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Beedni Bugyal (Uttrakhand , India)

Preface

The hunt to trek to a snowed out place started somewhere in Feb we (me) and my buddy (Mohit) knew that we will have an extended weekend coming out during Holi weekend (27th March).

So we had 28 march to 1 April (5 days) but unfortunately due to some leave issues 1 day was cut short. So now we will start on 29th and we have only 4 days from Delhi to Delhi.

The 1st choice was Madhmaleshwar – after enquiring we were told we can’t do that as kapats will be closed and we will not be allowed to go.

2nd came Kuari Pass – Again permission issues and we were not sure if we can do it in that short time period.

3rd was Beedni Bugyaal – Initial enquiry news from village WAN (trek to Beedni starts from WAN) was not so convincing. Padam Singh Bisth our contact in village WAN on 18th March that it’s is not possible to do Beedni by the dates we were planning. We hoped against hope and checked for present conditions on 25th March. The news was not very encouraging as Padam singh again said that no-one has gone to Beedni this year and he is not sure if we will be able to make it to the bugyaal due to heavy snow this season. We had no choice but to take a 50-50 chance ; and we thought whatever we will see how far we can go. First problem resolved , so we were sure now that we are going to Beedni Bugyaal.

Beedni Bugyaal in Google MapsBeedni-Google-Maps

 

Second big question was which route to take –

  • Delhi – Almora – Tharali – Lohajung

OR

  • Delhi – Rishikesh – Karanprayag – Tharali – Lohajung

There is not much of a difference as both will differ only by 10-15 kms at the most.

So this is what we decided lets enter from Almora and exit from Rishikesh. This way will not have to see the same road twice and will have something new to see during return journey.

The Route we followed while Going Route

Barot Valley – Mandi (Himachal Pradesh, India)

Barot: Barot Village is a small village located in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, India. The small village comes under Chauhar Valley and is located at aprox 1800 mtrs above sea level. This is a nice off beat location away from maddening crowds at popular tourist destinations of Himachal. The entire Barot village lies on the banks of Uhl River and there are two reservoirs under Shanan Power Project. UHL River adds charm to the village and also allows for trout breeding. The road to Barot village bifurcates from Ghatasni (place on Mandi – Pathankot Highway) 35 kms from Joginder nagar. From Ghatasni; Barot is 25 kms ; the road is narrow and metaled but expect lot of potholes on this road. The route includes terraced fields and thick cedar forests, rising to Jhatingri at the hilltop. The remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi are located here. Through the little village of Tikkan, the road carries on to Barot. The town has a range of outdoor activities, including a trout breeding Centre from where fish are released into the uhl river.

Location Map:

Barot-Map

Road Map

What to do:

Angling: Barot is also developing into an angling destination. The Uhl river supports Trout breeding and Barot has a few fish farms.

Trecking: Barot is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination. Few treks worth to mention are – Barot to Kullu via Denasar lake , Barot to  Kullu via Bhubhu pass , Barot to  Manali via Thamsar pass , Bara Bhangal , Barot to Bir Biling via Rajgundha , Barot to JoginderNagar via Winch camp (Haulage trolley station). Barot also forms the gateway to the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which lies across the Uhl. The sanctuary is home to the monal, black bear and ghoral. Within it are forest rest house s at Thaltuckhod and Silbandhwari. Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to Kullu.

Adventure sports : Barot valley is a nice place for adventure lovers. In high mountains and rivers of Barot valley you can enjoy river crossing, rappelling , rock climbing , swimming etc.

Nature Walks: There are three artificial lakes including one reservoir on Uhl river enhance the beauty of this magnificent hidden treasure as one enters the Barot village near Dhrangan. An old fountain channelizing the waters of Uhl erupting at regular intervals is another source of attraction. You can enjoy walks on the banks of Uhl river and admire the mother nature here.

