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The peak that could not be scaled – Kareri Lake trek.

Himachal, the abode of numerous mountainous treks and meadowish landscapes is finally back on my travel list.
And the trek I chose this time was a tough one – the Kareri Lake.

I wanted to challenge myself this time so decided to go for a three day trek with patches of snow here and there.

What I did not anticipate was that the cold had been harsh this time and the snowfall might very well extend to March. And what the travelling sites fail to mention now and again that Kareri lake is not an easy trek.

A comfortable ride in the semi sleeper Volvo to Dharmshala was the most comfortable part of the journey. The raging mountain winds and a light drizzle greeted us at Dharmshala, the starting point of many exciting treks.

We started for the Kareri village from Dharmshala at 9:00 am – the trek leaders Sonu and Sushil Bhaiya from TrektheHimalayas picked us up. It took1.5 hours to reach the beautiful Kareri village in the lap of the Dhauladhars.

After a soul filling lunch of rajma curry, we started for the trek towards the base camp. A group of 15 with two trek leaders, three mountain dogs, four mules and 4 assistants traversed the rhododendron laden trail of 5-6km. There are cemented roads as well which will relieve your body of the tiredness of the ascent.

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Then there are some small water bodies surrounded by rocks which will seduce you to get clicked now and then.

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And in the last few metres towards the base camp, the trail becomes steeper interspersed with snow. I had the support of the trek leaders while trekking on snow so was able to dig my feet into hard snow and traverse easily.

It started raining the minute we reached our base camp. Thankfully, TrektheHimalayas had erected the base camp near two huge boulders which provided shade to the people sitting beneath them.

The rain gave way to snow in the night and we were greeted with a winter wonderland of white sheet in the morning. The sun rose thankfully and after much hesitation we decided to trek till Reoti.

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The whole path was of course narrow because of heavy and fresh snowfall and if you are not careful, your legs could dive deep into the snow.

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The weather soon gave away to unpredictability and a heavy storm was approaching. We were 2km short of Reoti and had to decide to return back otherwise we would have been stuck in an unforgiving snow storm.

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By the time we returned to our base camp, it was raining and snowing again. The day moved with revelling in the marvellous view and hogging on to the delicious food items prepared by the TrektheHimalayas team.

The bright sunny morning of the next day encouraged us for a relaxing down trek to the Kareri village. The snow had melted giving way to bright greenery and soothing, slightly less dense air. The rhythm of moving waters pacified our weary souls.

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After a quick lunch at the Kareri village, we decided to travel to Mc Leodgunj and explore the Tibetan markets there. I got a Pashmina and a stole from a local shop and our group enjoyed binging on to freshly steamed chicken and paneer momos.

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Anglow Kitchen, Khan Market, New Delhi

 

Konkani fried chicken: So when you are bored with our typical north Indian chicken, this Konkani chicken with the flavours of Deccan will come to the rescue of your taste buds. The succulent chicken fried with crunchy peanuts in curry leaves and rai seeds is highly recommended.

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Cold bar sticks: A refresher for your palate with the sweetness of fresh pineapple and the slight pungency of cheese.

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Spiced meat devilled Scotch eggs: Move over the usual devilled eggs as these eggs are coated with keema and deep fried to perfect crispiness. The “devilled” portion is filled with keema again and served to you with a creamy dip.

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Mutton shaami kebab: Being brought over a diet of kebabs, I found these slightly less crispier. The keema is finely pulverized and the occasional bite of green chillies feels heavenly though. I really wish that the hotness was more with the addition of spices.

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Black chicken steak: Why did I taste this? The chicken is marinated with cream and coated with activated charcoal and then grilled. The resultant is a super juicy chicken that melts in the mouth. Served with fine textured mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables, this dish is highly recommended.

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Chicken Dak Bungalow curry with Malabar Paratha: The chewy parathas are served with a tangy and creamy chicken curry. The chicken pieces are juicy but the curry could have been better.

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Date and walnut cake with heavy cream : The walnuts are so soft and slightly gooey with the goodness of dates lending their lusciousness. Trust me, you won’t stop at one or even two!

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Tipsy pudding: We expected a lot from this one but this is a just a normal fruit cake with the middle most sponge dipped in rum.

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Baked Pizza & Co. , M block market, GK – 1, New Delhi

Looks like M block Greater Kailash market is upping it’s game when it comes to giving authentic Italian cuisine experiences.
Baked Pizza is a newly opened cafe with soothing interiors and an open kitchen with a wood fired oven to boost.

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Pesto chicken Caesar salad: Ohhh the lightness of this salad casts a spell on me! The crunchy rocket & lettuce leaves, the firm chicken in the pesto sauce and the not so creamy flavour make this salad highly recommended.

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Baked Cannolini: Spinach cannolini does not taste like one. The bitterness of spinach is absent and it’s mince goes well in the pasta sheets. The perfectly balanced mixture of red and white sauce and the melt in the mouth texture of this sauce will definitely leave you in splits. Highly recommended.

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Cheese me baby: One of the best margharitas that I have ever tasted! The creamy amalgamation of four different types of cheese: bocconcini, English cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan compliments the occasional bitter bite of fresh basil leaves. Highly recommended.

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Vinny’s list pizza: Every possible product of chicken which can be imagined is here. The chicken chorizo, sausage and keema, along with mushroom and caramelized onions is heavenly! Recommended.

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Classic garlic bread sticks: Freshly baked with mozzarella cheese and enclosing tangy jalapenos and juicy sweet corn and served with garlic aoli – need we ask for more? Highly recommended.

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Posted in poem, Poetry, road trip, travel, travel diaries, travel writing, traveller, travelogue, Uncategorized, writer, writing

Roads

The twists and turns
Of the country roads
Beckon the traveller
The wanderer in countless souls

A left turn here
Or a right one there
For every turn
Brings a new light

The swaying trees
And the wide highways
Can not help watching the world
Go past by

The narrow hilly road
Or the rickety mountainous ones
Or those with the ocean on one side
And villages on the other

The waltzing peacocks
In the midst of mustard fields
And the exuberant sunflowers
Proudly showing their petals

A surprise shower
And the tip-tap of the drops
Wept by the screen wipers
Or enjoying their stay
On your helmets

The fluttering prayer flags
In multiple shades
On the Buddhist pagodas
And on the thunderous enfields

A roadside tea
To warm your insides
Or the spicy peanuts
For your rumbling bellies

The petrol pumps
To power your beasts
And the stalls selling
The helmets from Studd

And on these roads
My long hair flows
While I pose
With my Ray Bans on

For the road is my second home
And the road trips my life journey.

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Travel musings – Mussoorie

Flaring with life
You made me smile
Your ceaseless passion
Made me beam
In success and in failure
We twinkled

And now, while I lie motionless
Speechlessly glimpsing you
In my last moments
You continue to make me smile.

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