Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Roopkund _ Trek to the skeleton lake_ 2016 June

Region :- Uttarakhand 
Duration :- 8 Days 
Grade :- Moderate To Difficult 
Max Altitude :- 15,696 Ft. 
Approx Trekking Km :- 53 Kms. 

The line up crowd was slowly moving to the snow hill by crossing the icy weather condition , slippery adventures thin path with one side snow mountain and other side deadly valley . This was my first early morning trek at Himalayas , where we started our journey around 2am from our Bagwabasa campsite in the morning as per our technical guide's advise. It took almost 4 hrs to reach the most beautiful ever frozen lake "RoopKund". Stunning Beauty!!

It was a bit difficult and tiring journey though , by seeing the beauty of the lake most of us had wet eyes. The Divine feeling . The feeling when you find the internal real peace in your soul. The feel when you get satisfied after putting lot of energy and you reach your destiny. Like a mother , who forgets her pregnancy pain and get satisfied by seeing her new born. We all got emotional for sometime by seeing the scenic beauty and calmness of the lake . 

There are lot of hidden stories about this lake. This lake is the symbol of love towards Parvati by Shiva. This was created by Shiva for his wife to get ornamented during her Singara. Where she could see her reflection to get ready after her bath. 

Although the journey till the Bagwabasa is interesting enough to keep you motivated to walk towards the Mystery lake . More importantly , you can see the bunch of skeleton spotted all over the lake area.
It has been believed that a group of people who were in a urge to cross the mountain unfortunately a stroke of snow fall hit the area and they died on spot. Over the period , because of the snow and the low temperature skeletons has been naturally preserved by the nature. 

On the way to Bagwabasa , you are blessed to pass through a holy place called KaluVinayaka. Where it believed that Lord Shiva cut the head of Ganesha and replaced that with Elephant's head. There is a small Ganesha idle inside the stone made shelter. 

The over all 6 days trek with 2 days travelling with a minimum 1 month fitness workouts which is compulsory for a high altitude trek . Prepare yourself physically and mentally to enjoy the snow trekking.  Happy Trekking

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hallstatt _ The Heaven on Earth

The village Hallstatt is such an unbelievably spectacular place that even the Chinese have created a copy of the ancient salt mine village  The most beautiful village I ever visited. It will teach you that "what is the meaning of LOVE at FIRST SIGHT .

How to reach _ If you are planning to do a Euro trip please add this in your must visited list. Better to rent a Car from Salzburg and drive to the most beautiful way to the hallstatt. In our case , since my brother stays over there in Munich, we were fortunate enough to enjoy the BMW to the destiny. 

The place is famous for its oldest salt mine of the World. Adding to that the beauty of Hallstatt enhances more due to the streets of the old city. 

An ancient salt mine with a subterranean salt lake and to skywalk hallstatt viewing platform. 

Best time to visit : May to September
Way to the Salt mine

Subterranean Salt lake

Street View

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bhimeshwari Water Fall - Hidden divine Water Fall

Location : Kogar Ghat - On the way to Bhatkal to Sagar ( Karnataka)
How to reach : Drive through  Bhatkal -Sagar state highway. After crossing around 25km towards Sagar , you find a board written Bhimeshwar Water fall on left hand side . Park your vehicle at the left side bit off inside the mud road which leads towards the water fall. Since the inclination is not decent please do not forget to apply the hand break before leaving the vehicle. Another option would be to  reach the place by taking the local transport . Buses which goes to Sagar via Kogar ghat could be got you there.

