Trip to Sangla Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Sangla Valley, a small yet beautiful village located in the Kinnaur valley. It is also known as Baspa Valley as the Baspa river flows through the valley. You can see a lot of apple farms all around the village. People here are very nice and have a big heart.

Places to stay in Sangla Valley

Sangla was very raw and there were hardly any places to stay before but now there are a lot of hotels. These are some hotels to stay in Sangla Valley - Hotel  Apple Pie, Hotel Royal Castle, Rupin River View, Hotel Rolling Rang and more.

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Sangla Valley - Hotel is just behind me 

I took a hotel at Sangla at a very cheap price. The hotel was not luxurious but had an amazing view of the Himalayan peaks from the window and we got all the basic utilities including hot water geyser.

Personal Suggestion: If you’re looking for a budget trip, book hotels on the spot. You will easily find a good hotel room in Rs. 600-700 only.

Did I forget to mention?

Weather at Sangla Valley was very cold even in the month of June. Even there was snow all over the peaks during the night but at daytime, there was a mild sunlight but still cold enough to wear a jacket. The best months to visit Sangla Valley are April to October.

Though there is not much to visit in the village, the raw beauty of village makes you fall in love with the place. No hustle-bustle, no traffic, no pollution, the place is full of natural beauty and peace.

We checked into the hotel and left for some of the must-visit places in Sangla Valley.

Best places to visit in Sangla Valley

Kamru Fort is the oldest fort in Himachal Pradesh is located at a peak over the altitude of 2600 meter above sea level. You can either cover the 2km distance from Sangla Valley by car, but I would suggest you walk through the steep village and explore the beautiful Sangla Meadows.

On the way to Kamru Fort, Sangla Valley
On the way to Kamru Fort, Sangla Valley

We found a lot of Apple and Apricot farms our way to Kamru fort.

Sangla Valley - Raw Apples
Raw Apples
Sangla Valley - Apricot trees
Apricot Tree

After reaching 1km, I was completely exhausted and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) took me. No matter how hard I tried, I could not move a bit more until I threw up.  But when we reached the top visiting the beautiful Kamakshi Devi Temple on the way, the feeling was an achievement.

Kamakshi Devi Temple
Kamakshi Devi Temple

It was ecstatic to see the complete view of beautiful Sangla village from the top.

Sangla Valley - View from the Kamru Fort
View from the Kamru Fort

The beautiful Himachali lady was guarding the temple.

She was old but energetic. When I asked her how she manages to come daily to the fort and leave to her place, she mentioned she comes in the Dev Palki – a traditional Himachal hammock which carries their Dev(God)  that comes in the morning for worship and in the evening she leaves on her own.

The entrance gate was huge and heavy – made of iron and Tibetan wood.

The fort is 800 years old and is known for housing the Kamakshi Devi Temple that came before Kamru Fort.

There was also Tibetan Wood Carving Center on the way.

Tibetan wood Carving Center( hehe... welcomed by Gau Mata)

The most important thing to be noted is that the whole fort is made of either Tibetan wood or black mountain stones.

Kamru Fort, Sangla Valley

Sangla Valley

Next, I visited the famous Bering Nag Temple in Sangla.

The place is a must visit for its wonderful architecture and location at the bank of Baspa River. The temple can be reached through the stairs that go straight from the Sangla village market to the bank of Baspa River. The architecture of this temple will definitely leave you in awe.

Some really nice Himachali people I met on the way

Food and Shopping at Sangla Valley

Coming to the food and shopping, since it is a small village you’ll find limited options for food and basic shopping. There is a bridge that leads to the main market area of Sangla where you will find small Chinese restaurants and cafes. At most of the places, you’ll find Momos, Thukpa, and Noodles. If you need proper Indian food, inform your hotel in advance, they’ll get it cooked for you. Make sure you reach back your hotel by 7 pm, as it is always cloudy and the sun sets very soon due to high mountains covering the village.

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And, this is how my one day at serene and calm Sangla Valley came to an end. I spent some time in the lap of nature at night and after a good night sleep, we left for Chitkul next day.

