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Srikhand Mahadev Yatra - A trip to heaven and Back - Day 6 - The Homecoming



Our tent at Parvati Bagh
Our Tent at Parvati Bagh

Srikhand Mahadev Yatra - A trip to heaven and Back - Day 6 - The homecoming

 After a treacherous journey to the peak, but a beautiful evening, we had a good night's sleep. We got  up early morning and freshened up. It was a lovely morning as there was no rain. We could see the verdant vistas. We found a lot of Brahm kamals. Plucking them is banned so we did not and there is no fun doing that as once plucked, it will die soon. We were not feeling like leaving the place. But every trip has an end. We had already settled Dhabawallas bill, the previous night. We quickly finished our packing and started our journey.

                      Today we met a lot of people coming up towards Parvati Bagh. The rush might be due to the yesterday's suspension of the yatra. The crowd that we met today had a large component of the Urban crowd, whereas those we met in the last few days were local Pahadi people. The ground was very slippery owing to the rains in last few days. Somehow today I prevented myself from falling down. Maybe this was because of the practice of balancing myself during last 2 - 3 days. Due to the slippery ground, people were walking over the grass and flowers and it looked completely ransacked. it was a heart-wrenching scene to see such a beautiful meadow being spoiled but could not do anything about it.

                       Soon we reached Bhim Dwari. While going up, we had not paid Dhabawala for our stay as he was not awake, when we left. So we went to him and made the payment. After that, we resumed our journey. We did not have anything to eat since morning so it was high time for breakfast.  We had Aaloo Paranthas at one of the Dhabas. It was an okayish breakfast.

Treacherous path starts descending along with flowing water
Treacherous path - descending along with flowing water

Treacherous path starts descending along with flowing water
Walk cautiously

                          From Parvati Bagh to Bhimdwari, the path though slippery is smooth, but after Bhim Dwari started the treacherous trek. But we had to negotiate with these. Now the path was full of ups and downs, but mostly ups. The rain in path few days had given a new dimension to the scenery around. The small streams and fall en route had more water in them.


increased flow of water in small falls and streams
Increased flow of water in small falls and stream

              While going towards Bhim Dwari, we had seen a banner outside a Dhaba offering Momos with apple chutney. This made us curious for two reasons. One this was a unique combination, which we had never tried, secondly, it was a welcome break from dal-chawal, parantha routine. We were on the lookout for this dhaba and soon spotted it. We ordered momos and got busy in clicking the photos of the beautiful scenery around.

Dhaba offering tasty and different food
Dhaba offering tasty and different food

                    While going, the flowers were more prominent, but now after rains, the greens were overpowering the various coloured flowers.

A random flower in the valley of Flowers
A random flower in the valley of Flowers


Beautiful vistas all around
Beautiful vistas all around

Valley of Flowers, but the green is dominating the flowers
Valley of Flowers, but the green is dominating the flowers

There were other spectators also watching the verdant surroundings
There were other spectators also watching the verdant surroundings

                         The momos were tasty. We also had Fruit chat and it was also good. The flavours of fresh coriander, mint with slightly sour apples was mouth watering. With tummies full, we marched ahead. Soon we came across the Kunsa glacier. A lot of snow had melted and Glacier had developed a hole in it.  W crossed it easily and on the other side, the path was almost non-existent due to a small land slide. We cautiously crossed that patch.

Glacier from a distance.
Glacier from a distance.



Walking on glaciers is dangerous but Fun also
Walking on glaciers is dangerous but Fun also


    When we reached Kali Top, it started to rain. The ponchos were taken out promptly, to be put back soon as it stopped soon.

A random Flower shot
A random Flower shot

                   Our Next stop was Thachru. I went to the first aid tent. I had developed rashes on my back due to carrying backpack for 06 days and not taking bath. The paramedic there applied ointment and cotton padding. After that, we went to the langar tent.  Initially, the caretaker said they were closed for a break, then called us and took us to the kitchen to feed us. After Lunch of Daal Chawal, we had tea and rusks. I dont know why, but the simple tea and rusks never tasted so good as they tasted then.

After Thachru it was mainly downhill. However, due to the uneven path and tree roots on the path, we were not able to gather speed. But the stops were less. Our target for the day was Barati Nala, where we had deposited the bag.

Tree roots are a big damper for speed
Tree roots are a big damper for speed

                  However, we were quite far from it when the Sun went down. We were not even considering to stop before it so we kept on walking. We were having only one torch that too a small one to be worn on the forehead. Its beam was not powerful enough. This is when I realised the importance of a powerful torch in trekking.

                                   Since we had only a vague idea of the dhaba where we had left our bag so I was fearing that we might miss it. It was pitch dark when we reached that dhaba, to find it being manned by a middle-aged couple instead of the girl with whom we had left the bag. On enquiring, we came to know that the girl was their daughter. We took our bag and asked about stay options. They showed us a huge tent and it was all ours for the night. We washed ourselves with the water from the dhaba, changed clothes and it felt so fresh. The dinner was Black grams and potatoes and chapatis straight from chulha. It tasted very good. We had a good nights sleep.

                         The alarm went off at 4.30 a.m. We promptly got up , freashned up, and started off. Now we were getting flatter terrain for longer periods. After Barati Nala a few langars had been set up. Had tea at one of them. A lot of temporary shops had cropped up in the days we were gone, selling souvenairs Shiva tshirts and other stuff.  After reaching Jaon we had breakfast.


                                     It was a bright sunny day. We were out of communication with the entire world for past 05 days. We got mobile network at Jaon and made a few calls. Then it was wait for transport to Rampur. After some wait, we got a shared taxi to Rampur. On reaching Rampur, we booked tickets on the night bus to Chandigarh. Then we checked into a good hotel. A longish bath and fresh clothes felt heavenly. Next thing was lunch at a nearby restaurent.

                       After lunch, we slept till evening. We were at the bus stand well before the departure time of the bus. In the bus, there were a lot of people, who had come for Srikhand Mahadev Yatra, but none of them could make it to the top. Once again I thanked the Supreme Lord for bestowing this chance on me. We reached Chandigarh very early morning, from where Jyotsna took the bus to Patiala and me to Ludhiana. This was and end of our Srikhand Mahadev Yatra.

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