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Live Blog Ooty Coonoor trip – By Sanjukta

In Events, Travel Writeup on August 14, 2008 at 10:30 pm

3.40 am

9 of us are on our way to Coonoor. Right now we have stopped over at a Barrista. Behind the wheels we have Vinayak in his Honda City and Vicky in his Honda Civic. Amongst the other let’s goers we have Snigdha, Myself, Danish, Sanjay, Sunil, Sree and Suresh.

Suresh is the most quiet guy, followed by Danish. Sunil and Vicky are like the pranksters, I and Snigdha are the glamour factors. Sanjay is one guy I can communicate in pure Delhi style. We have ordered for coffee. Time for a group photo.

Vicky seems to be the center of attraction here, everybody is trying to guess the place of his origin. (No he is not a wildlife item)

The Let's Go gang on the way to Ooty and Coonoor

The Let's Go gang on the way to Ooty and Coonoor, we have stopped over at Barrista

8.46 am

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15th to 16th August 08 – Coonoor, Ooty – Trek, Homestay, Safari

In Events on July 30, 2008 at 10:37 am

We have a great plan for a 3 day trip on the 15th August weekend. We are going to spend the weekend in the calm and serene of The Nilgiris. There is a nice and affordable homestay in Coonoor called The Devasholam. The homestay claim to be providing an ethnic and non-commercial experience different from the commercial tourism that we mostly do.

The place is affordable too, tarrif being Rs 1000/- per head per day which includes the following besides the stay:

  • Morning Tea/ coffee
  • Breakfast (south Indian vegetarian)
  • Lunch (south Indian vegetarian)
  • Evening Tea/ coffee
  • Dinner (south Indian vegetarian)

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Updates on Pondicherry Trip

In Events, Meets on August 9, 2007 at 5:13 am

The Lets Go Off line meet for ice breaking amongst the group going to Pondicherry on 17th is postponed and the venue is also changed. We now meeting on –

Date: 13th Aug Monday
Venue:Koshy, on St. Marks Road, Opp Bible society.
Time 6.30 pm

The trip has shaped up real well. Thanks to snig’s idea of putting it on this Flickr group based in Bangalore called “Bangalore Weekend Shots”.

So this trip is a joint trip by Let’s Go and BWS (although most of them have also joined Lets Go). All pls try to make it to the off line meet, its important.

Check out the Flickr link.
http://flickr. com/groups/ bangaloreweekend shoots/discuss/ 7215760109458810 7/

As of now confirmed members for the trip are as follows

People traveling from here on 17th

1. Snigdha
2. Sanjukta
3. Sunil
4. Vinayak
5. Lavanya
6. Ayan
7. Srividya
8. Anupama
9. Pradeep Dhingra (coming from Delhi)
10. Sukumar
11. Vinu
11 Vishal + friend

People joining us in Pondicherry

1. Prasoon ( Biking it )
2. Malvikaa + 2 Friend ( Might be driving down from Chennai)
3. Bharathi ( Joining us from Chennai )

So see you all on 13th

Trip to Pondicherry

In Events, Meets on July 18, 2007 at 11:01 am

Departure from Bangalore on 17th Aug 2007 Friday Late night at 11 pm and Arrival Bangalore 19th Aug Sunday late night.

We can take bus from KSRTC which leaves at 11 pm and would cost INR300/- for AC Volvo. Pondicherry is about 320 kms so we can assume a 6-8 hours drive.

The hotels there are also cheap and are available easily. We can get cycles on hire for 100/- and cycle around the city on Sat, 18thAug. and Check out the beaches on 19th Aug.

Places to see:-

1. The French and Dravidian architecture. Which we can see in the Churches and Chola temples.

2. French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP), It has gathered and preserved valuable ancient manuscripts like the Shaiva, a part of the UNESCO “Memory of the World” Collection

3. Get a feel of the culture by eating out at local joints.

Check out serene beaches

1. The Promenade, stretches about 1.5kms across the length of the Sea is well maintained (spotlessly clean) and has the sea on one side and several old colonial buildings (lighthouse, custom house, war memorial etc.) on the other. Early in the mornings and evenings, traffic to the beach road is restricted making it a walker’s paradise.

2. Karaikal Beach:-Sunrise- watchers can catch their magnificent view over the bay, with the pretty Arasalar river reaching out to the sea. Alternatively, you can canoe or kayak in picture-book surroundings. Have a round of beach volley ball. Or, armed with the angling gear, you can reel in a surprise.

