Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Going Places - Himalayan Adventure

I am taking part in the Write Tribe Festival of Words from September 1 - 7. The theme for this festival is "7" and mine is:

Going Places -  7 journeys I would like to take.

Having completed my Spiritual Yatras, it's time for a different adventure and as I'm also posting for the letter H at ABC Wednesday, Journey no 4 is of course, High in the Himalayas.

I was 11 years old when I first saw the mighty Himalayas and it's a sight I will never forget. These are the most majestic and rugged mountains I have ever seen. Standing on the Himalayas, playing in the snow, stepping onto a glacier is an amazing experience.

And I thought that was enough. Then I took some journeys that made me want more. Flying over the Rocky Mountains, The Alps and the Southern Alps (New Zealand) brought a new dimension to viewing mountains and watching them from high up was quite a different and breathtaking experience.

Ever since then I've had this dream of flying over the Himalayas. Hence my journey "High in the Himalayas".

My journey would begin in Ladakh which I hear is incredibly beautiful and a place worth visiting and end in Darjeeling. Flying over the Himalayas I believe is a sight to behold. In Darjeeling the highlights would be watching the sunrise and sunset over the Kanchenjunga and Mt Everest.

Another journey I would love to take is a helicopter ride over Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarover. It is believed that Lord Shiva resides on Mt Kailash with Goddess Parvati and Lake Mansarover is often visited by them.

If I was younger I might attempt a trek but one must be mindful of one's limitations and a gruelling trek is probably out of question for me. I have yet to find a tour that provides a scenic flight. But perhaps someday this will become a reality.

google maps - all places are approximate


Gompa Phyang, Ladakh
 image source wikipedia


Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling
image source wikipedia


Darjeeling
image source wikipedia


Lake Mansarovar
image source wikipedia

Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar
image source:  google images


Join me tomorrow on my fifth journey.

My journeys so far:
Journey 1 = Krishna Yatra
Journey 2 = Ram Yatra
Journey 3 = Shiva Yatra

(my 7 journeys series can be viewed here )

Day 3 posts that I enjoyed
Shilpa's Similarities - very interesting theory on inheriting similar traits
Corinne's Pablo - a very cute post on Pablo the boxer


Have a heavenly day. Check out some day 4 posts and  H posts at ABC Wednesday.

Warm Regards
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Write Tribe


67 comments:

  1. Your Shiv yatra must have been tough.I know some people who visited all these places said that it was very tiring.

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    1. Hi Usha, trekking would be very tiring - I take the easy way out and fly.

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  2. Ah, Suzy, this is one of my dreams as well -- to visit Darjeeling, Ladakh and Kailash Mansarovar! Just thinking of those places makes me go dizzy with anticipation. I did visit the Himalaya in 2006 but didn't travel through the route you have mentioned. Sigh. Soon, god-willing.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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    1. Hi Susan. I hope someday the both of us will have the pleasure of experiencing this journey.

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  3. Lovely...description as well as pictures...The last two pictures produce a unique feeling...I would love to read your previous yatras too...

    http://shellymona.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/seven-ate-nine/

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    1. Thanks Shellymona. Kailash Mansarovar is very spiritual. I hope you enjoy my other yatras.

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  4. They are on my list as well but as people say the calling hasn't come yet I think. ;)

    PhenoMenon
    http://throodalookingglass.com/2013/09/bison-2/

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    1. True, it happen's when it is meant to be if it is meant to be. Crossing fingers it is meant to be.

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  5. Lake Manasarovar looks so serene and divine. Looking at the pics I really feel it is indeed the abode of the Gods and Goddesses

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    1. Hi Kalpana. Mansarovar looks amazing. Feels that way doesn't it.

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  6. The Himalayan Yatra is pretty tough if one treks it. But with the flights and all, it would one of the most satisfying and mesmerizing yatra. Have been to Ladakh and seen the Himalayas and seen them from the flight too... they are truly majestic!

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    1. Thanks a lot for the mention! Touched and honored :)

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  7. I wish to visit Ladakh and Darjeeling someday. I've heard great reviews about Ladakh and it's beauty. All the pics are great but I like Lake Mansarovar the best.

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    1. Hi Diana, yes I've heard that Ladakh is amazing. My cousin visited L some years ago and was raving about it. Mansarovar looks beautiful.

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  8. This is the second post today that has me itching to trek soon. Ladakh I have been to on a trek but would not mind more.

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    1. Oh wow Suresh, Ladakh must've been amazing. I am looking forward to this journey. It's been my dream for a long time.

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  9. Loved your post suzy, and the beautiful pics are tempting... would like to join you for these trips ....

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  10. Loved your post suzy, and the beautiful pics are tempting... would like to join you for these trips ....

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    1. Thanks Angela. Do join me - I'm enjoying my virtual journey.

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  11. Would love to visit Leh One day...

