The Waterfall Trek with Hail Himalayas

by Mridula on January 6, 2014

in Birds,Canon D550,himachal pradesh,India,Photography

I love walking, there is so therapeutic about it. To me a nice holiday always includes a walk. And the holiday with Hail Himalayas (on invitation) was super nice because it included a trek to a waterfall. It was a nice, clear day with blue skies. While walking it is also never too cold. Jeevak, Vinod and I did the Waterfall Trek with the Hail Himalayas.  Vinod was the local boy, our guide.

Blue Skies

Blue Skies Hail Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh

It was a fascinating trek in a way. The path crisscrossed a shallow stream. The only way to cross the stream was by leaping from one stone to another. I have already fallen once with my camera in sea, I had no desire to give a watery death to my new love. So, I was extra careful while leaping from one stone to another. The path must have gone across the stream at least 20 times (not really but that is how it felt). At the most difficult places the camera went into the bag and the bag went to Vinod. There was no chance of him falling in the stream!

Walking by the Stream

Walking by the Stream

The stream was quite shallow which was a good thing. It meant at the most the shoes would get wet, if I took an uncoordinated step! I came very close to getting some real cold water into my shoes but at the last moment I somehow managed to leap that extra two inches to land on terra firma! Even though it was a sunny day there were parts where the sunlight was blocked by foliage and that meant frost.

Frost

Frost

However, there were not too many patches like this. The path apart from the stone leaping bit was easy. It was a gradual walk for most of the way. Quite close to the waterfall there is a temple and that bit was uphill. It took us 45 minutes each both ways. However, that afternoon another group of youngsters tried walking to the waterfall and I was told they gave it up mid way. Maybe they were short of time. The walk is not difficult if you ask me.

Hail Himalayas

A Sadhu by the Temple

There was a group of Sadhus at the temple. They offered us water and asked if we would like to have tea as well. As we had a cup of tea before we started and we were yet not at the waterfall we declined. The way goes sharply down from the temple. I would not have been able to climb down it but for the wires fixed along the way. With the wires it was quite doable.

Himachal Pradesh

The Waterfall, Hail Himalayas

I was really lucky, I got the waterfall with a rainbow. There is a small shrine devoted to Lord Shiva right next to the waterfall. As it was December I was content watching the waterfall, it looked cold and uninviting. Jeevak told me that in summer they approach it via the stream and not through the temple.

White Caped Redstart

A White Caped Redstart

While coming back we rested at the temple again. This White Caped Redstart was quite at home near the temple. It would let me get quite close. The sadhus lighted a chilum and asked my companions if they would like to have a puff which they declined. They offered chikki as prasad which we gladly took. After another glass of water, we were ready to head back to lunch.

Hardy Blossoms Catch Sunlight

White Blossoms Catch Sunlight

The day was still sunny. I didn’t expect much of vegetation in December but I was happy to catch the sunlight on these white blossoms. It was a beautiful walk, unusual too because of the stone leaping involved. If you wish to give trekking try I would say try this (or a similar) small walk. At Hail Himalayas you get a tented accommodation too. If you like it, you may decide to go for longer treks and sparser accommodations. Otherwise you could write it down to experience and just enjoy the tents with hot water and a bed and other luxuries.

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Nagini January 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

Wonderful shots..Loved the beautiful nature :-)

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Mridula January 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Thank you Nagini.

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motidana January 7, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Wow ! these are the most beautiful photographs I have seen. Loved reading your post with the beautiful and vivid captures. The picture of the stream is absolutely magnificent !

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Mridula January 7, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Thank you so much!

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OurJaipur.Com January 7, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Lovely . . Have a Nice Day. . . :)

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Mridula January 7, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Thank you :D

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Lady Fi January 7, 2014 at 11:44 am

Love the clarity of that blue sky! Lovely shots.

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Mridula January 7, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Thank you Lady Fi.

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Beloo January 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

Beautiful pictures!

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Mridula January 7, 2014 at 10:49 am

Thank you Beloo.

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Manish Kumar January 7, 2014 at 9:26 am

Lovely pics.. give a feel of this serene place.

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Mridula January 7, 2014 at 10:48 am

The place was serene Manish and thank you.

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njoyeverymoment January 6, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Nice post with some amazing shots , small treks sounds exciting as I am too lazy for long and tedious treks :(

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Mridula January 6, 2014 at 9:14 pm

You may graduate to long and tedious treks after small ones :D

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Renuka January 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm

The place looks so serene. Nice pictures too! Yeah, I also like to walk a lot on my holidays. I think it’s the easiest way to see a place. :)

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Mridula January 6, 2014 at 9:14 pm

The place was quite serene Renuka.

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Samanvay January 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Redstart’s pic is awesome!

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Mridula January 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Thank you Samanvay it was a docile bird as birds go.

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Prashanth M January 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Waterfalls looks inviting… nice shots there.

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Mridula January 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Thank you Prashanth.

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Preethi Venugopal January 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm

What a captivating post…
I was with you throughout the trip . I wished though I could just go to the end of the rainbow in search of the hidden pot of gold. Hehehe…

Nice to be able to see the marvels of nature through your blog.

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Mridula January 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Thank you Preethi, it was too cold to enter the waterfall or else I too would have looked for the pot of gold!

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r ramakrishnan January 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Fascinating captures from your trip. The waterfalls is breathtaking.

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Mridula January 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Thank you Rama, nature is breathtaking.

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Amit Agarwal January 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

A great post and wonderful pics!

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Mridula January 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Thank you Amit.

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rupam { xhobdo } January 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

Beautiful photos.

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Mridula January 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Thank you Rupam.

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Niranjan January 6, 2014 at 11:53 am

Nice account of your trek. Wonderful captures too.

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Mridula January 6, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Thank you Niranjan.

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My Unfinished Life January 6, 2014 at 11:34 am

I love walking on holidays too!!!

Hail Himalayas seems to be a nice option to try out…maybe when it’s a little less cold :)

http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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Mridula January 6, 2014 at 9:08 pm

True Sushmita, I was using my trekking jacket!

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