Another year comes to an end, and we are entering in a new year. 2016 is a great year for me, in 2016 I have traveled a lot, and one of my childhood dream comes true in this year ie "to go for a bike trip on mountains". So we all are all set to welcome the 2017 with a great blast :)
I am planning a trip in the starting of 2017 to some place where I am very far from the hustle bustle of city, a place where I can just enjoy the nature and nothing else, and I don't want to go very far away like with in 350 KM from Delhi.
After doing a lot of search I finalize "Kanatal", which is a remote village in Uttarakhand.
Kanatal - A lost hamlet
A few decades ago their used to be a lake by the name of Kanatal now it dried up and hence the name Kanatal, literally meaning "one eyed lake" in Hindi. To make it memorable, the place was named Kanatal. The tiny hamlet of Kanatal is perched at an elevation of 8,500 feet above sea level on Mussoorie-Chamba road. Kanatal is a perfect winter destination as it snows here and is also an ideal place for camping. One of the popular tourist attractions, the Surkanda Devi temple is located only 10 km away from Kanatal.
Kanatal has an average elevation of about 8500 feet (2590 meters). The highest point is Surkunda Devi Temple, at a height of about 9,995 feet. There is scarcity of water; temperature in winters go freezing. The roads are blocked with snow — often crystallized and hard enough to skid vehicles thousands of meters down the valley.
Activities in Kanatal
. Ayurveda Spa
. Nature Walks
This time I am going with a group of 20 people's and we have a Tempo Traveler from Delhi to Kanatal and to return back. Yes, this time I prefer to go in a group because before when you are going in group trip, you get to know so many people s belonging to different geographic locations, they tell them about their culture, there places and many interesting things :)
We had reached at 10:00 PM on our meeting point ie Anand Vihar, from where we got the bus. Its weekend and there is so much rush in Delhi so our bus arrived 1 hour late and we are all set to leave Delhi border at 11:00 PM. All the other group members are from Delhi NCR and after a small introduction to each other we are moving forward to Rishikesh, with a loud music and a lot of chit-chat in the bus.
At 05:30 AM we reached Hardwar, the scene of Har ki Pauri ghat and Mansa Devi is so beautiful and it makes me think like: Why I am going anywhere leaving such a beautiful place :P
We move further and reach Rishikesh, from there we have to go up to Chamba and then Kanatal. Our first halt was at Chamba, where we had our breakfast and two rounds of tea to stay active in so chilling weather. After that we move forward to Kanatal.