Kareri Lake: An Epic Trail

Planning a birthday is one hell of a task! It’s cruel and gruesome! From ensuring only the right set of people are there to keeping a check at every order that is placed to making certain that the birthday boy/girl does the mandatory bday-shots to making sure the DJ plays just the right kind of dance tracks to ofcourse ensuring that you get the cake, gifts, birthday glasses and what not! Phew! In the last surprise birthday party that we had planned for our friend, everything that could go wrong did go wrong! From unpleasant beings to exotic orders to embarrassing pictures to exorbitant bill at the end to an extremely bad hangover! That party could very well be documented for teaching us/anybody “what not to do while planning a surprise birthday party.” So, this time around when our friend took complete ownership of planning his birthday party, we were…

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Book A Ticket To Manali But Get Down Right Before Aut Tunnel!

Here I am – this is me There’s no where else on earth I’d rather be It’s a new world – it’s a new start It’s alive with the beating of young hearts Here we are – we’ve just begun And after all this time – our time has come Ya here we are – still goin’ strong Right here in the place where we belong Getting down right before Aut Tunnel and heading towards Tirthan Valley proved to be the best weekend getaway decision ever! We had reached Aut Tunnel around 7:30 in the morning. We had arranged for a cab that took us to Shoja Village via Bali, Dari, Targali, Banjaar and Jibhi.  Shoja was about 7kms from Jibhi. We were staying at Raja Guest House. After quickly freshening-up and having a hearty delicious breakfast that included yum stuffed paranthas, bread-omelette and masala chai, we left for the…

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7 Days. 934 kms. My Love Affair With Himachal.

I woke up to a loud bang. The noises varied from explosions to fireworks, the sound of a gun firing to an enormous roar. It sure looked like my last few moments on earth and all I wanted to do was call up my Mother to talk to her one last time. It took me more than few minutes to come to my senses and realize that I was alive and so were some 20 people around me. This was Day 2 of my trip to Himachal. We were stranded at this place called Tindi. The bridge ahead had collapsed and Border Roads Organization (BRO) was blasting the other side of the hill with dynamites to construct a small passage for us to be able to cross it. The horrendous noises were a result of the blasting, which I mistook for ‘I-am-about-to-die-what-to-do phase’ in my half-asleep state. Phew! I had…

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