(I wrote this travelogue when I was ten year old. It was published on ghumakkar.com on 28/06/2010.)
We went to Kathgodam with my mausaji, mausi , Gunnu bhaiya and Dolly. We had two train tickets, one was Delhi to Kathgodam and the train was on 19th of May in the evening at 11:30 pm and the other was Delhi to Lal Kuan, this train was on 20th of May in the morning at 05:00 am.
We had a plan of dinner at Chor Bazar in Noida. But when papa checked reservation status of the train from Delhi to Kathgodam, it was confirmed. Everyone was surprised, because the ticket was showing waiting status till evening before chart preparation. So we all were in a hurry mood. We went out for quick dinner and when we came home we saw that the two of the taxis had arrived earlier than us. Then we quickly went in the house packed all the luggage and went in the taxi to the old Delhi Railway station. When we reached the station the time was 11:15 pm. Our Train was standing on the platform, so we quickly went into the train.
We reached Kathgodam at 05:30 am. We brushed on the platform. The water on the station was cooler than a block of ice. We had two Sumo vehicles, booked for our whole journey, waiting for us outside the station. Kathgodam is the last town in the plains and the journey to hills start from here.
After going on the hills a bit, we stopped at a small restaurant and ate our breakfast there. There were many mangoes on a nearby tree.
From there we travelled far away and reached Kainchi Dham. Our driver told us that that place was known as Kainchi dham because the road to it was in shape of a scissor (Kainchi). But I could not see the road bending like a Kainchi. We planned to stop there but the other sumo did not stop and we too move ahead with them without visiting the temple.
On the way, we stopped near farms with many peaches, plums and walnut trees. We wanted to pluck them but they were a little far from the road.
After sometime, we saw that the road was moving along a river. Later we saw a natural rock in a frog’s shape, cut by water, and another in a foot’s shape, in the river. All the time we were travelling along the river.
Then we saw a beautiful tree covered with purple flowers.
Then we stopped at another restaurant. In its garden we saw something unusual, it neither looked like a fruit nor a vegetable. That restaurant was situated near the river.
I was happy to see a clean river there because in Delhi I don’t get to see a clean river. I enjoyed its view from the hills.
We took lunch and went on.
On the way we saw a long-truck that had its face down may be because of an accident. To me, it looked like a sad truck 🙂
After travelling for around one and half hour we came to Almora. Almora seemed to be a large city. I think this city is called Almora as there were ‘all -mora-mora-mora (the bends).’ 🙂
On the journey, we could see many step-farms and green mountains. The road was so round and round that if we were at the bottom of a mountain we need several hours to reach the top, but by trekking we could reach the top in less than half an hour.
After an hour we stopped near a rock. There was a snake of yellow color. Oui. When we looked at it closely it was only a yellow rock.
Then we reached our hotel. We had two cottages booked in KMVN there. Cottages were like houses. Our cottages shared a common balcony. We liked that place. The way to the cottages from hotel reception had a slope and it was fun to run on it. For we kids, the interesting thing was TV in our room with TATA SKY connection.
After taking bath we all went in the restaurant of KMVN to eat our lunch. I like daal a lot and it was delicious there. After lunch as we were enjoying views from the balcony of our cottage we saw smoke coming out from nearby jungles. I felt that in those parts of the jungle there must be fire.
After sometime we left for the Jungle of Binsar. When we reached at the entrance it was already 4:30 pm and we were told that we have to come out by 6:00 pm. After some reluctance we decided to enter inside. It was a dense forest. At zero point we decided to leave our Sumos and to trek down. While coming down Mausaji started to talk about the wild animals of the jungle, he was the first one to get afraid but then we all were a little fearful. Surprisingly, we reached down before our Sumos and waited for the Sumos to arrive. There was a well nearby and by that time light rain also started.
Soon our Sumos arrived and when we reached our hotel the rain had stopped. We sat in the balcony, ate yummy jam-bread and took several photos of the beautiful sunset. And finally we could see the snow-capped Himalayas.
Next day, early in morning, me and papa went for a walk. I asked , “ where are we going?”
“To sit and look at the farms and the Himalayas”, replied he. I enjoyed it all and I liked all it more because I was with Papa, all alone.
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