Hills

Chakrata – A quite jungle town near Dehradoon

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We stayed in ‘Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam’ thingie . Average property, badly maintained, amazing location, ok priced. Rooms are old and sort of dingy but overall clean. Nice, friendly staff. There are some other places which are definitely worth more like ‘FRH’ but its little difficult to find out more about them.

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Kemmangundi – A misty experience

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Z-point is about 8 kms from the guest house. You can take your vehicle upto Shanti Falls, which is 2 odd kms from the guest house. The rest of the journey to the Z-point has to be covered by foot. Make sure you have good shoes (Chappals are a strict no-no) as the path gets tougher and trickier as u ascend. Its also a good idea to do this trek early in the day when there is lot of light and remember, it gets dark in the hills sooner.:-)

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Dodital – The Trek

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Another motivating factor was the leeches. They wouldn’t let us stop anywhere. Every stop we had to check for them on the path first and then on our shoes and then take off the ones which had had some luck with our blood.Balloo kept us occupied with his “jokes” all along.

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Joshimath

Joshimath

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…Travellers love rains and we weren’t very happy that we missed the rains. But a cloud burst is a different thing, and the kind of tent Nandan sends us with wouldn’t survive such winds…Drive after Chamoli is beautiful, the river flows right next to the road, and the expanse gave me an eerie deja-vu, Alaknanda felt like Tons around Tiuni-. It rained a little here…

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