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Kheerganga

Lush green grass, deep blue sky, floating clouds covering the hills and the scenic beauty you can find only in wallpapers is how I would describe KheerGanga. It is approximately 50km from Kasol (Himachal Pradesh). It is believed that this is the place where ‘Kartik Ji’, the elder son of ‘Lord Shiva’ meditated thousands of years. On the hill top there is hot water spring water which is considered to be holy and the village is named KheerGanga after it.
Trek to KheerGanga starts from Bharsaini; a quiet little village on the banks of Parvati river. You can take a cab up to Bharsaini from Kasol/Manikaran and after that you got to trouble and unease your legs a little to reach this beautiful site.

KheerGanga

Kheer Ganga Views

 

Reaching Bharsaini

You can easily book cabs from kasol to Bharsaini, the distance is approximately 40km. It is around one and half hours to two hours’ drive from Kasol. Fare estimate is between 900-1100 bucks. Or you can board a local bus from Bhuntar up to Bharsaini. From Bhuntar, it takes an hour and the fare is less than 100 bucks. In case you are coming from Delhi, a 14/15 hours journey and then trailing a 12km strenuous trek is not a prudent option. It is better that you relax and explore kasol the first day and leave for Bharsaini the next day.

Kasol

Kasol View

It takes 4-6 hours to complete the one way trek, so try to start early in the morning so that you reach kheer Ganga before sun down and enjoy the scenic beauty of the place and dip yourself in the hot water spring.

Eat @ Kasol

Kasol-Stay

Once you reach Bharsaini, you will see lot of backpackers strolling there and crossing the bridge. In case you are a novice, you may follow any of the groups or you can hire a guide. I would suggest that you walk by your own and follow any of the groups thereafter because there is nothing like ‘you will get lost’ there. So; come on, let’s walk and see what adventure lies ahead!

View from Bharsaini

Bharsaini Village

The Trek
Let’s workout now! The first 6/7 kms of the trek up to Rudranag village is plain walk with no problems as such. You will start thinking that this is going to be like walk in the park. But wait, the first half is comparatively easy then what’s coming your way next!

Parvati Stream

Parvati Stream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will see lot of greenery all along your trek and cannabis (Marijuana) bushes growing anywhere and just everywhere.

Cannabis Leaf

Cannabis Leaf

You will see lot of refreshment points till Rudranag village. You can sip tea/coffee and enjoy Maggi and chew on your favorite chocolates while you sit and relax there. After about 4 kms you pass thur village Nithani. Typical Himalayan houses can be found here with few shops to catering to trekkers.

Nithani Village

Nithani Village

Also, on your trek, you will come across lot of bridges and waterfalls. Entire trek is along the Parvati river which has a thunderous noise of its tremendous flow.  This trek is so much fun and adventure. You are going to love every bit of it!

Rudranag Village

Rudrnaag Village Waterfall

Waterfalls on the way to Kheer Ganga

Waterfall Kheer Ganga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenic Views On your Trek

Scenic Views on kheer ganga trek

 

After Rudrnag as you cross the Parvati river the trek suddenly shows its true nature. The path becomes narrow and steep; rocky hills on your right and gushing parvati river on your left. It becomes even more challenging if you happen to visit during monsoons or if it rains. It gets slippery and full of gushing water streams at every corner. All lunges and squats you have done in gym going to pay you well right here.

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I visited in monsoon and it was drizzling while I was on my way to kheerGanga. The path was all wet, muddy and slippery. But then even when it is not raining, this place has so many waterfalls which keep the track muddy and slippery. Make sure you have good quality trekking shoes so that you don’t slip stepping on mud and mule dung.

At any point where you feel you are running out of breath and it’s enough of climbing, you can always halt for a minute or two, sip some water, take selfies, ease your legs and start again.

Nice Trail with few shops

KheerGanga Trail
Greenery, river, clouds, hills, trust me it’s not that difficult to walk along with the nature. Keep your backpacks as light as possible. Keep only the mandatory items like, a spare set of garments that you will wear next morning, a towel, toiletries (pouches) and a water bottle, that’s all. Hey ladies, no matching footwear please!

The View around

KheerGanga Views

Finally, when you reach the hill top; there lies a treat for your eyes. After all the struggle finishing the trek, the tranquility welcomes you. This picturesque beauty will delight your eyes and soul. The trek, your workout, your creaky calves and achy legs are all worth it!

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You can sit or lie down on the grass and rest for some time. After that, go for the hot water spring on the top and immerse your body in the holy water.

