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My Journey to Bhimtal (Himalayas) and a fantasy trip to the summit of Misty Mountains far away

Updated on September 10, 2016
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Venkat loves arts and literature and keeps reading books of all genre and developed an interest in writing literary and fictional articles.

A Misty Mountain

A Misty Mountain covered with snow
A Misty Mountain covered with snow | Source

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, snow covered mountains as viewed from my windows in Bhimtal
The far-off misty, snow covered mountains as viewed from my windows in Bhimtal

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

The old barn left intact in my ancestors' village
The old barn left intact in my ancestors' village | Source

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

Gravestones erected in memory of my ancestors cremated in the village
Gravestones erected in memory of my ancestors cremated in the village | Source

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 Mountain Trek Camps
The Mountain Trek Camps
The abandoned Railway Yard near the mountain
The abandoned Railway Yard near the mountain | Source
Mountain track train passing over a bridge on the mountains
Mountain track train passing over a bridge on the mountains

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.

A glimpse of a Himalayan Peak trek (video uploaded by a tourist)

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      Venkatachari M 7 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Audrey. True, it is a wonderful experience with snow clad mountains and natural beauty all around. And, it's very exciting too.

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      Audrey Howitt 7 weeks ago from California

      Such a wonderful journey and such a beautiful write!

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      Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Radhika. True. It is really very exciting and adventurous with snow peaks, valleys, and greenery presenting a fascinating view.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 months ago from Mumbai,India

      The description of your trekking adventures in Himalayan peaks is really superb. We also had a small trek last year in Manali, Himachal. I enjoyed reading your experience in hiking mountains.

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      Venkatachari M 3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Demas, for the nice comment.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      What an adventure and journey. Thanks for writing this.

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      SA 4 months ago from United States

      You're Welcome :)

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for the encouraging comment.

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      SA 4 months ago from United States

      Great hub! Very Interesting :) Thank You for sharing

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      I tried my best to give a better account of the trip. Thanks for the visit and nice comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You describe the whole trek so exceedingly well I could imagine me being there. Thanks for the lovely photos and of course the video is breathtakingly beautiful.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Venkatachari M 6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Happy to see that this article impressed you so much. No need to be sorry. My blessings to you and your family.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 6 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful response to the challenge and I enjoyed the journey along with you. So thoughtful of you to include the ancestors part.

      I am sorry I missed it earlier.

      Thanks for the enjoyable read and have a good day!

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Missey. I am glad to know you enjoyed this trip and everything shared by me.

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      Missy Smith 7 months ago from Florida

      This was wonderful, Venkat. I enjoyed going along on this journey as I read. I love the pictures. Everything you wrote about kept my attention. Really, really enjoyed this. Thank you!

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you for the visit and nice comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was a wonderful story and great that you actually took part in the adventure. Well written and a fun read. I loved it!

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks, Chuck. I am humbled reading your comment. Your story was more appealing and wonderful and I am much impressed by it. Thanks again for appreciating my work.

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      Chuck Nugent 7 months ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Great story. I enjoyed the way you were able to seamlessly weave the fictional side trip in with the account of your real trip while making use of the four photos that the challenge required you to have in the story. You did a great job with this story and I enjoyed reading it.

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Alicia. I tried my best to combine both things to make it a good read. And, I felt it necessary to mention about my ancestors' contribution to the freedom struggle as well. Thanks for the nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Larry, for the nice comment.

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      Linda Crampton 7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed the story and I loved learning about your ancestors and India. The combination of fact and fiction in this hub was very interesting.

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      Larry Rankin 7 months ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful read!

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Dora, for the visit and nice comment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Great and enjoyable adventure. Stopping by your ancestors was a special event.Thanks for a very positive story.

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Jackie, I am glad to see you here after a long gap. I miss those funny photos and postings from you that used to entertain me a lot.

      Thanks for your visit and nice comment and sharing. And, my blessings to you.

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Bill, I am glad that I took part in this challenge anyhow at the last moment. I was thinking to let it go. But, then, I became restless and wanted to express something and the result is there. As I mentioned in my reply to Carb above, It is a mixture of real with fiction. Thank you for accepting it.

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Carb. I started with my actual journey to give the interview and then shifted to the fantasy of trekking a peak. There also I added my grandfather and his parents' contribution to the freedom struggle which is real and some more factual information included to make it more real.

      Thanks for the nice comment.

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      Jackie Lynnley 7 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Just one big WOW to your journey! All the beauty I know was breathtaking but then to visit your family graveyard, I could just imagine the feelings of you being there and feeling their presence. I know you must still relive it daily.

      And the mountain trek I would never have been brave enough for but so glad that you were and have those wonderful memories too! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. It was a fantastic fantasy journey for us!

      Sharing.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so glad you took part in the challenge. A job well-done, my friend. I love the imagination that is manifested when a challenge like this is issued.

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      Linda Lum 7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      What a wonderful journey. And you have seamlessly woven the real with the fantasy. A very imaginative response to Bill's challenge. Well done my friend.

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, John. Yes, it was an opportunity to express my experiences. But, I couldn't put it in beautiful words more appealingly.

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      John Hansen 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Venkata, this was an excellent response to Bill's challenge. It was wonderful that you could write about your actual journey which made it all very realistic and an geographically educational. Well done.

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Zulfiqar Ali.

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Flourish, I am really proud of my ancestors who have participated in freedom struggle even though they didn't get recognition like others who got felicitations and awards. They kept aloof from such things as they were real lovers of Mother India. So, I took this opportunity to mention their greatness.

      Thank you for your nice comment.

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      Zulfqar Ali 236 7 months ago

      nice

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice to read your comment, Manatita, My Bro.

      I can't make it stylishly and much appealingly. Your creations are wonderful. I wish I could do better. My inner feelings couldn't find suitable words to get out.

      Thanks for your nice comment. Hugs and blessings.

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, DreamerMeg. I got the opportunity due to that interview call from Bhimtal.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      I enjoyed both your description of your journey and your connection with your ancestors. Your relatives who were born in jail during the struggle for independence gave me a lump on my throat.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Yes, a most wonderful journey. You effortlessly packed it with culture and godliness, as well as respect and I enjoyed this.

      A sweet story full of simplicity and Light.

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      DreamerMeg 7 months ago from Northern Ireland

      What a wonderful journey. That was very fortunate that you also had the opportunity to visit the village of your ancestors.

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