The total budget should not exceed more than 1000 to 1500 at the maximum per person.

Members to confirm via mail. Non Members interested in joining write to letsgowanderers@gmail.com

Offline meet for Pondicherry trip:-

11th Aug, Sat, 5 pm at CCD MG Road.

13th Aug, Mon, 6.30 pm @ Koshy’s on St. Marks Road, Opp. Bible Society.

[Let’s Go Bangalore] Trip to Kumbakonam

In Events on March 28, 2007 at 2:43 pm

We are making our first trip to a place called Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. We have previously posted information regarding this place. Members can go through the message archive to find them.

The first trip of Lets Go [Bangalore]

Date: 30th March 07 (Friday).

We would leave by train in the evening We would leave from Bangalore Cantonment station at 6.30 pm and would return the same station on 2nd April Early morning around 5.

A total of 6 travellers are going to be on this trip.

Snigdha
Sanjukta
Sumit
Joydeep
Ruchi
Sumita

Train tickets to and from Kumbakonam have been booked and has costed each one of us Rs. 500/- approximately.

Rest of the expenses are very unpredictable, eg. the local taxi fare from one village to another around kumbakonam, the stay and food. But whatever it is it should not go beyond Rs. 1700 to 2000.

We are really exited bout this trip and hope to have a rocking time. Once we are back we’d put up the pics.

Latest from the Moderator

In Events, Moderator Speak on March 28, 2007 at 2:41 pm

Hi People,

I feel happy to tell you all that let’s go is growing each day with membership request pouring in. I can no longer keep track of each member, the membership is no longer restricted to delhi based travellers, and i no longer wait for the proposed members to first give all information and then allow the membership.. . so many of your membership have been allowed even though i didn’t get a reply to the automated file ‘before membership’.

Another reason behind this leniency, is that, I understand female members wanting to join the group wouldn’t be very comfortable giving out their phone numbers and real name etc. they would probably first want to join the group and then see if they can trust the other members of not.

Bole to mudde ki baat ye hai (the point is that) membership to Let’s Go has now become more easy and it is more of an open group now.

Members are more free to exchange ideas amogst themselves, they are particulary requested to take more initiative in arranging group events, outings etc. The bangalore chapter sure would be seeing a lot of activities this year.

For Delhi Chapter I personally request Santa and Paddy (they have formal names also, Santosh and Pradeep…eek they are so boring in formals) to take charge. Paddy ji kuch ghode shode dauraiye to sahi… santa ji kuch chidia shidia uraaiye to sahi…. 🙂

The most important point that all the members need to remember is that you all are moderators here so just be yourself and don’t bother to wait for any kinds of permission.. . bole to bindaas bol 😀

Event: Ajmer – Pushkar – Chittaurgarh

In Events on January 4, 2007 at 12:59 pm

A proposed Itinerary for the up coming extended weekend from 26-28 Jan 2007 prepared by Amit.

25th Jan (thursday)
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1) leave for ajmer at night in a deluxe sleeper bus

26th Jan (friday)
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1) reach ajmer in morning
2) catch a bus to pushkar
3) reach pushkar in about 1 hour
4) see pushkar covering whole town on foot. its a very
small town so we can do that, no probs.
5) stay overnight in pushkar

27th Jan (saturday)
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1) start early & leave for ajmer in a bus
2) reach ajmer & see the dargah etc. would hardly take
more than 2 hours in all
3) catch a bus & leave for chittaur. its about 190km
so we’ll reach chittaur by night
4) reach chittaur by night & stay overnight in a
hotel/guesthouse

28th Jan (sunday)
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1) start early & see the fort etc. can be done in
about 5 hours, so we should be done by about 2pm.
2) have lunch & then catch a train to delhi
3) reach delhi by night

Event: Lansdowne

In Events on December 29, 2006 at 1:28 pm

Final Schedule, budget and Participation for the Lansdowne trip.

Trip Dates 31st Dec 06 to 2nd Jan 07

Head Count: 7

Budget (approximate)

Lansdowne is 233km from delhi, so a round trip including pickup & drop to every person & some other sightseeing, lets put the km that would be travelled to 680km. so approximately, the expenses would be:

Car: Rs.4720
Food: Rs.700
Accomodation: Rs.4000
Contingency: Rs.100

So the approximate total comes to Rs.10420. considering that the 5 of us are going, the (approximate) cost per head would come out Rs.2084.

