An Adventure Trip to Kanatal
Uttarakhand – the Indian state where the holy Ganges originates, is the home to a number of pilgrimages and picturesque hill stations. This ‘Devbhoomi’ has something for every type of traveller and tourist. Beside popular hill retreats like Nainital, Mussoorie and Auli, this Himalayan state also offers some less known destinations.
Nestled in the lap of majestic hills, lush green pine forest, and complete serenity, Kanatal is an hidden paradise in Uttarakhand. Situated at an elevation of 8500 feet, this quaint hill retreat is secluded away from the hullabaloos of the city life.
Kanatal is a perfect weekend getaway destination to unwind amidst nature’s beauty. The name Kanatal is a combination of two words – Kana (one eyed) and Tal (lake). It is believed that once there existed a dried up lake.
Trip Planned With Hippy Traveller
After back-to-back trips to Himachal, I was looking for an unexplored destination in Uttarakhand for my next getaway. This time I planned to go with my college friends or should I say a bunch of mad people. I searched for a place where we can travel under minimal budget and for short duration.
At last, after much brainstorming we decided to travel Kanatal with Hippy Traveller, a community of passionate travel specialists who create customized leisure journeys to inspiring destinations. They provided us a personal Toyota Innova for our road trip to Kanatal.
From Delhi To Kanatal
I was really excited about this trip with my college buddies. We gathered at the boarding point (Netaji Subhash Place in Delhi) by 11pm, where we were greeted by our trip leader from Hippy Traveller community. He informed us about the trip itinerary and other necessary details regarding the tour. Finally, the journey began from Delhi to Kanatal with lots of fun and frolic. Playing songs, laughing on numerable college incidents and much more. For me and one of my best friend, this was a much awaited road trip after college. Since, we never went on a trip after that unforgettable Manali incident which took place during second year of our graduation.
After an overnight journey, we reached the divine city of Haridwar in morning. Situated on the Chamba-Mussoorie highway, Kanatal is a small village and an offbeat destination for peace seekers. We took a halt at a dhaba for breakfast and clicked some candid pictures there. The serpentine roads, lush green mountains and serene views made this journey a memorable one.
At around 10.30am, we reached at our campsite in Kanatal, surrounded with towering pine trees on one side and deep Himalayan valley on another side. The snow-capped peaks of Himalayas were clearly visible from our our campsite. Unlike Delhi’s summer heat, the weather was pleasant in this quaint hill retreat. We checked in into our bamboo cottages and relaxed for an hour or two. Staying like a local, away from the hustle & bustle of urban life, is an unmatchable experience in itself.
Forest Walk, Bonfire Fun & Music!
When everybody was sleeping, I headed out to to take a small walk around the campsite. I really loved the surreal environment of Kanatal. The beautiful vistas of Himalayan valley, pleasant atmosphere, and my never ending quench of wanderlust. After taking a small walk and capturing some amazing pictures, I returned to my campsite. We had our lunch in a small canteen which was nice. How can I forget to mention that hilarious jamming session in the canteen? Where we sang bhajans, bollywood songs, and what not.
After spending some leisure time at the campsite, we went for a small trek to Kaudia forest along with a guide. It is an easy trek of 4-5 kms amidst thick pine and deodar trees. Located at 1 km from Kanatal, the Kaudia forest range is an ideal place for nature lovers. The scenic view of huge valley and lofty Himalayas were truly enchanting. We felt so relieved while walking amidst utmost tranquility. Also, our guide informed us about different animals that are found in the Kaudia forest range. This is the most serene and charming place in Kanatal where you can feel rejuvenated.
As the day comes to a close, the sky turned crimson and grey. It was amazing to watch the blissful sunset from our campsite. I felt extremely delighted amidst mighty Himalayas, away from the chaos of Delhi. We relaxed along with some evening snacks and tea as the weather turned chilly. We really enjoyed dancing during bonfire with good music. After dinner we sat around the bonfire as it was freezing. It was so soothing to gaze at the full moon with some soulful music being played in the background. Truly, this will remain a night to remember for all of us.
Journey Back To Delhi
It was 6am in the morning, and I got up to watch the sunrise. But since it was drizzling, so I canceled my plan. We wake up around 9am and had our breakfast. We packed our bags and checked out from the cottages. Later, we went to a nearby eatery and relished upon a plate of hot Maggi. We played a small confession game and even shared our views regarding this trip while enjoying the pleasant weather and Maggi. I was awestruck to see the clouds kissing the hilltops.
After spending such great moments in Kanatal, we started our journey back to Delhi. While returning, we stopped at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar and watched the holy ceremony of Ganga Aarti. Also, we tried out the famous aloo kachori at Mohan Puriwale and Delectable halwa puri at Mathura Walo Ki Prachin Dukaan.
Secluded away from the hustle & bustle, Kanatal offered an utmost serenity, and a much wanted solitude. Nestled in the lap of nature, this forgotten hill retreat is an ideal place to visit for a quick getaway. I had a memorable time at this hidden hamlet of Uttarakhand with my college friends. Thank you guys for becoming a part of my travel diary. In this ecstatic journey, I discovered some new bondings!
Thank you Hippy Traveller for organizing such this wonderful trip to an offbeat destination like Kanatal.
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