Uttarakhand

Club Mahindra Property in Cloud 9

I should probably say properties, since there are two. Club Mahindra, Binsar Valley and Binsar Villa.

We started our journey towards Binsar in the morning from Jim Corbett, which was our pit stop for the previous night after a long drive from Delhi. The sumptuous and scrumptious Kababs that we had wolfed down for dinner the previous night were properly digested and duly forgotten.

A view of the hillside town of Binsar

A view of the hillside town of Binsar

Trekking from Govindghat to Ghangaria

Govindghat to Ghangaria – Day 4

You can go through the previous day’s journey here.
So we began our 13 KM hike at around 9:30 AM. 13 KM was not a problem. The first 2 Kilometers is steep and arduous climb. After that….. well, after that you start getting used to it and submit to your fate. 🙂

helicopter to ghangaria @lemonicks.com

Once in a while the chopping of the

How many days to reach Valley of Flowers?

How many days to reach Valley of Flowers?

How many days do you need to do Valley of Flowers trek?

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Beautiful view!

Now that you have seen awesome pictures of the Valley of Flowers and awestruck by its sheer beauty, you have decided to go yourself.

That is the time the big question hits you. And you start asking.

Following are some useful tips but before that, see if your query is one of these below.

Joshimath to Govindghat & Ghangaria

Joshimath to Govindghat & Ghangaria – Day 4
You can go through journeys of earlier days in sequence.
Train journey to Haridwar
Haridwar to Rishikesh and
Rishikesh to Joshimath.

After that grueling, bone breaking bus journey sleep would not come early and when it came, it was difficult to get up early in the morning.
We were told at Joshimath that share-taxis start as early as 6 AM for Govindghat and Badrinath and they are frequent.
We got up as planned, packed and had tea at the only roadside tea cart. It helped us to recover from over groggy state somewhat. We walked to the shared taxi stand that would take us further north and further up.

taxi stand at Joshimath @lemonicks.com

A view from the taxi stand at Joshimath. I hate those electric wires.

On reaching the place we found that

Rishikesh to Joshimath

Rishikesh to Joshimath – Day 3
Below are the accounts of journeys of previous two days.
Day 1 – Train journey to Haridwar and
Day 2 – Haridwar to Rishikesh.

As planned, our day 3 started early reaching the bus stop at 5:30 AM to board the 6 AM bus for Joshimath. We had already booked our tickets the previous evening. Since August end is considered off season, the earlier 4:30 AM bus had been cancelled.

We were told it’d take 10 hours to reach Joshimath. A grueling 10 hours bus journey in a 20 year old private bus on mountainous roads, and me with altitude sickness and diabetes …. We were sure going to have a tough time. Again, the bus was not full and right from the start the crew were stopping at every opportunity to fill up the bus. This wasn’t welcomed by us but we had no choice. Even when all seats had been filled, the crew was taking in standing passengers! This is illegal in the mountain roads of Uttarakhand.

landslide in rudraprayag @lemonicks.com

A very common sight for us.

I had taken an

ConClay in Kanatal -I

When I wrote on my Facebook timeline that I have fallen in love with Uttarakhand, I wasn’t wrong! Three trips in last one year have proven that. Last month I returned from my 3 week trekking trip to Valley of flowers, Hemkunt Sahib, Badrinath et al & now again!
“Are there not many places to visit in India”, I was asked when I told I am going there again.

Yes, there are, but then this time it was an invitation again. I was approached by Club Mahindra if I would like to be a part of the ConClay’s ‘Unconference’ at Kanatal. This is my second invitation from Club Mahindra.

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The Himalayan range.

ConClay is nothing but