Hot Water Springs

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A separate, women only, covered section is created in hot water spring as well. Trust me; it is so relieving that you will not feel like coming out.

Kheer Ganga view with Hot water springs

Kheerganga springs

The pool closes around 8pm, so make sure that you reach on time and don’t miss the bath in hot spring.

Shiva Temple KheerGanga

Shiva Temple KheerGanga

Staying at Kheer Ganga is not a problem at all. You have umpteen options to choose from tents/camps you would wish to stay. Fare estimate is between 150-500 Bucks. There are 3-4 Refreshment points as well, where you can take your meals. The rates are reasonable.

One of the Eating Option

KheerGanga eating option

So you can dine and stay in KheerGanga and leave for kasol the next morning after having your breakfast. Walking downhill is comparatively easy and you can reach Bharsaini in 3-4 hours.

One of the Stay options

KheerGanga Stay options

Happy Hiking!

Written By: Amrita Singh
About The Author: Techie by profession in a multinational company; the author is nature lover and crazy about dogs. She loves to explore new places and finds adventure in everything she does. Expect the UN-expected from this soul searching creature.

 

Palampur – Kangra (Himachal Pradesh, India)

Palampur is a hill station situated in the foot hills of Dhauladhar mountain ranges. Palampur is famous for tea gardens and its pleasant climate throughout the year. Because of its proximity to Dhauladhar mountain ranges a lot of water streams flowing from mountains to plains pass through Palampur. Palampur is surrounded by tea gardens, pine trees and water streams, and the combination of all these gives a beautiful and distinctive look to Palampur.

Palampur is at the end of valley merging into the hills so the scenery shows plains on one side and the snow covered hills on the other side. Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains whose top remain snow-covered for most of the year.

Location Map:

Palampur-Map

Road Map

What type of travelers should visit?

Family, Honeymoon, Solo, Adventure, Spirtual, Religious, Art Lover, Nature Lover, Health Wellness

Why one must visit Palampur?

  • Palampur and adjoining places offer wide range of interests and amenities to almost all categories of travelers.
  • If you love to see and play with the fresh water flowing from the mountains, Palampur is place for you. A lot of fresh water streams coming from the Dhauladhar Mountains passes through Palampur. The most popular among tourists is Neugal Khad.
  • Popular tourist destination Dharamsala is 35 KMs from Palampur.
  • Not far ago the unexplored and now one of the hot spot tourist destination Barot is 70 KMs from Palampur.
  • World’s highest Para Gliding site Bir Billing is 40 KMs from Palampur. If you love the adventure activities then you can try the gliding at world’s highest take off site.
  • Famous Hindu Temples are at small distance from Palampur. Shiv Temple in Baijnath 15 KMs, Chamunda Devi Temple 17 KMs, Brijeshwari Temple Kangra 40 KMs, Jawalamukhi Temple 70 KMs, Chintpurni Temple 90 KMs.
  • The Capital of Tibetan Government in Exile and the residence of spiritual guru Dalai Lama in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala is 50 KMs.
  • If you want to have Spiritual, Meditation and Yoga classes, then there are good numbers of options available in Palampur, Dharamsala and Bir Billing.
  • For art loving people, Andretta is the best place to visit. Andretta is a village and artists’ colony. It’s situated 11 KMs from Palampur.
  • For adventure travelers there are several treks going to Dhauladhar mountain ranges. These treks vary from small to longer ones. Some can be completed in a day and others may require weeks’ time.
  • There are some thrilling off-road sections near Palampur for adventure roadies.

Stay and eatery options:

Palampur has all sorts of accommodations available for all travelers.

  • If you want to experience the local culture and food, and want to stay with locals, there are several home stay and resort options available in all budgets. In these accommodation options you will get the opportunity to enjoy local cuisine cooked at home, experience the local culture and the hospitality provided by the property owners.
  • Palampur has all sorts of hotels available from budget to luxury.
  • There are some good restaurants in Palampur. Location of restaurants here is equally important as their food. Some of the restaurants here with open seating arrangements and water stream/lake nearby are more popular among tourists.