Read more about Chitkul – the last village located at Indo-Tibetan and Indo-China border in my next post at Crave to Explore.

I always believe:

           "Once a year, go someplace you have never been before"

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Best Travel Tattoo Ideas

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The best ideas to get yourself inked if you are a travel enthusiast.

When you’ve a passion for travel, it soon becomes an addiction. An addiction to wander freely to seek new places, souls, culture, and collect a souvenir from all over the world.

What could be more alluring souvenir than getting inked to keep permanent memories of your wonderful journeys?

Getting a tattoo comes with its own risks. Either you adore your tattoo lifetime or you want to get rid of it.

Here are some of the best ideas to get yourself inked if you are a travel enthusiast.

A cute travelling luggage that will always make shouts of joy “Pack your bags and let’s go travel!” You would definitely look like a person who always has the bag ready to go anytime, anywhere in the world. If you belong to this type of travel enthusiasts, go find your tattoo guy.

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Wonderful targeted globe that expresses your desire to target the whole world with your love for travel. You can really highlight the places you love in this globe using different colors. Put a red dot on Rome or Rio. And keeping adding on with time. And let your life connect the dots.

World in your palms that reveals whenever you explore a beautiful place, you take it with you wherever you go. It definitely gives an impression of an ambitious person whose sole ambition is to take the world in his hands. “Alexander the great.” Go on mate, the world’s going to yield to you.

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Wanderlust, a strong desire that provokes your wild wandering soul to walk forever. Feet or legs anywhere, the idea is to wander, and you are lusty about it and you can do it no matter what. That’s what lust is all about.

  

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Travel Pulses implies that your urge to travel flows through your veins. Its in your blood, your heart pumps blood that says ‘Travel! my love, let’s go travel’.

Surfing Ankle, a tiny and cute ankle tattoo for surfing lovers. The waves, the sea, the horizon and you stand high on your surfboard against the power of sea. isn’t it adrenalin?

 

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Go Travel

Go! Don’t think much, make a plan, pack your bags just Go! And keep going. And I assure you, you can still keep going all your life and never get tired. Such an amazing place this world is.

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Flying birds

What’s a better thought than to fly, who doesn’t wish they had wings and can fly around the world among the birds and can eat whoever they want to. Even birds have a swag. Well, “Flying Birds” is something that represents migration and never settling. If you are that kind of soul, go get birds on yourself.

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Now that you know about these wonderful tattoo ideas to get yourself inked with your passion for travel. Go ahead, find a tattoo shop near by and get yourself inked. And then,

Flaunt!! and go for an amazing trip.

Let's see where our destiny takes us next. Moreover, I always believe:

           "Once a year, go someplace you have never been before."

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Road Trip to Leh – An ultimate travel guide

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List of items to carry if you are going through bike


Everyone has a dream to visit Leh-Ladakh at least once. The sheer scenic beauty of Leh is no less than a paradise away from all the chaos of the world.

Doors from Manali to Leh open only for few months and when they do, a road trip is all that comes to mind of any traveler and biker.

Here we have created an ultimate guide of the items that you need to carry if you are planning for Leh Ladakh road trip through bike

What could be more enthusiastic than carrying the Indian flag to the beautiful destination?

Starting with the flag, here goes the following list:

Now that you know all about the backpacking tips for Ladakh. Go ahead and plan your trip.

Let's see where our destiny takes us next. Moreover, I always believe:

           "Once a year, go someplace you have never been before"

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The must visit place near Kasol: Tosh Village, Himachal Pradesh

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The top most village with an incredible view of Parvati Valley.

Tosh is the top most and probably the last village connected to the end of Parvati Valley. It lies at the height of around 7900 feet. If you are visiting Kasol then going for a trek to Tosh village is one of the most required things to do in Kasol.

Mostly Europeans and Israelis come to visit tosh to enjoy fresh Marijuana. But I would recommend everyone to visit Tosh if you are truly a nature lover and enjoy spending time with locals.

Kasol to Tosh

Starting early in the morning, we took a bus of 8 am from Kasol to Manikaran. And from Manikaran we changed the bus for Barshaini.