Haulage Trolley: A haulage trolley of the British times which connects Barot to Jogindernagar is another point of attraction. This trolley link was set up to facilitate transport of construction material to Barot for a reservoir on Uhl river for Shanan Power House. The trolley was also sparingly used as a means of transport since Barot was not linked to a road till 1975. The haulage trolley built here is unique in world as is passes through mountains and thick cedar forests. A three kms horizontal track also made at top of mountain to connect both the stations of Haulage trolley which are “Winch camp” and “Head Gear”
It is a unique type of trolley based on pulley system as one trolley goes up the other trolley goes down simultaneously .To operate this a control room is at top of hill and uses a huge motor to operate it. However, once the road connection was established, the trolley fell into a state of disrepair. It is currently owned and maintained by the Punjab State Electricity Board. Currently, the trolley is not in use and is only operated for occasional inspections of the project pipelines. You can still walk up to see the remains of haulage tracks via Thandi Golai ground on the way to old Mayot road (aprox 2.5 kms) till the point where you see the haulage trolley tracks.

Bada Gran: A small but beautiful vilagge lies in Chhota Bhangal region on Kangra district , Himachal Pradesh (16 kms from Barot).The narrow / unmetalled but relatively good road traverses thru beautiful valley and the views are just amazing. It lies near the Dhauladhar range dividing district Kangra and Chamba, on Kangra side. It’s a beautiful and relatively unexplored region and there are many easy/moderate treks in this region in the lap of Dhauladhar range. The village is literally hub of range of vegetables and all around the valley you can see different vegetables grown by local farmers. Cabbage , Cauliflower , Broccoli , Lattuce , Reddish and many more. Bhangal red beans (Rajmah) are quite famous for their excellent taste.

Weather:

Avg. summer temperature : 34 °C (93 °F)

Avg. winter temperature : −4 °C (25 °F)

For current weather conditions you can also refer to https://in.weather.yahoo.com/india/himachal-pradesh/barot-29195055/

How to get there:

By Air : Barot is 125 kms from Bhuntar Airport (Kullu) and 100 kms from Gaggal Airport (Kangra).Please be advised that due to weather and other issues Delhi – Gaggal and Delhi – Bhuntar flights are often canceled at the last minute. It will be better to have an alternative plan ready just in case this happens..

By Train : Delhi – Pathankot (480 kms) and then narrow gauge track from Pathankot –Joginder Nagar (153 kms). From Joginder Nagar to Ghatasni (35 kms) and then to Barot (25 kms) by road.

By Bus : Delhi to Barot is about 12-14 hours journey. Daily Volvo bus service by Himachal Roadways is available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate till Mandi (66 kms from Barot).You can then hop on to any bus bound to Jogindernagar , Palampur , Dharamshala , Pathankot and reach Ghatasni (frequency of buses is good on this route so you should not have any problems). From Ghatasni you can then take another bus till Barot (Bus frequency will be limited) in that case taxi is the only option from here on till Barot.

From Dharamshala – Bir : Although regular buses ply on this route but a direct bus will be less frequent. You can hop on to any bus bound for Palampur and continue from Palampur to Ghatasini.. Since Dharamshala is not on National Highway 20 route (Pathankot – Mandi) hence long route buses which pass thru Ghatasni are less frequent from Dharamshala. From Ghatasni you can then take another bus till Barot (Bus frequency will be limited) in that case taxi is the only option from here on till Barot.

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Tirthan Valley – Kullu (Himachal Pradesh, India)

Tirthan Valley : It is one of the hidden treasures of Himachal and is also the gateway to the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP).The valley is located at an altitude of aprox 1600 mts on the banks of Tirthan river. A long walk through the rugged woods next to the river whispering with the meddling fog is what makes this place so charming. Bonfires, camping and music will only elicit your already developed bias for this place. Follow the lazy roads through the forests and unwind into tiny hamlets of Nagini, Ghushaini, Banjar and Shoja. These are equally beautiful and you would be charmed by their serenity. The valley is known for trout fishing and if you spend some time here and you might just get lucky with a trout.

Location Map: Tirthan-Valley-Map

 

Road Map

 

What to do:

Angling: Tirthan River is one of the few rivers in Himachal that doesn’t had a dam built on it and therefore remains one of the few rivers where Rainbow trout is actively found. Tirthan Valley therefore has becoming an hot angler destination over a period of time.

Chehni Kothi: Chehni Kothi is a 1500 years old building and was the fortified residence of Rana Dhadhia. Initially it was 15 storeys high but after the earthquake of 1905 only 10 storeys were left. Presently this structure is built of stone and wood only stands around approximately 60 feet high. The ground floor is bigger in area as compared to the upper floors giving it a cone like appearance.