Local attractions:

  • Kandi Bridge Bundla
  • Saurabh Van Vihar
  • Neugal Café
  • Jakhani Mata Temple
  • Old Vindhyavasni Temple
  • Trek To Birni Mata Temple
  • Village of Andretta
  • Dhauladhar Nature Park

Weather:

Palampur remains pleasant from March to April (14-19 degree Centigrade) and gradually becomes moderately hot during May-June ( 24-25 degree Centigrade). Monsoon arrives by mid July and usually lasts upto September. Nearly 65% of the annual rainfall (250 cm) occurs during these three months. October marks the beginning of Autumn and weather remains sunny, cool and fresh till November (15-19 degree Centigrade). Winter sets in from December and lasts upto February (10-12 degree Centigrade)

For current weather conditions you can also refer to

http://www.accuweather.com/en/in/palampur/198333/weather-forecast/198333

How to reach Palampur:

Palampur is well connected by all means of travel. It’s situated in Pathankot – Mandi National Highway.

By Air: The closest airport to Palampur is Dharamshala airport (known as Gaggal). Dharamsala airport is 40 KMs from Palampur and there are direct flights from Delhi to Gaggal. Please be advised that in winters and rainy season Delhi – Gaggal flights are often canceled at the last minute due to weather and other issues. 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 Palampur (5-6 hrs)
2-Train from Delhi to Pathankot/ Chakki Bank and then narrow gauge train onwards to Palampur. Delhi – Pathankot (550 kms , 10 hrs) + Pathankot – Palampur (110 kms , 6-7 hrs)

By Bus: Delhi to Palampur is about 10-12 hours journey. Daily Volvo and other bus services by Himachal Roadways are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Palampur. Day and night both services are available but people prefer to overnight.

From Dharamshala: There are buses between Dharamshala to Palampur on regular intervals. Usually it takes 1-2 hours from Dharamshala to Palampur on bus.

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Bike Rally for Environmental Cause at Palampur

Palampur Bikers Club organised a bike rally at Palampur to bring awareness about keeping the mountains and surrounding clean. Rally started from Neugal Cafe and concluded at Mini Secretariat by passing through Old Bus Stand > New Bus Stand > By Pass > Rajpur > University > Subhash Chowk. 40 bikers participated in this rally. After rally participants went to meet the SDM Palampur and handed over the memorandum at his office.

PBC thanks all participants for their participation and officials for the cooperation. We will continue such events in future and expect support from everyone in future as well.

Here are some of the highlights of rally:

Getting ready for the start at Neugal Cafe
Getting ready for the start at Neugal Cafe

Just before entering the Palampur main market
Just before entering the Palampur main market

Just before entering the Palampur town
Just before entering the Palampur town

Lining up before entering the Palampur town
Lining up before entering the Palampur town

Bikers riding with slogans
Bikers riding with slogans

Riding with slogans
Riding with slogans

In front of SDM office before handing over the memorandum at his office
In front of SDM office before handing over the memorandum at his office

Handing over the memorandum at SDM Palampur office
Handing over the memorandum at SDM Palampur office

Family Trip: Delhi-McLeodGanj-Dharamshala-Palampur-Barot-Parashar Lake-Bir-Delhi

It had been a while since me & my family had gone on a summer break, so came end of May’16 when my adventure spirit, which was overloaded by office routines and ultimate boredom, took charge and forced by my Kid’s summer holidays and my wife’s constant push to move out of the city’s heat for a while, I decided to break free from office atrocities for a while, and traveled to a trip to Palampur-Barot – Parashar Lake, thanks to the expert advice given by my friend and colleague, Vijay Chauhan from PBC (Palampur Bikers Club) who did the honor of planning our trip and helping us in every way possible, all the way from UK. Using his expert advice, we planned a week trip to Delhi-McLeodGanj-Dharamshala-Palampur-Barot-Parashar Lake-Bir-Delhi. Before the start of the trip, all the arrangements were done by PBC and I was handed over all the travel tickets, hotel reservations and Taxi contact details which made our trip an effortless wonderful trip.

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Yes, it looks like a long trip but where the 7 days went, nobody knew. Now back in the city, I thought of writing this blog, as I promised to Vijay I will do after I come back from the trip, and also to refresh my memories and relive the moments once again, I am sharing the details of my wonderful trip with you:

Day 1: Packed all the bags, checked food items and DSLR, we started from Delhi on Saturday evening to board Delhi-McLeodganj bus from ISBT. Bus started at 7:30pm from Delhi and 2 hours later, stopped at Haveli for dinner. The sudden realization of the cold breezes flowing gently brought us to the reality that we are going away from Delhi’s scorching 48 degrees heat. After dinner, the bus started for McLeodganj once again. After watching movie in the bus, we quickly fell asleep in the bus.

