Pabbar-Day-3

Day 3: 02 June 2014 : Return to chaos

Yesterday was a day where all our wishes have been fulfilled and nature had treated us with all that was in it’s kitty. Today was the departure day from Rohru, going back to the chaos and maddening rush of NCR. How much I hate being there.. but when you have to earn your bread and butter and save some pennies for traveling to these places, falling victim to the chaos is just the collateral damage, I guess!

I woke up early in the morning around 0530, hoping to capture the sunrise. However, Rohru is in valley and the Sun was rising behind the hills, so the best I could capture was this:

Morning at HP PWD Rest House

Morning at HP PWD Rest House

 

Gradually, everyone woke up and we saw the bulleteers getting ready to ride. As we had discussed with Dheeraj Solanki, we knew now that Kharapatha-Theog route to Shimla was pure hell and we ourselves have traversed the hell on the Tiuni-Shillai-Paonta Sahib route. We talked to Maniram (the Himachali caretaker with a Kashmiri accent) and he informed that the route between Tiuni-Chakrata was better and less frequented and so we decided to return via Chakrata.

Bulleteers getting ready for the ride

Bulleteers getting ready for the ride

 

It was going to be a long ride and hence we decided to have breakfast on the way and to start as quickly as possible from Rohru. We ordered tea which Maniram brought promptly.

Maniram - The HPPWD Rest House caretaker

Maniram – The HPPWD Rest House caretaker

 

Finishing the tea, we loaded our lugguage in the Beast and bade goodbye to HPPWD Rest House and Rohru. The time read 0630 hrs…

Last pic at HPPWD Rohru

Last pic at HPPWD Rohru

 

We refueled the Beast at Rohru itself and by 0730 hrs, and driving along the Pabbar river, we reached Tiuni where Pabbar meets Tons river. Looking at the shops open, we decided to have breakfast there. We ordered Paranthas with curd and while the Paranthas were being prepared, we explored a fruit & vegetable shop adjacent to the restaurant. They had some very good apricots, succulent and sweet. Plus they had another variety of apricots which looked more like small apples. The prices were very cheap – half of what you get at popular destinations and so we all purchased some apricots. And then, we went for the fill.

Paranthas in making

Paranthas in making

Ready to be feasted on

Ready to be feasted on

How to check whether your tummies are full! ;)

How to check whether your tummies are full! πŸ˜‰

 

Having our tummies full (oh yes! check the picture above how gentlemen know their tummy is full πŸ˜€ ), we crossed the bridge over Tons and leaving Himachal, we entered Uttarakhand. From here, for a vary long distance, Tons river is the demarcation between HP & UK. The road conditions were ok types, not very good and we were taking frequent photo-op breaks which kind of reduced our speed to 15kmph.

Tons river marking the boundary of HP & UK

Tons river marking the boundary of HP & UK

Break to banta hai

Break to banta hai

 

Enjoying the vistas, we crawled ahead. πŸ˜€ The road is not too good, but better than the other routes. It’s narrow and not much traffic is there (in fact we were able to see only two-three vehicles till Chakrata). But as compared to the Himachal route, this was more green.

Beautiful views

Beautiful views

Colourful Houses

Colourful Houses in the valley

The road condition

The road condition

Narrow roads

Narrow roads

Step farming

Step farming

Define heavy traffic

Define heavy traffic

I wish to have my house there... someday! :)

I wish to have my house there… someday! πŸ™‚

Lush green!

Lush green!

 

We were also keeping an eye for schools/aanganwaadis so that we can distribute the causes stuff. Driving for about two hours, we arrived at an area which seemed to be populated and so we decided to get down and find out if there were any. Indeed there was an aanganwaadi and so we all got down. Sawara was the name of the village (just adjascent to Penuwa in Google Maps) which comes under Chakrata Tehsil of Dehradun (not to be confused with Swara Kuddu in HP, just before Tiuni where a hydroelectric project is running).

