Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SHERAGHAT ON SARAJU RIVER ( Like Frankfurt am Meins)

SHERAGHAT is a tiny place on the Bank of Saraju river. It has few huts, on both sides of the road, selling essential things for the villages spread around in the Hills. People get down from the bus to have a cup of tea, hot Pakodas and boiled eggs too. It has been always our stopping point, after a nerve breaking drive, ( with few Rum stops)  on our way to Choukari from Almora. This place has some emotional attachment thats all. You may pass through the place without realizing.
I am posting here few photos and marked the locations of the photos on it. 
You can see the Saraju river flowing down. A tributary joins on the left. The road from Almora comes from the right bank, crosses the bridge and goes to Berinag. The tributary has a foot bridge. ( Please read the note on the map below.)

The Sheraghat Bridge on Saraju river. Someone is already on the bridge and I am going on to the bridge on the left.

The upstream of the river as seen from the bridge. 

The down stream, a cremation is going on, you can hear the people crying. The bridge faraway is the foot bridge on the tributary. It is almost late afternoon and  trees are casting long shadows and time for the Leopards to get up.

Two people are sitting on the foot bridge and watching the cremation.
This photo was taken seconds before the blue atired girl vanished from the bridge, (on the left).( I mean, she did not fall from the bridge, just left.)
I saw her at the bus stop sometime back and she was quite pretty.. People normally hurry back before evening due to Leopards, who come out for hunting at dusk, They generally don't eat human beings, but love to eat dogs.

This is one of the rare trips, we ( we 2 brothers) , had allowed our wives to come along..My tea is waiting for me to finish the photography. While my brother is framing driving strategy with a smoke , ladies are enjoying tea. Guess who is someone ??
In our subsequent trips since 2006, we did not go via , Sheraghat, we took a longer route via Jageswar, Gongoli hat, ( the famous Kalika temple)  and Patal Bhubaneswar. That is another story  

Friday, June 4, 2010


Nuakuchia-Tal ( Nine-corner lake ) is a beautiful lake in the foot Hills of Himalayas. Tourists normally go to Naini Tal and make day trips to the near by lakes such as Bhim Tal, Sat (7) Tals, Naukuchia tal.
We decided to go th Naukuchia Tal for few days, on an invitation from my daughter's in-laws, who have a beautiful summer cottage, high on the Hill and over looking the lake.
People who love to relax and far from the madding crowd, they normally go to this place. It has few hotels, resorts and Govt tourist lodges.
The place is about 300 KM from Delhi and normally a drive of 6 hrs. It is located at 4000 ft .The climate is neither too hot nor too cold , all round the year.
The whole  lake is not visible from any given point . So there is a saying if some one sees all the 9 corners from one place he will die or some people say his/her wishes will be fulfilled. I believe the second belief.
So I opened the google map , saw the lake and made a wish for all of you. It will be fulfilled, just wait and see. I could not figure out 9 corners on the map, but it is there , see if you can find them, from the picture below.
I am posting few photos below, shot from my " Khadus" Camera Canon SX1 IS. This camera has a 20X optical zoom. So the photos are very deceptive vis-a-vis what you see with your eyes.

The NaukuchiaTal as seen in Google map.
Views of lake and resorts 
A closer view of the resort above, shot with High Zoom
Boat ride is great. The water is not as polluted as Nainital
The lake seen from the place where I stayed
The pump house on the other side of the lake
Ducks crossing the lake 
Take a boat from here, and explore the lake.
You never get tired of a boat ride
The beautiful house where I stayed.
The lake view was awesome from here
And the stiff private drive-way to the house up in the Hill
Some sort of fruit, need to find out the name 
An wild flower, guess how big it is. It is just about 6-8 mm
The hydrangia, you can make the flower pink and blue , by making one side of the soil acidic and the other basic.
The Geranium, my favorite 
Some other flower, need to know the name 
Wild fruit
The place is good for bird watching. I forgot to carry my bird book. It is really a treat to see the birds , the blue magpie, the paradise fly-catcher, the white eyed and many other colorful birds.
I am posting here few photos. My cameras are not suitable for bird photography. So the result is not good . But have some idea.
The white eyed. A very tiny bird.
The Blue bird, very beautiful, yet to find the name, it is very common in the area and a very small bird.
SOMEONE'S NO-ONE ( at 6000 ft , high on a hill was a lonely goat-herd)