Great Himalayan National Park: The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) was initially constituted in 1984, GHNP was formally declared a National Park in 1999, covering an area of 754.4 sq kms. In June 2014, the Great Himalayan National Park was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The Unesco World Heritage Site Committee granted the status to the park under the criteria of “exceptional natural beauty and conservation of biological diversity. It takes a minimum of 2 days to get into the park. So an overnight 2 day trek is the minimum.

Waterfalls: There are two lovely waterfalls around an hour walking distance. Both of them are very shortly separated from each other and are on the same walking trail.

Jalori Pass : Jalori Pass, at an altitude of 3120 meters, is one of the steepest passes to drive in Himachal separating Kullu valley and Shimla Valley. You need to cover almost 2500 meters in less than 25 KMs to reach the top . Expect his place to be covered with snow from December end till March end.

Serolsar Lake: Enjoy an easy trek of 5 kms from Jalori pass amidst pristine surroundings of forest cover. Walk to Serolsar Lake through forests full of oak, blue pine, spruce, fir and Deodar.

Day Hikes: There are a few day hikes which you can consider like Dingcha and Tinder Hike , Nohanda – West, Himalayan villages hike, Hike to park’s gate.

Best Time to Visit:

The best months to visit the Park are March, April, May, June, and then September, October and November.

Weather:

Avg. summer temperature: 14 to 20 °C

Avg. winter temperature: −5 to 10 °C

For current weather conditions you can also refer to http://www.accuweather.com/en/in/banjar/198355/weather-forecast/198355

How to get there:

By Air : Bhunter near Kullu is the nearest Airport and there are direct flights from Delhi to Bhuntar. Please be advised that due to weather and other issues Delhi – Bhuntar flights are often canceled at the last minute. It will be better to have an alternative plan ready just in case this happens.

By Train : Chandigarh (296km) is the closest major Railway Station. From there you can either take a cab or bus. If you would like to enjoy Toy Train ride, then you can come all the way up to Joginder Nagar (100 kms), in Mandi from Pathankot, and take a cab or bus from there.

By Bus : You can take any Manali bound bus and reach Kullu / Aut (12-13 hours journey). Daily Volvo bus service by Himachal Roadways is available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Manali/Kullu. Once at Kullu/Aut you can hop on to another bus to Tirthan or hire a cab. Bus Service may not be frequent on this route.

By Car: Delhi – Ambala (188 KM) – Chandigarh – Roopnagar (282 KM) – Kiratpur – Bilaspur (371 KM) – Mandi (440 KM) – Pandoh – Aut (481 KM) – Larji – Gushaini – Tirthan (511 KM)

From Dharamshala: You can take any Manali / Kullu bound bus and reach Kullu / Aut (205 kms) 5 – 6 hrs and then hop on to another bus to Tirthan (35 kms) or hire a cab.

From Shimla: Shimla – Narkanda (60 Kms) – Kingal (87 Kms) – 6 kms after Kingel on Rampur road take left for Kullu road – Ani – Khanag – Jalori Pass (153 Kms) – Shoja (159 Kms) – Banjar (173 Kms) – Tirthan (183 Kms). A very scenic route but very narrow with steep gradient, avoid travelling in low ground clearance vehicles. Check road status beforehand as there are a couple of landslide prone points and route can close down unexpectedly.

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Bedni Bugyal (Uttrakhand , India)

Bedni Bugyal is a Himalayan Alpine meadow, situated at an elevation of 3,354 mtrs in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state of India. Bedni Bugyal falls on the way to popular trek route of Roopkund (The Skeleton Lake) . Trisul and Nanda Ghunti are clearly visible from here. This lush green meadow is adorned with blooms in a wide range of varieties. There is a small lake named Bedini Kund, situated amidst the meadow. Bedni Kund is a beautiful pond in the middle of the grass land, and normally filled by the rain water. It is believed to be a place, where The Great Sage, Maharishi Ved Vyas compiled the four Vedas of Hindu Mythology. At least, local people have a strong belief on this. Also, some people believed that Goddess Durga in her Kali Avatar killed all the demons here. Two small stone temples are also there near Bedni Kund and considered very sacred among the local people.

