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Old 25th April 2014, 22:15   #1
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Default Heaven's Tides - Kausani, up in the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand

How strange but commonplace is it when two people committed to each other for the better part of 14 years, have the mother of all arguments that ends with an agreement to disagree.

And how nondescript is it when the same two people , are brought together by nature's mischievous designs thrust quite unsuspectingly, but in a very mysterious way - the hand of God?

Yet, dear friends that's exactly how it happened.

So let's rewind to the beginning.

A few months ago, I had been thinking about the pilgrimage to Ladakh, and the plans for this June. But come first week of April, and our daughter had to undergo a surgery. Recovery was quick, and my hopes were up, when suddenly my better half slammed on the brakes with no benefit of ABS

A series of vociferous duels ensued, that would put any soap opera to shame. And that's when the discussions started and the disagreements heated up.

When all of a sudden the long weekend of April 18th was almost upon us. Not wishing to have to endure yet another sullen weekend, and considering the last road trip of any significance was in Dec'13-Jan'14, the legs were aching to leave.
A quick browse through travel sites proved favoured destinations such as the jungles of Ranthambore and Jim Corbett were over-running with tourists. A little up in the hills, Nainital was infact anything but attractive, hotels were already quoting in-season rates.
And so the search veered to Kausani - a little hamlet up in the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand. And wonder of wonders , a very nice offer of 2 nights and 3 days was on the cards.
Without a thought about the weather, I committed my plans for April 18th-April 20th. And then checked the weather. And I cried!

The weathermen had forecast rain. Rain in the plains, rain in the hills, rain in the mountains, and everywhere in-between.


What follows are simply some glimpses. Glimpses of heaven, here on Earth. With no premonition of what was to come. Nothing , absolutely nothing could have prepared us for Heaven's Tides!


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Default Sometimes the destination is more than the journey

Road-trips have always fascinated me.

A journey into the unknown, whizzing past unremarkable places and occasionally discovering something new, something unanticipated. There is the sense of adventures to be had, the sense of accomplishment when finished, which makes one think of one self as a slightly better person, than what one set out as.

And yet the journey to Kausani, did not excite. The route was well known. We knew that we had to jostle with tourist traffic, making a mad beeline - out for the hills or the jungles - and we did. We knew we had to joust with farmers and local populace for each inch of road space at Rampur and beyond - and we did.

We knew we had to stop for breakfast just after Gajraula, and that Bikanerwalla (28.837832,78.269162) was to be strictly avoided. (Literally because it was the first branded rest-stop in the region, so the bathrooms would be abysmal, and the queues would be long.)

We knew lunch was better had before Nainital. (It's a pain to park in Nainital Lake parking, walk a kilometer to the better restaurants in the rains, and then wait outside for a table).

We knew the run from Bhowali to Almora would suddenly get twisty. We knew the Almora Bypass, goes straight through town.

We knew we could make up lost time between Kosi and Kausani, and the windows should be rolled down so that we can be refreshed by the cool breeze.

We knew about things before they happened. However, as we arrived, nothing in our journey could have prepared us for these Spectacular Blues.

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And that's why dear reader - Sometimes the destination is more than the journey

After a 12 hour drive through torrential rain, changing, unpacking & settling down was not as urgent as watching the unfolding panorama From the balcony.

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Default A grand view

For those whose lives are lived out in concrete jungles , in artificial lighting, inside four walls, watching the sun set is in itself an event to be savored.
However, when the sun sets over an awesome range of mountains, playing with them while it recedes and leaves them in twilight, the sight captivates, mesmerizes, and is etched in memory forever.

The Sun's last kiss on Mrigthuni
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the last few seconds , of a day gone by, we bid Trishul - Bonne Nuit

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and the Sun performing the last salute to the abode of Shiva as if he were to say- Adieu Shiva
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And then with the Sun beyond the horizon, the stillness of the twilight set in, showing the Range in white

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The sky changed to inky blue, the Mrigthuni reciprocated it's mood
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Far away in the distance, the valley town of Baijnath wrapped up the work of the day. Made me wonder , How Green is the valley

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As darkness fell, we looked down on Baijnath valley , as mist hovered over the night lights.

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About looking down on Baijnath valley as mist hovered over the night lights
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It was time to retire. Time to unpack, change and settle down. The journey's tiredness caught up with us- finally.

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Default Heaven's Tide!

My eyes opened up to a new day, a new birth, the continuation of the past. I was wiser by a day. The surroundings felt unfamiliar. And then realization struck- this is a holiday, the room's not mine, the view outside not to be cherished everyday.
I got up, walked over to the window. There was no light yet. The grey and white hues clutched at something in the heart - something forgotten all these years. A melancholy set in.
I got the camera out, my trusted companion, and started shooting.

