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Long Drives – In the Hills and Snow

Last week, 2 of my friends and I planned a 3 days trip to Kasauli, Chail and Kufri. We started with Kasauli and then went to Kufri and then to Chail and then back to Chandigarh. I’m into traveling and I never get tired of it. I keep on traveling, it could be due to my work reasons or it could be my own planned trips. Here I’m sharing few glimpses with you all from my recent trip to the hills of Himachal.

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This place is called Kasauli, a small and beautiful hill station, around 60 Km from Chandigarh. We stayed there for a night before heading ahead. The view is clicked from the Hotel’s balcony where I stayed.

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From Kasauli, we headed to Kufri, there was snow all over the way, and it is always risky to drive under such circumstances. So I decided to park my car at a safe place, and then we all walked few Km up to Kufri to enjoy this scenic place and nature’s paradise.

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So after walking few KMs, we reached Kufri, and the view in Kufri was amazing with snow all over  the place. It had fresh snowfall just an hour back when we reached there.

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Here, it’s me with a friend 🙂

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Pine trees covered with fresh snowfall in Kufri.

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This is Chail, a peaceful, less explored and beautiful hill station, I loved this scenic view all over the way while I was driving there.

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We stayed in Chail for a night and then started driving back to Home in the morning. It is always good to spend some quality time in the serenity of nature.

Have a good day all ~ Vikas Sharma

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Zoji La and Entrance to Ladakh – Snapshot from my Travels #Part 3

24 Kms(around 15 miles) from Sonamarg and you would be on the world’s most treacherous mountain pass ‘Zoji La’ which is located on the Srinagar-Leh Indian National Highway 1D in the western section of the Himalayas mountain range. The Zoji La connects Kashmir with the district of Ladakh of Indian State – Jammu & Kashmir, the place is such a unique combination of nature’s beauty and its destructive strength, the place has breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains and one has to experience it to know how it feels to be there, and for me it is such an awesome experience to be there. The snow all over the huge mountains, the frozen river, the carved out snow to make roads, everything about this place is just beautiful and beyond words. The taxi in which I was traveling was going in between ice walls on two sides of a narrow road. For me, it indeed has been one of the most amazing trips till date.

Sharing some snapshots from my travels to this amazingly beautiful place:

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Location: Few miles ahead Zoji La, starting of Ladakh

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Location: Somewhere around Zoji La

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Location: Somewhere around Zoji La

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Location: Somewhere around Zoji La

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Location: Somewhere around Zoji La

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Location: Zoji La (Kashmir)

PS: I’m not a photographer and just used my phone to capture the beauty of this place.

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.

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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Snow Valley, Solang Valley, Manali, Himachal Pradesh India.

Well! What to say about this picture. It’s just a majestic one. Huge pine trees on snow covered hills. Mist and clouds are floating over the hills. It’s just an amazing view which I have seen through my eyes 🙂 Location: Kullu Valley(Himachal Pradesh, India)

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