Exploring The Himalayas – Day 2

For Day 1 click Exploring The Himalayas

Day 2


I always wanted to experience a sun rise in the mountains and this was my time for doing the same. I had never seen a rising sun before and so I was too damn excited about it . My phone’s alarm buzzed at 5.30 AM in the morning and I woke up instantly . It was still dark outside and no one could be seen around , not even a single soul , so yes it was scary as well. I knocked at the door of our caretaker as I heard some noise from his room and to my surprise he was awake and seemed like he had already taken a  bath . I asked him at about what time we can see the sun coming up ? He replied 6.30 Am . So we had approximately 45 minutes for the same by now. And did I forgot to mention , it was so chilled early morning and I had not taken my best warm clothes with me , but somehow I managed with the only jacket I had. So since we had some time in our hand , we took out our tripods and cameras and got them ready for the perfect shot.

Sunrise at 6.30 Am

Exactly around 6.30Am we could see the rays coming up and it was so magnificent that I will not be able to express it better through words. The first word from my mouth since the rays came up and till we could see the sun properly was “WOW”  . I kept on saying “Beautiful” . Trust me there is nothing like sunrises and sunsets in this world.


After such a delightful experience , we all got fresh and headed towards the Prashar Lake. The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. With deep blue waters, this lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar and he is regarded to have meditated here.The three storied pagoda-like temple  was built in the thirteenth century and legend has it was built by a baby from a single tree. The lake has a floating island in it and it is said to be unclear how deep it is, with a diver not being able to determine its depth.


After the visit to the main temple , we headed towards the local Dhaba which is right besides the lake, up above the mountain. We had Maggie and some kadak chai . The tea was so flavorful that I ordered another one as soon as I finished the first one . It had ginger and cardamom and it helped me with my cold. The breakfast went on for another hour with chit chats .After having our belly fit and fat , we took a good tour of the area nearby . We climbed up the nearby peaks and targeted for the highest point on each one as we knew that the view from there will be worth the climb.

Beautiful view around Prashar Lake

At around 12:00 Pm we went back towards the forest rest house and got our backpacks ready as we had to be on the same bus we came upon here. The bus came at 1 Pm and we all said goodbye to this magical place and reached back to Mandi around 3.30 pm . We had lunch at the some local restaurant around the bus stand and waited for our Volvo to travel back to Delhi .

The trip came to end with a promise to visit the place again but this time in Winters when the whole area is covered in snow.

This was a weekend getaway trip and I hope you can too take out some time to experience such solace.


Thanks for the read.


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Exploring The Himalayas

Day 1

Believing that i could live within the given profligacy of life , i sat onto that mountain and took a fresh breath of pleasantness in the air with wide opening my arms to welcome the explorer in me.


The journey started with boarding a bus to Mandi , Himachal Pradesh from Delhi at 8:00 Pm . It took around 10 hours to reach Mandi and with cloud led mountains we entered the local Bus Station and refreshed myself with a cup of tea. After around waiting for an hour or so we boarded the small rickety bus towards Prashar. It is the only bus which goes till there or else one can book a taxi for themselves which is a bit expensive in regard to a budget trip or one can trek right upto the hill with the help of local guides. It took exact 3 hours to reach the marvelous spot and i jumped down the bus as quickly as i could in order to visually absorb the very first look of the place.

You have booked your dates for this one i guess

It took me good half an hour to just stand from the bench nearby and to move towards the room we had booked with the forest rest house as i was in no mood to sit indoors after experiencing such wonderful landscape. But , yes of course we had to get freshen up and so we talked to the housekeeper there and got ourselves into the very first room on ground floor. The flooring was wooden with a red carpet over it . The windows were painted white and the had a chair facing the sunny side . Overall , the room was good enough for a few friends to create memories forever.

Forest Rest House

After having lunch , we moved a bit to explore the area and to help catch a signal on our phones. Yes , It is a bit difficult to keep your social network working over Facebook or Instagram but then we found a peak where suddenly my phone buzzed and i could finally contact my family to tell them i reached safely . It is funny that when the whole area doesn’t give even a single straight line over your device and then out of nowhere when you wide open your arms ( Refer to the 1st picture) sitting over a particular spot , your device gets working . Well , that was that !

Coming back to the beautiful evening , we just sat there and talked about nothing at all . Maybe it was the inner dialog we all were experiencing which didn’t require much to speak with anyone else. With the sun going down behind the mountain we all called it a day and went back to our room for a good sound sleep.


Next post will describe Day 2 of “Exploring The Himalayas”

Friendship <3

FRIEND:- A person who knows your likes and dislikes, who knows when do you want to go out for a movie, who knows how do go about the smallest of things, who knows that before knowing anything else he has to know YOU.

