About:- This post describes my recent travel story to the offbeat Uttarakhand during Monsoon as well as the staying details and route of the journey. I’ve also enclosed a few quick pointers to keep in mind while traveling to these places.
Monsoon in the mountain – The dilemma
Most of the time, I avoid traveling to the mountain in monsoon due to the obvious reasons. And this time too, overwhelmed by all the news of floods and landslides broken down over the area, I opted out few more options other than a hill station for a long weekend getaway. But few of the insta feeds of rain-soaked Himalayas were enough to weaken my mind and change my decision two weeks before the traveling. The dilemma was over, and I was packing my backpack for a monsoon trip to Kumaon.
Nainital- What the Fuss!
|Nainital~ The city is gradually unveiling herself|
Earlier, before visiting Nainital, I always wondered about the fuss regarding this place. The stories of the exaggerate boating experience seemed very childish to me and I failed to find any specialty of it in comparison to other Himalayan regions.
“Bending over us, the clouds have the texture
of faces seen through smoke.
Thoughts in a confused mind look like that
Tell me again, that they are not hostile,
that they have come merely out of curiosity
to see again if we are possible..“
|Nainital~ The Lake|
|Home~ The home-stay at Sunkiya (Mukteshwar)|
|Rain soaked Himalaya from Pooran Singh’s Abode|
|The lit up mountain|
|On the way to Chaukori from Mukteshwar|
|Homestay at Berinag (Chaukori)|
|Cozy drawing room of Chaukori Homestay|
|Chaukori~ A less known paradise|
|Chaukori sky at the verge of Sunset|
Not a luxury is the new luxury: While travelling solo I always try to keep it as basic as possible and I always believe that travel is not only about the places but about the people and its culture. To dive deep into the root of any place living like local is essential and it provides such discoveries about the place as well as about own self which is infinite. So not having a luxury, fancy trip is also a kind of a fulfillment.
- Some places in between the main destinations are extremely flood prone and most of the Uttarakhand is. So, travel carefully and take wise decisions while you’re traveling to the Himalayas during Monsoon.
- The journey from Mukteshwar to Chaoukori is a long one that takes most of the time of the day. So, it’s better to spend a minimum of two nights in this place as it is worthy to stay.
- The homestays are run by the village locals, so expecting extravagant luxury is impractical.
- The homestays are in remote places, so it’s better to carry your basic needs with you as there would be no nearby shops.