Bedni is also an important stop of Nanda Raj Jaat Yatra, a religious journey, that performed by the thousands of devotees of Garhwal and Kumaon region in every 12 years. It is believed that Nanda Devi (Goddess Parvati) normally used this route to travel from her parents’ home to Kailash Mountain, where she resided with the Lord Shiva. In the context of goddess’ journey, local people celebrate a week-long festival and performed a similar journey, once in every 12 years, from Nauti village near Karnprayag to the heights of Roopkund and beyond that to Homekund with a four horned sheep decorated with ornament and other offerings. Most people take part in this journey from Wan Village to Bedni Bugyal.

Bedni Bugyal Map

Bedni-Map

 

Trek kms
12 kms One way

Level
Moderate

Ideal Season
Mid June – October (If you want to see snow covered Bedni Bugyal then April 1st week is ideal)

Altitude
3354 mtrs

Number of Days (Delhi to Delhi)
Minimum 4 Days

Route Map

Beedni-Road Map

 

How to get there:

By Air:The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, almost 320 Kms from village WAN. You will find taxis and cars in the Jolly Grant Airport which you can hire.

By Train:From Delhi take the Ranikhet Express (5014) Dep. Delhi at 10:40pm arrival Kathgodam at 5:30am (Overnight Journey) or the Uttar sampark kranti (5035) Dep. Delhi at 4:00pm arrival Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs.40min.Journey)

From Dehardun take the Doon Express (4120) Dep. Dehardun at 10:30 pm arrival Kathgodam at 7:10 pm (8hrs.journey)
By Bus:Regular buses ply from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam. Buses that go to Nainital stops at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgodham (8 hrs. journey)

By Road Self-drive / Taxi from Delhi :

Route 1 – Delhi – Moradabad – Bajpur – Kaladhungi – Nainitaal – Almora – Kausani – Gwaldam – Tharali – Lohajung – WAN (515 kms)

Route 2 – Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Rudraprayag – Karanprayag – Tharali – Lohajung – WAN (510 Kms)

Rudranath (Uttrakhand , India)

Rudranath is a Hindu temple dedicated to god Shiva, located in the Garhwal Himalayan mountains in Uttarakhand, India. Located at 3,600 metres above sea level, this natural rock temple is situated within a dense forest of rhododendron dwarfs and Alpine pastures. The temple is the third temple to be visited in the Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit, comprising five Shiva temples in the Garhwal region. The other temples in the circuit include: Kedarnath and Tungnath to be visited before Rudranath and Madhyamaheshwar or Madmaheshwar and Kalpeshwar to be visited after Rudranath. The face (mukha) of god Shiva is worshipped as “Nilkanth Mahadeva” here.

The Rudranath temple is believed to be established by the Pandavas, the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The legend states that sage Vyas Rishi advised the Pandavas that since they were culpable of slaying their own relatives (Kauravas, their cousins) during the Mahabharata war or Kurukshetra war, their act could be pardoned only by Lord Shiva. Consequently, the Pandavas went in search of Shiva who was avoiding them since he was convinced of the guilt of Pandavas. In order to keep away from them, Shiva took the form of a bull and went into hiding in an underground safe haven at Guptakashi, where Pandavas chased him. But later Shiva’s body in the form of bull’s body parts rematerialized at five different locations that represent the “Panch Kedar” where Pandavas built temples of Lord Shiva at each location, to worship and venerate, seeking his pardon and blessings. Each one is identified with a part of his body; Tungnath is identified as the place where the bahu (hands) were seen: hump was seen at Kedarnath; head appeared at Rudranath; his navel and stomach surfaced at Madhyamaheshwar; and his jata (hair or locks) at Kalpeshwar.

