Author - Susmita Mukhopadhyay | Category - Adventure, Himalayas, Travel, Trekking | October 14, 2008

Since long I am not writing. I cannot show any excuse, because there was no such reason that refrain me from writing. Yea I was busy with different other stuff but I could have written few lines for you all.

Anyway today I would like to tell you all, about my last trip, a trip to Uttaranchal.

We reached there on 7th of October’2008 at 1.30 a.m. It was a dark night and no one around. It seemed to me that we were at the end of the world. I was scared because serpentine roads were dangerous and the foggy darkness made the route more mysterious. We, me & my husband were accompanied by the two unknown kumaoni person, one was the driver and other one was the hotel boy. It was a 1 hr. journey to reach the resort. With absolute strangers we reached our resort around 2.30 a.m. There they offered us a cozy, comfy room. They told us this is the best room of the whole resort because the room facing the spectacular view of the outside. Interior of the room was undoubtedly nice and a side of the room had a nice open balcony but else we were unable to understand because of the darkness outside. Anyway they helped us to manage our luggage and we felt that we reached the resort safely. We were damn tired and we slept as soon as the guys left.

Next day morning we woke up when the doorbell rang and it was 10 a.m. We got up and looked at the balcony, and rushed towards the balcony to open the drapes. Wow!!! We cannot believe our eyes. Such a beautiful picturesque scenery just in front of us. Our room was facing a huge lake, later we came to know that is known as Bhimtal Lake. Just behind that, mountains were standing like hands in hand. Few boats were floating in the lake. It was heavenly!

Oops! We forget that doorbell is still buzzing. Sankho opened the door; a 16-17 years old kumaoni boy is standing. Bed tea being offered. We realized that we are spending our leisure time. Otherwise on normal time we can’t expect having bed tea. Anyway we ordered for our breakfast. We had bread omelet, chutney and hot coffee. Then we prepared ourselves for our journey. We hired a car that was waiting outside for us.

The first day trip was for Sattal, Garurtal, Naukuchiatal, Ghora Khal and for other roadside views. We started around 12 p.m. and first visited Bhowali. Bhowali is a junction area for getting bus, taxi, trekker to move anywhere in Uttaranchal. From Bhowali, we visited Sattal. It was a beautiful place indeed. “Sattal or Sat Tal is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated in the Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal, a town of the Nainital Lake District in the Uttarakhand state of India. These lakes sit at an altitude of 1370 meters below lush orchards in the Mehragaon valley.” At Sattal we enjoyed the scenic beauty, had tea made by the local people and of course I did modeling there. Sankho took my snaps wearing the local ghagra & choli. Yea obviously I was looking good.

From Sattal next we visited Naukuchiatal. Naukuchiatal is famous for having nine corners in the lake. It’s also famous for its scenic beauty. You can also walk along the hilly roads, and get the pleasure of nature’s freshness. Green valleys and innocent local villagers are worth mentioning. Don’t forget to have tea, and zira rice there. Because the essence you will not get anywhere else.

We spent a very good time during the first day trip. We visited few other popular areas like Hanuman Garhi, Golu Devta temple and Garurtal. We came back at our resort around 5.30 p.m. We placed order for snacks. It was chicken pakora and vodka for Sankho and for me it was delicious chicken sweet corn soup. After that we had our dinner and planned for our next day trip with the resort manager Mr. Akash. Our second day trip was for Nainital and the surrounding areas.

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