The Dalai Lama Indian Himalayas Trek


Hi again back from my daily routine ..got back to something I love and enjoy sharing with everyone. Like its truly said adventure begins at the end of comfort zone and so is this trek. This unique trek is a combination  of easy to moderate and because this area does not have regular visitors it makes it pristine and spotless to trek. Let me take you thru one of the best and most promising trek of ours....where the adventure begins at the heart of Himalayas and ends at the busiest city of India the capital.... Delhi 
               


Day 01: Delhi 
Upon arrival in Delhi, we are met by our local guides and transfer to a Hotel in Delhi to freshen up. There will be some free time to explore Delhi this afternoon, before we take the transfer to the train station to catch our sleeper train to Pathankot.



Day 02: Pathankot and Dharamshala 
Arriving in Pathankot early morning, we then transfer by coach to Dharamshala - the spiritual home of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. There we will be some free time today to explore this fascinating town, before we meet later in the evening for dinner and a briefing for the start of our challenge tomorrow.


                                Dalai Lama Monastery 

Day 03: Dharamshala (Mcleod Ganj) to Kareri - 2,070m 
Following breakfast at our Hotel, we take the transfer to our start point to begin trekking! Our first few kilometres are undulating until we reach Satobari Village, which is where we start our descent through pine forests to Ghere Village. We stop at a mountain stream to enjoy lunch - a great spot!
We continue after lunch with a steep ascent for about 2 hours to Kareri Village, where we set up camp next to the Laund River.
Trekking distance - approx. 13km.


Day 04: Kareri to Bal Village - 2,330m  
After experiencing our first night under the stars, we continue ascending on a gradual trail passing through many charming villages, passing beautiful open meadows and pine forests on the way. We take a short descent to the mountain stream to stop for lunch, then ascend sharply afterwards to Bal. This is the main festival day of Divali so we’re expecting to see the many lights shine up the locals homes! We’re sure the memories of this day will never be forgotten. Trekking distance - approx. 13km
                                             Camp @ Kareri


Day 05: Bal Village to Triund - 2,995m  
We continue our trek by crossing over a suspension bridge then ascending through rhododendron and pine forests for approx. 2 hours. We’ll soon come across the local ‘chai’ (tea) shop where we can take a rest and enjoy our surroundings.



                                           Triund
All around us are the Gaddi Tribal people taking their cattle up to the high pastures of Lak and Triund. Continuing our ascent after lunch, we finally reach our camp on an alpine meadow facing the breathtaking snow-capped peaks of the Duala Dhar mountain range. Trekking distance - approx. 11km.
                         


Day 06: Triund, to Laka Got  - 3,550m, then to Triund  
Our trek today is a challenging ascent to see the fascinating Laka Got, situated at the tip of a glacier. There will be an opportunity for us to trek on the glacier in order to reach Lahes Cave - an overnight shelter used by the shepherds travelling over the mountains with their sheep.

After making the effort to climb up to the cave, we return to Triund for our last night under the stars. Trekking distance - approx. 12km.

                                                         Laka Got

                             Manu Adventures India Team 

Day 07: Triund to Bhagsu Nag. Transfer to Dharamsala 
Following our last breakfast in the campsite, we begin trekking over a grassy ridge which offers us lasting memories of the snow capped peaks that surround us.
Our trek continues with a steep descent to the Bahgsu Nallaha stream - we cross the stream by hopping over the boulders with the help of our local guides. We push towards Bhagsu Nag, which has a divine temple and natural springs which we can visit before taking the transfer back to Dharamsala. This evening we enjoy our celebratory dinner to take in our achievements.
Trekking distance - approx. 09km.

                             Camp @ Triund
      
Day 08: Dharamsala - Pathankot 
We have a free morning to further explore this magical town - why not visit the Tibetan market or take a visit to one of the majestic monasteries? In the afternoon, we take the transfer back to Pathankot train station to catch the overnight sleeper train back to Delhi.
Overnight: Train.

                               Train Station 

Day 09: Delhi - Agra 
We arrive in Delhi and jump straight onto our waiting bus to take the transfer to Agra. Upon arrival, we check into our Hotel. Later we visit the incomparable Taj Mahal - no visit to India would be the same without seeing it! Built by the Mughal Emporer, Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife and will always be a symbol of undying love for anyone who sees it.
Overnight: Hotel.



