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Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Travel Diary on the Uttarakhand Himalayas

Hi all,

Due to some requests, I have decided to go ahead and restructure the blog. This will serve as the home page of the blog. Of course, there will be some days before the whole exercise is completed. I hope to have an efficient navigation system in place soon.



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148 Comments:

Blogger Chitrang Srivastava said...

Now it looks very strcutured waiting for your Munsiyari day-by-day report...webshots doesn't looks good..brings pics from there and description (make it short ) from indiamike and together create a fresh report...

Good work !

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 1:21:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Aditya said...

Gullu - I had trouble finding the bugyal blogs.

Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 8:24:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Arvind Garg said...

Amazing stuff. Descriptin (with some punctuation errors though) is also good. I am motivated to visit Chopta-Tungnath this summer. Keep it up.

Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 11:03:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are planning to go to Chopta in April second week with kids (5 yrs & 9 yrs). Is it kid friendly, as in not too hard. How cold is it in mid April?

Regards,

Vilva

Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 12:18:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

yes, it is kid friendly. if the kids get tired, get a horse for them

Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 2:15:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is the weather during mid april?

Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 5:18:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Sundar said...

Dude...This is Sundar...i dont know if u remember me :-)
Infosys - Project mate -- till u left for IIM K :-)
Yoga Anand Venki..Saale kuch yaadh aya....
I was planning to go for a trek to RoopKundLake and was doing some background work on Google when i bumped into ur blog...I vaguely remember u giving me ur gmail is as almoraboy...lol....
Where are u ...
Mail me at sundarvelu@gmail.com
I need some info regarding my trek :-)))

Friday, April 13, 2007 at 10:08:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Sudi, Nimmi & Maya Narayan said...

Awesome!! Very nice pictures... Always love these hills....

Sudi, Nimmi & Maya Narayan
Atlanta
http://www.artofsudi.com (Art of Sudi)

Friday, April 20, 2007 at 9:07:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hi Sundar, nice bumping into you over here.

Friday, April 20, 2007 at 4:36:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Yogesh Bani said...

Excellent photography..
these pictures will work as a immotional tonic for all kumaonise who r out frm thr native places
gud work with excellency....

Friday, April 20, 2007 at 8:23:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Aditya said...

Hey Gullu - we should definitely hike together next time!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 10:48:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger bibs said...

Hi
Your blogs are very informative & interesting, But I want a detailed & informative first hand trek report of Uttarkashi-Dodital - Yamunetri route. I will be going around august 2007- sep 2007 with my litte kids ( 6 & 9 yrs age ).They have just done the
gangotri -gaumukh trek.
where can I get a trek report (like yours ) .
Thanks
sujoy

Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 5:33:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

i have been on the yamunotri route when i was a kid. it is much mre developed now..i hear. probably the best place to get information in the garhwal mandal vikas nigam. u can ask them about it...

Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 5:36:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Almoraboy. I am raju bhatt. Perhaps you remember our talikng in YU group. I am always a big fan of your photography...Sir, I am no more in YU due to some reasons and now I am running an community portal on my own. I would request you to please oblige our group too, with your excellent photography. May we use your photographs (of course mentioning your name) in our site? You can please have a look at it www.devbhumi.org

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 1:01:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Oliver said...

Hello, I'm Oliver from Germany and I really like your blog, especially the great pictures! Makes me wanna go back immediatelly. But have to wait a little bit longer!

Keep up the good work, looking forward to read/view new adventures of you.

Take care,

Oliver

Friday, August 10, 2007 at 7:02:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

wow!! ppl in Germany also r reading my blog...that is something great :):):)

Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 4:38:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger anasua said...

Hi, went through your writings and pics - impressed. Since there are so many people who love the Himalayas both national and international, could we not get together and do something more for it's preservation? We could start by taking up NO PLASTIC. It is sad to see that most of us show our concern only vocally.

I was at the Grand Canyon last month and people are asked to gather up there cans,plastics etc and bring them back out of the Canyon.

Only with a combined effort can we make such a movement successful, and we need to start NOW

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 11:09:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Anand said...

Hi,

I am Anand from Bangalore. Me and some friends are planning to visit Munsiyari in October. Saw some amazing snaps of the place from your blog. I would like to chat with you before I plan the trip. Would be great if you can mail me you contact number in anand.rp@gmail.com so that I can call you

Best,
Anand

Friday, August 24, 2007 at 12:47:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi yaar u got nay pics of valley of flowers if could mail it to me it would be great email is pbpankajb@aol.in

Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 7:15:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and i am from munsiyari in banglr right now pbpankajb@aol.in so pls forward the pics of valley of flowers if u could send it to me thanks

Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 7:19:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sri joshi
It is a great pleasure to go through your blogs and photographs specially those of your honeymoon tour. Excellent photography!. I have planned for a tour to kumaon with my family(Self,Wife and a boy of 6 yrs) in first week of Nov. I will start from Kathgodam and materialise the tour via Mukteshwar, Binsar, Chaukori, Kausani, nainital and back via Kathgodam. I have booked hotels at Peora for 1st night, Binsar KMVN for 2nd night, Chaukori KMVN for 3rd, Kausani for 4th and 5th, Nainital for 6th and 7th nights serially. I will hire a car throughout the tour of the abovementioned places. I would like to know whether it will be possible to reach Binsar KMVN by 4PM if I start from Peora at 9AM, then to Almora - jageswar and finally to Binsar. Can it be done comfortably with stopovers at Almora, Jageswar and at the temples on the road. Please comment.
Shyamal Mukherjee

Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 2:03:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

I am afraid that I am not sure about the location of Peora - have you got the spelling right? Never heard of this place before.

Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 6:23:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peora is on the narrow motorable road from Mukteshwar to Almora. What I came to know is that Peora is a small village which is around 8 Km from Mukteshwar. The local people may call it as Pera or Pura. The hotel persons say that Peora to Almora is around 25 Km. I have chosen Peora based on the feedbacks on the net. They say it has a better view of himalaya in comparison to Mukteshwar. Anyway how will be the weather in the 1st week of Nov? May we get a clear sky at Chaukori or Binsar? Yesterday I talked to the person for a car which you mentioned in one of your blogs. Nice man. I will finalise the deal within some days. Hope for a reply.
Shyamal Mukherjee

Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 8:23:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello,

Weather in the hills is always unpredictable. But there are good chnaces of finding a clear sky in november. Also, always remember, that the higher mountain peaks will be surrounded by clouds after around 10 am. so early morning (till 10 am) and late evenings (after sunset) are the times to get the best views. Happy travelling :-)

Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 5:16:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Rajlaxmi said...

Hi Prashant,
2 of us r going to Munsiyari from Ranikhet around 26-27th Dec 07. Will be there till 1st Jan 08. Which are the places absolutely not missable? Also, could u tell us the bus options from Munsiyari to Kathgodam to Delhi as train tickets arent available.Is it safe for females travelling alone?
Rgds,
RS

Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 1:57:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hey...is the whole world in Munsyari at that time???? Not fair....coz even I was planning for the same time.

From Ranikhaet...I think you should get yourself to Almora. From there you can hire taxi/jeep for Munsyari.

Now, from Munsyari to Kathgodam/Delhi/....A bus leaves at around 4 am or 4:30 in the morning. It reaches Kathgodam at almost 5:30 pm. So from Kathgodam, or evn Haldwani bus stop, you can catch a bus to Delhi.

Also, one bus leaves directly for Delhi, via Kathgodam, at around the same time...4:00 am. But I guess that it will be a very long bus journey..from Munsyari to Delhi non stop. phew.

And in the hills, it is 1000 times safer for gals to travel. It is in places liek Delhi and the plains that you have to be careful of devious ppl. The pahadi ppl r generally pretty simple n well behaved.

Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 5:56:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Tanzeem said...

Heyy!!!!! Prashant..tats amazing work...
i ve been plannin for Khalia top since long...n this year surly...us wanted to know wt would be a good time for this trek???????.

Friday, January 18, 2008 at 5:33:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

generally, october would bhe the best time. but if you want snow, go right now....!!!! hurry, rush!!!1

Friday, January 18, 2008 at 7:25:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous viren said...

Hi Prashant,
Am Viren from Mumbai. You have a nice style of describing........ and pics are also descriptive. Great !!!
We (3-4 sr. citizens )plan to go to Chopta-Tungnath-chandrashila trek in Apr-May 08. So this info will be useful.
please help us more, by giving contact info of persons who can give us accomodation at both Chopta & Tungnath
My email ID is gopujkars@hotmail.com
Thank you.
Viren

Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 11:53:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous viren said...

Hi Prashant,
Am Viren from Mumbai. You have a nice style of describing........ and pics are also descriptive. Great !!!
We (3-4 sr. citizens )plan to go to Chopta-Tungnath-chandrashila trek in Apr-May 08. So this info will be useful.
please help us more, by giving contact info of persons who can give us accomodation at both Chopta & Tungnath
My email ID is gopujkars@hotmail.com
Thank you.
Viren

Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 11:53:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Subrata said...

Hi Almoraboy - thrilled to watch your recent postings on "visit to Choukari-Munsyari" in winter2008.
Planned to visit the same place in mid-February this year. Will it be very difficult weatherwise?
mail- subratachat@gmail.com

Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 8:26:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

no, not at all. if it snows in munsyari, then you can travel to munsyari from that-jauljibi, instead of thal-kalamuni.

Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 9:05:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prashant, thanks for this blog. We're going to be a big group of 8 adults and 7 kids wanting to do camp out 2 nights in Deoria Taal and 3 nights in the Chopta area. I have some specific questions re this. Could you please email me chandanasurlu@yahoo.com

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 12:52:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Nimisha said...

Hi prashant, thoroughly enjoyed going through your blogs, esp. bedni bugyal and har ki dun... which month did u do your hkd winter trek in? also, if we go up to loharganj by road, is there acco there to spend the night or is it more advisable to stay the night at mundoli? and stuff like tents, sleeping bag and stove - can we get these on hire at loharganj/wan? it'd be great if u could give me this information coz i'm planning to go to bedni bugyal this summer. you can mail on pixiesworkshop@yahoo.com
eagerly waiting for ur response... thanks a ton. nimisha.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 6:25:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Prashant,

when did you do chopta trip ??? I mean dates ... We are leaving for same coming tuesday ...

Harsh

Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 12:28:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

I did the Chopta trip on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July.

Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 8:36:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Prashant,

I found your log via indiamike. Wow - thanks for the wonderful insights and sharing such inspiring pictures! Was wondering if you coulf help with some advice.

I am visiting India this summer and I will have about 4 days starting July 1 that I look forward to spending by myself exploring the area. I plan to take the night train to Kathgodam and then hire a car (solo or shared) to go explore. I would like to spend more time in one place than little time in many places so I can get a little time to soak in the experience and the people. With such limited time and the threat of looming monsoons, my dilemma is the following:

Should I:
1. go all the way to Munsiyari even if it takes all day travel - assuming the closer views will be worth it OR
2. go up to Chaukori and stay in the cabins for 2 days OR
3. go to Binsar for 2 days
... or some other suggestion?...

I know that rain is the wildcard here... but wondering if you could share your thoughts on this?

MUCH appreciated!

Peace,

Jayant from Boston

Monday, February 25, 2008 at 4:07:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Tushar said...

Hey Almoraboy,
Dude u seem to well-aquainted with the hills, much more than me,even being one more almora guy, i didn't get the luxury to visit the places as much as you've,I'm looking for a trekking/skiing partner, however i'm new to blogging for this in,u seem to be quite active in the forums, could you help me out how to get it?
Thanks,
Tushar Pant,
M-098509-36615.
tushar_pant@yahoo.com/tusharpant11@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 1:09:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Ramashish said...

Almoraboy,
Have you visited any of these places?
1. Karikeya Swami temple near Rudraprayag - 2hr trek
2. Surkhanda Temple near Dhanolty - 1 hr trek.

I have some extra days so GMVNL people suggested me this. Any ideas?
Ramashish Joshi

Friday, March 14, 2008 at 10:53:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

No, I am afraid not. However, if you are close to Rudraprayag, you can visit Chopta and Deoriya tal.

Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 6:44:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger apoorva said...

Hi!
...have been searching around for a place to visit....stumbled upon chaukori and then munsyari and then finally(&fortunately) stumbled upon your blog...beautifully structured!.We are a group of around 15 students from delhi planning to visit chaukori and munsyari in that order.Can you help us with details of the route we should take and any other place which you would like to suggest.we have a time frame of around 5 days.
Regards,
Apoorva

Friday, March 28, 2008 at 11:09:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger apoorva said...

cont..
I have gathered following information:-
1)Ranikhet exp. from delhi to kathgodam.(reaches around 6 in the morning)
2)from there a taxi to chaukori and then to munsyari.

Friday, March 28, 2008 at 11:19:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Please visit Jageshwar also on the way to Chaukori.

Leave from kathgodam in the morning. Stop at the kainchi temple. have neembu-paani from the person who sells it right in front of the temple. it is the best lemonade in the whole world..and i am not joking.

enjoy the singhodee and baal mithai of almora. then visit jageshwar. then go to chaukori. on the way, stop at dhaul chinna. enjoy pahadi lunch ta hill view restaurant..very clean and very hygenic.

Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 4:16:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger apoorva said...

Thank You sir.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 12:41:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chanced upon your blog while researching a trip to Tungnath. Lovely pics and informative as well.

Can you help me with some info? I need to know if there is a place to stay in Sari and at Deoriatal? How does one reach Sari from Ukhimath ... is there a bus service?

Trip on ... I'm sure we'll meet somewhere above the snowline sometime. :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 6:48:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Yes, there were some hostels, etc for ppl to stay when i was there in Sari village. deoriya tal is a small walk from Sari. So you just need to stay at Sari and go up to the tal and come back. in fact, we did Chopta, tungnath, chandrashila and deoriya tal in the same day and were back in augustmuni for dinner.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 7:49:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Suvadyuti Majumder said...

Hello Prashant,

Got your reference from Rajkumar Ji. What an informative and excellent blog you are maintaining !
I am planning to visit your land this year in late Sept. Might be needing some more help from you.If so then how do I contact you ?
Anyway congratulations for all your efforts to bring the himalayas closer to us !

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 2:53:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello Suvadyuti,

Hope you have a wonderful trip this september. you can always contact me on almoraboy@gmail.com (i check it at least once per week). give my wishes to rajkumar ji.

Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 5:15:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger AJAY said...

Hi Prashant,

Fantastic job to make people aware of Uttarakhand Himalayas ~~~

Regards,

Ajay Dhiman
ajaydhiman@aol.in

Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 12:36:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Vikas Rajput said...

Hi Prashant,

I like your spirit of adventure and becoming a good information resource on Uttrakhand treks and travel.

Just a request, kindly stictly urge your readers who are motivated by your blog to travel to Uttarakhand, that they must preserve the sanctity of the place by all means. People simply pollute. It's just not they smoke and throw cigg. butts, or eats chips and throw the plastic bags everywhere. People are so wretched to spit tobacco everywhere, write on age old stones and so on.

Kindly also apprise them of other travel etiqquettes and be sensitive to our people in Uttarakhand and our flora and fauna. People drive fast, often wrecklessly, blow vehicle horn loudly, with high beam in the night (which can be very dangerous in mountains)tease locals, and so on. These are just a few side-effects of increased tourism.

May be you can tell them that uttarakhand is devbhoomi and people should approach it with prayerfulness.

People must come to Uttarakhand to know and understand nature and the beautiful way in which the local respect and depend on nature.

