Before proceeding ahead let me introduce myself to you. I am a female in my late 20’s who hate trekking. I like to have a luxurious stay but I am very strict with my budget. My main motto during such trips is to have a comfortable stay, explore the place in terms of local food, tourist attractions, local shopping but all within the limit of a reasonable expenditure.
When it comes to weekend gateway near Mumbai, the first place to come in mind is Matheran. So me and my boyfriend planned this trip and named it “Wallet-friendly trip”. It was a 2N/3D stay with lot of adventure.
1st August 2014 (Friday)
We left from Versova metro station and reached Ghatkopar station around 8:00 am. We boarded the 8:15 am – Asangaon slow from there.
• Any Karjat or Khopoli bound train halt at Neral.
• Please check on your m-indicator app for rail travelling updates, like we were constantly keeping a track of trains on it.
As a couple we had to travel through the general compartment which was completely crowded and it remained crowded till the end.
• Try and avoid carrying heavy luggage. A backpack would be ideal.
I had carried this medium size trolley bag which became a problem for us in our further journey. But I had to carry that bag since it was a 3day stay and I am woman..lol. My boyfriend, like a sweet person that he is carried it the most of the time like a coolie. ☺ :-*
Nagakoti to Sheshnag Lake(11730 ft) – Distance 3 Kms
By now, I became familiar with ‘Chamriya’ – the horse I was riding. Occasionally, I too was giving him instructions, “Bach! Bach!” navigating him on the right, and the left. It was pleasing. But alas! No one was to issue me a riding licence. “Sa-ba, aage dekho”(Sir! Look ahead), said the horseman, and I saw the nature’s wonder unfolding before my eyes. We were nearing to the much famous Sheshnag Lake. The lake that belongs to seven headed giant serpent, as believed in mythological stories, left here by the Lord Shiva on his way to the cave. From this lake originates the river East Liddar and meets at Pahalgam with the Liddar River that originates from Kolhoi Glacier in the vicinity of Sonamarg.
(अभी तक आपने पढ़ा कि कैसे मैं अपने साथियों से अलग होकर, अकेला, भोले नाथ के दर्शनों की अभिलाषा लिए, गुफा के नजदीक सुरक्षा जांच केंद्र तक पहुँच गया। अब उससे आगे …)
प्रवेश द्वार पर सुरक्षा जांच केंद्र है। यहाँ से आगे परशाद के अलावा कुछ भी ले जाने की अनुमति नहीं है। इसलिए सभी लोग अपना सारा सामान, कैमरा, फ़ोन आदि पहले ही दुकानो पर जमा करवा देते हैं। यहाँ सामान जमा करवाने लिए लॉकर की सुविधा उपलबध नहीं है, सभी कुछ यहाँ मौजूद परशाद की दुकानो पर ही रखना पड़ता है। इसके लिए वो आपसे कोई पैसे नहीं लेते बस आपको उनसे परशाद है। परशाद आप अपनी मर्जी से 51 से शुरु कर 501 तक ले सकते हैं।
यहाँ एक बार फिर पंजीकरण चेक किया गया और पंजीकरण चेक करने के बाद दो तीन बार मेरी अच्छी तरह से तलाशी ली गयी और अंदर जाने दिया। आज यहाँ ज्यादा भीड़ नहीं थी। कई बार मैंने यहाँ बहुत लम्बी लम्बी लाइने देखी हैं। यहाँ आकर सीढ़ियां देखकर एक बार तो चढ़ने में तक़लीफ़ होती है लेकिन अपने इष्ट देव के दर्शनों के अभिलाषा इस तक़लीफ़ पर भारी पड़ती है। मैं भी तेजी से सीढ़ियां चढ़ता हुआ ऊपर गुफा की तरफ जाने लगा। गुफा से थोड़ा सा पहले नन्दी की एक चांदी से बनी हुई विशाल प्रतिमा है जिसका मुख हर शिवालय की तरह गुफा की तरफ है। अब इसके चारो तरफ रेलिंग लगा दी गयी है जो पहले नहीं थी।
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Table of contents for Emerald Islands - Andamans
- Welcome to Andamans!
There is something about Andamans that pulls me closer to the majestic islands each time I hear about them. After all, the place is called ‘Emerald Islands’ for a good reason! I developed an instant like for Andamans long back, when I saw the pictures of the place. At first, those beaches seemed to be situated in the Maldives, but I was surprised to know that our country houses them! And then began my persuasion stories…Each time my family planned a trip, they knew what my choice would be. Each time they planned trips to everywhere except the Maldives of India (at least for me!) Finally, after lots and lots of patience, persuasion and perhaps the hard work, here’s what I get: A trip to Andamans!!
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away” – Hilary Cooper
That was the beauty that took my breath away on my first morning at Kaluk, a tiny village atop Himalayan range in West Sikkim. It is only a week that I am back from my compulsory one week summer vacation in the hills and could not wait to share my travel experience with my fellow Ghumakkars. I do not remember when or from where I came to know about Kaluk. But I am happy that I am among the very few people who know about this tiny sleepy village tucked in a corner of the Himalayas and hemmed by the Kanchedzonga Range.
It was a hot sultry day in Kolkata. I was counting hours to board the Darjeeling Mail leaving from Sealdah Junction at 10 p.m. Packing was in progress. Meanwhile, Kaushik (my better half) made arrangements for pickup from the station by calling up Mr. Chaman Gurung, the manager of Ghonday Village Resort where we would be staying in. Mr. Gurung also informed us that the temperature at Kaluk was around 16 degrees Celsius. Sweating profusely at 41 degrees Celsius, 16 degrees seemed like heaven to me. We reached Sealdah Junction at 9p.m. and at 10p.m. we were finally enroute the great Himalayas.