Day 2: Early morning next day, our sleep was broken by the narrow roads & sharp turns of the bus. We had already entered Himachal Pradesh (HP) and was about to reach our first destination McLeodganj when the early showers welcomed us to HP. We reached McLeodganj around 5:30am and took a taxi to Dharamkot where our hotel, Dev Cottages, was. We were warmly welcomed by the hotel members and was given an excellent room with fabulous outside view. After tea, we decided to sleep a little, only to wake up at 11am. After having breakfast, it was time to visit local attractions like Bhagsu Temple, waterfall and the Dalai Lama temple and buy local mementos. It was a really hot day in Dharamshala and by the time we were back to hotel, we were so very exhausted. But nature mother did a favor on us. The moment we reached back hotel, it started raining heavily with hailstorms and suddenly the temperature dropped to near 20 degrees. We ordered Pakodas with tea from hotels kitchen and enjoyed our tea sitting in balcony enjoying our first rain of the summer. It was a exhausting day but the rain brought much relief. After having dinner we quickly fall asleep.

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Day 3: We woke up early to continue our trip the next day and after breakfast, started to Palampur for Maa Chamunda Temple where the rain again followed us. After a quick visit to the temple, we visited tea Gardens in Palampur. All the way, my kid enjoyed to the fullest. After lunch break, we started for our next destination JJH (Jungle Jerry Huts) in Palampur. JJH is around 200 meters from the main road and you have to cross a river stream or go around 1/2 km to the hotel premises. It was quite a distance, but the hotel staff met us at the main road and carried our luggage. We trekked along and took a 20min trek to reach the hotel. To our surprise, the JJH was setup in a very beautiful environment with all rooms beautifully made of wood. This was definitely a jungle hut and was our one of the best stay in this entire trip. All natural and setup on a hillside near a constantly flowing river stream, what else can you ask for? You can easily hear the sound of river flowing in your hut. Being close to nature, there were lots of lizards & chameleons outside the hut, and my wife is big scared of lizards (which I enjoy), but to our surprise, the inside of the hut was very clean without even a fly or any insects. We settled down and ordered tea. The staff was very cordial and brought us tea and asked us what we want for the dinner. They have an indoor garden where they grow their own vegetables and the lady owner herself prepared a fantastic & tasty dinner for us. We were really glad to come to JJH and would recommend it to anyone coming this way. After dinner, we roam a bit, took some snaps and went to bed. In night it again started raining and made the climate chilly, but thanks to JJH we already had everything we needed in place.

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Day 4: Early morning we were greeted by the lady owner with a wonderful breakfast and we bid farewell to her. We trekked back to the main road again but again the hotel staff helped us. We would have stayed there for couple of more days if we would have known JJH earlier. But having a plan already in place, we started to our next destination Barot. On the way, we visited Saurav Van vihar where we did boating & spent around 2 hours. Barot was a long ride from Palampur, we started in our taxi, took lunch at Joginder Nagar, and continued to Barot. For reaching Barot, we kept on travelling on the hillsides with narrow roads and mountain ranges in our range, moving up & down on the hillside for around 2 hours and ultimately reached Barot at around 4pm. The route was long but also very scenic with long trees and waterfalls on the way and we hardly felt exhausted on our way up. Barot is a very small town with very less population but the moment we reached there we were greeted with the river Dam and the white daisies all along the way. The white daisies on both sides of the road was such a lovely view to see. We checked in to our hotel Roshan and rested a while. Then in evening, we made a quick tour of the town and were glad that we chose Barot.

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Day 5: Today our roadmap was just to explore Barot and stay there in the night. We went to the Dam, took photos (though restricted by govt officials), but then you can’t resist yourself because Barot is such a beautiful place to be at. We took pics with the daisies, visited the local temple, had wonderful breakfast at a nearby restaurant and then started to nearby village Lohardy, which is famous for its tea gardens and is a very beautiful hillside village. On our way back, we visited few waterfalls and went to the end of rail line (also known as Khooni Ghaat). This rail line is very famous as it’s very steep and it goes upto 45degree. Due to a misfortunate event in the past, this rail line is now closed, but a rail line at 45 degree steep is worth a see. In the evening, we walked around the local dam and spent some more picturesque moment. Glad that Barot was on our trip.

