charm. I was no exception.

Our tickets to the Louvre for 2nd March 2019 at 15:00 hours were purchased well in advance on the official website, and we reached the Louvre Pyramid at the appointed time. We were lucky, knowing the queues at the pyramid can take hours to get in!

She needs no introduction!

To be continued…