06 July 2012

Unforgettable & Wonderful KINNAUR (Himachal)-3

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The Day-2 of the tour, when we started from Shimla and reached Sarahan by early evening. In the meantime travelled about 280 KM of hilly terrains to touch the pinnacle of enriched Sarahan..

Now watch the memorabilia of Sarahan, within limited photographic expression...

 I have this nice opportunity to Travel a fairyland of Nature, the ‘Dev Bhoomi’..Kinnaur, western Himalaya in the state of Himachal Pradesh, between 27thMay’2012 to 6th June’12, along with my family & a group of travel enthusiasts, West Bengal tourists. Our tour management been compatibly executed by a popular Travel Agency of Kolkata as summer package, booked well in advance…

        'Holidays' may not be all that relaxing but definitely exciting! because we were under the time line of a schedule movements, hospitality & supervision… for a good intension to discover a fantasy destination through noble & memorable actions.:)

        By the way, I am considerably satisfied & enjoyed a beautiful climate due to its high elevation and desirably like to share the glimpses of the tour through a sequence...as discovered through my Cam Sense captured the moments, which attracted by my pair of eyes…Try to make it interesting and useful to my beloved visitor's & for the prospective traveler’s…

        I know it’s inadequate, but feels, may enrich individual minds while attracts to visit Her Majesty, a natural paradise. Even it’s not possible to capture all its charms or describe the true mesmerizing scenes. In spite of such limitations, my attempt to translate & record the two dimensional experience of the tour is necessary to refresh my weary minds for...future. As well as allow me to share its scenic beauty… which certainly remind me & allow my viewer’s picturesque spots… Consciously! not included video shoots & eliminated family & personal pictures...

        As per the programme, comprising 24 team members, comfortably boarded Kalka Mail from Howrah.. towards Chandigarh on 27thMay’12, reached by schedule and after a small recess on the early morning of 29th May occupied the capacity Bus towards Simla, which conceived our entire tour ethics & conveyance for 8 days.

        The details in brief of our destinations, Kinnaur access route via Solan & Simla and our comfortable stay are summarized below, with probable distance from Chandigarh onwards…              
Day 1 --- At Simla (29th May’12); Hotel Pine View...110 KM.
Day 2 --- At Sarahan (30th May’12); Sri Bhimakali Ji Temple Trust Guest House...170 KM.
Day 3 & 4 --- At Sangla (31stst.May & 1stJune’12); Hotel Monal Regency…95KM.
Day 5 & 6 --- At Kalpa (2nd June & 3rdJune’12); Hotel Kinnur Villa...52KM.
Day 7 --- At Rampur (4th June’12); Hotel Bushehar Regency, HPTDC...105KM.
Day 8 --- Leaving Rampur by 9.00 AM (5thJune’12) and boarding Kalka Mail from Chandigarh on 6th June’12 initial hours...240KM.

 **Site seeing and local tours excluded.
     * Provision to visit Lahaul and Spiti not considered, although it’s a part of a longer circuit.

(Delhi to Simla-380 KM, Simla to Rampur-131KM, Rampur to Sarahan via Jeori-23+17=40KM, Jeori to Sangla-90KM, Sangla to Recong Peo via Powari-31+7=40KM, Powari to Kaza(Spiti)-197KM);   (www.himachaltourism.gov.in)
        I am unable to plan how to initiate the progress of this series, what comes to my mind is go simply as per cam records & day to day move that has taken place… At the end provide my personal assessment, exclusive observation & realizations, limited to photgraphs.

        As you are aware, that Kinnaur was a part of princely state of ‘Bushair’ from village of Kamru (Sangla), moved to Sarahan and then to Rampur…altitude between 2350 M to 6816M,  finally emerged as State of Himachal Pradesh in 1972, having proximity to Tibet with cultural & religious links & practices, even manifested in dress, languages, customs or architectures. 

        Actually, its geographic parameters, given Kinnaur the rich cultural & religious traditions (Hindusim has been embellished with Buddhist practices)… Kinnauri dialects like Homskad and Jangiam, besides Hindi. Interestingly, most of the population is literate.
        The Ancient Indian text ‘Puranas’ placed the people of Kinnaur as halfway between Man & Gods… other ancient traditions speaks of the exile of the ‘Pandavas’ and the time they spent in Kinnaur an episode from the epic ‘Mahabharata’… 

The Day-2 of the Series..Unforgettable & Wonderful KINNAUR (Himachal)
                                                       The 30th.May'2012
Good bye Shimla...The starting mark of day-2

Ready for the journey to Sarahan! daughter's introduction to Cam..

Flowing in the mist of numerous landscapes...

