Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight

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3rd Jan 2016
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Arty walls at Rishikesh

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Best sunset at Ganga Ghat

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

At Ganga Aarti

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Candid much

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Scrumptious Pani Puri at Ganga Ghat

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Posers

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Taking in the peace at Ganga Ghat

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

View from our hotel in Nainital

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

One of the many lakes in Nainital

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Maggi toh banta hai

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Ropeway to Mansa Devi temple

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

The trek was worth it

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

A view I can't get enough of

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Some games, eh?!

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Safari at Jim Corbett

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Beauty

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Being all tourist-y

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Goofing around at Taj Mahal

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

One with our driver Anwarji

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi
Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

On Laxman Jhula

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

First sunrise in Mussorie

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

Contemplating

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

With the locals in Mussorie

Photo of Uttarakhand: Love At First Sight, Love At Every Sight by Heema Joshi

They say once a year, go to a place you’ve never been to. So we held out a World map, threw in a dart, which landed at Uttarakhand, formerly Uttaranchal. Just kidding. We're not so rich. Neither are we Ranbir Kapoor or Priyanka Chopra from Anjaana Anjaani. We planned and then planned a little more, atleast for more than a couple of months, before the trip eventually came into being at the beginning of 2016.

So three days after New Year’s eve, January 3 to be precise, we packed our bags and energetically headed for our ten day trip. Being Mumbaiites, our excitement levels were uncontrollably high to go to a colder place. But the moment we landed at Delhi, we were welcomed by our trip driver Anwarji (we later realized he's a really cool chap) and a weather harsher than Mumbai's. Heat FTW!

It didn’t last long though. We had to rush to remove monkey caps and gloves from our bags the minute we arrived in Mussorie. Cold had officially arrived. From there on places only got colder. 

We visited Rishikesh, Haridwar, Nainital, Ranikhet, Jim Corbett and Agra, in that order. On a ten day trip, we were ten of us and our minibus could exactly accommodate 10 people. The distance between most of these places was 4 hours on an average, most of which got prolonged for halting to eat/pee quite often. By the 2nd or 3rd day our driver realized we are not the punctual sorts and made us promise to be on time the next day every night. We didn't but that's a different story!

We got into a routine of sorts in those 10 days: Wake-up, have a heavy breakfast, go around exploring places, shop, have dinner, check-out next morning, reach new destination, repeat. Every night we’d huddle in one of the rooms and play cards, have Rum (it was needed to warm our bodies), watch some TV (Bigg Boss?), goof around before falling asleep. Since it was really cold (lowest was around 2 degrees), we got hungry really quick. We ate every half an hour. No kidding!The many theplas we packed (thanks to our moms) proved to come in quite handy.

When I look back, I don’t know what would I call my fondest memory of the entire trip? Would it be the hot and expensive maggi we had at Mussorie and Nainital? Or would it be the long trek, surrounded by animals and with just a stick to protect us in the windy forest Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary? Or watching the mighty Himalayas from our hotel in Ranikhet? Or the divinely aarti at Ganga Ghat? Or waking up at 5 in the morning with the anticipation of spotting a tiger at Jim Corbett? Or watching the sunrise in Mussorie on the first day of our trip? Or the chaos while getting ready every morning so as to not keep our driver waiting? Or the dumb charades we played in the bus? Or munching on tonnes of aloo parathas with dahi? Or being in awe of the Taj Mahal?

Well, I can’t decide. And honestly I don’t want to. It makes me sad to think that all 10 of us might never again go on a trip together. I don’t care if I sound mushy, but what I have experienced in those 10 days, with 10 beautiful people will always be special for me. ALWAYS! Some memories last a lifetime, while some are hard to forget. This trip gave me both. Until next time then!

A trek like no other.
Photo of Binsar, Binsar, Uttarakhand 263628, India by Heema Joshi
Photo of Binsar, Binsar, Uttarakhand 263628, India by Heema Joshi
Photo of Dhanolti, Dhanolti, Uttarakhand, India by Heema Joshi
So serene and divinely.

At Ganga Aarti

Photo of Ganga Ghat by Heema Joshi
Photo of Ganga Ghat by Heema Joshi
Photo of Ganga Ghat by Heema Joshi

Scrumptious Pani Puri at Ganga Ghat

Photo of Ganga Ghat by Heema Joshi
The sound of the flowing river will calm the most chaotic minds
Photo of Ganga, Ganga, Haridwar, Uttarakhand by Heema Joshi
Photo of Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, Delhi 110037, India by Heema Joshi
Constantly on the edge of our seats, lest we spot a tiger
Photo of Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital District, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715, India by Heema Joshi
Photo of Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital District, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715, India by Heema Joshi
Photo of Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital District, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715, India by Heema Joshi
Photo of Kempty Waterfall, Kempty Waterfall, Ram Gaon, Uttarakhand 248179 by Heema Joshi
Photo of Laxman Jhula, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India by Heema Joshi
Photo of Mansadevi, Mansadevi, Uttarakhand 249204, India by Heema Joshi
Beauty all around
Photo of Mussoorie, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Heema Joshi
Photo of Nainital Lake, Nainital Lake, Ayarpatta, Nainital, Uttarakhand by Heema Joshi
A city of lakes and scenic landscapes

View from our hotel in Nainital

Photo of Nainital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Heema Joshi
Photo of Nainital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Heema Joshi
Photo of Nainital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Heema Joshi
Photo of Nainital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Heema Joshi
The coldest of all and the closest to the Himalayas
Photo of Ranikhet, Ranikhet, Uttarakhand, India by Heema Joshi

A view I can't get enough of

Photo of Ranikhet, Ranikhet, Uttarakhand, India by Heema Joshi
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