After the overwhelming experiences at Vijaypur our next day trip was planned for Munsiyari. We had our breakfast and started around 8:30 am for Munsiyari. I was bit upset for leaving Vijaypur; we missed the excellent view of royal Himalayas behind clouds.
We left Vijaypur with more expectations for Munsiyari. From Vijaypur to Munsiyari its a 6-7 hrs journey and Munsiyari is at higher altitude than Vijaypur and situated at greater Himalayan range. Within minutes we started feeling the chilly bits of cold. On our way we saw the magical Birthi falls. Most amazing and beautiful experience was that Vivek showed us Birthi fall from much lower region or from lower altitude and it was then looks like a white thread and as we move up and crossed one mountain after another every time Birthi fall came across with a different looks and beauty. When we reached Birthi fall we were speechless after seen that giant fall. At least I had never seen any fall like that before. Today I feel myself lucky, that I had seen that nature’s beauty.
The day was cloudy and gloomy, and we continued moving up. In the greater Himalayan range you will see a different topography with different environment. It was more stony and with fewer jungles. As we moved up we came to see the very popular Khalia Top. I wish I could trek till to reach the Khalia peak. On our way towards Munsiyari we got glimpses of majestic Panchachuli behind the clouds. That was obviously increasing the desire to see the Panchachuli. We visited Uttaranchal, only to see Panchachuli, now it’s just in front of us and we cannot see it because of clouds. That was a damn frustrating feeling. With continuous spiral movement ultimately we reached Munsiyari around 2:30 pm. The beauty of Munsiyari was beyond my expectations. It was beautiful. We stayed at wayfarer resort Munsiyari and the best view of Munsiyari can only be seen from Wayfarer Resort. It was perpendicularly in front of me and probably at a distance of 16-18 miles but at afternoon the complete Himalayan range was hidden behind clouds, and we couldn’t see anything neither we could imagine anything. I was real disappointed. I waited one year to see Himalaya and then I couldn’t see anything. I had nothing to do but to say almighty, or to the majestic Himalaya, that I love you, and please let me see you at least once. Don’t let me leave with empty heart. I was silent, as I had nothing to do but to depend on my fate. I was sadder, knowing that we need to cut our tour plan, because of Sankho’s office work and he had got a call back. That means we were not going to stay Munsiyari on next day, but to leave Munsiyari on the next day morning. I was absolutely muted. Till now I can feel the pain which I was hiding on that time.
Anyway we had our lunch and walked for famous, blessed Nanda Devi temple. Since long I had this desire to visit Nanda Devi temple at Munsiyari and we reached there. It is placed at world’s one end. After praying to the goddess we looked towards the horizon and started looking for Himalaya. Nothing was visible. I sat down on the green meadow hopelessly. It was almost dark and we couldn’t see anything. To spend time we took snaps, and we were about to leave and then suddenly I saw a portion of a snowy peak. It just came out behind the clouds but then again disappeared. This thing continued for long. We came back at our resort and by the time Panchachuli 2nd peak were almost visible to us. I was praying to see more. It seemed to me Himalaya was playing hide and seek game with me. We got glimpses of golden Panchachuli, Raj Rambha, Nagling and Nanda Devi. This continued till the dark prevails all around.
That night it was raining and local people said it will clear up the clouds. Next day I woke up around 3 am and saw through the window and it was unbelievable. Even within the early morning darkness the complete range of Himalaya was visible. I sat on the bed and wait till morning lights came out. Around 5 am all snowcapped Panchachuli peaks were visible and the whole look was extremely beautiful. After that we experienced the sun rise view just behind the Panchachuli peak.
For me that one day morning at Munsiyari is truly uncomparable. Sitting on a chair with a cup of hot coffee and bathing in soft golden sunlight with many colorful birds chirping around and facing Himalaya in front cannot have any comparison. Look forward to visit the place again.