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Old 1st March 2017, 20:31   #121
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Day 04 : 03/05/2016 : Tuesday
Mashobra - Theog - Narkhanda - Hatu Peak - Kotgarh - Dalan - Theog - Mashobra

Left goes to Pooh via Rampur.
Pooh reminds me of Capt.Gauri . If you have been following my Humbleh'd travelogue you would be laughing out loud by now!!! For now we take straight to Hatu Peak
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Circuit House to the right
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Tethy's Ski Resort to the right

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We take the middle road to Hatu, left one goes to Thanedar

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The Drive to Hatu Peak




Road construction going on
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Tricky
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Left side looks like it'll slide down. The lose mud and rubble made it tricky. The narrow stretch with no much space to the right made it more tricky. Much to my annoyance and surprise the wheels started spinning like crazy, even with slow push on the accelerator. Either I do not know driving, or the vehicle was behaving crazy. It was not the time to debate what was at fault. The vehicle was sliding backwards as the brakes were not catching on the rubble. Quickly called the road workers to push me out of the situation and to prevent the vehicle from sliding back

After reaching the peak, after sighing a breath of relief and while sitting down next to the car, the obvious thing caught my eyes. All four tyres of the car were of different makes and different threads!! No wonder I could get any traction when required. Now that I noticed this, I was really scared to the rest of the drives, many such narrow climbs were in the cards!!

Finally we reach Hatu Peak Entrance by 08:30

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Hatu Peak

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Hatu Peak Officially at 3400m, 11152 feet

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Default Re: Himachal Pradesh: Summer Holidays on the hills, exploring touristy spots & some hidden gems

Day 04 : 03/05/2016 : Tuesday
Mashobra - Theog - Narkhanda - Hatu Peak - Kotgarh - Dalan - Theog - Mashobra

Enroute Hatu Peak
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Narrow muddy roads
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Eco Sport on its way

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Finally at Hatu Peak
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We christened them as the twin towers of Hatu
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Wifey and Sr. PPG at Hatu

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Guest House being constructed
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A long shot
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Day 04 : 03/05/2016 : Tuesday
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Jai Mata Hatu
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Shimla is 71Kms and Narkhanda 7 Kms from here
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My girls enjoying the breeze and some talks
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What a place!
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The views of the valley below and the occasional misty winds, it was a real nice feel. Add to it there was nobody other than us up there!!
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Possibilities for staying is also there, or you could just pitch a tent.
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Eco sport up there after all the scare, with diverse shoes

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Close up! It indeed is a photogenic car!!
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The guest house

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Day 04 : 03/05/2016 : Tuesday
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Animals Gone, Trees Gone, Humans Gone!!
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There is no life without green

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Hatu Peak - Official claim 3400m (11152 feet)
. Garmin recorded 10355 feet
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Sr. PPG taking a stroll

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Jr. PPG looking on
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By 09:45 we started back from Hatu peak.

About a kilometer down, there is Agyatvaas for staying. Also another peak
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The road did not look promising, so skipped Karena peak

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Agyaatvaas banner all around, breaks the monotony otherwise
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A small pond on our way

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By 10:15 we exited Hatu peak and was on our way towards the apples and fruit orchards near Thanedaar.


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Day 04 : 03/05/2016 : Tuesday
Mashobra - Theog - Narkhanda - Hatu Peak - Kotgarh - Dalan - Theog - Mashobra

After visiting Hatu Peak, we drove towards Wilderness where we have a small pond and a temple. It is a hidden gem where people do not frequent. And as expected we were the only ones there. We stopped by for some quality time for the family.

Some pictures from the Wilderness

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Day 04 : 03/05/2016 : Tuesday
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Our next schedule for the day was to drive lazily through the apple belt. Where else other than the farms in Kotgarh. It was one real visual treat driving around here. Wish we came a month or so later to see the ripe apples on the trees. In May it was just about flowering and all the apple trees were protected with nets.

It was just not apples, you name it you have it here in this belt. We could see figs, peaches, pears, cherries, plums, oranges, what not!!

Welcome to Kotgarh

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What a drive it was!
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Look at the variety of fruits, As we saw, so we clicked

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Valley views from the Apple Orchards
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Oranges? We were astonished.
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We stopped by. The land lady was so friendly she invited us home. We sat with her in her orchard. She got us some fruits from the tree. They were not Oranges, they were very very sour. She says they make pickles of it. Couldn't gather the English name of the fruit yet. It belongs to Citrus family any ways.

These are not Oranges! Very Sour fruits
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The land lady was amused that we were from the far south, wandering in an otherwise a non touristy part of their country side. She was quizzing my wifey on the life in City and was nodding head in amusement. When we said we love her orchard and the amount of trees she has there, and we always dream to have one such home, she was baffled. wished her good luck for the harvests and we moved on.

A nice little house and a beautiful Orchard
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Moving ahead, it was time for Figs!

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A little further we started getting pine trees, signalling the end of the orchards.
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We were all getting hungry by now. Deep inside the apple valley, little did we realize that we are far away from getting food .