                                 Eternal Love Taj Mahal 

Day 10: Agra - Delhi and flight to home
We take the very early transfer back to Delhi in order to catch our flight back to the Home.

                                      Tour and Services ends here

Magnificent Majestic Himalayas ...... Triund Trek

Day 01:- Una to Bhagsu Nag ( 1790 mts )(Dharamsala)

Come September 2018 and it was the time that we have been waiting for .....like the saying goes the mountains are calling and we must go. My sister's friend started from Aligarh she took a train to Delhi and then overnight Volvo to Mcleod ganj. She was picked up by Manu from the bus stop. Me and my sis Shivani started from Una which is nearly 127 km far from Mcleod. We were so excited about the trek that we wished we could just fly to Mcleod instead of drive. The drive from Kangra to Mcleod is beautiful, fresh clean air, lofty mountains the beauty is stunning and leaves you mesmerized.

We reached Bhagsu and were welcomed by Manu and Rubeena, we were hungry so decided to eat breakfast at our special place German Bakery which is all time favorite. We ordered for Falafel, some sandwiches and Indian masala tea something that I cannot live without The food was awesome and costed us INR 250 per person which was not bad as we hogged like pigs.




We also wanted to get hair breading done but couldn't find anyone who could do it for us in short time so we went in for lulu. It costed us around INR 300 which I felt was little on higher side but we wanted it so price didn't matter at that time.

                                                                      Lulu at upper bhagsu

 After that Manu took us for a walk to Dharamkot also known as little Israel via Upper Bhagsu. Dharamkot is called a little hippie village of Himalayas, this yoga village is famous and ideal for few days time off from the real world. The best about the place is its vibe which is a mix of some of magic, pure spiritual energy of Himalayas, happiness of people who live there, peace and serenity and the feeling of oneness with the nature. The sound of whistling birds, the whistling of air through deodar tree leaves, the distant smell of farm animals will awaken all your senses. It is a good spot for early morning yoga and meditation. We went across the uneven path, crossed few houses, clicked pictures and the we were hungry again so we stopped at Trek and Dine for some wine and snacks. The cafe is beautifully decorated and has great ambiance.

Dharamkot

 After a nice walk we reached our hotel  Trinity at 6 pm ...and then Manu had planned a night out for us @ Black Magic the most happening place in Mcleod ganj. We had enuff time on our hands so after a nice warm bath we changed into party dresses and were ready for Black Magic. We decided to take a cab from Bhagsu to Mcleod which costed us Rs 100 and surprisingly we didn't pay any entry charges ( Normally its Rs 500 stag and Rs 1000 for couple )as they all knew Manu and we were his guest and not only this we also carried our own bottle of wine which was amazing. It was live music and Sanjay Rana was the singer there. He knew Manu well so he sang few songs of our choice and also accompanied us for a while. We had special treatment and we we felt like on seventh heaven.  We danced, had tequila shots and tried on Hookah or Sheesha . 


                                                                               
Rubeena, me and Manu

                     lost                                                                                                                  Tequila Shots
                                                         
We were so deeply into the live music and ambiance that we didn't realize how quickly the time flew and so after a beautiful moments spent in Black Magic it was time to head back to hotel Trinity because we had to start early the next day. We reached hotel and before we could even think of changing we were snoring on our comfy beds.... 

Day 02:- Bhagsu Nag to Triund (2875 mts ) 9km trek from Bhagsu / Mcleod and 06 km trek from Galu temple. 

                                                                   Early morning view
6th September 2018 Morning @ 6 am we heard a loud bang on our door it was Manu who came to wake us. Half sleep we dragged ourselves out of the bed to have a look out side and for a city person nothing could be more exciting and joyful to see the lush green mountains and fresh air. After shower we were ready with back packs for Triund. We waited for a Taxi outside hotel to take us to Galu temple from where we had to start our trek. While we were waiting we took some selfies and became 


                                                            Waiting for the cab (Bhagsu)

The Taxi took Rs 500 from Bhagsu to Galu temple which was ok and after reaching Galu Temple we had a breakfast eggs, bread tea and Manu had his all time favorite black tea. From Galu temple we started our long awaited trek to Triund.