Have a nice weekend and see you at food-court..soon

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


In my  previous writings I have posted few photos of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. I have also shown various peaks which surrounds Nanda Devi. These peaks are also called the jewels of Nanda Devi. ( Please read the introduction to Nanda devi and Nanda Kot).
Here I will post  the photographs of the famous peak, TRISHUL. It looks like the Trishul, trident of Lord Siiva from a particular angle.Trishul in its full glory is seen from the place called Kausani, 51 KM from Almora. ( Trishul height is 7120 M)
I will cover separately how to reach these places and this posting will be limited to photographs of Trishul taken from Various places in Kumaon. The view dramatically changes as you travel from east to west keeping the mountains to the North. Amazingly I may suddenly see Lord Ganesh with a cute trunk, some times I may  see a face with beard and Mustache, ....
These photographs were taken during my numerous trips to the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand Province. As I travel during the same time (end November to 1st week of December) of the year, the peaks look the same year after year. Only difference is due to any cloud formation that changes the view dramatically.
Some times I travel end of March, to enjoy the Rhododendron blooming every where (above 6000 ft).
I could only select a few photographs, as it is difficult to frisk and search the whole storage place. :-)
I shall give here photos taken from Kausani tourist bungalow, few taken from a new place which I traveled 1st time and some views from the road as we traveled west to east
I shall post here the sunset and sunrise photos of few years and the mid day..

1. An Old friend posing from the boundary wall (Trishul to the left and Devisthan on the right.)

2. Sunset 1, I think it was taken in Dec 2005 , the peak looks the same year after year except the cloud, that  makes all the difference and the time of the year. 

3.Sunset 2 taken in Dec 1998 

3. Sunset 3 taken in Dec 2005 or 06

4. Mid day the peak is white and no cloud at all, taken in Dec 2006

5. Sunrise-1, on Trishul from Kausani, sun has hit the lower 2 peaks, the main peak in under the shadow of the cloud.

6. Sunrise-2 The sun is further up and peaks are lighting up.

7- Sunrise-3 Shot in another year and look at the cloud !!! Amazing!!

8. Sunrise-4 Same place but differnt year 

9. Sunrise-5  Sunrise shot in 1998, ( see the sunset above for 1998)

See the lighting condition during morning and evening,  it is just amazing. 

View from Sitla ( Shot during Dec 20090
Now we will move to another place to see the same Trishul. Just imagine you have gone further east, ie to the right from Kausani. As you are moving right ( to the east), how will the peak look like?
Lets take a look at Trishul from a village called SItla.  Here Trishul looks bit different as we have moved further towards south east. 

10 Sunrise-1 from SItla, the 1st ray of sun has just hit the peak and the cloud

. 11 Sunrise-2  Sun is little up, peak to the right is Maikitoli 

12 Sunrise -3 , Sun is up now and see the shape of Trishul from here, looks different from Kausani. 

13 Sunrise -4 Great Trishul in the morning

14. It is now well into the morning. If we go more to the right , Trishul will appear like a bearded Sadhu, looking up to the sky. ( Dont have the snaps now) 

View from other places 
15 Trishul , on the way to Baijnath

16. View of the range as we are driving away from Kausani to east. Try to guess which one is Trishul, extreme right is Maiki toli. Small wild oaks are in front.

17. The mighty Trishul often looks like Lord Ganesha to me, from few places

18. Another view , some other year

19. View from Binsar at 8500 feet. Unlike other photos, this was taken during March , when there is more snow on the range and the Rhododendrons are in full bloom.

These are the few Photos I could post. Photos are very deceptive as telephoto lenses are used. Again you enjoy the photos as much as what you see with your naked eyes. 

Now Rhododendron flowers for my friends 

I hope to post more photos of other peaks in the range and then I will shift to few travelogues, mainly on how to reach these places,
These photographs are deliberately kept at low resolution , if you want to print , let me know. I will send higher res one for printing