Retreat to Kausani and Mukteshwar

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    Kashish Tandon (aka mindless wanderer) was visiting India on account of Eid holidays in Kuwait. A travel plan brewed up. Another friend Manoj joined in. Choice of destination was the next step. Saach Pass came up in our discussions and almost finalized. Then idea of Chandratal cropped up. Incidentally, we three had never been to Chandratal. Hence we all readily agreed to the idea. Kashish’s Pajero was most likely choice for the vehicle for the trip. Additionally we had another option of an AWD Duster owned by Manoj. With destination and the vehicle decided, we counted days for the trip to happen.

    Date of the journey was 18th to 21st August. However, as the fate would have it, we could not go to Chandratal. Kashish came up with some work at Mukteshwar on the 20th August which could not be avoided. With not much room to travel beyond Mukteshwar we decided to spend some quite time either at Chaukori, Binsar or Kausani for a day or two and reach Mukteshwar in time to let Kashish finish his work there.

    We started early on 18th. Duster was pressed into service. Manoj and Kashish stared from Gurgaon and picked me up from Dhaula Kuan. Our first break was at Mama Yadav Shiva Tourist Dhaba for tea and coffee. Roads were mostly empty till Brajghat. However, from Brajghat, we encountered a huge rush of kanwadiyas on a home run. With huge Dak-kanwads and sound systems blaring on top, the going got painfully tough. One side of the highway was blocked for the smooth passage of kanwadiyas, still the other carriageway was also disturbed with many of them traversing on the other side as well. It carried on all the way till the cut for Rampur at Moradabad.

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    We breathed a sigh of relief and pressed the pedal. We took another break for freshening up and some refreshments near Bazpur. From Kaladhungi we took the cut for Nainital and started ascending on the mountains. As we gained altitude, the mist took over the mountains and the entire scenery turned magical. Breaks became frequent to enjoy the misty drive. By 2.00 pm we had crossed Nainital and were on our way to Almora. We had a late lunch break at River View restaurant near Almora.

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    While we reached Almora, we started thinking over a possible night stay destination. First thoughts were about Binsar or Kausani. We even considered Chaukori but the distance and dropping sunlight made us retreat on the option. Finally we decided to stay at Kausani for the first night and then move over to Binsar for spending the second night. We reached Kausani by 6.00 pm. Kausani welcomed us with a drizzle. We checked into the KMVN tourist rest house and got ourselves a nice cottage for the night stay. We gazed at the night sky watching the play of rain and mist before retiring for the night.

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    The morning started with mist. Mountain ranges were not visible at all. We woke up leisurely and after a sumptuous breakfast left for Binsar. In between we decided to have some fun near the Kosi river bank at a village by the road. After spending some 30 minutes we moved ahead. We further stopped at Someshwar and paid a visit to the Someshwar Mahadev temple. Thereafter we took a refreshment break at Almora where we devoured delicious samosa chaat. We continued non-stop till KMVN Binsar and reached there by 3.15 pm. We check out the KMVN and after a lot of deliberations decided not to stay at Binsar and instead move closer to Mukteshwar at Sitla for night stay.

    We reached Sitla late in the evening while it was completely dark and checked out few hotels but finally decided against staying at Sitla and carried on towards Mukteshwar. We took the Sitla-Mukteshwar forest road which was quite scary to drive on for around 9 kms in complete darkness. We checked into Krishna Orchard Resort at Bhatelia for the night.

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    our cottage
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    Manoj enjoying the morning views
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    the morning mist
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    a village before Someshwar
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    the original poser boy of BCMT - KT
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    Someshwar Mahadev Temple, Someshwar

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    delicious Samosa Chaat at Almora-Binsar road
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    wild life spotting
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    KMVN TRH, Binsar
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    AWD Duster
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    Poser Boy at it again
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    Woke up leisurely and ordered breakfast. Meanwhile Kashish left to attend his work. We organized ourselves and checked out after 11.00 am. We too joined Kashish in his work. A heavy rainfall confined us for next one hour. Once the rain relented, we left Kashish and went to visit the Mukteshwar temple. It kept raining on and off. After the temple visit we went to a nearby restaurant for lunch. Thereafter we checked into a café for some sweets.

    Krishna Orchard Hotel, Bhatelia
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    Mukteshwar
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    Manoj gasping for breath
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    lunch break
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    After resting for a while, we went for a drive till Ramgarh which was quite enjoyable. Came back in the evening and checked into The Golden Peak hotel at Bhatelia for night stay. This hotel is new property with nice rooms.

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    We had a comfortable night and enjoyed the crisp morning with some great tea. For breakfast we went to café by the name Chaandi Maati. It was imaginatively nicely decorated and to top it all the food was quite good. Highly recommended if you visit Mukteshwar. After a sumptuous breakfast, in fact we over-ate, we left for Delhi. We took the Bhatelia-Dhari-Bhimtal-Kathgodam-Kaladhungi-Bazpur-Moradabad route to New Delhi. We faced some traffic jams around Pilkhua and reached Delhi by 10.00 pm to close the road trip.

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    time to check out of this log
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    See you then..
     
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    bahut bhaari keher alpha bhai...bahut bhaari.
    mazaa hi aa gaya..

    In terms of crowd, did you encounter any at the places you stopped, or all deserted ?

    TRH Binsar - I heard there has been new construction there. Didnt notice any in your pics though ?
     
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    Superb, short crisp clear, to the point -- thoroughly enjoyed beautiful narration taking me to all those places along with you.

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    adsatinder I am SATINDER at Delhi

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    Great Greens !
    Great Places !
    Great Moves !
    Great Posers !
    Great Views !
    Great Pics !
    Great Log !


    Thanks for featuring
    Hum Gareebon ka Ritik Roshan !
     
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