Uttarakhand

Rupin Pass – an epiphanous journey

There is something inexplicably romantic about trekking the mountains of the Uttarakhand Himalayas – Rupin Pass is no exception. Trails through alpine forests, walking through the meadows with the snow clad peaks playing hide and seek with us, and crossing a pass – all are so impressive and fascinating. After completing the Roopkund Trek, Rupin Pass was on our bucket list and finally this May, our wish to do the trek was fulfilled. Incidentally, this Rupin Pass trek would be our first trek where we would be crossing over a pass, so the enthusiasm was also a bit higher...

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The Ganga Arti at Haridwar

What can be better than watching the Ganga Arti at Har ki Pauri, Haridwar on the early morning of Mahalaya? Mahalaya is an auspicious day among the Hindus when the men offer prayer to their ancestors in a ritual at the banks of holy river Ganga. The holy city of Haridwar is one of the places where it is considered auspicious to offer the ancestral prayers at the Ganga banks. We had the opportunity of being at Haridwar on the Mahalaya this year. So early in the morning we decided to go to Har ki Pauri. Har ki Pauri...

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The legend of Tunganath – the highest of the Panch Kedar

What is so special about Tunganath? The fact, that it has the highest temple of Lord Shiva at a height of 3680 metre. Or the fact that it offers a completely stunning, mesmerizing panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. It might also be the fascinating legend behind the Tunganath shrine. Tunganath is about 3.5 km from Chopta, the mini Switzerland of India. An easy uphill trek will take you to one of the five Kedars (Panch Kedars) or Tunganath. Start of the trek to Tunganath The legend of Tunganath is very intimately related to the epic Mahabharata. Mahabharata tells...

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On top of the world at Chandrashila – the Moon Rock

Chandrashila literally means the “Moon Rock”. It is the summit of the Chandranath Parbat on which the Tunganath Temple is situated.  Legend has it that the Moon God Chandra spent time here in penance. Another legend says that Lord Rama meditated here at the Chandrashila summit after defeating the demon king Ravana. Whatever be the legend, the peak offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges of Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi peaks, Kedarnath, Kedar Dome, Gangotri and Yamunotri peaks. Perched at a height of 12077 ft above the sea level, there is a temple dedicated to the Ganga at the...

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ROOPKUND: A SERENDIPITOUS JOURNEY… PART – III

  The first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise. Day 4: To Roopkund and Junargali and back to Pathar Nachauni – The Climax The summit day started quite early at 4:00 am. It was dark and cold and we were wearing several layers of clothing.  Dinesh announced that the temperature was -5 degrees. The entire team started moving in a single line. The ascending path was narrow and rocky with patches of snow.  After some time, we could see the first rays of light. It was an exhilarating moment to see the first rays of sun kissing...

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Roopkund: A serendipitous journey… Part – II

Here comes the second part of our Roopkund Trek experience. The first post has been given earlier…. The Journey: Our journey to Kathgodam, Uttarakhand was no less an adventure. We boarded the train from Delhi station which was 4 hours late. The train was totally packed and we managed to get our seats. The train started late and as usual got delayed on way too. We reached Kathgodam railway station at around 12:30 at the night! The next day we reached Kathgodam Station where the cabs were waiting for us to take us to Lohajung, the base camp of...

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Roopkund: A serendipitous journey… Part – I

The trek to Roopkund turned to be a treasure trove for us. When we first registered for the trek with Indiahikes, little did we know what we were getting into! A week long adventure through the winding forest trails, the high altitude meadows which looked like endless golf course, the snow capped peaks and the rocky, snow covered uphill trails was worth millions. Not only did we see nature’s bountiful gifts, but also made friends with some wonderful people. Who could imagine a game of cricket at a height of 13000 ft? Or, camping in the midst of a...

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