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302 Kms from Pithoragarh
Best time to visit - April,May,June,July
Scenic and serene, Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh is perhaps one of the most unexplored places in Himachal. Passing through...
After speeding for some more hours, I am entering in Kinnaur district of Devbhoomi Himachal. The roads are somewhere dangerous now, and near Pooh town it start getting worse with landslides and sharp , blind turns.
As summer hues creep over the cloudless skies of this town, the bright colours of Holi are prepared to paint the mountains red and the grass pink. Welcome to Kinnaur, a small district in Himachal Pradesh, where Holi is not just celebrated but revered.
Kara Lake Located in Kinnaur, Kara Lake is located in Bhaba valley. It takes almost two days to trek till Kara Lake and the route passes through beautiful meadows with Himalayan horses grazing around. The entire trek is filled with gorgeous views of Himalayan Peaks. Kara Lake is one of the few treks that will take you through glaciers even in the summer season. Basic Info – Kara Lake trek starts from a small village called Kafnu. There are a couple of guest houses that also provide guide for the trek.
With that we started from kaza to chandigarh via shimla and the journey just cannot be expressed in words. Roads in the cold desert are sometimes very disapponting especially when the drilling of the moutains take places the day you’re supposed to travel and you just keep waiting and the journey of 12 hrs is extended to 15-16 hrs. But still that's another good thing as you can explore more on the way! (I got a real bad reaction from my sister when i said that while we were stuck on the way. I'm still glad i came back alive from that trip and she didn’t kill me. :p )I would define kaza as one of the most picturesque destinations in Spiti valley. I heard from the locals that many Bollywood movies have been shot here. One can watch the Paap (a Bollywood movie) if they want to get a glimpse of what to expect when they reach Kaza.
The picturesque Sangla Valley in the Kinnaur with its bountiful Apple Orchards is known for rich tribal culture and traditions. There is a local tradition to welcome the guests with a garland of dry fruits and a round Kinnauri cap with green flap. It's also known for legally brewing two popular drinks, 'angoori' and 'ghanti'.Where to Stay:Rattan Cottage:A hidden-rural homestay in the picturesque Sangla Valley in Kinnaur district some 275 km from Shimla. The host also participates in the apple fest to showcase his orchard.Address: Village & P.O. Sangla, Tehsil Sangla ,District KinnaurPhone: 0-098052536
But one last visit will do!The road journey was super exciting. But I just wanted a little more scenery to enjoy! Thus next, we headed to the Himalayas again to uniquely end 2016! It was a perfect place to get away from the city for a while. So I decided to celebrate New Year's eve at Kinnaur, famous for sacred Kinner Kailash high range mountains which is home of the Lord Shiva.
The Hindustan-Tibet road or the NH5 to Chhitkul is precarious and can easily shake even the strongest of the hearts. The landslide prone roads are not smooth all the way as a national highway is supposed to be, mere 3m wide, and Satluj River by the side, the ride scared even our expert driver. Our driver had to drink a bit during the dinner time and only then he could drive fearlessly in the night at around 12 am and onwards.Now was our final battle with the roads.
Kinnaur has for centuries been a major trans-Himalayan corridor. Merchants travelling between China and the Punjabi plains passed through on the Hindustan–Tibet caravan route, stretches of which are still used by villagers and trekkers. The bulk of the traffic that lumbers east towards the frontier, however, uses the newer NH-22, which veers north into Spiti just short of the ascent to Shipki La pass, on the Chinese border, which remains closed.
87 Kms from Pithoragarh
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,October,November
Located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Northern India. The ...
On the banks of a mango shaped lake lies a town which was once the winter capital of The Raj, and is now favorite of millions of Indians.
Day 2 we had plans of visiting the zoo only to be interrupted by when my brother's friend saw a para-glider gliding in the sky.
It was nearly five years ago that we made our presence in the place. There were four of us who went on the trip- my brother, my mother, my brother's friend and me.
During 2012, it was an October evening when I got a call from my friend who was then posted in Rohtak, a small town of Haryana asking about my plans for the coming weekend. I had none, so he expressed that he would be getting bored at his house so I suggested him to come down to my place in Delhi which he felt as a usual boring stuff and proposed me his new plan to explore a new destination.We hunted on internet for some hours and then mutually locked an Uttarakhand based hill station in Kumaon foothills of Outer Himalayas i.e. Nainital. Within no time we booked train tickets on internet from Old Delhi to Kathgodam as it was the closest destination to reach Nainital since there were no trains till Nainital. Also during those days there were no such options to book hotels via apps or online methods so basically we had no plans after reaching the last station.