FRIENDSHIP :- A bond which the above mentioned friend shares and does justice to in each walk of life. He/she knows how you have be taken care of . Before letting you go in the traffic that FRIEND holds you hand and makes you move (here i am you need not worry) ; a guide who follows you and yet says “i know the route just follow me” ; a mate who makes you feel complete (you know you are just a phone call away). These little day to day chores make your life happening and all it happens is around those “FRIENDS” .

You are the one
who holds my hand
you are the one
who takes a stand
you are the one
who’s always there
you are the one
who is so near !
I hold on to you
for who you are
I hold on to you
For being my star
You came across me
and made it bright
for this is the time
and its just right..
I owe to you
for all its a bait
and thank god for such a fate !

*Dedicated to all the dearest friends i have and i have ever had 🙂
– Monika kathuria

Happy Women’s Day

You came into this world ~ she smiled
You were fed milk ~ fulfilled satiety
You held her finger ~ felt protected
You learnt to babble ~ she understood
You had your first walk ~ she held you
You spoke for the first time ~ she heard her NAME !

Mother – A person who takes care, who protects, who loves, who gives , who knows , who compromises, who scolds, who trusts, who lives “FOR HER CHILD” . She is named a mother because she is there always no matter anybody else is there not not.

Sister – A support who not only knows you emotional state but also protects you from each phase of life. she takes care that you get what you deserve and not what you need. she is more like a soul mate “a soul sister”.

Daughter – Not just a child for her parents but a guide , a change maker, an optimist, a caring soul for her parents. she knows exactly when to take care of medicines, what to cook in for your dinner and how to save her salary to lessen your burden for hr marriage.

Wife – A partner who wakes you up each morning, makes you your bed tea, supports you in your business, takes care of your belongings, nurtures for family and LIFE.

The common thing in all of these roles is that “THEY CARE” and “THEY STILL CARE”
And All The Woman Out There – Men deserve the equal amount of respect as well.

– Monika kathuria


आया हे तू
अब दूर ना जा ;
इस टूटे दिल का
तू ही सहारा ।

पलकों के तले इन आंसुओं की
इक चादर सी बिछ गयी
ना तूने कहा जो मैंने सुना
फिर कयों इतनी बेबसी

जाते हुए भी
अपना इक लमहा दे जा;
ना कुछ चाहूं मैं
अब तेरे सिवा ।

तू दूर गया हे
तेरी थी मरज़ी
फिर भी ये आँखें
राह तकेंगी ।

आया हे तू
अब दूर ना जा ;
इस टूटे दिल का
तू ही सहारा ।

Smile :)

and take my breath away
Coz you are the one
i wanna live with
coz you are the one
i wanna grow with
coz you are the one
who makes me live
coz you are the one
who goes through it!

and live with me
coz you are the one
who prove to me
that no matter what
“I’ll be there”
that no matter what
“you need not fear”
that no matter what
“we’ll be together”
that no matter matter
“I am always here”

and let us go
miles away
where no one knows
that we are the one
“who are together”
that we are the one
“who’ll never apart”
that we are the one
“who’ll go through”
and come back
“smiling again”

someone smiles because of you! 🙂

– Monika kathuria

Gloomy Eyes

Gloomy eyes
waiting for just another day
those fake smiles
and you being beside
and a broken heart..
deep inside…
says it all oh my friend
that we are just not friends..!

You faked it all with all your heart
I just couldn’t see it..
All my friends said it was true love
may be the fate couldn’t be it…

The stars in the sky faded inside
and a dark night came over..
A lonely heart..with no more love
is left for you my lover.

Gloomy eyes
waiting for just another day..
Those fake smiles
and you being beside
and a broken heart
Deep Inside..
Says it all…oh my friend….
That we are just not friends.

– Monika kathuria

3 AM

Its 3 am in the night
and i wonder where you are..

Its raining on the street
and i know we wanna meet
But the fate has turned it all…
Its a silent night
with no stars above
and its a thunder storm
with a bleak sight..!
and its 3 am in the night.

on the terrace
with my life on the edge
boy, be my parachute
my love…
hold me in your arms
in the open sky above
and its 3 am in the night..
and i wonder where you are..!!

– Monika kathuria

Good Old Times

When i saw you first,

Had a giggling laugh..

Found you childish and true at heart.

Made an effort of being a friend..

you shyed a bit, but

held my hand..

my heart sang

to the loudest it can..

Feelings developed


friendship too,

you gave a hi-five

and the surroundings turned blue..

We hanged around

everywhere we could

All friends apart

it was you and me who would..

You were there in my heart

and will always be

but the time has changed

for just being you and me..

Wish you were here,

sitting beside me

remembering the old times

you had made me feel free..

Hope, you could understand

the woes of life

a bit more mature

you would have handled a cry..

I’ll try to forgive you

what a plea it is,

want my best friend back

no matter what it takes.

– Monika Kathuria