Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta

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Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Statuesque Switzerland of India- Chopta by Hemani Sehgal

One fine morning, I just woke up, and I knew, the time has come! The mountains are calling. I had a vision from a long time, where I would go, but those chains of responsibilities, job, leaves, god knows what not held me there salve. Then this morning sun, had a special meaning, I knew I had to leave, the mere thought filled me with chills, of being on my own, how would I manage, what is going to be the plan? But plan? Who needs a plan, when you want to escape in wilderness! Limited funds, leaves, being a solo-traveler, but these were the actual things to trigger this journey. So the journey started from Delhi, I took a late night Volvo to Risikesh, at around 3 at night hoped onto a shared cab ride to Srinagar, then another cab to Rudraprayag, then Ukhimat, took me a good 14 hours to reach to Ukhimath. The view, was mesmerizing enough for me to loose a part of my soul there. The mountains are so imposing and intricately woven back and froth, the sights are candid vision for the eyes. Now was the moment I felt, being on the hills is like ' Meditation for your Bare Soul', these words came to life for me. I traveled foot-loose, exploring the whereabouts of the place, had never been there. This was pretty much day one, and i decided to go ahead further. So I started towards 'Chopta', another 12 kilometers from Ukhimath, a small village-town, and again, I stopped at almost every turn, I had to! It is supposedly the 'Switzerland of India', which is justifiable in every way possible, just a little less crowded than Switzerland, and more raw, as it is not very popular. It was almost dark by the time I reached Chopta - Tungnath. The paths were absolutely clad in snow, like a welcoming blanket for the seekers! The turns along the roads are worth drooling for!The view is once in a lifetime feel, pure-bliss and heaven. I stayed at a cottage at night, with hot cups of tea and born-fire! I still can feel the wind, brushing against my skin and how pure that was. It is a heaven, if you are all eyes for scenic beauty. The temperature drops to -5 degrees, but the excitement to see the sunrise early morning, kept me almost up the whole night. The sunrise and the sunset is never the same twice, so I wanted to see it! The roads were absolutely blocked with snow, knee high, JCB's were at work, clearing out paths, but there was no stop for my motivation. I managed to reach almost up-till Tungnath, one of the 5 shrines of lord Shiva in India, at 4,000 mts, but more than religious urge, I had this void inside of my self, that thirst and hunger, to find myself, at a spot, where it would be me, all by myself, my thoughts, my breath. I found a long-lost part of my soul that day. The trek took good 8 hours, so by the time I came down, it was dark again. I decided to continue the journey though. I met a group of travelers there, a lady, I cannot absolutely forget. She came from South-Africa to do this trek specially. I felt good and proud for trusting my bare instinct, to backpack and leave . The time had come to make a move towards Sari village. I reached at sari around at 9, took up a lodge and decided to call it a day! Woke up early morning, (You Don't Want To Miss The Sunrise ) wore my boots, and was on my way to Deoriatal! When the gods look down, for their reflection, this is their mirror. This is a moderate trek, took me 2 hours not more, the path is convenient and very majestic. When I reached there, I decided to stay in a tent, by the lake, whole day and night, just me, my novel, and the Chaukhambha peak, surrounding me in its cocoon of beauty! I could not believe that a place can be so beautiful like that! Snow clad meadows, a lake in which you see the reflection of the peaks, a thousand stars at night, air as pure as it can be, nature in its rawest, purest form alive! It was more than a journey for me, it was ecstasy. I will go again, soon!

That wondrous, travel lust in you, the mere sights will revoke, evoke and reincarnate your soul.
Photo of Enroute to Chopta by Hemani Sehgal
When the Gods, look down to see a reflection, here they come!
Photo of Deoria Taal, Deoria Taal, Uttarakhand 246469 by Hemani Sehgal
Photo of Deoria Taal, Deoria Taal, Uttarakhand 246469 by Hemani Sehgal
4,000 mts, Extremely scenic, serene and away from hustle-bustle.
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hi... very nicely presented... in which month u were there?
Mon 06 20 16, 07:08 · Reply (1) · Report
Thaks. December :).
Tue 06 21 16, 01:24 · Report
hey ...is it safe for a woman traveler to go alone there
Tue 04 12 16, 02:23 · Reply (1) · Report
Absolutely. Get-set-GO! :)
Mon 05 30 16, 05:22 · Report
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Hi Hemani Just curious to know the dates of your trip.
Sat 03 07 15, 21:05 · Reply (1) · Edit · Delete ·
I went there during December end.
Mon 05 30 16, 05:22 · Report