It gives me gitters to tell people of the beautiful places in uttarakhand because I fear it will then turn into a typical India gate of delhiites, where people come, sit down, eat and drink and leave a long trail of garbage when they get up.

Most of the wretched Indians don't deserve to know about our abode of Gods - Our Uttarakhand.

Regards,

Vikas Rajput
www.parallelliving.com

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 8:03:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Chandan Bisht said...

Hi Prashant,

Nice website, but I agree with Vikas Rajput. You should really encourage tourists to keep the place clean, and help us maintain the pristine nature. It is particularly our duty, since we are people of Kumaon - it affects us most!!

Chandan

Friday, September 26, 2008 at 8:53:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger rohan said...

hey prashant,

really appriciate the hardwork and efforts whc u have put in to bring abt the true picture of utteranchal..most of the people r confined till nanital n bhimtal wn it comes to uuteranchal...hats off to u in bringing in such awareness to people like us.....

hey me and my pal r planin a trip up2 dayra bugyal, chopta tungnath,gorson. we r basically looking forward to a snow trek with only camping ...no lodging..

we will start frm first week of dec ...will dere be snowfall in thses places cozz we want so see snowfall n dense forest...toghter

will we gt snowfall during dat period???
.

Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 2:40:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

hello,

you will get to see dense forest :)
but i am not so sure about the snowfall. the snowfall usually occurs in the last week of december or mid january.

Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 3:33:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Bhavin said...

Hi...Excellent pics boss. I am planning for honeymoon in jan to kumaon covering Binsar(2 nights)-Chakouri(2 nights)-Munsiyari(2 nights)-Kausani(2 nights)-Nainital(??) over 12 days. I am interested to know your itinerary of your honeymoon trip to eastern kumaon if you don't mind. coz I am not sure how many days/nights to spend at each of these places. Please suggest me whether I should stay more at chakouri/munsiyari. I like going for small 4-5 hr treks.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 11:15:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Hillaspirer said...

Hey Almoraboy, these photos are pure magic! I'm in the regular multinational banking rut and kinda tired of it. Your photos have catalysed my decision to chuck it all and retire to the hills. Hell, you live only once; might as well live with passion!!

Thx for helping me make up my mind.

Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 11:50:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

welcome to the club, Hillaspirer

Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 2:17:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

inspiring stuff!
iam already panning the tour
thanx a lot !

Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 5:04:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

best of luk with preparations

Monday, November 24, 2008 at 9:27:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Prithvi said...

Hi Friends,

I have been to Binsar and Kausani and now i wanna cover Chaukuri, Munsyari, Patal Bhubhaneshwar and Jageshwar in the month of March. Was looking for suggestions for the following plan.
Day 1 => Delhi - Binsar
Day 2 => Binsar - Kausani
Day 3 => Kausani - Chaukuri
Day 4 => Chaukuri - Munsyari
Day 5 => Munsyari
Day 6 => Munsyari - Patal Bhubaneshwar
Day 7 -> Back to Nanital
Day 8 => Back to Delhi

Thank you for guiding me in advance.

Prithvi

Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 6:38:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger vinti said...

Hi there Almoraboy,

Seems u r gettin better n better:)
I am planning a Binsar Munsyari trip with my Wife.Planning to book Imperial Heights in Almora.Would that be gud enuf or there is some other place where i can get good room and good views as well.Also i wanted to know if i can find enuf snow out there in munsyari during 1st week March..Do let me know if u get tym...n Yes,wish u a very peaceful year ahead:)

Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 12:18:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello Vinti,

Binsar - you can stay only at KMVN I guess. Ans then roam around in the forests.

In almora, I have't been to Imperial. The TRC is a decent middle class option and Shikhar is the only 3 star hotel in town.

Stop and stay ta Chaukori between Binsar and Munsyari.

In Munsyari, if you can, try to trek to Khalia top. Then visit the Nanda Devi temple from where you can get a clean view of the Panchchuli peaks.

Finally, if you have a few days extra, try to visit Munsyari-Jauljibi-Dharchula-Narayan Ashram.

The weather will be pleaqsant, unless it is hit by some unseasonal cold spell.

I don't think that you will find snow in Munsyari in March 1st week. Howevr, there might be some snow left in Khalia, if there is some late winter snowfall.

The drivers will try to rob you. Try to pay them below Rs. 1000 per day + petrol. Anything above 1000 is very expensive. Try to bargain to 700 or 800.

Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 8:41:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Arijit said...

Hi Prashant,
Your website is just very impressive and too much inspiring.

Just 15 days back I had been to Munsiyari, Choukuri etc.

I have taken some splendid snaps with my Nikon SLR and would like to upload the pics in original size and publish.

I find you are a veteran in this field. Therefore in this regard may I have your email id for a few queries?

With warm regards.
Arijit
arijit.nath@gmail.com

Monday, January 12, 2009 at 10:03:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello Arijit,

Try to resize them to 1200*800 and them upload them via photobucket. Note down the IMG tags and then hotlink them.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 3:22:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger soundfreak said...

Hi Prashant,
Browsed through your blog. The photos are splendid, and you have presented them really well. Your descriptions are also lively, and it's enjoyable going through your experiences with your treks.

