Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Roar of Monsoon Clouds

Roar of Monsoon Clouds

We were on a short trek on unknown trails of Dhauladhar Hills. On trails just like the silky, black and smooth hair of a women, I was in love with the lush green grass all around and then there were Columbine flowers and some snake hood like plants too
snake plant
..and we even came across the metal feeder 

of the so called Micro Hydro, Kulani Power House one of the Himalayan Parasite.
Kunali Power House ~ one of The Human Parasites killing the Himalayas 
The trail is all well up to the cabins of Kunali Power House up hill from where water flow is controlled for Power House. 
Since this was our leisurely trek to check the alternate trails, we had intended to go no further than the cabins but as the curiosity called we were getting pulled farther and farther. The views as you must know were and are "Beautiful Above the Ground".
Inbound Monsoon Rain Clouds
Inbound Monsoon Rain Clouds
At one point we sat down for lunch and later moved further. We climbed upward and skipped the trail that would have led us to another control point of Kunali Power House on Awa rivulet (Khadd) and from there to Satchali Pass.

As we were loitering around it started raining and hurried under an overhang rock for shelter. The rain lasted only for an hour and as it stopped we moved farther and we forgot that it was meant to be a short trek.

Since we had already lost the trail (which we had planned to check before our second trek to Satchali Pass on coming days) we settled down at one hill and enjoyed the views and even picked some pure herb plants Diplazium esculentum or Lingra or Lingroo for dinner.
Diplazium esculentum or Lingra or Lingroo
Diplazium esculentum or Lingra or Lingroo 
Finally we got the view of another trail, which we had skipped and found that it was going straight to second control room and dam of Kunali Power House. But by the time we realized it was 03:00 pm and we decided to retreat and through the boulders and shrubs we managed to trace back to the main trail. By then the sky was again covered with dark monsoon rain clouds and it'd started raining and then our main concern was to cross the little stream (which also supply water to the Kunali Power House feeder) before the rain starts to full. 
We hurried and crossed the stream and as we crossed the little stream it started raining heavy and we had to take shelter under an overhang boulder...the sound of rain made us feel like as if we were sitting beside a high tide sea shore and the thundering clouds just added to the fuel since we were in the middle of the forest and in high mountain, you can just imagine how it feels to hear the loud thundering clouds just over your head and the sound of heavy rain..and with in 20 minutes the little stream had turned in to moderate+ stream and it was accompanied by another stream similar to Bhagsunag waterfall which had appeared from nowhere.
But it was good and after about 1 hour or so..we saw the peak of Waru Pass, the door of High Winds and surprisingly the weather up in Waru Pass was calm though clouds were patrolling around. That sight made us feel somewhat better...it was still raining but now it was more like a drizzle, so we decided to move on up to the first control cabin of Kunali Power House and again through the rain we reached the cabin and later the Kunali Power House but this time we were accompanied by leeches.

They are kind of scary but not that much scary....and certainly not scarier than humans :P parasites.
Anyway the mountains had called for brief meeting and it surely turned a good one..and the Views Really were and ARE GOOD ABOVE the GROUND!
Waru Pass and Waru Jot
the distant view of Waru Peak
The magic of clouds and the Mountains

an Alien Baby or a White Easter Bunny
in the Mountains an Alien Baby or a White Easter Bunny 
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