Year 2020, a year we all never imagine, a situation, a pandemic which left the world shell shocked and surprised but still this was the year when we find our true self.I was so lucky to spend the lockdown time in tropical heaven of India ‘Goa’ and it was a life remembering experience for me. I was shut away from the world and at the same life so close in lap of Mother Nature. It was a break for all humans, a break for Nature, a break for every creature on the earth from their daily routine lives and somehow this break has changed something in all of us. It was a long pause in my travel life as it was in the life of every one else. The year for me was started at Goa and the year ended by taking a beautiful Holy trip to Mountainous state of India ‘ Uttrakhand’.
Uttrakhand is a North Indian state of India which holds the mighty Himalayas in its womb. Uttarakhand is Known as ‘Devbhoomi’ which means ‘God’s place’. It’s is said ‘ uttrakhand is gateway to heaven’. It’s a pilgrimage place for all the Hindu devotees. Peoples visit here to find peace and let go all the worries in the holy water of “Ganga” . ‘Ganga’ is the holy river in India which has his origin from the Himalayas of uttarakhand. There is something for everyone in the Himalayas of India. One can find path of life here.
It was December 23, 2020 when me and my friend Gauri starts our journey towards Uttarakhand. Gauri is a 40 year, IT professionals who is traveler and trekker by heart and soul despite of her busy job schedule and thinks ‘that you live once so live it like thousands lifetime’. We thought to start this trip by taking the blessings of the holy Ganga from the holy city of ‘ Haridwar’. Haridwar is famous for the ‘ Ganga aarti’ which is hosted on Ganga ghat at the time of Evening when holy Ganga is worshipped.
When I went there and let the holy water touch my feet I felt all the stress of 2020 was washing away and the cold, fresh water rejuvenate my soul and thus we starts a fresh towards our trip with next destination at “ Jim Corbett National park”.
Jim Corbett National park is the oldest National park in India with its establishment dated on 1936. The National park was established as Hailey National park and in order to protect the endangered species of Bengal Tigers.
As it was the month of December the cold winter night was being celebrated by families and friends with their loved ones with some good music , food and warm bonfire at our Resort ‘ wild exotica’. Our jeep Safari started at an early call of 5 am next day . The fresh cold air in the morning just fills up my soul and every nook of body with all its freshness and chilliness. It’s a dense forested area along with grasslands, rivers, lakes and rich diverse fauna. It’s Magical to hear those beautiful birds chirping and tweeting during the sunrise.
Morning at Corbett is a pure bliss. Every one comes here to see the wild Bengal tigers in their Natural Habitats, well we weren’t that lucky to see the tigers as we miss a Tigress with her cubs by few minutes apart from that the wild deciduous forest of Corbett has engulfed me in its wild and dense beauty. The sunrise let the grasslands cover it with its golden Sunrays and the animals were getting out of their homes for pleasant morning walk. The atmosphere at Corbett left me spellbound. From the capital city Delhi, jim Corbett National park is a good choice for weekend gateway.
After spending the morning in wild jim Corbett we started at afternoon for Nainital. Nainital is a beautiful city located in the kumaun foothills of outer Himalayas . It was summer capital during the British time India. It’s also called as Himalayan resort town. Nainital is beautified with its huge and mango shaped Naina lake situated at the Centre of city which is flourished with innumerable marine life and unknown depth. However, fishing is prohibited in the lake.
Nainital is beautified with the dense cedar and pine forests, Himalayan ranges and mesmerizing views. A enchanting and historic Naina Devi temple is situated here near the lake, one can also experience the traditional Indian boating style here which is also accompanied by the stories of city sung by the helmsman.
Apart from the nature , the local kumauni food here is must to Try on. It is served in a Thali(plate) form, everything is made with uttered love and perfection. The local food here is served healthy and fresh.
My next day at Nainital was more adventurous as I went for great trek of Naina peak which is highest peak in town with an elevation of 2611 mts and this was the magical view from the peak. With sunrise
the cold evening was creeping inn, but the view was letting me unable to move from the eye-catching view from the top of the peak.
Each city of uttarakhand is unique in its own form and holds something very special in it. My trip isn’t over yet there is a lot more to explore in the holy Indian state ‘Uttarakhand’. It is rightly said- ‘ There is magic in the air of Himalaya’ and it’s true in its every word.
Let’s catch soon in yet another article of uttarakhand.
To be continued…
– Written by Neha Timande