You get up one fine morning, and find yourself on the top of a hill, surrounded by captivating green meadows, the view of the clear sky with a fine streak of red line at edges to welcome the sun and above all FRESH air 🙂 . Serenity, calmness, tranquility—–words which direct to only 1 place, which I can imagine. Its definitely Chandrashila top. It is the peak point of Tungnath—the abode of the highest Shiva temple in the world. This is a continuation of my previous day hike from Chopta to Tungnath. My hike to Chandrashila started early in the morning, at around 6am, in the month of June 2013. I, along with my gang of 5 girls started the treacherous journey of about 1.5Km to the summit. It was one of the most refreshing mornings of my life. We could see clouds floating below us, as we were at a much higher level. All was so serene, so beautiful 🙂 .
Now, photo sessions starts–with different scenic backgrounds, only the subject in the front changing from time to time 😛 . We were accompanied by Mr.Lakhpat Singh Rana, our guide for the trip. “The Mountains are calling & I must go” is rightly quoted by John Muir. And there we go 🙂 .
The road is very narrow, may be somewhat 4-5 feet wide, a bit risky. Its my suggestion that travellers should avoid taking children along with them, if they intend to visit Chandrashila. It is steep, rocky, but exciting for those seeking adventure. You can witness one or two small rapids on the way to the top. Halting & walking in small steps, we finally reached our destination. At the entrance is a small temple of Ganga maiya, where we bowed to offer our prayers. And the view that was waiting to welcome us, at the back of the temple, was SPELLBINDING.
The top provides a magical vista of Nanda devi, Chaukhamba,and some other peaks,all snow capped,standing tall. The scenic landscape cannot be described in words. Once you are there, you will feel the cool breeze blowing against your face, fresh air and you will automatically feel at peace. Just take 5 minutes to sit on some rocks and be silent—-you will experience just PEACE,PEACE & PEACE. It was in the month of June whne I travelled up there,but it was cold. Please carry woollens if you ever plan to visit, atleast two sweaters and something to cover up your ears, because wind keeps blowing continuously. And there you can witness an unusual sight of clouds moving up and then every 10 minutes. Its like the sun playing hide & seek at times.
As we had to return the same day, we could not stay up there for too long. With refreshing memories backpacked,we stepped back. But hey!!!….the story is not over. We, felt confident of returning on our own,so we sent our guide back. And guess what happened, we lost our way. The clouds again began to come & go, and there was almost zero visibility. We waited for sometime, and finally when the clouds cleared off, we found our way back. So, do not panic when such things happen, because its somewhat common phenomenon up in the hills.
I took up this task to make my readers travel virtually to Chandrashila through my post, but its hard, really really hard. Its only when you see that amazing view with your own eyes, that you can feel that awesomeness. So, my dear readers, if you can take out some time from your busy schedule, do try to visit this place. Especially people residing in north india,can obviously try this as their upcoming tour destination. Keep Travelling!!!! 🙂
Location: In the state of Uttarakhand
Access: By road till Chopta, then hiking for 4km to Tungnath & another 1.5Km to Chandrashila.