Here is a short journey to a very remote village situated at the heart of Nainital. It comes under Bhetalghat mandal. I believe, this story would bring some light on the villages where people still commutes by foot on a road with steep bends for 7 KM.
Phase 1: Haldwani > Bhimatal > Bhowali > Kanchi Dham > Garampani > Kharana
I started my journey at 10:00 AM from Haldwani on a sunny day via KMOU LTD bus available regularly from Bus stand. As state transport bus are rarely seen to Almora\Ranikhet , hence commuters has to either rely on KMOU LTD buses or shed heavy bucks on taxis. It took 2 and 30 mints to reach the ‘Kharana’, in between there are many places : bhimtal lake, cloudy bhowali and Kanchi dham. Usually bus stops at ‘Kharana pul (bridge)’. Once reached, I took Coke and bread pokaras from famous ‘Rabbu’s’ shop, near to bridge.
Phase 2: Kharana > Majheda > Simalkha > Dhaniya Kot> Dhol Kot
As, there are only jeeps\cars available for further journey hence they are always crowded with 12-15 people in a ‘Marshall’ (jeep). After 1 long of waiting, driver was successful in managing 15 commuters and then started the jeep. I am amazed , how the driver manage to drive with 3 people in the front side. I prayed god on every bends , we passed. It took 30 mints to reach the Dhol Kot. There are 2-3 shops near to the stoppages. Usually people wait there for starting their journey. I had plenty of water and store 2 bottles of water with me for the journey as the next stoppage is at 3KM on a steep\rural roads with no cover of trees. I waited for 30 mints , as the sun was on a high note to start my journey. Till now, I came to know that there is no one with me to start the journey and I am alone on this challenging and tiring route. You have to keep your bag to minimum to 1 KG as it would be very hard to walk on this terrain.
Phase 3: Dhol Kot > Mango tree.
This is the hardest patch of journey with no support of trees to cover yourself. Multiple bends and steep elevation.
There is a temple built near the passage to the village . I prayed lord to give me courage and strength to reach the village on time. It’s not safe to walk in this terrain due to inappropriate road, bends and wild animals such as bear, tiger etc.
With few bends covered on such a sunny day, reached first stoppage ‘Mango’ tree (25 % of the journey). Till now, I was very tired, legs were paining and 1 bottle of water was consumed. I rested for another 30 mints to regain the energy.
Phase 4: Mango tree > Water Tank (50% of journey) > Resting place (60% of journey)
This is the hard patch of journey with 2-3 bends of 20-25 degree of elevation with virtually no support of tree covers.
Once reached the Water Tank, I rested for a while and filled my bottles and move to rest at a open place , referred as ‘Resting place’.
From Resting place, there was a sudden change in temperature as well. There is a drop of 5-10% of temperature , as now the place is covered with trees and there are many places to sit.
It’s now 2 hrs from the starting place. I rested and had some fruits in the cold breeze.
Phase 5: Resting place > Village
Finally , I start the last phase of journey which is the easiest one, with straight roads with couple of bends and steep but not as the one climbed earlier.
First sight of village gave me immense joy and happiness. All the pain and tiredness miraculously disappeared. It took me complete 3 hrs and 30 minutes to reach the place. I still keep on thinking the pain and suffering , these native person has to face daily for their needs. There is no medical facilities available in the village, people has to travel 7 KM in pain to reach the road. Only Mode of transport are horses that are now well suited on this terrain.
Government keeps on building\patching the same road again and again but there are still many places that needs to be connected to mainline. Thanks for the feedback on my earlier post (/first-post-short-trip-to-ghorakhal) , I carried my camera and clicked some photos as attached in the story. Hope you liked it. I will try to post an extension to this story in another 2-3 days from now.