Approaching Sawara village, chakrata

Approaching Sawara village, chakrata

 

The family running aanganwaadi were quite surprised to learn that we were not from any Government department or NGO. Although the kids have gone back to their homes, they quickly gathered them and then we distributed the causes stuff to the kids. The family insisted that we have our lunch with them which we had to politely deny stating the fact that we have to run to Delhi today itself and we’re running short of time, on which they quickly arranged tea for us.

Happy Kids

Happy Kids

Distributing causes stuff

Distributing causes stuff

And a group pic

And a group pic

 

Finished with the tea, we rode again, passing through a water stream…

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Water crossing

Water crossing

Samar - aiming his shot

Samar – aiming his shot

 

And then we entered lush green forests of Deodar and so we took a photo-break again.

How green it is!

How green it is!

The road passes through forest

The road passes through forest

Samar - posing

Samar – posing

Madan - ek to meri bhi banti hai yaar!

Madan – ek to meri bhi banti hai yaar!

The Deodar trees are tall and dense

The Deodar trees are tall and dense

Sooo tall!

Sooo tall!

 

Within 10 minutes of starting from that point, we reached the Koti Kanasar Temple and meadows. This is a beautiful little open space within dense Kanasar forest which houses Deodar trees that are hundreds or years old. It also houses Asia’s oldest and biggest Deodar tree which is approx 6.35 meters in diameter! The place is not to be missed as it is just besides the road. We took this opportunity to take some rest and photo-op.

Kanasar meadows. Koti Kanasar temple in background

Kanasar meadows. Koti Kanasar temple in background

One for Yours Truly!

One for Yours Truly!

MadAnil - resting!

MadAnil – resting!

Find out the age

Can you find out it’s age? Unfortunately it has been cut down! πŸ™

Asia's oldest and tallest Deodar Tree

Asia’s oldest and tallest Deodar Tree at Kanasar, Chakrata

 

After spending around half an hour, we started onward again. The time read 1130 hours.

Distance chart

Distance chart

 

Capturing the beautiful valley and picturesque houses, we drove ahead….

Picture perfect!

Picture perfect!

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Could that be my home one day?

Could that be my home one day?

The mountain and the Beast

The mountain and the Beast

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… until we had to stop due to a blockage. BRO was laying fresh tarmac. It took about 10 minutes to clear the road and Samar grabbed the opportunity to talk to a tree. πŸ™‚

work in progress

work in progress

Who's taller?

Who’s taller?

road opens

road opens

 

In next hour, we reached Chakrata (did I mentioned that we were driving 15kmph?). We went into the market where Anil & Madan have been before and shopped for some camo pants and belts which were very cheap. Anil bhai talked to the shop owner about some heresay not to visit Tiger Falls during winters as some witchcraft is done there (!). The shopkeeper said that right now there was no problem and it was only off season that they advise people not to go there. In the meanwhile, I captured these cute kids in the shop! πŸ™‚

Entering the Chakrata market

Entering the Chakrata market

Cute kids

Cute kids

Cute kids

Cute kids

 

Chakrata has some nice Himalayan views to capture and we were able to see some snow-capped peaks for the last time. The time read 1330 hrs.

Snow-capped peaks..

Snow-capped peaks from Chakrata.. for the last time in the trip.

 

Starting from Chakrata, we planned to visit the Tiger Falls and drove couple of kilometers, however, on inquiring, locals at two places told us that the vehicle can go only to a certain point and then there is at least a 1 km trek downhill to access the fall. Now going downhill was not a problem, but being tired of the long drives that we were having since day before, no one was willing to trek uphill and so it was decided that we would comeback sometime when we’re hail and healthy and then we took a U-turn. πŸ™‚

Barely we have driven for half an hour, Madan again felt the need to take a load due to his bowel movements and so we stopped for him to do the job! This was third day of our drive and every day someone or the other had to “do the job” on way! πŸ˜€ So how do you kill your time in a forest while someone is doing his job? Simple – you click at random, and so we did!

Someone's doing the job!

Someone’s doing the job!

