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My Journey to Bhimtal (Himalayas) and a fantasy trip to the summit of Misty Mountains far away
A Misty Mountain
My Journey to Bhimtal in Nainital District of India
I had an interview call from Optronics for the post of Asstt. Accounts Officer. So, I set out from Allahabad by train and reached Haldwani junction. From there, I caught the Bus which reaches Bhimtal after a journey of roughly 2 hours through hills and forests on both sides of the road. The bus took many curves and the route has many deep valleys also on both sides at places making it a scary but thrilling journey.
I already booked a Room in the Mountain Club Hotel,online, for my 2 days stay there. They allotted me a nice room with a wide window facing to the beautiful scenery of Lakes and the far away Himalayan Range Mountains.
After attending the interview on the first day, I took a cab on both days and enjoyed the nearby tourist spots like Nal Damayanti Lake, Sattal (a group of many lakes), and temples like Bhimeshwar Temple (Bhima of Mahabharat), Karkotaka Temple and took a boat ride in the Bhimtal lake to visit the small beautiful island situated in the midst of that lake.I visited some of the nearby mountains also like the Hidimba Parvat and Garg Parvat. It has been a wonderful journey even though I had no interest in their post as they were offering a lesser pay than I was already drawing as an Accountant.
The snow covered Misty Mountains
The far off misty mountains were calling me
As I sat at my windows late in the evening after my visits to the nearby tourist attractions in Bhimtal, I was more and more getting fascinated by the natural scenery around there and the far off mountains covered with snow were enchanting me. The misty, snow-covered mountains were alluring and inducing me to visit them. I used to dream beautiful mountain peaks, lakes, and the sceneries of nature often. I always wanted to trek those mountain peaks and enjoy the beautiful experiences. So, I decided to set on a trip to trek one of those peaks.
I informed my wife about my decision to have a trip to the peaks in Nainital to satisfy my dreams. My wife agreed to my decision even though she is much concerned about my safety during the mountain trekking. She asked me to take the blessings of God and also to have the blessings of my ancestors who used to live in the nearby village there. I got much pleased at her suggestion.
Old Barn in Village on the way to Mountain Peak
My visit to the Village before trekking Mountain Peak
I visited the village of my ancestors early in the morning. First of all, I visited the temple there and took the blessings of God for fulfilling my desire successfully. Then, I visited the farm of my ancestors which has been discarded already by my grandfather when his family migrated to Allahabad decades ago. It has been sold to some old friends of my grandfather. I met their descendants there and was astonished to find the old barn still staying there in a corner at the border of that farm. They told me that they kept it as a memory of their ancestors' friendship with our family.
Then with their help, I found the way to the cemetery where my great grandparents were cremated. My grandfather's body was also cremated there as per his last wish. Gravestones were erected there in memory of their lives and their contribution to the Indian Independence struggle. All my ancestors took part in the Independence Movement against British Rule and went to jails. My uncles were born in jails and so their names signified some relation to the Independence struggle and Indian National Flag.
I paid my homage and respects to the ancestors there and took their blessings on my mission.
The Gravestones of my ancestors
My Mountain Train journey to reach the Trekking Camp
I booked a ticket in the mountain railway track train to reach my trekking camp at the Nainital. It has been a wonderful journey as the train passes through and over the hills with a beautiful natural scenery of forests and lakes and valleys all through the path. During the journey, I found some abandoned railway yards and abandoned train engines and train bogies at some places. I reached the Mountain Trekking Camp (which was already booked by me before starting my journey) after a long slow paced journey in a couple of some hours. It is a kind of hotel with tents on hills for tourists who wish to prepare themselves with all arrangements before setting on their trek. They can have their refreshments and rest in the camp before starting the trek or after completing the trek. I took some rest and had my food and then started for the trek along with some more companions there.
Mountain Track trains and Trekking Camp
The Naina Peak Mountain Trekking
We were six members in all grouped ourselves together for companionship, safety and comfort purposes so that we can easily make the trek and enjoy it fully. We equipped ourselves with all the necessary tools and accessories like well-protective clothes, jackets and blankets to guard us from the snowfall, wild winds and extreme weather conditions, comfortable boots, snacks, trekking poles, sticks, small axes to clear snow and other hindrances if any, and with some cameras and mobiles, some medicines, towels, snacks, chocolates, water bottles,etc.
It was a hike of roughly 2,000 meters altitude and we used to take some rest after trekking every 500 meters. Overall, it took 8 hours roughly to climb up and then return back to the bottom base. We mostly enjoyed the hike in spite of some hardships due to heavy breathing and exhaustion, body pain, etc. and the sliding of rocks at one or two places during our hike and return journeys posing a risk.
The whole trek is surrounded by rocks, waterfalls, snow and greenery and many types of birds including wild vultures, some animals like deer and zebras were also visible over the mountains. The view of snow was amazing. And when we climbed to the top, we could see a magnificent view of the Nainital city below along with its lakes and green vegetations.