10 Travel Photos Of 2015

The year 2015 has been pretty exciting in terms of travel for me. It has been a year of at-least a couple of interesting firsts for me besides visits to places I had never thought I would be visiting any time sooner. I was hoping to squeeze-in one more trip somewhere in the unknown this long weekend before I come-up with this post but sadly, that could not happen, all thanks to the flu that the changing season seems to have brought with it. Having said that, there’s no point brooding over something that did not materialize. Instead, let me share with you some moments from my travels in this year which is only 6 sunsets away from becoming part of history.

borail hills silchar haflong road

Beauty of the Borail Hills

The Borail Hills: Even though I was born and brought-up in Assam (which still is my home) and not far from the Borail Hills, I had never had the opportunity to venture into them and experience them up close, save for once as a child.… continue reading

Hampta Pass Trek

After completing the series about our Hampta Pass Trek I realized that the posts related to the trek are not in sequence. In between, I have related about my other travel as experience as well, like the post I wrote about my first trip to the Himalayas or, the one I wrote when I decided to go on my first solo trip. This made it pretty irritating for someone who wanted to read the posts related to the Hampta pass trek in a sequential way. So, I decided to put all the links here ordered by day in this post which will make it easier to find the related post.

Camp at Chikka - Hampta Pass Trekking

Camp at Chikka – Hampta Pass Trekking

Hampta Pass – A Trek to the Himalayas

Hampta Pass Trek-Day 1, Jobra to Chikka

Hampta Pass Trek-Day 2, Chikka to Balu ka Gera

Hampta Pass Trek-Day 3, Balu ka Gera to Sia Goru

Hampta Pass Trek-Day 4, Sia Goru to Chattru

In Pictures – The Himalayas at night

Naggar and the Castle

Preparation:

How I prepared for my first Himalayan Trek

Packing for your first Himalayan trek

Have you been on a trek in the mighty Himalayas?continue reading

Naggar and the Castle

Looking out from my window seat, I see the chaotic & touristy Manali getting smaller and smaller as the bus slowly crawls down one last bridge before it starts snaking ahead. Tall pine trees on both sides lean-to make sort of a green tunnel around the snaking road. I try to be as comfortable as I can in my cramped seat and settle-down for the hour-long journey ahead. Old Hindi songs blare from the stereo as my co-passengers get busy with whatever seems to interest them. Some talking, some dozing-off while few of them twiddling their mobiles. With every turn, the road seems to become narrower leaving me surprised every time our jovial driver comfortably gives way to an oncoming vehicle without having stop the bus even once.

manali to naggar by road

Apple trees next to the road – Naggar

After close to a week of walking through the beautiful meadows and majestic mountains of Himachal, we had thought of getting yet another feel of the place before we leave. … continue reading

The lake of the Moon – Chandrataal

Our trek to Hampta Pass formally ended with our arrival at Chattru on the fourth day. The day however was not over yet. What was coming up was much more exciting than what the past few hours until Chattru had been. Soon after a quick but to the heart’s content round of Maggi, I found myself inside a Sumo with five other equally excited people from my group. The Chandrataal lake located 14,100 feet ASL is one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing lakes in the region so the excitement on everyone’s face was obvious. More so because, the visit to Chandrataal was not something which had been decided for sure until the final day.

Road to Chandertaal Lake, Hampta Pass Trek

Road to Chandertaal Lake, Hampta Pass Trek

Given the kind of roads (read no roads in the real sense) it all depended on the weather.… continue reading

Hampta Pass Trek-Day 4, Sia Goru to Chattru

Thanks to yesterday’s steep and rocky descents and the bone-chilling winds, my sprained knee had gone from bad to worse by morning. Ruchi’s was just slightly better. I was not able to join the morning-exercise session and restricted myself to doing flexion which did help but the relief was little more than temporary. The fact that it was all down-hill today, save for a few small ascents, should have made me happy after a full day of steep ascent the previous day but with the knees in bad shape the entire situation was upside down. After-all, it is way more difficult to climb down than to walk up if your knee is not in good shape.

trekking team at sia goru hampta pass

All of us at Sia Goru, Hampta Pass Trekking

Okay! Before I move any further let me go back to yesterday for a moment.… continue reading

Hampta Pass Trek-Day 3, Balu ka Gera to Sia Goru

After a satisfying sleep last night I was in no mood to get out of the sleeping bag. I ignored the first couple of Kama’s whistles but then finally dragged my lazy self outside. After-all, today was the toughest day of the trek and missing the morning exercise would have definitely meant trouble in the steep ascent ahead. Not that anyone of us were ‘allowed’ to skip the morning exercise anyway!

Snow-capped peaks as seen from the camp at Balu ka Gera, Hampta Pass Trekking

Snow-capped peaks as seen from the camp at Balu ka Gera, Hampta Pass Trekking

After some jumping, twisting and stretching the team started feeling much more active and after steaming hot cups followed by break-fast, people in the team started getting for the exciting day ahead. If all goes well, today we will be crossing the Hampta Pass!

In the meantime I hiked up to a near-by rock and away from our camping area which because of being surrounded by high mountains on three sides, was not expected to see any sunshine before it was well past day-break.… continue reading

In Pictures – The Himalayas at night

As soon as I stepped out of the home-stay a gust of cold wind hit me right on my face. It was freezing cold outside. I was at a height of 14,400 feet ASL after-all. Within moments I found myself contemplating whether to continue my walk towards the lake or turn back to the warmth of the home-stay behind me. With a confused mind, I looked up towards the heavens for some help and the heavens answered immediately. The sight of a billion twinkling stars above in a cloudless sky overshadowed any half-a-thought of going back inside that I had in my mind.

Tents at night, Chattru Hampta Pass Trekking

Tents at night, Chattru – Spiti Valley

I found myself lost in the beauty of the sky above in no time, totally oblivious to the bone-chilling temperature and the cold gusts of wind hitting me from the front.… continue reading

Hampta Pass Trek-Day 2, Chikka to Balu ka Gera

After sleeping like a dog last night (Hampta Pass Trek-Day 1, Jobra to Chikka), our guide Kama’s morning-whistle woke me up to a beautiful morning. Ruchi however could not have a good enough sleep in the sleeping bag and woke-up with a mild back-pain. Thankfully it was short-lived and all was well after a quick round of bed-tea (read in-tent-tea 😉 ) . I hardly drink tea but this was special. Why?

Okay, imagine this: you are inside your warm sleeping-bags in your tent sitting with a steaming cup of tea, listening to the sound of the roaring river flowing down the valley, to the numerous other streams all around your camp while looking at this majestic view.

View from our tent Balu ka Gera-Hampta Pass Trekking

View from our tent, Chikka – Hampta Pass Trekking

This is exactly what we woke-up to!… continue reading