Posts Tagged ‘ Mountains ’

And Then It Snowed

I’ve been on a trip with 3 of my friends last month to the scenic Parvati Valley, have already uploaded few snapshots in one of my earlier posts, and now sharing a small clip from the trip.

On 11 Mar 2017, we went to Tosh and as soon as we reached there, snowfall has started. Tosh is 1-2 miles ahead of Barshaini, and Barshaini is a starting point for one of the famous trek in his area, that is Kheerganga Trek. Our plan was to stay at Kalga, it’s a village near Barshaini, and then to cover the Kheerganga trek next day, but due to heavy snowfall we had to cancel our plan, and had to returned from there without trekking to Kheerganga, back to Manikaran.

If you love to be in the mountains and nature, this could be one of the best places for you to explore.

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Snapshot from my Travels

Location: Mandi

Mesmerising view of the mountains in Mandi, Himachal.

 

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Leh (Ladakh) – Snapshot from my Travels # Part 6

Leh (Ladakh) is one of the most spectacular places one can visit, the place with its wonderful scenic beauty and beautiful monasteries, at an altitude of 3524 metres. If you are adventure lover and love to travel in the hills then it cannot get better anywhere other than this place on earth. It’s a cold desert, you will see less of green, but this is atoned by the beautiful valleys, mountains, different landscape and the hue, color of the place changes with the weather and time of the day; from Kashmir to Leh you get to see all different colors of nature and it’s just beyond expressing in words.

Here’s some more snapshots from my recent travels, images captured in Leh (Ladakh):

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Leh – One of the most amazingly beautiful place I’ve seen, the Leh district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir

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Leh – The view from the top – 1

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Leh – The view from the top – 2

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The Shanti Stupa – It’s a Buddhist monument, situated on a hilltop and gives a spectacular view of the city, visit this at evening to have a look at the most beautiful sunset you’d have ever seen.

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Leh Palace – It is a former royal palace overlooking the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh, the palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century.

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The view of Leh Town from the Leh Palace

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Meditation Hall and The Buddha Temple near Shanti Stupa

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Sonamarg (Kashmir) – Snapshot from my Travels #Part 2

Sonamarg which means ‘meadow of gold’ is a hill station situated at an altitude of 2800m in Ganderbal district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, and from here Zoji La Pass is around 24 Km ahead which is one of the highest passes for road transport. It’s a beautiful place where you find yourself amidst snow clad mountains, enchanting natural beauty, greenery and glaciers, the beauty is just ethereal. The moment I reached Sonamarg, I was swept away by the view, though I had no time to stroll around the place but still tried to capture few snapshots of this beautiful place.

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Location: Few miles from Sonamarg Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

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Location: Sonamarg

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Location: Sonamarg

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Location: Sonamarg

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Location: Sonamarg

For all those adventure loving people who wish to enjoy camping at a hill station, it’s one of the ideal destinations. Situated at a distance of 80 KM from Srinagar, on the Srinagar-Ladakh road, the drive to this place is through the Sindh Valley which presents spectacular facet of countryside in Kashmir.

Incredible Kinnaur – Meet the Mountains

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Location: Pooh, Kinnaur Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

Few days back I’ve been to this place called Kinnaur. It has spellbinding scenery with tall mountains which seems like touching the sky with their snow clad peaks shrouded with clouds; the view at every turn had just given me goose bumps. It wouldn’t be false, if someone would say it’s a world within a world, and after spending a week there, I can’t spot myself from writing few words about this place, so here you go:

Kinnaur Reckong Peo13Kinnaur, it consists of very high mountains, deep valleys or gorges, glaciers and rivers; it’s one of the districts of Himachal – India. This tremendously beautiful district have three high mountains ranges: the Zanskar range – present along the northeast and its crest forms the eastern international border of Kinnaur with Tibet, the main Great Himalayan range – runs from northwest to south, and the Dhauladhar range – forms the southern boundary of Kinnaur, merging with the main Himalayan range in southeastern Kinnaur. The highest peaks in Kinnaur are Leo Pargial (6816 meters) and Manirang (6,593 meters). The Kinnaur area of Himachal has been opened to Indian and Foreign tourists since after 1989. While going via Shimla and Rampur – Kalpa, Reckong Peo and Sangla Valley can be visited by Indians and Foreigners without any restrictions. To travel beyond Jangi in Kinnaur to Kaza in Spiti one requires an inner line permit for foreign nationals.

