TRIP TO BANIAKUND, CHOPTA, UTTRAKHAND A nature-lover’s paradise

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Travelogue continues.....

We had a delicious lunch with chicken curry and rice. The evening was spent gossiping on various subjects with the shopkeepers. Vinod Chouhan is the owner of Chouhan Guest House. Food and lodging facility is available there. He also runs a resturant to cater to the need of passerby.

Two other camps have also come up in Baniakund, apart from The Himalayan Home. Among them the one at 1 ½ km away from Baniakund towards Chopta is very luxurious and costly.

Over discussion we came to know that Baniakund is fast emerging as a promising tourist destination near Chopta, with its mountain range, leisurely green alpine meadows, dancing mountain springs, rhododendron groves, tiny mountain flowers, the Khorsu forest and its rich and diverse avian fauna.

The three full days we spent there went away as if winking of eyes.

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Jugpura, Makkumath

From there we went to Arvind’s house at Jugpura, Makkumath. So long we have watched their village life as strangers, but this time we went into the village as their guests. It was an altogether different experience to gossip with the village folks sitting on their courtyard, moving about in their fields of corns and numerous other vegetables, joining them driving away the gang of langurs feasting on ripe corn and cucumber.

Never before we have tasted Garwali food. The dinner with mandua ki roti, rajma curry, Koddu ki sabji and home made curd will remain fresh for ever.

We will never forget sitting on a rock at the end of the village overlooking Makku village from the top. The view of majestic Chowkhamba, Bandarpunch from every nook and corner of the village will haunt us forever.

We often lamented over the fact of our growing age, fast fading glory of our childhood. We ofter ponder over the thought........
“There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, / the earth, and every common sight/ to me did seem/ apparell’d in celestial light,/ the glory and the freshness of a dream./ It is not now as it hath been of yore;-/ turn wheresoe’er I may,/ by night or day,/ the things which I have seen I now can see no more.”


To overcome the grief of our evanascent existent we come to the Himalayas and realize ......
“Thanks to the human heart by which we live,/ thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,/ to me the meanest flower that blows can give/ thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.”

We realize.......
‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’- that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know...........
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Jugpura, Makkumath

Snaps around......
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himadri - great stuff . You are now possibly only the 3rd IM member to have visited Makkumath .


Amit - since you're heading for the Ukhimath/Sari/Chopta area basically, you can just as well hire a car from Ukhimath and save some cash.
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@ Dilliwala... Nice to hear. II consider myself to be lucky to have visitedthese places.
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Contact details

Himalayan Home Baniakund
Contact person : Arvind Chouhan


Chouhan Guest House, Baniakund
Contact person : Vinod Chouhan 097 56 368109
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For car: yogesh negi+91 96 39 974459
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@hazra_amit,
where is your trip report? Have posted in some other thread?
Waiting for the trip report to plan my trip.
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One good news to share with..... Home stay option are now available at Jugpura which is a picturesque garwal village overlooking Choukhamba at a distance of 15/18kms from Chopta.
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lovely photography and description , Himadri
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Lovely photographs and excellent report..thanks for sharing.
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Thanks both of you aditi and life 1s1
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Originally Posted by himadri kar View Post One good news to share with..... Home stay option are now available at Jugpura which is a picturesque garwal village overlooking Choukhamba at a distance of 15/18kms from Chopta.
Could you please give contact details for this place in Jugpura, and prices if you can.
Also, do they speak English?
Is Jugpura on the same road as Chopta or does one have to turn off?
Thanks for any help you can give.
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By re-reading all the thread I've answered my own questions. Apologies for being dense. Obviously Arvind is the answer.So hopefully if I stay there and come up to scratch I may get an invite to that other verdant paradise.
Thankyou so much for your wonderful account and lovely photos. I just have one worry....that it will appeal not just to me and soon be overrun by visitors. The eternal dilemma.....when you find a wonderful spot, should one keep quiet and preserve its peace and quiet? Or praise it on IM and put that pristine beauty at risk?
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Originally Posted by himadri kar View Post For car: yogesh negi+91 96 39 974459
By the way....where is this driver based? Ukhimath?
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