Himalayan Ski Village in Manali

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Once known as the “End of the Habitable World,” Kullu Valley, framed by spectacular 20,000-foot Himalayan peaks, is one of India’s most beautiful regions. In the 1940s, after combing Central Asia in search of mythical Shambhala—paradise on earth, the concept upon which James Hilton based his utopian society, Shangri-La, in his novel Lost Horizon—Russian artist, explorer Nicholas Roerich chose Kullu Valley as his home. It’s easy to understand how Kullu Valley could seem to Roerich the closest thing to paradise that earth has to offer. . . .

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