We boarded the train from Old Delhi railway station which is easily accessible from Chandni Chowk Metro Station by around 09:30 p.m. and reached Kathgodam railway station by around 05:00 a.m. the very next morning. Since it was the arrival of winters so the sky was covered with darkness and streets brightening with road lights but the station was full with private vehicles and passengers going to Nainital. Almost all of the cars and taxis were filled with couples. Since they wanted privacy so we had to back off but there was one car in which the couple was local to that place and they had to get midway so we got a chance to board it.After dropping our co-passengers, the driver was inquisitive to know our plans about Nainital i.e. stay and travel so as we had no strategic plans so he suggested us with one. For the first time we didn’t book any hotel as the hired car acted so where we relaxed until reaching the starting point of our main journey and also changed our attire.Within the next 4 hours we covered the below points starting and ending our journey with the beautiful Naini Lake and adjacent to it the Naina Devi Temple (one of the 52 ShaktiPeeth) via Mall Road :-• Naini Peak• Tiffin Top• Snow View Point• Gurney House• Cave GardenWe could not cover “Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo” due to lack of time.Few beautiful places near to Nainital are Saat Tal, Bhim Tal, Nauchuchiya Tal, and Mukteshwar which may need some more days to be explored in detail.After completing our trip we were dropped to Mall road where we explored the shopping area which were narrow and hyped street markets and also had our breakfast and lunch as there were a lot of food joints so we tasted a variety of them in Mall Road itself. In the afternoon we boarded a bus to “Haldwani”, one of the nearest towns to Nainital from where we to took another bus to Delhi by around 05:00 p.m. So by this way we completed our trip within one day without reserving a hotel.Nainital Itinerary :-Day 1 – If you arrive early morning, you can plan outing for complete day and cover the above mentioned points after taking a few hours rest. You can head off to the picturesque locations in Nainital, whether Snow Top or Tiffin Top, which is connected to the main town by cable cars. In the evening, you can drop in at Tibetan Market or Mall Road to acquire some shopping experience.Day 2 – Start with the holy blessings from Naina Devi, a Shakti Peeth which is on Mall Road and barely 1.8 km. from the main town of Nainital. Then, you can visit the Naini Zoo which sports a rich collection of flora and fauna. You can also enjoy the Naini lake boat ride as well. If you're a boating freak, the best time to visit Naini Lake is from 16:00 onwards.Day 3 – You can try on some trekking and other adventure sports as well.Do carry warm clothes and gloves irrespective of whichever season you are planning to visit.View of Himalayan Range is mystic so don’t miss out on that !!!
While this city has a lot to offer in food, culture and fashion, repeating the same things over and over again can become really tiresome, really fast. I was starting to feel stagnated, spending much of my free time at home, away from the city’s stimuli I was oh-so-familiar with. I needed to get out of the house, see some things I hadn’t seen before, and shake off my inertia.So without thinking too much, I planned a quick getaway to Nainital, a perfect getaway that was far away from the city chaos and close to the solace found in the nature. So get out your cameras, book a bus and head here right away.
NAINITALOur Mahindra Bolero reached Tallital KMVN Tourist Rest House (TRH), Nainital at around 5.30 in the evening. We got off the car and were instantly greeted by shivering cold. Standing on the edge of the vast green pristine Naini Lake, I forgot about clicking any photo what so over.We headed straight to Tallital KMVN TRH reception and then to our rooms - which we managed to pre-book four months in advance ,from KMVN Tourist office, Kolkata. After checking in, I spontaneously reached out for my camera (my 4 year old friend, a Nikon Coolpix P510) and went on to explore the view from the balcony.
2. The multi-cuisinesBeing the major tourist destination, Nainital is the perfect spot for food. Get the taste of authentic Pahadi food, the exotic Italian and Chinese cuisines too. Momos and Thukpas come under the famous food in Nainital, that you can get from any eatery. But don’t forget to taste the traditional sweet, the Bal Meethai. The soft and chocolaty sweet is famous in the entire Kumaun region. Don't forget to visit the Maggie point.
258 Kms from Pithoragarh
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,August,September,October,November,December
A quick getaway destination for Delhi-NCR residents, Mussoorie or the 'Queen of Hills' is the most favoured place for an...
Mussoorie, known as 'Queen of Hills' is another interesting destination to begin with. It is situated at a distance of around 35Km away from Dehradun. Half of the money spent on the travel is compensated by the journey from Dehradun to Mussoorie because of the breathtaking ride. You can feel the thrill from the top of it. The main attractions are Kempty falls, Gun Hills, and the market.
