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Bali Pass – A Trek For Real Adventurers

Adventures, Treks - Shubham Varshney - June 22, 2019

Bali Pass - A real Trek

What is an adventure? Some say, it is the risk of life and some say, it is that adrenaline rush in the stomach. If you ask me, I would preferably say that an adventure is more like peeping into life without escaping life. On a recent expedition, Bali Pass Trek, I got to understand that. And I have to say that, this whole 7-days journey gave me plenty of ADVENTURE. For the very first time in my life, I got to taste that and now it’s like ‘ab to Khoon mooh lag gaya’.

My journey of this adventure starts with a thought. This May, I have completed two years of my employee-life, so I decided to quit (just the same as other bloggers). And I did that, after giving all four-round thoughts, I took that part and started a career as a FULL-TIME TRAVEL BLOGGER.

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I call myself a traveler, so I have to take that chance of never giving the ‘stability’ or ‘stick-to-the-place’ part, to my life. Being a traveler you should be always thinking about the MORE. Being a traveler you should be always chasing that adrenaline rush. And being a traveler you should be having that curious mind.

So, in order to get into all the above things, I moved out my sail from my comfort zone and sailed it in the direction of the wind. The wind is taking me closer to my dreams. And there I was at the 17,000 (approx.) feet above from the sea, at Bali Pass.

After conquering Nag Tibba at 10,000 feet my legs are just unstoppable. Where usually people say that what is that mean, climbing to the peak of a mountain and descending to the land? For them I have an answer, It’s the best way to keep ourselves focused, stayed, meaningful, fit, and more importantly, motivated. It’s the best way to keep in touch with Mother Nature.

Amarnath Yatra

Then I moved towards much famed, one of the religious treks, Amarnath Yatra at 13000 feet above the sea level. Now, this time I have stretched those number at their best, 17000. Bali Pass Trek is one of those difficult treks of India. Because above 16000 feet, the alpine section gets started. The altitude of 16000 feet or below comes under moderate treks because there the trails are even, easy access to water, and no other dangerous things.

But if you go above it like the treks Bali Pass, Pin Parvati, Goechala, Kanamo, and Everest Base Camp, all these come under the difficult ones. Because all these are above 16000 and it is obvious that the trails there are uneasy, the temperature will be in minus, air will be thin, and in result more changes to get High Altitude sickness.

Above 16000 feet, tree level must be gone, weather can get change anytime in resulting the rain/snow, could be changes of crossing a chilled river or could be a walk over a glacier (like we have done at this Bali Pass). Though I have walked over snow-ed peaks over my visit to Munsiyari, having a glacier walk is none like these small walks.

Before moving on my 7-days Alpine Trek, Bali Pass. Let me clear this first.

What is a Mountain Pass?

Wikipedia Says “A mountain pass is a navigable route through a mountain range or over a ridge. Since many of the world’s mountain ranges have presented formidable barriers to travel, passes have played a key role in trade, war, and both human and animal migration throughout Earth’s history”.

And this Bali Pass is connecting Har Ki Dun Valley to the Yamunotri Valley. We entered from the Har Ki Dun and we came out in the Yamunotri. In the first 4-days, we gained a height of 4950 meters (16240 feet exactly) and then descended to Yamunotri.

Now that Mythical Journey of Bali Pass Begins

I would like to start this trek with a song, the song which I played in the cab while reaching Taluka from Dehradun. “Safar ka hi hoke Safar ka Raha”.

The Trekkers

My journey starts from Agra, on 28th May, I and my treks mates boarded a bus which took us to the Dehradun. The sun was not up, but we all were at Dehradun ISBT (Inter State Bus Terminal). Our pickup was at 7, so we had plenty of time to get over the lag of last night.

At the given time, our trek leader and the founder of Trek and Fly Himalayas, Mountaineer Suman Dey reached and he picked up. And we started marching towards the Sankri village. It took us 8 hours in reaching the Sankri, and we had breakfast in Mussoorie. And Lunch in Nainbagh. After that, we reached Sankri, the trekking Base Camp. Because treks like Har Ki Dun, Kalindikhal trek, Kedarkantha Trek, and many others start from this village.

