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I have noticed that many people have been following my gallery because of their affinity of the photos from India. So this photo is especially dedicated to all of them and I also want to convey my thanks to them for their encouragement.

I can't remember the name of this meadow (meadow is Thach in the local language). What I do remeber is that I had spent three nights in the kind of a small hut that you see on the meadow.

It was a beautiful place something like half a day trek. I had gone there for a day trip but liked it so much that the next day I got my stuff from base camp and stayed with the gaddi people (who had invited me) for three nights in the same hut that you see in the picture.

Gaddi is a tribe of nomads that graze their herd in the Himalayas. They migrate to lower altitudes in the winters. Very nice people. They fed me a lot of local delicacies, gave me their locally brewed liquor and when it was time to say goodbye, they did not accept any money from me. They told me that they treated me like a guest so they can't accept any money from me. (In many Indian cultures guests are said to be sent by God so people take great care of them.)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
With this story I just wanted to show how differenty the guests are percieved by different cultures. Most of us in the first world have a hard time when our parents/kids or other family come over for a stay. These people I stayed with had invited me to thier home even though they had never known me and than they did not accept any money even though they were pretty poor people. I was wondering how many of us in the first world can do the same gesture to the homeless people or some poor backpackers.

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