Binsar & Chaukori - Heaven in Kumaon
rishabh6296
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#1
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Binsar & Chaukori - Heaven in Kumaon

Hi all,
i recently went for a five day trip to kumaon region and area we wanted explore was Binsar and Chaukori;here is a brief travelogue of our 5 days trip:
DAY 1
we were a group of five so we decided to hire a toyota innova at rs. 10 per km..We left at around 4 a.m last wednesday from my place(sheikh sarai 2 in south delhi) and slept for about 4 hours in the vehicle;but we were jolted out of our sleep when we had a flat tire before haldwani.Anyways we were delayed by about 1 hour 30 minutes but we managed to reach bhowali by 1 p.m.It was our first stoppage in hills and the fresh mountain air and dense forests took our breath away.

After lunch we headed straight towards Almora,in between we saw a beautiful river where we stopped for a while to get the feel of it's pure and fresh glacial water
After refreshing ourselves at the river bank(perhaps kosi) we rushed for Almora as it had started rainingby the time we reached Almora there were'nt any clouds but the rain had given the already verdant valley a new coat of green.
savouring the beauty of nature and hide & seek of clouds,we moved towards Binsar,just before we entered the sanctuary we noticed a magnificent view of the valley alongwith some very pretty alpine flowers
After some snacks and tea at the roadside shack and soaking in beauty of nature we started our short but steep journey towards Binsar.We paid the entry tax at the sanctuary and moved straight towards KMVN TRH at the top of Binsar hill.The forest was quite dense now,we thought we are heading far away from civilisation but suddenly we spotted the KMVN guest house;comfortable and spacious beyond our expectations.
The rooms were spacious and clean with all the basic comforts,but there was no electricity and running hot water,so we had to manage with candles and cold water(every morning they provide hot water in buckets ).The food was almost as good as home cooked, served hot in their dining hall(meat is not allowed and they dont serve food in you room).The first thing you notice at the rest house is it's terrace,i simply cant describe it in words,the view is simply breathtaking.In order to understand the complete meaning of my sentence you have to see it yourself,photographs cannot do justice to the view from KMVN's terrace
Even the sunset was one of the best i've ever seen,despite the presence of clouds.
Tired as we all were we retired to our rooms after an early dinner since we had to wake up early to view the great himalayan ranges.(This is just the first day,there is more to come:rolleyes:
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#2
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Nice pics Rishabh. :ThumbsUp
Post more pics and if possible don't resize them.

Mk
#3
| Discovering Wild India
Nice Pictures.
I have been to both Binsar & Chaukori. Both indeed are heaven in Kumaon with fabulous snow views.
At Chaukori we managed to stay at a home ownded by a teacher couple.
Waiting for more pics.

Ronak.
#4
| Maha Guru Member
Hi guys,
good to know that you liked the pics,but i have to resize them as the maximum size that IM permits is 100 kb for a photograph.Anyways here is the description of day 2.
DAY 2
I woke up early in the morning at about 5:30 a.m to catch the first glimpse of sun and sunrise on himalayas.After some persuation my friends managed to left the bed as well.It was quite cold,almost like december in delhi and unfortunately the whole view was swamped by clouds but we were not to be disappointed as clouds vanished enough to give us a glimpse of the great himalayan range.After leching at the himalayas we went for a short 2 km. trek upto zero point,meandering through thick oak and rhododendron forests,we couldnt see himalayas from zero point but we saw some awesome views of the valley,evening was great from KMVN rest house as we had a very clear view of the himalayas right from nandaghunti,trishul,maiktoli,mrigthuni,to nanda devi east,nanda devi etc.The night as usual was calm and quite and since it was a clear day i saw one of the most awesome sights in my life,millions of stars twinkling above me and million of stars(courtsey electricity) teeming below me in the valley,it was completely out of this world experience.
DAY 3
Next morning was a damp squib as the clouds covered the himalayas as well as the valley and with beautiful memories we left binsar,with a resolve to come again as soon as possible.
for photographs on binsar please check this link which has some beautiful photographs of himalayan peaks.http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/showgallery.php/cat/500/ppuser/11043
#5
| Maha Guru Member

