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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A Trek to the Origin of Ganges and Beyond

The mission was to trek to the glacier called Gaumukh, a tract of 8km by 24km ice-body, the origin of the holiest of holy rivers Ganges or Ganga, highly revered by Hindu believers over millennia. The final destination of the trek had to be Tapovan, a wide-open meadow at the base of the picturesque Shivaling Peak could only be reached if snaking through the boulders and chunk of icebergs that remained on the surface of the glacier followed by a steep thousand feet climb. At the source, the Ganges named after ancient King Bhagirath, read Gangotri Tales to know the Hindu Mythology involved, as River Bhagirathi and confluences with River Alaknanda at Devprayag to become River Ganga that flows from north of India towards east covering a distance of 2480km to the Bay of Bengal.

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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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Har-ki-Dun Trek

 

‘Sitting on a valley and imagining the Pandavas on the mountain Swargarohini struggling their way to heaven!’- only Har-ki-Dun valley is the most suitable place to sit and picture such myth in mind because one is already mesmerised by the beauty of the valley, river flowing near the campsite and surrounded by mountains all around. It’s like the mountains are spreading their huge arms and welcoming everyone with lots of affection.Sight of Juander glacier and Swargarohini peak is another treat for the eyes and even better if one can climb it or trek to the glacier. If wishing to carry on then good luck as you have high chances of greeting a bear! But that would be a lifetime experience.


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