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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The beauty of Rhododendrons

The usual brownish trekking path slowly gets converted into a red coloured path due to the presence of those beautiful mountain flowers, which seems to be welcoming the exhausted trekker into the majestic world of marvelous nature by spreading it’s petals along the visitor’s path. These beloved red coloured himalayan flowers are known as Rhododendrons. They rule the flora kingdom with their variety of colourful relatives. The national flower of Nepal which is ‘Lali Guran’ or ‘Red rhododendrons’; the state flower of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, has earned loads of reputation for it’s medicinal properties, uses in religious purose as well as for it’s capitvating beauty.

Rhododendrons are blessed with over 1000 natural species, including many bushy species and a number of trees that grow to heights of up to 30 meters. But the Himalayas are the home to the largest variety of their species. Of all these species the most renowned one is ‘Rhododendron arboreum’ known as Gurans or Burans in different pahadi languages. The tree is found in Himalayan hills ranging in India, Bhutan and Nepal. It has also flourished in Nilgiri hills of South India. It is also found in mountains of Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar.

Now as in humans one starts to lose physical strength at the peak of age, the colour of these flowers start to fade as one goes to the peak of its homeland, just saying. Continue reading “The beauty of Rhododendrons”

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