 On the way we witnessed some of the most beautiful and finest views of lush green mountains, white clouds and dense forest. When we started the trek we hardly saw anyone, but after a while we realized that we were wrong there were tourist from all over mostly Indians in groups singing and dancing and enjoying. The tricky terrains and curves offers a perfect treasure trove to its trekker. It was amazing to see how dogs, goats and ponies balance themselves on the cliff of the mountains. This trek offers panoramic views of Bhagsu Village, Mcleod ganj and Dharamshalla valley. It is supposedly an easy trek but I felt its moderate in nature due to  steep climb and boulders on the path. I enjoyed my walk with Manu and with the other two drama queens with who didn't leave any chance to show their dramas.


We reached Magic view which is the oldest tea shop and half way to Triund. After trekking for 3 km up hill we were hungry again and we had the most delicious and mouth watering Maggi which took definitely more than 2 minutes and not to miss the chai ..then we did some meditation, took a quick nap and made some poses for the camera. Manu gave us a signal to move on as we were getting closer or rather going higher our breath was becoming heavier and heavier. We took more breaks and we were exhausted but I still managed to have a smile on my face just for Manu. 





The slope is gradual for first few km and last 45 mins of the trek is of considerably steeper and difficult. Manu kept on telling us stories so that we don't think more about the distance left. Along the way we met people of different nationalities and people who were coming back had content faces but avoid asking them how much more is left ? because u never get the correct answer it varies all the time. After walking for 4 hours we finally reached the top and the view was worth it. It was remarkable feeling we were on top of Triund Hill . Whatever I had heard about Triund was much less, it was a picturesque landscape and beyond imagination and comparison. I stood there for ages just looking at the mountains .... the mountains I was in love were right in front of me I just couldn't get enuff of it. I wanted to let it sink in ...feel it.



We were served with Tea, cake and biscuits on our arrival and we had choice to stay in tents or forest rest house. We wanted to live in tents so I helped Manu to put up our tents little away from the crowded area. By the time our tents were set up the sky started getting clearer and we could see the white thick clouds the blue sky and little sunshine. I relished the peacefulness as I strolled around and explored the place.
@ Triund
Tent 

As the sun started to set, the sky was filled with tinge of red, orange , grey blue and white. It was like a live painting. It was getting windy and we decided to have some wine with dry chicken.
Where every one else were stuck in camps we were sitting out enjoying every bit of it. We were served with soup and pop corns and later we had the most Delicious chicken, rice, veggie and dal. We felt the privileged one because when people up there had choice to eat maggi or bread we had 4 dishes to eat and to top it all we had our personal toilet tents which made us feel so special. We stayed awake till late in night so that we could get most of it ....and middle of the night it poured down like cats and dogs so it became cold we snuggled in our sleeping bags. 



I woke up early by distant calling of horses and cows. The sun was up and its rays felt good in the chilly weather. We had our palatable breakfast and were ready for journey back to Bhagsu, Manu took us from a different route which normally is used by shepherds and is more happening and adventurous with high risk at every step.  We trekked from Triund to Kharthani (dhar) then to Manna ( dhar) and finally we reached Letta where we stopped for tea break.



Finally we could hear the noise of the waterfall and we realized we were close to Bhagsu some where we were happy that we are back and at the same time we had tears in our tears of joy that finally we made it. Once back in Bhagsu we stopped for lunch at New German Bakery and while waiting for lunch we took off the shoes which got wet while crossing the waterfall from end to another.


Later we went back to Manu's office where we got our first ever certificates for accomplishment of the trek and then we rested for a while in the room next to his office which belongs to him time flew and before I even realised it was time to head back to home so we were ready to catch the bus from Mcleod back to Bhagsu. When on the way to Mcleod I realized how close I came to Manu and felt unhappy that I had to leave this beautiful place once again but more than that I felt gloomy for leaving Manu behind.


I will never ever forget the charm and beauty of Triund and I can second this statement that Triund is truly a travelers delight .Finally we boarded the volvo back to home with teary eyes with a hope and desire to catch up soon.


This trip was all about you Manu thanks for making this trip beautiful and memorable .....watch out this place for our next trek to snow mountain.....shortly

Eye contact...Amazing smile

Like I said in my previous blog brief eye contact it was only 2 seconds and that was it . We both went our own ways totally in different directions not knowing that we would meet soon and our direction and destination will be same. Holidays were over and it was time to go back home and after a day or two I  received a comment on face book " HAPPINESS" which made me smile.


