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Trip to Kanatal July 5, 2007

Posted by Sabs in Multifarious.
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Our office group of about 27 people went on an outing, last weekend. The place chosen was – KANATAL, a quaint little hamlet in Uttarakhand state, located just 300 kilometers, or 6-7 hours journey by road from Delhi is perched at an altitude of over 8,500 feet. Kanatal offers a spectacular view of the snow-clad Garhwal Himalayas and lush green
forests. Kanatal offer a welcome respite from the heat and dust-laden environs of crowded cities and towns in the plains. Occupying prime location on the Chamba Mussoorie highway, the high point of the year at Kanatal occurs between December and February, when over 50 inches of powder snow carpets its areas, creating a spectacular Cottonwood Canyon and transforms the landscape into a ravishing white wonderland.
In contrast to most well-known hill stations in Northern India that are waging a losing battle against overcrowding, urbanization, pollution and commercialization, Kanatal offers a serene experience in the lap of nature. Kanatal is an idea whose time has come. Discerning tourists seeking a communion with nature untouched, untamed and unspoilt can enjoy many pleasant surprises waiting to be discovered in Kanatal(intro of kanatal,as copied from the net).

Bunch of trekkers

We left delhi in a 27 seater bus at around 11:30, our ride in bus was indeed joyful, with everyone indulging in their favourite activities, like I indulge in my favourite activity of sleeping and others in drinking, smoking, laughing, singing etc. We entered haridwar at
around 4:30 in morning and from there onwards i was not able to resist myself from praising the scenic beauty of haridwar and chamba. When going on long routes on mountains like manali, i do sometimes suffer from motion sickness, but this time, it was altogether absent.Big Mountains and narrow roads have always carried a feeling of mystery in them and heights had always attracted me, infact i always feel like jumping in it whenever i am on great heights (phew). The calmness and greenery always leave an impression on my heart, that takes days for me to come over it. If feels like that if i would be alone, i will just wander around singing songs and smiling. I just love that. I am a loner and i usually talk to myself and mountains provide me a perfect environment to indulge in that.

Well, coming back on our trip, so we finally reached our destination (whispering pines) at about 9:45 in the morning. The tents were a real delight to eyes. They were colourful with neatly perched amidst the tall trees and the mountains (ahem). Everyone was allocated their respective tents. Few names given to tents i remember were Nanda Devi, Bandar pooch, kedar etc. Everyone then got busy in getting ready for a trip of rapling after having breakfast. Bathing was an ordeal there. I fooled everyone by getting inside the bathroom and coming back after wiping my face and hands with a wet towel. 🙂 Let me be very clear, my intention was that of taking a bath, but the chilled water just ruin my moral. Breakfast was indeed nice. Then it was time for us to go for rapling. We board our bus and woooooooosh we were at our rapling site. The best moment was that, when our driver tried to make a U turn with all of us in the bus. Everyone got scared and i just missed the golden chance of have a closer look of mountains by hanging from the bus (phew). Anyways, I really didn’t know what rapling was all about, till i saw a small mountain and were told that we have to place a belt around our back and have to walk over the straight mountain. WOW, what a fun. As per me, the walk on the mountain was not that scary that i assumed it to be. Anways, for all of us 27 people to finish the rapling, it took about 5 hours and we all started feeling damn hungry. Sorry i forgot to mention, during our rapling session we had a chance to found out who all are real “phattu’s” and who all are real “dare devils”. Great going girls, hip hip hurray. Well after having our lunch after lot of coaxing (really a lot) everyone agreed to go on trekking. As chavvi told me trekking was good and exciting but i was not able to go there 😦 . We again were back in the camps at about 10 or so, and after having our dinner, it was time to do some dhinga-masti. Bhaskar was given a double dose of bumps as it was his -th (bhaskar please fill it up) birthday. There were even gifts for everyone and i am sure everybody enjoyed it.

The kanatal was at its best in night. As you look a little closer, you get an amazing bird’s eye view of the mountains. As you head closer to the mountains, the hike begins to resemble a walk in the clouds. A layer of low-lying clouds had engulfed the area in night. This made it a most surreal place to look forward to.

Next day, it was time for us to move back to Noida. We boarded the bus at about 9:30 in the morning and reached noida at about 9:30 at night. Indeed a marvellous trip !!

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