Trip To Rewalsar July 2017

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Trip To Rewalsar July 2017

Postby MetalHead » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:22 am

Contemplating between places to visit for a short holiday is really difficult, especially when travelling with family. You have to consider everything distance, location, availability of stuff in emergency, budget for accommodation. This time I won on everything, I said let everything as it is.
Didn’t want to go towards either Uttarakhand or Shimla.

So it was Rewalsar. The accommodation would be HP Tourist Inn.

1st July 2017

The drive was going to be long for the day as we would be bowing head to Kalka Mata first and then going towards Rewalsar. So we left Noida around 4am for Kalka first. The temperature in Noida at that time was around 29DC. We reached Amrik Sukhdev at around 5:30am for our ritual morning tea, however also could not resist hogging delicious looking Parathas with white butter. We halted there for an hour or so. It did rain at some stretches on the way, however overall it was a smooth drive till Kalka.

We were at Kalka around 9:45am. Bowing head and all took around 1hr. Started drive from there and hit the Una road. I enquired beforehand from the HP hotel in Rewalsar as to which route should we take and they advised me for this Una route instead of Bilaspur/Sundernagar. The road till Ghanauli was ok, not good. But post that it was a smooth tarmac. Exactly at 2pm we were at one of the crossing in Una from where we would take another cut for road going towards Rewalsar. We took a halt there at a roadside restaurant of 45 mins for refreshment. It was quite hot there and it felt like a disappointment.

We then preceded our drive through foothills which crossed places Jhambar, Barsar, Bhota, Ladraur, Jahu and Rewalsar. The road was as smooth as butter which made the drive enjoyable and the clouds were gradually overcastting which made me nervous at the same time. By 3:30pm we were at the Gobind Sagar view point and what an amazing view it was.

Exactly at 6pm we were at HP Tourist Inn. Gladly the weather was good. It was humid but not that humid to make us sweat. It was pleasantly good. We then checked in and opted for another room with better lake view. Checking in is incomplete with a hot tea, so we ordered tea for refreshment.

In room when we turned on the fan (only wall hanging small fan available in room) we were feeling cold.

Post tea, we went for a small walk around the lake. Enjoyed evening views from the lake. The place was very much empty. Mostly people from Punjab were there and guys on bike for bowing head at Gurudwara. The best part of the place was that it had all the three religions around it. Buddhist Gompa, Gurudwara and Hindu Temple. And beside that the place was so serene and calm and peaceful, which I was looking for and love.

Since our Dinner and Breakfast was included in package, we had that early to have a good night sleep.

We slept with fan turned on and heavy Duvet(Razai)

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Parantha at Amrik Sukhdev
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Views from room balcony
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Views from room balcony
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One of the idol of Buddhist religion
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Buddhist Temple view from Hotel
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Cloud covered mountain top behind which there is a local temple of "Maa Naina Devi Temple". It is such a serene place. And the Buddhist flag prayers visible here in the photo are of Buddhist Temple Caves.
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Buddhist prayer flag cleansing the air
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Cloud formation view from Rewalsar Lake
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To be continued....
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Re: Trip To Rewalsar July 2017

Postby dheerajsharma14 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:55 am

As usual, what a treat Vibhu bhai !! Wonderful and refreshing greenery and that sight of mountains just takes me away no matter where I live...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to always keep coming back and sharing the wonderful stories with us. Your contribution to the travel tale section is unparalleled. :)
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Re: Trip To Rewalsar July 2017

Postby getpackingvinod » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:49 pm

nice start vibhu bhai.. waiting for more :)
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Re: Trip To Rewalsar July 2017

Postby mosederbaer » Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:42 pm

Vibhu bhai bahut badiya start. It is always refreshing to read the logs of your trips. The pictures are also good and they always bring mountains close to us. Thanks for starting this new one. Waiting for story to unfold.... :)
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Re: Trip To Rewalsar July 2017

Postby MetalHead » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:56 am

dheerajsharma14 wrote:As usual, what a treat Vibhu bhai !! Wonderful and refreshing greenery and that sight of mountains just takes me away no matter where I live...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to always keep coming back and sharing the wonderful stories with us. Your contribution to the travel tale section is unparalleled. :)

Thanks for the appreciation Bhai Ji. Credit goes to you for creating this platform.

getpackingvinod wrote:nice start vibhu bhai.. waiting for more :)

Thanks Baba

mosederbaer wrote:Vibhu bhai bahut badiya start. It is always refreshing to read the logs of your trips. The pictures are also good and they always bring mountains close to us. Thanks for starting this new one. Waiting for story to unfold.... :)

Arey maalik, thank you alot!
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Re: Trip To Rewalsar July 2017

Postby MetalHead » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:25 am

2nd July 2017

There was nothing as such in agenda for the day. I just wanted to be in nature, relax at the lake front and listen to the soothing peaceful sound of bells from Buddhist Gompa and Hindu Temple. The sound of huge bell in Buddhist gompa is spellbound.

