A journey into the land of Gods

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Making and Nepal - Part 1

This travelogue comes in a bit too late but the destination is such that it needs to be penned down regardless of the delay. I could have done this much earlier but I didn’t have any pics to upload along with the description as I normally do with other blogs. But now, I have got my pics scanned(also some from my friend) and so the ultimate journey of my life till date gets the nod to be jotted down.

It was April/May 2005. I was reading the newspaper when I came across this Ad of Kailash Manasarovar. There was going to be a slide show and a brief summary about the trip on Sunday. We decided to watch the slideshow although we had no plans of undertaking this trip. I am not mentioning the name of the Company the reason for which would be given at appropriate time. This was not an ordinary slideshow. It was so fascinating and intriguing that it prompted us to go ahead with the trip.

During the entire trip, my heart skipped several beats, not literally but figuratively :)
Read on to find out when, where and why.

13th June 2005:

We left for Delhi from Mumbai by Indian Airlines. At Delhi, we switched to International terminal to board Royal Nepal Airlines which would take us to Kathmandu. As expected, the flight was delayed by 2 hrs.

14th June 2005:

Reached Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport at 4 am. We were welcomed with garlands. It was so heartening to see people from a different country giving us such gr8 hospitality. We were then taken to Royal Singi Hotel in a mini bus. The hotel was really good and we met our fellow group members there. A group of 21 people.

Later in the day, all the group members were briefed about the DOs and Donts in the trip. We even introduced ourselves to let know each other. We then visited Swayambunath temple perched on a hill top. In the evening, we visited Thamel which is one of the most happening areas in Kathmandu. It is a market with small lanes, packed with people, shops selling all sorts of trekking gears, restaurants etc etc.

15th June 2005:

Wake up call at 4 am. It was time to get ready and go back to the airport. Before u presume anything, let me tell u that nothing had gone wrong. We were to catch an early morning flight to the HIMALAYAS.


At Tribhuvan International Airport

Buddha Air organizes a flight over the gr8 Himalayan range. How can one miss the chance of getting the bird’s eye view of the mighty Himalayas! Soon were we flying above Gauri Shankar, Cho Oyu , Makalu, Lhotse and ofcourse the King of all Mountains, EVEREST. I quickly grabbed the opportunity to enter the cockpit and I was rewarded with a 180 degree view of snow clad mountains including Mount Everest and other 8000 meter peaks . Ahh, Awesome !!!..My heart skipped a beat( 1st time). I shot the entire flight with my handycam. That was the best flight I have ever had in my life.





Above 3 mountain pics courtesy: Prachee (2006 Kailash Yatra)

(We didn't have a digital camera and still don't have one :) Pictures were mostly taken by my dad with the normal analog camera and I used the handycam. U may notice that some of the pics are yellowish in colour...donno the reason...but i think the 2 year old negatives were not in their original best while scanning.)

In the afternoon, we paid obeisance at Boudhanath Stupa and the famed Pashupathinath Temple.


Boudhnath Stupa



16th June 2005:

After an early morning breakfast, duffel bags with our names printed on them were loaded onto the carrier of a mini bus which would transport us to Borderland Resort(15-20 kms from the Sino-Nepal border) via Bhaktapur.


Royal Singi Hotel...bags being loaded

Bhaktapur, 14 kms east of Kathmandu is a city famous for having UNESCO’s world heritage site- Nyatapol Temple. This temple is one of the tallest in Nepal towering over 30 meters/100 feet.


We continued with our journey, now moving north towards Borderland Resort. After some hours of travel, our bus took a left turn leaving behind the road which would take us to the border next day. This resort is located in a beautiful valley alongside the roaring Bhote Koshi river which incidentally flows in from Tibet.

Borderland resort, 96 kms from Kathmandu, surrounded by mountains wrapped in thick foliage, with Bhote koshi river flowing just yards away was truly breathtaking. It made my heart skip a beat(2nd time) while I kept gaping.




We were welcomed by 2 big dogs. They were rather inactive and were more like stuffed toys just gazing at the beauty of the valley or so to say the resort itself where they were being fed all day.


It was lunch time and we enjoyed feeding ourselves sitting on a small platform overlooking the river. Post lunch, I and my dad thought that we would take a dip in the river, not to freshen up but just for the heck of it. So we moved closer to the river by getting down the stairs. When we finally came in contact with the river, we decided that it wud be better to just let the water gently caress our feet :) It was freeeeezing and on top of it was dangerous too.



Later in the evening, I kept the handycam for charging and went for a leisure walk with Vaishali (member of our group) and Basant(Nepali guide). Basant spoke hindi quite well and it didn’t take long for us to get acquainted with him. He told us that he would take us to a bungee jumping site which was further towards the border. It is named as “Ultimate Bungee” and is a free fall of 160 m/500 feet from a suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi river, thus making it one of the highest in the world. So, pretty excited and animated about the whole thing we started walking towards it. It was quite a long walk and by then the Sun too made a disappearing act behind the mountains. A crazy thought just crept into my mind. How would it be if we do bungee jumping in total darkness plunging into the monstrous river flowing in the gorge. It was quite an eerie feeling and we promptly took a U turn and walked back to our resort :)

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16 Comments:

Blogger Divya said...

NICE...especially the airplane:D
jokes apart...waiting for part2
pics are good

September 10, 2007 at 8:01 PM

 
Blogger Ashish said...

hey maan ....everytime i see those pics ......I feel like goin thr ......but then as usual mera plan toh cancel hi ho jata hai ....:)

But....those pics are real beauty .....have u done any photography ka course or what ? .....cause those pics are looking like perfect web shots .....gd work keep it up ......keep trekking .....:)) and also keep blogging

Aloha

September 13, 2007 at 5:46 AM

 
Blogger Juhi Varun Dhingra said...

