A free day at kalatop we hang out with instructors last night talked alot about that place. again superb early morning in kalatop house inside the sleeping bag i was smiling inside and suddenly all.of us shouted in joy. it was clearly visible 'Our happiness'.We spent half day at kalatop and trek back to dalhousie base camp before sunset. enjoyed group talking camp fire and dinner at base camp and had back to hotel rooms.
On second day because of hot water issue our team was last to report at base and all other team left for trek. we almost got punished but they gave us challenge that if we complete trek at kalatop before everyone we are not getting punished.We started trek with one of instructor. Invincible have very good, kind and knowledgeable instructors and volunteers. we walked continue till one stop ( forgot exact name as it was 6 years ago) and took a short break surprisingly all team were their and we had chance to overtake them.We took rest for 10 to 15 minutes and started again? ith all of them there was on place where sliding was easy so we enjoyed it and at the end we finished first at kalatop and head instructor sayed (bach gaye). that base camp of kalatop is not possible to describe in word. We were at base and surrounded by clouds amd hills.Kalatop is a village with beautiful houses near about 8 to 10 houses. people of kalatop leave height in winter because of cold they can't do work in farm.They all shift down to other place for few months.Structure of their houses are very wise and strong wooden. almost all houses were with underground store room where they keep their luggage. There was also one campsite of youth hostels.That day it was our(team bravo) turn to serve night food. After dinner all enjoyed at campfire and set at edge for few minutes and slept tight.
I took my leisure time to explore the place; the stairs led me to a small shop which offered tea and snacks. The lip smacking hot beverage with the view of the towering and immaculate Pir Panjal range fulfilled my day in the ways even I can’t describe. I wish I could stay here for long! I never felt so satisfied and complete from any trip I ever went to!It was surreal to describe in one word. On our way back to hotel, I stopped by St. John’s Church, located at Gandhi Chowk.
The snow clad log hut of “Lootera” Fame – with the one-leafed tree and kaccha trails. A sight so pretty, you would wish to make that your home for as long as you live.. The kaccha trails take you through dense conifers and sunlight grass-carpeted glades. 3 km of heavenly beauty as you peer straight up to try and locate the tree tops. And the forest rest house – English charm oozing with secluded benches and well-manicured velvety lawns, bordered by tall deodars. Narrow stone pathways leading you to the backdrop view of the Pir panjals.I admire the cottage with wishful eyes as I pledge to plan a short holiday just too stay in this hut – maybe sometime in winters when a blanket of snow would transform it. Soaking in the timeless charm and the “one-leafed” tree (which by now has many leaves and not one), I could have spent many hours just sitting there. However, with a heavy heart I bid adieu to the beautiful place, not before putting in a silent promise of being back! We then headed to Punchpulla, a wooden bridge and ancient waterfall and a cute pup gave me company and a perfect end to Day 1 at Dalhousie.