Kareri Lake : A not-much-talked-about Paradise! #TripotoTakeMeToSandakphu

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Well, being an employee it is very tough to get some time for yourself and that kind of life was going through until I received a call one day from nowhere for Kareri Lake. I had never heard before about this place and when i learnt that this place is in Himachal I was non compos mentis. Himachal, this name is enough to leave behind distressed city life to untether yourself from all exhaustion in the lap of The Mighty Himalayas. First, I googled about this Kareri lake and Second, its above Mcleodganj and I was enough intrigued by this.

Located high between the ranges of Dhauladhar is the perfect elliptical glacial lake – Kareri Dal. While majority of the backpackers are seen flocking to Triund or Indrahar Pass circuit, this short trek to Kareri Lake makes for a richer and quieter experience.

I rushed to City Bus stand, Gurgaon; from where I hail during my way to bus stand I was going through many things in my head. Will i get bus from here to Himachal or not? Do I need to go to Delhi for this? As I reached to bus stand I ambled up to person to know about bus schedule for Himachal but hard luck for me because there were not such bus services to Mcleodganj but to Chandigarh, and from there I can catch bus to my destination. And I was ecstatic to know this and I whizzed past everything behind me as just in two hours bus to Chandigarh from Gurgaon was all set to go and this much duration I had to pack for the next few days to Himachal. As i was cash-strapped but I managed for this heavenly place and I succeeded to catch that bus.

After 6 hrs, I reached Chandigarh and I was waiting for bus the to Mcleodganj and before boarding on that bus I purchased some junk food to conquer my hunger.

It had been 45 minutes since I reached there and I saw a dilapidate bus coming towards the bus platform but i ignored until it stopped in front of the Mcleodganj board. I rushed to to catch that bus and I was fortunate to have a seat as it was crammed. As the bus engine roared to life for Mcleodganj I was also super excited to be there. After few miles I dozed off and I woke in the middle of night and I witnessed the most breathtaking view from the window of the running bus. It was like Stars on Earth. Just in few minutes I fell asleep.

The next morning was quiet foggy and I took no longer to understand it is THE MCLEODGANJ. The Bus dropped me off at Mcleodganj, 4 kilometers north of Dharamsala, on a cool summer morning, the 12- hour journey from the swelter of the plains to the freshness of the hills was a fairly comfortable one.. I just ran to my hotel which booked from an online site before arrival or can say during my way .I just threw up myself on the bed and got up at 5 in the evening and with no second thoughts i just surveyed the market and it was quiet absorbing.And later I discussed about Kareri Trek with those people were going to lead us from the next day.

Next Day, I was all spruced up and exicted to climb towards Kareri Lake and while heading to Kareri Lake I chanced upon a small hamlet called Dharamkot. It was so serene and fascinating that everyone should go while visiting Mcleodganj. It started off simple enough,a brief 30-40 minute climb over rough stairs and a path cut into the mountain face, followed by a relatively level walk interspersed with a few steep inclines. This isn't too bad,I thought to myself! I can actually do this.

Roughly about an hour's walking later i paused near to large bridge crossing the Kareri River. A brief stop by the water to get a breathe later ,We(including leaders and 3 trekkers more) continued on. I came across some amazing sights which had not bargained on. The deeper into the forest we went and the higher we climbed, the better the scenery became, but i can't say i got to particularly enjoy it much. I was too exhausted to focus and more concerned with putting one foot in front of the other, that the trek became more about the destination and less about the journey itself. I was far out of my comfort zone, I wanted to collapse on the giant boulders and cry.

But just when I thought my legs were ready to buckle and there was no way I could go on any longer, we arrived at a little landing. A open space adjacent to the stream,surrounded on all sides by the mountains. This place is known as Kareri Harnala. In other words,The perfect place in which to stop and set up camp for the night and we polished off the plate with good conversation on a high note.

The sweetest words i could have hoped to hear at that moment.

We had covered a distance of seven kilometers, a little over halfway to Kareri Lake, and it was a good place to stop for the day.

Next Morning, I was woken up by the rays of the sun as my companion stepped outside and i struggled to come out from sleeping bag and that struggle soon got over and as i emanted from my tent i saw a enthralling beauty all around me. It really is calm and peaceful here,cocooned in the midst of nature,and the campsite is a beautiful one.

After a quick breakfast of milk and oats, we decided that we would continue up to Kareri Lake.

After Freshen up , ate a quick breakfast of milk and oats and we decided that we would continue up to Kareri Lake as i was enlived again and raring to reach there.And now I was just 6 Kilometres away.

Now we all had began to our last leg and now it was quiet intimidating.The path was quiet daunting and paddy at some point and i slipped on rocks while walking, it was quiet learning experience. The winding rocky pavements were slightly slippery and treading on those was challenging. We went over gushing streams and we felt sprinkle of water with thin air and it was quiet palpable and inviograted us on more time and saved us from fading away.We kept Soldiering on, and soon after i spotted a small temple of Shiva and i realized that we are almost there.After being there, at shiva temple i saw the picture that made me bonkers and I was euphoric to see the Kareri Lake for which i went through agony and eventually,it paid off. With a surge of adrenaline, I trampled up the hill. With a surge of adrenaline, I trampled up the hill which was just behind the kareri lake. That hill was clad with snow and i got a chance to be in that snow. I was simply blown away to see the glistening water by the sun's shine in that lake. It was phenomenal. I had seen many pictures of the lake prior to embarking on the trek, but let me tell you,none of them did justice to the sight before me. The Blue water in the lake which was actually blue and that lake is all covered by sky kissing trees and i could have felt that cool breeze of air which was not allowing us to worn out in lieu of charged us even more.After spending some hours we followed back to our old urban banal lives.It grieved me to leave that place but i had no other potion at all.

Everyone should come once in a lifetime to seek adventure, peace and nature.

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