The forests of Banjar have a unique charm not found else where, the water being almost crystal clear make it a lucrative spot to catch fishes especially Golden Trouts
Gushing streams are where maximum homestays & guest houses have cropped up and when the flow is not heavy it's easy to jump across the rocks or waddle through to find beautiful chilling spots in the river
To escape the hustle & bustle of the over crowded Kasol, Tirthan and Jibhi are the ideal alternatives
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From the Fairy Forests of Pulga we headed next to Jibhi in Seraj Valley and the next day hiked to Raghpur Garh, an ancient Pandav Fort 3 Kms from Jalori Pass, the sprawling meadows are an amazing vantage point offering 360 views of the Himalayas & peaks from Garwhal Himalayas, Dhauladars to the Inner Pir Panjals
Shrikand Mahadev, Parvati Parbat, Papsura Dharmsura, Indrasan all are visible
The ideal time would be early March, April when the skies are clearer & snow is there till the lower reaches
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A dip to remember ;)
We woke up next morning after the hike a bit late . And by that time sun was already out . The lake as well as the mountain was shining bright . So considering the bright sunlight and lesser depth, we thought of taking a dip in the lake .
We went near the lake and i dipped my hand in it and as expected , it was freezing cold.
It took me a while to get my fingers straight , that's how cold it was. I dipped it again and this time it was much much better . When i took my hand out it started producing heat .
So we thought of giving it a go .
I was the second to go and from the reaction of @vishrut__sharma , i was a bit excited as well as slightly nervous ( cuz i catch cold quite quickly ) .
But i would most likely won't come to the same mountain again just to have a bath in the lake with my "citrezine" beside.
So I took a leap of faith and got in it .
I was breathing so heavily in the beginning because of the freezing water taking away the warmth of the body .
But as the time passed it got better and better.
Took a couple of dips in
And this turned out to be one of the most refreshing baths I've ever had so far .
Definitely something to look back to .
Totally worth it !!!
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The Fairy Forest of Pulga is a mystical & enchanting place, like Hotel California, 'you can check out any time you want but you can never leave'
Experience it to feel it is what I will end it at, the place has every imaginable shade of green & many you never thought existed, the peace, aura resonated with the nature and the forest is filled with numerous waterfalls, open meadows, dense foliage and views of the inner Pir Panjals peaks
@srmurthy86 thank you for introducing us to this mesmerizing place
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We are each unique and beautiful, but together we are a masterpiece.
Sangam, the confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers.
The colours of the two rivers can be distinctly seen at the confluence.
The Indus River is one of the longest rivers of Asia.
It was the lifeline of the great Indus Valley civilization and Harappan civilization of India.
Zanskar river is one of the major tributaries of the Indus river.
In winter, the Zanskar River completely freezes to form a thick ice sheet called Chadar. This frozen Zanskar river trek spanned over multiple days, is popular by the name of Chadar trek.
India is a Greek term for "the country of the River Indus
After a long hiatus spent in the valley of Parvati then Seraj in Himachal to finally ending in Upper Tons in Uttarakhand it has been a fabulous journey with a close friend @srmurthy86, hiking more than 120+Kms of different terrains over a 12 period was exhilarating, from towering peaks & glaciers to gushing waterfalls & dense forests this trip was a Trippy Hippys special
We started our journey at Pulga a hidden gem of a village in the Parvati Valley, next to Kalga & Tulga with it's enchanting Fairy Forest, Thachs & Waterfalls, the numerous apple trees bloom during the monsoons & am looking forward to the harvesting season for some scrumptious treats
The waterfalls we encountered is on the trail to Tulga but the sheer beauty of it drove us to visiting it before venturing ahead to Pulga
English below 👇
🇺🇦 Це те, від чого кровоточать очі, коли гуляєш індійськими Гімалаями. Вздовж гірських доріг розкидані отакі страшні кучугури сміття. Вони лежать місяцями. Це - у декількох метрах від самого центру містечка #Mcleoudganj , яке називають маленьким Тібетом, бо тут розміщується резиденція лідера тібетських буддистів Далай Лами, що колись давно втік сюди із окупованого Китаєм Тібету. Місцеві та іноземні #туристи щорічно залишають тут сотні тисяч баксів. Але їх, мабуть, не вистачає, щоб поставити два мусорних контейнера і організувати машину тричі на тиждень. У смітті сплять корови, яких потім доять, а молочку продають у вуличні кафешки, куди ми з вами ходимо по лассі. Сміття їдять мавпи, хворіють і вмирають. І це все так очевидно, і так боляче.
🇬🇧 I've got my eyes bleeding every time I'm passing by such garbage mountains in Indian #himalayas . There are quite a few of them scattering along the narrow mountain roads just in a few meters from the town of Mcleoudganj which is known as little Tibet as it hosts Dalai Lama's residence. The garbage has been there for months! Every year local and foreign tourists spend here hundreds of thousands of dollars but of course it is not enough to buy two big dumpsters and arrange a track picking up the #garbage thrice a week. Usually cows sleep in the garbage. Those cows that later on gonna be milked, and their milk will be sold to #streetshops where we sip on the lassi drinks with a slight taste of plastic. Also #monkeys eat the garbage, get sick and die. But seems like no one cares 😔 #whatswrongwithyoupeople