Access:

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun (258 kms). The nearest railway station is Rishikesh (241 kms). Most trekking routes to Rudranath are from Gopeshwar or nearby places. A motorable road is present up to the village Sagar — 5 km from Gopeshwar, beyond which a 20 km trek has to be undergone to reach Rudranath. The trek winds through tall grass, oak and rhododendron forests. The trek path is stated to be slippery. Other routes include: an uphill, 17 km trek from Gangolgaon — 3 km from Gopeshwar — through the forest and Panar and Naila shepherd settlements. Another trek route from Gopeshwar to Rudranath passes via Mandal (13 kms ) and then additional 6 km to the Anusuya Devi temple and then another 20 km to Rudranath. The Anusuya Devi temple is home to goddess Anusuya, who is believed to help devotees in distress. A 45 km trek path is available from Joshimath via Helang too (considered a strenuous trek). There’s also a trekking route to Rudranath from Kalpeshwar, via Dumak,Kalgont Kimana and Palla. The route meets at Urgam village, a little ahead of which is Kalpeshwar.Once at Rudranath temple you can view beautiful view of various Himalayan peaks including Nanda Ghunti, Nanda Devi, Trishul peak, Devasthan and Hathi parvat.
Road Map

Trek Kms

20 kms one way

Level – Moderate/Hard

Ideal Season

May , June , Sept , Oct

Altitude

Highest point is aprox 3600 mtrs

Numbers of Days (Delhi to Delhi)

6 – 7 Days

How to get there:

By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, almost 258 Km from Rudranath. You will find taxis and cars in the Jolly Grant Airport which you can hire to Gopeshwar or Sagar. Then you will have to trek.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Rishikesh railway station at a distance of 241 km from Rudranath. You will find bus at Rishikesh ISBT or you can hire taxi or jeep that drops you 20km below the temple.

By Road: Buses are available from Rishikesh, Hairdwar, Dehradun and Kotdwara to Rudranath. You will have to trek to the temple.

Route to Rudranath Temple

Dehradun – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karnaprayag – Chamoli – Gopeshwar – Sagar VillageRudranath Temple

 

Picture Credits:Rohit Bahuguna – Member Palampur Bikers Club

Bir Billing – Kangra (Himachal Pradesh , India)

Bir: Bir is a village located in the west of the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Bir is a noted center for ecotourism, spiritual studies and meditation. Bir is also home to a Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa. It is situated approximately 50 km of Dharamshala on Pathankot – Mandi National Highway 20.It would take you approx 3 hrs to reach Bir by road.

Billing: Billing is noted as a popular site for paragliding approx 14 kms from Bir. A narrow but fairly good road can take you to Billing site at approx. 2540 mtrs above sea level in an hour. The paragliding launch site is in the meadow at Billing while the landing site and most tourist accommodations are in the village of Chowgan at Bir.

Location Map

Bir - Billing (Kangra , Himachal)
Bir – Billing (Kangra , Himachal)

What to do?

Meditation: Periodic classes seminars on a variety of topics including philosophy, meditation, health, ecology, spiritual retreats for stress release and holistic living. There are institutes who offer variety of these courses.

Paragliding: This is probably the biggest attraction to adventure seekers. Bir is regarded by international paragliding groups as the second best site in the world for paragliding. The launch site is located at Billing (14 kms) motor-able road. While experienced pilots bring their own gliders and fly solo, beginners can take flights, in which a skilled instructor takes you up in a two-seated glider. This allows the beginner to have the experience with minimal risk.The Paragliding World Cup 2015 will be organized from October 24-31 under the aegis of Para-gliding World Cup Association, France. India bid to host the World Cup and won because of the sound infrastructure that was set up at Bir-Billing for the paragliding pre-World Cup-2013. 2 years after successfully hosting the paragliding pre-World Cup amidst the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, the mega tournament will now be held in the country for the first time. India will host the Paragliding World Cup 2015 in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, which is considered one of the finest aero sports sites in the world.

Monastery: Chokling Monastery , Palyul Chokhorling Monastery , Sherab Ling Monastery.

Weather:

Avg. summer temperature

34 °C (93 °F)
Avg. winter temperature −4 °C (25 °F)

For current weather conditions you can also refer to www.meoweather.com/weather/India/na/32.05/76.7/Bir.html?units=c#

How to get there:

By Air: The closest airport to Bir is Dharamshala airport(known as Gaggal) aprox 30-45 minutes from Dharamshala and there are direct flights from Delhi to Gaggal. Please be advised that due to weather and other issues Delhi – Gaggal flights are often canceled at the last minute. It will be better to have an alternative plan ready just in case this happens.

