Thakoor Top #Trekking with @indiaHikes

It is time to write again. But this time it ain’t about fashion or lifestyle but travel – trekking(IndiaHikes) to be specific. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the experience. There were 18 trekkers in total, 1 guide, 1 trek leader, and few other helpers. All the trekkers had a whatsApp group over which we were connected before the trek actually began. This was only the second time The Road was actually being Taken. This route was explore just once before the previous week. It was a A Good Match for first time trekkers as it was somewhere between easy and moderate difficulty. And Against the Odds me and my bro booked this trek to do something different.

We, I and my MAMAji booked our tickets from DCE(Delhi Cant) to Kathgodam. I was really tense about reaching the railway station as I live in Gurgaon and the station is 2 hours away and I had to board it after a hectic day of work, i.e. Friday night. 1 day before the departure, the day I booked my tickets over Tatkal quota, I received a call from a fellow trekker, Mr. Pawan, who happens to work at IRCTC and eventually I learnt that the train also departs through Gurgaon Railway track. What a relief that was.

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So we boarded the train at 8:20pm as it was an hour delayed. Had our early dinner and slept to be ready for our next day. We arrived at Kathgodam early in the morning at 5:30am and met a few more trekkers there who we connected over whatsApp. At about 6:30am we departed from the station towards our first base camp. In the middle we halted at a tea shop from where I got the following beautiful click of the valley and the sunrise.

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We reached the base camp around 8:30am and waited for few more to show up. Others were coming by bus. They had missed the stop so they were taking auto back to Kathgodam. They reached by 9am. We had 2 rooms to ourselves to freshen up and relax. After a heavy breakfast and proper insturctions from our trek leader, Mr. Indrajit we started our trek at 10:15am.

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And that was just the start. There were points where we could actually see our summit and we couldn’t agree that we were actually going to trek that far.

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Look at the summit – Thakoor Top

We had plenty of great click on the way. We crossed many water streams from where we quenched our thirst, heard plenty of birds and saw amazing jungle through which we grazed ahead. We finally reached at the second base camp at 2:30pm and directly moved towards lunch. What’s interesting was that many of us did not read all the instructions in the mail and hence we eneded up not bringing our own plate, spoons and bottles. Post lunch, all of us were tired and ready to go to sleep, but no one was allowed to sleep as it would result in headache. Instead, we had a session on how to un-pitch and pitch a tent and then we had to do the same. We were then allowed to roam around and explore the terrain on our own. We were allocated tents in threes and each tent had 2 balconies to keep our luggage. We were even given sleeping bags to sleep in, which were very cozy.

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I personally did a lot of light painting and star trails after it was dark enough. I even tried clicking the tent but I need a revisit to get better clicks. We had our dinner at 8pm and moved in our tents with the instruction of 5-6-7. Wake up at 5, breakfast at 6 and start trek by 7.

I doubted myself waking up so early, but it was not that difficult. The difficult part was to get outside the tent and bear the cold and chilly breeze. We were so busy with the target that we never saw the sun coming up. We un-pitched our tents by 7 and all 18+2 of us actually made the move at 7:15am along with our packed lunch.

The other helpers were to follow after finishing rest of the work and un-pitching the Kitchen, Dining area and other works. I was really surprised to see that they caught up with us by 9:45am.

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Our Trekking Support

All of us reached the summit around 12 and stayed there for few hours. I went bonkers over the sight of the beautiful Himalayan range, the deep valley and the insanely picturesque landscape. There is no stream on this phase of the journey so make sure you fill enough water at the 2nd base camp.

After a contentful absorption of the surrounding and post our lunch, we started our descent at 1:30pm and reached the end of the trek at 3pm. All of us sat in our Tata Sumo and headed back to the base camp 1 where we all again got fresh, rested for a while, had amazing pahari chicken and then eventually headed back to the our respective mode of transport to reach Delhi/NCR.

See you all on the next trek.

And just in case you would like to visit Thakoor Top, following is the place on google maps.

To see the view from the top and know more – look at the brief video anchored by the Trek Leader Mr. Indrajit.



Responses from the trekkers coming soon.

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Rann Of Kutch Star Trail Photography at 2am

Hi,

So I recently visited Rann Of Kutch, Gujrat. It is in the Western parts of India.

The special thing about Rann is that it is open for tourists only 3 months a year. So I asked everyone working there what they did rest of the year; and there were some very crazy answers – I work as an LIC agent – I work in another hotel which also functions only for 3 months but at a different time of the year – I make pottery in Bhuj and sell them here.