By 12:45 we turned back and drove towards Narkhanda

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Day 04 : 03/05/2016 : Tuesday
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Girls were getting very hungry, and they were asking me how do I manage when I am on my month long drives to the hills, especially the North East drive just a few days back before I commenced on this trip. I was telling them Maggi is our staple diet, and we don't mind any shops that makes us Maggi. They immediately took a fancy to it, and I stopped at the next Maggi shop , a little after Narkhanda. It was already 14:00 hours by then, and no one could wait to eat!!


Waiting for hot hot Maggi and Omlettes
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Maggi with chilies and vegetables and hot hot
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And again spicy omelettes
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Our next plan was to drive to the temple in Hatkoti. The skies were getting dark, and clouds forming with such vengeance, that the drive of another 75KMs one way could become an adventure. Just by the time we paid for our Maggi and got back to the car, the skies opened up!!

We drove directly to the resort, and thought we'd spend the rest of the day in activity center playing some board games.

It was 8 degrees, and 16:45 when we parked our car
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Total Odo reading for the record
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Club Mahindra Mashobra, a small but cozy resort

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Entry is via a hanging bridge

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The lawn and barbecue area

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Activity area
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Interesting Sculpture
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We retired to our rooms, and immediately ordered hot tea and pakodas to enjoy the rains and cold. It was really tasty that we ended up ordering some 5 plates of it!!

The monkeys were watching us through the glass, us showing monkey behavior with pakodas
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The rains stopped after a while, and we decided to check the streets near the resort. We took a nice long stroll through the wet streets enjoying the chill and the smell of mud.

This fare sheet was placed right outside the resort
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We found a fruit wine hub and collected a few more fruit wines. We were happy to get the wine made from Himachal's state flower Rhododendron.

Red wine made from Rhododendron
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White Wine made from Apricots
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Team-BHP has strict reservation on Drinking and Driving. The above pictures are used only for illustrating the varieties of wines one could collect while in Himachal, and in no ways endorse Drinking, nor driving under influence.


By 20:30 we went for dinner, and the place was entirely for us
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I was happy with all the sweets I could gather as desserts!!
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We retired early for the day, tomorrow we would be leaving Shimla and will continue on with our drive towards Manali.

Idea was to break the night at Mandi, to catch up with Baby Alto, the HumbLeh'd II fame!
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Please find the route map and GPS trail for Day 04for your reference

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Day 05 : 04/05/2016 : Wednesday
Mashobra - Naldehra - Chaba - Tatapani - Baragta - Kumaru - Pandar - Ner Chowk - Rewalsar - Mandi

We woke up very early, packed all our stuff and cleared the resort expenses. Today we leave Shimla and will be driving towards Mandi. We wanted to explore some hidden gems on our way, and since we wanted to take a relaxed drive, our destination for the night will be Mandi. We would also be meeting Baby Alto, HumbLeh'd fame at Mandi over dinner.

By 06:00 we started to roll, thinking we will have breakfast on the way.

Starting Odo for the day, It was 13 degrees.
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A look at the resort before we check out
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Eco Sport all ready and waiting for us
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Empty hall and serene mountains peeping through the window

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Girls catching with their mails before we leave the resort wifi

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Girls waiting to drive out
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My first ever attempt at a Selfie/Groupfie
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And we rolled out of the resort for our drive for the day. Goodbye Shimla for now. Shimla wasn't bad, but it did not impress us. Probably all covered up in snow in winter covering all the dirt around would help. Probably winter trip makes sense than a summer trip. We were having the same mixed feelings about the next destination Manali. Anyways now that we are on it, we were willing to take as it comes.

By 06:45 we drove out of Mashobra CM resort.

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Day 05 : 04/05/2016 : Wednesday
Mashobra - Naldehra - Chaba - Tatapani - Baragta - Kumaru - Pandar - Ner Chowk - Rewalsar - Mandi

Our first destination for the day was Naldehra Golf Course. We drove on from Mashobra towards Naldehra.

Some views en route Mashobra to Naldehra
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We reached Naldehra Golf Course by 07:30

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That's the way to the Golf Course
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There is an entry ticket of 10 Rs. Since we were very early the counter was still closed. Looking around we found a care taker who gave us the tickets immediately.
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Wifey waiting for me to join her after collecting the tickets

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Wifey finds an old building
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It looked very nice

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The rear and sides were not that beautiful though

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Golf Course itself is out of bounds

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The possibility here is to visit the woods around the golf course
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Some information on the Golf Course
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The Golf Course as I peeped through the fence
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The Golf Course is all fenced and out of bounds

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But, you can get in like this!!
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The woods behind were unimpressive

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Dotted with many such stalls!
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Default Re: Himachal Pradesh: Summer Holidays on the hills, exploring touristy spots & some hidden gems

Day 05 : 04/05/2016 : Wednesday
Mashobra - Naldehra - Chaba - Tatapani - Baragta - Kumaru - Pandar - Ner Chowk - Rewalsar - Mandi

Another peep through the fence
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Some building in the woods
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Girls refused to get to the woods
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So I checked out the woods for any impressive spots
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None, the petty shops made it look worse

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Wifey decided to take a look too
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She quits immediately in disappointment
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One more peep through the fence
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