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A quick tour toTarkeshwar  – तारकेश्वर महादेव

A quick tour toTarkeshwar – तारकेश्वर महादेव

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I always have two sets of Ghummakari. One is with my family, where we book good accommodation and with all gears ready and behaving like “अच्छा बच्चा” (or rather achha buddha now LOL). The other set of trip is with group of my childhood friends (Laxman, Awasthi, Vijay & Pradeep).

With friends, our trip is quick, without any hotel bookings or preparations for the way and with minimum budget . It is so quick that sometimes we decide at night that tomorrow morning we are going. I keep a small tent, purchased from Scotland, in the boot of car, , which houses two and can be fitted in 20 minutes… but like our trains we can 3 or 4 slip into that in emergency.

Our trip to Tarkeshwar Mahadev was such a quickie. A day before we decided to dash and lo…next morning 4 am we were on the road with petrol tank full. all five of us packed well in the car and crossed Meerut in one hour. Road from Meerut towards Kotdwar is not easily recognised during traffic hours as it looks like a small bazar, but in the wee hours it welcomed us with open lanes.

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Picturesque Manali

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Manali, a picturesque hill station situated at a height of 6308 ft lies at the northern end of Himachal Pradesh and is undoubtedly one of the best Hill stations India has. At a distance of 550 km from the capital city of Delhi, Manali is the most sought out holiday destination for travelers. The snow-clad hill tops and amazing scenic beauty captures every person’s heart and offers an immense yet an extraordinary experience, no matter how many times you visit the place….. For me, it’s my favorite destination to let loose and embrace what life has to offer…along with a calmness that soothes the soul… so last winter’s we set of for a wintry holiday to Manali to celebrate a white Christmas!!
Distance from Delhi: 550 Km

Travel Time: 12-14 hours with 2-3 breaks in between

Best Time to Visit: Anytime, however to view snow…Late Dec-early March

Driving Directions and Map: http://bit.ly/vq3jL9

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Trip to village(kirtinagar)

Trip to village(kirtinagar)

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The drive to Rankandiyal from Kirtinagar is around 8 kms along a small hill stream.In the month of June,the water was very clear and one could even drink it.I can vouch for its purity.The whole feeling was nostalgic since it was after 6-7 years that I was visiting the place.The sun was following with us and in no time,we reached the village.We went straight to the nani’s ancestral house where there was a big pandal and music was full on.The whole atmosphere was very divine and we were feeling very light after a long day of travel.We both were given a room in my uncle’s house.The room was small but quite cosy and we had to take blankets in the night.Soon we both were dead.

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Raven

Paradise on Earth- Jammu and Kashmir (Part 3)

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We passed the first town enroute – Ganderbal, within an hour. It was after Ganderbal that the real beauty of the drive commenced. After Ganderbal, the snow-capped Himalayas greeted us bang on. Every turn gave us panoramic new scenes, which always seemed to better than the previous one. Complimented by the untouched beauty of the Sindh River, the landscape was picture perfect.

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Road trip – Delhi to Mussoorie

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GPS showed an internal road near Modinagar – about 40-50 km till Khatauli. We followed that – it was single lane with farm on one side and some small river kind of on other side. I was kind of worried, visibility went even bad, it was dense fog at 7.00 am – after some 10-15 km, and we decided to take another turn connecting back to main road…

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कफनी ग्लेशियर यात्रा- पांचवां दिन (द्वाली-कफनी-द्वाली-खाती)

कफनी ग्लेशियर यात्रा- पांचवां दिन (द्वाली-कफनी-द्वाली-खाती)

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तभी सामने कुछ दूर सफेद सी आकृति दिखीं। सोचा गया कि वे तम्बू हैं। चलो, वहां तक चलते हैं। जाकर देखा तो तम्बू वम्बू कुछ नहीं था, बल्कि कुछ प्लास्टिक का मलबा सा पडा था। गौर से देखने पर पता चला कि यह फाइबर है यानी एक तरह का मजबूत प्लास्टिक। कम से कम सौ मीटर के घेरे में यहां वहां बिखरा पडा था यह मलबा। इसमें लकडी के दरवाजे भी थे जो आदमकद थे। दिमाग खूब चलाकर देख लिया कि यह बला क्या है। आखिरकार नतीजा निकला कि यहां कभी कोई हेलीकॉप्टर गिरा होगा, यह उसका मलबा है।

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पिण्डारी ग्लेशियर यात्रा- चौथा दिन (द्वाली-पिण्डारी-द्वाली)

पिण्डारी ग्लेशियर यात्रा- चौथा दिन (द्वाली-पिण्डारी-द्वाली)

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हिमालय की ऊंचाईयों पर एक खास बात है कि दोपहर बाद बादल आने लगते हैं। ये बादल कहीं बंगाल की खाडी या अरब सागर से नहीं आते बल्कि यही बनते हैं। होता यह है कि जैसे ही सुबह होती है तो मौसम बिल्कुल साफ-सुथरा होता है। जैसे जैसे दिन चढता है, वातावरण में गर्मी बढती है तो हवा भी चलने लगती है। बस यही गडबड हो जाती है। हवा चलती है तो पर्वत इसे मनचाही दिशा में नहीं चलने देते बल्कि नदी घाटियों में धकेल देते हैं जहां से हवा नदियों के साथ धीरे धीरे ऊपर चढती जाती है। जितनी ऊपर चढेगी, उतनी ही ठण्डी होगी और आखिरकार संघनित होकर धुंध का रूप ले लेती है और बादल बन जाती है। बादल बनते बनते दोपहर हो जाती है।

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Sandhan Valley Trek

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The descending is not that simple as it looks. We need to make way from many big rocks. The main problem faced while descending is that we were always in the search of shortest and the easiest path but there is no such path. 14 member of our group went ahead and 4 guys stayed back with 2 girls as they were finding it difficult to descend. The path till the first rappelling point is very time consuming. The first batch completed their rappelling patch and were waiting for us to reach. After around 6 hrs of walk on the rocky path we reached the 1st rappelling patch.  The first rappelling patch is about 45 feet. By 3 PM the last 6 members completed their 1st rappelling patch. We decided to have our lunch as we were walking continuously and were too hungry.

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Jageshwar – A Horrible New Year !!

Jageshwar – A Horrible New Year !!

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Hot food was delicious. Families were preparing for good sleep after such long and tiring journey and I was standing at the balcony watching a few people going here and there. The time was around 10 and town was sleeping, just a chai-wala still open. Then I saw New Scorpio and Skoda coming and parking behind our cars. There was loud music coming from the cars and the people in cars started coming out. They were all between age 22-30 and were talking loudly. I smiled thinking they must be some new year seekers and after not getting hotel anywhere , reached here by mistake.

We switched off the lights and went for sleep. Sleep was almost waiting for us to lie down. It was around 11 in night that we all woke up from our sleep with the loud noise. The boys had opened all doors of the scorpion and they were playing the music system at full volume. We tried to sleep but the music was so loud that it was impossible. I assured my family that soon they will be tired and would sleep after 12.

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