One of the trips of my dreams
- + 5
India3 days / September 2017
Highs & Lows
Street food and shows
Prices and plenty of tourists
We decided on a whim to stay in Pachmarhi as it was halfway from Hampi to Delhi. What a good whim that was!! Pachmarhi is a luscious nature reserve, not full of tourists with loads of hiking, cycling and waterfalls for swimming! You have to have a guide to take you into the park due to the tigers. We, unfortunately, didn't see one but came across some leopard prints, plenty of monkeys, peacocks, and a wild boar.
We arrived in Dehradun to find that it was India's Independence Day. There were parades, festivals and events going on all day. We stayed one night in the city to get a bus up into the mountains the following day. It took us to Barkot where we stayed in a homestay just on the main road. Our goal was to get up into the mountains so we didn't spend much time here. We got up early to catch the next bus to take us further up the mountains. Unfortunately, we didn't make it very far due to a landslide. At this point we got off the bus and decided to hike the rest of the way to Yamunotri. It took us all day, and we were exhausted by the end, but the scenery was out of this world - waterfalls, the Yamuna river, lush green mountain farms. The following morning we were rewarded by a swim in the hot springs and breakfast with the monks living in the temple. There weren't many places to stay up here, so we decided to camp the night upon a grassy meadow. From our camp we could see the snowy peak of mountain by day and the clear night sky with billions of stars by night. The following day involved us making our way back down the mountain by all forms of transport due to the landslides - hiking, bus, tractor, in the back of a logging truck and finally a taxi to take us into Dehradun.....quite the journey! Onto our final destination by train - Delhi.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Would have obviously loved more time to visit the NorthWest of India - including the blue and pink city and the desert.
What tips would you give a friend?
Anything hot is safe to eat! Get to know what prices to pay for things early on as its normal to be charge triple the price if not more for things.
Tuk tuks are the easiest way to get around in cities, otherwise the night buses and trains were great