It was 7 am that Friday when we reached the Himalayan town. A shared taxi from Dehradun was the only mode of transport up the hill after all the government-run buses were packed full. We didn’t mind the extra expense since the taxi was faster and far more comfortable. The air was chilly at that height and we were thanking each other for reminding ourselves to pack our jackets. We were famished after our overnight bus ride from Delhi and fortunately, a small dhaba was open just at the town’s main taxi stand.
25th Mar’18After a day of exploring at Rishikesh, our journey started towards Mussoorie. The roads were narrow and the view of Mussoorie was amazing. It’ll make you amazed. We reached around 9 PM at Mussoorie with no hotel booking in our hand and somehow, we managed to get a good hotel at Mussoorie. The beautiful road trip from Rishikesh to Mussoorie made our small attempt fruitful and the mountains and hill are way better than anything. When I saw the mountains, my heart started jumping with excitement and I can’t help myself rather than thinking about Wilfrid Noyce, who was a mountaineer.“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.” – Wilfrid NoyceIt was about 10PM, we want to explore nearby places of Massoorie, thanks to Google.com which was with us throughout the journey, though at times the Google map disappoint us by navigating the wrong direction and there was no sync between our destination and the directed location, still it helped us. After much R&D we headed towards the mall road, a famous place of Massoorie for street yet local shopping. The streets were full of people and other travelers. I noticed most of the people were on a family trip. There was a mix of people- young married couples with toddlers, the family of four, college gang, localities, photographers, girl gang and miscellaneous. We did few window shopping and that was the time when movie Hichiki was released. Rani being my favorite actress, I couldn’t control other than heading our tiny steps towards the theater with the night show in the chilly weather. The show completed around 12am at the night and we came back to the hotel with no food, since in masso0rie all food stall and hotel were closed by 11 PM (specifically near mall road), we ended up the day by having the Baba Ramdev’s Jhal Muri; what we carried with us from Haridawar.Ohh!!! yeah, I forgot to mention, if you are in Haridwar don’t forget to make a visit Patanjali Ashram. It’s a luxurious place expanded across horizons.
It was almost evening when we reached Mussoorie, also known as the Queen of the Hills and the abode of literary legend Ruskin Bond. It is like any other hill station you visit, with a Mall road, local eateries and hotels in abundance. While walking down Mall road, we savoured roasted corn cobs (bhutta) and hot chicken soup.We put up at Hotel Sunny Hilltop, a small place, being renovated in parts, with a quaint woodwork lounge and comfortable rooms.
Perfect for the romantic soulsInsider Tip: With its villas and spectacular views, Albert Lodge has is the perfect place to whisk your SO for a romantic sojourn. Choose from a range of standard rooms, deluxe suites or super deluxe rooms, all done up beautifully with spectacular views. Breathe the pure mountain air, drink fresh spring water and feast on local produce.Distance from Delhi: 303.0 km via NH9 (6h 56min)
Mussoorie:'The Queen of Hills' - was no longer a dream for us.Still I remember that smile we exchanged after reaching Mussoorie safe. After a long tiring journey of 300 km we decided to rest ourselves. We found a good hotel (Hotel Premji) a couples of kilometers from the mall road and we rested there. We were not likely to have a walk or experience the local beauty of Mussoorie that day as we were tired.
How to reach - We took the local bus leaving from the railway station in Dehradun. One way costs INR 60 - the fastest and cheapest way to get to Mussoorie. The bus drops you at the entrance of the town from where you can take the bus back to Dehradun.Journey - not bad at all! Drivers are familiar with the sharp turns, may speed up sometimes. But then what else can you expect from a local bus journey. While going back downhill, it hardly took us an hour. To reach Mussoorie, it took us an hour and a half in which the last 30 min was the hilly drive. Pretty safe and not at all crowded (best to come on a weekday), it is way better than paying INR 1100 one way to cabs, if you are traveling in a small group.From Delhi, it takes 5 hours by train to reach Dehradun.What all you can do in Mussoorie - Visit the Kempty Falls and Happy Valley Explore Landour Cable car from JhulaGhat to Gun Hill What we actually did - We could just manage a day trip to Mussoorie from Dehradun and had a train to catch at night. We preferred starting early around 6 pm from Mussoorie to descend safely. This left us with only 6 hours. And since I had food belly as my companion, we prioritized food over everything else - so here is our food journey:Our first stop was at a maggie point. Finger-licking good hot Maggie at INR 40. Perfectly complemented the chill in the weather.Second stop was to enjoy the best cold-coffee ever. This was at the Mountain Cafe on the Mall Road. Must go! Priced at 150, a bit over the top for just a cold coffee but then you take the first sip and realize it totally justifies the cost. This place has an extensive menu, so you can plan a good breakfast.