Let's meet Mr. Beeeeee

Let’s meet Mr. Beeeeee

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And then we drove again, now me on the wheels, leaving Chakrata behind…

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Chakrata cantonment ends

Chakrata cantonment ends

 

From Chakrata, there are two routes to reach Dehradun. One is the route you take via Kalsi(where Tons river meets Yamuna)-Dakpathar-Vikasnagar-Herbertpur-Dehradun or you can go via Mussoorie. The former route is short by 20 odd kilometers and then the later route passes through crowded Kepty Falls and Mussoorie and hence we decided to take the former. The road conditions had improved from Chakrata

Much better roads!

Much better roads!

Colourful fields

Colourful fields

 

Just ahead, where a road to Yamunotri bifurcates (the later route towards Mussoorie), we saw an imbroglio between a Delhi registered car and a mahindra commander driver. They had met with an accident and the commander driver was abusing the car driver like anything, threatening him and calling various people. We got down and tried to gauge the situation. The car driver appeared to be drunk and just then to our surprise, a police personnel came on a motorcycle, stopped, talked to someone over phone and off he went!

imbroglio!

imbroglio!

the place

the place

That's the way to Yamunotri

That’s the way to Yamunotri (and Mussoorie too)

 

We were taken aback by the policeman’s attitude and then decided not to interfere and so we hopped on again and rode towards Kalsi.

Tons and Yamuna at Kalsi

Tons and Yamuna at Kalsi

 

We remembered that we hadn’t ate anything as yet after Tiuni and so decided that we’ll have something at Dehradun. Having been deprived of any non-veg food (discounting the yuk mutton we had at Rohru), we decided that we’ll eat at KFC. We were also conscious of the time as Dheeraj had to get a metro to reach Dwarka, however tummies were demanding their fill and soon we zipped past Kalsi & Vikasnagar and took a left at Herbertpur, where an idiot driver came in our line of drive, which I barely managed to avoid. We reached the KFC at Rajpur road and ordered some burgers (of course chicken ones for us, Dheeraj being an eggetarian, decided to have veg burger). The time read 1700 hrs.

KFC Dehradun

KFC Dehradun. Apologies for shaky picture quality

 

We started our journey again and just as we entered Rajaji National Park, we saw this person throwing garbage on the road from inside his Toyota Corolla with a Delhi number. They’d come to hills, pollute it and then crib about the unattended garbage on their next visit. Unfortunately, people do get money easily, but civic sense is not something that can be procured. Agitated we were, we’ve decided to make this guy famous!

The famous (or not so famous) city guy littering in Himalayas

The famous (or not so famous) city guy littering in Himalayas on a 15 lakh vehicle

 

Soon we passed by Roorkee, and then stopped at Purquazi to have some chaat at the famous Gupta Chat Bhandar. Now there are many Guptas that have cropped up hinging on the popularity, but only a local would know the original and hence Samar for the rescue! The time read 2010 hrs.

Gupta Chaat Bhandar

Gupta Chaat Bhandar at Purquazi

papris for chaat

papris for chaat in making

Owner posing happily!

Owner posing happily!

 

We had some delicious, mouth-watering chaats followed by kulfi to top up!

Delicious, yummy chaat

Delicious, yummy chaat

Topping of kulfi ;)

Topping of kulfi πŸ˜‰

 

And then, it was a mad rush from Purquazi to reach Noida City Centre in time for Dheeraj to get the Metro. We passed by Muzaffarnagar, Khatauli, Meerut, Modinagar & Muradnagar quickly. When we reached Ghaziabad, we calculated that reaching Noida city centre in time would not be possible and the best would be to dash for Vaishali Metro station. Somehow, we managed to reach Vaishali Metro station by 2255 and we waited outside for confirmation from Dheeraj that he gets the Metro. Fortunately, Dheeraj was able to board the last metro to Dwarka, leaving Vaishali at 2305. We then drove to Madan’s house, dropped Madan, Anil and Samar and then reached my home at Noida past midnight.