Very nice...I am sure u had a trip of ur lifetime

September 25, 2007 at 8:35 AM

 
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April 17, 2008 at 2:36 AM

 
Blogger Pavanto said...

Hi,

Really nice travel blog. I enjoyed it very much. I am also planning a trip to Kailash Mansarovar. It would be really nice if you can provide me the information and contact info of the travel agency you been through. Thanks in advance. If you prefer to tell it privately my email Id is pavanto@yahoo.com Looking for your response.

-Pavan

September 10, 2008 at 10:37 PM

 
Anonymous roshan said...

Gone through all the details that you have kept up in this part of web. Yea of course this is the Ulltimate Yatra that one would prefer doing. At 2007, I have personally gone till Diraphuk after that i cant because of Jet lack of High altitude. This year i am again planning the trip and i have choosen the same operator who had helped me in my last trip.

These Guys know what they are doing and i m grateful to Mr. Shiv Raj who had helped me out and saved my life.

Many Thanks for Mr. Shiv Raj & Ulltimate Travels.

Guys pray for me so that this year i will reach till the abode of Lord Shiva and do the Parikarma.

If any one wants to get in touch with Ulltimate Travels than below is the e mail address: Ulltimatetravels@hotmail.com

Once again Thanks Shiv Raj !!

November 14, 2008 at 10:38 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have added a great value in the lives of the Kailash fans...great blog and great picks, i really had an heavenly experience,
alakh niranjan...!!!

February 24, 2009 at 5:06 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep in touch with me on mandar_kr@yahoo.co.uk on your future treaks, I would love to join you.

February 24, 2009 at 5:17 PM

 
Blogger SUBRAMANIAN said...

Dear Anand,

Great work & presentation. Achieving so much at such a young age is definitely devine. Keep it up.
My wife aged 59 , successfully completed the same pilgrimage this JUne & so we could easily relate to your writing.

God Bless you.

V.Subramanian

July 21, 2009 at 8:00 AM

 
Anonymous Gowtham said...

Great man ! Awesome effort !

September 22, 2009 at 9:58 AM

 
Blogger Bharat said...

Anand:
I came across your travel blog of the Kailash Mansarovar yatra in June 2007. I am planning my yatra in June 2010, and wish to hear any insights (in addition to what you have aleadry provided in your blog) on the yatra planning and the yatra itself. Things like "things I learned after it was too late", tip or traps, or lessons leraned would be of great help.
Yiu have not mentioned your service provider. Please consider providing me with your insight nd hindsight perspective (privately if you prefer) at

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January 31, 2010 at 4:04 PM

 
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Blogger vartika nanda said...

TO
Special Commissioner of Police
Intelligence 4th Floor
Police Headquarters,
M.S.O. Building
I.P. Estate, New Delhi-110 002
india

CRIME BUSNESS & RELIGIOUS BUSNESS IS TOP QUALITY BUSNESS IN INDIA

Dear Sir
Mr. VIVEK DEWAN changed his head office now religious place Rishikesh Parmarth Niketan Uttrakhand because crime business and religious business is top quality business in India. Rishikesh Parmarth Niketan Swami Chidananda (MUNIJI) permanent use an imported girl by name is BHAGAWATI she living with muniji very long time and more than 13-14 imported beautiful girl came Swami Chidananda (MUNIJI) ashram Parmarth Niketan.
Mr. VIVEK DEWAN so many time try to blackmailing to Swami Chidananda (MUNIJI) but it is not possible because Swami Chidananda (MUNIJI) network is very strong allover world top quality officers and businessman. Swami Chidananda (MUNIJI) not love Indian girl imported girl is very expansive for blackmailing.
Mr. VIVEK DEWAN is very close friend of Swami Chidananda (MUNIJI) MR. VIVEK DEWAN use to Swami Chidananda (MUNIJI) for commercial purpose. Swami Chidananda (MUNIJI) invest $ 920 lacks us dollar in china for hotel (ashram) business in kailash mansarovar area. Request for enquiry the entire subject.

Head Office: VIVEK DEWAN, VISHAWNATH AYURVED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, Rishikesh: Gnaga Line, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, PO. Swargaashram, Rishikesh, UA-249304. Dr. M.L.Murya (Consultant)

Branch Office : Delhi :VIVEK DEWAN, B-58, Sarvodya Enclave New Delhi ,Ph : 011-41656133 / 34 Fax : 011-41655497 ,Email : thayash@gmail.com , mails@kumbh.org
Mob : (+91) - 9810367327 VIVEK DEWAN (Trustee) ,Mob : (+91) - 9540020051 / 9311380151 YASH THAKUR (Camp Manager) ,

VIVEK DEWAN
21,DSIDC, Scheme- 3, OkhIa Industrial Area - II
New Delhi – 110020

Mumbai Office :VIVEK DEWAN, Gala no -21, Asiatic Arcade, Pokhran Road no-1
Thane West-400 606, Maharashtra ,Mob : (+91) - 9819300275 Preety Malik (Trustee)

Camp Om Address VIVEK DEWAN, Shardhanand Chowk (Sing Dwar), Luxer Road, Jagjeeet Pur (Ad

Website: www.bestindiatours.com
www.kumbh.org
www.kumbhfestival.com
www.kailashmanasarovar.com
www.kailashmanasyatra.com
www.kailashmanasarovar.org
www.abhiyan.com
www.panchkarma.org
www.pushkar-india.com
www.adventure-equipments.com

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