Accomodation: Anand Retreat (http://www.dancewithshadows.com/lansdowne/about.htm )

31st Dec – Sunday

Morning – Leave for Lansdowne
Afternoon – Lunch in Lansdowne
Evening – General walk and look around
Late evening till mid night – bon fire and stuffs
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1st Jan – Monday

Morning – Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
Lunch – somewhere on the way or we take packed lunch
Noon – Kanvashram* & Sahasradhara Falls
Evening – Snow View & Tiffin Top
Late Evening – walk around in lansdowne
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2nd Jan

Morning – [undecided yet]
Afternoon – Start for Delhi, reach by late
evening/night
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Average temperature this time of the year in Lansdowne is around 2-3 degree celsius. Once should carry proper wollens, gloves and head gear is a must besides the usual backpack. Legends about Lansdowne is quite interesting. You have this kanvashram The legend says that at this Ashram, Menaka seduced Vishwamitra & their daughter Shakuntala was born who grew up in Kanva rishi’s care & then married Hastinapur’s King Dushyanta & gave birth to the forefather of this nation, King Bharat. The Sahasradhara Falls are near this ashram in the forest. The legend also says that during the times of
Dushyanta & Shakuntala these falls were of milk

[Event]Chandrasheela Tungnath Trek

In Events on August 1, 2006 at 6:23 am

Here is announcing the next Lets Go event. Every single issue has been dealt in great detail by Yogesh aka Uncomonz and he has shot a mail on the yahoo list… am reproducing his mail in verbatim here… Please respond on list or on the comments section.

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Kalsi trip : Final

In Events, This and That on July 13, 2006 at 1:54 pm

Stay:

We are doing the bookings in Dak Patthar which is 10 kms before Kalsi. I think 3 double rooms would be enough as we are 7 people 100% confirmed so far.

4 guys can adjust in 2 double rooms and we 3 girls can adjust in one double room… if 2 – 3 people more, say amit verma, abhishek bhawsar, santosh, can make it at the last minuite then also it should not be a problem…….
Budget:

So 3 Non AC double rooms (Rs. 600) For one day. That will cost us around Rs 300/- per head or may be a little more than that. The car would cost around Rs. 7000/-. So that would be around Rs. 1000/- per head. Overall the trip should be comfortably done in maximum Rs.1700-1800/-

How do we move:

The check in / out times are 12 pm. We would reach Dak patthar quite early in the morning. Would have break fast and get freshen up in a dhaba (they have toilets too) if they allow us to check in before 12pm but not charge for two days we woud do that (delhi office that much adjustment can be done) othewise we’d take a round of Kalsi, take a walk along the river or see the ashoke edict and check in at lunch time…

Same day evening we can think of goin for a night trek provided the weather allows. Everybody carry torch and candles. Sunday can be planned on saturday night ……. lots of options are available…….

Event: Trip to Kalsi

In Events, Resource Center on July 2, 2006 at 6:39 pm

The next Let’s Go trip is to a not so known place called Kalsi. The place have been suggested by Amit Gupta2… We would be leaving on Friday, 21st July night and be back by Sunday, 23rd July. Will do booking in GMVN guest house. Detail logistics to follow…. Meanwhile reproducing here below extracts from AG2’s mails describing the place.

Distance from Delhi: 288km
Drive Time: about 5.5 hours
Altitude: 2789 ft. above sea level
Desc:-
Kalsi faces Chakrata foothills to the north & Mussoorie hills to the east. Tons & Giri rivers meet
Yamuna here & its within sight of Himachal Pradesh. Its 27km ahead of Paonta Sahib & 49km from Dehradun. Summers are mild & fragrant while winters get quite cold.

Restless and belligerent from its Himalayan odyssey, the Yamuna River bursts out of the hills in the Jaunsar-Bawar region in the Doon Valley, to continue its travels across the great Indian plains where it will meet the holy Ganga. The young, bubbly, crystal-clear stream is a far cry from the sullen, withered creature you encounter in Delhi.

Seven folds of emerald hills, mist-scarved and woolyheaded high above the emerald quilted banks fill the frame. Stretched out below a gaggle of rooftops punctuates the verdure – a red brick dome structure catches the attention, but the roar of the river diverts you as it gurgles and foams its way into the panoramic horizon. Greenery reaches out in hiccups to the canal-lined road before leaping the boundary wall in an even spill of hedges, manicured lawns, flowering beds and graceful trees.