Reaching Taluka from Dehradun ISBT

Along the way we have chased the Yamuna River, then Supin, then Rupin and at last Tons. The scenic beauty was overwhelmed by the peaks, Bandar Poonch, Kala Naag, and that epic Swargrohini.

A View
Click from a halt

From Dehradun to Sankri, the roads are more like a long serpent. But the thing came in focus after reaching Sankri and that was, we have to change our cab, which will take us to Taluka. From Sankri, Taluka is about 12 kilometers, but the road is really worth cherishable. On my appeal, the cab driver and my trek leader allowed me to sit over the roof of the cab and there I enjoyed my lone time.

Upon reaching Taluka, we pitched our camps, cooked food and took a great sleep to get over all the tiredness.

Day 01: Taluka – Seema

We got up early in the morning and searched for some good places to poop. We packed up everything and after having breakfast we embarked on our journey to the Bali Pass.

On the first day of the trek, we have to cover 14 kilometers on those mountainous roads. On this day, we encountered many trekkers, mountaineers, and tourists, who were trekking to many other valleys and treks but except us no other one to Bali Pass.

After some time we started chasing the Supin River and crossed many mountain streams by walking over many bridges. It took us 9 hours to reach our second camp site at Seema, though it was much time in covering 14 kilometers. But all those hours were worthy for the time being.

The valleys, the mountains, and those pebbled paths, literally provided a good sense of trekking. At some point in times, I glanced at the mountains and done some daydreaming. We talked about some worldly things and reached Seema.

Osla Village
Osla Village – Are you able to see that Heaven?

Just a kilometer before Seema, I have seen a beautiful village named, Osla. This village literally got my back and it seemed like a place in HEAVEN. By this time our phones were just a camera or nothing and we clicked some beautiful photographs.

As it was an alpine trek, so we pitched our camps (two sleeping and one Kitchen) aside the Supin River and cooked food. And we called it a day.

Day 02: Seema – Rainbasera

I have read somewhere that if you want to get into a place’s life then get up early in the morning, pick the camera and get the hell out of your den. So did I. The morning was very chilly, more preferably, I would like to call it freezy. We had breakfast, packed our things and starting moving towards our next camp site at Rainbasera, which something about 7 kilometers from Seema.

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All Set!!!

At this day, we left the civilization and stepped into a new world. The World which is comprises of beautiful streams falling down from the mountains, tall pine trees, and mesmerizing meadows. This was the last day at which we have seen people because for the next 4 days, we haven’t seen a single person till descending to Yamunotri.

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Honestly, our real adventure starts from this day after crossing the Devashu Bugyal. Till this beautiful meadow, everything was easy and amazing but as it is a difficult trek, so the difficulty began after crossing this Bugyal.

Bridge in Between
Bridge in Between

Perhaps, we have crossed many bridges till this second day but at one point, there is a bridge which we have to traverse down in order to move further. And the amazing part of that bridge was, it was made up of three long-TREES, getting the thing? That was the real thrill and to the honesty for the very first time in my life, I felt an adrenaline rush into my veins.

Rainbasera
Rainbasera – The Shelter

With the mountains’ blessings, we crossed it safely and reached our campsite, Rainbasera. A beautiful hut made up of concrete. We did all the processing, from pitching the camps to cooking, there we had Hot-Lunch.

Evening On The Rocks

In the evening, I sat over a huge rock and wrote my diary. The evening was the same as I dreamed off. There flowing, one of the largest tributaries of the Yamuna, Tons River, which was making a pleasant and at the same time fearful sound. At something about 10,000 feet above, we played cards (Lakdi, Kot Piece, and many more games).

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The arena was full-fledged with the great Himalayan peaks, providing us the vistas which we can never be able to forget. We bon-fired and had dinner and we all were advised to get into the sleep early because we were in the territory of wild animals. And no one likes notorious people or late-owls (The Jungle Rules). We called it a day.

Total Walk = 21 kilometers

Day 03 Rainbasera – Ruinsara

The Morning was very chilly, chillier than the earlier ones. At 9’o clock we started our trek from our last camp site, Rainbasera. After having done all the morning processing. We have gained much height, so the tree level started going down. And some patches of Glaciers starting coming into our sight. The trail became more adventurous and dangerous too. Walking on the trails which are beside the Ruinsara River, provided us all the things which we wanted in our lives.

