Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail)

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Day 0: We start at ISBT Delhi and head to Bhuntar in Himachal

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Day1: It's a long bus ride. We stop for breakfast while entering the Shivalik ra

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Himachal is enveloped by the outer and lesser Himalayas in the form of Shivaliks

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We get down at Bhuntar and gorge on delicious food at this Dhaba rn by a warm Pu

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Day 1: We take a bus from Bhuntar and head to Kasol with a bunch of people trave

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Kasol is a small town crowded with Isrealis at this time of the year. It's a pop

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We gorge on food.

Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

One love.

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Psychedic art and Kurt Cobain. Boom.

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Some more food. Schnitzel with hummus and Pita

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In the evening we walk towards the sound of the river swelling up, and across tr

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The river in its might

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This shop had huge psychedelic paintings of visions

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Day 2: Rahul baba arrives. We head to Shiva mama cafe, but the food would have l

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After hogging again, we take a bus to Jarri from where we start trekking to Mala

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This is the start of a soul shattering trek that we'd never imagined we would be

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Come as you are...

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Malana was cut off from civilization for ages. The powerplant project has given

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We follow the pipeline for a shorter route

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Day 2: On the way we meet Bindu, a Malana local who was bringing in sheep from M

Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

"Aur khayega Biriyani?". 6 km down and the weight of the rucksack now kicks in

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy
Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

LoTR-ish

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After 8-9 km, we finally spot the dam and it's huge. Malana, however is nowhere

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Streams on the way

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"Aaj to ghus gaye"

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After about 13-14 km, we see the Malana gate. It's 3 km more of steep uphill tre

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It's getting dark and we are nowhere near Malana. It's already been 7 hr of hiki

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We somehow manage to reach Malana at 2130. I feel my body revolting - it's been

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Day 3: The next morning - cramps and the view

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Day 3: We decide to spend some time at Malana and let our bodies get back to nor

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The last house standing

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We head to this small place called Cafe Muzik to grab some food and chill. Malan

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Stories have it that when Alexander came to India, a small part of his army sett

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We reach Cafe Muzik after a small hike. Few local boys come along with us.

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy
Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

We are hungry and feast on this local dish called Siddu. And we order again, and

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CAFE MUZIK - nice cozy place

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Day 4: We take another route through Malana village to climb down the hill. Ther

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We trek down to the road on the last mountain that you can see.

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

The water is ice cold.

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We reach the other mountain. You can see the village far away.

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From Malana, we head to Bhunter, and stop by at the Dhaba from last time. The fo

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Kullu reminds me of Shillong

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We head to Kullu from Bhuntar, which is 11 km from there. And take a night bus t

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There are candlelight marches for the Nepal earthquake. You have a large Nepali

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And buses have swag names like this

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Bad dhaba food at Mandi

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We reach Dharamsala at 0300, and head to McLeodganj. We walk around the entire t

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Day 5: There are interesting shops in McLeodganj. I love the place for its vibra

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We gorge on some Tibetan food.

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy
Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

We hike up to Bhagsu Nag falls

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

And we head up to Shiva Cafe

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

We reach Shiva Cafe at the upper side of the falls

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Shiva Cafe has cheap food and is frquented by hippies and families alike

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Has browns again

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

We head back down the hill, and head to Gyuto monastery where Dalai Lama stays

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

Word.

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

The next Panchen Lama was abducted at the age of six by the Chinese. He's still

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McLeodganj has evenings full of concerts and movie screenings about Tibet and th

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We spend some time at this nice little coffee shop outside the monastery

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

Rahul bab tries some herbal tea

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On our way back, at the main square there's kickass Isreali guy doing some stunt

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

Hooked to Tangkha paintings. I meet Daniel later who gives us some good info abo

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Day 6: We get up early morning, grab some momos and start trekking towards Triun

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McLeodganj

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We start trekking from the Gallu Devi temple. The trail cuts through a jungle an

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

And we get a view of the Dhauladhars

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You can hear hndreds of birds chirp. There is dense foliage.

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Waste Warriors doing a trmendous job of keeping the mountains clean.

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

Chai biskoot and some view

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

Aur kitna upar hai bey

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The dog enjoys the view now.

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It starts raining. Just what we were dreading. The trail gets slippery and muddy

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Life is all bout Neon raincoats

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And when we finally reach the peak. The Dhauladhars!

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Mightiness and meaninglessness

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

It starts raining heavily and the temperature drops suddenly. It's freezing cold

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We meet two girls from Canada and discuss about the government, education, and h

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I love flags at the top of the mountains. So much power. So much grit.

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Full power.

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The nothingness of our existence.

Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy
Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy
Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles - Part 3 (The Hippie Trail) by Sarthak Satapathy

Following The Hippie Trail In Himachal Pradesh

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