Thursday, September 20, 2012

Valley of Flowers Trek - Paradise on Earth

Butterfly trail, Valley of flowers
Aug 12th: Myself, Ananad anna and Bharani met fellow trekkers at the haridwar railway station in the morning and started to Govindghat in a cab arranged by indiahikes,  our group was around 30 people,  no wonder why so many people inspired to go.  8AM we kicked off the day,  recently there were heavy rains in chamoli area and roads were closed for few days and opened recently,  right after Rishikesh the road gets its beauty, the road follow the path of ganga, yeah most of the destinations are to one of the ganga starting place, so simply follow ganga to reach the destination.  Start to end was with full of breathtaking valley views, some landslides and not to forget the green blanket  all over the mountains due to recent rains.  Around 7PM we have reached Govindghat, met our trek leader Dhinesh and his team Mahi and Vishwanath, before conclude the day we received some info about the trek, instruction on how to be safe on the way.
Landslide due to recent rain
Aug 13th: Morning started our trek to ghangaria from gurudwara at govindghat after our final and important purchase walking stick, it is advised to carry a good hiking pole but you know our mentality right :)  Since ghangaria is also midway to Hemkund we had lot of hemkund pilgrim enroute to ghangaria, there were lot of tuck shops on the way to munch and regain energy, even some of the pilgrims were offering glucose and chocolates, trekking is not only the option to reach to reach ghangaria but most prefered and enjoyable one,  the other once are ponny, small kids were carried in the baskets and frequent helicopter shuttle between govindghat to ghangaria. This trek route goes along side of alaknanda, it is one of the headstream for ganga,  stream sound cheers you throughout the trek,  cleanliness on the path is to be appreciated even though so much of ponny goes by still it is maintained neatly by volunteers, don’t hesitate to offer some to them.  After 1PM climate started changing dramatically, it was full sunshine day so far, then only we realised we were supposed to reach ghangaria by 1PM because rains were expected in the afternoon but we totally forgot and spend time at the streams and falls.   All fun over even there is no views, clouds already closed all of it, we started non stop walk to destination, just before 3 km to ghangaria the path switches from left side of river to right side, from here the trek got little tough,  path got little steep and rain was little heavy.  Since morning i’ve been looking some good little stream to take long exposure, i’ve not seen one since morning but that type came now, it was raining and we were late, still my bro insisted we will take,  we let bharani go and only we both stayed we shot what we want, thanks bro for the umbrella cover :)  After all those crazy things we have reached ghangaria at 5PM.  We were behind the schedule but where's the fun if we don’t get to spend time at beautiful places. Vishwanath already reached ghangaria,arranged our stay and dinner in one hotel.  Day 1, we have covered 13km  and gained 4000 feet altitude.
Under the umbrella
14th:  Most awaited day of the trip, according our schedule we are supposed to go to natural wonderland Valley of Flowers, VoF is natural botanical garden with valley full of flowers with more than 500 species,  the valley is covered in snow for most of the year, it opens itself only from june to october, july mid to august mid being the best season with little bit of risk factors like rain and landslides, during this time weather is 100% unpredictable, even the same threat applies in reaching govind ghat from haridwar, we believed in our luck and decided to go in august mid, so far the weather acted like a good friend to us but lately behaving otherwise, over the night it was full pouring, dhinesh was not sure of the condition of VoF trail, he had already sent someone to check on the condition, if otherwise we will go to hemkund and try our luck next day stating if it continues rains we may not get good visibility of the valley.  We all kept our hopes on high and waited for the rain to stop, probably i would not have done that in bangalore this year.  
By 6:30 rain stopped completely and clear blue sky welcomed us to the VoF,  from the entrance trail goes for more than 10kms, we planned to reach as much as possible by mid day and return.  For first 3 kms we could find some new flowers sparsely scattered then came the butterfly trail, both the sides with full of pink flowers,  slowly mist also started flowing in the valley, nice feeling it was.  Before we went to VoF, i’ve searched for videos of the valley mainly timelapse,  yeah timelapse is one of my fav. technique, it shows something happening in front of the eyes in different angle, even eyes can’t catch that but i’ve not found much so i thought of making some during my trip,  butterfly trail, people and mist looked awesome choice for it,  i climbed on a rock to get the full view and took my first video, then we crossed a glacier, we got glimpse of full valley from that point.  We crossed the valley bit by bit, every 100/200m we found a new flower, we started to return back at 1PM sticking to plan,  we could have reached 6 kms before our return.  Best things about the day are blue poppy, pink flower(androsace porancllias), mist.  The most interesting and curious thing is valley contains 1000s of 1000s of flowers but none of them have aroma absolutely no aroma,  the whole places is very colorful but sometimes it makes you think are the flowers real?
Himalayan blue poppy,  hill decorator

