TRIP TO BANIAKUND, CHOPTA, UTTRAKHAND A nature-loverís paradise

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#61 Mar 25th, 2016, 02:53
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You need to take a guide and tents, ration with you.
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You can contact arvind at the given number or email at himalayanhomepha@gmail.com for information.

Above is a quote from Post Nļ 46 of this Thread.
I attach now below the email my friend received in answer to the enquiry that was sent to Arvind at himalayanhomepha@gmail.com.
To our surprise, YOU, Himadri Kar, answered, NOT Arvind Chouhan.


Re: Booking enquiry‏
Himadri Kar (himalayanhomepha@gmail.com)
24/03/2016

himalayanhomepha@gmail.com
Thanks for your query. We have tented accommodation only at our Himalayan Home Baniakund. We provide mattress on the ground sheet. Over the mattress there is a cushion with bed sheet. And a sleeping bag.

We serve homely veg / non veg food cooked in our own kitchen.

Ours is three man tent. We charge Rs.1200. 00 per tent per day, excluding cost of food.

Please let me know the dates you want booking.

Arvind Chouhan



Please Sir, I think you owe an explanation, not just to me but to to all the forum users. It appears to me that you have used Indiamike to promote a business you are a partner in? Yes or no?
What other explanation is there? I would like to get an answer on this.Thankyou.
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Hello Cinta Alam,


Sorry for delay in answering your query. Following is my explanation.

Yes, I answered your email on behalf of Himalayan Home Baniakund, because Arvind has requested me to do that for him.

Why?

Arvind Chouhan has no knowledge of English and lacks communication facilities in all respect. He neither has knowledge nor a device to receive or send emails. Mobile connection is so feeble there at the Himalayas that it is a real problem for them to communicate with the outer world.

But why me?

In the beginning of the thread at # 5 I have tried to give a brief details of our meeting with Arvind, an honest Garwali man, who dare to dream big though lacks all amenities to fulfil the dream.

Arvind was repeatedly apologising for the mistake or mismanagement and the inconvenience caused to us. We were gathering local information from him. We came to know that there are no other decent place to stay apart from Neelkanth. On the course of the conversation Arvind stated that if he himself had a tent, he would have made all arrangements for us. We came to know that he is poor man, with the responsibility of rearing a family consisting of aged parents, wife and two children.

We suggested him to do something on his own as there is ample opportunity on tourism. He requested us to extend necessary help to set up a camp at Baniakund, where the villagers of Jugpura have rights to graze cattle or set up temporary accommodation for the pilgrims.

We friends decided to extend all necessary help to a helpless honest man of the Himalayas we love and respect so much. That's how it all started. We arranged tents for him and took the responsibility of communication with the outer world.

Now I have a brother and a home in the Himalayas. I have only shared with you or you may say advertise my joy of being helpful to someone in need.


No explanation will be justified without an understanding of Arvind Chouhan, his torments, his dreams and his plight to achieve his goal.

Nowhere I have betrayed my ethics and my promise to India Mike. I have provided all available information about other establishment that exist there, obviously with a recommendation to the Himalayan Home Baniakund not because I am biased but because I think it to be the most beautifully located one.

As regards rates, it is higher in June, Yatra season, than in September, a lean season in the Himalayas.

With regards,

Himadri Sekhar Kar
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himadri,

Here's a suggestion - remove your name from that gmail address.
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Thankyou Himadri for your explanation. My doubts have been completely cleared up.. I have had similar experiences over the years, when one ends up lending a hand to people one meets and befriends in faraway places. You have done Arvind a great service and I wish him success.
I agree totally with Dilliwala. Your name on the letter head only can lead to misunderstandings like mine. Or you could have been clearer about your role in assisting him with email enquiries in the post when you put " you can contact HIM at himalayanhome........"

To change the subject a little: I cannot understand why tent accommodation is so costly in the Himalaya region. in other countries to stay in a camping is the cheapest option available. After all, it's often less comfortable, even damp and there are issues with mud when it rains. Not to mention not having an attached bathroom!

You mention bringing ones own tent etc. Is that an option at Himalayan Home? In which case how much to pitch a tent there?

