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Old 25th May 2009, 08:57   #181
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The dog in the photographs (with lion like mane) is called "Himalayan Mastiff" .
According to some it is a precursor for the Tibetan Mastiff dog which is highly appreciated, all over the world,though its native habitat still is Tibet.

But the Himalayan Mastiff may be only a smaller version of Tibetan Mastiff which is excellant house protection dog in colder climates. It is a very huge dog similar in most of the ways like the dog you have shown in the pictures,except the huge size and standard markings.
If I were you,I could have bought one Himalayan Mastiff dog with me from all the way there,but as you have shown in pictures ,you already have two dogs.
Tibetan Mastiff and Himalayan Mastiff come under rare breed vareities.
Govt.of India issued a postal stamp on the this dog.
It looked more like a golden retriever to me.
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Old 25th May 2009, 10:00   #182
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.... The road has deteriorated much since the time the Matiz & Uno went up there.
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The roads have improved tremendously since I drove my Matiz on these roads in 2003 and 2004.
Haha, you are both right I think!
These roads also are always in motion ... ever dynamic ... ever changing!
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Haha, you are both right I think!
These roads also are always in motion ... ever dynamic ... ever changing!
That is a good one!

On the serious note, roads have improved, definitely from Narkanda to Pooh/ Khab in the last 5-6 years. Have been visiting this region for the past couple of years at quite a frequent rate, the locals from Rampur - Bhabanagar - Recong Peo - Pooh Belt say this about the road.
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It looked more like a golden retriever to me.
No,definitely not. It is not a Golden retriever,not a Labrador etc.,
Himlayan Mastiff , like other Mastiff varieties were primary breeding stock
for most of the dogs of India,except the dogs brought from Afghanistan during Moghul rule.
Among many varieties of dogs grown by Indian shepherds , you can easily identify Himalayan Mastiff parent stock or genes in them,this includes Southern areas like Deccan.

In Hyderabad I have seen Tibetan Mastiffs but Himalayan Mastiffs are what you see, in many households in Himachal Pradesh.
Tibetan Mastiff develop joint pains in hotter climates.
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No,definitely not. It is not a Golden retriever,not a Labrador etc.,
Himlayan Mastiff , like other Mastiff varieties were primary breeding stock
for most of the dogs of India,except the dogs brought from Afghanistan during Moghul rule.
Among many varieties of dogs grown by Indian shepherds , you can easily identify Himalayan Mastiff parent stock or genes in them,this includes Southern areas like Deccan.

In Hyderabad I have seen Tibetan Mastiffs but Himalayan Mastiffs are what you see, in many households in Himachal Pradesh.
Tibetan Mastiff develop joint pains in hotter climates.
Thanks venuraja. You seem to know a great deal about dogs.
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Haha, you are both right I think!
These roads also are always in motion ... ever dynamic ... ever changing!
I meant it only in reference to the roads from Lossar onwards till Gramphoo. All other roads were quite good.

@ Venuraja > thanks for the doggy dog info. The dog in question was really good. I wouldnt really want to bring one down to Bombay even if I had the space, since the poor animal would only suffer due to temperature difference. They look so much at home roaming the streets in the hills. I would not want to displace them for my own reasons. Thans for the Gyan though.
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Wow! Amazing Pics and that's one long Trip!! Loved the write up. Everywhere in India its the same story - Crowded, Over-crowded public/private transport, stupid Drivers! But, Lovely!
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Jay - Congratulations!- this is By far the best travelogue i have read on this Forum. The narration and the pictures (specially Landscape & Street Photography) are truly mesmerizing. your narration of this fantastic Account is very realistic and detailed, makes it stand out from all others.
oh and btw, a lot of us out here smoke leaves
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Thanks for the compliment buddy.
Good to see this travelogue come up again. I enjoyed sharing it and yea.. I enjoyed revisiting it too. Ive got to do this trip again.
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I just saw this read today! Truly as some one else said, a journey called India! Also this is Gandhiji's travel re-incarnated. Yours was in a 4 wheeler and he did it in trains.

The end-result is still the same. The many faces of our country. It was really fun to watch, esp the honest smile of that boy! I don't have the level of energy to drive that big, but yes I do have the enthusiasm and the energy to read what others have gone through !!!

Congrats and keep it up. Let me now search the other posts to see the other pictures !
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