Valley of Flowers National Park
Earlier used as a cattle grazing ground, this was declared as a national park and then later an UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2005. This is in the Josimath Region of the Bhyundar Valley and is known for its outstanding scenic beauty. There is a little bit of everything here which makes this place magical. Starting from fresh air and snow clad mountain to colourful flowers and lush greenery, you get everything here. This place along with the Nanda Devi National Park make up the whole nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and is a place extremely rich in natural biodiversity. There is an abundance of alpine shrubs and other plants, it is also known that in the epic of Ramayana, Hanumana brought down the Sanjeevani herb to save the life of lakshmana from this same place. It is still believed that the Sanjeevani herb grows here. The Gauri Parbat is the highest peak here and more than 650 varieties of flowers grow here including rare ones such as cobra lily, Brahmakamal as well as blue poppy. Photographers and nature lovers find their ultimate food for the sould in such a place and tourists find immense bliss and peace out here.
Getting late was now becoming a habit to me. The morning was cold when I woke up at 6 and the quilt was heaven on Earth so I enjoyed the heavenly pleasure of sleeping 3 more hours. By nine I finally decided to get on feet but as soon as I did I felt a pinching pain in my right thigh and with each step it would grow stronger.I kept my luggage in the cloak room in Gobind Dham Gurudwara, Shazad got me a mule for 500 bucks that would take me to Sri Hemkunt Sahib which is a 6 Km trek from 10,000 feet to 15,200 feet.Hundreds of pilgrims go to the Gurudwara on foot each day, the mule made it a lot easy for me. The trek's inclination is more than the maximum of a treadmill. In every 10 mins I would scale up to a new height and the weather would only get colder.
At the base of Auli We are about to begin our journeyAn adventurous, unknown journey This is just the beginning There is a long way to go I'm already out of breath  Looking up to the peaks No, I can't see it yet , but I know it's there and it's beautifulI'm almost there , but just to the first base camp It's raining , its cold , everything  seems to be so new , so wild , so natural Beneath I am scared  But I must be strong, there is a long way to go It's the second day, the route just gets tougher But  I'm stronger Out here in the wild , with a crew , we call ourselves a family If one stops we all stop We are all out for a break From the routine , from the responsibilities, a break from setting goals . But it isn't easy .Somewhere  between these mountains We still have to reach the goal We cannot quit Quiting is just not an option As we must be together, with the family Giving up on them and descending back alone is a risk in itself , you would either be lost in the woods forever or become a meal for a wild creature We have to go on , we have to keep on climbing , We have to accomplish our goalWe have to reach the topOh now I see it , our goal , all covered with snow But there is a long way to go .Weather has not really been kind to us but nor have we been so soft. Weather can't stop us , we will go on .This family is all we have , the only humans we are connected to And on our way we are all learning.   Learning the nature Learning to live in the nature Learning the different waysLearning to be happy alone  Learning of not being accountable to anyoneLearning the feeling of freedom.And finally we are here , at the peak , at our goal , we have done it, we are happy and we are celebrating .That magical mountain side The quieter you become , the more you can hear.It whispered to us, "There is a long way to go butGoals are easier to reach When there is no turning back".
This is a trek which I undertook last year. The trek falls under the simple category and can be completed in half a day. I visit Badrinath every four years due to religious reasons. I had always heard about this place but never been there. This time I decided to go for it. Vasudhara Falls is a waterfall situated near Badrinath, in Uttarakhand, India. Total distance from Badrinath to Vasudhara is 9 km. The first 3 kilometers of badrinath to mana village is drivable road. Next 6 km is walkable trek from Mana village to Vasudhara waterfall. However I travelled from Badrinath itself on foot. Being the local of that area I am familiar with the language and people. Because of which the trek took me 15 Km. However I enjoyed the fullest.I took the back road from Badrinath to reach Vyas Guda. The priest over there knew my father and grand father really well, hence we received a very warm welcome. We had tea at the shop named "Bharat ki akhri chai ki dukan". And its literally the last shop hence pack some water and food for the trek. From there we proceeded towards Bheem Pul. This is a stone bridge which according to the scriptures was created by Bhima in order to help Pandavas cross the mighty Saraswati river. On the way you can actually see the Saraswati river merging into Alaknanda and disappearing all together. A contrast in the waters of the two rivers is clearly visible. Bheem Pul also has some shops near by for refreshments post which you will not find anything.From here we proceeded towards Vasudhara. It's a mountainous terrain hence trekking shoes are highly recommended. The view during the trek is ecstatic. The entire mountain range seems to come alive. Sometimes its misty, sometimes its sunny. The nature plays these little games to make the experience all the more beautiful. My cousin being a student of Ayurveda kept on telling me about the various medicinal plants which could be seen on the way. We had to cross two glaciers in order to reach Vasudhara. Crossing the glacier in trekking shoes was a fearful experience. The trek does leave you tired towards the end and you keep on wondering when will I see the falls. But just like all good things take their own sweet time to happen, you will be mesmerized by the beauty of the falls. The falls had a thick glacier beneath it which prevented us from going nearer but what we saw was breathtaking. Vasudhara falls from a height if 145 meters but the strong winds and low temperatures cause the water to fall down as droplets. There is a interesting legend about the waterfall which says that if you are not pure at heart, the water will not fall on you. After a good view and a lot of pictures, we returned back to Badrinath. The enchanting falls still make us smile when we think about their beauty.