I am just about to finish my residency, after that, I am planning to undertake a few treks there. I wanted to know, if I need some help with planning, how do I contact you. Or maybe pm at indiamike would be fine?

Thanks,
Sumeet Shah

Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 12:33:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hi soundfreak,

You can contact me on almoraboy@gmail.com

Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 5:43:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Igor said...

Hi Prashant,

Very intersting blog and good pictures.
I have voc. in June and i've never been in himalayas before.
Can you please advise what trek to choose, if there is any place we can go in June?
I'm looking for 10-14 days trek
Can i write you by mail to get more informatoin?
Thanks,
Igor.

Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 10:53:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello Igor,

Tr the Roopkund or Milam Glacier or Pindari glacier treks.
Yes u can send me emails.

Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 10:57:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Nikita said...

Hi Prashant,

m really impressed by your blog...its so informative....i guess u can give an advise on this...we will be in pauri, garhwal on 17th April...can you suggest a good 6 day trek from there...can we go for bedni bugyal this time of the year?

Thanks in advance
Nikita

Monday, March 2, 2009 at 12:48:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello Nikita,

Yes Bedni bugyal is a very very good option at that time.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 2:43:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger ketz said...

Hi buddy,This is ketan from kausani,It is a great pleasure to go through your blogs and Indiamike threads..Thats really a great effort from your side to promote uttarakhand(devbhumi).I really appreciate your work and its a matter of proud that you are giving your precious time to himalayas and our birth place.

anytime you can contact me for any type of assistance which could be beneficial for the promotion of India-Uttarakhand Tourism.

I wish you all the best...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 12:46:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hi Ketan,
Thanks for your words of encouragement. How can I reach u? (email id or anything?)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 4:48:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Prashant...now we are revisiting the dates of trek....is May last week a good time?...coz the indiamike blog says there wud be snow and no flowers and that mid June wud be the best time....wats your view?

Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 4:16:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous NIkita said...

Thanks Prashant...now we are revisiting the dates of trek....is May last week a good time?...coz the indiamike blog says there wud be snow and no flowers and that mid June wud be the best time....wats your view?

Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 4:16:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hi,

there will be flowers springing up from April - definitely.
However, July - Aug is the best month for greenery.

june would be ebst weather-wise (however, do expect the occasional storm)

Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 5:30:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Spanish Archer said...

Hi Prashant,

Just got to see your amazing blog for the trip to Har ki Doon Trek and really liked it.. The Pics you got are really awsome and eye catching.

Buddy, not sure if you are still active on this blog but need a small help from you. I'm planning for a 4 day trip to Har ki Doon around the weekend (10th April - 13th April 2009) along with few of my friends. We guys will be starting off from Delhi on 9th April, Thursday night. Could you please advise me if 4 days would be enough to cover this trip and the best route to go and few travelling trips. Would really appreciate a quick reply from you..

Thanks in Advance...

Cheers !!

Vinod Dhingra
Dvinod25@Gmail.com

Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 6:01:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hi Spanish Archer,

4 days is definitely very short for this trip. At least keep 6 days for this trek.

Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 7:23:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Spanish Archer said...

Hey Prashant,

thanks for the quick reply. Unfortunately we don't have a choice to extend this trip beyond 4 days. Have to get back to New Delhi by Tuesday, 14 April. Although, 5th day is a rare possibility depending upon the situation. BTW, which is the best route to go through and save precious time & do we have to go through the Doon>Mussourie route or we have an option via Haridwar /Rishikesh as well. What about the weather and trekking conditions at this time..

Thanks Again.

Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 8:54:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

The route is from Doon - mussoorie. There is another one from Dehradun-vikasnagar. Haridwar-rishikesh would be in the opposite direction.

Now, if you just have 4 days, why don't you visit kedarkanta peak from Sankri? Same region, a shorter duration trek.

Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 9:10:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Mayank said...

Awesome blog and really nice posts .... Thanks for sharing your diary with us :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 8:40:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Raj said...

Dear Prashant

I need your help to let me know if Itinerary as under for a trip to Kumaon is good. Can you check, amend, and give me your comments on how to utilize the time and distance best to cover these places? In case the time required from one-place say (Almora to Chaukori) takes more time then I do not mind skipping it for the next time. I have 6 days after I reach Kathgodam and would like to reach on the 6th day evening back to Kathgodam.

My Itinerary not necessarily is exact. Some places can be deleted or shifted.

Kathgodam - Muketeshwar - Almora - Binsar - Kasar Devi - Choukori - Punchchuli - Munsyari - Kausani - Kathgodam.



I would appreciate if you can mention the distance between each of the places. I wish not to travel more than 2hrs at a stretch due to age factor and family along.

The drivers and guides mentioned on your blog if hired how much apx. What would they charge for such a trip?

Wishes.

RAJEEV
Email: chemtel@vsnl.com
Ph: 011-20069710

Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 6:06:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hi,

This is a bit too much for 6 days. You can skip Kausani. Try something like this ->

Day 1 ->
Start from KATHGODAM in the morning. Go to Mukteshwar. Check out the place. Then go to Almora to spend the night there.
Day 2->
Check out Binsar and Kasar devi near Almora outskirts.
Day 3->
Go from Almora to Chaukori. Leave in the morning. Stop for meal at Dhaulchinna (Hill view restaurant). Drink buraansh juice to refresh yourselves. There is a great view from just after the toll point on the road.
Day 4->
Go from Chaukori to Munsyari. Stop to check the waterfalls at Birthi and the view from Betulidhaar.
Day 5->
Spend at Munsyari. Check out the nanda devi temple and the
Day 6->
Leave for Kathgodam. Reach Kathgodam by evening.

