Connection to a place through nature walks


There is so much to consider when travelling to a new place – getting the lay of the land, finding the best attractions to visit, discovering where the great food and coffee is etc. The list is personal, but as a lifelong traveler, going for nature walks is my favourite way of connecting to new places. I love breathing in the surroundings, admiring the views and finding stillness amongst the local flora and fauna. The sights, sounds and smells of a forest, or the openness of the sky against a backdrop of mountains are experiences that I treasure. The Japanese have a wonderful term called ‘forest bathing’, and this practice has been found to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and levels of harmful stress hormones. Being amongst nature can help put you in a more calm and relaxed state. 407A9D51-801A-4BF0-B12B-DFD3BF9063DE

One of my favourite places to do just this is in the Dharamsala area of India. The deodar forests and walking tracks take in the Himalayas as a magnificent backdrop to any day or overnight walk.
We have partnered with local company Dharamsala Adventures and now offer unique nature walks as part of out Bespoke Experiences.

About Author

Sharon Thrupp
Sharon is passionate about India and the Himalayan region. She believes that while her Australia is her country by birth, India is the country of her heart. She first went to India in 1996 and later returned to volunteer helping Tibetans in Dharamsala in 2001, fell in love with the Himalayas and stayed. She is currently involved in a NGO in India helping underprivileged girls continue their education and spends her spare time walking in the foothills of the Himalayas and doing yoga.