That ends our fantastic trip to very less frequented Chanshal Pass and I hope you liked traveling virtually with me. If you have any query or feedback or if you have recently visited Chanshal Pass, feel free to leave a comment and I will try to reply as soon as possible.

Total Distance covered: Approx 475 kms

Total Round-trip distance: Approx 1073 kms

Driving Directions from Rohru to Noida via Chakrata: Start from Rohru and drive towards Hatkoti. At Hatkoti, take the left fork to go towards Tiuni, the right fork goes towards Kharapathar-Theog. Turn left to cross the bridge on Tons (there are two bridges, one before the market and another just after the market area at Tiuni – take anyone) and immediately turn right to go towards Chakrata. Keep on driving following the road with Tons river on your right to pass by Chilhar and Sawara-Penuwa to arrive at Kanasar. Keep on following the road to pass by Deoban and arrive at Chakrata. After you pass by the church, take the right fork and keep driving to arrive at Sahiya. Keep right after PNB (do not take the small road on your left) and just afterwards, take the left fork and drive ahead. At the point where the road bifurcates again, marked by clear signs to yamunotri (and goes to Mussoorie), take the right fork to pass by Kalsi and then take the bridge on Yamuna on your left to arrive at Dakpathar. Do not take any left or right turn on any smaller road and keep following the road to pass by Vikasnagar and arrive at Herbertpur. Turn left at Herbertpur crossing to pass by Rampur and Premnagar, arriving at Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower). Take the first exit if you need to go to Rajpur Road, else, take the second exit. At next roundabout, take the third exit and drive straight to Prince Chowk. Turn right at Prince Chowk and drive ahead to be on the Saharanpur road (NH 72A). Keep on following the NH to pass through Rajaji National Park. Drive straight to arrive at Chhutmalpur and turn left on NH 73 to arrive at Roorkee. At Roorkee, turn right on NH 58 and drive ahead following the road to arrive at Purquazi. Driving straight, arrive at Muzaffarnagar bypass and turn left just after Uttarakhand Memorial at Rampur to take the bypass. Turn left at the end of bypass to remain at NH 58 (just after Jadoda Nara Railway station) and then keep on following the road, taking Khatauli bypass and Meerut bypass. Drive ahead to pass by Modinagar and Muradnagar to arrive at NH 57 Junction at Ghaziabad. Turn right on NH 57 towards Delhi. After crossing Hindon river bridge, turn left at Mohan Nagar (just after Mohan Mekin’s Brewery) and drive straight to arrive at Vaishali Metro station. From here, you can take the right fork of the road just after Dabur premises to reach Anand Vihar Bus Terminus and Railway station. Alternatively, driving straight can get you to NH 24 junction from where taking right would enable you to reach Mayur Vihar/I.P. Extension, Akshardham, and eventually at the Ring road near Millenium Park. Taking a left from the NH 24 Junction, you can reach Noida sector 62 crossing from where one can enter Noida.

Google Map directions for Rohru to Noida via Chakrata: https://goo.gl/maps/Ia1FJ

For driving directions between Delhi and Rohru via Paonta Sahib, please see the first post in this series.

 

Epilogue: Happy to report that the Beast isn’t yet showing signs of age. What was believed to be dysfunctional turbo charger boiled down to 2 missing nuts of the exhaust connecting it to the engine. 5 Rupees and it’s all hale and hearty! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Kumaun-Day-1

Day 1: 19 December 2013: Reaching Mukteshwar

As year end was approaching, many friends at DevilOnWheels were planning for an escapade in search of solitude and finally what we zeroed in on were Mukteshwar, Sattal (and other tals around Nainital) and Pangot. It was desided that we will spend one night each and the dates were finalised as 19th to 22nd December. Nainital was kept deliberately out of the itinerary as it would be crowded – as always and we were in search of tranquility. Pangot, because it happens to be bird-watcher’s paradise! Initially, we formed a large group of around 20, but gradually the numbers dwilled down and finally we settled down to just two families – Dheeraj with his wife, son, plus brother-in-law – Gaurav, and me with wifey and li’l daughter who was 15 month old – in all 7 persons in two cars.