By Train:
There are 2 options if you prefer trains:
1-Train from Delhi to Pathankot/ Chakki Bank and then bus/taxi to Bir (5-6 hrs)
2-Train from Delhi to Pathankot/ Chakki Bank and then narrow gauge train onwards to Ahju (3 kms from Bir) – Delhi – Pathankot (550 kms , 10 hrs) + Pathankot – Ahju (245 kms , 8-9 hrs)

By Bus: Delhi to Bir is about 12-14 hours journey. Daily Volvo bus service by Himachal Roadways is available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate till Baijnath (15 kms from Bir).Alternatively you can also get a direct bus (Non-Volvo) till Bir Road (3 kms from Bir) , Look for Delhi – Jogindernagar bus.

From Dharamshala: Although regular buses ply on this route but a direct bus will be less frequent. You can hop on to any bus bound for Palampur and continue from Palampur to Bir. Since Dharamshala is not on National Highway 20 route (Pathankot – Mandi) hence long route buses which pass thru Bir are less frequent from Dharamshala.

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Tungnath – Chandrashila (Uttrakhand , India)

Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. Located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila, Tungnath temple is the highest Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be 1000 years old and is the second in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars.

Tungnath is linked to the origin of the Panch Kedar temples built by the Pandavas. The legend states that sage Vyas Rishi advised the Pandavas that since they were culpable of slaying their own relatives (Kauravas, their cousins) during the Mahabharata war or Kurukshetra war, their act could be pardoned only by Lord Shiva. Consequently, the Pandavas went in search of Shiva who was avoiding them since he was convinced of the guilt of Pandavas. In order to keep away from them, Shiva took the form of a bull and went into hiding in an underground safe haven at Guptakashi, where Pandavas chased him. But later Shiva’s body in the form of bull’s body parts rematerialized at five different locations that represent the “Panch Kedar” where Pandavas built temples of Lord Shiva at each location, to worship and venerate, seeking his pardon and blessings. Each one is identified with a part of his body; Tungnath is identified as the place where the bahu (hands) were seen: hump was seen at Kedarnath; head appeared at Rudranath; his navel and stomach surfaced at Madhyamaheshwar; and his jata (hair or locks) at Kalpeshwar.

Chandrashila (meaning Moon Rock) is a summit of Tungnath and is located at an alltitude of aprox 4000 mtrs. The legend says that this is the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana. The views from Chandrashila top is Incredible. It offers 360 degrees panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas.

Deveria Taal: Deveria taal is a small treck of about 3 kms from Sari village (a small detour on Chopta – Ukhimath route). Located at an altitude of about 2387 meters, it has heavily wooded, lush green surroundings with snow covered mountains in the backdrop. The lake is known for its wide 360 degree panorama.Mountains like Chaukhamba , Bandarpunch , Kedar Range, Kalanag can be viewed from here.

Road Map

Trek Kms

5 kms – Tungnath + 1.5 kms Chandrashila Summit

Level

Easy

Ideal Season

May – Oct

Altitude

Highest point Chandrashila summit is Aprox 4000 mtrs

Numbers of Days (Delhi to Delhi)

Minimum 4 Days

How to get there

Delhi – Roorkee – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Rudraprayag – Ukhimath – Chopta (530 kms / 12 – 14 hrs by Car)

What we recommend

Start early/late night from Delhi and reach Ukhimath latest by 1600 hrs. On you way don’t miss the Devprayag Sangam point (Confluence of river Bhagirathi and Mandakini) at Devprayag. Devprayag is the place where river Ganga gets its name. Also see Rudraprayag Sangam (Confluence of river Mandakini and Alaknanda). Check in guest house and attend the Aarti at 1800 hrs at Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath. You will remember this Aarti for long time. After attending the Aarti explore the local market and return to guest house. Rise early next day to witness sunrise and start early (0600 hrs) towards Chopta and enjoy wonderful Bugyals of Dugalbitta. Have breakfast at Chopta and start trek for Tungnath. Your target should be to reach Tungnath/Chandrashila before 1200 hrs as after that chance of cloud cover is high and you may miss the panoramic views all around. A stay at Tungnath is highly recommended as this gives you very good chance of experiencing sunrise from Chandrashila peak. However there are no guest houses or hotels here but temporary arrangements and that too when temple is open (Mid April – Mid Oct). Explore the surroundings and sleep early as you will need to wake up by 0400 hrs. and start your trek to Chandrashila peak and reach before sunrise. Enjoy a mesmerizing sunrise and start your journey back to Tungnath and then to Chopta. After breakfast drive down to Sari village and then trek to Devaria Taal. You can either stay overnight at Deveria Taal (Tented accommodation is available in season) or trek back to Sari and reach Ukhimath for better stay options. Return to Delhi the next day , if possible take a dip in holy waters of Ganga at Devprayag sangam.

