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My Journey to Bhimtal in The Himalayas and One Fantasy Trip to the Misty Mountains

Updated on January 18, 2018
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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 UP Electronics for a post of Asstt. Accounts Officer. So, I set out from Allahabad City by train and reached Haldwani junction in the Northern Regions as per travel instructions I got from the Personnel Department of that Company which sent me the interview card. It was a long night journey and was already morning when I reached Haldwani. From there, I caught a tourist Bus which reaches Bhimtal after an adventurous journey of roughly 2 hours through hills and forests on both sides of the road. Bhimtal is located on a hill which is 1370 meters above sea level and surrounded by beautiful sceneries of snowy mountains and greenery forests. The bus took many curves through very narrow passages while going atop the hill and the route has many deep valleys also on both sides of the road making it a scary but thrilling journey. I was much frightened at some curves fearing the bus may fell down into the valley. I think the drivers driving those vehicles get a lot of training before being recruited to drive them.

I already booked a Room at the Mountain Club Hotel, through online booking, for my 2 days stay there. They allotted me a nice room with a wide window facing 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.

Important Facts About Bhimtal

Bhimtal is like a Mini District Head-Quarter of Nainital, India. It is located at a distance of 22 km from Nainital, which is famous all over the world. Bhimtal is no lesser than Nainital in awesome sceneries. Its climate also is very nice for the tourists.

Winter temperatures are most suitable ranging between 5 to 16-degree Celsius. The summer temperature ranges from 15 to 28 or so.

Bhimtal is said to be associated with the stay of Bhima, the Mahabharata character during the exile period of the Pandavas. The word "Tal" refers to a lake. It is a place of numerous lakes. So, the name Bhimtal got its name. Even, there was a temple named Bhimeshwara Temple in the name of Bhima which was rebuilt again during the 17th century replacing the old one.

Must Visit Places at Bhimtal

Bhimtal is a beautiful resort, abode for natural scenery and birds, and full of magnificent lakes and hills surrounding them.

  • Bhimtal Lake boat ride enjoying the beautiful scenery and to enjoy a nice picnic on an island situated in the center of that lake.
  • Nal Damayanti Lake 2km away from Bhimtal is believed to be the lake where the palace of famous King Nala drowned and disappeared.
  • Sattal is a group of lakes with beautiful scenery of forestry and echoing sounds of birds. You will be mesmerized visiting it.
  • A visit to the Hidimba Parvat (situated near the Sattal lake) which was named after a female demon Hidimba that married Bhima and gave birth to another great character known as Ghatotkacha of Mahabharata war. There is a sanctuary for wild animals there attracting tourists.
  • Another visit to the hill called Karkotaka Hill (named after the great serpent Karkotaka) where devotees throng to worship the cobra.
  • There is a Mosque known as Sayad Baba Ki Mazhar where people of all religions take part in the worship ( during Thursdays) signifying the unity in diversity culture of India.

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 about amazing mountain peaks, lakes, and beautiful sceneries of nature very often in my dreams. 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 many ages back. I got much pleased with 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 of My Ancestors

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 some of 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-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 completely fit 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.

The Mountain Trek Camps
The Mountain Trek Camps
The abandoned Railway Yard near the mountain
The abandoned Railway Yard near the mountain | Source

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.

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    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Anna. It's truly a wonderful experience traveling through the mystic sceneries of nature. It remains in your heart as the sweetest memory throughout your life.

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      Anna 

      6 months ago from New York, NY

      Thanks for sharing your trip - what a wonderful recollection! It's so wonderful that your family barn was still there for you to see.

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      Nadine May 

      10 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a wonderful trip you so well shared. Loved the photos. A very special place for a mountain climbing destiny.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      10 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Nell Rose. It's really a wonderful experience with some scary moments to remember. I was a bit afraid when the bus was climbing the hills through very narrow and unguarded turns to reach Bhimtal. The same was the case when returning back from above. But, enjoyed it overall.

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      Nell Rose 

      10 months ago from England

      Looks amazing! what a wonderful trip!

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      19 months 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 

      19 months ago from California

      Such a wonderful journey and such a beautiful write!

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      20 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 

      20 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.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Demas, for the nice comment.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      21 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      What an adventure and journey. Thanks for writing this.

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      SA 

      22 months ago

      You're Welcome :)

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for the encouraging comment.

    • simplehappylife profile image

      SA 

      22 months ago

      Great hub! Very Interesting :) Thank You for sharing

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      22 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 

      22 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.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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!

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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!

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you for the visit and nice comment.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years 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!

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Larry, for the nice comment.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful read!

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

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

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

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

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years 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.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years 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.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Zulfiqar Ali.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago

      nice

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years 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.

    • Venkatachari M profile imageAUTHOR

      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

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

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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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