Milam Glacier trek is a fascinating and compelling journey into the remote Johar valley, full of stories of abandoned ghost villages, fabulous terrain, and the views of the great Nanda Devi. It beckons every trekker into a journey through landscapes and time.
Note- The itinerary is at the end.
My interest levels had been fed subsequently by going to the magnificent private museum of Dr Sher Singh Pangtey in Munsyari in the second week of June. There were various pictures of Milam and Johar Valley, bifurcated previously, then after 1962. I was astounded to hear stories of the rapid decline of one of the oldest and most important salt trade routes from India to Tibet when the border was sealed.
I have never seen a city this populated in my life. There is so much of vitality and energy in the city that you see people going everywhere.Traveling in the metro is such an experience, I never thought that a transport agent would push us in the metro because there is no place inside the compartment, really special experience.
While walking by the banks of the almost empty Yamuna river, dada said, “Why aren’t they making new libraries instead of new temples?”. As we cracked a few light hearted silly jokes our eyes laid upon a library.
Two or three steps inside Yamuna Kunja(the library) and I saw a Jagannath idol kept directly before the gate. Dada wondered why Vaishnava’s of Uttar Pradesh would do that. The spot felt diverse. A couple of steps more and we saw sign boards, calendars, and publications written in Bengali. Delighted and intrigued in equivalent measures, we found a monk there who told us about Vrinda Kunj. Pleased by our curiosity he agreed to take us there.
The sacred city of Vrindavan, in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, is known as the City of Widows since it has given such a large number of ladies safe house. What’s more, lately, widows have found a touch of shading and euphoria here too.
Sulabh International has been arranging general Holi festivities in Vrindavan since 2013. More than 1,000 widows assembled in the courtyard of one of the city’s most established temple — dedicated to Krishna, the most energetic of the Hindu divine beings. The celebration of Holi falls on Thursday this year, however in Vrindavan and numerous different parts of the nation, the playing of hues starts a week ahead.
1.) Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone:
All the fun surely begins at the end of your comfort zone. While trekking you won’t find those big bedrooms, luxurious Cars, trendy Gadgets, unlimited Wi-fi, fine dining restaurants. Packaged food, Open bathrooms, Sweating, Dust, Sleeping in a tent sometimes with insects and mosquitoes. Yes, it is something which will take you out of your comfort zone but will still make you smile.
Recently I was approached by a new band called Hazrat for a promotional shoot. And I learnt quite a few things from the shoot. So here is the list!
On the first day of the year, 2016 actors of Jana Natya Manch(find them on twitter) and The Freedom Theatre(Palestine) performed a play called ‘Hamesha Samida’ related to the present issue of Palestine. The performers from Palestine, a small country neighbouring Israel flew to India to showcase the struggle of Palestinian-Arabs in Palestine. It now houses both Jews and Palestinians as the result of UN deciding to hand over the land taken care by Palestinians for more than a thousand years to European Jews to appease and pacify them.
The dimly lit ghats, the serene flow of the river Ganga, the calls of ‘har-har Mahadev’ throughout the city, the high and mighty cows and their cow-dungs and the foreigners smoking pot here, there and everywhere make Varanasi, the most vibrant and timeless city of India. I also heard a man burp and follow it up with ‘Jai Sri Ram!’. A city, as old as history itself, Varanasi is witness to the migration of and subsequent settlement of Aryans in India. A city, that is regarded as the holiest of all the cities in the world. A city, where if you die, you qualify for all the shortcuts that take you to the heavens.
For decades or even longer, people buy a plate of corn or other feed and offer to the pigeons who gladly accept all that comes their way. One wonders at the capacity of pigeons to eat and mate!
Majnu ka tilla (popularly known as MKT) is a tiny neighbourhood in north Delhi, but the minute you enter it, you’re in a completely different world.