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    Default Camping Trip to Himalayas (Uttarakhand)

    The trip was decided around a month back and so was the destination, but as the time came close, one of my friends had to back out for some good reason. So it was my cousin and me now, who would be riding together after a very long time. The last time we rode together was when he was on his Eterno scooter and I was riding my RX100 some 7yrs back.


    The initial plan we made was we 3 will go to Jalori Pass and Trithan Valley. But after my friend backed out, I decided to go to some place where I have not been before. Hence, the place was decided – Munsiyari, Uttarakhand.


    We both would be riding our Hero Impulse which will be loaded with our tent, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, tools, clothes and some eatables. Yes we plan to pitch in our tent whenever and wherever possible.


    Now we had 4 days in our hand so we planned our itinerary as follows:


    Day 1: Indirapuram, Ghaziabad to Binsar, Uttarakhand
    Day 2: Binsar, Uttarakhand to Munsiyari, Uttarakhand
    Day 3: Munsiyari, Uttarakhand to Dharchula, Uttarakhand
    Day 4: Dharchula, Uttarakhand to Indirapuram, Ghaziabad

    Touring Dates: 22nd April - 26th April, 2017

    But as if the plan goes as per planned, will narrate more as I move ahead.


    All these places are located in Uttarakhand, India. You can read more about in the below links:


    Binsar here: Binsar | Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board

    For Munsiyari you can check: Munsiyari Travel Guide - Why Visit Munsiyari Hill Station? Munsiyari Tourism Tips

    For Dharchulla : Dharchula | Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board


    Now before I go ahead and start the travelogue enjoy some random pictures of the trip:

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    Near Haldwani
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    Default Re: Camping Trip to Himalayas (Uttarakhand)

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    Very nice Shivanshu sir. Waiting for more
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    Default Re: Camping Trip to Himalayas (Uttarakhand)

    BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Was that snow or High ISO??? in the pic with tent, clouds and sun rays.

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    Default Re: Camping Trip to Himalayas (Uttarakhand)

    Quote Originally Posted by saikarthik View Post
    BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Was that snow or High ISO??? in the pic with tent, clouds and sun rays.
    Those are two different pictures
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    Day 1: Indirapuram – Moradabad – Kashipur – Ramnagar – Ranikhet – Village Sail → 374 kms

    Google Map Link: http://goo.gl/BWqAHd


    The day started today at 2 am with hardly 2 hrs of sleep. The plan was to leave from our place by 3 am which got extended to 4:30 am, with an unplanned visit to 24X7 store for battery and tea in morning. The route was selected by me, this is not the normal route as many opt for much better route conditions from Rampur – Haldwani – Nainital – Almora. Why did I select this, because I wanted to go through the famous Jim Corbett National Park (https://www.jimcorbettnationalpark.co.in).

    So finally, after starting at 4:30 am we stopped ahead of a place named Gajraula, was thinking to have something at McDonald, but it was only 6:30 am and it was closed. So, we moved ahead and found a dhaba named Moga Punjabi Dhaba. The tea was good but the parathas were just pathetic.

    After Moradabad, there is a board which gives you direction towards Jim Corbett National Park. Just need to follow it. We were lucky that it was cloudy and hence even at 8 am sun was not there. It started drizzling we had our raincoats on top of our luggage and hence we didn’t have a problem in taking it out. Though after drizzling for sometime the rain stopped, but the clouds were there and there was a cool breeze in air which helped us to reach the entrance of Jim Corbett National Park comfortably. We stopped there for breakfast which was way better than the previous stop we had for food.

    After filling our tummy. we were riding through the Jim Corbett National Park. The roads are butter smooth, though in this season the trees were shedding their leaves and it was all dry and brown. But the ride itself was amazing. Now having Impulse as our motorcycle, it doesn’t make sense if we do not go off road. Hence, when we saw a dry river bed we stopped and looked at each other and then took the turn towards the unpaved track we thought we will ride to the bank of the river where we can find some water. But soon the sand beneath turned very soft and our loaded bikes were sinking in it. So we decided not to venture more as this was just the starting of the trip and we did not wanted to get exhausted here. So after few clicks we turn around back to tarmac.