The whole bus journey to Barshaini was quite an adventure. The bus was continuously going up through the steep and narrow patch. While one side was covered with mountains the other side had a huge deep valley. As we moved up, we could see the distance covered lagging behind. The view was incredible with the deep valley, lush green mountains, ripples of water on the tree leaves, snow clad mountains far from the valley, and at the extreme bottom... river flowing with crystal clear water making the stones on the surface visible even from such a height. The bus was running with full speed on narrow patches and turns. Hardly able to stay stable in my seat, I was trying my best to take a click of the view.

For around fifteen minutes, altitude sickness took over me. Poof! It was all ignorant when I stepped out of the bus and glared the view. A light rain was pouring down. We had a tea and glucose biscuits and then we left for the trek.

Ways to Trek to Tosh

There are two ways to trek till Tosh Village. Either you can go by the shortcut from the unpaved way through mountains which will have its own adventure or you can take the main road which will provide you the view of the valley on the whole way to Tosh. You can either go by walk which would take around half an hour or you can take a taxi directly starting from Kasol which will take you to Tosh.

I would suggest you trek yourself rather than taking the taxi to take the most of your trip.

Destination it is…

We reached in an hour to Tosh capturing a lot of pictures and playing with the snow in midways.

As we climbed up, a light snowfall started making the weather more cold and beautiful. As I was wearing a dark colored jacket, the white shining snow was clearly visible on it and in my hair.

Although we had a full day at Solang Valley in the snow, this experience of snowfall was mesmerizing. It’s a raw beauty of India with no commercialization. There was hardly any tourist apart from 3-4 groups of hikers.

As we reached the Tosh village parking area, there was a wooden bridge that we had to cross to reach inside the Tosh village.

The more I moved forward, the more I fell in love with the place.

Pink Floyd Cafe and Hill Top Cafe

Though both of these are simple but located on the corner of the hill gives you the beautiful view of Parvati Valley.

Local people have created these beautiful hillside homestays for tourists. We went to the Hill Top Café.

They provide clean, fresh and tasty food in extremely low price. From the balcony or rooftop of these home stays, you can view the snow-capped mesmerizing mountains and the huge valley. We ate like hungry monkeys.

We spent half of our time playing with cute, innocent and beautiful Himachal kids and then enjoyed photography on the roof top. Paresh and one of my friend were so involved in teaching the symbol of their favorite “Yo” to those little kids. Though the little kids hardly could make it with their little fingers they were happy and enjoying a lot, which made us even happier.

Farewell to the beauty of nature

We stayed there for around 2-3 hours. We could spend more time without thinking but due to lack of time left for the trip and our pre-bookings made at Kasol, we had to say goodbye to such a heavenly beauty of nature.

While returning, we took the unpaved adventurous way to return back to the base village. There we had a tea at the small tapir nearby and then we took the next bus back to Kasol.

Budget required

Well! Technically we spent hardly 1000 bucks which included bus fare, breakfast, lunch, and tea for four people.

So if you are visiting Kasol, Kullu and Manali, you hardly need a budget to visit such a beautiful place.

Personal Recommendation

Planning to visit Tosh Village?

You can go ahead and follow my plan but take one more day with you so that you’ll get to spend a night on those hill sided home stays. The village is free from pollution and crowd.

Nothing can give you more pleasure than lying in the lap of nature far away from the cacophony of this fast world and gazing at the twinkling shiny stars clearly visible without any layer of pollution hiding them. You can easily get a room in just Rs.300 to Rs.400.

Let's see where our destiny takes us next. Moreover, I always believe:

           "Once a year, go someplace you have never been before"

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Trek to Lingana – Whee! what a climbing experience it was.

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Adventure is right there on this straight peak of Maharashtra

Finally, After a year I convinced Paresh to be a storyteller and here I am.. sharing his thoughts with my ink

 


About Lingana :

Lingana – It was named as Lingana due to its shape. It looks like a shivling of Lord Shiva. Its located in Mahad district.It is a massive pinnacle located on the mainline of Sahyadris between Raigad fort(Capital at the time of Shivaji Empire) and Torna at a height of 2969ft above the sea level.

