Today was a day full of fun and festivity at the Harmony Hall at Thanedhar, Kotgarh. The entire Stokes clan had gathered from all corners of the world. The eldest, Mr. Vijay Stokes had organised a traditional dham. It was a reunion of sort for the people here as they were meeting the entire family after a long long time. The younger generation of the Stokes is now settled in the United States and only Mr. Vijay Stokes stays here in the Barubag Hills. Mrs. Satya Parmar, wife of the late Chief Minister Mr. YS Parmar had also come for this occasion who also hails from the Stokes family. Here are a few pictures I clicked without intruding into the privacy of the family. To know more about the Stokes family and the Barubaug hills read Stokes legacy in Kotgarh.
Stokes residence, The Harmony Hall, built by Mr. Satyanand Stokes in the early 20th century.
Natti starts with the ladies taking the lead
And goes on for hours!
The Arya Samaj temple built by Mr. Stokes
The temple has inscriptions on the walls with no deity in the temple. Mr. Stokes was an Arya Samaji after all
Another look at the temple
Some great views from the Barubag top. A view of the Kotgarh valley
The distant hill tops looked so near. The farthest hills are that of Rohru
An amazing view of the Satluj
Another view of the Harmony Hall