Now Day 5 and Day 6 are entirely upto you. If you think you cannot travel full day on Day 6, then you can leave Munsyari on Day 5 itself.

I would advice to go there and enjoy, rather than sticking to a fixed plan. Maybe you might like Chaukori so much that you will decide to spend the rest of the holidays there itself.

Have a nice trip.

Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 11:33:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Sudip said...

Can I get the contact number of the Forest Rest House in Chakrata?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 6:54:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Sudip said...

Can i get the contact number of Forest Rest House, Chakrata?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 6:55:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hi Sudip, try this ->

Kataku Ram,
Van Vibhag, (Forest Deptt)
Van Daroga,
P. O. Chakrata,
Jila - Dehradun
Phone - 01360-275181 (R)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 2:22:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Lalit Joshi said...

Hi prashant,
I am planning a trip to kumaon by July 21 2009 for one week. Can you suggest me which place we will find the snow (if there is some place near munsyari).
Thanks
Lalit Joshi

Friday, June 5, 2009 at 12:57:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger prashant said...

Hey Buddy,

while I was searching my name ...I found your blog...Its terrific and amazing...story narration along with pics...I have just been till munsyari in 2005.....definately in future I would love to explore vilages post munsyari..

Prashant Joshi :-)
pascaljoshi@gmail.com

Friday, July 10, 2009 at 5:21:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

all the best 'prashant' :-)

beyond munsyari is wild and beautiful. hope u like it.

Friday, July 10, 2009 at 5:56:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Geetanjali said...

Hi Prasant,
I am geetanajali from Delhi. I m belong to Munsyari, I spent my golden days (19 years)in Munsyari You done very good job and amazing stuff. When i opened your bog & photograpy, tears comeout from my eyes, i want to go there once again for seeing my memorial place.
Thank you for your amazing pics.

Geetanjali

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 5:32:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hi Geetanjali,

Yes, this blog is supposed to be a pensieve (memory-keeper) for all non resident pahadis.

Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 1:39:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Rahul said...

Hi...I plan a trip to Chakrata ... how can I book the Forest Guest House??

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 8:53:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger sanjay said...

I want to buy some land in Manali, need some advice and suggestion who bought own property in around manali.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 11:30:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger abhirama said...

How is the weather for this trek during March end?

Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 9:33:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

abhirama, which trek are you talking about? anyways, march end is good time for all treks. all, it is a nice escape from the sweltering heat of the plains.

Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 5:07:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger abhirama said...

I was talking about the Har Ki Dun trek. Also we can hire a guide once we reach Sankri right?

Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 12:07:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Yeah sure ... i had done it in feb end march beginning. march end will be more pleasant. not much snow though. you can hire guides from sankri.

Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 3:26:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger abhirama said...

Thanks you for the info.

Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 8:38:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very useful article. I would love to follow you on twitter.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 10:49:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger zanyguy said...

Hi,

I have followed your blog and must say it is really good. It also helped me in finalising my recent trip to Kumaon! Many thanks. I would like to post my snaps and travelogue in a similar fashion and wanted your advice. Can you let me know the template you are using as also how you can add so many pages? B'cos on blogspot I'm limited to 10 pages. I would like my posts to come day-wise, but due to the present template, the last day of my trip would come on top. Appreciate your help, and sorry if I sound ignorant. My blog is up on http://zanyszen.blogspot.com

Thx.

Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 12:05:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Fatima said...

Prashant, that's great work there! Your travel blog is very interesting. Good luck!
Fatima

Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 11:22:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Thanks Fatima. I got to know that u spent the whole weekend browsing it :-). hope it entertains u for many more weekends. u r most welcome to join us on the next winter trek.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 4:03:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Yogesh Shastri said...

Very informative blog and very inspiring also. Dear Sir, I would like to ask you if a visit to Tungnath in May would be as enticing as in October? I am in fact planning to go over there in May 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 12:11:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

it should be. these places are beautiful all through the years ..... from centuries and centuries

Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 9:04:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey
I was thinking of doing a har ki doon trek in the month of june. I'm looking at some cheap trekking options. I want to ask you more about it. May I have your mail id? Mine is anandv24@gmail.com

Thanks.

Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 12:13:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hi Anand, try for the bedni bugyal / ali bugyal / roopkund trek.

Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 3:09:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Shobhit Saxena said...

hi frndz.....
i have recently hosted my site on kumaon art craft and culture at http://www.himvan.com...
plzzzzzz visit it and plzzzz plzzzzz tell me wht more i can do for kumaon through my this site...
M waiting eagerly fr ur comments....
Shobhit Saxena

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 9:20:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Shobit ji, this is one of the best works on kumaon that i have seen. will now be visiting it regulalry.

Monday, July 5, 2010 at 4:16:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Rohit said...

Sir very nice pictures. May i know which DSLR you had used during this trek.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 11:50:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Rohit said...

Nice pictures which DSLR make and model you are using.