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Front view of Lingana


Shivaji Maharaj used Lingana to lock down the prisoners and it was built in 1648 by himself and then destroyed by the British and was almost inaccessible for a century.

In 1970, a Mumbai based group summited for the first time after destruction followed by summit of many people. Whee! Now it was my turn. Okay enough of history now. Atleast I am not so interested in knowing the past, so lets get started with the actual adventure.


Let's get started!

It is one of my life's best adventure trip.

As I started planning to go on this adventure, I told some of my friends about it. It is always better to have a good company and they always wanted to for this kind of adventurous trip with me.I tried to convince at least 10 people in which 5 of them were convinced but at the time of booking only two of them got ready Aman(from Indore) and Harshit(from Mumbai). No offense but maybe they lost their passion as they had during college or there could be any personal reasons too.

Well, I came to know about an explorer’s group while scrolling through Facebook and there I show their upcoming event about the hiking on a mountain named “Lingana”. As I searched through the pictures of huge thrilling hiking to Lingana, I could not control my thirst. It was kind of a place, I was wishing to go for a very very long time.

Explorers were about to cancel the trip before a day as they could not receive responses from enough number of people. I pleaded them not to cancel the trip, I was waiting for this for a long time. But they were unable to do anything. Phew! I gave my last try and they got ready to go for the trip. I told them my friends are coming from Indore and Mumbai only for the trip, they have planned leaves also from their job. Yay! Finally, the trip was on.

Wait wait…!! before moving forward I forgot to introduce you to the Explorers Group who organized the trip and the summit credit totally goes to them only.

The team of explorers had four people in it named Anand Kenjale, Sunil, Santosh, and Yugandhar. They all had a strong experience in hiking. They lead the whole trip with enthusiasm. Yugandhar was the youngest. He was only 18 years old, though had a great experience in hiking. They all were very kind, supportive and took care of everything for every member. They made climbing such a tough trek really easy by motivating each member and guiding properly at each step. Also, one important and good thing was that they did not compromise with the quality of equipment. You can reach out to them here at Explorer's Group


Our journey:

We reached Explorers office at sharp 2.30 pm. They distributed lunch packets to all of us and then we left for Lingana around 3 pm. We were 7 participants apart from 5 explorers I mentioned. Anand picked us up in black Scorpio. We were so curious that we threw queries one after the other on Anand and surprisingly, he answered every query without getting frustrated. According to the plan, we would start climbing at 3 am but everyone was so excited and could not wait to starting climbing at night as soon as we reach the base village. We were having all this discussion on our way and all of us tried to convince Anand about it. But he did not agree at that time. At around 6.30pm we reached the base village Mohari.

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We saw a beautiful hut over there belonged to Sarpanch(Leader)  of Mohari.


Three of us (me, Aman and Harshit) initially did not involve with the group much. Also I could not stay at single place to rest and was damn excited. So we went to the edge of valley. It was such a refreshing moment to watch the sunset.

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Trying to capture the sun departing...


IMG_20151225_173548Aha! The beautiful sun set marveled my eyes.


As we were lost in watching the sun depart, I heard the voice, “Guys! Food is ready come along quickly”. Meanwhile other climbers of explorer group were fixing ropes, we started our dinner with a conversation from the same unanswered question – why not tonight only???

Finally, Anand took his Cell phone and called Sunil, who went to fix ropes, to know about the flow of wind over there. Sunil asked him to wait for sometime until he provides the green signal.

Infact the explorers used to climb at night only but since past 8 years, no participant had such enthusiasm and will power to do so and hence they schedule to start early morning. Ah! Finally Anand and Sunil agreed after analyzing the flow of wind and looking at our enthusiasm, excitement and most importantly will power.

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Can't wait to see what delicious food we are gonna have... I'm damn hungry man!


