Kasol village had come and gone with little to no impression. The narrow streets crowded with tourists, cafes and souvenir shops lining the road, numerous hotels standing upright between the road and the river – it could have been any hill station. But we were heading towards a different destination. So we went ahead on the meandering road enjoying the tall pine trees and the soothing river down below.
Then came Manikaran. A small pilgrim village famous for its hot water springs. The water is used for pious bath and apparently for boiling rice for the temple as well. For a small patch, the river was lined with houses and hotels on both sides surrounding the Gurudwara. We passed by quickly and stopped a little ahead where the road goes lower and crosses the river by a bridge. The water was cold and the landscape was charming. But we had farther to go.complete article
We are always in lookout for something new, something unexplored. There is a constant desire to unfold a mystery or discover something hidden. Probably it’s driven by the same thirst that took our ancestors all around the world. But sometimes on your quest, you stumble upon a place so innocent, so beautiful that you wish it was never discovered. The magic of the place lies in its secrecy itself. And that’s how Chopta made me feel...complete article
On day 3 of our Valley of flowers trip, we finally did the last leg of trek and saw the beautiful valley. It was an easier trek compared to the road we took upto Ghangaria.complete article
Second day of our journey started on Sunday morning at 6:30 AM from Joshimath and ended in Ghangaria by afternoon. This was the hardest day of our journey where we had to trek 11 kilometers of rocky rock through a ever climbing way.
The name “Valley of Flower” pops up so often in travel blogs & sites that even before I knew it I had started unconsciously planning a trip to this beautiful valley. The plan finally materialized in last August. It was the best time to visit and we had a few holidays in one week. So we planned to fly north and travel further north to the valley.
Route we took: Mumbai – Dehradun – Joshimath – Govindghat – Pulna – Ghangaria – Valley Of Flower
Here is the full story of our travel... complete article