Bhimeshwari Water Fall

After parking  , you need to walk around 1.5 km to pitch the water fall. The real beauty of your visit starts right there from the parking area  . You will get a chance to enjoy the deep forest in . At the same you could  possibly  capture snaps of birds and nature in. 
If you are lucky enough  you might get to have  black tea offered by priest of the temple who stays in that guest house. In case if you are planning to stay there for  the lunch , you need to inform the  priest in prior to make the arrangements. Later you can pay them as per the price mentioned. Do not worry they will not ask for much money . Definitely it will be lesser than your Mec D bill. And the food is delicious trust me.  If you are going to visit the place during Monsoon please do carry some provisions like sugar & tea powder as it is very far from the town. This will be big help for the residence staying there.
After getting refreshed , now this is the time to move towards the beautiful water fall next to the epic rock cut temple. Here I am really confused to prioritize my praising. Not to sure , from where should I start. whether it is the temple which is adding the prior beauty to the Water fall or other way around. During rainy season you could literally watch the water, falling on the tip of the temple to increase the beauty coefficient of it .And it surely reminds you the Gange falling from the Shivas Head. It is Divine at the same time.( Sorry i don not have a right photo to post. Better you visit the place and feel it :) )
Take a round around the temple and enjoy the water fall. But please be safe as it is bit slippery
ohh !! I am really sorry , I forgot to add a spicy topic above this. Please be prepared for the leeches attack  before starting up the trek.  Better to wear shoes and trousers to avoid leech bite.

Enjoy the Divine Water Fall.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

First Himalaya trek experience with Indiahike.

Batch July:2015

July 17th -July 18

How to reach Base camp:
Journey begins from Goa airport to Delhi domestic terminal. Where my journey of adventure already started by missing my bus to Manali from the Kashmir gate :Delhi. How bad a metropolitan traffic would be!! I must thank my destination guts where it helped me to complete my journey by taking local 2+3 seater ,where we need to fight for ladies seat in front of staring XY chromosomes. Finally we end up in a local government bus of Himachal , which travels via Chandigarh and takes 18 hrs to reach Manali perhaps  Volvo and execute coaches will consume only 11 hrs. Definition of WE is Me and Preeti. But trust me not even a single second I thought to return back. 
I can not thank enough for welcoming us with a smile on face to Indiahike and co trekkers although we were late because of our overnight journey by local transport . And waiting for us with patience though we are late to reach the base camp. But fortunately we were not the 10th wicket. :)   We started our trekking at 2 pm in empty stomach. Where we didn't get the chance to have our afternoon meal. I also did not get chance to pluck " apples and apricots" from the orchards adjoining the trail. 

Day 1

The base camp is at Jobra , 1 hr vehicle journey from Manali. After registering at the check post , vehicle proceeded further.
After reaching Jobra we had little food , where our stomach felt that yes something came in to gear us further. Anyway for the first time I was trekking with some weight so initial stretch became really taxing till I get adjusted to the situation. Trail passess through beautiful alpine meadows following the Rani Nala.Take off your shoes if you want to feel the icy cold water of Rani Nala. Pitch your tents at Jwara besides the river. 

Day 2

The trail stays along the banks of the river for most part of the day.The initial climb involves a lot of boulder hopping. Walk along the Rani  river into a valley dotted with tiny multi coloured flowers until you reach Balu Ka Gera. Balu Ka Gera is a level ground made up of the sand and dust brought down by the river.  Balu Ka Gera, 11,000 feet above sea level. Comparatively, we reached early to the camp site than the estimated duration.  Balu Ka Gera is one of the beautiful camp site in the summit  . One side the great Himalayan View , other side Hampta river with many water falls.  

Day 3

The trail moves along the river which is lined by tiny pink and yellow flowers.If you trek during month of July -August , you will find a lot of snow, else you may see a few snow patches.There are two steep climbs over ridges before you reach Hampta pass. Hampta pass at 14,000 feet is pretty windy and with gods grace there is no rain or snow fall where it could have made our journey difficult. The descent to Shea Goru from the pass is slightly tricky. Better to slide down if any one wants to experience the snow slide and this is the best option I feel. The snow was very slippery to trek down.  You will reach Shea Goru in about 2 hours form there. Camping at  Shea Goru beside the heavy flowing river. Temp might reach minus at night. 

Day 4

This is the most  beautiful day out of all. It is a gentle downhill walk to Chatru, with a few tricky sections.The trail continue along the river, and there are two three huge glacial flows down the mountain side. Need to be very careful while crossing across. Little negligence might lead to the danger event.  Camp at Chatru beside the many streams that flow through the meadows. Chatru is a beautiful camping spot with lovely mountain views.  It will take you about 4 hours to reach Chatru from Shea Goru. From there we went to Chandratal via road by Tata sumo. Where you will have to literally search for existence of  the road  . Since it was raining , the road got  disappeared and small Nala has formed instead.  Camping near Chandratal after traveling 3 hrs from the Chatru. 
Chandratal is very beautiful moon shaped lake. Sitting on the bank of the lake and seeing the mountain itself , you feel that you are blessed. We took bath in the lake as its been almost 4 days that we could not touch the water. We have celebrated our summit successful party at Chandratal camp with nice music and group dance. 

