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Mahabaleshwar: Mumbai Neighborhood in Monsoon

Mahabaleshwar: Mumbai Neighborhood in Monsoon

The heat and humidity of the worst bit of summer have started getting to us, making all of us here eagerly await the onset of monsoon. Even a little downpour would alleviate the scorching days and nights. In another 3 or 4 weeks, the hills of the Western Ghats would get its annual ablution and followed by a new clothing of green.

mahabaleshwar

Then will emerge my

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

ConClay in Kanatal -II

Contd from Part I here… ..
Day2
This was the day for our Unconference. It started at 10 AM and went till evening. The discussions and knowledge sharing was quite satisfying for all of us. Each one of us bringing a fresh dish on his/her platter. I won’t go into the details in this post as to who presented what, some other participants have written about it. I’ll share all the links at the end and write about it separately. Again we could not go anywhere so settled down for Antakshari around a bonfire.

kanatal resort @lemonicks.com/

Manish posing next to ConClay banner.

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.

kanatal @lemonicks.com/

The Himalayan range.

ConClay is nothing but

Impromptu shower in Himalayan danger zone

Have you ever bathed in front of 100s of people with full clothes on? No, I am not talking about taking a dip in any pilgrimage site or any sacred river, but in a dangerous rock falling zone aka Himalayan danger zone where every single person present there prayed for safe journey!

It happened to us during our recent Trip to Uttarakhand. We had completed our Treks to Valley of Flowers and Hemkunt and now wanted to visit Badrinath.

landslide badrinath Himalayan danger zone @lemonicks.com

Do you see one wheel of the bus hanging? It was that dangerous to drive.

This was a Monsoon period

I am back from Valley of flowers and more

You must be wondering what I am upto these days!

Well, I am back from my trekking trip to the valley of flowers, Hemkunt Sahib and more. And I tell you, trekking nearly 60 kilometers in all, half of which was uphill is no joke for a city dweller like me !
I also went to Badrinath and walked up to the last tea shop in last village on Indian side before descending to Rishikesh, Dehradun et al.
The time was not perfect for the entire trip as it was raining heavily and we faced a number of landslides on every single leg of our journey which made the job tough. If we faced only 4 landslides on a stretch while going up, the fate had more in store for us while coming down the same stretch.

valley of flowers @lemonicks.com

What colors!

But our main attraction was

The Western Ghats Graduates

With a certain pride we can now say that Western Ghats have joined the ranks many similar regions of natural beauty.

On July 1st, the world body UNESCO, conferred upon it the title of World Heritage.
What does it mean? On a lighter vein, it means, now we can approach World Heritage Fund for money for protection and upkeep of this region. 🙂

The Western Ghats or the Sahyadri as it is called in certain parts of India, is 1600 KM long mountain range Starting from Gujarat, passing thru Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu , Kerala before ending at Kanyakumari (the souther most point of India), along the western side of India. The 16 million hectare Ghats are said to be older than the Himalayas!

satara kaas plateau @lemonicks.com

Kaas Plateau, Satara.

There are several

Positive vibes of Rudraprayag

Positive vibes of Rudraprayag
Rudraprayag is a small pilgrim town in Uttrakhand and one can not call it a touristy place. Hence it is not on the map of vacation lists of most people.
But that doesn’t mean it is an unpopular place.

Just as the town is on the holy confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini, it is also at the conjunction of roads leading to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham. Almost all the people going to these shrines stop here for a change of bus or to have lunch en route their journey.
rudraprayag temple @lemonicks.com

The confluence of rivers Mandakini & Alaknanda

However, I think