I am delighted to start my 1st log on DOW.
I have two logs pending to be shared on DOW. I will start with the latest one for most of the pics from previous one, I have already shared on FB.
Infection of travelling is very bad at times as it creates feuds in the family members . However, a true traveler always conquers such hurdles .
What was the cause to invoke the infection this time? 1. Unused holidays staring at me from the system to be consumed 2. A pilgrimage trip at New Year (which is not bad). But for me, trip to Himalayas, even for two days, is a pilgrimage trip and it does satiate my infection. So I told my wife that I need to visit a new place and obviously it should be Himalayas only. Many places were put on table to be agreed upon like :- Palampur, Manali, Auli, J&K, Nainital. But due to one or the other reason they were all discarded.
Finally, it was Rajgarh in Sirmour district. I personally believe, it is still a less explored area which I believed only when I was reading about it and went there. At times we miss the beauty which is near to us and we go far away to look for it. Of course every place has its own beauty.
So, coming back to the trip, there were not many options to stay but 1 good resort owned and managed by an ex-army men. He lives in Gurgaon only. I negotiated prices with him for a Hut and booked cab for the trip. We planned to leave on 25th Dec morning at 4am. But this time and for the first time I missed to meet the deadline because I did not have mobile near to me and we left at around 6:30am. In half-n-hr by 7am we were at the flyover loop road going towards border. As per google map the distance to resort from Noida is of 6hrs but in reality we reached there in 10hrs.
The first stop was at Oasis for Tea and B’fast, however the Tea there was not as good as our tongue was craving for, so we moved on and stopped at a Dhabha beyond Ambala. Driver had his B’fast there and we had our Tea. We had our sandwiches in the car only. It was obviously cold there not to mention. After we were done with morning Tea and B’fast we did not stopped upto Kumarhatti before Solan. We took right turn from Kumarhatti and took road going towards Onchaghat. The road is in bad condition let me tell you. Albeit, it is a MDR but still in bad shape. There are no potholes but it is under construction state and gave us a bumpy ride. Some patches are smooth as the road is Tarmac. We kept on moving and stopped at a village for the lunch as it was already 1pm, also the kiddo was hungry.
We had paronthas which were droolicious and I could not resist having them with butter . Locals were very decent which I really wanted to see. After sumptuous lunch we moved on looking at watch as to how much more time it will take to reach resort. I just kept looking at the mountains during that bumpy ride and started imagining that how much we human beings take from nature and give so much less in return. All the mountains are going bald. At some of the mountains there are barely any trees and some have patches of trees. How do we expect nature to give us everything all the time? Isn’t it our duty to save nature and give it in return? For me, personally, it was a painful site to gaze at those bald mountains.
Anyways, by 4 or 4:15pm we were at the main gate of the resort. A guy came and opened the door. There is only 1 room occupied by a couple. We choose for the hut which is at a lower height and have no view. We went to the area where rooms are available and at some height with good views and finalized with that instead.
Pictures to be followed soon…….