Things to Consider

1>Carry enough cash as after Rudraprayag ATM’s will be hard to find or may not be in working condition.

2>Pertrol Pump: The last one on this route is at Agastmuni (45 kms from Ukhimath). It’s better to top up at Rudraprayag or at Agastmuni.

3>Before starting the trek from Chopta check with local shop owners if water is available en-route or if any shops are open in the route. During off season (when temple is not open) you may not find any shops open / water on the way.

4>Be Responsible, Do not Litter, keep surroundings clean.

Palampur Clean-UP Drive

Members from Palampur Bikers Club organized the clean-up drive on 2nd Oct. The event was scheduled for 3 hrs on 2nd Oct.A couple of our members reached directly from Delhi to take part in event after driving all night for 19 hrs(Car trouble). The commitment and dedication of these guys to the clean-up drive must be appreciated.

The initial plan was that we will conduct the clean-up drive around Kandi Bridge (Saurav Van Vihar). We were surprised to see the amount of wafer packets , plastic cups ,bottles and cans around this road.We immediately realized that this clean-up could not be achieved in 3 hrs and would need more time. After 3 hrs of clean-up drive we collected around 12 bags of Garbage. Although we collected quite a large amount of plastic garbage but there was a lot more. One of our member made a commitment to come daily for next 3 days on morning walk in the same area and continue the clean-up drive. Few other members also pitched in this morning walk cum clean-up drive. There were couple of other people who were there on the morning walk who also joined us in the clean-up.

All Palampur Bikers Club members again did the clean-up drive on 4th evening and were joined by few more young and responsible guys who were in the area. We would like to THANK each one of you and hope we can spread this clean-up drive. In all , Palampur Bikers Club members collected 30 + bags full of garbage in 3 days. Though we are happy that we could clean-up the area in the limited time and
resources which we had but at the same time there is lot of work still left to be done in this regard. Palampur Bikers Club is
committed to this drive and will facilitate more such events at regular intervals.

Our prime minister Modiji also launched the Swach Bharat campaign on the same day. This is a great initiative and we fully support
this.However , what we need is consistency and some basic infrastructure to support the Swatch Bharat mission.

Challenges we faced during the clean-up drive:

1>Dust Bins : Huge scarcity of dust-bins to dispose the garbage. We collected around 30 bags full of garbage and had to transport them by car for 7 kms to find the nearest dust bin. In absence of Dust bins , people do not have an option but to throw it in nearby nallas thereby creating water pollution.

2>Awareness: Little awareness in local people is a huge drawback in curbing this issue. We can clean-up the area but this bound to get dirty again unless general people are aware.

3>Plastic Ban: Although Plastic is banned in Himachal since long and it’s a very good initiative but what about wafer packets and disposable cups and glasses. Wafer packets were the highest in garbage while we were doing this activity and form the major chunk of garbage.

4>Responsibility and Accountability: Keeping our surroundings clean and garbage free is everyone’s responsibility but sadly in current situation “Everyone’s responsibility is Nobody’s responsibility” that’s how the general thinking is. Add to it the government departments who have yearly budget for such activities do not have any Accountability. We need to take steps to address this.

5>Attitude: It’s easy to see a post and comment on internet while being in comfort of your house but when it comes to WORK in ground level very few individuals have the courage and sense of responsibility to actually come forward and BE THE CHANGE YOU DESIRE.

We welcome you all to pour in with your suggestions / ideas to help us keep Palampur CLEAN and GREEN.