If we get of the trail and walk inside then we can find different flowers and new angles, definitely one day is not enough to cover the whole trail and explore,  we need at least 3 days.  Hopefully indiahikes will conduct 3days or more days expedition trip to VoF in the future for enthusiasts.  Unlike ghangaria round there is pony in VoF.  Few trekkers missed the VoF due to illness and few were telling it is tough for them to climb hemkund.  We took a final count by dinner who all are want to trek, who are all going by pony and people who are going to VoF, finally it came to 9 people who wanted to hike to hemkund, we decided to start the as early as possible.   

Aug 15th: Morning 6AM we started to climb the hemkund,  hemkund is 6 km from ghangaria and nearly 4000feet above ghangaria.  It was very steep climb,  we gradually started to climb with regular breaks.  As we go up and up, the places got more beautiful,  after 4 km we crossed a glacier and a falls which originates from the hemkund lake.   From that point we could see the full valley until now the path was covered with trees and the mountains was decorated with Bhrama kamal, it grows at 12K and above altitude only,  which gave us rough idea how much we have climbed so far.   The second hill decorator was blue poppy,  it is one of very beautiful and colorful flower on the valley,  we could see more blue poppies in hemkund than VoF.  Right after waterfalls, there was two ways, one is very steep & short and another one is long, laid mostly for ponies to go easily, we took the steep one, half through we saw the flag on gurudwara which boosted our energy by indicating destination not so far.  We have reached the top around 10:30AM, there are many things to be cheered for once reached the top, first  we have successfully reached the peak, the lake at 15K altitude and tea & kichidi served at the gurudwara :)   Hemkund was almost covered in cloud, we had no choice but to wait for the full view, meanwhile we decided to took the dip in the coldest hemkund lake,  yeah it was crazy yet amazing experience.   Climate was awesome,  clouds was moving very fast,  sometime with full of clouds sometimes full clear,  We spent sometime and started back.



Next day morning we have started back to govind ghat and reached govind ghat around 12PM,  we refreshed and relaxed at the hotel arranged by indiahikes.   Our trek with indiahikes ended here with happy note.   Some of the fellow trekkers had plan to goto mana and badrinath like we had,  we grouped together and left to mana around 3PM.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