Friday, July 9, 2010 at 6:59:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

canon --- different models :-)

Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 4:10:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Shobhit Saxena said...

Thnx.... prashant...

Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 11:53:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Prashant!!!
Waw!!! Really 2 good pictures!!! When I see your all photographs... I am feeling very happy and relaxing!!!! (sply Munsyari Kalamuni tracking Pic). Really you are good & great photographer also Utterkhand lover. …
thanku thanku thankuuuuuuuu so much!!!!!!!!
For the all photographs & video……

Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 5:11:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger souvik said...

how safe to go nainital,binsar,kausani in mid February?what is road condition?is ready travel buses available during this week?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 12:47:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello souvik,

Weather wise, you can see all these places. the only obstacle i see is a landslide blocking the roads. however, that usually happens in monsoons and not mid-feb. so you are all ok to go i guess. enjoy your trip.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 1:43:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger prashant said...

Hi Prashant...My name is same as yours & I had spoken to you before as well..I really loved your clicks...I am planning to buy a DSLR ,can you suggest me some good options.

Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 4:49:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

look for canon eos series.

Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 6:22:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Ravi.Gaba said...

Help required-
We are a family covering Uttarakhand in the month of march.
Please cont on- ravi.superb@gmail.com

Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 6:03:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger abhijit said...

What is the best season to visit with family to Nainital and other places like almora ,kausani etc

Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 1:10:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger abhijit said...

What is the best season to visit with family to Nainital and other places like almora ,kausani etc

Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 1:10:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

sep or october is good.

Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 1:13:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Abhijit said...

Hi prashant .. thanks for ur reply
....but I m planning to go in the month of april ,bcoz i wont get leave from ofc.
Can we planing to go Dharchula from nainital ???
plz suggest ...Thanks in advance..

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 12:09:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger yashas said...

Hello there,
I am planning to go on Milam (solo)trek without a guide-porter in April first week. Is it too early? Do you suppose I'd be able to reach Milam bcoz I'm worried about snow. Read in IndiaMike few had to return back from Rilkot (in May) coz of snow.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 2:35:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant said...

Hi Prashant,

Could I use your Har-Ki-Doon pics to promote my trek to HKD? I will credit you for the pics in the site: www.ghac.in

This is a non-profit club from hyderabad, run by a group of like minded people :D

Looking forward to your reply. Thanks.

Prashant Pai(PP)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 3:12:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous sumira roy said...

hey super duper blog and very informative !was wondering if you knew of any sadhus living in and around kedarnath ? i am going that side this month and want to meet and shoot them -you have mentioned neem karori baba ..where does he live ?
looking froward to a reply thx sumira

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 7:09:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

hello sumira,
there will be lots of them in that area .. so you should have plenty shooting opportunities :-). check the part on chopta ... i also found two over there while on the way to the temple.

Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10:11:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger eklavya said...

hi dear
i wanna know which camera and lenses r u using. i have seen a lot of camera shakes.

Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 12:01:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

canon eos series. 18-55 mm

Friday, July 29, 2011 at 2:09:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Krishna Kumar Rawat said...

Hi,
With no hesitation, i wish to accept that your blog really inspired me to share my thoughts and experience. Just visited Govind National Park (some part of Har ki Doon trek) .. hence I wrote my first blog [go to drkkrawat.blogspot.com] .... I request your suggestions and comments ...
I am planning for Har Ki Doon and Jaundhar glacier in November ... what kind of weather u predict ...thanks in advance

Friday, September 9, 2011 at 3:19:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Ok kiran, checking your blog now

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 11:57:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Arpan Kumar Ghoh said...

Hi Almora boy,

Myself getting married in Jan and is planning for a honeymoon in Nainital for 6days.

Plz suggest a tour plan. Me & my would be, both of us like the hills.

I have also heard of a short trekking of 6km from Nainital, any idea about dat?

Arpan
akghosh_bec05@yahoo.co.in

Monday, October 31, 2011 at 12:07:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Howdy, why don't you try places around Nainital, like Binsar, etc? in nainital, you can try to check out the usual spots like snow view, tiffin top, etc. In almora, you can get close to nature in places like Binsar. If you want a good taxi, ring up tiwari ji (i have put his contact on the contact details page). he can also help make an itinerary for you. cheers.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 1:45:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Pratap said...

Hello Prashant, could you give me some info about backpacking along the Ganges starting from Rishikesh. Basically parallel to National Highway 58 through the 4 Prayags-Deva, Rudra,Karna and Nanda. Timing will be mid to late January 2012. I have tried to find information about this for some time and have ended up with nothing. Any information about this will be much appreciated.

Friday, November 25, 2011 at 12:39:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger neha said...

hey im planning to go in jan first week with my freinds nd wish to go for snowfall.plz suggest me some gud place where we can enjoy in less span of time.we have only 4 days off.im residing in delhi.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 1:03:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Try munsyari in kumaon. Or you can try chopta in garhwal

Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 2:10:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger neha said...

how to reach manusyari??
plz let me knw in detail?

Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 10:29:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello neha, you can contact mr deep chand tiwari on 0091 9412994176. He runs a taxi service from kathgodam and can give you the best information. You can take a train from Delhi to kathgodam and taxi beyond.

Friday, December 16, 2011 at 2:04:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger neha said...

prashant hav u ever tried treking near by to mt neelkanth?