Himalayas from Chaukori

Hi all,
in my recent trip to kumaon i spent a day and a half in Chaukori,famous for it's magnificent vista of the great himalayan range,mesmerising sunset and sunrise,lack of tourist infrastructure and an insight into the village life of Kumaon.First of all a few facts about Chaukori,it's a small village in Pithoragarh district of Kumaon,a land full of mighty peaks,verdant valleys,alpine meadows and glaciers.It's about 480 km. from New delhi.There is an absolute lack of tourist infrastructure except for a 2-3 small guest houses and a KMVN hotel with some cottages,there is no market,mall road,pesky guides and their ilk.What you have is amazing scenary,lovely walks and peace.
We reached Chaukori at around mid-day and stayed in those cottages,but alas there was no himalayas to be seen,all we had was valley and clouds.In the evening we went for a long walk towards the valley,there wasnt a soul to be seen and the atmosphere was quite refreshing,suddenly we discovered a small waterfall hidden from bushes and foliage.After soaking in the beauty of the cascade we returned back to our cottages only to view a breathtaking sunset.The cottages were quite comfortable and the food was good,even though the menu was quite basic.
Next morning i woke up at around 5:45 A.M,but there were thick clouds in the sky, so, no himalayas today,i thought;but as luck would have it,the atmosphere cleared and slowly the Himalayas rose like a phoenixthe peaks in view are mrigthuni and maiktoli.After smaller peaks the mighty Nanda devi peak(7816 metres) was visible alongwith Nanda devi east and Nandakot.The great Himalayan range looked amazing,an image captured in the labyrinth of my mind for years as i looked at them with awe and reverence.
#6
| Maha Guru Member
Very nice post...this is the only area in this part of the Himalayas wher tea is grown... have you been to Patal Bhubaneshwar?
#7
| Maha Guru Member
Hi Jyotirmoy,
i beg to differ with you about tea,as awesome tea is grown in kausani,i got some a 2 weeks back.Patal bhubaneshwar was quite good,a combination of natural phenomenon and mythology.Thanks for enjoying my post.
Rishabh
#8
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ah, nanda devi. thats something, isnt it?
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#9
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ah, nanda devi. thats something, isnt it?

Hi captain,
i completely agree with you,nanda devi is perhaps the most beautiful peak i've ever seen,so awe-inspiring and ethereal.
Rishabh
#10
| In charge, navel affairs
Yes. The first time I saw it, it took my breath away.

The second time too.

http://nandadevi.prayaga.org/images/...o-mtn-bb-1.jpg
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#11
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Capt M -- what route did you take -- were you biking it or on public transport.
Tell us more about the other places on the way that caught your eye which are worth stopping over at !!

I am going to the hills in December -- if its not to cold that is.
#12
| In charge, navel affairs
Had gone via Joshimath and beyong the Niti valley. Trekking plus public/private transport. Part of this is a restricted area now, for environmental reasons.

amenities were basic, but I was younger.
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#13
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Hi captain,
beautiful pic,if you are talking about the nanda devi sanctuary it's open now but number of trekkers are restricted,one of my friends did this trek and it was amazing.
Rishabh
#14
| Discovering Wild India
I have visited both Chaukori & Patal Bhubaneswar.
At Chaukori we had stayed at a teacher couple's home. It's just near to the KMVN guest house. It was a ice experience.
Patal Bhubaneswar was altogether a different experience. Worth visiting.

bu the way nice pics rishabh & Capt.

Ronak.
#15
| In charge, navel affairs

Originally posted by: rishabh6296Hi captain,
beautiful pic,if you are talking about the nanda devi sanctuary it's open now but number of trekkers are restricted,one of my friends did this trek and it was amazing.
Rishabh



yes, was talking about the nanda devi biosphere project, as it is known now.

had gone there with something to do with the chipko movement. fell in love with the place.
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