Goofing off

May 27, 2009

Hi all,
I am still goofing around. From Kasardevi went to Kausani – Baijnath – Garnaud – Karnaprayag – Joshimath- Rudraprayag -Badrinath – Maya- Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Uttarkashi and now still have 5 days in end.

One of the things which I saw were how black the water is in Gangotri as well as atleast 10 odd hydro power projects which are on the Ganga. Met loads of people on the way and has been very fascinating experience to say the least. The most beautiful place would be Badrinath for me as well as the Vasudhara Falls at Maya, the last town before the China border. There are some places you can go but you need special permission after that.

While this one would be finished within a week, I would come back and stay for few more days at places which I am curious/want to spend more time in. Till the next update 😉

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Death

May 15, 2009

Hi all,
This post would be about a death procession that I took part in.

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Racism

May 7, 2009

While traveling sometimes you experience racism. Couple of examples to show you what I mean :-

a. There is a guesthouse in kasardevi where I was residing. The name of the guesthouse is laxmi guest house. In no uncertain terms I was told the first time that I was unwelcome as I’m Indian. Although they let me stay for a while but it wasn’t a pleasant experience. What was funny was to hear the son ‘Mukesh’ rambling about the hygiene of westerners and the unpleasantness of the whole thing while not being happy with Indians as well.

b. The other example is of a restaurant called Armellia Restaurant. This is at a place called Tranquility Lodge. I went there at 10 a.m. and was told the following .

a. We don’t serve outsiders.
b. The restaurant opens at 12:30 something.

I immediately went back to the menu in case it was something I missed. Instructions and rules like these are usually written on the menu, but unfortunately this time it was not. Not even ‘Admission reserved’ or ‘Admission by choice’ nothing.

Apart from these two small incidents I have been a good time. I just moved to a place called ‘Pink House’ . This place although slightly expensive at 170/- is a good deal as it offers a 360 degree view of everything around as well as a welcome/complimentary ‘hot shower’ with no racism.

I have also been enjoying the hospitality of a certain ‘Ram Kishan Guest House’ as well as the accompanying ‘Anand Library’ . I have just finished Clive Baker’s ‘Thief of Always’ a harry potterish kinda tale but told in an interesting manner. It was cool to know he was the egg head who wrote the ‘Hellraiser’ trilogy. That’s about it for now, next post from bageswar if the stars are right.

Women of Almora

April 28, 2009

Hi all,
This post would be about the locals especially the local women I saw in Almora.

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Child labor

April 27, 2009

While traveling once in a while you see something which you don’t know what to make of. Today at a certain restaurant in Almora I saw a guy telling a kid to work for someone else. The kid was scared and hardly 10 years old. He was scared and rightly so. The restaurant owner gave him Rs. 300/- and gave his home no. as well as cell number.

After the kid left, the restaurant owner said he knows the kid’s family. They are very poor. To the people he’s going they are teachers by profession. If the kid remained with him he would be doing dishes the whole day and never be anything wiser. This place they have promised to give him food and board and Rupees thousand as salary (and even more ) and he would be doing some menial jobs. They would also try to educate him as well.

I felt pity, both for myself and the kid as there is no way I could help him. A part of me is also circumspect of the various NGO’s working for child welfare. At the end of it all felt its a zero sum game with no end in sight 😦

pathankot, haldwani,almora

April 27, 2009

Hi all,
Still on the road. A group of friends (5-6 Japanese and 1 Belgium friend) wanted to go to Almora. There is no direct train to Almora. The only way I came to know is of a weekly service 2208 Garibh Rath which runs between Jammu and Kathgodam with Chakki Bank in the middle.

Stayed in the jungle for about a week near a place called Lohali. Then moved from there to a place called Kasardevi which is 10-15 kms. off Almora. Right now in Lala Bazaar, Almora. There is much to share but lots of things to do. Would be really settled in a day or more so would be able to share more. Till then Happy travelling 😉

Friends & memories

April 3, 2009

Hi all,
This post would be about meeting long-lost friends and a butterfly story 😉

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birds,butterflies and GPS

March 31, 2009

Hi all,
This post would be about some more flora and fauna discovering while living in bhagsu.