We had decided to meet near the CISF camp on NH24 as that is the route to take. Dheeraj was coming from Dwarka and we had decided to synchronize drive times so as to avoid any long waiting time and hence we decided to meet at sharp 0600 hrs. Now getting ready early in the morning, when you’ve a lady with you and a kid too, and to top that, when you’re used to get up at 0700 hrs and that too on alarm – was the first challenge. However, since we had planned in advance and packed our bags, I managed to leave our residence by 0550 hrs. Ringed Dheeraj and he said that he was approaching the meeting point, however, said that he was crossing a bridge. That should be the Hindon bridge! And it means that he missed the CISF camp. I asked him to stop immediately after crossing the bridge and I’ll be there in next 5-10 minutes.

 

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Reached there shortly and then I met Dheeraj for the first time, though we’ve known each other for longer – online! πŸ™‚

Pleasantries exchanged, we started the drive. It was still dark and a thick fog was settling very quickly reducing our speeds as the visibility reduced to just couple of meters.

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None of us had our breakfast and we decided to stop somewhere for some quick bite. I knew from my previous experiences about Skylark Tourist Dhaba, just 8 kilometers ahead of crossing the Ganga river at Garhmukteshwar which serves fresh and tasty food. Communicated the same to Dheeraj as he was following me and by 0745 hrs, we reached the Dhaba. The average speed was less than 45kmph!

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We had some parathas and sandwiches plus tea for breakfast, settled the bill and then decided to run non-stop to Mukteshwar. The time read 0830 hrs. However, with a small kid, you are bound to take some breaks – nappy changing, feeding, … And I tried not to loose time by driving ahead full speed, taking breaks while Dheeraj was driving non-stop and then catching up with them. At Moradabad bypass toll, we two were again back to back. We purchased some guavas there and munching on them, we drove ahead to reach Rampur.

 

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The fog was still there, but it dispersed after we were about to reach Moradabad.

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We had deliberated earlier on the route and instead of taking Moradabad-Tanda-Bazpur-Kaladhungi-Nainital-Bhowali-Mukteshwar which was reported to be too much troublesome and full of huge craters that could swallow a truck (literally!) around Tanda, we had decided to go via Moradabad-Rampur-Suar-Bazpur-Kaladhungi-Nainital-Bhowali-Mukteshwar as the same route was taken by our friend – Ashish and was reported to be better. Since I wasn’t aware of the route and my GPS was not getting the route either, I let Dheeraj drive ahead and guide us for the route. As we entered Rampur, we took the correct left turn towards Suar. Finding many intersections that were confusing, Dheeraj decided to ask for the directions, however, he missed to ask for the directions to Suar and instead asked for directions towards Nainital and the people there directed us to a narrow lane which eventually led us to the Nainital road going via Rudrapur-Haldwani (Check the maps to see what we went through!).

The traffic of all sorts – trucks, tractors, tempo, bikes, cycles and bullock karts ensured that our progress remains dead slow. And to top that, the road condition became worse with big potholes and broken roads. The moment you’d think of overtaking a slow moving vehicle, you’d encounter a big crater and then you fall back in line. Driving slowly ahead, I stopped at the Punjabi Potli, 22 kms ahead of Rampur (just 8 kms short of Bilaspur) to have some tea and feed something to the kiddo. Dheeraj was following me and so I tried waving down so that they could stop, however, he couldn’t see me and drove ahead. I called up Dheeraj to let him know that I had stopped and will catch up in sometime. The time read 1125 hrs.

 

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Starting from the Punjabi Potli, we pass by Bilaspur and soon approach the UP-Uttarakhand Border at Rudrapur, after which the road conditions improved. Dheeraj was nowhere to be seen and so I pressed the pedal. However, navigating through the city traffic at Rudrapur makes you a bit slow and I was guessing that once Dheeraj reaches the Tanda range, he would also pick up speed. Keeping up with the speed, soon we passed the Tanda range and as we were about to reach the traffic junction at Haldwani, I noticed Dheeraj two cars ahead. Haldwani is generally congested, however, traffic keeps on moving at slow pace. Soon we both were driving back to back and passed by Kathgodam Railway station.

