The hotel receptionist contacted an auto guy and he took me all the way up to the monastery at 10am. I shared the auto fare with another traveller. Then due to lack of time, I came back around at 12pm, had lunch at Hotel Malabar then I decided to go to my next destination asap.
So I, along with one more solo traveller trekked to the village together in almost 2 hours. Usually, it takes 1 hour 15-20 minute, but I had to take many halts as I was struggling with my breath.
Here is a highlight from my Instagram story: https://bit.ly/2vboVqC
Also, there is a small river between the valleys which connect one mountain to the other - So I took a moment to sit there and munch over hot Maggie which is available there. So satisfying and relaxing. feels like I have entered into some third dimension of life. There I got to talk with some locals at the tents who warned me about all the Malana stores and taboos they follow.
Here is me having Maggie on riverside: https://bit.ly/2vboVqC
Once I reached the top of the village to the other end, the whole new world was visible out there. People were rolling and chilling sitting in front of Hilltop cafe - the only visible in front of me. Also, the only place which I have heard that it lets the tourists stay. And there was this edge of the Malana village where it ended and a whole new magical valley was visible with the superficial beauty of other mountains all covered in mist and different shades of green.
Though I couldn't enjoy for long as I had to rush back to the cab-which officially waited for 4 hours. But surely I enjoyed my walk through the Malana village which is completely adorned with natural beauty and with unbelievable dimensions of horizons. The whole village resonated the playful voices of playing children and adults and olds playing songs on their radios. Otherwise, a subtle peace and silence had decorated the corners of the village. Very peaceful. Except what disturbed me the most is the bad drainage system in the village and clogged drains. The irresponsible tourists have totally littered the whole area making it super dirty at the entrance of the village.
Anyway, as I head back it was almost dark, the sun was setting behind the mountains. It got scarier on my way back. I had even lost my way up and trekked the wrong way in the jungle. But luckily I wasn't alone at that time so I got some moral support and got back safely with their help.
STAY AT CHALAL: 500 INR per night (It was a new camp, it had no particular name - I just found it on my way)
Met my cab driver - the most friendlier. He drove me back to Chalal. On my way, I had collapsed in the back seat of the car. I saw so beautiful Twinkling stars - Like the one in some fantasy land. I asked the Cab driver to stop to enjoy the diamond-like stars. with my own bare eyes, I could differentiate the stars and galaxy and even certain types of constellations. It was so wonderful and breathtaking - something I wouldn't forget until my next visit.
Heading back to Chalal, I had done some online booking at Snow view hostel, But luckily, I encountered a Campsite beside a river with plenty of enjoying people around campfire - I heard a voice from inside that You had always wished to camp beside a river in front of high mountains with sky full of stars. So here is the moment - all I needed was to grab it.
I got lucky again and I called the hostel guy and asked him to cancel my booking and I got off the cab - Paid him some tip and headed back down to do my enquiry. The tents were available at the rate of 500 INR per night. I jumped into it and got myself a camp for a night.
I chilled a while near the bonfire, sang my heart out and shared some stories and made friends. Then I crashed back into my tent and called it a day there.
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