Two sides of a coin

Is it normal to have conversations between your fluctuating minds? I don’t know.  Well, being normal is too mainstream .

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curious mind : what’s inside that haystack of a shrine ?
Crazy mind : it could have filled with unnamed animals , or tokens from the world we ignored,  or the refuge our wandering soul were long seeking , it’s a matter of your imagination .
Curious mind : no wonder people think you are crazy .
Crazy mind : what do you think ?
Curious mind : you are being curious ?
Crazy mind : No , thats you. I think we both are  different sides of the same coin kept most of the time inside a wallet. Lets go for a toss .
Curious mind : Alright !

Rain in the mountains !

This was a stunning image of the sun playing hide n seek over dhaulader ranges of himalayas taken from the top of Triund hill.

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We were staying at dharamkot and so planned our hike to begin early in the morning.sadly The trek hits the dust before it even begins as we woke up  straight in to a heavy rain. Once the rain took a little break we decided to move according to the plan. Locals warned us looking at the clouds looming high above triund. It indeed was very risky . Rain in the mountains are nothing like we would ever been to.
We stopped at the himalayan tea stall for breakfast .the chai shop owner inspired us and reignite our lust to conquer the mountains or be submitted in front of them i don’t really know what to call . We Hired a cab until gallu devi temple from were the hike usually starts.
The stormy rain shrinks to a little drizzle but the dark clouds were all over the mountains laughing and taunting us, filling our hearts with fear.with a weather like this the guard is never going to allow us to go any further. We were stupidly stubborn to understand the risk so the guard starts showing pictures of a dead man who fall from the hill last day. Slowly The reality starts kick in. We could either leave or wait n pray for a miracle.
There was a tea shop nearby which offers chai with some old books . I settled with hari kunzru’s “transmission” sipping and turning the pages as the time pass by.
Quite suddenly the clouds parted to let through the beautiful sun rays. And just like that my fears dissolved and i know in my gut this trek was going to be magical and so it was.

 

Queen of hills

Only when We packed our bags and were ready to leave Rishikesh for Joshimath did i realize that i lost my wallet.searched every place we went last night but what’s gone in rishikesh is gone. The mission of needing to get all the cards, ids and license is enough to dampen my spirit. A devasted us had to change the plan and headed to mussoorie.
All it took was a cup of  tea ,  an ounce of fresh air and a sunrise with a view of majestic winter line at queen of hills to forget all the worries. Just like the road to mussoorie we go down only to go up. Such is the beauty of travelling. All you have to do is follow your impulse.
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Ps : i am still running to renew all my ids and i am still rejoicing each sip of that tea.

The kashi of North

The Pristine emerald Bhagirathi river takes various shapes and keeps changing as you travel with her down the valley. During monsoons she cannot be contained but in the lean winter months, like when I went this time, she allows her shores to be used for paddy farming. Bhagirathi later joins with Alakananda at Rudraprayag to become the mighty Ganges
This is the view I got, climbing the road towards uttarkashi “the kashi of north”.
The picturesque town of uttarkashi surrounded north by tibet and chamoli on the east is the gateway to various trek routes including Dodital, gangotri glacier and harshil valley.

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Magical chopta valley !

I expected chopta to be a buzzing2017-03-16 12.31.09 1.jpg tourist town. But what welcomes us was 1 or 2 guest houses ,2 chai shops ,no ATm , no electricity until sunset (solar after sunset), but for all the inconveniences chopta was an untouched Gem, a bird watcher s heaven with varieties of flora and fauna including  himalayan monals, rhododendrons , oaks , deodars , pines etc., No wonder it is called the mini Switzerland in india . I caught myself picturising how all those dry slopes would look after a fresh snowfall. To my surprise wish was granted the very next day itself.

The Moon Rock

Sunshine is delicious, Rain is refreshing , wind braces us up , snow is exhilarating . There is no such thing as bad weather , only different kinds of good weather .
My Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin summit Chandrashila the ‘Moon rock’ and mahn did u here me screaming “best day of my life ” ?IMG_8557

The Goddess of Bliss

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Reaching Auli was a mountainous task (literally) . From uttarkashi we had to travel in 6 different vehicles to reach auli. Uttarkashi > lamgaon > pipaldali > srinagar > karnaprayag > chamoli > joshimath .  After a tiring journey we opted to give it a break at joshimath and stay there overnight . Next morning we head to Auli via ropeway. Auli has the best ski slopes in entire Asia . The Ropeway itself is one of a kind , indias highest and second longest after Gulmarg . The “gondola” as locals say offers a perfect view of garwhal himalayan ranges. We weren’t done yet as we started hiking to gorson bugyal top . What awaits there wasn’t just snow , the trek itself was mesmerising through dense forests covered in a thick blanket of snow . The 360 degree from the top will blow your mind. I could see mount trishul, hathi parbat, ghoda parbat, dunagiri,panchchula . Among them the Nanda devi stands out .nanda devi is indias second highest peak or highest which is entirely located in india . In a cloudless sky somehow nanda devi manages to have a crown of clouds. It was magical .the goddess of bliss the nanda devi stole my soul.