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raining in bhagsu

March 28, 2009

Hi all,
Yesterday it rained the whole day. There seems to be a pattern building up. It seems it will rain one day and then not rain the whole of next day. The local people need the rain as they depend on the rain water for their daily needs even though its piped. In fact the piped water from the mountains is not just for bhagsu, dharamkot, mcleodganj and dharamsala but also villages like dadnu and few others which the local people don’t feel generous.

Yesterday found a very nice Punjabi Dhaba on the Jogiwara Road going down from the Post Office, near/around ROGPA on the 2nd floor above memory restaurant. Also found couple of cinemas also there as well. Would go to one of them to also experience that mini-theatre as well.

Also met an old yet new friend called Krishna. Krishna is a Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher and Massage therapist all rolled into one. We are on similar paths hence had a nice deep conversation. While conversing as it was cold very much also used alcohol. While I have taken alcohol many times in my life yesterday could actually feel the alcohol mixing in my blood and giving warmth and energy as I was drinking it.

Seeing beautiful women and getting heart-broken is the other order of business of the day and women here are just beautiful to look at. 😉

That’s it on another beautiful day in Bhagsu, Mcleodganj 😉

Indrunag, bhagsu

March 27, 2009

Hi all,
Yesterday went to a place called Indrunag. Indrunag is famous for a temple made in honor of Lord Shiva. Its the only place around from where one can see the whole of North, the whole of South, East and West without obstruction of either the mountains or the trees. I’m not much of an outdoors person so it took me roughly three hours to get there. I started something like 11:30 a.m. and reached there around 14:30 hours.
There is no trail from either bhagsu or Mcleodganj to go to Indrunag. The best way to go by walk is to start walking from a very small temple which is next to Triund View Cafe (which is between Mcleodganj and Bhagsu). One needs to go down to a village called Hiro, still go down to the riverbed and then across and climb up. After climbing up for about 30-40 minutes, you hit across a sorta plateau which leads to a sort of half-built road which goes till Indrunag.

One of the interesting things which happened was couple of landslides which happened just before our eyes. I would say we were really lucky for had it been 2 minutes we would have been in pieces. It wasn’t a large landslide (as seen on TV) but the small one would have also done the job.

One of the other things which was interesting to see a tree species. It had drooping leaves (like porcupine spikes are but slanting downward due to gravity) and upturned few sticks which were like candles (almost like the candle chandeliers we see in old homes).

While going also observed a pool which had a bunch of tadpoles jumping in and out. Sadly the pool would not be good enough for even large frog.

After reaching Indrunag found there were couple of cafes. One is much better constructed then the other. Had delicious chowmein there and tea and lolled around a bit in Indrunag. Then as it started getting 16:00 hours went down walking down to Dharamsala .

While walking down an hour or so hit the small village/town called Dadnu. In Dadnu saw ‘Harmony through education special needs school, Dharamsala’ , Khando Chazotsang, White Gate. On inquiring further came to know this Special Needs School started operating few years back but now the Tibetans have taken it on rent. The school operates from 9 in the morning till 15:00 hours evening. Bang opposite this saw a Goan/Portugese architectural house which has been there for more than 40 years or so. It has couple of peaks and a small pyramidical structure at two sides. The owner was said to be some Colonel something. Tried to find a bit more about it but couldn’t 😦

Going down to the main bazaar came across another Sony PS2 Playstation parlor. This time couldn’t stop myself and played ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ for around couple of hours. Then came to the main bazaar took a bus to Mcleoganj, did the 2 kms. walk up to Bhagsu and another km. till my place and slept like a log.

Another post from the land of mysticism, romance and samsara 😉