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Day 6: Next morning after breakfast, we bid farewell to Barot and started our journey towards Parashar lake.  Parashar lake is a lake on top of a mountain, and known to be the ashram for Rishi Parasher. In the lake, there is a large patch of land which floats and keep on changing its position in the lake. The road to parashar was difficult with steep roads passing through forest area and the roads were rocky and very difficult to drive. We stopped for lunch at a local restaurant and reached Parasher around 4pm. First thing we checked into the government guest house that we booked (not very good with very little facilities. Also there was no power in our room due to some short-circut, but there is no other option of stay in parasher, the nearest village is around 15kms, passing through the forest area, which is not advisable in evening). Anyway, we settled down and trekked to Parashar lake walking. To our relief, we found Parasher lake very beautiful and soothing. It is a perfect setup for a lake – a lake in between with temple on it’s side, and all surrounded with mountains. and the best part – the floating land in the lake. We visited Rishi Parashar temple and did another round of photoshoots near the lake. Being on the top of the mountain, it was really cold there, around 15 deg). After spending around 2 hours there, we took our dinner at a nearby shop (a well-deserved Rajma-chawal at that place), only to come back to our guest house where we just dropped down on the bed and slept.

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Day 7: Got up early, we did a quick revisit to Parashar lake and came back to Guest house. Since Parashar was the farthest point on our trip, we started from Parashar soon and begin our way down to Palampur. Long drive on the way back, it took around 4-5 hours to reach Palampur. On our way back we visited Bhatu monastery, Bijnath temple, the Bir Paragliding site and the beautiful Bir Monastery. Checked into Palampur Hotel Suryadev, a good hotel and spent the day resting.

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Day 8: Our last day on the trip, we checked out of the hotel at 12pm and visited Jakhani mata temple and planned to revisit Saurav Van vihar(SVV). But being our last day, rain suddenly came to give us a farewell. With heavy downpours and hailstorms for more than a hour, we discarded the thought of SVV, and had lunch at Neugal Cafe. It was 3pm and our bus to way back was at 5pm, so we spent our one hour at CCD in Palampur, with awesome cold coffees. Bus was late due to heavy rains but it was a very comfortable ride back to home.

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I’m attaching pictures of my fantastic trip, perfectly planned by PBC, and I am really glad that we took some time off and came on this trip. My wife had great relief from Delhi heat and household work, my kid had a great time and also that he can tell his teacher all the places he visited and activities he did but I’m just happy that I kept my adventure spirit alive, only to go on another trip perfectly planned by PBC.

Thanks PBC for making our trip a roaring awesome trip and helping us all the way. Cheers!!

Vijay Dhania

Valley of Flowers

Travelling is the best therapy for anyone who loves to explore new places and helps regain the peace that we generally loose in our day to day busy schedule.

The motive of Palampur Bikers Club (PBC) gang is just the same; to explore new places and relive the life their own way.The trip was organized jointly by Palampur Bikers Club and Wild Shore Adventures.

This time we all were set to explore the nature’s beautiful creation “Valley of flowers” situated approximately 500 Kms from Delhi in the state of Uttrkhand.

Here I am sharing with you my experiences on this amazing trip to a place which was not less than heaven.

Day 1 & Day 2: 11-12 Aug 2015

As per the scheduled plan, the group started from Delhi in the midnight on 11 August, 2015. Our first target was to reach Dehradun from where another group of 10 people were set to join us for the upcoming adventure. We all were fully excited and loaded with joy for the event. It was an amazing drive that day as it was Shivratri the following morning and the “Kavadiyas” were in full zeal, lost in Lord Shiva’s worship. The journey till Dehradun was covered happily cracking jokes and seeing the beauty on the way through Ponta Sahib. The way through Ponta Sahib is extremely beautiful covered with lush green trees on both sides of the road. The air was so fresh that led to the relaxation of my mind. At around 9:00 AM in morning both the groups met at Bayasi (few kms ahead of Rishikesh) We had an amazing breakfast and started for Govindghat, the place from where our trek to the heavenly “VOF” starts. We reached there having fun filled breaks, enjoying at the Jogi Waterfall, making videos of the nature’s mesmerizing scenery which holds everyone’s breadth at one moment.

And we were about to reach Govidghat we encountered a landslide, the first ever landslide of my life, I know it sounds weird but it was exciting to see that and more exciting to cross it with help of Police officials. It was fun crossing it but at the same time risky as well, but again excited to see this all as it was the real adventure getting out of such a big pile of boulders on the road. The giant hills on one side and flowing water at the base was flowing with a tremendous speed and rocks blocking the road, all in one making a thrilling experience for all of us.

Well, there were many thrills that we encountered on this trip, this was just the beginning of many things which were about to come in following days.