The mighty Mrigthuni stood tall , right in front. Still, Silent and Surreal.
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A ray of hope reached out. Miles away on yonder mountain top - there was fresh snow.
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As dawn broke, the sky lit up and revealed the Baijnath valley was immersed in an ocean of clouds
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As if an ocean from the heavens had descended in the night, arrested by the first light of day.
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Far away in the distance, the mountain tops raised their heads above the raging ocean revealing The Archipelago

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A stunning vista of grand proportions, and in all this chaos, there stood with resolute dignity - that serene island under a fiery sky
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It was but a matter of time, and even the most resolute stand was surrendered to the powerful ocean. The inexorable waves engulfed the trees...

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... and the island was Overwhelmed!

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As the spectacle unfolded, a silent prayer escaped from my lips, I felt blessed to have witnessed Heaven's Tides.
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There are many things to do around Kausani. For the inquisitive traveler, there's the confluence of the Sarju and Gomti rivers at Bageshwar, there's the temple complex at Baijnath, the limestone caves of Patal Bhuvaneshwar, Chaukori and beyond.
But few experience the simple pleasures of a leisurely walk through tree lined lanes underneath a cloudy sky. Each left to their own space. At peace with oneself but together nonetheless. A walk to remember.
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The hill was ablaze with flowers. Colours everywhere...
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A Charming Orchid, growing wild...
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...A tiny caterpillar, labouring her way on a flower. Caterpillar , Caterpillar , where are you going?

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A rhesus macaque watching us from the trees
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Someone's home atop a hill looking out at the range. Idyllic abode...
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.. A Spiritual Man's Retreat. Long dead, but forever alive in a nation's conscience.
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After a long walk, a little respite for tired little feet.
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The walk had come to an end. We repaired to our rooms. Just in time though. The heavens broke, torrential rain poured culminating in hail.
As afternoon gave way to evening, the clouds continued to look ominous. They had not finished their work yet. More rain was expected through the night.

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The night had been anything but peaceful. Rain and hail had pummeled the thin corrugated iron roof above us. Sleep had been a welcome respite.

I woke up to the stillness of dawn. The mountains had not yet been bathed in the warmth of the rising sun. The skies were clear, not a cloud in the sky. I had minutes to prepare.

As I set up my equipment, Trishul was the first to greet the sun

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In the east, The Panchachuli was silhouetted against the fiery sky of dawn
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Straight ahead the Trishul and Mrigthuni a Vista in Golden, Grey, Brown, Green and White
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The wind had whipped up on Trishul's peaks. Windy glaciers
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Further To the west , the Nanda Ghunti was awash in golden colours
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But absolutely nothing could take away from the perfection of Shiva's trident. It was Simply Magic!

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It was Sunday morning. We had to return home. There was breakfast to be had. Bills to be settled. Packing to be done. A car to be loaded and a myriad other things.
We did all this in a revered silence. Our eyes drank in the beauty of the Himalayan range.
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About the Himalayan range

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There was silence as we set off for the 12 hour drive home. Each of us lost in our own thoughts. Each of us had left a little bit of our hearts behind in exchange of memories to last a lifetime.

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No travelogue is complete without a review of the places we ate at and stayed, and the route we took.

Breakfast en-route to Kausani.
We chose to stop at McDonalds , Salarpur , U.P. (just after Gajraula). Coordinates: 28.840388,78.275857.
Review: As usual, nothing spectacular. Kids loved it -more for the consistency of a gastronomic experience rather than anything else. Bathrooms were clean. Service was a little delayed, no doubt overwhelmed by the holiday crowds.

Lunch stopover
We had discovered Lee's kitchen, Kathgodam . Coordinates 29.28034,79.54515. Contact - 9897021393, a kilometer up the road from Udupiwala. We stopped here for some wonderful Tangra style Chinese. Mouthwatering - chilly chicken, garlic chicken, schezwan prawn and much much more. And the prices were straight out of Tangra

The shop front.

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Kids helping Mr. Lee make noodles.
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The evening beverage (on the return from Kausani enroute to Delhi)
Udupiwala, near Gajraula, Coordinates 28.914546, 78.309402 offers the best south indian coffee - a balm for the 8 hours of driving one does up to that point

The stay at Kausani Best Inn.
The best part about this 3 year old property is its location - a little way from the main market, and at a reasonable elevation, so that the views are relatively unobstructed.
The hotel offers 8 rooms for lodging, rooms are very spacious. There's a reasonably large sized cupboard, television, intercom, and a large bathroom.
Everything is spick and span, the construction is obviously new, and well maintained.
Service was very prompt and very friendly. The staff were very accommodating of the kids needs.
There were plastic chairs/tables in the dining room. Better furniture is certainly desirable.
Parking in front of the hotel can hold at best three cars. If the hotel is full, this could mean having to park elsewhere.
The stay did not break the bank.

