Ever happened that you’re shopping at the local market, or getting some mundane task done when suddenly your gaze is caught by a familiar-looking face? You take it to be of an old friend, who’d settled abroad four years ago and you start thinking of walking right up to him to say 'Hi', but just as you’re about to, he looks at you and walks off. That's when you realise it is not 'him' but a look-alike, thousands of miles away from where your friend actually is.
That's exactly how I felt when I first saw the pictures of Shangarh, a tiny hamlet with lush green meadows, nestled peacefully amidst the dense forests of the Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh. At first, I thought the picture had been mistakenly captioned Shangrah instead of Dalhousie. But I was wrong. Having previously explored Khajjiar in Dalhousie, which also has an expansive meadow with a lake in the middle, the uncanny resemblance of Shangarh had me puzzled.
While overtourism and irresponsible travel habits continue to exploit Dalhousie, Shangarh, on the other hand, simply floored me with its picture-perfect landscape and newness. Just looking at its pictures online, I decided to make this my next destination., Even though I wasn't a cent percent sure whether it'd be as spectacular as it looked in the pictures, I was ready to find out.