Departure Day
Indiahikes will arrange vehicles to drop trekkers back to Manali.It will take about 4-6 hours to reach Manali depending on the condition of the roads. Book your return tickets from Manali late in the evening to give you enough travel buffer time .Another option would be stay at Manali for two more days , enjoy the place and depart. And also dont forget to buy enough time for shopping in Manali :) 

Learnings: Always better to reach the base camp one day prior. Kindly get all the gears which ever mentioned in the package guide. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

ನೀರಿನ ಗುಳ್ಳೆ

ಮನಸೆಂಬ ಮುಗಿಲಿನ
ಮಾಯದ ನಲಿವಿನ ಮಿಂಚಂತೆ
ಕಂಡೆ ನೀನು ಜಲಪಾತದ
ಬೋರ್ಗರೆವ ತೆರೆಯಲ್ಲಿನ ನೀರಿನ ಗುಳ್ಳೆಯಂತೆ..

ಅಲೆಯೋಳಗಿನ ಕಣ್ಣ ಮುಚ್ಚಾಲೆಯ
ನಿನ್ನ ಆಟವ ಕಂಡು ಮನಸೋತೆ
ನಿನ್ನೊಳಗೆ ಕೂತು ನಿನ್ನುಸಿರಾಗಿ
ನಿನ್ನ ಪರಿಧಿಯಲಿ ಸುಖವಾಗಿ ಕುಳಿತೆ

ನೀರಿನ ರಭಸಕ್ಕೆ ನುಸುಳಿ
ಕಲ್ಲಿನ ಸುಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಲುಕಿ ನಿನೊಡೆದರೆ
ನಶ್ವರವಾಗೋ ಉಸಿರು
ನಿನ್ನೊಡಲ ಒಡತಿ ನನ್ನದೆನ್ನುವುದನ್ನ ಮರೆಯದಿರು,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ಗೆಳೆಯಾ ...

ನನ್ನುಸಿರೇ ನಿನಾಗಿರುವಾಗ ಇ ಉಸಿರೆಕೆ.....
ನಿನ್ನ ಬಳಿಯಲ್ಲೇ ಮುದುಡಿ
ನಿನ್ನ ತೋಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬರ ಸೆಳೆದು
ಕೊನೆತನಕ ನಿನ್ನ ಜೊತೆಯಲ್ಲೇ ನಿನ್ನನೆರಲಾಗಿರುವೆ
ಎಂದು ಪಿಸುಗುಡುವ ಬಯಕೆಯಾಗಿದೆ...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

One night there was no light :) :)

ಎಲ್ಲೆಡೆ ತುಂಬಿತ್ತು
ಬರಿದಾದ ಕತ್ತಲು/

ಮೌನದ ಮಾತಿಗೆ
ಎಳೆ ಇಲ್ಲದಂತಾಗಿದೆ ಸುತ್ತಲು /

ಬೆಳಕಿನ ಕಿರಣವ
ದೂರದಿ ಕಣ್ಣು ಹುಡುಕುತಿರಲು/

ನಾನೀರುವೆ ಗೆಳತಿ ನಿನ್ನ ಜೊತೆ ಎಂದು

ಕಿಟಕಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇಣುಕಿತು
ಚಂದಮನ ಬೆಳದಿಂಗಳು .

Monday, June 13, 2011

ಬಾನಂಗಳದ ಬೇಳಕಿನಾಟ

ತಿಮಿರದ ಬಯಲಲಿ
ನಕ್ಷತ್ರಗಳ ಗೊಂಚಲು
ಚಂದದಿ ಚಂದ್ರಮ
ಬಿಳಿಮುಗಿಲಿಗೆ ಹಂಚಲು
ಪುಟ್ಟ ಕಂದನಂತೆ
ಭೂಮಿ ಮುದುಡಿ ಮಲಗಲು
ಬೆಚ್ಚಗೆ ಆವರಿಸಿತು
ಗಾಡವಾದ ಕತ್ತಲು... .