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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Summer break - Binsar & Kausani

Hills :  always have something captivating which keeps coming back for more.  And I over the time having realized the importance of breaks and pauses prefer not wasting a single opportunity and driving straight in those snake roads ( as I call them ) up the hills.

Many of many fellow writers and nature lovers tell me time and again that I should visit Binsar and the re-visit would happen automatically.  This is indeed true !

For me Binsar has always been a sleepy scenic beautiful paradise far way from the city crowds. Situated in the Kumaon region of Uttrakhand its an ideal place to wake up to a charging sun-rise and an ever romantic sun-set. It all happens here.  And if you are a little high on luck you may get to see for yourself the entire Himalayan kitty of mountain peaks - Nanda Devi , Nanda Kot and Chaukhamaba among others. 

Everytime I have visited this place , the clouds have welcomed me  , literally.  They are so close to you that you actually feel rubbing them off or may be flying away with them .  Truly spectacular .

The town or the village per se is very small and everyone is happy with whatever they have . They know you are an outsider and hence they are all the more nice to you  . The ladies do all the household work and are on the job all through the day . Men , if I may say so , have the responsibility of sipping a garam chai and not to forget the hukka and discussing politics and random chats.  They truly live a chilled life .  The only good thing they may have done is - to get married. 

The children are fair and really cute with red cheeks and the little girls are simply the sweetest with wavering hands at every passing vehicle and smiling with all energy to everyone who sees them .  This time of the year is the best time to visit as you get to see some rare birds , nature at its full bloom and yes the famous zero point in Binsar one can see the Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trisul and Nanda Devi.

I , with all my might got a chance to visit Patal Bhuvaneshwar - a 6000-year old underground cave complex. Better known as the commune of the gods because of the 65 temples dedicated to different gods and goddesses situated inside the cave, this tour is a must take. This is no easy task and there is a saying that not everyone can enter the caves. 

In case you have time on your hand , do drop in to Kausani - the place which makes do nothing but just sit and see the surroundings all around. This is a picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli peaks. 

I am still thinking how do people write in these place when all I could think of was - to fall in love all over again , with the place though . 

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1 comment:

dimpy roy said...

Very nice trip. Good one. Well known yet unexplored, Binsar is a unique blend of a popular hill station and a quiet retreat. The thrilling Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is of prime importance with a wide variety of animals and exotic birds. Check out all hotels in Binsar also.