புலம்பல்

எங்க பார்த்தாலும் என்ன என்னமோ நடக்குது
ஒரு பக்கம், அணு மின்நிலையம் வேணாம்னு போராட்டம்
இன்னொரு எடத்துல, dam அழைத்த அதிக படுத்த வேண்டாம்னு போராட்டம்
அரசாங்கம் ஒருத்தனை கைது பண்ணுது
கேட்ட இந்தியாவையே ஒரு cartoon வரைஞ்சி அசிங்கப்படுத்திடான் சொல்லுது
இவளோ பிரேச்சனைக்கு நடுவுல நன் என்ன பண்ணேன்
நாலு siteah மேஞ்சிட்டு.. வெட்டி நியாயம் பேசிட்டு
cubeல வந்து வேற என்ன நடக்குது பாக்கும்போது
சுமார் 15 வருஷத்துக்கு முன்னாடி நடந்த சம்பம் flashஆச்சி
என்னோட அம்மா கையில தொடபகட்டை எடுத்து கிட்டு தொரதிகிட்டே வராங்க
நானும் ஓடுறேன் ஓடுறேன் ஓடிகிட்டே இருக்கேன்
கொஞ்ச நேரம் பொருத்து, அவங்க சத்தம் ரொம்ப தூரத்துல கேக்குது
சனியனே படி படினா படிக்காம இப்போ ஓடுறிய?
ஓடு ஓடு.. திரும்பி வீடுக்குதனே வரணும்
அத கேட்டு கிட்டே ஓடினதுல.. களத்துமேடே வந்துடிச்சி
சரி இவளோ தூரம் வந்துடோமே, அப்படியே கில்லி விளையாடிட்டு
கொஞ்சம் நேரம் போறத்து போனா, அம்மா மறந்து மன்னிச்சிடுவங்க
இருட்டுற நேரம் வரைக்கும் விளையாடிட்டு.. night போனா
கொஞ்சம் தேவல.. நன் ஏன்டா உன்ன அடிகபோறேன் நீ நல்லா படிச்சா
நீ நல்லா படிச்சா தானே.. நல்ல college seat கிடைக்கும்
அப்போதானே நல்ல வேலை கிடைக்கும்
இப்படி பல அடி தடிக்கு அப்புறம்.. annual examla மட்டுமே pass பண்ணி
schoolah விட்டு வெளிய வந்து.. எப்படியோ ஒரு degeree முடிச்சா..
என்னாது bsc degree ya.. இத வச்சுக்கிட்டு வேல வேற கேப்பிய நீ?
உன்கூட school படிச்சவன் எல்லாம்.. BE முடிக்க போறான் அடுத்த வருஷம்..
அவனுக்கு வேலை கொடுப்பாங்களா இல்ல உனக்கு கொடுப்பாங்களா?
இப்படி பல அசிங்கத்துக்கு அப்புறம்.. சரின்னு ஒரு வழியா மனச தைரிய படுத்திக்கிட்டு..
இன்னொரு degree சேர்ந்து.. அதையும் முடிச்சி.. எப்படியோ ஒரு வேலை வாங்கி..
seat ah தேய்க்கிறது flash ஆச்சி.. சரி நாளைக்கு என்ன பண்ணுவ?
இதே seat ah தேய்ப்பேன் இல்ல இன்னொரு company seat ah தேய்ப்பேன்
இத பாக்குறப்போ என்னக்கு அடி கடி கேள்வி பட்ட அர்த்தம்முள்ள joke தான் நியாபகம் வருது
ஒரு அப்பா அவர் 
பைய்யன் கிட்ட நல்லா படிடான்னு சொல்லுறார்
பைய்யன்: என்?
அப்பா: அப்போ தான் நல்ல college seat கேடைச்சி, நல்ல வேலைக்கு போகலாம்
பைய்யன்: என்?
அப்பா: அப்போ தான் நல்ல பணம் கேடைக்கும்
பைய்யன்: அப்புறம்?
அப்பா: அப்போ தான் நல்ல settle ஆயிட்டு, என்ன மாதிரியே காலாடிக்கிட்டு இருக்கலாம்
பைய்யன்: அத தான் நன் இப்பவே பன்னுரேனே
நாம எப்பவுமே.. இந்த மாதிரி joke கேட்டதும் சிரிச்சிட்டு அப்புறம் மறந்துடுவோம்
நாம நல்லா சம்பாதிச்சிட்டு அப்புறம் காலாட்டுற machine ah தான் வளந்து இருக்கோம்
எவன் எக்கேடு கேட்டு போன என்ன.. எனக்கு கடைசி வாரம் சம்பளம் வந்திடும்
டேய் இவளோ பேசுறியே.. நீ என்ன அவ்ளோ பெரிய அப்பாடக்கராநு கேக்க தோணுதா?
என் மனசாட்சி என்ன பாத்து கேட்ட 42 கேள்வில 38அ  இங்க எழுதிட்டேன்
மிச்ச 4லு கேள்விய என்னாலேயே காது கொடுத்து கேக்க முடியல
நாமலாம் அந்நியன் பட dialogueஅ புள்ளரிச்சிகிட்டே பாத்துட்டு
வெளிய வந்து songsலாம் பிரம்மாண்டமா இருக்கு சொல்லுற கூடம்