In dinner we had delicious mixed spicy vegetable curry, green chilli thecha, nachanichi bhakri,  kadhi and rice (purely Maharashtrian food). Normally in Pune, the thecha is not that spicy so I took a bite of bhakri full of thecha. Eek! It was damn spicy, I could clearly feel fire in my mouth. I had lots of water and 5 spoons of sugar. Everyone started laughing to see my situation. After finishing our delicious and spicy food, we all gathered. Anand, winking and giving cunning smile, warned us “No pooping possible during climb and Since it will take long time, whoever had food in excess should go ahead and get freshen up behind trees. You have 20 minutes before we start our trek”.

Hee-hee! One of my friend went behind the tree and obviously I took his picture. Lol! Yeah I still have that picture but can’t show it in public.

After 20 minutes Anand asked us to gather behind the hut. There he filled us with more enthusiasm by his motivational speech. Ha-ha! As I am a filmy kind of guy, it reminded me of speech given by Bollywood actor Shahrukh khan to his hockey team in the movie “Chak De India”. He distributed equipments among us and asked us to remove extra weight from our bags and keep it in car.

Anand knew the route very well but he did not want to take any risk specially during night, so he called two local people to cover the end of queue. We started moving towards Boratyatchi Naal, a narrow patch, around 9:30pm. The best thing was it being a full moon night, so we didn’t even need to turn on our torch all the time except few places. Oh! Yes I totally forgot to mention, It was Christmas Eve and so obviously the weather was chilling. Everyone could feel the freezing drizzle of Christmas as were already in outskirts and that too on mountain. The base point/bottom of Lingana was a level down the Naal. As we reached the mouth of the Naal, we tightened up our Harness (climbing gear) and helmet and started descending the mountain.

Though we had to descend the mountain, it could take time. But as the trek was just started, we all were very full of energy, curious and excited, It felt like we reached the bottom of lingana in a blink of eye.Though actually it took us around two hours to reach. It was 11:30 pm, I saw someone flashing light on us from the mountain and they were none other than some members of explorers along with one of the lead Sunil, who settled up rope for us.

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"Anand whistled and We all flashed out torch lights above to give them a signal"


Trust me, it was an amazing feeling to reach even the base of Lingana with such enthusiasm.

It's time to climb...

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Before we started climbing, we took a break. Anand reminded us about every rule that we need to follow and how to handle the equipments. We started to tighten up the harness, mittens and decenders. Although decenders are required to rapel down. I don’t want to go in technical part much so Yeah let’s move ahead.

Around 12 o’clock, we started climbing finally. I can’t express in words about my excitement and happiness about that moment. Anand lead the group and asked Vaibhav to stay at the end, as he was the only experienced participant.

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We attached  our self-anchor with a belay rope and start ascending.


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Trick to hold torch while climbing...


We held our torch in exactly the same way as we hold pencil during writing so that it becomes easy to climb and watch out in darkness.

After a while we reached a point where we had to cross the curvy edge of mountain to climb further. It  was only 1-2 inches wide. We were scared to cross it during night due to darkness, but tried our best by using equipments. First, we self-anchored (attach your harness’s anchor with rope)ourselves so that we don’t fall down if we slip and started placing foot slowly and finally we did it. After climbing for some more time, we reached the point closer to the light coming from side of Sunil. Anand went to the end, Sunil threw a belay rope and as per instructions, everyone attached their anchor and started climbing up. I was the first one to do so. I reached up to Sunil but could not see his face due to extreme wind and I could not even hear his voice. So I waited quietly for others without disturbing him while he was helping others. Gradually, all of the participants reached and at the end anand came up. We started moving towards the right side for cave and if you see in the picture,you will able to understand  that it’s a bit off track, is same as the previous curvy one with only some inches to place our foot.

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Curvy right side of cave 


Phew! Only rope was our hope. Hee-Hee! Forbid my poor rhythm. With the help of rope, we self-anchored ourselves and reached at cave at 2 am.Cave’s dimensions were approximately 12*12*12 feet cubical with front open to huge valley.We quickly adjusted our backpack and took a place and put our bed sheets and relaxed.While doing that I noticed Sunil and Anand took out their sleeping bags, packed themselves and said, goodnight guys! and I was like, bro! we need to purchase these sleeping bags, they are awesome.

