I guess my prayers worked, it was a bright sunny day. I woke up around 8 in the morning and as soon as I open the door of my room of the homestay where I was staying, I was lost for a moment. Boy oh boy I could see the snow capped Himalayan peaks and one of them was the mighty Nanda Devi. I was smiling like a baby out of the joy and sat there adoring the snow capped Himalayan peaks.
The owner of the homestay was kind enough, he let me use his terrace so that I can dry my luggage and it took less than 2 hours as it was so sunny that day. I had my breakfast there with the Himalayan peaks in the backdrop and got ready for the D-day in Kasar Devi.
I started walking down the lane from my homestay for the Kasar Devi mandir and wait a minute what did I just see? Dolma Aunty's momo shop, you must be kidding but considering I just had the breakfast I decided to continue for the Mandir and postponed the plan of momos on way back. It's a 15 minutes walk to the Mandir from its entrance but a quite easy one.
Kasar Devi Mandir, home to geomagnetic field where Swami Vivekananda, Bob Dylan and the endless list of celebrities who had meditated there. It was a different feeling alltogether to be there and doing mediation with hundreds of monkeys around you. There is next level peace and a lifetime experience one could feel.
But meditation could not take Dolma Aunty's momos off my mind and I had mutton momos ans soup there. It was my lunch that day and trust me they were much better than what we have here in Lajpat Nagar, Delhi. To be honest, there is no comparison. I would recommend everyone to try momos at Dolma Aunty's shop.
It was 3 in the noon and I decided to ride to Binsar wildlife sanctuary. It's approx 20kms but it took me almost an hour to reach there. Road conditions were not good but ride through the forest wilderness made it worth. Hardly there was any other vehicle going on that route or may be I was late. I reached there around 4.30 and started my hike to Zero point. It took my almost half an hour to reach there, a pretty easy one but slush made it bit difficult at times.
Zero point is famous for sunset and 180 degrees view of Himalayan peaks and it was already the golden hour. And after sometime I pushed off as I had to ride back to Kasar Devi and it could be a difficult task to ride once it is dark in the forest and road conditions were not good as well. Please note that there is no shop at the zero point or through out that hike so please carry your water bottles with you. Also,carry your empty bottles back with you.
I rode back to Kasar Devi, hungry and excited for pahadi chicken in dinner that I requested at my homestay in the morning itself. And like a boss, I ate chicken with billion stars in the sky. Post my dinner, spent my time doing some stargazing and clicking pictures of stars. One of the main reasons, I travel to mountains is my never ending love for stargazing.