Kinnaur Reckong Peo14It’s a land of fairy tales and fantasies, has a spectacular terrain of lush green valley, orchards, vineyards, snow clad peaks and cold desert mountains. The apples, chilgoza, apricots, pears, grapes, pine nuts and other dry fruits are grown here are world famous, specially the apples, the taste cannot be replicated anywhere else. And about locals, despite bearing deadly winter and living life in tough terrain, you will always find them smiling and content.

Kinnaur Reckong Peo7There are lots of places to visit in Kinnaur, especially for the people who are into trekking, hiking, camping, biking, adventure sports and love to be in the nature. You can find bikers on your way in Kinnaur packed up with camping stuff, and the beautiful trekking route includes the ‘Kinner Kailash’ mountain. The high terrain here provides way to great adventure sports of all kinds, and so for all the adventure lovers, Kinnaur is the place to come at least once despite regarded as one of the most dangerous and toughest roads in the world, the thrill and the fun is just out of the world experience. The landscape is so beautiful, after every few miles there’s a different landscape and some parts being like the moon land, and you would feel like being in a different world.

Kinnaur Reckong Peo10There is a beautiful Nako lake, a beautiful place called Kalpa famous for its apple and chilgoza plantations, which are found only in Iran and Turkey besides here, another place called Banjara which lead you into the time zone untouched by man and time, then Sangla Valley surrounded by snow-clad peaks and beside the gurgling Baspa river, then Batseri village across the banks, which boasts of a beautiful Devta temple made of wood, and then three famous wild life sanctuaries which you won’t find anywhere else in the world as they are unique for their high altitude and the animals they protect, and then the untouched places like Chitkul, Bhaba Valley, Hangrang Valley, Moorang, Pooh, Kaza, etc.

Kinnaur Reckong Peo9I spent my 3 days in Reckong Peo and 2 days in Pooh and all through this place, the view is simply amazing, one side of the road is occupied with a deep gorge made by the river and other side is surrounded by hilly slopes, mountain peaks cover with snow and shrouded by clouds. Whenever you pass through a narrow section of road, the view of Satluj River below can shiver your bones with thrill and excitement.

Kinnaur Reckong Peo4The untouched mountains, unaltered part of this world and the mystical valleys offer solace and comfort, to every weary traveler. Snow covered mountain peaks, apples hanging on the tree branches, sudden waterfalls, hairpin turns and zig-zag roads will be your best friends while traveling in this part of the world. If anyone is looking for place which gives them calmness in their own way, place where tranquility is at its zenith and the place where landscapes and atmosphere becomes your best soother, then Kinnaur is one of the places you need to visit. The journey to Kinnaur will take you into some of the most beautiful places most of us have only heard but never seen; a journey into one of the most beautiful valleys in the country and probably the world.

Here’s few more pictures, though not clicked perfectly but still sharing with you all, and in Kinnaur there are places far more scenic and exhilarating than these images which I tried to capture during my stay in this beautiful place.

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Apple Orchard

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Note: Roads are tough and dangerous in Kinnaur, also featured on History Channel in one of their reality shows, and climate is also a challenge there but despite of all this it’s a must visit place at least once.

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Kinnaur – Meeting the Mountains

Here’s pictures from my recent travel to the beautiful place called Kinnaur.