Another crazy fact is that Rann is only 60 km from Pakistan border and hence the BSF security is very tight. So don’t try to cross any lines {talking from live experience}.

Rest Enjoy my star trail captures – It was amazingly pitch dark as I happened to be there in the time of no moon day and hence zero moon light. I along with my cabbie who was super interested in photography, drove 5 km away from my Tent House, so that the lights from the tent does not disturb our photo and I could come up with the following.

There was zero light and hence there were NO Shadows created.

Talking to myself in Solitude and finding a Repurpose to my past.

#MMTLuxuryStays Shimla Travel Photography @makemytrip @blogadda

Hi People,

This is a letter written from my old self. roughly 8 years ago in 2009. When I had a different height, and a different enthusiasm towards life.

My dad has his meeting at Shimla and me and my mom were invited too. Although I couldn’t enjoy with dad during the day as he was busy with his meeting, me and mom explored the hotel we were living in – Oberoi Wildflower Hall Shimla.

Shimla being a beautiful place {at-least it was beautiful back then, now it is too commercialized to call it a hill station} I had jotted plenty of places to explore but dad being unavailable to take us around was a bummer.

So the only option left was the hotel itself. Well I initially thought, what possibly can there be to explore in a hotel. But, since I had nothing better to do, I kept roaming with my digital camera in my hand{I didn’t know I was going to buy a heavy dslr along with a bazooka lens and be so passionate about photography back then}.

So I started exploring slowly and steadily with sadness in my heart. First came the reception area where there were pamphlets kept and I started browsing through – “Situated at 8,250 feet above sea level” is what stuck with me. Then came the activities -nature walks, rafting, cycling or yoga, or relax and rejuvenate with an exclusive spa therapy. I was like where are these things being held at. Went straight to the help desk and queried about stuff unless the person started getting irritated with so many of my questions. I then planned to explore the unexplored territory myself. The help desk guy did tell me about the mountains bikes and the trails within the campus which I can ride on. Although that never happened as the cost of the ride was equal to the cost of the bike . I might as well have bought the bike and taken it back home in the same amount. What else can one expect from a 5 star resort. Anyways .. moving on.

I moved to the dining area to see what were they planning for lunch. I my quest to explore further, I went down the stairs and found plenty of different shaped glasses kept on each table. I inquired the waiter and he said that the area was reserved for wine tasters. Got to know that there is a thing called “wine tasting”. I couldn’t click the tables as the area was “restricted”.

Post lunch we{my mom and I} went the swimming pool and past that was the Jacuzzi. I lied there for quiet a while. The view of Shimla from the Jacuzzi is breathtaking as it is located on the edge of the hill. It a good scary feeling.

Later in the evening my dad joined us for dinner where I ordered a Mexican pizza{no walls build around yet} and an amazing looking dessert, which frankly was just 2 scoops of ice-cream and a wafer in the middle.

Bye,

Thanks  future me for looking back and reading from your past.

I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip

P.S. I will be adding the pics soon, once I find them from my old hard-drives.
Talking to myself in Solitude and finding a Repurpose to my past.
Finally found the pics

The Path of Sight

Why are you cribbing about your life, if you believe in god;
HE must be driving your life correctly.

Why are you cribbing about your life, if you believe in god; 
HE must be driving your life correctly.

Path of so many things are there in the world to enjoy divine peace. It is not the ultimate goal but the necessity of life. Just like food, which you need to survive, peace and love are the basic necessities for a human to be healthy. But all these are transported to heavenly things. For a kid – you need to make him unhappy else he is always happy; but for an adult – you need to make him happy else he is always unhappy. Anything you are deprived of will slowly rise to heaven. Make sure you don’t make yourself incapable of cherishing the basic necessities of life. Stop believing the so called gods/ demi-gods/ sadhus/ pandits. Believe in yourself. If you believe in god, then he must be driving your life correctly. Then why are you cribbing about your life.

#Portfolio #Photoshoot

Portfolio photoshoot with single external flash. Experimented with single external flash and this is what I could generate in an hour what I had.

Experimented with single external flash and this is what I could generate in an hour what I had.New Horizon is in town.

Spirals #Symmetry #Photography

Spiral Symmetry Photography and what goes behind the scenes at vendor’s ends

Behind the scenes … what a vendor goes through every day to make himself feel so Relaxed and comfortable in his Chaotic work environment. I guess he is now accustomed to his Local environment.

I have launched my meetup today for all the Gurgaon/Gurugram bloggers. You are most welcome to join – Gurgaon Modeling/Photography Meetup

The next event is coming up this Sunday.