Sunday, May 18, 2014

When the spring time turned to winter

When the spring time turned to winter
Red billed Blue Magpie calling in the hills of Uttarakhand

Having started with the construction work in Timila, I wanted to show the place to my mother & children and as the weather had remained quite cold in the hills during the month of March, 2014 we decided to visit the destination during mid April and we chose 18th April, 2014 as there was a three day break from School & Office that we got during the week ending with ‘Good Friday’ holiday.  We started early morning for Anand Vihar Railway station, as we were scheduled to board the ‘Shtabdi train’ for Kathgodam.  As I found out on this day, that the proverbs are coined by experienced persons and come true ever so often, this time around the proverb ‘Morning shows the day’ came true, as we started our journey by Taxi at 4.30 A.M early in the morning.  It had started drizzling and by the time we reached the station, the intensity had increased as also the wind speed and almost everyone waiting at the station was forced to take out their light woolens etc.  This rain continued all through the journey from Delhi to Kathgodam.  We reached Kathgodam around 12.00 Noon and as we alighted from the train, the cold winds lashed us fiercely and we immediately booked a Taxi to drop us at Chilyanaula, Ranikhet.  The road journey took us from Kathgodam, Bhimtal, Bhowali, Kainichi Dham, Garampani, Khairna to Chilyanaula in Ranikhet, where we reached around 3.00 P.M and had to ask for Room heaters during the night, because of the intense cold after sunset.  I have described the destinations many a times in my blogs and would like my viewers to enjoy the journey through the photographs, having detailed tags and enjoy the journey through my lens, when the hills turned to winter during the spring time -
Desolate Kathgodam

Monkey too huddled in the cold

Headed towards Bhimtal

Passing by Bhimtal

Just past Bhowali

Wet all around

Just enjoy the view

Stranded tourists in the cold weather - awaiting repair of car tyre - just ahead of Kainchi

Going past Kainchi 

View of river valley near Garam Pani

Naturally crafted stone toad

A few more for company

Just past Khairna
Road headed for Ranikhet
View of valley towards Ranikhet
Dwarhat as viewed by 500mm lens from Chilyanaula

Sunset over Chilyanaula

View of Chaukhamba peaks at sunrise from Chilyanaula - shot with 500mm lens

Oriental White Eye bird in Bottle brush flower

Signs of Spring - Larkspur flower

Here is a short video for the destination -

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