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  12. Wow! Lovely pics...would love to visit all these place. May be some day, I will.

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    1. Thanks Rekspoursout. They're not my pics but yes they are beautiful. I hope someday you will visit these places.

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  13. Well, I like SOME elevation , but not TOO much, probably NOT the Himalayas!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday

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    1. Hi Roger, I wouldn't trek up the Himalayas. But flying over them will be awesome.

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  14. Except Darjleeng, rest all are my dream destinations.
    Great read.

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    1. Thanks Indrani. Have you already been to Darjeeling?

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  15. I have seen the Rockies and the Alps but not the Himilayas. I can just imagine how spectacular they must be. Thanks for taking us along on a journey with you.

    www.cattitudeandgratitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Cathy. They are spectacular. There's something about the Himalayas that the other ranges just simply don't have. Perhaps because we Indians feel that the Gods reside there.

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  16. A helicopter over Kailash and Manasarovar is something worth looking forward to as it would be quite an experience...

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    1. It sure would be Mahabore. I'm really looking forward to that.

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  17. Amazing!! Breathtaking!! .... is all I can say Suzy!! Hope all your dreams come true!!

    My Post Is Here

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    1. Thanks Nanka. I'm hoping for that too.

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  18. I didn't know you were in my list of blogs to review for ABC as well :)

    PhenoMenon, ABCW Team
    http://throodalookingglass.com/2013/09/peacock/

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    1. Yep, doing this round of the ABC Wed.

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  19. woowww... the Mansarovar lake looks like paradise :D would love to go there :D

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    1. Hi Rajlakshmi, welcome to my blog. I'm hoping I'll get to see it someday.

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  20. That's amazing, Suzy. You've seen beauty so close:) I've never been to none of the places.
    Cheerz

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    1. Hi Vishal - no unfortunately haven't been there - this is a journey I want to take.

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  21. This would definitely be an amazing and breath taking sight. I would love to go there too!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Kathy it's a journey I so want to take.

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  22. This would definitely be an amazing and breath taking sight. I would love to go there too!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  23. I have been to breathtaking Darjeeling but i so want a ladhakh road trip & MT Everest....well well dream on:(

    http://sailorswiferamblings.blogspot.com/2013/09/seven-sacred-chants.html

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    1. Oh you are lucky Anu. I hope someday I'll get there too. Dreams do come true if we dream long and hard.

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  24. Taking a trip to the Himalayas must be an unforgetable experience. I hope I can make it there some day as well :) Great post!

    http://nelmitravel.com/plaza-de-mayo-buenos-aires/

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    1. It is a sight to behold. Thanks for dropping by.

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  25. i have visited ladakh and that mist and freshness still comes back to me when I reminisce about it.

    Aah! the magic of these wonderful places.
    Lovely post, Suzy!

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    1. Thanks Ruchira. You are lucky. I hope someday I'll visit it too.

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  26. Beautiful pictures. I'd like to go to mansarovar too. :) Thanks for this lovely tour.

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    1. Thanks Kajal. It will be awesome to see Mansarovar.

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  27. I have already visited ladakh and I can assure you it will be worth a trip. You have to make it!

    Richa

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    1. Lucky you Richa. I will surely make it someday. It's a dream I've had for a long long time.

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  28. Mountains have always held a spiritual, yet grounded, affirmation of God's presence and love for us. Although the Himalayas are majestic, I will ever prefer to ancient Appalachians in America. Interestingly, it is estimated that these now worn peaks were at one time higher than the Himalayas. Imagine that! :)
    Loved the reflection and the photos, Suzy!

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    1. Oh! "The" where I put "to" in front of "ancient." :)

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    2. Thanks Martha. So true that mountains are so spiritual. I didn't know that about the Appalachians.

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  29. Gee, I sure hope your dream becomes a reality!

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  30. This is going to be a beautiful trip. I want to go someday too. :)

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    1. Thanks Jyothi. Glad it's a trip you want to take as well. I'm crossing my fingers.

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  31. Ladhak is right there on the top of my list to visit...but not a vacation but on a trek instead

    you can check my post here -
    Karan - Sisters

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    1. Hi Karan, trekking might just be a little difficult for me. I like the idea of flying!

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  32. Very impressive, Suzy! Thank you! Once I was on a glacier in New Zealand, and I enjoyed it immensely, and two of my grandchildren were with me. They were excited about the snow.
    Have a great weekend.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

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    1. Thanks Wil. Glad you enjoyed the journey. I live in NZ but haven't seen the glaciers here :( - I can do that anytime is what I say and then travel off to other places. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  33. Viewing the Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling is truly awesome. My brother and family are just back from Ladakh and their pictures make a trip there so tempting!
    PS: Pablo says thanks!

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    1. Pablo is welcome. My mother visited Darjeeling when I was quite little and she just raves about it. Can't wait to see it for myself. And my cousin just raves about Ladakh. So looking forward to this journey.

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