Day 5: Mussoorie - The queen of hillsBy night fall I boarded a bus to Mussoorie which in itself is a great task. The bus stand is near the railway station opposite to the pre-paid taxi stand. One has to wait for hours in the ticket line. Tickets are distributed only after the bus arrives at the stand. 30kms distance to Mussoorie easily takes 2 hours. During winter Mussoorie is bustling with tourists and finding any on spot accommodation is quite difficult. Wanting to stay away from the crowded areas I booked a hotel at the Landour bazar road.Along with the regular places to visit one can take a walk at the 2 km stretch of Mall road, watch the sun set behind the hills casting its hue on Mussoorie, witness the moon rise over the sparkling Dehradun, shop endlessly in Mall road, eat the famous aloo parantha from Funjabi Food, must gulp the masala orange juice and lay back on those benches and observe the city.Places to visit: Lal tibba, Kempty falls, Gun hill, Cloud's end, Camels back road, Jharipani falls, Bhatta falls, Company garden.
GOOD MORNING !!! ITS 31st December...!!! Last day of the year and and i am going to MASSOURIE HILL STATION TODAY. i woke up at 6am , got ready and moved out early and went to dehradun first(by bus), then to massourie stand and eventually to massourie (again by bus rs 60 ticket). One thing i could clearly guess was that massourie was going to be crowded bcz it was 31st december. i got there and it i at quite a height. The road up to the top is an adventure in itself.At MASSOURIE i went to:GUN HILL(a cable car runs up that hill, u can see Himalyan mountains from there )COMPANY garden(its an amusement park games ,slides,shops ,eatery,horror house etc entertainment)WAX MUSEUM (Rs 100 entrey fees , inside company garden)MALL ROAD(Restaurants,souvenirs,cycle rentals ,etc)GEORGE EVEREST(view is amazing )KEMPTY FALL (the water was ice cold and the waterfall is huge)
225 Kms from Pithoragarh
Best time to visit - March,April,September,October,November
Rishikesh is a small town in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. Scenically located where the Ganges River comes...
Finally, we headed back to our cab. During the return, we stopped by at Har ki Paudi as we wanted to carry along the holy Ganga Jal to our homes. Even at the night, the place was full of people, having faith in the holy river. They were either taking baths or filling the bottles with the sacred water. After spending half an hour back we recommenced the journey back to our busy lives and reached Delhi early morning.
Get Up Early, Take a Stroll on the alleys of Rishikesh, Enjoy the Placidity AroundAfter our Bungy adventure we returned to Rishikesh and strolled around at night. Not satisfied we decided to explore the town on foot early morning the next day.
Rishikesh is famous for one of the most adventurous sports that is 'Rafting'. If you are traveling with a bunch of friends and wants to feel full adventure then Rishikesh is a perfect destination to visit. It is also near the Haridwar which is famous for its pilgrimage sites and Hindu temples.
A word of advise: Rishikesh is pretty famous with tourists, considering it is only 6-7 hours ride from Delhi. As such it is best to avoid going there during weekends or long holidays. We were returning on a Sunday from there to Dehradun, and the crowd were just honking and littering around.Bungy Jumping
The basecamp of the Dharansi Pass Trek is Joshimath, 256 km from Rishikesh and 273 km from Haridwar. You can take an overnight train from Delhi to Haridwar or Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, shared vehicles are available for Joshimath. The long, but scenic road journey passes through Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag and Chamoli.
Indeed, Rishikesh is an awesome place to stay and enjoy the backpacker’s life. Again, the road trip from Haridwar to Rishikesh, I can’t explain by words. We both were so excited for the adventures like Bungee Jumping, River Rafting, which we had planned at Rishikesh. It was a sweaty summer still the breeze was so chilling and helped us to explore the city More. Rishikesh had the number of tourists, that to too many from foreign shores. Ohh, I wanted to do the Bungee jumping but unfortunately, I couldn’t make that happen, I failed to get a ticket. We move ahead for the sport for which Rishikesh is famous i.e. River Rafting. It was an amazing experience to be on the raft on the natural water flow of river Ganga for 2-3 hours, paddling over the amazing roller coaster rapids one after other, it’s a must try for everyone who visits Rishikesh. The team was amazing and made sure we enjoy our ride to the most. We dip into the water. It was scary but it’s a must try event if you’re planning your trip to Rishikesh.