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Morning At Rainbasera

We have chased the Tons River, we have crossed many water streams which are beautifully falling down from the mountains. In between the walk, we have taken some major halts, so that we could settle ourselves in the environment of low oxygen.

Main Thing Of This Day

Around 2 in the afternoon, we reached Ruinsara Tal. A beautiful lake in the lap of nature. After returning from the lake to our campsite, the next phase of adventure started. In order to reach the campsite, we have to cross a bridge, but our bad luck or good luck, the bridge was broken. So, we have to cross that river by foot.

That was the lifetime experience. The fiercely flowing waters of the river were very freezy and it was that freezy, that our legs got numb when we crossed it. But, literally, that was the amazing experience of my life. After that, we reached our campsite and pitched our tents. We arranged some wood for the bonfire so that we could get some warmth.

That whole evening, we spent in watching the clouds moving over the peaks Swargrohini and Bander Poonch. I have also made a timelapse of my glance at Bander Poonch. After that, we had a pleasant stay in our tents.

Total Walk – 27 Kilometers

Day 04 Ruinsara – Odari Base Camp

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We got up early and refreshed ourselves. After that, we did some meditation and stared at that flowing Ruinsara River. We had our breakfast and moved further. Now the tree line started vanishing. We traced a trail and after some time we found ourselves on the icy path. The oxygen level is very low there, so we got trouble in making the path smoothly.

Bander Poonch
Bander Poonch Peak glittering in the morning

Somewhat about 4 kilometers from the Ruinsara Camp Site, we reached Odari. In the mountains, especially in the Himalayas, the caves means Odar, which forms due to the Glaciers. Just after pitching the tents, it started snowing and then we enjoyed it very much. In the evening we melted snow for our drinking purpose, eating purpose and for everything. We halted there and set ourselves for the next big day.

Day 05 Odari – Bali Pass – Lower Dhamini

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Nature Love

With the Lord’s name on our mouth, we started flowing our big day. The Pass Day. Having Swargrohini in the background, we have to trace a path on the glacier. All around the place, there were mountains which were covered in snow only. The sunshine was at its peak, so no worry of the weather. But we have to cross the Bali Pass before 11 AM, due to some mountainous reasons.

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Performing some kind of mountain Yoga

That Glacier Walk was the best walk of my life till now, I enjoyed it very much but at the same time I laughed at my decision (due to High Altitude Sickness).

Camel Ridge - Bali Pass
The Camel Ridge

We have crossed the Camel Ridge and that was a marvelous experience. After some time we were at the top of the Bali Pass, 16875 feet above from the sea level. There I recorded some messages for my loved ones and started descending.

It is the fact that, you can’t get any photograph or video of descending the Bali Pass. Because the descending is much more dangerous from ascending it. That was really a dreadful adventure. We have slide down the icy-mountains, walked in the white-wash and had conversation with the death almost three/four times.

All these were the kids, the main thing came after crossing the Upper Dhamini. There was a rocky mountain, standing at 90 degrees. And we descended it with all the courage left in our body. And then we reached Lower Dhamini our last campsite.

We stayed there, enjoyed our victory and rested there for the night. That was one of the beautiful nights of my life. The whole sky was glittering with the stars, big stars, the fire was giving me all the warmth that I needed. And I praised the Lord’s glory and thanked him for everything. That was the last day of this trek.

The End

Next morning after covering some distance, we all found ourselves in the midst of Civilization again. And we lowered down the valley through the Yamunotri. After that, we took the cab for Dehradun and there we were.

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Munsiyari: The Little Kashmir

Treks, UttaraKhand - Shubham Varshney - March 10, 2019

Munsiyari

It was a bit more colder night, the temperature was around -1 degree Celsius. The clock was sticking quarter past 10 and I was in the Munsiyari. Munsiyari was wholly covered in the snow and that moonshine was making the whole scene unforgettable. It was like the Moon was in the pleasure of making that snow-covered small village, the second Kashmir of India.

