Warmth of Sankri

After rolling side by side while sitting in a state bus of Uttarakhand State Transport for almost 9 hrs from Dehradun you find yourself in a small village namely ‘Sankri’; getting down the bus in front of Swargrohini Hotel, passengers are welcomed with cold winds and by shaggy mountain dogs. At first, its hard to find any street lights, the roads are blessed with the light of cluster shops on both sides and not very far, there you can have sights of Pahadi Dhabas where aunties cook delicious food, just homemade simple food 🙂 but delicious.

I stayed there for 2 weeks in the month of December as the primary purpose was the internship program with Indiahikes and of course, I was excited for the ‘Kedarkantha trek’ for which Sankri was the base camp. It was also the base camp for Harkidun trek which I had already done before, so this was the second time I was visiting this place to gain new experiences of life.

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Malana Village and Drug Tourism

No, you are not at all welcome. Except for the Malana Village- others miles away from each other- the villages equal to each other represents nothing. Whereas, unlike other villagers, Malana folks do not encourage tourism, forget cordial greetings. Now, its human nature that whenever you are restricted to do something one is more prone to do exactly the same for a latent pleasure. Same happens with Malana too. As there lies no existence of hot-spring, nor even any riverfront, alleys are mean if not filthy that deters all but unwanted guests, Malana was never huge or reputed as a tourist spot on the state map, rather a small unknown society that comprises of few huts and few fine houses that are well, two or three storied without painted walls, temples invalid especially for outsiders. Moreover, one’s future completely depends on the well capable hands of the villagers if he/ she feels abased in the bazaar by inviting ados. The indigenous people of Malana are sensible, their concept of civilization barely matches ours, on a gladsome note they are subjected to different regulations conducted by their bicameral parliamentary body completely segregated from Indian constitution. Now when someone with queer feeling deep inside treks crossing the green semi-oval ‘Way to Malana village’ written iron gate that leads the ascending trail or treks downhill from Chanderkhani or Deotibba passes to Malana, keeps in mind that although its nothing hideous, it shares nothing with other hamlets except the overarching sky.

#Then-whats-so-special-about-Malana-?

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Story of a hidden Village ‘Osla’

Want to know where would you find world’s best network with the strongest connectivity ever? Yes! as you are reading this article your guess is absolutely right, it’s in the mountains 🙂 In this head-down era, there is place where people are most concerned about the network signals inside their hearts, of which we are seldom bothered in our busy lives. So, I’m going to take you to a place where people still stand outside the BSNL STD booth maintaining a queue to make a call, as they have mobile phones but no signals; where festival of flowers is celebrated; where they worship the villian Duryodhana of great Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’. AND those people have mastered the art of appreciating the beauty of life very nicely!.

Ever got stuck while pitching a tent ?, Well, I was lucky to have the ‘opportunity’ in  Har-ki-Dun trek while passing by Osla Village, the last known human settlement on the way of the trek, in Mori Teshil of Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand.

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Gangotri Tales

The small hill station Gangotri comprises the holy Temple Gangotri, the highest temple of Goddess Ganga, is one of the ‘Chhota Char Dham’/ ( four adores) highly revered by Hindu pilgrims, is set in the middle of rugged Himalayas of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, India. The circuit of Chhota Char Dham is completed by other three pious destinations located in the vicinity, namely Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath which is again among the four Vaishnavite Pilgrimage popularly known as original ‘Char Dham’ ascertained by Adi Shankaracharya. Badrinath being a sacred abode, in the northern region, rest three pilgrimage destinations i.e. Puri, Dwarka and Rameswaram are in east, west and south of the subcontinent respectively. It is believed among Hindus that they should visit these sacred places at least once in the lifetime as inviolable places as these hold the power that sanctifies one by cleaning all sins hitherto performed after birth.

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Mythology Airing across Parvati Valley

Parvati Valley enthralls visitors for their various objectives over and over again. A large section of visitors are adventure enthusiasts, trekkers and photographers; next hold allure for world famous Marijuana, popularly known as Malana Cream, and psytrance-music for the vicinity known as Rave Party Capital of North India; and pilgrims, few of them also visit for their spiritual interest and upliftment as it retains perfectly the serenity and astonishing natural glamour. Now, its interesting that no matter how diverse their motive principle remains all of them possesses an inclination towards the gripping Hindu Mythology that bestow the landscape and gossips about those with interpretations of their own that many a times lack authenticity. But hey, its not history  as if incidents involving real characters of blood and flesh took place, so distortion is fine; but yes, Mythology that involves supernatural being, and one could freely come up with new point of view and analysis, even if its history for that matter.

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