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New Year ride to Munsiyari: The place known as "HimNagari" (SnowCity)

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  • New Year ride to Munsiyari: The place known as "HimNagari" (SnowCity)


    Manan Chaturvedi - RTR 180
    Rajneesh Chaudhary - R15 (Non Xbhp member)

    Camera used:

    Manan: Kodak Reel Camera
    Rajneesh: Samsung 3 Mega Pixel phone camera

    Note:31st Dec, 09: DAY 1Road conditions Ghaziabad to Gajraula (Distance 80kms)As soon as we leave Moradabad toll road, we took a U-turn (on the left side) towards Kashipur. We could have chosen to go straight, and got to the Nainital via Rudrapur->Bilaspur->Haldwani, however looking at the traffic and the road conditions there we decided to opt for the other way. We chose for the route of Moradabad->Kashipur->Rampur-> Kaladhungi (Ghaziabad to Kaladhungi: Distance 240kms).

    We reached Kaladhungi at 16:15hrs, we stopped there to refuel our machines and refill our stomachs as well. And luckily both were available at the same place. We got our first break here and realized that the weather is getting chillier and dark. While we were having our break with those lovely Aaloo parathas and Coffee & Milk, we decided that we will not ride further in the night and we will take a stoppage at Nainital. Soon after finishing our supper at 17:00hrs we started once again towards Nainital and crossing all those beautiful hills and views, we reached Nainital at 18:00hrs (Ghaziabad(my home)->Nainital(hotel parking): Distance 309kms). Reaching Nainital was like reaching a mini LasVegas, no I mean it; Beautiful lighting all around and a public DJ all over the Mall Road. Here we stayed in hotel named Paryatak (Room rent INR1000per day). Then we moved out for the New Year eve enjoyment, where we had nice Roasted Chicken and Butter Chicken. And later looking at the cold weather also purchased some warm clothes for my friend. Well I believe to understand better about fun in Nainital, we must know some facts about Nainital.


    "NAINITAL" was founded in the year 1841 by Mr. P. Barron, a European merchant and an enthusiastic hunter from Rosa, near Shahjahanpur. Mr.P.Barron was the first European who took great fancy to this land. Moved by the beauty of the sparkling lake he wrote: "It is by far the best site I have witnessed in the course of a 1,500 miles treak in the Himalayas."

    In due course it became the summer capital of then United Province dotted with lakes, Nainital has earned the epither of ' The Lake District of India '

    It is very less is known about the history of Nainital. This region was called "Khasdesh" in ancient times and "Khasis" ruled this region before Christ was born.

    Once the Nainital area had many lakes and it was called the City of 60 lakes or 'Chakta' The Nainital Lake finds mention in the Manas Khand (chapter) of the Skanda Purana (scriptures) as the Tririshi Sarovar, i.e., the lake of the three sages (or rishis). Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha. Legend has it that in the course of their pilgrimage the three sages arrived here, only to find the place without water. Meditating on the sacred and bountiful sanctum lake of Tibet namely Manasarovar Lake, they dug a hole here. So great was the power of their tapasya (meditation) that the hole soon filled with water.


  • #2
    Best Travel Blogger Contest Thread Approved.

    Wonderful! The thread is up. I sure hope you guys found some snow in Munsiyari. As much as I wanted to join you on this trip, I could not as I had just returned from Ranikhet a couple of days back.

    However, I am eagerly awaiting the rest of the log and ofcourse a few pictures atleast, of Munsiyari. I really plan to visit the place soon enough. It's right there at the TOP on my "to visit" list!

    Manan, bring the rest of the log on. Please. I sure hope being in this category (Best Travel Blogger Contest), it really turns out to be worth it!


    • #3
      Good One

      One detailed trip Log with all the info you need about the place... Manan Bhai kudos to you brother.... eagerly waiting for your pics and more trip log

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      • #4
        nicely written logs ...pls post the pics....
        sigpicGirls are like roads, more the curves, more the dangerous they are.

        To ride or not to ride?? is a....
        very very stupid question....


        • #5
          Can't see pics from office
          @Manan: I fall into the category of people who couldn't give you company. But you were instrumental in getting me to ride out eventually. A two day trip to Shimla on 2nd and 3rd.

          Now come on.. did you get snow in Munshiyari !! Post atleast some of the pics as attachments.


          • #6
            Manan, are the pics added to your post..or is it that they are not visible..?

            Another snow thread.. Damn i m missing the snow now..

            But would the snow be available at Ladakh in the month of July-August..? Coz i would be visiting there this year.



            • #7
              Manan bhai same as what mik said,I fall into the category of people who couldn't give you company seriously I know this trip to Munsiyari was unplanned you where very eager to do trip on this new year and same here but I cancelled it due to my exams I was going mad on new year eve me and my fat books... and surrounded by four walls.
              Ok never mind Feb is coming... but bhai put some pics in attachments can't see the first pic.
              Manan bhai got snowfall when he was leaving Munsiyari and the temp in Munsiyari was -5 to -6C in night
              Last edited by zayn; 01-07-2010, 02:11 PM.
              Ride Safe & Ride Long-->


              • #8
                Day 2

                1st January, 2010 (HAPPY NEW YEAR ) : Day 2Almora

                Geography and Climate

                The hill station of Almora is located over a horse-saddle fashioned crest of a Himalayan mountain. Positioned at an elevation of 1,646 m (5,400 ft), Almora has an enjoyable but sometimes cold climate all the way through the year. Almora has an average annual maximum temperature of around 23o C and average minimum temperature of approximately 10o C. The annual average rainfall hovers more or less around the figure of 1,152 mm.

                Summer months are from April to July, which sees a moderate climate with the mercury remaining mostly below 30o C. Almora, at this point of time, is really ideal for visiting all tourist attractions here. Monsoons rush in the months of August to October. Almora is usually linked with reasonable rainfall compared to rest of the mountains. However, these rains make Almora more striking and eye-catching with fresh and lush green foliage. December to February sees the winters with lots of ice-cold winds, sporadic snowing and mist laden mountains.

                The winter months are usually freezing and the temperature may go below 0o C. The best time to visit Almora is during the months of March to November. Though the months of March to June also favor picnics and outings. One will be very comfortable in Cottons and light woolen clothing during summers but winter will demand heavy woolens apparels.


                Majestic Himalayan Mountains of Uttarakhand have an array of legends and activities attached to them. The state of Uttaranchal has a rich tradition of performing arts and especially dances. Nearly all of the performing arts are tremendously popular in the Garhwal region of the state.


                Uttarakhand is a region with great ethnic diversity. Though nobody can be called a native here, there are tribes and villages of people who have no other place to relate to. They are mostly dependent on agriculture and handicrafts.



                • #9
                  @Manan: Bring us the pictures; enough of text already!


                  • #10
                    Hi Manan Bhai, really missed this ride with you. You know the reason better
                    Anyways, nice text there with quite some information but we all are missing the pics.... please bring them on




                    • #11
                      @ Manan bhai-

                      Neat Trip log...Wish i could have got a few holidays and add a few kays to my tripmeter too. Great Trip

                      Please post the pics as well
                      Life is a Learn it once you're through


                      • #12
                        u are kiilling us dude...we want the pics....
                        sigpicGirls are like roads, more the curves, more the dangerous they are.

                        To ride or not to ride?? is a....
                        very very stupid question....


                        • #13
                          Absolutely nice trip log bro,
                          +1 to Aryan, quite informative log, but snaps are missing, pl add the snaps to your log & post it.. "Junta to bawri ho rakhi hai, prabhu (snow) kab darshan denge" he he lol
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