Shali Temple Stairs
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The View From Shalli Peak of the Indian Himalayas
To get to Shalli Peak was quite an adventure. My traveling companion and I missed our bus, called our home stay cook, bug-killer, and jack of all trades to negotiate a taxi on our behalf to take us to (and from) the base of the peak, and after an off-road drive for over an hour, spent the warm day climbing up what appeared to be narrow animal trails to the top of the peak. We stopped for chai and snacks at regular intervals between paving our way up the face of the mountain. Getting to the top was amazing. We met an older man who had been waiting his whole life to go to the Himalayas and had spent the previous days in Nepal. We climbed the steps and left a message in the welcome book of the temple, received our "blessing" from a priest in a track suit, and took pictures from every angle of the mountain-top. We found that there was in fact a well-beaten path on the other side of the peak and while challenging and rewarding, decided to take that instead of trekking down the way we came.
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