It was all pin drop silence in the morning and upon that the sound of Buddhist bell is like mountains with snow toppings. I again and again stepped out of my room, sat on the chair and simply heard the sound. It gave me real peace.

Since we carried our own tea stock so I had a cup of tea and I went out for a walk around the lake at 6am.

Morning temperature was 20DC. The only people I noticed at that time were Foreigners and Buddhist. And both of them were taking round of that lake while chanting the Buddhist prayer. I got some nice shots which made my day. After taking a full round I went to the only tea stall opened at that time and had a tea, while chatting with a female Buddhist lady.

We had breakfast at the hotel only. Since, there was nothing else to see or do around there, except enjoying the lake, we checked with the hotel manager about the local temple at the mountain top. I was in no mood to drive, I wanted to enjoy the ride this time. He said hire a local taxi which would be better. But afternoon was hot which I already checked on Yr.no website. Post 1pm it showed me precipitation and temperature would be better. So we decided that we will start around 1pm. We had full tummy breakfast, so we skipped the lunch here. Also, the hotel manager said if you reach before 2pm, you might be lucky to get food in the temple itself. We were happy to hear that.

So, at 1pm we were ready and walked upto taxi stand. Hired taxi for INR800 (rates fixed). It was slightly hot down here around the lake but the moment we reached “Kunti Sar Lake”, vista and atmosphere changed with clouds everywhere, temperature dropped, must be around 15DC and it started drizzling. I actually felt like coming to a dreamland. Just felt like that right there, right now, I should buy property to build a home.

Kunti Sar Lake, Suka Sar Lake and Neel Sar Lake (this is more like a pond) the area around these lake is unbeatable.

The taxi driver was from this area only and said that the weather around here is like this only ENTIRE YEAR. I could not agree less with him because I went there at the beginning of July, when Delhi is boiling like hot steel and we were there at 1pm in afternoon and it was decent cold to make you wear a windcheater at least. Anyhow, the drive from “Kunti Sar Lake” up to temple was mind blowing, was drizzling as well.

The temple premises itself was covered with clouds all around. We did the darshan and it was 2pm. luckily the food was there for us. This is called luck or blessings. I call it blessings from almighty.

Now, let me tell you this. I have never eaten this much super delicious food in my entire life. I am not exaggerating at all. It was REALLY SUPER DELICIOUS. And the items were plain simple of Rice, Daal, Chatni (of sitafal). So simple food and so delicious with a weather like this, what can you ask more in life?????. We had that, washed utensils and thanked god and went back to taxi. And it was still drizzling.

We wanted to walk there. He said he will wait for us below Buddhist caves and we can come down there from a well laid trail. We agreed. We started our walk on trail, crossing few roads. The weather was unbeatable. Explored the caves and came down where he was waiting.

Sat in taxi and got off at the Gompa. Visited the gompa and enjoyed the full view of lake from up there. We were kind of tired now, so we had tea and delicious Momo’s at a lake side shop. How can you not have local food at places like these. We were back in our room by 6pm. Post that we had our dinner at night and packed our luggage for we had to leave early next morning for long drive. Settled the bill at night only.

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The water was still in the morning so got good reflection.
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Gurudwara Building
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We had tea near the temple few times and it was a wonderful experience.
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To be continued.....
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Re: Trip To Rewalsar July 2017

Postby getpackingvinod » Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:39 pm

must have been a great experience when you guys went to the hilltop.. nice :)
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Re: Trip To Rewalsar July 2017

Postby MetalHead » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:36 am

Video I shot in the morning, while sitting in the balcony. I can sit here all day long perhaps and listen to these soothing prayer sound.

DO TURN ON THE SPEAKERS.

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Re: Trip To Rewalsar July 2017

Postby MetalHead » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:37 am

getpackingvinod wrote:must have been a great experience when you guys went to the hilltop.. nice :)


Indeed, it was baba. Wait to see.
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Re: Trip To Rewalsar July 2017

Postby MetalHead » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:32 pm

Photos from 2nd July continues.

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Prashaad Food.....The Yummiest
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Temple covered with floating clouds
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Another second, it was all clear but cool winds.
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And then again floating clouds....
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Mesmerising place
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