We crossed the landslide zone and got a lift till govindghat and settled in the hotel. The evening was followed with some more gossip sessions followed by simple dinner. We all were excited as the next morning will be filled with a package of 14 Kms, yes 14 kms in a day to reach Ghangaria. The route for Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers is same till Ghangharia and then bifurcates in two different directions. Hemkund is 7 kms and Valley of Flowers is 6 kms from Ghangharia.

Story By: Aakanksha Sandhu (Member Palampur Bikers Club)

Trip to Triund Palampur Bir Billing

Palampur Bikers Club hosted a corporate trip to Triund/Palampur/Bir Billing for NTT Data Employees from June 3-7, 2015. The journey began with 12 NTT employees boarding the train to Pathankot from Old Delhi railway station and from Pathankot the group took taxis to reach McLeod Ganj. At McLeod Ganj everyone headed out for a city tour which included visiting places like Kalachakra Temple, Bhagsunag Temple, Bhagsu waterfall, Mall road and the day ended with some local shopping.

Breakfast at hotel in Dharamkot Mcleod Ganj
Breakfast at hotel in Dharamkot Mcleod Ganj

 

Picture with locals
Picture with locals

 

Trekking to Bhagsu Nag Water Falls
Trekking to Bhagsu Nag Water Falls

 

Playing with water at Bhagsu Nag Water Fall
Playing with water at Bhagsu Nag Water Fall

 

Group picture in front of Bhagsu Nag water fall
Group picture in front of Bhagsu Nag water fall

 

On the second day a beautiful and scenic trek to Triund was planned. The track was really rocky and narrow. So helping each other the group continued their journey and reached their first stoppage the place called “Magic point”. Everyone rested there for some time, regained the energy and started the journey again.

Walked out of the hotel at Dharamkot to start the Triund Trek
Walked out of the hotel at Dharamkot to start the Triund Trek

Started the Triund Trek from Dharamkot
Started the Triund Trek from Dharamkot

Taking a small break in the trek

Was not easy to carry the children over shoulder. Dad and daughter taking small nap in the trek
Was not easy to carry the children over shoulder. Dad and daughter taking small nap in the trek

 

Group Photo at Magic View cafe
Group Photo at Magic View cafe

 

Sign of victory. Saw the destination Triund Hill
Sign of victory. Saw the destination Triund Hill

 

Meditation break :)
Meditation break 🙂

 

Reaching the top of the mountain after the trek was an experience in itself and everyone was mesmerized with the beautiful snow covered peaks that surrounded them.  The group stayed at the hill top that night, in tents and to add to the fun a bonfire was arranged as well. Everyone enjoyed their dinner, with some singing under the starry skies. Next morning, seeing the sun rise from top of the hill was a breath taking view. The group headed back to McLeod Ganj after breakfast.

Joy of accomplishment
Joy of accomplishment

 

Bone Fire in evening at Triund
Bone Fire in evening at Triund

 

Picture at the top of the hill
Picture at the top of the hill

 

Tents where we spent out night
Tents where we spent out night

On the third day the group headed to Palampur by road which was about an hour from McLeod Ganj. En route to Palampur seeing the tea gardens spread across both the sides of the road was a delight to the eyes. The group got dropped off to a point from where everyone walked to the resort. It was a thrilling experience to reach the resort as it required to cross a large stream with slight water currents and rocks. The night was well spent in the resort with everyone relaxing and playing some fun games.

Tea gardens on the way to Palampur from Mcleod Ganj
Tea gardens on the way to Palampur from Mcleod Ganj

 

Water crossing at Palampur
Water crossing at Palampur

 

Evening gossips at Jerry's Jungle huts Palampur
Evening gossips at Jerry’s Jungle huts Palampur

 

Relaxing in a wooden hut at Jerry's Jungle Huts Palampur
Relaxing in a wooden hut at Jerry’s Jungle Huts Palampur

 

Enjoying the morning tea at Jerry's Jungle Huts
Enjoying the morning tea at Jerry’s Jungle Huts

The excitement continued the next day. The day started with each participant planting a tree at Palampur. After planting trees some of the group members decided to go to Billing for Paragliding, while others stayed back at the resort. The point of take-off was a comfortable flat meadow. Once the group experienced paragliding, some of them described it as “life’s best moment, to be in the air 27000 feet from ground level much above the mountains”. The sail was for about 20 minutes and landed in Bir. Everyone then returned to their resort to start the journey back to Delhi.

