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Old 16th February 2011, 18:46   #1
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Default Call Of The Valley - Chasing Snow In Narkanda

Prologue:

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Desire takes wings
Call of the valley

Mumbai has everything
Snow is what we want
Delhi has what we need

First plane
Then automobile
A plan is made

Whirlwind trip
Winding roads
Snow we see


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Time to share
Photos and haiku
Writers block is no excuse

...to be continued...
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Old 16th February 2011, 19:40   #2
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Ah there you are, back with poems
Will this log also have a school essay??
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Old 16th February 2011, 23:22   #3
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So there you are, finally. Glad our short-notice trip (Hawk-0n-Fours® (H-4®) Roadtrip: H-4® & QuickSilver Go Snow-Hunting) acted as the trigger and inspiration for you to take off yourself. As of yesterday, the road to Narkanda is snowed out and closed to traffic.

If you must compose those haikus so slowly, just put up the pics first!
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Old 16th February 2011, 23:57   #4
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Ah there you are, back with poems
Will this log also have a school essay??
@Laluks: I have grown older since the visit to Maldives. So no essays. Only grown up poems

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So there you are, finally. Glad our short-notice trip (Hawk-0n-Fours® (H-4®) Roadtrip: H-4® & QuickSilver Go Snow-Hunting) acted as the trigger and inspiration for you to take off yourself. As of yesterday, the road to Narkanda is snowed out and closed to traffic.

If you must compose those haikus so slowly, just put up the pics first!
@SS: I was just following the Flight Of The Hawk!

--continuing--


Early morning start
Fog cloaks the road
We follow the blind

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Karnal is changing
The fat brothers of Zhilmil
Unchanged

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Paratha from Tandoor
Butter glaze
Highway on my plate

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Decked in finery
A beast of burden
Catches the eye


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Inside Out
Outside In
Horn Ok Please


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A confused truck
Thinks it is a bus
That too a double decker


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The promise of a better place
Lures them away
For us the place is the lure


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Roads narrow
People in jackets
Hills around the corner


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Curving road
Snowy banks
A smile breaks out


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Old 17th February 2011, 00:21   #5
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I get into trouble if i try to write too much. Photographs should really do all the talking. And, the captions made the experience even more sweeter.
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Old 17th February 2011, 00:28   #6
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Hmmm.

I am loving all you guys, who are doing a Recce for me

How is the snowfall in this region during 3rd week of March.

Similarly if someone can tell me how will be the snowfall at Manali during the same time.
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Hi,
Thanks for posting this travelogue. Please excuse this OT post.
Ive just bumped into the travelogue section after a long time.
I will be driving to Spiti on Mon/Tue from Bombay.
I dont have a plan in place. I just plan to hit the road.
How far is the road motorable? Is the road motorable till Kibber?
I will be driving solo and am actually thinking of going as far as the roads permit.
Please advise.
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Old 17th February 2011, 10:10   #8
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@SS: I was just following the Flight Of The Hawk!
Oops... I'm no Apollo tyre fan!
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How far is the road motorable? Is the road motorable till Kibber?
NH22 is not open as of now even till Narkanda, but things might rapidly change with warmer weather predicted next week. Even then, I don't think you can go up to Kibber in the next 2 weeks.
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@genesis: A very different kind of travelogue. In three lines you have managed to explain the whole essence of each photograph. It reminds me of the famous "chaar lyna" from Surendra Sharma (haasya kavi).
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Oops... I'm no Apollo tyre fan!

NH22 is not open as of now even till Narkanda, but things might rapidly change with warmer weather predicted next week. Even then, I don't think you can go up to Kibber in the next 2 weeks.
Agree with SS. A week after the snow fall when I was there, buses were plying till Rekong Peo. I think they stop clearing the road after Kaza.
I seriously doubt you can go upto Kibber.

The Himachal section of Indiamike may give you more replies to such a query
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Hindustan Tibet Road
Then horses and palanquins
Now Leyland and Tata

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Like little children
They frolic in snow
Man and woman alike

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Landslides and debris
Nature's fury
Man's handywork

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Drive fast
Beat the dark
Rest we seek

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Snowy Tracks go one way
Hotel Hatu
Phone call honored
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Room with a view
Stay is discounted
Nature is not

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Day ends
Heater's warmth
A golden glow

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@genesis - Unique way of posting a TL. Really like it after reading TL essays. Not to say that the other TLs are any bad. But this is different

Keep it going.
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Genesis retraced the Flight of the Hawk, to chase snow
Flew from sea shore and then ran the road!
Snow he got to satisfy his soul
And gave us a poetic travelogue
Pictures are good but coming up too slow
Please hurry up else we will feel low !
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Old 17th February 2011, 14:19   #14
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Genesis retraced the Flight of the Hawk, to chase snow
Flew from sea shore and then ran the road!
Snow he got to satisfy his soul
And gave us a poetic travelogue
Pictures are good but coming up too slow
Please hurry up else we will feel low !
Conflict at hand
Karmayog or Community bhog
Work crunch or Mile crunch?
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Old 17th February 2011, 15:11   #15
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I knew this was gonna be a TL with a difference and I ain't disappointed. Great on-the-road poetry in there!
EDIT: Could you please provide the dates you're in Narkanda? I've been dying to visit a snowy place, close to Noida, but fear I might be too late since it's starting to get warm already.

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