Heaven! for Nature's lovers.. feeling is mine..

Each snap is better than the other...

Witnessing! is the only alternative option..

Simply! even short lived bushes has its vibrancy of colour.

A normally large Chameleon..on climbing mode.

Destination..Jeori..left few KM to reach Sarahan

Display window of a sweet shop, remembered !!

A documentation of primitive & delightful moments...

Nature's arrangement of Deodhars & Pine..

Occupied the Dhaba..for taking our prepared lunch (Pre-arranged)
A team of 3 cooks & 2 officials all along in organisation.

Enroute  NH-22 upto Jeori, focusing from the Dhaba..

Taste of our lunch! Fish preparation at own arrangements..

Endowed with Natural Beauty..
Spectacular terrain of lush green.

Road side..Natural Bonsai !!..

Valley! Landscape of the area,
Combining sign of prosperity..
It's watching! brave bird..allowed me to record..

Roadside uncaring splendid..Bouganvilla

River...Sutlej..Driving along...flows through Kalpa & Sarahan.

Sutlej.. flowing from Himalaya rises from Tibet,
one of the most faster river in the land.

Powerful.. Sutlej.. noisy movement (Old name is Satadru)
Settlement of Sultej River at Sarahan.

Gateway to Kinnaur...

Famous Bhimakali Temple, Sarahan.
Has been sculpted with rock & timber.

Bhimakaliji Temple Guest House, within Temple area.
Here! we stayed, our room was at the 1st floor,3rd from left.

Panoramic View: Mother Goddesses Durga or Bhimakali,
Goddess Monarchs of the earlier Bushair state of Rampur.

Temple Architecture: Indo-Tibetan Style..

Approach to Palace from the Temple...watched nice cultivation display..

Both the Temple & Palace has beautiful flower gardens. One exhibit!

Raja Bhushair's Palace area..
A walking distance from the Temple & our accommodation venue.

The Palace is surrounded by Apple groves..

Beautiful  Soft flowery grass at the Palace enclosure.
Touch sensible feeling!

From the lawn of the Palace.. focusing the Palace..

A Closer View of the Palace..

Apple Orchids.. adjacent to  Palace as on 30.5.12

Apple tree with small produce at the Palace campus.

Watch! Live...growing 'Walnut' within the Palace garden.

Inside Palace.. Temple Door...Closed!
Taken! entering the courtyard.

A panoramic view outside the Closed Palace..

Almost the entire team of our tour enthusiasts..
A privilege to be inside the Palace Courtyard.
* It is possible to release the post, because the picks was uploaded when I published the first one..
Unfortunately, in spite of my willingness, now further publication is not possible.

Here is an information to my kind visitors..

     Sorry! due to expressed limitations & inability to have free access my postings is suspended for indefinite period.
     In the meantime you are aware that without upgrading, my run out of free storage of photographs cannot be recovered. I have to enter into a transaction for additional storage @ 5 pound /per month, as per web protocol & projection.
     But, with respect to my dimension of principle & objective mission, preferred to maintain independency without any obligation. In course of the process, never indulge to secure any commercial or likewise benefits.

     Naturally, at this moment not interested to work or desirous to continue my contribution as sharing experience of the nature of social obligation, accepting at my own cost & consequences.

     I think you will agree, that here interest is the most important facet to lead the progress...and that is the end of my problem...

     Hope, everyone will take it in the right spirit, as I accepted it sportingly.
One thing! I leave a question.. Who is the ultimate looser? I am now free to use my discretion & utilize my leisure differently..I tried my best & not allow my site to be a product in any form or shape, at least according to my present state of understanding.

     However, whenever I find opportunity certainly pay visit & finally review in due course to convert & introduce professional identity of the site.

    My good wishes to everyone.
    Stay happy and goodbye.

Atanu Chatterjee (Avibration)


AmitAag said...

...heaven indeed! Thanks a lot Atanu for this wonderful spree:)

Pinnacles desert tour said...

Wow,the view is indeed great. Super like the place.

Solo Backpacker said...

It is truly an amazing place..have visited Kinnaur Valley two years ago and this year again went to Kinnaur and even further to Spiti Valley. Waiting for the next trip to Kinnaur to see the full grown Apples. Thanks for sharing this.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Oh! a heaven is here too. Thanks a lot for the nice write up.

Jayadev said...

Hi Atanu

Himachal and Kashmir are dream destinations for me .. got to go there soon.

Your article provides useful inputs o people planning to visit Kinnaur.

The pictures of the Sutlej in spate and the other sights of the area really make me wish to be there.

Enjoyed your travelogue

Bhavana said...

I am partial to your flower and fruit photographs:) love them...

Unknown said...

Nice post..

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