Planting a tree
Planting a tree

 

Planting a tree
Planting a tree

 

Planting a tree
Planting a tree

 

Getting ready for para gliding takeoff at Billing
Getting ready for para gliding takeoff at Billing

Post all the thrilling experiences the trip came to an end with a taxi ride from Palampur to Pathankot and then boarding the train back to Delhi. The group reached Delhi early morning and parted with all the wonderful memories to be cherished forever.

We would like to thank all the participants for making this trip a wonderful experience for all.

Plantation Drive @ Palampur

NTT Employees planted trees on visit to Palampur.

Each participant of “Mcleod Ganj – Triund – Palampur – Bir Billing” program planted a tree at Palampur. Palampur Bikers Club (PBC) has launched a campaign to encourage all visitors to Himalyas plant a tree on their visit. To support this initiative all participants of program planted a tree. PBC is committed to make aware as many people living in cities to plant a tree on their visit to Himalayas.

PBC will soon launch a drive on this front in Delhi NCR.

We thank all the participants of program for their contribution to preserve the Himalayas. It’s good that many people visit the Himalyas but it’s equally important to preserve the Himalayas for future generations.

We recall a popular saying at this moment: “We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children”

Some photos from the drive:

plantation_1 plantation_2 plantation_4 plantation_3 plantation_5 plantation_6

Madmaheshwar

Preface
 
In 2013, when I (Rohit) visited my first Panch Kedar (Tungnath), I was so much moved by its legend that I decided to visit at least 1 of them every year. In 2014, I visited Rudranath Mahadev and heard lot of stories about Madmaheshwar Mahadev by shepherds. So from there on I decided to visit Madmaheshwar in 2015. In beginning, 4 of my friends decided to come along with me in this trek but as the day come close, only one enthusiast Akhilesh Nautiyal was left. As both of us desperately wanted to visit Madmaheshwar we started planning the trip as soon as Kedarnath Kapat (doors) were open for Yatris.

Day 1 – 6th May 2015
 
I’m from Dehradun and Akhil is from Gopeshwar he agreed to join me at Rudraprayag. On 6th May I hired a Bolero (Taxi) which picked me up sharp 0300hours in morning and dropped me at Rudraprayag at around 10:00 hours. I called Akhil and learned that he was stuck in traffic jam near Karanprayag due to Chardham Yatra. So I searched one fine Dhaba (roadside restaurant) and had tea and breakfast. At around 11:40 hours Akhil was at Rudraprayag and boarded a local bus for Ransi village.This bus will take us to Ransi via Agastmuni and Ukhimath route. The roads till Ukhimath was fine but from there to Ransi via Mansoona just reminded me of Spiti valley route. Finally at around 17:00 hours we reached Ransi , our base of the trek , we booked a room in Bhattji’s lodge for two of us and after a while had some biscuits and tea.
 
We spoke to few local village guys and learned that there is a nearby temple of Rakeshwari devi where Evening Aarti (prayers) was about to begin at 19:00 hours. We went there and took blessing for the trek. After that we went back to lodge and just jumped over some home cooked food as elephants were dancing under our tummy and went for nap at around 21:00 hours.
 
Rakeshwari Devi Temple
Rakeshwari Devi Tmple
 

Bulls ride to WHITE Spiti

Preface

White Spiti was always on cards since last few years but as with my Ladakh ride, this one was also destined to be done on 2 wheels and not on 4.

The plan was born after me and Aditya did Ladakh in June 13.Our confidence was high after doing Ladakh and we wanted to see Spiti in its best color – WHITE. The original plan was to do it in March but got delayed till mid-April. The delay actually worked in our favor as we were able to explore more places which would not have been possible in March. The plan started with 8 riders but many backed out during the course of time; but the mad 2 did not budge. Riding to Spiti in March/April is a mad idea and rightly so; very few brave souls have tried this on motorcycles.

Rangrik

There are number of reasons why it is a mad idea. First the Temperature during this time is around zero to minus 10 and the entire valley is full of snow. Second, you never know how far you’ll be able to reach as snow clearing process takes its own sweet time; you can get stranded in middle of nowhere. Third, you never know when you will come across section of black ice which could be very dangerous. Still if you decide to ride, on the positive side you will see what very few have seen in person; Walls of snow on either side of road; Semi frozen river stream and waterfalls; heaps of snow in the entire Sipiti Valley; World’s highest motor able village Komic and much more. It was this; the eagerness of looking at something special which won the battle of positives and negatives.