Location: Pooh, Kinnuar

Location: Pooh, Kinnaur                                               Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

Location: Reckong Peo

Location: Reckong Peo, Kinnaur                                       Image Credit: Vikas Sharma

Will come up with few more pictures in next post.

Have a good day ~ Vikas Sharma

Clouds and Rain

Right now at this moment, it is cloudy with intermittent rain here at my place in Chandigarh, weather has been cloudy and rainy since last few days. I’m putting up here in Chandigarh since last three years and it usually didn’t rain at this time of the year but then we can’t be sure about the nature. I’ll be leaving for Kullu tomorrow as of my some official work there. It’s a beautiful place with so much bestowed natural beauty with its beautiful snow clad mountains and more. I’ll share pictures if I get a chance to click some during my visit. That’s the update from my side for now, but wait I would like to share with you all a thought or just one of my opinion, that is:

Awareness is powerful, and when you become aware of your fear, weakness and pain or simply when you overcome them then it turns you into a more stronger person as knowing or overcoming your fear, weakness and pain will certainly make it more difficult to other people to turn them against you.

Keep Rocking ~ Vikas Sharma

Conquering Yourself

When you tread on the paths in the mountains, when you walk in the woods ingrained with silence, when you gaze to the mountains covered with snow, when you are in between the trees, trees standing tall with pride as if they owns the mountain, mountain in which their roots cuddle the soil, when you sit by near a calm waterfall under a moon light, when you listen to the proud roar of river flowing in the valley then it will generate some precious thoughts in your head, just try to watch inside yourself. Traveling in the mountains is one of those things where it’s between you and the mountains. There will be no one to cheer you up to climb it, it has nothing to do with the fame and the name and it’s not about running from the things. It’s about conquering yourself.

Have a Good Day/Night Friends ~ Vikas Sharma

A Journey into the Wild!

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These are the few pictures from my recent journey into the serenity of nature. It’s just full of amazement and wonder to explore the places about which we don’t know much till we explored it by our self. I love to tread on the paths which are unknown, which are hidden as the path seems leafy to the eyes.

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There’s an inexplicable pleasure in spending a moments in the places where you feel your interconnection with the nature. There’s an inexplicable pleasure when one have his favorite music in his ears, and watching the sun going behind the beautiful mountains at the time of sunset. Yes! There’s an inexplicable pleasure in siting on the mountains which are surrounded by the snow clad mountains, and just doing the one thing and that is… feeling the fresh wilds on the face.

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There’s a magical music in the valley generated by the stream of water flowing down from the hills. As more and more I walk beside this stream, the more I feel the peace within my mind.

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Let The Stream Flow, Let The River Flow, Let The Music Flow….. were the words in my mind at that moment.

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My every visit or journey into the wilderness of nature gifts me with some better or new perspectives. It helps me to clear my thoughts, my mind. This part of the world… Yes! This part of world has something which strengthens me from inside.

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A camp over the hills, blue sky above the head, snow clad mountains all around, and a lot to explore… Yes! There is a lot to explore!!

Well! These are the few pictures from my recent journey into the wild with some of my friends. All the pictures are taken by me, and these all places are in Kullu Valley.

In the end, I would like to write few words of Cheryl Strayed:

“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B.
It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”

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Over The Hills And Far Away!

Just imagine how it feels to be on the mountains and breathing cool healthy fresh air and all you can feel is the peaceful environment all around you.

At your farthest sight all you can see is mountains covered with dense Pine and Deodar forests, snow-clad mountain ranges visible at some distance, numerous streams all over the places, attractive peaceful surroundings, clouds floating over the hills and the feel of cool gentle breeze on your face.

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This is clicked in Palampur

It’s just wonderful to spend some time in a town full of life and yet peaceful, isn’t it? haha! I always feel there is something in this part of the world which can’t be explained in the words, something which can’t be expressed with the word, something which one can only feel if they spend some time in such relaxing  and refreshing places.