Charming Munsiyari (the little kashmir) heaven on earth
Holidays or vacations are words that bring joy to everyone. I’m no exception. The last vacation we went to a snow-covered small hamlet – Munsiyari. Unknown to many, this place is still untouched by pollution.
Munsiyari is 300km north of Nainital in the hill-state of Uttarakhand, India. At an altitude of approximately 2,200 meters, Munsiyari lies at the base of the great Himalayan mountain range.
Though there are many different routes to reach Munsiyari, Binsar sanctuary route (Almora – Seraghat – Udiyari Bend) is the most scenic one. The whole journey of 650 km from Delhi is worth taking.
As we reached our destination we were caught in a hailstorm and we could do nothing that evening.
Himalayas – A Dream Come True:
However, the next day morning, we could enjoy the beautiful sunrise over the Himalayan mountain range. Our journey towards the hills itself was entertaining, thanks to the deserted serpentine roads and awesome views by lush forests of pine and rhododendron flowers.
A dream came true – I was in the Himalayas. Played like a polar bear with piles of soft fresh snow. Built castles in the snow. Dad, Mom and I had snow run race from top to the base of Snow Mountain as if we are participating in winter Olympics. Enjoyed throwing snowballs on each other.
Played as long as I could and then finally shivered my way inside the blankets. And to be honest, I had real fun for more than 4 days. It was a remarkable experience to spend my vacation at Munsiyari Little Kashmir. From here, one can see the gorgeous ranges of ‘Panchachuli’ ranges.
Munsiyari Little Kashmir: A Journey to Paradise and Back:
Munsiyari is trekker’s paradise. Due to loads of snow at Khalia Top Trek, I couldn’t make it. Though there are several sightseeing places near Munsiyari I could only make it to Nanda Devi temple, Tribal Heritage Museum, and Kalamuni temple.
Still, my mind stays in that field of snow far from this civilized world filled with smoke and noise. I’m proud to say that my words can do no justice to the breathtaking beauty of Munsiyari. Literally, I think I would not hesitate to love to lose myself here.
Please do not disclose it to too many people lest the place will lose its character. 😥