Sunday, 4 June 2017

17 days in Tirthan Valley : Meeting people (Day 0 - Part 2)

Read part 1 here : The landing

The temple 2 km from Jalori Pass

We are at the guesthouse, it is still raining and it is cold. The view from the rooms and the balcony is beautiful. I love the sight and the sound of the Tirthan river.  Three of us are here. Puneet has come for a trek to Rolla in the Great Himalayan National Park. We had adrak Chai and Paranthas with mouth watering Mango Chutney as we talked for around an hour before Panki arrived with his welcoming aura.  The trek was cancelled and Puneet would head back to Kullu and come again in a couple of days.  He was kind and observant enough to notice that we needed something to keep us warm. He lended his thick woollen jacket for outside protection and a lot of walnuts to keep up warm from the inside.

We were soon fast asleep to wake up to a warmer weather. I was lucky to wake up not very late after Panki bhaiya's missed call, else we would have missed the chance to join two families from Bangalore for a drive followed by a small trek to Jalori Pass, which is at a height of around 3120 metres. It a narrow road full of caution boards from the road department. The safety boards on the way advise you to drive only in the first gear.

The onward journey was a quiet one, everyone either busy enjoying the views or struggling to maintain seat on the curvy roads. They were two couples and four kids. They were working different companies like Cisco and DailyHunt. One of them had left her job at KPMG and worked as a Charted Accountant.  It was the time of the year when kids had their vacations. At the top is the Jalori Mata temple which is visited by devotees from nearby villages. We had some Rajma-Rice at one of the local dhabas at the top, which are warm inside, thanks to the mud architecture.

Views of the mountain peaks from Jalori Pass

Our Jalori Pass friends

We went for a walk to a nearby campsite and it was beautiful. The snow added it’s charm to the beautiful colors of the tents. There is another temple 2 km away from where the views are heavenly. Around 6:30 pm, we left Jalori Pass to head back to Tirthan.  The return journey was much livelier. They told us about the different places they had travelled. Suddenly, the tempo traveller was filled with stories of trips, treks and offbeat places. We talked about technology,  about politics, about nature and had a lot of laughs. We were back by around 9pm at the guesthouse, which I would like to call home now onwards. It was a bit late when I realised that we didn’t exchange numbers.

Fort View Dhaba, where we had our Chai after the refreshing walk

Jalori Mata temple

The road to the temple and campsite

The campsite at Jalori Pass

It gets pitch dark during the night, and the only soul which stays awake, moves and roars is the Tirthan River, which is the life of the valley.

Read part 1 here : The landing

I will soon be writing about day 1.