My Roots.........

by Ravi Jaichand August. 11, 2017 1190 views
Balh Valley, Mandi HP India                                                                                                               Ravi Jaichand

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India Ravi Jaichand

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India                                                                                                               Ravi Jaichand

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India Ravi Jaichand

I belong to a small village, Lunapani in Balh valley of Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh India. (https://www.google.ae/maps/place/Lunapani,+Himachal+Pradesh+175021,+India/@31.6179327,76.9286956,1650m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x39051c3bb9d4e91b:0xe815145a95b20d53!8m2!3d31.6171716!4d76.9311761?hl=en) .It is a beautiful valley surrounded my high mountains from all around.

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India                                                                                                               Ravi Jaichand

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India Ravi Jaichand

I took these photographs on my most recent visit to my village. I took my wife, for her this is the first visit to the place, to many of the places where i used to wander and play during my childhood.

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India                                                                                                               Ravi Jaichand

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India Ravi Jaichand

There is a very small but thick jungle, called Doida,(https://www.google.ae/maps/place/Lunapani,+Himachal+Pradesh+175021,+India/@31.6086631,76.9372939,1065m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x39051c3bb9d4e91b:0xe815145a95b20d53!8m2!3d31.6171716!4d76.9311761?hl=en) just like a rain forest, in the middle of a very different environment to support a rain forest.

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India                                                                                                               Ravi Jaichand

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India Ravi Jaichand

There is river which flows just in front of this jungle, called Suketi River. Over the period of time this river has changed its course. Further there is lots of construction around it and people do a lot of illegal digging, which in return is harming this still very scenic place.

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India                                                                                                               Ravi Jaichand

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India Ravi Jaichand

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India                                                                                                               Ravi Jaichand

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India Ravi Jaichand

The tiny pond in the middle of the jungle is my most favorite. It is one of the most peaceful places i have ever visited. During rainy season it swell in size.

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India                                                                                                               Ravi Jaichand

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India Ravi Jaichand

This little rainforest also used to be very thick comparative to now, thinned mostly due to human invasion. people have cut many trees to make way for crop fields. The area around this river is very fertile and people grow a variety of vegetables around here.

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India                                                                                                               Ravi Jaichand

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India Ravi Jaichand

There are small temporary bridges to cross the river. These are removed during the rainy season due to flooding in the river.

Well I visited this place after long time. We thoroughly enjoyed the time here and will keep on going back there. Hopefully people will try to preserve this one of a kind jungle of the area.

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India                                                                                                               Ravi Jaichand

Balh Valley, Mandi HP India Ravi Jaichand

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Helen Hooker 2 years, 5 months ago

What a beautiful place - I can imagine why you're so fond of it.

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Dinesh Kumar 2 years, 5 months ago

Very nice pics

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 5 months ago

You can be proud where you come from. Nice series.

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E Bellizzi 2 years, 5 months ago

Ravi, what a stunning landscape in which you grew up!  Beautiful captures. I appreciate the information you shared as well so we can learn from you :)

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ravi Jaichand Replied to E Bellizzi 2 years, 5 months ago

Thankyou...

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Bill Baird 2 years, 5 months ago

Great series !

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Ravi Jaichand Replied to Bill Baird 2 years, 5 months ago

Thanks...

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 5 months ago

Lovely series of these beautiful landscapes! Really nicely composed! Love the reflections, colors and clarity!Thanks for following my blog!

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Ravi Jaichand Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 5 months ago

Thankyou very much....

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Jay Boggess Replied to Ravi Jaichand 2 years, 5 months ago

My pleasure! Thanks for the info & links, as well!
Cheers!

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