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Khara Pathar - Giri Ganga - Kuppar Bugyal

Sitting on the edge of a meadow atop a hill, looking down at breath-taking views of scenic Pabbar valley and Himalayan ranges as far as one can see, something not happens frequently. Its an opportunity to feel the vast nature, talk to it in utter silence. The only sound breaking the silence being the music composed by air whispering through the leaves of cedar and pine trees. There is no hustle bustle of the crowded cities, just the "Sound of the Nature". While hearing the trees breathe, cold breeze touches the face whispering in the ears - Respect, protect and preserve this beautiful godly creation for the generations to come. Lets not just enjoy this scenic beauty ourselves but pass on this precious gift as is to the future. Some precious moments spent capturing the beautiful landscape in eyes, the Kuppar Bugyal, a highland meadow at a height of 3250m.
(November 2019) A brief of our journey of Khadapathar - Giriganga - Kuppar Bugyal trek - Khadapathar (खड़ा पत्थर) is a small and beautiful town (every town is beautiful in Himachal) at a height of 2700m at a distance of around 80km from Shimla. The only hptdc hotel at Khadapathar is the best place to stay with in budget and great hospitality. One can taste some local delicacies on demand. Gobhi Palda, cauliflower cooked in curd, was one such item we tried and it was great!
We drove all the way from Delhi to Khada pathar via Shimla. The drive from Shimla to Khadapathar is just short of words. On the way to Khadapathar we crossed Mashobra, Kufri, Theog and Kotkhai. The road is well maintained and dangerous too (and drive is awesome).






"Prathas with butter at Murthal!"
"Reached hotel!""View from hotel room balcony" "View of Kuppad from hotel"
Reached Khadapather in the afternoon. It was too cold there. The chilling wind was killing us. After having lunch we explored the places around Khadapathar - Pabbar river, Hateshwari Mata Temple, Rohru.

Enjoyed the evening at hotel room sitting beside a room heater. The next morning we were all set for the trek. The first stop was Giriganga temple which is around 6 km from khadapathar. A muddy road leads to Giriganga temple and we decided to cover it on foot. We were not aware of the track and location but started off the journey. After couple of hours we reached Giriganga temple. A small temple surrounded by forest and a stream (Giriganga) flowing through. A quite place to spend some time and have darshans at temple. Although the temple was closed.

After spending some time at the temple we started further deep into the forest. A small trail with the stream flowing by its side leading to a valley with open space. From this point on wards the steep trail almost at an inclination of 70 degrees starts amidst dense forest. we were ill prepared for this trek as we hadn't expected any snow and were wearing normal sports shoes. It had snowed just the night before and it made our upward journey too difficult and slippery. Finally, when we reached the edge of the meadow atop hill the view of Himalayan ranges was mesmerizing. Sat there for some time to relax and tune in to the nature. We didn't spend much time there as we were not carrying any food and were feeling hungry. However, the the moments spent there were worth a lifetime.

पेड़ों की हरी ज़ुल्फ़ों से यह खेलती हुई। 
जैसे सितार के तार छेड़ जाये बहती हुई।। 
यह हवा ही है हर जगह फ़र्क़ बस इतना है। 
वहां सांस घुटती है यहाँ यह ज़िन्दगी देती हुई।।
 

Soon, we headed back down the hill on slippery snow. On reaching the Giriganga temple hydrated ourselves with the water from a small spring and it was so tasty and extremely chilled. Completely tired reached the hotel by evening. Early next morning after breakfast started our journey back home carrying memories of a couple of days well spent at a beautiful place!

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