Cliff Diving in Rishikesh, UttarakhandRishikesh has the most ‘developed’ cliff-diving spots in India. Cliff diving is included as a part of the popular river-rafting expedition people take. During the rafting expedition, the tour guide may give you more than one opportunity to jump off a cliff. Just 2 kms from the iconic Laxman Jhula, while rafting at the Brahmpuri stretch there’s a cliff from where you can take the plunge. Simply park the raft on the shore, get on top of the cliff and boom, jump right into the holy waters of Ganga. Cliff diving in Rishikesh
After finishing office on Friday, we planned on leaving for Rishikesh. We have decided to reach by Bike and I was very excited because first time I was visiting Rishikesh.Rishikesh is an ideal weekend getaway from Delhi. The place leaves you completely rejuvenated, and helps you conquer your fears and fulfill all your adventure fantasies. So, the best tip for a Rishikesh tour is to leave on Friday evening or early morning on Saturday.Bike Journey to HaridwarMe and my friend planned a short 2day bike trip to Rishikesh and start our journey on 7th April@4:30Am.We have a single bike and two bags with us.Day 1 Delhi to Haridwar-RishikeshAs we start early in morning @4:30 AM. we cross Delhi within 50 minutes and manage to cross outskirts of Delhi within 1 hours via ISBT - Raj nagar extension road. We took a break at a dhaba named Shiva Dhaba we took some rest as i was very tried.Reached Haridwar around 10:45…We just stopped near a tea stall and we had tea and after 15 minutes we again started our journey because I just wanted to reach Rishikesh as early as possible because I was tried likeanything. we decided to move towards Rishikesh.Reached Rishikesh Shivpuri Camp around 11:45..There are so many options to stay in Rishikesh but we decide to stay in a camp in Shivpuri nearby Rishikesh. (around 10 km from Rishikesh.)After some rest we have decided to visit that connecting river which was near by our camp you can say on a walking distance.River was so clean the crystal clear water attract me and my friend to take a dip in that particular clear water.We have enjoyed a lot natural views in lap of Ganges.Around 4 pmAfter enjoying with water we headed to Shivpuri market because we were hungry near Shivpuri, there is a bridge to cross Ganges, we had a Maggie there that was delicious after the evening snacks we again came back to our camp.Around 7 pmWeather starts changing and started raining the view was mesmerizing we had a tea and pakodas and enjoyed rain in our camp.Roaring Clouds was taking my heart away.The sound of rain is great for helping one to fall asleep.Day 2 Rishikesh to DelhiAs the day start, after breakfast we pack our bags to ride towards rafting.That was awesome experience.One of the third I guess major rapid the raft completely turned towards the right, My friend once thought that l might fall off, but somehow I survived. The warm weather and cold water made for a strange combination. It was at least 10 minutes of fast rowing that pulled us out of the gigantic rapid the quite water followed with few minor rapids.We start rafting @ 01:30 pm (18Km trek). It had around 10 rapidsBody Surfing & Cliff jumpingI was totally scared I didn’t wanted to go in water somehow my friend managed and after sometime I was enjoying that moment in water which was really clean.Cliff jumping is not at all as easy as it looks to be. It scares the hell out of you I didn’t do that. He has done cliff jumping. You can jump in the water at different places where you will jump directly into river from around 15-20ft height. That feels so good. Around 04:00 pm we reached Rishikesh and completed our raft journey.Laxaman JhoolaAfter rafting we headed towards laxaman jhoola and roaming in the markets where divinity was being sold in various forms. We had little shopping as well.After all the adventure we headed back towards Delhi around 07:30.Love Rishikesh
Just as you get off the bus, all the rafting and camping operators would start approaching you with packages. Now be aware if you look online these same deals are close to double the price which is on offer here. For Rs.1500 almost every operator has almost similar package to offer. They include rafting, cliff jump,overnight stay in tents around the river or forest , snacks, dinner and breakfast. Now again do not pay more than this at all. Some might sell you idea that their tents are exactly on the river bank but in reality none are exactly on the bank and government has banned anything from being built on banks. Some people who have private properties from long back near bank are the ones to look for. Being a group of seven , we got this price down to Rs.1300 per head and got an extra meal as well ( accidentally). One has option to do full distance rafting of 16-18 km or just opt for 10-12 km option. We took the 18 km one being overly excited! Rafting starts from Shivpuri ( famous for water sports) or nearby that depending on distance.
This time we went to explore Rishikesh, a town situated in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. While the river is considered holy and be worshiped, the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Rishikesh is home for many temples and ashrams and is a pure scenic wonder. See for yourself -
233 Kms from Pithoragarh
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,October,November,December
An ancient holy town and the starting point for pilgrimages to the Kedarnath Temple and the Badrinath Temple, Haridwar i...