Please accept my apologies for having doubted your motives......

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Dilliwala..I am grateful to you for more than one reason. As I have mentioned in some other thread that on the Himalayas first there is God, then there is Dilliwala, you perhaps remember that Baniakund was primarily your recommendation and it came out to be a heaven.

I have removed my name from the Gmail account as suggested. Actually I have never thought that can be an issue.

Cincere thanks to Cinta Alam too for you have helped to make things clear. Some other people may have also doubted my stand. I think it will also help them to understand better.

As regards rates of tents it is cheaper than rent of rooms. We ourselves paid Rs. 1800.00 per day for a six man tent at Deoriatal. Plus additional charge for toilet tent. Actually they have to pay per head tax and tax for pitching tents to the forest department in permitted places. In some places tents are the only option.

As for in Baniakund only the treeless lands are being leased to the locals by the forest department for setting up temporary accommodation for pilgrims . So pitching your own tents there is not possible.

You can pitch your own tents at Deoriatal and at Bhujgali against payment of due charges to the forest department.
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Mere mortal here.
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Originally Posted by himadri kar View Post Dilliwala..I am grateful to you for more than one reason. As I have mentioned in some other thread that on the Himalayas first there is God, then there is Dilliwala, .
Total agreement on that! Both has extensive knowledge and is willing to help all-comers. A big thankyou to Dilliwalla.
And as far as your knowledge of roads go, sir, how can I get fairly painlessly and enjoyably from the Baniakund area across to Rohru and the Pabbar Valley? Considering that as a foreigner I can't go vŪa *Chakrata. Or has that restriction changed?
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Originally Posted by Cinta Alam View Post And as far as your knowledge of roads go, sir, how can I get fairly painlessly and enjoyably from the Baniakund area across to Rohru and the Pabbar Valley? Considering that as a foreigner I can't go vŪa *Chakrata. Or has that restriction changed?
There's no painless way . Unless you want to pay a lot of money for a taxi.
There is actually a Haridwar-Rohru bus though.

Yes, the Chakrata restriction still exists.
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post There's no painless way . Unless you want to pay a lot of money for a taxi.
There is actually a Haridwar-Rohru bus though.

Yes, the Chakrata restriction still exists.

No bus thanks. This time I have less time and more money, so would consider a taxi, and share taxis if that were feasible on any stretches. That's the reason I ask you as you seem to know all the short cuts, new roads etc. But as I said time is an option so if there's a more scenic way which avoids going back down to the plains that'd be my choice.
Could it be done in taxi/share taxi in 1day journey or 2 with a break to sleep somewhere?
I think The UK taxis can't go into HP can they? So that would involve a change where?(unless we take an all-over India taxi I suppose)
Thanks for any advice you can give.
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Of course it's possible to go through the hills, but it will require many share-taxis so not really convenient. A UA registered taxi can certainly enter HP, just that it would have to pay the entry toll.
Very long trip for 1 day, better to spread over 2 days.

There are also a few trains from Haridwar to Chandigarh. Thereafter by taxi.
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post Of course it's possible to go through the hills.................
Very long trip for 1 day, better to spread over 2 days.
Let's check the taxi option please. Which route would you follow? And where would it be convenient to spend the night on route?
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Ukhimath-Tilwara-Gadoliya (either via Rudraprayag or via Ghansali), then Chamba-Naugaon (either via Mussoorie/Nainbagh or via Dharasu/Barkot), then Mori-Tiuni-Arakot-Rohru.

Night stop depends on which route you take. Mussoorie or Barkot are options.
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post Ukhimath-Tilwara-Gadoliya (either via Rudraprayag or via Ghansali), then Chamba-Naugaon (either via Mussoorie/Nainbagh or via Dharasu/Barkot), then Mori-Tiuni-Arakot-Rohru.

Night stop depends on which route you take. Mussoorie or Barkot are options.
Quite amazing.....Thanks once again Dilliwala, you should be writing a guidebook.
And I'm sitting down to pore over maps spread out on the kitchen table.
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Baniakund revisited....

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