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The Holy Shrine of Badrinath

Badrinath Temple

In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth,God is pleased when we are pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker’s praise without anxiety~~~~~Aiden Wilson Tozer.

My chanced visit to the Holy shrine of Badrinath was made in the month of July 2012, with my colleagues from work. We were around 20 people including some family members. So we hired a bus from Haridwar and set out on a spiritual journey to one of the highly regarded Char Dhams of India : Badrinath. Continue reading

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Chopta….mini Switzerland

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The meadows at Chopta….so cool na!!

Everyday is a journey, and the journey itself is home~~~~~Matsuo Basho

Hello readers!! 🙂

Lets travel today to one of the most beautiful places of India…..Chopta. Fondly referred to as mini Switzerland, Chopta is not much explored. It is an untouched beauty, situated in Uttarakhand, somewhat near to Deoria Tal. The 4km trek to Tungnath begins from Chopta. Continue reading

Landour….serenity in wilderness

St.Pauls Church

St.Pauls Church

Another sunny day, yet another destination, 3 friends 🙂 , one short trip to the twin town of Mussorie called Landour. The distance from Haridwar is around 90Km and from Delhi is around 290Km . So we started off at around 8 am in the  morning from Haridwar. When it is a holiday, and I am on a trip (no matter whether its long or short), I feel at my best 🙂 . So, we drove past Raiwala, Doiwala, Dehradun and took the turn towards Mussorie for our destination. Around 5Km before reaching Mussorie, there is a diversion which leads to Landour. One can also go via Mussorie, but we avoided that route due to traffic. Lots of research was done on the internet for a perfect weekend getaway, and there we landed in Landour, a serene location to drain out our weekdays frustration. Continue reading

Mana……the last Indian village

Entrance to Mana

Entrance to Mana

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The scenery on approaching Mana

Hey all….Its been quite long that I wrote as some personal work kept me busy. But today I bring to you my journey to the last indian village called Mana 🙂 . The village gets its name from “The Manas Putras”, the biologcal sons of Lord Brahma. This was one of my excursions during my trip to the holy shrine of Badrinath, as Mana is just 3 kms from there. This is a rather small village located in the district of Chamoli in the state of Uttarakhand. The altitude will be around 3100m above sea level. The visit to this place has been one of the most exciting of all my trips. It feels so different to be standing just a few kms away from the Indian border and more so when you are having a cup of tea at the last Indian tea shop. Ahead of this village lies the Mana pass at a distance of around 24Kms. Continue reading

Deoria Tal….a heavenly lake @8000 feet

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The view of the Tal, with our green tent

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks”~~~John Muir

Through this post, I am going to take you on a journey up in the hills in the state of Uttarakhand, to a place less explored, to a place which is truly divine, to a place which radiates peace. This is Deoria Tal, a lake located in the upper crest of Rudraprayag, in the lap of nature. Continue reading

Chandrashila——@13800 feet above sea level

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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. Continue reading

Nynee Taal>>>>Part 2—-Exploring the Caves

IMG_5464075591566After an adventurous journey and exciting tour of the beautiful Nainitaal the previous day, our gang was ready now to explore the remaining tourist locations- Ropeway & Eco Cave Gardens 🙂 . The Ropeway was near to the Mall Road, but there was a long queue and due to time constraint, we decided to drop the plan. Rather we rushed our way to the Eco Cave gardens. Not many people have much idea about this place, as Nainitaal is more recognised by its all famous lake-the Nynee Lake.

The pathways……

The Eco Cave Gardens are just on the entrance to Nainitaal. As I entered the garden, it reminded me of the fairy tales, I used to read during my childhood days. Lots of trees, narrow pathways, all nicely planned and made into a perfect jungle, to give every feeling to a tourist of being in the middle of a forest—like real explorers, on an exciting adventure. Continue reading