Day 1 : Haridwar - The ancient cityFrom Haridwar railway station most of the places to visit is at a walkable distance. There are multiple budget hotels available in the vicinity. The life here revolves around the ever flowing Ganga. Take a walk along side the river and you will reach Har Ki Pauri, the famous ghat where Ganga Aarti is performed every evening. This spiritual ritual with bhajans and Vedic chants is a sight to behold. This enchanting ceremony takes place by 6.30 pm but the devotees start to gather as early as 4.00 pm. To get a decent view, find a good spot, buy a newspaper for 2 Rs to spread across the floor and wait patiently watching the preparations (Do not forget to pick up your paper and throw them in the bin, which many people seem to ignore). Haridwar still has the essence of mythology and divinity in every corner of the city.Places to visit: Har Ki Pauri, Bharat Mata Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Bara Bazaar, Bhimgoda Kund, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Mansa Devi Temple and Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary.
A day at this divine land of Haridwar will amaze you with how faith can be so mesmerizingly beautiful!! An overcrowded “Har ki Paudi” was such a clumsy and “non favorable” affair before the chants of the Ganga Aarti started. So much crowd, people pushing each other away and loud noises was a huge turn off, then came a voice on the loudspeaker “Har Har Gangey” and begins the famous Aarti. To my surprise, the entire crowd got still and quiet, all eyes on the Pujaris performing this glorious and riveting ritual! I somehow managed to sneak a few clicks of this sanctified act. You can’t really understand the greatness of this Maha-Aarti until you witness it live!
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.The nearest railhead is Haridwar which is well connected with all the major cities of India. You can also reach Haridwar by Volvo buses from Delhi Kashmiri Gate ISBT.Badrinath is about 320 km from Haridwar. You can take early morning buses from haridwar to reach Badrinath. It will take about 11 to 12 hours to reach Badrinath. From Badrinath, you have to take a jeep to Mana village.Best Time to do Satopanth Lake Trek:The best time to do this trek is May and June and September and October. The Garhwal treks are best to be avoided in the monsoon.
Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath 6700 ftThe trek starts from Joshimath in devbhoomi Uttarakhand. The easiest way to reach there is by taking a taxi from Rhishikesh or Haridwar. The total distance of 250 kms will take 12 hours of drive with breaks. For most part, the roads are well maintained except for the occasional maintenance by BRO(Border Road Organisation). You will get the views of Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river), Rudrapryag (confluence of Mandakini river and Alaknanda river) and Karnprayag (confluence of Pindar river and Alaknanda river) on the way.
The Bus from kashmiri Gate left us at Haridwar at 5 in the morning. And the bus going to uttarkashi was at 6’o clock which left us with some spare time.‘How are you,’ I asked.Cold, Arjun said. Let’s have a hot cup of Tea.While having that tea it came to my mind if it is so chilling in Haridwar, what will happen to me on the trek? Then I thought never mind, it had been worse & it is not the first time we did something stupid. Well we got on the bus & wow what a journey it was, half of the people were puking on one side and other half on the other side, this is the best thing I find about roadways. In order to distract myself I covered my entire face with my muffler & slept for the entire journey. It almost took us 7 to 8 hours to reach uttarkashi & 1 extra hour to bhatwari from where we hired a jeep which took us to raithal where the trek starts.The sun was almost about to hide & we did not had much time left in our hands. Bending under the weights of our packs we started hiking and within half an hour found a place near water source to pitch our tents.‘You pitch the tent & I will prepare the dinner,’ Arjun said.Alright, I replied.It was already dark and very silent & I could hear every sound including my own heartbeat which becomes really creepy and terrifying sometimes, although the dinner was perfect & we slept.
Day 2: The Bus departed at 6:00 and after a long 8-9 hrs journey we were finally at Rudrapryag. Now I didn't had a clue on how to reach deorital, I asked some taxi drivers and I'm telling u don't even dare to ask em they were asking for ₹1500 to ₹3000. And then I found out that there was a bus at 14:30 hrs that cost us just ₹60. At 18:00 hrs we started the trek to Deorital. But the action was left to happen. At around 19:30 hrs it started to rain and and the visibility was near zero we all had our headlamps on, by 20:00 hrs it was raining heavily and we were yet to set the tent. By the time the tent was ready to take us in I was soaked now it's sleep time ... Atleast that's what I thought and expected.
