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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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Feelings for supreme power and things to do in Barsana: Day 1

My Trip, Religious - Shubham Varshney - March 19, 2018

things to do in barsana

“When will happen and how will happen, what should I give the reference?
When you are up then, for what I have to worry.
Every second, every minute, my soul can manifest that
You are here, you are present hither and thither”

These are the lines which are written on a wall in a small town Barsana, near to Mathura and Delhi. It is the village of Radha Rani, the saying-consort of Lord Krishna, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hope you all are acquainted with him, from the Indian Mythologies, he is the preserver of this world and one of the sole powers which are ubiquitous. My sanctimonious part and full reverence to my deities, taken me to this village and right after entering in this town, I heard my inner voice which was like “I have had made the right choice”.

Barsana is a village, near Mathura and somewhat 132 km is the distance from Delhi. This city is situated in the foothills of Aravali hills. There is a saying that on the hill where the Palace of Radha Rani is, is the mountain form taken by Lord Bhramha, the creator of this World. And the anecdote is that Lord Bhramha expresses his desires that he wanted to live in the feet of Radha Rani. Lord Krishna in his notorious age had many girl-friends, but Radha Rani was the one to whom he loved the most. And now they both are worshiped together, as a couple though they are not.

This village quite a well famous not only among Indians but for some foreigners too, as I was able to spot some. The main temple or the Palace of Radha Rani is at top of the hill (called Bhramha Parvat) in the center of the village. There are two ways which can lead you to the sanctum sanctorum where the couple is magnificently present in the form of Idols, one is the steps way and the second one is the upward plain incline way. No matter which way you choose but the thing is, they both worth. Once you will get to stand in front of the Idols and you will start feeling fanatic behavior in you and you will be able to create a deeper relationship with the sole power.

Well, it may sound a little bit surprising that this is the village where one should visit at least for once because hearing the tales from the saints about the superficial power that they had done this thing here and that thing there. Imagining the playings of Lord Krishna at the right front place is the thing which can provide you the real calm. If you had a kind and gentle heart than this place will make you feel the presence of Lord in the air, in the sand, or even in the wells. The air keeps moaning itself “Radhey Radhey” and even the gravel paths keep churning the same “Radhey Radhey”.

They say that the wells (also emptied), once had all medicinal herbs were present in them and the water was as pure as the love which had the power to rejuvenate anyone. There were lots of things which are very beautiful and safely kept by the caretakers, who even had the small connection with the divine form. Digging into more deeper in the tales of Lord Krishna, there were 8 other female-close-friends other than Shree Radha Rani lord have had. With whom they played, they used to tease them, makes fun of them and also loved very much. In today’s time, in Barsana there are 8 temples where all the 8 Gopis resides and the main from the mains is Lalita Devi, sitting on the peak of a hill, the constant companion of the couple.

Things to do in Barsana just to make the most out of your trip:

  • Visit all the eight temples of each gopi (Sakhi), at each temple you will see that how nature’s beauty lie at the feet of supreme power.
  • Climb up all the stairs which led to the Radha Rani temple and others stack of stairs to the Maan Mandir (temple).
  • Try out some snacks at Rangeeli Gali, buy some souvenirs and take back them to your home.
  • Drink sugarcane juice as much as you can, it was just in 10 bucks.
  • Join the sermon chanting at any of the temples and play some instrument if you want and let yourself drift into the state of nirvana.

These are the couple of things which one can do in the lavish village, and in the last, I believe that exploring a whole city cannot be possible, it is more of a journey than a destination. So, here I have had discussed all the things that I have gained from this village and just wanted that have a visit to this village and I bet you, you will have to get used to it.

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