Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail)

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Day 0: We start at ISBT Delhi and head to Bhuntar in Himachal
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Day1: It's a long bus ride. We stop for breakfast while entering the Shivalik ra
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Himachal is enveloped by the outer and lesser Himalayas in the form of Shivaliks
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We get down at Bhuntar and gorge on delicious food at this Dhaba rn by a warm Pu
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Day 1: We take a bus from Bhuntar and head to Kasol with a bunch of people trave
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Kasol is a small town crowded with Isrealis at this time of the year. It's a pop
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We gorge on food.
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One love.
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Psychedic art and Kurt Cobain. Boom.
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Some more food. Schnitzel with hummus and Pita
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In the evening we walk towards the sound of the river swelling up, and across tr
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The river in its might
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This shop had huge psychedelic paintings of visions
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Day 2: Rahul baba arrives. We head to Shiva mama cafe, but the food would have l
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After hogging again, we take a bus to Jarri from where we start trekking to Mala
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This is the start of a soul shattering trek that we'd never imagined we would be
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Come as you are...
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Malana was cut off from civilization for ages. The powerplant project has given
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We follow the pipeline for a shorter route
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Day 2: On the way we meet Bindu, a Malana local who was bringing in sheep from M
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"Aur khayega Biriyani?". 6 km down and the weight of the rucksack now kicks in
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LoTR-ish
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After 8-9 km, we finally spot the dam and it's huge. Malana, however is nowhere
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Streams on the way
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"Aaj to ghus gaye"
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After about 13-14 km, we see the Malana gate. It's 3 km more of steep uphill tre
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It's getting dark and we are nowhere near Malana. It's already been 7 hr of hiki
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We somehow manage to reach Malana at 2130. I feel my body revolting - it's been
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Day 3: The next morning - cramps and the view
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Day 3: We decide to spend some time at Malana and let our bodies get back to nor
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The last house standing
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We head to this small place called Cafe Muzik to grab some food and chill. Malan
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Stories have it that when Alexander came to India, a small part of his army sett
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We reach Cafe Muzik after a small hike. Few local boys come along with us.
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We are hungry and feast on this local dish called Siddu. And we order again, and
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CAFE MUZIK - nice cozy place
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Day 4: We take another route through Malana village to climb down the hill. Ther
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We trek down to the road on the last mountain that you can see.
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The water is ice cold.
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We reach the other mountain. You can see the village far away.
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From Malana, we head to Bhunter, and stop by at the Dhaba from last time. The fo
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Kullu reminds me of Shillong
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We head to Kullu from Bhuntar, which is 11 km from there. And take a night bus t
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There are candlelight marches for the Nepal earthquake. You have a large Nepali
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And buses have swag names like this
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Bad dhaba food at Mandi
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We reach Dharamsala at 0300, and head to McLeodganj. We walk around the entire t
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Day 5: There are interesting shops in McLeodganj. I love the place for its vibra
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We gorge on some Tibetan food.
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We hike up to Bhagsu Nag falls
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And we head up to Shiva Cafe
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We reach Shiva Cafe at the upper side of the falls
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Shiva Cafe has cheap food and is frquented by hippies and families alike
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Has browns again
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We head back down the hill, and head to Gyuto monastery where Dalai Lama stays
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Word.
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The next Panchen Lama was abducted at the age of six by the Chinese. He's still
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McLeodganj has evenings full of concerts and movie screenings about Tibet and th
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We spend some time at this nice little coffee shop outside the monastery
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Rahul bab tries some herbal tea
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On our way back, at the main square there's kickass Isreali guy doing some stunt
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Hooked to Tangkha paintings. I meet Daniel later who gives us some good info abo
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Day 6: We get up early morning, grab some momos and start trekking towards Triun
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McLeodganj
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We start trekking from the Gallu Devi temple. The trail cuts through a jungle an
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And we get a view of the Dhauladhars
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You can hear hndreds of birds chirp. There is dense foliage.
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Waste Warriors doing a trmendous job of keeping the mountains clean.
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Chai biskoot and some view
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Aur kitna upar hai bey
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The dog enjoys the view now.
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It starts raining. Just what we were dreading. The trail gets slippery and muddy
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Life is all bout Neon raincoats
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And when we finally reach the peak. The Dhauladhars!
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Mightiness and meaninglessness
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It starts raining heavily and the temperature drops suddenly. It's freezing cold
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We meet two girls from Canada and discuss about the government, education, and h
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I love flags at the top of the mountains. So much power. So much grit.
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Full power.
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The nothingness of our existence.
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