I just bag packed and left from Delhi via Noida to Rishikesh at 11:30 AM. It was Friday, the first time I was driving all over from Delhi to Noida that is not more than 30 km and then suddenly Bang! I hit my swift to a divider. I managed to reach Noida and my friends joined and I handed over the driver seat to him.Now the Trip Starts from here Delhi-Noida-Haridwar-RishikeshOn the way we take some snacks-popcorn, chips and cold drink to munch. Since it was Friday the perfect weekend so there was too much traffic on the route. We reached Haridwar at 5:30 P.M and decided to reach Harki pauri as it was the time for Evening Aarti and we do not want to miss that. We reached Harki pauri and the place was teeming but the view was amazing. The flow of river Ganga, the evening sunset, the beautiful glittering diyas floating and the chanting of mantra to appease the god that embraces “Jai maa gange jai jai gange” in a recurring voice is a sight to behold. The tiny diyas bedecked by flowers appears as if thousands of lamps are set to float in the river. We stay there till the Aarti end.Since it was late in the evening we decided to stay in Haridwar only. We searched for hotel and finally decided to stay in Hotel Crystal Ganga Heights that was hardly 2km from the Harki Pauri. The Hotel was cosy and the rooms were comfortable. We had our dinner in the hotel and the food was wonderful. In the midnight we celebrated my birthday and that too was great.
Has it ever happened that you plan for a Trek and you end up completing some other Trek? Well, Pangarchulla was something like that. We had planned for a trek to Bagini glacier on 25th of April, we started for Haridwar via New Delhi. It was already late evening when we reached Haridwar-the city of gods. After checking into the hotel we decided to take a walk along the river bank, which i must say was clean these days.
221 Kms from Pithoragarh
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Hilly deodars, gaddi dogs, buzzing markets, temples, rosy-cheeked Himachalis and a plethora of charming cottages and gue...
Chamba is a very small town in state of Uttarakhand which sleeps as early as 8 in the night. It feels like as if is a person who lives in his own world. However philosophy apart, we woke up early in the morning and had 0ur breakfast ( typical mountains travel breakfast : aloo parantha and chai under some amazing #MadhoshParvat ;) ) , got ready to leave because today we had to return the bikes till 4 p.m. but beyond that we had no plans or we left upon chance to make our plans.We left around 10 a.m. in the morning and reached back at Rishikesh by 2 p.m. while taking few long breaks in between. After reaching Rishikesh we paid a customary visit to Chotiwala restaurant where I personally didn't liked the food much, had our lunch there and finally went on to return our bikes.Now that we were all free and our bus to Delhi was scheduled at 10 in the night, we decided to roam around which proved to be one of the best idea.
Chamba is a beautiful small town on Shaivalik hills near Dehradun. We had a trip to New Tihri last week, so on the way to Tihri we halted at this town for tea and snack break. The whole terrace farming scene and water flowing by captivated us there for almost 1.5 hours. People are very simple and decent here and it would give you a feel of old days. I would recommend that if you want some days of calmness and tranquility then you must stay atleast a week in Chamba.
64 Kms from Pithoragarh
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A small cantonment town in the scenic Kumaon Valley, a visit here will not leave any history buff disappointed. Its reno...
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Kasar Devi Manala may receive all the attention when it comes to being called the 'hippies paradise', but Almora has a few charms of its own that has all the new wave of offbeat travellers flocking this small town in Uttarakhand.
Almora is located at a distance of 85 km from Haldwani. Being directly connected to the major city as Delhi, you can reach Haldwani via train or bus and then hire a taxi. Direct buses are also available from Delhi and Haldwani and even Almora. There are lot many options as Almora has a good network of roads to commute.
The next morning we were finally able to relish the beauty that is Khati village. We had our morning tea while enjoying the panoramic scenery of the village. Had we not been broke we would have definitely spent another day in Khati or trekked further to Dhakuri Top. Alas, our finances got the better us. After breakfast we trekked back another 5 km to Kharkiya. We took a jeep to Bageshwar. After a small lunch at Bageshwar we took a taxi to Almora. The journey back made us forget the silly fight & it dawned on us that we had just completed our first solo trek. It was a proud moment for us. We soaked it in & started chatting again like nothing had ever happened. This is is beauty of old friends. There is so much space for forgiveness & compassion. We reached Almora by sundown & had a hot shower the moment we entered my house.It was a trip that hooked me & made me a trekker for life. Little did i know that this maiden trek would start a hobby that would eventually become a yearly thing. I urge you all to taste the pleasure of solitude & scenery that Pindari has to offer, albeit with a better attitude than mine.Feel free to hit me in the comments section for more info. Cheers!