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Uttarakhand’s Most Beautiful Part

Munsiyari

Munsiyari is a small village, situated at the base of the great Himalayan ranges, in the district of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Not having more than 10,000 population, Munsiyari is 2200 meters above the sea level. Munsiyari name has a meaning and it is ‘a place with snow’. And believe me, this place is as beautiful as it sounds. Literally, this is the place where I would love to lose myself.

Munsiyari Home Stay
View From The Room

Don’t know how and in which matters, but I must tell you that I have a great connection with the Himalayan ranges. At first, I was studied in a college in Dehradun, a city or interim capital of Uttarakhand. This city was situated peacefully on the foothills of Himalayas, giving a charismatic view of Mussoorie. And nearly a year ago, I had Amarnath Yatra. One of those religious treks in India which are acquiring a greater part of Himalayas.

Charm

And now I recently ended-up exploring Munsiyari. A guy like me, nature lover and adventure enthusiast, this place is like a room full of toys, for a kid. And I literally was feeling very pleased by spending time in that province of Munsiyari.

How to Reach Munsiyari from Delhi

At the very starting of this year, I have read about this place in a blog post and it left me stoned. By the grace of the Lord, I got the chance to visit this place around Independence Day and with all spirit and enthusiasm, I have celebrated it very amazingly.

Munsiyari

I started my journey from Delhi. From there I took a bus to Haldwani, a city in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It took me to 8 hours in reaching Haldwani, and from there I took a cab (pre-booked) that took me to the Munsiyari. The whole journey was of 24 hours approx. 650 kilometers, time which is worth taking, if you want to see the realm of the Himalayan ranges.

You can reach Haldwani from other major cities, but to reach Munsiyari, you have to be in Haldwani (a distance of 300 kilometers). This part of the Uttarakhand known as the Kumaon region. Basically, Uttarakhand is divided into two parts Kumaon and Garhwal regions.

Places to visit in Munsiyari

Like the Rishikesh and Fatehpur Sikri, this small village is also having some handful of places. The places which make a mind more enthusiastic about traveling and living.

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As it said, I have spent this Independence Day in the middle of great Himalayan peaks, Panchachuli Peaks, Hansling, and other Johar Valley Peaks. So I started my day by hosting my country’s flag from the compound of this city.

Dana Dhar Ridge

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As this city was covered in snow from head to toe, I walked 3 kilometers to reach this ridge. From this place, the scenic view that Munsiyari provides is just way beyond beautiful. This just like the Switzerland of our India.

Gori Ganga River

To the extends of Johar Valley, Munsiyari is also blessed with a river, Gori Ganga, source Milam Glacier. This meadow part of this Pithoragarh District is sole capable enough to draw the attention of peace and spiritual lover. At this part, the soul gets directly connected to the mind and provides a great view of the inner self.

Khaliya Top

Munsiyari Way

It is a trek of 8 kilometers, not easy but worth having. And to be honest, I can’t be able to reach this place just because of the excessive amount of snow. A layer of 4 feet, could you believe that? It is said that this year breaks the record of the last 22 years. This 2019 is much colder than the last two decades. Anyways, just because of this place, I have to visit this place again in the future. PROMISE.

Madkot

Wow! Before visiting this place I had only heard about the place which having hot-springs. Yes, this place is having hot-springs. They say that these hot pools are for the tired ones and believe me they have given rest to every single part of my body.

Munsiyari for Adventurous Souls

Munsiyari winter sports destination

The name of this place is reaching at the top level in the winter sports destinations of India. Year by year this place is getting more and more travelers as well as tourists. Munsiyari sounds best for professional skiers, also it is best for the learners. And to my amazement, I have also tried skiing for the very first time in my life.

Trekking Routes

Munsiyari works as the gateway for the trekkers because it is the origin place for many glaciers like Milan, Ralam, Nanda Devi, Nanda Devi Base, and many more.

Milam Glacier

A trek of 60 kilometers starts from this small village of Uttarakhand. Skilled mountaineers take this place in their count and try to get all the best possibilities.

Namik Glacier

The Namik glacier trek is located on Kumaon Himalayas at an altitude of 3,600 meters. It is 40 km from Munsiyari and situated at the villages of Gogina and Namik. The glacier can be reached by trekking from Bala village on Thal-Munsiyari road near Birthi Fall. It is 129 km from Pithoragarh.