    Riding through Jim Corbett National Park was simply beautiful, I love these type of roads where the tarmac is surrounded by forest. It would be amazing to cross this stretch sometime in night, and also after rain, will try that soon. After riding from this dry river bed point we again stopped after few kilometers at a sort of cliff point by road side. We clicked many pics here and enjoyed watching the troop of monkeys playing near us.

    We both decided to move ahead as the sun was getting on top and the heat was increasing. We got some awesome views en-route and we both were enjoying. We stopped at a road side shack for tea in a place called Toluyun, we stopped for tea as this place was isolated and had a good shade for our bikes. It was hot at this time. Here, the vendor made tea using the dry pine fruit instead of normal wood charcoal, which was new for me. I was so engrossed looking to it that I forgot to click any pic here. The vendor said it burns very efficiently and easily available on road so why to cut wood, which made a lot of sense to me. We spent some good time here as the vendor and his younger brother were inquiring about our bike and where we going to pitch in our tent and all. It is always interesting to chat with these local guys, they told us stories how leopard makes frequent visit to their village in search of food. And also we saw some amazing birds in this area.

    But looking at the watch we realized that we have been yapping with them since last hour. So, we got up quickly and started riding ahead, we still had to ride some distance and pitch in our tent. We crossed the beautiful Ranikhet and time was around 4:30 pm so a short break was needed, I have visited this place when I was a kid and everything seems to have changed. Now we both decided that we need to pitch in the tent before it gets dark. That is one thing you have to keep in mind whenever you are pitching tent. So after having maggi and tea, we decided that we will ride for another hour and then start looking for the area to tent, before the sun sets in.

    Now just after the Golf Course, Ranikhet, somewhere near a place called Majhkal we saw a beautiful place perfect for camping. But that place had a board stating the name and number of the owner of the land. We called him and asked if we could camp in here? Man did I do a mistake calling him, that person was on call with me for more than 15 mins explaining the leopards are roaming here and there and all that stuff, and lastly I got his point for eating my head when he said, i have a hotel where if you want you can stay. I said no thank you.

    We moved ahead a bit disappointed as it was already 5:30 pm and sun was setting fast. We crossed the milestone which said "Binsar - 24 kms", and then just aside the road we found a perfect spot to pitch in our tent. We stopped there, it was an isolated place and last 5 kms we rode, we did not see any settlement or shop. We were a bit skeptical first but once we got down from our motorcycle and did a survey of the place, we were like, "Yes" this is the place. The time was around 6 pm, we took our motorcycles off the tarmac and to the point where we would be pitching our tent and inspected it once again.

    We sanitized the area by removing any stone or any other object which could tear our tent or the plastic sheet which will be the base. After that we unloaded our luggage from the bike and then pitched in the tent. It hardly takes around 15 mins to pitch in tent. And by the time we were all settled with our luggage, time was already 7 pm. So, after resting for another half an hour, told my brother to get food from some nearby dhaba. And it was decided that I will arrange the luggage in tent in proper manner and arrange for firewood in the meantime. After some time food was there, even got some snacks. We came to know later that we are near Sail Village which is just around 2 to 3 kms ahead from where we have pitched in our tent. The luggage was arranged, firewood arranged, motorcycle parked and secured and we were all done for the day. We had a good wash and then time was to celebrate with drinks n food and yapping till late and watching the beautiful stars twinkling.

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    Awesome brother!!waiting for more
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    xbhpian from Haldwani here ! Nice to see you guys visitinh.
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    Nice read o far.
    Waiting for more!

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    Default Re: Camping Trip to Himalayas (Uttarakhand)

    Quote Originally Posted by arunrr18 View Post
    Awesome brother!!waiting for more
    Thank you !

    Quote Originally Posted by MidnightEvil Parth View Post
    xbhpian from Haldwani here ! Nice to see you guys visitinh.
    Wow would have known before then I would have pinged you definitely, will ping you whenever planning next time.

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    Nice read o far.
    Waiting for more!
    Thank you. More will be there today
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shivanshu View Post
    Thank you !



    Wow would have known before then I would have pinged you definitely, will ping you whenever planning next time.



    Thank you. More will be there today
    No problem, next time !

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