Our trek began from Almora (1650 mt) , my hometown, around 1 pm as we headed to Bageshwar for the night. The plan was to spend the night in the K.M.V.N (Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd) rest house & start the trek the following day. Its a 3 hr drive from Almora to Bageshwar covering around 75 km. We managed to reach Bageshwar around 4 pm & headed straight to the K.M.V.N guest house. There we spoke with the caretaker & he advised us to take an early morning jeep to Kharkiya. Kharkiya happens to be the last motor-able point along this route from where the actual trek begins. He was kind enough to arrange a jeep for us & promised that the jeep would pick us up from the guest house itself. With the jeep booking out of the way we checked into our room. The room did not offer much in terms of amenities. There was a basic double bed, two chairs & a table. The sheets provided were not the cleanest but the loo was satisfactory. There was a geyser & we were quite happy with that. We paid around 800 for the night.After checking in we went out to explore the town of Bageshwar. Bageshwar (975 mt) is a typical non-touristy town. The usual hustle & bustle of life can be seen here. The town is not the most gifted in terms of views but having chai along the banks of the river Saryu, which runs across the valley of Bageshwar, was to our mind a good way to spend an evening,After strolling across town we picked up some Rum & ordered room service which was basic but tasty food. We chatted the evening away & shared our excitement since this was the first time we were trekking & had consciously decided to do it on our own without the help of a guide or porter.Since we were on our own our bags were on the heavier side, weighing 22 & 15 kg respectively. We could not split the weight equally due to one bag being smaller than the other. The contents of the bags were food packets, rum, warm winter wear, water bottles, medicine box, rope, batteries, torch, headlamp, mobile phones, power banks, cameras, tent, sleeping bags, rain covers etc. Also, I was not carrying the most comfortable and light-weight clothing. I had not spent on light-weight gear at all & instead was carrying normal trousers, cotton t-shirts, heavy puff jacket, waterproof running jacket, and a passable back-pack. Now, one key advise to anyone going on their first trek is to never wear cotton shirts while trekking. I was stupid enough to wear them along with a cotton vest. The end result was that both the t-shirt & the vest absorbed my sweat & turned very hard & left permanent marks on my back as the weight of the 22 kg back-pack pushed them down & thus bruised my skin. This one little mistake caused me immense discomfort & was probably the one lesson I will never forget. Do not wear a cotton vest while trekking & invest in good quality quick dry t-shirts.We slept by 11 pm that night since the day was going to start quite early.
The next morning we had a quick breakfast & left for Almora at 9:30 am. The ride was beautiful with the sun stroked pine trees & the Kosi river popping up at several places.We reached Almora by 1:30 pm & thus concluded our week long adventure to Roopkund & back. Words & pictures cant describe what it means. I urge you all to go and see it for yourself. If you need any more information feel free to hit me in the comments section.
We started the journey from my hometown Almora, on the 2nd of October. Post breakfast we pushed for Lohargunj, the base camp, at 1:30 pm. It was a 5 hour journey of roughly 140 km & since we were driving ourselves, we were able to visit the Baijnath Temple that is on the way to Lohargunj. It is a magnificent 800 year old temple complex that gives you a taste of the ancient stone architecture of Kumaon & is reminiscent of the Jageshwar temple complex. An artificial lake constructed in the early 2000's adds to the quaint nature of the temple. A dip into the waters and post a quick homemade lunch we drove further to our destination Lohargunj. Post sundown at around 7 pm, we reached Lohargunj & got a place t0 stay at a lodge close to the Forest bungalow. At the cost of around 250 per bed the accommodation was clean & adequate. After dinner we decided to repack our bags for the actual trek that was to begin tomorrow. Now, since we were doing the trek independently without a guide or cook, we had quite a bit of equipment, including, but not limited to - sleeping bags, tent, stove, cutlery, food packets, inflatable mattresses, clothes, cameras, water bladders, compass, head lamps, medicine box etc. Since I had picked up a weighing scale from home we were able to determine the weight we were carrying quite accurately. Our bags weighed 22 kg per person - which we realized later is not the most intelligent weight to be lugging around on a trek. Nonetheless, we were unfazed & extremely excited for the coming adventure.
Day 9We started from Lohajung by 8 am. Others were going to Kathgodam, we got on their van to get down in the middle at Almora. We planned this place to take some rest after long trek.In the evening we took a walk around the city. It was fun walking in a nice and calm hill station at evening. From our hotel manager we got news that Binsar was caught on fire recently, so nothing much to see there at the moment, so we had to replan our rest of the trip.
Located in the Kumaon hill ranges in Uttarakhand, Almora is a quiet, sleepy town nestled in the Himalayas. This hill town has a spiritual aura with a touch of mythology depicted in several old temples in every nook and corner, lined up with traditional markets keeping alive Almora’s rich cultural heritage. Surrounded by dense coniferous forests of pine and fir, Almora offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas. The town has a colorful essence with dolled up houses on the slopes, colorful attires and handicrafts. Almora with a laid-back attitude is the perfect destination to rejuvenate and thus one of the best places to visit in India in May.How to get there: Well-connected by roadways, buses and cars, as well as railways (Kathgodam - nearest railway station) from New Delhi and Dehradun.Explore more about the Best Places to Visit in August in India