Let Me Tell You a Story

It was the evening time and as the said the whole arena was covered in the snow. The sun was just about to go below the horizon and the best part of that time was, the Panchachuli peaks were turned into orange color. And I think watching those snow-capped peaks turning to orange and then it originality was my one of the best moments, that I was stolen from the vibes.

Snow-capped

Everyone in the town was searching for the wooden pieces so that in the night they could give relief from that frozen winds. So did I. With some locals, I went on searching some dry wooden pieces and luckily we found three but they were half wet and half dry.

While returning from the woods, we were carrying lakdi (wood). But people standing nearby, watching us taking them, were continuously staring at us. Like, we were just carrying a ladki (girl). As if we were culprits and just about to make any sin. That moment was one that I will not forget ever.

Best Time to Visit Munsiyari

Summer (March to June)

Munsiyari is very rich in flora and fauna. In this time of the year, this place gets a moderate temperature (suitable for everything). The Sun warm, the cool breeze, and fiercely flowing of Gori Ganga, all these things make this season most awesome.

In this period of time, every trekking route opens up for the Mountaineers and trekkers. This is the time which allows trekkers to reach at the Nanda Devi Base via Munsiyari.

Monsoon (July to September)

This is the time which will tell you that what a meadow is? The lush green mountain peaks and trailing on them could be the time which is suitable best for inner peace.

In this season, various kinds of medicinal plants found. And they are used in making various kinds of medicine like Keeda Ghas, Cannabis, and many others.

Winter (October to February)

To experience India’s best snow-fall, Munsiyari is the picture-perfect place. Also, this is the season which is not good for trekkers but good for skiers. Munsiyari is one of the winter sports destinations.

If you love to watch falling snow or feeling it on the cheeks then this is the place for you and the best time in the winters in the last of January.

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Amarnath Yatra Guide

Guide, My Trip, Treks - Shubham Varshney - December 21, 2018

Amarnath Yatra Guide

This is a full Amarnath Yatra Guide. In this post, I have covered all the pin-points that are useful from the perspective of this most revered pilgrimage. I have tried to cover many questions that are frequently asked by the holy lovers.

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As many of you know that I recently had the privilege of visiting Amarnath Cave at Amarnath Yatra 2018 and shared my experience of this glorious trek as the legend of Amarnath Temple. And after living the every moment of this holy trek, honestly, I am feeling more alive and focused.

Registration Process for Amarnath Yatra

The abode of Lord Shiva or the Amarnath Cave is situated about 13,500 feet above from the sea level in Southern-Kashmir Himalayas. And in today’s day and time, to reach that adoring cave became much easier (not that much easier). Border Security Force and National Security Guards made the task easier. So as the registration process transform itself.

Amarnath Yatra

Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, the caretaker and the whole-sole unity which makes the dream of many come true, has throne many easier ways. Like for the form you can simply go to this Application Form, to know about the submitting that form in the bank branches simple click on this. At the registration branch, Yatri has to submit a correctly filled application form and a Compulsory Health Certificate (CHC).

To apply for Yatra Permit, the applicant-Yatri will submit the following document.

  • Filled-in prescribed Application Form.
  • Prescribed CHC issued on or after the specified date by the medical institution.
  • Four Passport Size photographs and an Identity proof (later on the Yatra).

It is up to us that from which path we want to reach the holy cave. Either from Pahalgam or Baltal. The Pahalgam route is full of heavenly charms but 40 kilometers long and quite easier to trek down. And the Baltal route is of 14 Kilometers but dangerous one because it has very narrow trenches and very steep

Health Guidelines for Piligrimage of Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath Cave Yatra

It is the face that we could suffer from the high altitude sickness if we go above the 8000 feet. And in climbing to the cave, there are more chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Below are the various problems that could be rise on Amarnath Yatra.

  • High Altitude Cerebral Oedema – It is a very serious AMS and it occurs due to the swelling in the brain tissue. It is so dangerous that it can damage the brain. Symptoms of this disease are breathing problem, headache, fatigue, low eyesight, and paralyses.
  • High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema – Due to this problem one might be suffer from failure of respiratory system. And it is due to the amassing of fluid in the lungs. Symptoms are weakness, fatigue, drowsiness, chest tightness, congestion and increased heart rate.