The Hotel Building
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The Dining Room (Exterior)
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The Dining Room (Interior)
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A rose bush in the garden
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The official brochure

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The Route and Traffic
It is a straight run of roughly 440 km from Delhi to Kausani that goes thus:
Delhi-Ghaziabad bypass-Hapur Bypass-Garh Mukteshwar-Gajraula-Moradabad Bypass-Rampur - Rudrapur-Haldwani - Bhowali - Almora - Kausani.
Watch out for unruly local traffic at population centers in the plains. Slow moving carts, pedestrians, tractors etc. that come out of left field at the most inopportune moments.
The administration has built flyovers over some of these towns, particularly in the Garh Mukteshwar to Rampur stretch - but there is still a lot left to be done in the Modinagar to Garh Mukteshwar stretch.
Past Rampur and all the way to Rudrapur, the road is abysmally potholded. Driving a car on these stretches is a bit like playing hop-skotch on four wheels. The suspension , brakes and much else take a beating.
When tired, do stop for a quick and usually delicious bite to eat. There's no dearth of dhabas and restaurants along the entire route.
In direct contrast to the plains , the hills were plain sailing. The condition of the road was excellent all through, excepting a few landslide prone areas.
We intentionally avoided the shorter Kaladhungi route (exit at end of Moradabad bypass). There was not much information to be had regarding the conditions on that route. Besides, we really did not want to get stuck in Nainital's holiday traffic quagmire.

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Visit planned next week end to the same region. Will update pictures and impressions here.

Why did you have to go via Almora? Would not via Ranikhet be better?

Route suggestion has been to somehow bite the bullet but take Moradabad-Ramnagar-Ranikhet-Kasauni

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Visit planned next week end to the same region. Will update pictures and impressions here.
I sincerely hope you get clear skies.

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Why did you have to go via Almora? Would not via Ranikhet be better?
The road condition between Moradabad and Kashipur was iffy.
Ranikhet to Kausani road (meeting at Someshwar) was also not in good shape - at least, that's what the hotel guy told me.

But the real reason was we wanted to eat Tangra (Kolkata) style chinese at Lee's kitchen @ Kathgodam.


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Do let us know how it turns out.
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Your writing style is brilliant and your photos look spectacular. A crisp travelogue which is simply unputdownable (read:cant stop till one finishes reading till the end).To cut a long story short, really enjoyed reading it.Looking forward to more of your trips in the future.
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Thanks Joy for refreshing my memories on Kumaon range of Uttarakhand.
You seems to have found out the true beauty of Kumaon in unexplored Kausani. Love the photographs.

We normally visit Jim Corbett, Ranikhet, Almora and Nainital but the commercialization has taken a toll on these natural beauties.

For we frequent nature lover it is important to keep discovery newer places with time. Another such place is Ramgarh, Malla in Nainital district. Binsar has already made to popular tourist destination
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Your writing style is brilliant and your photos look spectacular. A crisp travelogue which is simply unputdownable (read:cant stop till one finishes reading till the end).To cut a long story short, really enjoyed reading it.Looking forward to more of your trips in the future.
Thanks Safedriver76. Glad you enjoyed it. There's another cross country trip coming up - if everything goes as per plan.

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Thanks Joy for refreshing my memories on Kumaon range of Uttarakhand.
You seems to have found out the true beauty of Kumaon in unexplored Kausani. Love the photographs.

We normally visit Jim Corbett, Ranikhet, Almora and Nainital but the commercialization has taken a toll on these natural beauties.

For we frequent nature lover it is important to keep discovery newer places with time.
Thanks Wanderers. Glad what you read and saw resonated with your memories. Absolutely echo your views about discovering newer places.


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Ramgarh, Malla - I was there in June 2012, and it was a magical experience. What I recall most vividly, were the clouds on the mountain tops that took on different shades as the sun set!
Here's that memory of the sunset at Ramgarh , that I will never forget...
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And then, the other thing that so fascinated me about Ramgarh was its historical connection to Guru Rabindranath Tagore. His stay at the Writer's Bungalow - where he completed some major works, not to mention developed the idea of setting up Shanti Niketan.
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Such an amazing travelogue. Exceptional pictures and a lovely style of writing. Thanks a lot for letting me see the awesome beauty through your eyes.
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Hi Joy,

You seem to have explored Himalayas & Uttarakhand like no one before.

I request you to list down the various off-beat destinations in Uttarakhand for the benefit of we BHPians.
Most of these off-beat location would have been made famous by some Hotel/Resorts or celebrities including Tagore.
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