 

Monkeys in the Tanda range

Monkeys in the Tanda range

 

From this point onwards, I wasn’t very sure of the route to take, although I had GPS maps working, so I let Dheeraj lead the way. The mountains had started…

 

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Driving ahead, we missed the right fork to Bhimtal, which would have shortened the distance by couple of kilometers and instead drove towards Jeolikote on the left fork. A bit ahead, Dheeraj stopped his car and so did I. Dheeraj’s son wasn’t feeling well and the motion sickness coupled with start of hilly drive made him throw again. Since he had by now thrown a couple of times, so he was crying and so we took time to pacify him, share some quick snacks (fried flattend rice with groundnut and salts and chips) as the time read 1330 hrs and it was almost time. Since we had plans of having lunch at Mukteshwar, which was still about three hours ahead (70kms odd), we shared some with Dheeraj so that they can munch while driving too.

 

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Dheeraj & Junior Devil

Dheeraj & Junior Devil

 

Starting from there, we passed Jeolikote and just ahead, we kept on the right/straight fork of the road so as to bypass Nainital town and passed by Ghodakhal (landmark Ghodakhal Sainik School), where the road from Tallital meets this road. We kept on straight and then took right near the Bhowali bus stand and moving ahead, took the left fork going towards Mukteshwar (around 40kms). The right fork here is the one that goes towards Bhimtal. Driving ahead, the road conditions detoriated a bit and we passed by Ramgarh. Apparently, commercialization has taken a big toll on the hills and we could see that majority of the peaks being devoid of trees and cement and concrete structures coming up just about everywhere – from small guest houses to big retreats! πŸ™

 

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Pretty soon, we left all those commercialized structures and it was soothing to eyes to see greenery again. We were about to reach the Oak Chalet resort and so Dheeraj called him. Surely enough, there were two persons waving us down to a property after couple of hundred of meters. We parked our cars to what appeared to be a beautiful property. The people introduced themselves.. a lean figure with dishelved and curly hairs – Hemu and the other one is Bahadur. Hemu is the one who mainly takes care of the affairs here. And then he tells us that the property that we are looking at just now is Somerset lodge. Oak Chalet, where our booking is, is a 10 minutes walk down. They say it is a nice walk and we would enjoy. Ok! What about the lugguage? No problem, they’ll carry. Fine! We’ll take the walk, but please guide us. No need sir, there is just a single trail, just follow that! The time reads 1610 hrs.

A word of caution – when in hills and you ask for distance to any place, whatever the answer is, whether in terms of distance or time, just double the amount! And so a 10 minute walk for them becomes a 20 minute downhill (and sometimes uphill too) walk for us. As we walk down the trail, we wonder whether this one property has owned up an entire mountain! The moment we approach first structure that could be inhabited, we ask a lady whether we have reached the Oak Chalet, but no! This is accommodation for people working on the farms, Oak Chalet is still a while ago. In the meantime, Hemu and Bahadur catch up with us, even when carrying all those lugguages. He says it is just ahead of the bushes and so we keep on walking and many bushes ahead, we finally reach the Oak Chalet! The time read 1630 hrs.

 

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Soon after our lugguage arrived, we checked in the rooms and boy! What big room with huge glass windows was this! Nice ambience!! Since we two families were the only guests, we had all the place to ourselves! πŸ™‚

 

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Soon, we were called for the lunch. The dining hall is in a separate building situated adjacent to Oak Chalet. This also doubles up as the library and has got a nice collection of travel books. A corner also had badminton rackets and corks to play with. We however, decided first to have lunch as the time was already 1720. Chapatis, Rice, Rajma, Raita, Salad and potato-cauliflower vegetable tasted marvellous, may be because we were really hungry?