What to do to avoid High Altitude Sickness

  • Provide enough time to your body so that you can save yourself more from the disease. It is highly recommended that first 48 hours of climbing should be slow.
  • Take such much as liquid substance as you can because at high altitude dehydration is a common process. So consume 4 liters of water, juice, watermelon and cucumber.
  • Eat food that contains carbohydrate in bulk because the food that contains carbohydrate helps us in fighting with AMS.
  • Do not take any medicine without the prior consent of Doctor, it may cause fatigue very badly.
  • Mountains are not the place to showcase skills, it is better if you climb mountain but respect them and never try to win it.
  • If you suffer from breathing problem, take a portable small oxygen cylinder that you can carry easily.
  • Please do not consume alcohol or any other liquid that contaminated with caffeine. Please do not smoke, and stay away from sleeping pills.

Amarnath Green Initiative

Amarnath Yatra
  • Use of plastic is strictly prohibited
  • Dump the plastic or any non-biodegradable thing at the proper place.
  • All the necessary measurement have been taken to fight with the garbage.
  • New sewage system has installed by the government.

Dos and Don’ts for a successful Amarnath Yatra

Do’s

  • Before a month of having Amarnath Yatra, start doing a simple workout. Have 4 kilometer walk in a day. It will be better if you do yoga.
  • As the trek covers the steep snow-covered mountains and you have to cover them in that freezing temp. Please take sufficient woolen clothes, rain jacket or poncho, trekking shoes, and a torch.
  • During the trek, you should have these things in your knapsack, enough water bottles, dry fruits, chocolates, and toffees.
  • Please take any of the authentic identity proof or the Yatra slip.
  • Please follow the instruction given by the Shree Amarnath Shrine board and pay attention to the updates which come very frequently.
  • This whole world is the part of the Lord Shiva, the mountains, the earth, and the air he loves them a lot. Please take care of them.

Don’ts

  • Do not stop at points which are under the sign of dangerous, follow the Army person advice.
  • Please Do not try to cover short-cuts or small routes, it may be a mole of the life.
  • Do not litter plastic en-route to Cave, the use of plastic is strictly prohibited and actionable offence.

Frequently Asked Questions (Amarnath Yatra Guide)

How can I go to Amarnath Yatra?

It that’s just simple that you visit to your nearest town. Just make it a will to have a view of the Linga. Fill up the registration form either by going to nearest bank branch of J & K or by online on the website of shrine board.

What is the cost of Amarnath Yatra?

The money you will need is only in the registration, reaching to Pahalgam or Baltal, and from returning to the home. The basic needs will be taken care of well by the Bhandaras. In the total of these, one must have 8000 INR (most probably).

How long is the Amarnath Yatra?

As I have discussed that there are two routes for Cave, one is from Pahalgam and the second is from Baltal. From Pahalgam, pilgrim have to cover 40 kilometers and from Baltal, it is of 14 kilometers.

How long does it take for Amarnath Yatra?

From Pahalgam, the Yatra will be of 5 to 6 days and from Baltal it can be covered in a day only.

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The Legend of Amarnath Temple

Religious, Treks - Shubham Varshney - August 9, 2018

Amarnath Temple

I found myself in the middle of the majestic Himalayan Peaks, some are having a shawl of snow covering their shoulders. It was an unusual day, unusual because that type of day comes once in a blue moon. This is the day on which I had a chance to get closer to Amarnath Temple (cave). The cave where the sole power of the world (for me) incarnate into an ice stalagmite.

The story of the Amarnath Temple is just very amazing and eminent. When I was a kid, my father brought a CD which was on the whole Yatra and had the reason that why this place got so much of reverence.

The Legend of Amarnath Temple

Baltal Valley

The legend has it that Lord Shiva (sole creator and destroyer of this World), lover of silence and meditation, chose this cave to tell his consort (Goddess Parvati) the secret of his immortality. The place got placed in his heart due to its fanatic presence. The place is covered with a sweet tone of silence and in that period of time, nobody could able to reach there.

