Next destination was Chamera, a chance I decided to take though I am not too much of a lake-person. Yet it proved worth the diversion – deep gorges and ravines with pristine green-blue waters of the river Ravi, he sun reflected off her waters in a sparkling kaleidoscope of shimmers. Frequent stops along the beautiful countryside produced a plethora of photos – Chamera dam, quaint boating spot. The best part was a suspended bridge which I bridged 2-3 times for the sheer fun of it! One of the most picturesque locations I have come across in recent times! To top it all off, a hot mug of “Adrak wali chai” made by a local Himachali woman infused the sapped energy into my soul after a long day. Thus rejuvenated by the warm tea and warm sights, I headed back to YHA, to inform the Sharmas that I would be putting a comma to my sojourn with Banikhet and move on.
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Best time to visit: March to September (excluding the monsoon months)How to reach: Take an overnight bus to Shimla, from there take a local bus to Khara Pathar or Giri Ganga. The trek starts from Giri Ganga and can take 4-5 hours depending on your speed.Trail: The trail to Kuppar Bugyal starts from Giri Ganga. To reach Giri Ganga you can either trek from Kharapthar or drive directly from Shimla. Follow the road until you reach a thick forest trail at Giri Ganga then to make your way to the top where the Kuppar Bugyal meadow is.Gurson BugyalBest time to visit: Throughout the year except monsoon.How to reach: Take an overnight bus to Rishikesh, then take a local bus to Joshimath, from where Auli is under an hour away. The trek starts from Auli, and can take 4 to 5 hours depending on your speed.Trail: The trail to Gurson Bugyal meadow is fairly simple and is just 3km away from Auli. This popular route is also called the Lord Curzon's Trail, which was discovered by Lord Curzon who lived here during the colonial era.
It was a fantastic start to the most anticipated cycle race in Asia. The day was full of ups & downs but the day went to defending champion Cory Wallace only. He is the day's leader. All the cyclists have now settled by the sublime campsite at Gadakufri. Here are some stunning pictures from the day.Stay tuned for live updates only from Tripoto.
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My sister and I were recently on a road trip to the beautiful tribal belt of Himachal. From Delhi to Simla and onwards to Kalpa/Nako/Tabo & Kaza. While at Narkanda I discovered that there were some excellent home stays in Thanedar just a few kilometers away. On exploring the various options I zeroed in on Grandma Stokes Bed & Breakfast since I recalled that it was the great Dayanand Stokes who had originally started apple cultivation in Thanedar and this made me very keen to opt for Grandma Stokes.The bungalow is extremely comfortable and really very tastefully designed and furnished and can easily compare with a star hotel.It is managed by Vinay Sirkeck who is extremely hospitable as well as friendly, without being intrusive. He personally ensures you thoroughly enjoy your stay with him.The food provided was tasty as well as wholesome and was all the more enjoyable because Vinay and his Uncle joined us for our meals as gracious hosts and regaled us with the history and other interesting details of this part of Himachal. The bungalow is full of books of all genres since the family is full of voracious readers. Wi Fi is also available, but with so many other interesting things to do and see, we rarely used it!Their Apple Orchard is a good place to see and learn about cultivation , sorting, packing etc. We got to taste some yummy apples too.The views from the Dining Area are stunning. You can clearly see the Sutlej making its way down, The scope for photography is immense.I shall certainly go back and stay for a longer spell as soon as I can.I must reiterate that this was one of the finest home stays I have experienced and wish Vinay all the very best.