The wind was extremely chilling and wild. The temperature at that point was approximately 4°C.We were shivering with cold, as the cave was open from one end. The last person had to sleep on the edge as the cave was small in length. Anand sarcastically warned, “whoever walks in sleep and specially Vaibhav! You are sleeping just 2 foot away from the edge. So be very careful”. He again gave that cunning smile and everyone laughed and went to sleep.

Even after staying so close to each other for almost an hour to protect ourselves from chilling wind,we were not able to sleep. Me and my friend Aman together managed one bed sheet below us. Aman said, laughing and shivering, ”Bhai apni girlfriend samaj ke hi chipakja, Please”(Hey! Please don’t doubt on me guys, it was just a situation Ha-ha!) and I replied, teasing him, “Oh! Bro, Are you Gay?”.

Afterall, A friend in need is a friend indeed. Finally after an hour, we were able to sleep properly for 4 hours.

Marvellous morning with beautiful glimpse of valley:

I woke up at 7 am and slowly opened my eyes. I could see the huge ridge of a mountain with a deep valley infront of me.

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What could be more soothing than having such a wonderful glimpse in the morning as the first thing.


During night we did not see anything except darkness. It was very deep and we spent the whole night at such a height.
After a while everyone was up and Anand announced, “let’s make tea first, have some breakfast (packed one given from the office, during the start of expedition) and now everyone wanted to freshen up.

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Although it was embarrassing when Anand circulated the newspapers to everyone and explained to poop on newspaper wrap it properly and then throw it down on the side edge and to make sure that it does not open up. He also warned us, “while you throw it down due to flow of wind it can come up back on your mouth as well” and everyone reacted, Yuck man.. !!. Anyways his main aim behind the plan was to keep the natural clean and green and to avoid problems for other hikers as well.

Anyways coming back to the trek, after half an hour we were all set to move ahead. I was thrilled when I came to know that all the ropes which helped us to climb up to cave were removed by explorers.


Climbing through the second part above the cave:

Now we all were filled with an extreme level of confidence and energy.

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We started climbing further with the target to summit and to return back to base village Mahori by 4 pm. Also, now we were used to handle equipments and rock climbing too, so we paced while climbing.

But then Sunil told us about one most challenging patch coming ahead. It was the most challenging part of the expedition. Ooh! Explorers  have named it as “Ramdev Baba Patch” and You know why? Ha-Ha let me tell you. Because you have to climb the patch with a proper judgement of stretching both hands and legs and put a lot of effort too. When I saw Anand crossing the patch, it seemed easy to me and I felt that we can do it easily. Although we did do it, but no doubt man! It was actually tough and more time consuming as compared to other parts of the mountain but unfortunately Harshit could not do it after trying his best and got really scared.

We even tried to motivate him and Sunil gave support from bottom to push him up but he was not able to do it. In the end he decided to stay there only and waited there till we returned.


Here comes the most awaited part.. “Summit”:

After some bela patch we were left with only 20 minutes of climbing to summit Lingana.  It took us around 2 hours from cave to Lingana’s summit point i.e. morning climb.

Whee! Finally I did it, we all did it. It was an amazing feeling. There is nothing quite like reaching the summit of mountain. It was my first summit and it made me feel like the biggest achievement in life.

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Well! “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves”


Indeed it was, but that time I did not know, there are going to be more such summits in my life. It was actually a big turning point for me.

We congratulated each other with hugs and thanked the explorers’ team.

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Celebrating success with a friend is above all.


After dancing like crazy, we clicked some pictures.

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Also we were able to see two other forts from that point, “Raigad and Torna. We started our returned journey after enjoying our success. But actually its the important, a bit sad and realistic fact:

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.”


Rapelling down/ Returning to base village:

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Actually, the summit is just a halfway point. During climbing you can see what you have to climb through but in rapelling you cannot see and measure the level of difficulty.

Besides it was my first experience of rapelling, so I was a bit nervous but was more curious.

