At the risk of repeating myself; when one think of India, they often have Mugal architecture, deserts, camels, elephants and beaches in mind.
But India is, as I pointed out before, a huge country that is having many different cultures, regions, fauna and flora. A few of the country's Northern States are in the Himalya range, and like it is the case in all higher altitude alpine settings, you will have trees that loose their leaves in the Fall, and the presence of tall evergreens.
This picture was taken in December 2009, we we took Ishita on her first trip ever, at 5 months of age. We spent a week in Manali enjoying the fresh air and beautiful mountain scenery. The Nature Park in Manali has a nice promenade amoung it's tall pine trees and the sound of the Beas river in the background. One of the sign said there was a tree nursery in it too, but we never really made it that far, we just took in the greenery and posed for pictures. Notice how I make a cameo appearance in that one, in my finest 90's parka gear. It came to be in our possession when DH needed a warm jacket in Switzerland, my mom had still some of our old ski gear handy, and he brought it back to India with him.
Manali gets cold in the Winter months, and we were glad to already have a stock of wooden sweaters and jackets before heading there. Back then we were living in Bangalore, so we used warmer clothes, regularly enough. I imagine that if we lived in Mumbai all that time we would have been quite ill equipped. In the past 3 years, our woollens and yep, even that mighty parka, are catching dust and mold in a wardrobe. On a cold January day in Mumbai, we need a hoodie over a long sleeved t-shirt at the most ( though many think otherwise, an no I won't elaborate just yet...)