Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Himachal yatra

In our family none of us have seen snow.So,we decided that we will go to the north for a visit & experience snow.I was all for Kashmir but my hubby would hear none of it as he fears for our safety.So,we opted for Himachal Pradesh.But we asked the tour operator umpteen times about being able to see & feel snow in May in Himachal.

Being assured & reassured,we packed & flew to New Delhi.From there,our tour operator took us by bus to Chandigarh after some hassles.In Chandigarh,we halted at night & morning we left for Shimla.Enroute we visited the Pinjore Garden.It is landscaped like the Vrindavan gardens.All of us enthusiastiaclly took lots of snaps.We then restarted for Shimla.We reached in the night dead tired but having enjoyed all the lovely scenic beauty of the mountains & the valleys on the way.The next two days,we visited various places like the Mall road,Kufri,Himalyan zoo.My kid enjoyed the zoo very much looking at a variety of animals who are found in the Himalayas.The weather was just right with a nip in the air.We did some shopping at the Mall road.We also took turns identifying places wherein the film 3 Idiots had been filmed.It drizzled every now & then making us shiver !

The tall pine trees all over the place give shade & seem to stand steady watching us look up to them !One just wishes that we could imbibe some of their features.We then left for Manali.Enroute we stopped at a shawl factory at Kullu.All along the route,we got to see picture post card views ! The green pastures with cattle grazing & local Himachali ladies tending to their fields is just etched in our minds ! No photograph can do justice to those beautiful scenes ! We got some shawls,some woolen jackets,stoles ,etc from the shawl factory store.Actually,the items are very difficult to choose as all are too pretty.But we remembered that buying too many pieces will serve no purpose as we reside in a hot & humid place.Some of the pieces we brought were for gifting.

We reached Manali which was colder & we could feel the winter chill & that too in May .We felt blessed to be in Himachal as we were enjoying winter in May !The next day,we visited Hidimba temple -so ancient & made from wood ! It is carved fantastically & stands shaded amongst tall pine trees.My daughter got herself clicjked twice-once riding  a yak & another carrying a rabbit in her hands ! She was simply too thrilled for words ! We also visited Gayatri Mata mandir where we were pleasantly surprised to see a woman as a priestess ! Himachali women are an empowered lot !


The next day,we were to finally play in snow at Rohtang pass.At last,we were to achieve the purpose of  this journey.We equipped ourselves with all protective gear en route & landed at Rohtang pass.It was bitterly cold.We were barely able to speak or hear.As we tried to walk on the snow,our gum boots would get struck & snow seemed to be getting into our boots.It was getting scary.My kid was afraid & she started yelling that she wanted to return to the hotel.We some how managed to get back into our vehicle which was parked some distance away.We rushed back to the warmth of the hotel.So,this snow was a big dampener !

On the way back to the hotel from Rohtang snow point,we saw some people throwing plastic wrappers & bottles from their vehicles ! All places seem to be dumping grounds for plastic & other kinds of trash.The retail revolution in sachets is making us generate trash in wholesale ! This is a sorry state of affairs.We ought & should not litter around.As tourists,it is our duty to let the beauty of the place shine through .If not,very soon,all will turn into trash cans .

The next day,we left for Chandigarh.We flew back from Chandigarh to our homes as were too tired to travel by bus from Chandigarh to Delhi.

All in all,it was a memorable trip.We  have so many snaps to look up whenever we get nostalgic ! Travelling is a learning experience .It is relaxing as well making us take a break from our monotonous life ! I am sure,this yatra will evoke happy memories for my daughter as she grows up !



11 comments:

octa8on said...

You could be a good travel writer!

SUMI said...

Nice one!
Hey Vasudha, thanks for voting for me. But I think you voted for the wrong submission. I was not able to withdraw my submission, but posted another one, also under the same title 'Tat Twam Asi'- could you please vote for that one...?

Thanks!