 

The library

The library

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Delicious Food

Delicious Food

 

Done with stuffing the stomach, the kids pickup the badminton rackets and started playing with just about anything – from cork, to small pebbles to big lemons that were on the premise. It was feeling really nice to be away from any sort of noise of traffic/vehicles, mountains all around that are green. It was getting dark and cold and hence we decided to rest a bit and then come back again at 2000 hrs when the bonfire will be lit followed by dinner. Dheeraj and Gaurav decided to go back to the car to get some items and while on return, Gaurav sprained his ankle and it swelled like hell! Fortunately, I always carry some pain killers pain cream and so we handed it over and advised him to get some sleep.

 

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At about 2030 hrs, I came out and inquired with Hemu if they were to start the bonfire. He said that he was in fact waiting for us only and so I asked it to be lit. Initially, I was all alone enjoying the bonfire and later joined by Dheeraj, his wife and the kid. My daughter was sleeping and hence Shikha also came down a while later.

 

Dheeraj & Family

Dheeraj & Family

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Bonfire

 

 

Half an hour later, we had our dinner and then we retired for the day.

Next: Exploring Mukteshwar & Sattal

CONTD…

Total Distance covered: Approx 330 kms

Driving Directions from Noida to Mukteshwar: Take Ashok Marg to pass by Shopprix Mall. At the next traffic intersection, turn left to go towards sector 62 – NH 24 traffic tri-junction. Turn right at NH 24 and keep on driving following the highway to pass by Crossing Republic and ABES Colleges on your right. Take the flyover to be on NH24, left diversion goes to Ghaziabad town. Keep on following NH24 to pass by Dasna, Masuri and Pilakhwa (Handloom hub) towards Hapur. Take right fork after Nizampur to be on the Hapur bypass road and pass by Babugarh and Simbhaoli to arrive at Skylark Tourist Dhaba on your left. Drive ahead and cross the Ganga river (Ganges) at Garhmukteshwar and pass by Gajraula. Further ahead, just after Pakwara (marked by Tirthanker Mahaveer University), take the right fork to go on to Moradabad bypass. After the bypass ends, turn right to remain on NH24 and drive towards Rampur. Enter Rampur (marked by a left turn and immediate bridge, NH24 is being worked upon and later a straight road from here will continue as NH24) and pass by DM Residence followed by Railway station. At the T-point just ahead, turn left to take NH87 (also called Nainital Road). Keep on driving and pass by Bhot, following which you arrive at Punjabi Potli to your left. Drive ahead straight and pass by Bilaspur and reach the UP-Uttrakhand border, marked by a gate. Drive ahead to reach Rudrapur and keep on driving through the city on the same road without taking any turn. At Chhatarpur junction, majority of traffic appears to be following right fork, however, take the left fork off NH87 to go via the Tanda range forest towards Haldwani, the right fork (NH87) goes to Pantnagar again to reach Haldwani through a longer route. Keep on straight on the road without taking any left or right cut and you’ll be passing through the Haldwani market. At next triffic T-point in the market, turn left to go towards Nainital, the right one is the NH87 coming via Pantnagar. Pass by Kathgodam railway station and keep on driving whereby soon the hills will start. Just ahead of Ranibagh, take the left fork towards Jeolikote. Driving ahead of Jeolikote, take the right fork (known as Bhowali-Haldwani road), the left one goes towards Nainital. Pass by Bhowali Sanitorium (TB Hospital) and Bus stand and then just ahead, take the right fork, the left one goes towards Almora/Ranikhet. Just as you pass by the market area, take the left fork (Bhowali-Ramgarh-Mukteshwar road) at next junction ahead of KMVN Tourist Rest House. Follow the road and at next tri-junction, take the left fork. Keep on following the prominent road and pass by Ramgarh and just ahead, take the right fork to reach Mukteshwar

Google Map directions for Noida to Mukteshwar travel that we took: http://goo.gl/maps/cojoH

Google Map directions for Noida to Mukteshwar travel via Bhimtal (317kms): http://goo.gl/maps/yu1yk

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