Adventure Trip To McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

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Treaking Green Valleys, Himachal Pradesh

Treaking Green Valleys, Himachal Pradesh

I am one of those social animals who is always looking forward to thrill and adventure! Probably, this was the reason that I readily agreed for the trek trip to McLeodganj, Himachal when my friends proposed the plan. It was the month of August and considering the heavy rains and landslides; I was well aware that it was not the best time to explore the hilltops. However, what’s the thrill if there is no risk involved! I agreed, and I along with four of my friends readily planned the entire trip. I had my friends Jagriti Jyoti and Himanshu onboard with me.

Our plan was fixed, three nights, four days trip to Mcleodganj from Delhi. The distance to be covered was approx 450 km, and we decided to go via our car, which meant a straight 10-hour drive. We had set some laps in between to make the trip more fun.

Spiti on Motorcycle, Himachal Pradesh

Spiti on Motorcycle, Himachal Pradesh

 

We began our journey on 10th August from Kashmeeri gate metro station where all my friends were waiting for their apparent driver! The tour started at 9:00 pm, the adventurous vibes were all over our heads.

We played, had fun and traveled to Murthal, Sonipat to take our first break. All of you must have heard of the famous Sukhdev Dhaba at Murthal, and if not then guys you must know of this yummilicious food joint! We ordered some authentic Indian food, and it turned out to be the best food I’ve ever had! With satisfied hunger pangs, we resumed back with our journey. After traveling for approx 6 hours, we reached our second stop, “The Holy City Of Amritsar.” The beautiful city, with amazing people and a welcoming ambience, replenished us with a new freshness.

Beautiful Landscape, Bridge over Himalayan river, , Himachal Pradesh

Beautiful Landscape, Bridge over Himalayan river, , Himachal Pradesh

We went to the Golden Temple, prayed for a safe journey ahead. We had langar at the Gurudwara and took some rest there itself. The cleanliness and the peace at Gurudwara are unbelievable. It was a bliss being at that place. After taking some rest, we resumed back with our journey to MC Leodganj. It was 10:00 pm when we started with our ride, we were so tired that except Himanshu who took over to the driving seat, everyone else preferred to sleep, after all, we were about to have a hectic day ahead. I certainly remember that freshness and happy morning when I woke up from sleep and encountered the beautiful views of the small hill station! It was 4:00 am, the morning there had a unique freshness, and the stunning views were a joy to the soul. The two girls on-board, Jyoti and Jagriti also rejoiced, we stopped midway just to capture those beautiful views and save them for the lifetime.

We decided to take some rest and start with the trekking in the afternoon. After taking some rest, we visited the travel guide who was to guide us and accompany us through the entire treck. To our dismay, the tour guides were undoubtedly good but brutally honest! They warned us of the climatic conditions and at the same time consoled to help us at each step of the journey.

Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

With little apprehensions and a lot of excitement we took the challenge and decided to go on the trek of 7km. The tour guides assigned to us two dogs who readily became our companions and accompanied us through the entire route. I remember those risky terrains and slippery grounds with steep falls and narrow roads through which we moved slowly and gradually. It was dread scary in some places! But the views were so beautiful and invited that kept calling us to explore more. In the urge to explore and fulfill the challenge we guys struggled hard and kept walking till we reached our destination.

It was 7km above sea level where the camp was set for us. It was already 6:00 p.m. and was dark and windy. The weather was not so good and was instead a bit scary. We moved to our camps took rest for an hour. Until the time we were busy taking rest, our tour guide was outside setting up bon-fire! The moment we walked out of our campsite, the loud music and heat from the fire re-instilled us with the lost energy.

We danced and enjoyed. There were no arrangements for dinner at the hilltop, and so we cooked our all-time partner Maggi! It was the yummiest Maggi we ever had, the one which was a reward for our hard work. We enjoyed, had dance and just lived the moment to the fullest.

Kids playing Cricket, Himachal Pradesh

Kids playing Cricket, Himachal Pradesh

Post that we settled back into our camps for some sleep. However, the night had some other plans! It was midnight when the rain started and everyone woke up due to the loud thunders. We were all dead scared! The loud thunders, sounds of wild animals and vast areas with no one around. It was all so dread scary! We tried to sleep but nothing helped. To divert our minds, we sat together and started playing cards. I have a very faint recalling of what happened next as it was 5:00 am when I woke up! Others were also asleep, probably we the tired souls had fallen asleep while playing or chatting. It was a fun-filled night with terror, adventure, good company and some wild laughs.

Views of Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh

Views of Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh

I stepped out of my camp to check for the weather, and luckily it was all calm. The early morning views and seeing the sun rising from that point was so beautiful, it’s been three months now, and those memories are still very fresh in my memories.

Everyone woke up, got ready and we along with our guide headed back to our journey back. Walking down the hilly terrain was not a tough job physically, but yes emotionally we felt difficulty realising the fact we’re about to leave those peaceful terrains behind and have to get back to the regular life. Nevertheless, it was still better than the scary night we had just experienced! With a bunch of memories and a great experience, we came down and headed back to the place where our car was parked.

We took back to the journey back at home. We stopped by at Chandigarh, had some good food and after a drive of 4 hours reached back to the destination from where we started, and at that time we were sure that no more hilltops during monsoons!

 

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