Apart from the scenic beauty of Harsil, one major draw is the Bhutia village here. Bagori is reached by crossing two cute bridges over the streams that flow through Harsil. Many stories revolve around this village. Some say that when Nelong Valley (later in the blog) was closed, the villagers moved here. They also have permission to brew their own alcoholic beverage which is known as ‘Kacchi’. Wooden houses with simple and elegant carvings and small porches dominate this longitudinal village. Roses bloomed in a few households, while others had fresh green vegetables sprouting out of their kitchen gardens. Some womenfolk had gathered around a house to weave and had broad smiles on their faces when they saw us nodding in appreciation of their work. There is a small monastery here. People in this village are predominantly Buddhists and it’s definitely a rare thing in this part of the state. Small alleys had overhanging of beautiful flowers. Meandering through these alleys, we came across an old bridge, which was covered with fluttering prayer flags and a stream rushing underneath it.
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Swargarohini comprises of 4 mountain peaks in the Bandarpunch Range of the Garhwal Himalayas. It derives its name from the legend that this is forms the path to heavens, which was taken up by the Pandavas, Draupadi and their dog, itis also said ti be the only place that can take the human body and the soul to the heavens.
Situated at the height of 2758 m above the sea level and 110 km from Sarahan, Kalpa is a beautiful and main village of Kinnaur. Across the river faces the majestic mountains of the Kinner Kailash range. These are spectacular sights early in the morning as the rising sun touches the snowy peaks with crimson and golden light.
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Late in the afternoon we met our guide Bhim Singh and discussed our tentative itinerary. We decided to stay in ashrams and carried our own backpacks. We took our permits from the forest office which was just adjacent to the main car parking. Thereafter we headed for an acclimatization walk towards Suryakund where the Ganges water takes a deep plunge into the gorge,visited a few ashrams and walked towards the trail to Kedartal. The evening arati at the temple provided us with a peaceful solitude and we took some vegetables for Mauni baba who would provide us shelter at tapoban.