Our reader, Meeta Maheshwari shares with us the reminiscences of her unbelievable journey to Chandratal in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh. Her story is an fascinating one, and we’re certain it should encourage you to trek to this vacation spot.
Folks say the journey is extra lovely than vacation spot, however trekking for 5 days from Rumsu(Manali) to Chatru, which is in Lahaul Valley after which by highway to Spiti Valley to succeed in our final vacation spot “Chandratal” or “The Moon Lake” made me realise that some locations are extra lovely than journey and are certainly price taking the ache to succeed in. Chandratal is situated in Spiti aspect of Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh. These valleys are arid and that’s why this space is known as “chilly desert”. Wait…wait….wait…. did something catch your consideration?? This lake is known as Chandratal or Moon Lake, have you learnt why? Due to its crescent form. Some locals in Spiti Valley imagine that fairies incessantly go to this lake at night time and now that is fascinating. I don’t know the way a lot of that is true however one matter is certain that this lake has such a magical aura the place one can drift in his/her desires.
The Unfolding of an Journey:
After our first day on the base camp at Rumsu, we drove to Hampta Dam and our trek began from there. We had our first Pahado Wali Maggi at Hampta Move Dam. Our first camp was at Chikka, we took round Three to Four hours to succeed in there. Chikka has large rock boulders and a lovely waterfall. We stayed in a single day in tents at Chikka.
Day 2: Witnessing the Indrasan Peak
Our second day was little robust than the final one, we began the trek for Balu Ka Ghera. Trek period was round 5 to six hours. Balu ka Ghera is a big plain floor on the financial institution of the river and tenting at this spot is a dream. One can spot Indrasan, the very best peak of Manali Valley from right here. We additionally crossed water stream which was on the best way and it numbed my toes. Good a part of the trek was, having scorching scrumptious snacks after reaching the campsite. We had garma garam (scorching) soup within the chilly climate.
Day 3: Combating AMS and Making to Hampta Prime
Third day morning, even our physique acquired use to the exertion however the trek route from Balu Ka Ghera in the direction of Shia Ghoru was a climb, scaling 4,200 meters, which was more durable than earlier than. After combating with altitude illness I reached Hampta Move, guys one matter is certain, it’s good to be very robust for the lengthy period trek. Folks say the aerial views of Spiti Valley from Hampta Move is kind of breathtaking however solely matter I used to be doing at Hampta Move was making an attempt to breathe.
As quickly as we reached Hampta Move, we acquired lunch and after it, I went to sleep for an hour. Are you able to think about I slept at Hampta Move in sitting place, whereas scripting this put up I’m simply laughing at myself. We began descending from Hampta high in the direction of Shia Ghoru. The descent was steep and little dangerous however it was significantly better than climbing on that day. Nearly after 10 hours trek round 6:30 in night we reached Shia Ghoru. And I used to be nearly lifeless.
Day 4: Chatru to Chandratal Trek
The following morning was so good, sky was clear, contemporary air and final day of trek. Ohh I forgot to let you already know the perfect a part of trek was washrooms, it’s important to go within the tent biodegradable washrooms and must fetch that chilling chilly water from river Beas. Treks like these will make you’re keen on your bogs again residence a lot. After morning breakfast we began the trek to Chatru, at the present time was so good, as more often than not we needed to descend and it was really easy. From Chatru we had been presupposed to go to Chandratal lake in taxi. In round 3.5 hr we accomplished our trek.
After reaching at Chatru camp web site, I used to be so relaxed excited about the taxi experience which we are going to take to the Chandratal lake however for those who guys like curler coaster experience then this trek is unquestionably to not be missed. When you’re visiting from Manali, you possibly can rent a automobile from there to succeed in this lake. Please don’t drive right here your self as a result of the situation of the highway is harmful after Batal, the place you possibly can halt at Chacha Chachi Dhaba for some yummy rajma rice.
On the car parking zone outdoors Chandratal, I couldn’t imagine we had been close to the lake as a result of every little thing round me was barren and we’ve walked for yet one more kilometre to succeed in that lake and after that 5 days trek.
Reaching to the moon with out my honey was actually a tricky half, and my coronary heart was screaming “Honey please kahin se aaja”. My thoughts was saying “let’s stop right here, it’s only a lake, sit within the automobile and sleep” however my curiosity didn’t permit me to try this, as my coronary heart mentioned “what if that lake can be tremendous magnificent and heavenly, then you’ll be regretting entire life excited about it and curse your self”. And I mentioned to myself “it’s important to do that”. Slowly and steadily I began transferring. Do you need to know the temperature on that day? It was 6 diploma and my nostril began to freeze. However as i began to see the bluish color, happiness crammed me and I began strolling quicker, you already know I really like blue color.
The Remaining Vacation spot and the Breathtaking One
Lastly, I used to be on the fringe of Chandratal. There was some magic within the air, quickly I forgot all of the bodyache and began smiling. As this was the last word vacation spot of my journey. You may work out from the image how lovely the lake is, however one matter I need to let you know, these footage don’t justify the fantastic thing about the lake, you will need to go to it as soon as.
I at all times get drawn to footage of blue water and clear lakes in overseas international locations, however I didn’t know that india is so lovely and we’ve such lovely lakes. India is basically unbelievable. There have been so many buddhist prayer flags, I feel they had been one of many purpose for the supernatural vitality which I felt within the air. There was one board additionally, the place one can write no matter he/she desires, I didn’t write something as a result of I undoubtedly need to go to there once more and really feel the magic. After some photograph session, we headed in the direction of the car parking zone with plenty of reminiscences to cherish and tales to inform.
My journey to this moon was superior and unforgettable however I’m nonetheless considering “the place is my honey?” Please anyone inform him, I’m ready. Going again to Chatru and from there to Manali was one other 6 hours journey, however our driver performed an superior assortment of unplugged songs, which made our journey so clean and refreshing. Me and my associates additionally requested for his pendrive however he mentioned “mamji mein kya karunga in pahado mein agar apko de diya toh”.
My thoughts is crooning one of many tune which he was taking part in:
“Tooti Chaarpaai Wohi
Thandi Purvaai Rasta Dekhe
Doodhon Ki Malaai Wohi
Mitti Ki Suraahi Rasta Dekhe..
Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi
Lab Namak Rame Na Misri
Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi
Tujhe Preet Purani Bisri..
Mast Maula, Mast Kalander
Tu Hawa Ka Ek Bavandar
Bujh Ke Yun Andar Hello Andar
Kyun Reh Gaya..
Re Kabira Maan Jaa
Re Faqeera Maan Jaa..”
Sometime once more I need to get misplaced in that mountains to relive these moments and discover my life, however this time with him (Aree warna mera bag kaun uthayega).
Introduction of the Author
Meeta Maheshwari is CA by career in Gandhidham, Kutch Gujarat. She can be a component time lecturer who’s keen about travelling. She likes to pen down her ideas and needs to encourage individuals to journey extra.