Thanks.

The Dream of Ladakh Realized

Background

One day at office in Gurgaon, I was feeling bored of the routine life and wanted to do something different. Thought of doing the Leh Ladakh trip on bike but had no Bike and companion to travel with. Doing Ladakh circle from Delhi/NCR by road takes minimum two weeks and taking two weeks off from office to go on an adventure trip with limited cell phone accessibility was not an easy thing to think of. But the passion of traveling to Ladakh was so strong that I told my wife that doing the Ladakh circle on bike is one the dream in life. Initially she was worried of such a long and adventures trip in bike but as she realized the passion she supported in the mission. I discussed the idea with many of friends and most of them shown keen interest to join in the beginning.

I thought of buying a Royal Enfield motor cycle for this trip but had no prior experience of driving RE and was not sure which model to buy. I went to Royal Enfield website and they had a couple of new models rolled out in the Classic 500 series which were in display at their website homepage. I liked the Battle Green model and called the Gurgaon dealer to know about the price and availability. Dealer told me that Battle Green model is not available in India as Green color is reserved for the Indian Army. Then I was left with two options Desert Storm and Classic 500 Chrome. I planned to visit the Gurgaon dealer to see both the models in hand and finalize one. My friend Krishan joined me for the dealer visit and there we finalized the Desert Storm model. The only thing which made us going for Desert Storm was its unique and appealing color.

Finalized the Desert Storm model but unfortunately the waiting list for this model was 4 months in Gurgaon and I wanted to have it as soon as possible. I called up the dealer at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh (near to my home town) for the availability of Desert Storm and they promised me to deliver the motor cycle within a month. I made the booking telephonically and transferred the booking amount online. After 25 days of booking, dealer called me to inform about the availability of motor cycle. I went to Dharamsala and got the delivery of first thing required to realize the Ladakh dream.

Now the next task was to find the companions who can travel with me on this trip. Luckily some of old friends from Chandigarh also wanted to do the Ladakh circle on bike. They created a Facebook group and invited me to join them. I was excited and we all started sharing information regarding weather, routes, logistics etc in this group. Second half of June was decided as the travel time for this trip.

One month before the travel date we realized that most of the members of Facebook group, who were interested to go on the trip have backed out and group leader announced that the trip is cancelled. I tried to convince couple of enthusiasts in that group to plan the trip separately but they also shouted work and family reasons. Now I was left with no option and was thinking of doing it alone. I checked for Himalayan Odyssey organized by Royal Enfield but it looked too expensive as they were charging Rs 25,000 just for joining them. I even thought of starting one or two days before the Himalayan Odyssey in same route alone, so in case of any emergencies there will be guarantee of someone coming behind.

At the same time I kept discussing with other friends. Around a half dozen of friends were showing interest to join but I was not sure how many of them will actually go as most of them were tentative. Then one day friends from Palampur who were on a visit to Delhi called me up and told that one of their friends is keen to join us for the Ladakh trip. I thought it will just be another enthusiast whose enthusiasm will fade as the day nears. We talked over phone and then we met at Satya Niken in Delhi to purchase the biking gears. Talk to him gave me the confidant that if no one else will go atleast he will go. He also wanted to go alone if no one else goes. Two guys who were looking for a companion for the same purpose were together now. Now I was sure I am not going alone.

One week before the travel date, two guys from the group backed out and others also shouted personal and professional issues. I myself had to go on an official trip to Chennai two days before the trip start date. Things were again looking cloudy. We had to start our journey on June 20 and I was travelling back from Chennai on June 19. At this point I and Munish were confirmed and others had backed out with discussions on as they didn’t want to go on bikes and were looking for a four wheeler vehicle. Munish started from Delhi on 19th morning to Pathankot and I was supposed to start from Palampur to Pathankot on June 20 mornings. When Munish started from Delhi he knew that only he and I are going. As I was traveling from Chennai back to Delhi and then Palampur, telephonic discussions were on with the rest of probable members and I eagerly wanted to have more than 2 guys in this trip. By June 19 evening, Krishan managed to hire a Mahindra Xylo and other members also agreed to join the next morning. On June 20, we five along with Xylo driver started the dream journey to Leh Ladakh.

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