Little known Kalsi slumbers on the banks of the writhing Yamuna. Once an important little township in the region (the two parganas which were once a part of Sirmour which were annexed to the British Empire after the expulsion of the conquering Gurkhas), it deteriorated eventually into a decrepit little village. In earlier days the region has seen the invasion of Timur in 1398 and in the 3rd century BC it marked one of the furthest limits of the dominion of King Ashoka amongst the Himalayan foothills. Today this tiny hamlet shoulders its historic lineage with quiet ease.

This gorgeous tract of land, enriched and nourished by the waters of the Asan River, and the confluence of the Yamuna River and the Tons at Kalsi, offers some of the finest landscapes of the Doon Valley. Bounded by the summits of the densely wooded hills of Chakrata, this picturesque plateau offers visitors the pleasures of hill living without its discomforts.

Situated as it is in the cleft of the hill states of Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh, Kalsi is a divine location for enjoying this gorgeous slice of the Doon. It’s also the perfect base for forays into the Chakrata and Mussoorie Hills. The prefect scenery invites long drives and leisurely picnics by the riverside and for the more active there’s river rafting (for the first time on offer on the Yamuna) and angling for mahseer, and hikes and treks in the surrounding hills for all age groups.

Walks
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An incredibly charming and easy walking trail (about 3.5 km) runs along the ashram road all the way to Katta Pathar Village, where the Yamuna first bursts out of the mountains.

To your left are the glorious 180 degree panoramas of the Chakrata Hills embellished at their base by the patchwork quilt of cultivated fields edging the banks of the turbulent Yamuna River.

The river may be a muddy brown when it rains, but it’s a glorious aqua, clear as crystal, when the monsoons are banished. River crossings in the shallows are then most rewarding for anglers who can find a secluded spot to lure mahseer, which abound in these waters.

Drives and Picnics
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Widen your explorations of this side of the Doon’s landscape with driving, tours and picnic out of Kalsi. The drive to the Asan Barrage last the power house (a true engineering marvel as the water of the Tons is channeled through a tunnel cut through the hills) and Dak Pathar further on will enchant you with their waterways and birding opportunities. You can stop at Paonta for darshan at the temple, by crossing the sturdy bridge over the Yamuna, after the Asan Barrage. The return drive to Kalsi via the serene and verdant Timli Pass (through which columns of British soldiers once moved to assist Major General Ochterlony in his retaliations against Gurkha general Amar Singh Thapa’s army) is a delight.

For the History Buff
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Pencil in a tryst with history in your crowded agenda for enjoying nature’s bounty at Kalsi. Cross the new iron bridge over the Yamuna to Haripur (see the handsome carved stone piers of the old cantilever bridge, a magnificent example of engineering expertise, on your right) and the Kalsi bazaar where a rocky path leads down to the celebrated Ashokan Rock Edict.

Housed within a brick structure (created in the early 20th century to protect it from vandals) is the 2000-year rock edict of the Emperor Ashoka, discovered by an Englishman one Mr Forrest in the year 1860. When first discovered the rock was covered with the grime of ages. Once this film of moss was cleaned the surface emerged almost marble white.

The Kalsi edict appears to be in fine condition in comparison to other Ashoka edicts that have been discovered. The 10-ft high and long and 8-ft wide pear shaped quartz boulder inscribed with the edicts of King Ashoka, is the third of fourteen scattered in the outer reaches of the dominion of the emperor’s kingdom in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and several cities in Pakistan.

Open Event – Chandrasheela Trek,

In Events on April 25, 2006 at 2:58 am

Hi Member,

Here is announcing the next Lets Go event. Every single issue has been dealt in great detail by Yogesh aka Uncomonz and he has shot a mail on the yahoo list… am reproducing his mail in verbatim here… Please respond on list or on the comments section.

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Day 0 – Wednesday

Take 4041 Mussorie Exp 20.45 (Sleeper-Rs. 151 / 3rd AC – Rs. 394 ) and reach Haridwar around 5.35 AM next day….

Day 1 – Thursday

Then we take a shared jeep (Rs 100-150) from Haridwar to Rudraprayag – 165 Kms/ 5 hrs . We stop enroute at Devprayag for abolution/breakfast. Devprayag is a picturesque confluence of alaknanda & bhagirathi , a place to just sit and bask in sun . Devprayag is about 100kms ?? from Haridwar..about halfway to Rudraprayag.