Then we chatted for a while over the messenger and then he ( Manu) asked for my number and he called. We talked for hours together on our first call and didn't felt that it was our first time. He told me that he knew me from last 18 years that We have been coming to Bhagsu but it was unbelievable as i don't remember seeing him ever.   He told me so many stories of the time we had spent in Bhagsu and I felt as if he knew me in and out completely without even meeting him in person. Slowly we started talking everyday trying to know each other better. He told me he has a company called Manu Adventures (www.manuadventures.inin Bhagsu . I was fascinated by the name of adventure, so he told me all about his passion and love for mountains. Everyday he told me new story and slowly and slowly I started falling in love with mountains the more I heard the more eager I became to discover it myself. I was an avid traveler but he (Manu) definitely made me fall in love with adventure and trekking in mountains. So I started planning my first ever trek with him . I had no clue what it would be like and had no expectations at all, I just knew Manu that thru FB and over the calls but it felt like I knew him from ages and I was so confident about him that if he is around I can do anything. So we decided for September to catch up for trekking with my sister and her fren I really wished and wanted that my frens Sugandhi , Poonam could join us but unfortunately being in the same school we all could not take holidays together. So I planned it for September but luckily I happened to go to Dharsamshalla before that in August for some family function at Sugandhi's house and we did go to Bahgsu and got a chance to meet up Manu before September.


                                                                   Sugandhi and Me

 When we met it didn't seem like it was our first time. We talked for hours, laughed enjoyed and then we came back home. Again over the phone we kept discussing our trek to Triund and I kept asking him if I would be able to do it as I have never trekked in my life and trekking 9 km one day was too much on plate but he assured me that all will be fine and smooth. So rest of the days went in just knowing more about Manu and his love for mountains before we met again in September. To know how was my first ever experience as a trekker you got to wait for my next blog....and with some awesome pics of Triund and us.


Tattoo and Eye contact

🙂🙂 Year 2018 once again the summer had taken its toll and we were all excited to go back to our favorite destination Bhagsu in Himchal Pradesh. We were too excited this time as we had promised ourselves that we will do all those things that we always wanted to do... We all ( Sheetal, Poonam and myself) wanted Tattoo for  ourselves so we went looking for tattoo shop in upper bhagsu and left our kids at frens internet cafe. We still were deciding on what to make then we met Bhola the Tattoo man.
We still were not sure if this was the right decision or not and then we were like yes we have to do it and the next minute Bhola was Sterilizing the tattoo machine and then I thought of going in first so I gathered my courage and decided to get Kshatriya inked in hindi. So I sat on the bed  next to him with closed eyes and took a deep drag of what I needed the most at that time and was ready and then I heard some sensation as if ants biting me on my hands and it went on for a minute and then my hands went numb ..so he took his sweet time to do the tattoo and when he was done I was amazed it turned out to be more beautiful then i had thought ... next went Poonam who got P with heart then Sheetal with AS initials and when we were finally done Sheetal's daughter Pihu who was 14 years old said she also wanted to get one for herself... finally we convinced the Tattoo guy Bhola to do it for Pihu.
Back in the rooms we were excited about our very first tattoo's and we partied till late in night. Some how we felt one was not enough so next morning we got up again and after breakfast at German cafe we went to another Tattoo shop in Bhagsu main market where we met Rajeev and he helped us to decide our next tattoo which we got done on our ankle ..I went for weed logo and Poonam got her pretty butterfly. The experience was totally different form the previous one... Rajeev was more professional with high end technology but Bhola was more friendly and cool.
Rest of the days were spent at the water fall and cafe there ...we tried to live every moment we could to our best. It was our last day in Bhagsu and when we were going towards upper Bhagsu I happened to see one of my FB fren just had a brief eye contact with him and we just smiled at each other and that was it ....but that eye contact changed my whole life. Wait to know more...in my next blog
                                                        

Bhola Tattoo shop Upper Bhagsu
                                                                              Himalayan Ink Bhagsu




                 
               Bhola Tattooo Guy @ Upper Bhagsu



                                                             

Poonam, Sheetal and Vaishalee






                                         
                                                                                                               

Home at Bhagsu                                             No name cafe Bhagsu


                                                               Waterfall Bhagsu

                                                                                   




                                                      
                                                                                                        
     



The Dalai Lama Indian Himalayas Trek

Hi again back from my daily routine ..got back to something I love and enjoy sharing with everyone. Like its truly said adventure begins...