With some water breaks I reached Pulna finally at half past 1 after a long 5 hour walk. I felt happy and awful at the same time when I looked at my bike. The ride was going to be more difficult this time with double of everything, the passengers and the luggage. Me and Reshma looked for a long rope so that we could tie our bags tightly. The locals their helped us tie the bags with a towel and a rope, the luggage took almost half of the seat. Finally we were ready to leave Pulna by 2 pm.
Second big thing you would love to do is Gorson Bugyal trek which is 4-6 kms trek from artificial lake you can roam anywhere you want but you have to be careful because tourists may get lost their way. So if you want to trek big, I suggest you to hire a guide who will tell you all about that place from peaks name to best month to visit auli. The whole trek will give you startling sentiment that you haven't experienced in your life. Huge deodar trees are blended with rays of sunlight that crystalizes the white land all over and forms a notable image our eyes can never forget.
“Kuari” essentially means doorway and is a Himalayan high mountain pass located in the Garhwal district of Himachal, south of the Tibetan border and on the western rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary biosphere reserve. It basically falls in the Chamouli district of Uttarakhand. This famous trek is also known as the Lord Curzon trail, named after the former British Viceroy of India - Lord Curzon)
It was a small drive of 12km and then the trek started. We quickly clicked a picture with all the trekkers and officials. Later, the magical journey began, beautiful mountains and eye - glittering views stunned us. Moving slowly and passing through a few villages, we reached our first camp site i.e Chitrakanta camp site (9600ft). Rahul bhaiyya allowed us to select any tent we wanted to stay in. So everybody ran to get their tents. It was so fun. Later we played volleyball and got ready for the acclimatize walk through the forest. Later we came back to camp site a played volleyball again. Deepak bhaiyya always used to shout LE BHANJEE ( :P ) while playing, so throughout the trek, anytime anybody shouts “LE BHANJEE” everyone else would shout back.. Haha! That was fun! We sat in Dinner tent and played Dumb Charades for few hours. After dinner we went out to watch the sky full of stars. It was mesmerizing. I couldn’t stop myself from staring at them. It felt like I was in heaven. Later, Harsh and Milind tried to capture the stars on their cameras. The cold wind urged me to go back into my tent and have a good sleep. Keeping in mind that the next day will be a much more challenging one, I geared myself up for the next day’s adventure towards the Summit.
The 4th day started, another trek for about 9kms begin by 6 in the morning, It was freezing in the morning we had to wear our winter jackets, we took our laathi(stick used for trekking) and commenced our trek with so much of enthusiasm but the trek was not easy it was so steep, had breathing issues while trekking but we had trust in ourselves and in the mighty god of Himalayas. There was an option to take horse and reach the top but we did not go with that. Completed another 9kms trek by 11 in the morning. We reached Hemkund Sahib name derived from Sanskrit Hem(Snow) and Kund(bowl), a place of worship in Chamoli district Uttrakhand, surrounded by seven mountain peaks each adorned by Nishan Sahib on it's cliff, devoted to tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh ji. The GOD ordered Sikh Guru Gobind Singh ji to take birth while he was in deep meditation at the mount of Hemkunt.This place was freezing it's covered with glacier lake, the weather changed and it started raining a bit, felt like we were in clouds. Everything was so beautiful there.This place is located in the himalayas at an elevation of 15,197 feet. Pilgrims can only visit this place in summers from May to October only. Overnight stay is not allowed at this place and it is necessary to leave the place by 2 in the noon and trek back down to Ghangaria(Govind dham), trekked back down to ghangaria in 3 hours, it was not difficult coming back down but yes calves hurt a bit. Reached back to room by 5 in the evening, had food and slept.
Binsar Mahadev Temple Ranikhet Uttarakhand
BINSAR MAHADEV TEMPLEThe day started with the blessings of Lord Shiva. "Binsar Mahadev Temple" is almost 20 Kms from Ranikhet. The Temple is situated in the middle of 'Dense Forest'. Beautiful temple....perfect place to experience solitary with no mobile signals.... just you and divine GOD.