Anuradha Khanna Pentapalli said...

Hey that's true. It's always very cold there no matter how much winter gear u wear. But that's the magic!

medha said...

Quite hectic a trip eh?!A few pictures of the place in your blog could enhance our appreciation of the beauty of HP. Could this be done?
What about the cuisine in HP esp for vegetarians ?

Mohan said...

Sadly the thrash retailing has become a status symbol off late in the name of modernization. Haven't experienced the chilling snow bound cold yet in life.. I can only imagine how different life would have been in your trip :)

KettleMaster! said...

wow! That sure was a nice travelogue! Snow is an interesting bait. It lures the ones who have not seen it. But it sends down the chills when we actually face it! Glad that you all enjoyed your trip though.

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shanthala said...

Interesting...reading the article made me feel like I was visiting those places myself!! Harini's excitement is perceptible in the account so passionately told . Glad that you had such a wonderful trip and wish u many more !

abhi thakur said...

http://bharmourview.com/
Bharmour, Himachal Pradesh
Bharmour is beautiful town surrounded by high lush green mountains located at a distance of 62 km from Chamba. Bharmour is often referred as the land of Shiva because of belief that lord Shiva resides at mountain Kailash which is located in this area. Bharmour is popular for its natural beauty, for Chaurasi temples and Manimahesh.
http://bharmourview.com/manimahesh/manimahesh-yatra-by-helicopter-2013
Manimahesh Yatra by Helicopter 2013
Manimahesh Yatra Helicopter service 2013 available from 25th August to 12th september, 2013
Manimahesh Yatra 2013 Chota Snan – 28th August (Janamastami)
Manimahesh Yatra 2013 Bada Snan – 12th September, 10:35 AM (Radhastami)
Every Year Manimahesh Yatra starts on Krishna Janma-asthami and Yatra ends on Radha Asthami

http://bharmourview.com/himachal-tourism
Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is popularly known as the Devbhumi – “Land of the Gods”. Himachal Pradesh is one of most beautiful states in India. There are five major zones that draw the maximum visitor or act as base camps for most of Himachal Pradesh – Shimla, Kullu and Manali, Dalhousie and Chamba, Kangra- Dharamshala-Palampur and Paonta-Nahan.
http://bharmourview.com/hotel-bharmour-view
Hotel Bharmour View
Hotel Bharmour View is located at a very picturesque location near chaurasi temple in Bharmour.
It is at a distance of around 50 meters from old bus stand Bharmour on the way to Chaurasi temple. Hotel Bharmour View offers great accommodation with neat and clean rooms at affordable prices. Hotel Bharmour View is a budget hotel yet has best rooms in Bharmour.
Book your helicopter tickets & Rooms in advance to avoid any botheration during Yatra.
Manali
Manali is a beautiful town in the Kullu Valley. Manali is very popular among tourists in India to nice and cool temperature in summer and snow sports in winter. If you are planning to come to Manali by train then the nearest railway stations are Chandigarh, Ambala Cantt. Junction UMB/ Arrivals at Ambala City/UBC and Chakki Bank Railway Station/ Pathankot Railway Station (train arrival and departure info can be found by clicking on the links). A trendy holiday spot, Manali offers outstanding opportunities in mountaineering, trekking and skiing.
http://bharmourview.com/himachal-tourism/destinations/manali
Dharamshala
Dharamshala is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 17 kms north- east of Kangra town. This hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front.
Dharamshala is also famous for its large Tibetan community centred around the activities of the Dalai Lama.
http://bharmourview.com/himachal-tourism/destinations/dharamshala
Chamba, Himachal Pradesh
A splendid artistic heritage includes fine temple architecture, beautiful miniature paintings and exquisite embroidered Chamba Rumals. Chamba's serene beauty makes it the ideal holiday retreat.
http://bharmourview.com/himachal-tourism/destinations/chamba
Dalhousie
Dalhousie is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota & Balun) the town is named after the 19th century British governor General Lord Dalhousie.
http://bharmourview.com/himachal-tourism/destinations/dalhousie

abhi thakur said...