After having lunch at Devprayag, we can exercise one of the following 2 options :

  1. Reach Okhimath & stay at the GMVN Rest house (Dormatory-Rs100/ Rooms 300 & upwards ). I have stayed at this place and it is at a good location with some great views. we can have a small bonfire in the night and just relax.
  2. Reach Chopta ( 2800 mts/ 84oo feets) – the point where the trek starts. Stay overnight at some lodge thr.(Not sure of the price but it should not be more than 200-300). Now I am not sure till when would we get a taxi to go from okhimath to Chopta (starting point of the trek). This could only be exercised we we have the option to travel else we stay at Okhimath’s GMVN.

If we exercise the first option, we have to take the early morning bus to chopta the starting point of the trek on friday. This is a 2 hour journey with some great views.

Day 2 – Friday

Start early and trek 3.5 kms /3-4 hrs ,to reach the temple of Tungnath. After lunch we get into into some hut/basic lodge and rest for some time. In the afternoon have tea and then explore the area around….Loads of bugiyals to walk and meditate. We oversee the great peaks of Himalaya- Mount Kedar, chaukahmba, Trishul etc a feast for someone wanting to be oneself and nature.

Day 3- Saturday

Wake up early in the morning around 4.30 to catch the the blissful sunrise at the Chandrashila hilltop. This involves another half a km of trekking. This perhaps would be the most taxing of the whole journey. Because of the lack of oxygen this would be done at at very easy pace. The golden sunrise behind Nanda Devi peak is just the sight to seek for. We be there for sometime and then return back to tungnath temple for breakfast.

After breakfast we start our climb down which would take about 2-2.5 hours. We still have half a day left that we would utilise to cover a part of our journey back. We would stay at some riverside GMVN guesthouse. This is the time to just bang have some music…booze if people want & @#(*!^@# depending on people’s individual preferene to each other.

Day 4 – Sunday

Reach Haridwar intime to catch the Dehradun Shatabdi train (6.10 PM /AC Chaircar – 500) back to Delhi( 22.45). We can utilise the day for stopping enroute at Rishikesh or Haridwar,visit the temples, have bath in ganges to refresh, take the ropeway or just idle around…

I might want to throw in the option of river rafting on Sunday for 4-5 hours. But this would be too taxing and also would involve us to make bookings in advance. Also would increase the cost of the trip by a few hundreds. While back have food on the train and be back in Delhi around 11 to rest & catch office next day.

Some do’s dont:

Carry as less luggage as possible if we are taking the public transport.Carry some very good sun screen as it would be very high around 4000 mts (13000 feets) Maybe some option/swiming costumes so as to be able to bathe in the ganges. No booze please while onward journey. Some sleeping bags if people have any – just good to have. Start brisk walking for some time two weeks in advance to acclimatise. The trek is not any taxing but would need everybody to be in a good physical shape.

Apart we would need some small things such as torches, medicines, a blanket each if thrs no sleeping bag,woolen jacket, a pullover, some warm innerwear as the temperature would be very low while our stay at the temple etc.

We might decide to go in a taxi all the way. But this would be too taxing in terms of driving all the way for about 12-14 hours. Also would cost us more. Though it also gives us ample felxibilty and opens additional options to go and enjoy. I would personally prefer taking the train as its more relaxing comfortable and gives us option to sleep.

Total money= Rs 1700-2000 & time 4 days.

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Commendable work on Yogesh’s part let’s make it happen by our participation and timely response

Lets Go River Rafting

In Events on April 4, 2006 at 5:38 pm

Hi Member

Please Mark your attendence in the comments section below for the following event.

What water River Rafting in Rishikesh, base camp Shivpuri.
Dates: 14th and 15th April
Cost : Rs. 1350 + Rs. 500 (approximately for qualis)

Coordinator – Amit Gupta (9818272112) montu_gupta_2000@yahoo.com

Minimum 8-9 people required to make the trip. So please mark your attendance.

Thanks

Weekend trip to Jim Corbett National Park

In Events on February 21, 2006 at 4:39 pm

We are all set to leave for our first weekend backpacking… 2 days and 3 nights to Jim Corbett National Park.


Final List of members who are going...  

1. Abhishek 
2. Amit 
3. Sanjukta 
4. Kreeti 
5. Asheeth 
6. Vibhor 
7. Monica 
8. Snigdha 
9. Yogesh 
10.Ramit  

Train - Ranikhet express 
Date - 24th Feb 2006 Friday 
Departure time - 22:45 (10.45 pm) 
Old Delhi Railway Station.  

Coach Number is S7.  

Return from Ramnagar 
Date - 26th Feb 2006 
Departure Time - 21:10 
Reach Delhi - 27th, Monday early morning

Arranging this trip hasn’t been easy a lot of efforts have been put by each one…now fingre crossed we have a good time.