Well! there were 5 patches to rapel down through the same route we climbed, 3 up to the cave and there was one longest patch of around 150 meters to rapel down. In that patch we were unable to see the edge. In rapelling we used descender, the only equipment we didn’t use yet. Sunil explained quickly about the procedure. Rapelling was obviously faster. Some people on the other valley infront of us encouraged us and in response, we thanked by signaling altogether. We met Harshit as we reached at cave and quickly had lunch of already packed chapati and shrikand.

From that point we rapelled down with our complete baggage and bundle of ropes. I, being full of enthusiasm and passion, personally asked Sunil to let me do descending for a short patch without rope but sadly,he denied as it was risky.

Now the last two patches were left to rapel down and one of them was again a bit hard but somehow we all did it quickly and easily too.

What is hard to endure is sweet to remember.

During rapelling, some tiny rock pieces and stones were falling down and during rapelling as we are not experts so as we were not experts. So we were asked by explorers to  warn loudly saying 'WATCH' so that the one who rapelled down before the other could be careful and protect himself  by using climbing hat.


Back to Base Village:

Finally we reached at bottom of Lingana. We had to now ascend Boratyachi Naal with some of our left out energy. We were all completely wrecked up. I and Vaibhav were the first to reach base village. As we reached we laid down for 10-15 minutes as if we were dead. Hee-hee! Also I have heard somewhere,"Pain is only weakness leaving the body."

After a while Anand came and told us to go on right direction and see the view of Pinnacle Lingana.

Woo-hoo! We could see the complete view of lingana. It was huge man and we could actually feel what we have achieved in first attempt. We were overjoyed and were just looking at it for around 40-45 minutes. The feeling was more intense than summit. The feeling of elation is above all and it made us proud on ourselves. In the end we thanked the Sarpanch for lovely dinner last night and to keep our extra stuff and left for Pune.

Finally, the great Lingana trip ended with memories, amazing friends for life and urge to go for more challenging mountains.

---- The mountains are calling and I must go.


 

Are you having a thought “My life is boring!”?

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This time I am not here to share my story.

I have observed a major issue with many people around me. I am sure each one of you will be able to relate it in some or the other way to your life.

People live the same day for years and envy people who are enjoying or more specifically living the real and wonderful life and some are the ones who have not realized yet or I should say they are not ready to come out of their comfort zone. It is very easy and comfortable to wake up every day and get into routines. But it makes you loose excitement in life and so your way of solving an issue or your capabilities to achieve success. Trust me, I was the one among them too. But not anymore.

There is this famous saying by Rebecca West:

“It is the soul's duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.”

Don’t envy people instead learn from them.

“Let’s bring some change in life and see if it makes you any happier.”

After all, life is about creating memories and being happy. I am not saying you should leave everything behind and just travel the world or something. But at least you can find some time for your passion for the thing that actually makes you go crazy and forget all the worries of life. Do things that makes your life less ordinary and escape the boredom.

You just need to find out what it is.

Some people do know what actually makes them happy but they are scared to admit it. They are scared of change, scared whether their loved ones, be it friends, family or life partner, will understand it. But there is no harm in trying right? They might not understand at first but when you choose track to your happiness and do the things about which you are passionate about and finally happier than ever before. If they love you truly, no matter what they will try to understand and if you are happy then only you can make others happy. So people don’t be scared. Give it a try, start with some small change in your life which makes you happy and see the consequences. It is not going to harm anybody.

For me, there is always a list to do some different things, one is obviously travelling new places, exploring yummy food and yes always following my heart no matter where it takes my life because that makes me the happiest person.

Okay, let’s consider five things that make you happy right now and write it down or put it in your mind somewhere along with me:

  1. Help someone selflessly.
  2. Going on a trip with my mate or alone.
  3. Spending time with loved ones.
  4. Writing out what I observe.
  5. Watching gossip girl (as of now).

So, what are yours? If you feel comfortable share it with me here. May be it can help you explore yourself.

Also If you wanna go on a trip like I do and don’t have anybody to go with. Join me in… Email me or ping me about the details.

Be happy, keep exploring!! 🙂