 

Also, I have also heard that when Lord Shiva was narrating her the Amar (immortal) Katha (Story), she felt under a deep sleep and unwilling a pair of white pigeon, heard the whole story. From thence, they both are immortal and they came into a sight of luckiest one (I am not that one, till now).

The Day starts with its Magical Sprinkles

Baltal Valley

In my last post, Amarnath Yatra 2018, I have experienced my journey towards Baltal and I was all set to depart to feel the glory of that phallus for of my almighty. I was very excited and very keen to get that experience noted down on my life’s pages.

Baltal Market

That night (before the day on which my meeting was fixed with Lord Shiva) was the most peaceful night of my life. Outside our camps in Baltal Base Camp, I was clearly able to see the stars twinkling in a rhythm, making the night more meaningful. And the road which took seekers to the heaven, the road going straight towards Leh, was just up high on a gigantic mountain. As if the night was wanted to tell me that the whole universe was with me.

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It was the morning of 14th of July, for many it was a middle of the night because the clock was clinging to 3 AM. Everyone was getting ready because the Baltal access gates open at 5 in the morning and I was just struggling in assuming that the night which I lived some hour ago really happened in my life. I checked my phone and due to the Airtel postpaid connection, I was easily able to get in touch with loved once.

Ice trek

The temperature of the hall was 11° Celsius and for me, it was like it went under minus because I was filling that everything got frozen. On my phone, there were several missed calls and many messages from my friend. She just wanted to know that Is I am ok, that was her approach after a long period of time. I replied to her with a gentle smile “I am fine and heading towards my dream” and thanked my Lord for his inviting gift. And the thing that really made my day great that she replied at that very moment and we had a deep conversation.

Fourteen Kilometer Route to Amarnath Temple

Amarnath Ghaati

At 5 AM, me with my mates, standing in the queues at Baltal Access Gates. The daylight slowly getting a win over the darkness of the night, the name of the Lord was echoing in the Himalayan hills, Sindh River was flowing at her pace. From Baltal the distance of the cave is 14 kilometer and those who knew that they can’t be able to cover that by foot, took the advantages of ponies and horses.

Heaven

Just after passing the gates I graveled road came into in my sight and I was only able to see the enormous beauty of mountains. Most of the people don’t prefer this Baltal route because it is very steep and much dangerous. The whole fourteen-kilometer trek is a hair pinned dirt road, on one side there is a tall mountain and on another, a deep ditch. And that is for everyone, for ponies, for horses, and for pedestrians.

Sunrise at Amarnath

The whole arena was glittering in the love of that soul power, I was able to listen to the murmuring of wind. The sunlight showed its dance on the hills, as the Sun got up from the horizon. The period was of a very heavy rainfall but the universe conspired against the warrior of light and made my way free from rain. The moment was much like the one I had in Rishikesh and finds out some classic places to visit in Rishikesh.

Possibility to Fall in Love with Nature and Life

Water streams

In the whole trek, I took five halts, which was much necessary for the body. In the middle of the trek, there were many streams of waters flowing down from the mountains peaks. The water of those streams was honestly that powerful enough to cause hypothermia, even at the corners of those streams there were the frozen decks.

Amarnath Temple

That 14-kilometer trek was really my life changing trek. It introduces me to the death and taught me how to get rid of from the fear of death. Also, it strengthens my love and belief in Lord Shiva and took me to closer to him. That was really like a road to heaven. And I have covered it whole by my feet. Though at some points of time, I felt dead on my feet and when I reached under the kind shadow of Amarnath Temple the whole tiresome mixed with the wind and blown away.

road to cave

amarnath yatraThe very dangerous road, the changing climatic conditions, and those terror attacks were just transformed into great stories and they only became the myth for me. In five hours, I covered those 14 kilometers and those 485 steps to get entry into the cave. I have seen Lord Shiva sitting in front of me and smiled at me as if he was just waiting for me. The moment was really very fascinating, glorious, and full of lives.

Amarnath Cave

Shubham Varshney

As I have shared in my post Amarnath Yatra latest news, that this year the largest security belt was given to this annual pilgrimage and the Indian Army, Indian Government, and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) made this pilgrimage safe and peaceful. A big thank to them.

 

 

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