We started the day early to see the sunrise in the hills. It was beautiful place. We witness the sunlight grazing towards resort from the hill top and the sound of water flowing in river stream was the cherry on top.
By the time all riders had breakfast it was 11 AM. Then we planned to visit Gujrugarhi Tunnel which was @ 33 Kms ride from Marchula followed by 4.5 Kms trek one side.
After a 90 min ride we reached the starting point of trek and were accompnied by two local boys to show us the way in Jungle. We began the trek by 1:30 PM and as soon as we started most of the riders felt to regret it ????, but as our body warmed up we were enjoying the walk in the nature.
It was a dense forest of pine trees. The quiteness of the place was mesmerizing. It took us around 1 and a half hours to complete the trek and reach the hill top where a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga was situated.
Those who made it all the way to the top were feeling a sense of acomplishment and reward of our 1.5 hour trek was beautiful. Cool wind with sunlight and the amazing view of hills was something which is hard to explain in words.
After a 30 mins halt we decided to head towards 100 of years old Gujrugarhi Caves built by our gorkha brothers as a secret hide out from British Empire. It was. 20 min trek down the hill top. On entering the cave we experianced the hard conditions faced by our brothers for our freedom.
There was no light in the caves and it was filled with boobytraps. One wrongfoot and you will find yourself in deep wells within the caves (wells were of course dried up due to course of time). After visiting the cave we decided to go back to our trek starting point where our bikes were parked. It took us another 1 hour to reach there.
It was 5 PM and every 1 was exhausted after the trekking. We also skipped our lunch as there was nothing to eat on the top of hill. So every 1 decided to have some chocolates and biscuits to get some energy and ride back to the camping site.
After getting energized we started our ride back to camping site. It was getting little late and dusk was falling rapidly. So we started to ride saftely. As the nature turned off its light we had to turn on our bikes headlight and wow what a scene. One bike following other bike tail and creating a string of bikes. As we moved down hills the waves created by the bikes tail light was an delightful experiance.
We reached our campside at Marchula by 7:30 PM and it was New Years Eve, time to bid farewell to 2016 and welcome 2017.
Locals were playing their folk music and dance. After having dinner we joined them as well. We had introduction session again as some of riders joined us on day 2.
Chilling night, bonfire, folk music, and company of awsome people made the night impossible to forget. I got a chance to interact with some #NextLevel brothers and had a quality discussion with one of my senior in my line of work, recieved some quality carrer advise and then it was time to party.
On midnight we lit lanterns to welcome 2017 followed by music and dance.
Around 2 AM we decided to go to bed.