http://bharmourview.com/
Bharmour, Himachal Pradesh
Bharmour is beautiful town surrounded by high lush green mountains located at a distance of 62 km from Chamba. Bharmour is often referred as the land of Shiva because of belief that lord Shiva resides at mountain Kailash which is located in this area. Bharmour is popular for its natural beauty, for Chaurasi temples and Manimahesh.
http://bharmourview.com/manimahesh/manimahesh-yatra-by-helicopter-2013
Manimahesh Yatra by Helicopter 2013
Manimahesh Yatra Helicopter service 2013 available from 25th August to 12th september, 2013
Manimahesh Yatra 2013 Chota Snan – 28th August (Janamastami)
Manimahesh Yatra 2013 Bada Snan – 12th September, 10:35 AM (Radhastami)
Every Year Manimahesh Yatra starts on Krishna Janma-asthami and Yatra ends on Radha Asthami

http://bharmourview.com/himachal-tourism
Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is popularly known as the Devbhumi – “Land of the Gods”. Himachal Pradesh is one of most beautiful states in India. There are five major zones that draw the maximum visitor or act as base camps for most of Himachal Pradesh – Shimla, Kullu and Manali, Dalhousie and Chamba, Kangra- Dharamshala-Palampur and Paonta-Nahan.
http://bharmourview.com/hotel-bharmour-view
Hotel Bharmour View
Hotel Bharmour View is located at a very picturesque location near chaurasi temple in Bharmour.
It is at a distance of around 50 meters from old bus stand Bharmour on the way to Chaurasi temple. Hotel Bharmour View offers great accommodation with neat and clean rooms at affordable prices. Hotel Bharmour View is a budget hotel yet has best rooms in Bharmour.
Book your helicopter tickets & Rooms in advance to avoid any botheration during Yatra.
Manali
Manali is a beautiful town in the Kullu Valley. Manali is very popular among tourists in India to nice and cool temperature in summer and snow sports in winter. If you are planning to come to Manali by train then the nearest railway stations are Chandigarh, Ambala Cantt. Junction UMB/ Arrivals at Ambala City/UBC and Chakki Bank Railway Station/ Pathankot Railway Station (train arrival and departure info can be found by clicking on the links). A trendy holiday spot, Manali offers outstanding opportunities in mountaineering, trekking and skiing.
http://bharmourview.com/himachal-tourism/destinations/manali
Dharamshala
Dharamshala is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 17 kms north- east of Kangra town. This hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front.
Dharamshala is also famous for its large Tibetan community centred around the activities of the Dalai Lama.
http://bharmourview.com/himachal-tourism/destinations/dharamshala
Chamba, Himachal Pradesh
A splendid artistic heritage includes fine temple architecture, beautiful miniature paintings and exquisite embroidered Chamba Rumals. Chamba's serene beauty makes it the ideal holiday retreat.
http://bharmourview.com/himachal-tourism/destinations/chamba
Dalhousie
Dalhousie is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota & Balun) the town is named after the 19th century British governor General Lord Dalhousie.
http://bharmourview.com/himachal-tourism/destinations/dalhousie

Amit Thakur said...

http://manimahesh.net.in/manimahesh-yatra-2014-helicopter
Manimahesh Yatra 2014 By Helicopter –
Manimahesh Yatra 2014 by Helicopter starting from 16th August to 2nd september
Manimahesh Yatra 2014 Helicopter ticket price :
Bharmour to Gaurikund : 3500 /- per person
http://manimahesh.net.in/
Manimahesh Yatra by Helicopter Price 2014. Cost: Rs. 7000 per person (Both ways), Rs 3500 (One way). Rs. 100/Kg extra if weight of person above 90kg ..

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