Travelling on unknown roads and reaching new destinations always means that you have to seek directions. Interestingly, these days the GPS is an invention that has in someways made us independent about finding our way. Dependent on itself but independent from asking people, however, from time to time GPS takes you on a short cut that suddenly appears to be not such a good idea. So instead of taking the popular route to Swarghat via Chandigarh, we managed to bypass Chandigarh and went to Swarghat via Baddi & Nalagarh. Well it did save us 5 kms, but the last 25 kms took 2.5 hours as there was no trace of road and I had to drive in the rain, muck, uphill in 1st and 2nd gear for most of those 2.5 hours with almost no vehicles behind or in front of me!
Scary, yet it was adventurous and in the end calmed my nerves about driving in the Himalaya’s, I did not encounter as tough a road throughout the next 10 days in the Himalaya’s.
I remember quite clearly how last year when we went to Kufri for the bloggers meet and it rained all the time we were there. That told me one thing to never plan a 2-3 day trip to Himachal, as unless you go for more than a week, you might have to come across a period when it just rains and hence have no outdoor time. As much as I love the rains, the rains in Himachal whilst they make things look beautiful can make the weather freezing and being wet in that terrain is not always wise for people like us from the plains. As we entered Himachal, this is how the sky started turning at the entrance in Baddi. It was a sense of dejavu almost to see the rain building up.
The one advantage of going on a road less travelled means birds, since so less traffic went through that road, we spotted quite a few Himalayan’s bulbul’s, Asian Pied Starling, White browed fantail and the best of all two male Kalij Pheasant fighting on the road! 😀
And then we saw two male Kalij Pheasant’s fighting with each other on the road!!! Again a first time sighting for me 😀 😀 😀 😀
All in all it was a tiring yet enthralling ride to enter Dev Bhoomi Himachal. A lot of adventures stay ahead still and this was just the start of the holiday! In the next post, the ride to The Great Himalayan National Park in Tirthan Valley! 😀
So until then hang on! 😀