Armed with Aditya’s Thunderbird 500 (TB Baby) and mine Classic 350 (Jr.BlackBull), we were determined to see White Spiti. Did we see what we wanted to see…..? I will let the below picture answer that.

Day 1 – 18th April 2014
The plan was simple, no bookings, no exact destinations, just reach Kaza in 3/4 days from Delhi; explore around and see how far we can go. When you say you don’t have a plan, still there is a plan, and the plan was to reach Rampur/Sarahan on day 1. Yes, this was an ambitious day 1 plan since both of us had done Ladakh and we were pretty confident about it. I guess up there in heavens, sitting quietly, God noticed that 2 mad souls are getting overconfident and made a cunning plan with nature to make us realize, nothing is easy until it’s done.

Day 1 Route Map

The Keys
Keys

The Journey Begins
Spiti Ride Begins

We started our journey on 18th April @ 04:30 hrs from Delhi. As we rode out of the parking to main road, the rain gods came to greet us; they said “Hello you 2 fellas, I’m coming with you too, and I thought well this is going to be an interesting ride. Our first stop was before Akshardham Temple for Petrol, tank full was done for both and we were staring @ slight drizzle gradually turning into heavy rain. We continued and by the time we reached Geeta Colony flyover, heavy winds coupled with rain forced us to stop. We took shelter under the flyover thinking that rain will subside soon. We were wrong, it did not stop soon and we ended up waiting for almost 2 hrs under the flyover.

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting for rain Gods to have some mercy on us
Rain in delhi

We resumed our journey around 0700 hrs with slight drizzle still going on. As we moved out of Delhi rain gods left for a brief moment. We stopped for breakfast @ Zhilmil Dhaba karnal around 0930 hrs and cherished on the yummy paranthas and tea. We resumed our journey around 1030 and were cruising well above 90 kmpl when the unthinkable happened; Jr.BB was hit hard from behind and for a moment I thought it’s over. It was some miracle that I and Jr.BB were still on 2 wheels and managed to stop without a fall. I was in immense pain and my left leg was hurt badly, I had no idea what has happened. Meanwhile, Aditya who was just riding behind me stopped and had a look @ my leg. The first look at injury was bad but further inspection revealed that it’s not broken and only the skin has peeled off. First aid was out and the wound was taken care of with some savlon and bandage.

While doing the bandage Aditya told me what has happened. It was Aditya’s TB Baby who had hit Jr.BB; now how bad is that, two people going together banging into each other. Me and Aditya were cruising around 90 kmpl with Aditya driving on the verge of lane 2 and 3 and I was on lane 3.This is a good diagonal riding position as I can see him in my rear view mirror and in case of emergency braking by front rider the rear one can pass by without bumping into the front.

In theory it’s a good position to ride, however things change in split seconds in real time. Actually there were 3-4 things which happened at the exact moment which caused this accident. In lane 1, a Mercedes was speeding above 100 kmpl and an idiot in Alto was trying to overtake it from lane 2. At the same moment I suddenly slowed down looking at Police barrier in front when the Alto idiot forced Aditya to come in straight line with me. Aditya was in straight line with me and as I slowed down suddenly, it was inevitable and Bang. Thankfully, TB Baby and Aditya did not suffer any damages. We then had a look @ Jr.BB for any damages, left indicator holder was broken and the indicator was dangling with the wire. Rest everything seemed fine until we resumed the journey; the rear wheel was not rotating freely and it seemed like something is holding it .It was feeling like when you try to accelerate while holding the brakes down. So something was not right .We stopped again and inspected what was causing it. With no signs of any damage we decided to get it checked by mechanic @ kurukshaetra which was 3-4 kms ahead.

By the time we found mechanic in kurukshetra, smoke was coming out of the rear wheel. The mechanic dismounted the rear wheel and did a thorough check; finally the culprit was found. The drum shorter had cracked and that was jamming the rear wheel.

The cracked Drum Shorter
Drum-Shorter

Fortunately the replacement drum shorter was found in Kurukshatra and we were lucky to get the original RE shorter and the indicator supporter as well. After the problem was resolved we resumed our journey around 1500 hrs from Kurukshetra. We stopped for late lunch after crossing Parwanu in HP and reached Shimla by 1930 hrs. We had no intentions to roam in shimla so settled in for roadside hotel. We were tired like hell; we started @ 0430 hrs from Delhi and could only manage to cover 370 kms in Day One due to rain and accident. It was a real hard day for a 10 day ride. What’s in store for the day two, no ideas, but will get there and see.