Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Sunday, January 28, 2018
A 90 minutes drive from Uttarkashi took me to Raithal, one of the most fertile and prosperous villages of Uttrakhand. Trekking for the famous Dayara Bugyal (meadow) begins here. The twenty four hours I stayed there were engaging, exciting and breathtaking.
I waited for my host Sumit at the entrance of the village. A large clearing, a friendly policeman and a helpful passer by who offered me his mobile phone to call Sumit have already won my heart. The moment I started talking to the shopkeeper to buy some snacks, (like---- in the movie My Fair Lady) he asked me if I belonged to the Pauri region of Uttrakhand, because I spoke garhwali in a particular accent.
Sumit knew all the people we met on the way and greeted them with due respect. It was nice to talk to them. The basketful of foliage was neither fit for fodder nor for fire. They told me that they spread it on the floor of the basement rooms where cows are kept . It keeps them warm. It is removed after a couple of days along with the cow dung and stored in some place in the fields. Within a month or so the organic fertiliser is ready to use.
Landmark in the jungle.
First there was a little snow and then snow all around!
Woods are lovely, indeed!
Goi Bugyal, (4 km from the base) The group has left the camp to trek to Dayara. Only seasoned trekkers can reach Dayara in a day. I took another trail to reach Naag Devta temple.
Frozen pond on the way to Naag Devta temple.
Naag Devta temple, gram devta of raithal village.
Food n fire in the forest when I was hungry and cold after a really long walk.
In full bloom! These flowers should bloom in March, but the high temperature and no or late rains is the culprit.
It was dark by the time we reached home and this was the first thing I saw in the morning.
Thank you Mrs Raturi for the warm hospitality and sumptuous breakfast, dinner and packed lunch
The grand temple
Happier and healthier than his counterpart in the plains.
Spacious, warm and comfortable room with a view.
Famous Rajma of Raithal and daal nuggets (Bari)
On the way back to Uttrakashi.
Raithal was never in my bucket list, now I wonder why it was not? Now I know why it is called Homestay and not Housestay. Thank you Sumit for the wonderful time and lovely stories you told me while climbing down. And Baronmasa What are you going to offer me next?
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
because you were fooled and left high and dry.
You were caught in a trap
when you were naive and shy.
Curse yourself for each rendezvous,
for holding hand and kisses too.
Shed tears of blood if you can
and flush the humiliation in the drain.
Regret the time and money you had spent
on someone who was no less than a serpent.
You betrayed your educated self
by not having reason, logic and sense!
World is not fair even to Gods
for Krishna, Rama and Christ, the lord.
Give solace to your burnt heart,
take a shower and part from your past.
The choice you will have to make,
if you want to live in peace.
Burn every memory and move on
Or keep the virus alive to turn it into disease.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Two roads diverge at Ghagaria, I am happy that I could travel both. The one goes to Valley of Flowers and the other to Hemkund Saheb, the holy pilgrimage of Sikhs. Gurudwara Hemkund Saheb (4633 mt) is in Chamoli district of Uttrakhand. The holy shrine is associated with the tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. He came here for meditation and later wrote his experiences in his autobiography.
Baaronmasa, an agency, headed by three young IITiens, arranged the eco tour for seven of us, who came from different states of India.The journey began from Dehradun to Joshimath. After the night stay we drove to Govindghat. The 13 km walk from Govindghat took us to a place called Ghagaria. The next day was booked for Valley of flowers. The day after, which was 15th August'17 we were on our way to Hemkund Saheb.
The trail was ascending from the beginning to the end.Steep, but it was broad enough. The trek comes under moderate to difficult category, as I was told. It welcomed us with a scenic waterfall, not very far away.
In the beginning the place looked crowded, but slowly we got scattered as every one has a different pace. People walking all alone is a common sight.It was nice to be greeted 'Happy Independence Day' by fellow trekkers and people riding on horses and ponies, as it was 15th August.
I walked slow, and took few stoppages. I preferred to stand and rest rather than sitting.
Scenery was awesome, so just standing and gazing at the mountains, clouds, flowers and glaciers was a quick relaxation.
Even after walking for 3 to 4 hours there was no trace of the destination. The short cuts which looked very tempting were not easy to climb.This is what I had thought but not my 'Buddy' Sasi, who in spite of a little AMS overtook me by taking shortcuts. Bravo!
Flowers on the way were as amazing as we saw in the Valley. Flowers here looked compact, firm and brighter than the Valley flowers.My guide told me it was because these plants get a good supply of manure as so many mules and horses commute throughout the season, whereas animals are not allowed in the Valley. I found more variety here than in the Valley itself. I could spot a Brahmkamal also.
'Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing' .so I kept climbing. The only annoying thing throughout was that there was no milestones. If we ask locals around, they would say,"only little is left'' in a patronizing tone.
Had lunch in one of these Dhabas.
|There was a stretch when I felt like a snail.Just moving very slow.|
This glacier had mud and and grass along with, beautiful sight indeed!