Friday, December 16, 2011 at 3:16:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Raja Chatterjee said...

Hello Almoraboy,

I am planning to make a road trip from Kolkata to places like Pithoragarh, Munsiyari, Chaukori, Binsar etc during early to mid June.
Can you please let me know from your experience whether snow-clad peaks are visible during this time (early morning, before sun-set)?

Thanks for your help in advance.

Raja Chatterjee

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 4:13:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Mid june you will have some haze. But if it rains, it will clear up the haze.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 1:54:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Abhishek Tiwari said...

Hi Almora guy, I am a regular reader of your blogs for past many years and I had planned a trip tp Munshiyari in July last year. I have met Tiwari ji (the driver) and have heard stories about you. I need a piece of advice from you. I want to plan a week long trip to somewhere in Uttarakhand (Gharwal or Kumaon). I will be traveling with my wife and I like lonely places which aren't too filled with tourists. SNOW is something I love....Looking at the time..say second week of September..which place will you recommend me?

Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:16:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Abhishek Tiwari said...

Hi Almora guy, I am a regular reader of your blogs for past many years and I had planned a trip tp Munshiyari in July last year. I have met Tiwari ji (the driver) and have heard stories about you. I need a piece of advice from you. I want to plan a week long trip to somewhere in Uttarakhand (Gharwal or Kumaon). I will be traveling with my wife and I like lonely places which aren't too filled with tourists. SNOW is something I love....Looking at the time..say second week of September..which place will you recommend me?

Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 7:17:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello Abhishek ji, do you like close-to-nature places? I can give you suggestions on the Chaukori area and Dharchula/Munsyari area for a long trip .... but away from the touristy circuit. So it involves village home stays, etc. I think that is a lot more fun than staying in the standard touristy places. Let me know if you are interested and I will provide the info. Also, if you and your spouse are interested in a bit of climbing, seeing the old (non-touristy temples), old style pahadi villages, etc, etc, then just tell me and I will send you a sample plan.

Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 12:35:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Abhishek Tiwari said...

Hey Prashant,

Call me Abhishek (Abhishek ji makes me feel old...lol).

First of all, thank you so much for your prompt reply. Your idea of trip is exactly how I would like it to be. I am someone who loves nature and would want to 'get lost' from this selfish world. I have already booked my train tickets to and from Kathgodam. I will be reaching Kathgodamn on the 8th Septemeber morning around 9 (Bagh express from Lucknow to Kathgodam) and I have to board the same train again on the 15th night. I have also spoken to Tiwari ji who will be picking me from the railway station for the trip.

Please put together a plan for me. I am already too excited about the plan. I would be grateful if you can also put it in itinerary format (You can ignore this request if its asking for too much).

Thank you once again...and please keep up the good work. Your blogs are the most reliable when it comes to planning a nature lover trip to Uttarakhand.

Regards,
Abhishek

Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 1:25:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Abhishek Tiwari said...

I forgot to mention that a bit of trekking and climbing is fine with me. I have done quite a bit of it but it will be only second time for my wife.

Also, I am a vegeterian. It usually isn't a problem in Uttarakhand but just thought of letting you know.

Thanks Again!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 1:28:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Abhishek Tiwari said...

Hey Prashant,

I'm sorry to be pushing you but can you please provide me the information sooner? I was checking KMVN options and they are filling fast so I wanted to have a plan in time else I will have to book KMVN :(

Please help me.

Regards,
Abhishek

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 5:20:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Sumeet said...

Hi Prashant,
I am a fan of your blog. Whenever, I want to guide people for treks like Har Ki doon, Chopta etc. I always show them your blog. Your effort is amazing, and highly appreciated.

I would be happy if you could help me with a few queries. We are ten people, plan to go to Garhwal from 12th Mar to 22nd Mar. I have a few questions:
1. Is there chance of snow being there at Auli.
2. I wish to go to Chopta then. Where should we stay? Is trek to Tungnath possible? I mean, we adults can do it very well, but kids are in age group of 5 to 7 years. Can they do it. They all walk well.
3. What other places would you recommend us to stay in the area around Chopta or Auli?
4. I will be happy if you can guide me to a good driver, of tempo traveller or Innova.

Thank you very much,
Regards,
Sumeet Shah

Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 9:12:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Hello Sumeet,

The time you mentioned is later March, so it will already be post winter. The chances are less but we cannot predict accurately for March as that is just too far away. Predicting something even one week away is tough in the Himalayas.

I would suggest that you follow the snowfall prediction thread on indiamike.

http://www.indiamike.com/india/off-the-beaten-trail-in-india-f45/snowfall-updates-t97814/50/#post1530607

Also follow the precipitation forecasts on www.monsoondata.org/wx and weather bulletins on www.imd.gov.in

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2:38:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Prashant Joshi said...

Around Chopta - Deoria tal is another good option.
For trekking up to Chandrashila peak, if you leave Chopta early in the morning, you shouldbe back by lunch time. There were some basic dhabas at Chopta which provided a bed to stay in (and also mobile charger).

For drivers, you can contact Mr. deep Chand Tiwari. Details here:
http://almoraboy.blogspot.co.uk/2006/09/guidesjeep-drivers-contact-information.html

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2:42:00 PM GMT+5:30  
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