My parents had planned a little trip to Binsar in Uttarakhand despite knowing about my mountain sickness. It was my mid semester break and I wanted to stay home and finish my assignments but somehow my parents encouraged me to take a break. So I left for Binsar, it was an eight hour drive and surprisingly I did not feel sick at all. The soothing breeze and greenery made me feel at peace.
The colourful cottages built by people on the steep hills made me forget about my acrophobia. On our way, we stopped at Kaichi Dham to give homage to Neem Karoli Baba, a spiritual saint who lived in the gufas at Kaichi. The name of the place came from the fact that it resembled the shape of scissors. The place was buzzing with devotees from all around the world who believed in Baba’s sainthood. There was a certain calm among the chaos which made me feel relaxed. After all, it was a good decision to take a trip to the mountains.
Trishul Range from the Zero Point
There was a certain calm among the chaos which made me feel relaxed. After all, it was a good decision to take a trip to the mountains.
When we reached our resort at Binsar, we were greeted with locally made rose-water drinks which refreshed our palettes and senses. The next day we set for the famous ‘Zero Point’ in the morning, from where the Trishul Range was visible. It was a two kilometer long trek but it was worth it as we were mesmerised by the beauty of the snow-capped mountains.
After the trek, we head back to the resort to rest. The experience made me feel so small in front of the wonders of the worlds. Suddenly, all my stress and worries vanished, and my problems seemed so insignificant because of the beauty around me. Our cottages were exactly 94 steps uphill, where a number of butterflies and birds had made their abode. The fluttering of butterflies all around the garden atop of these vibrant shades of flowers made the experience all the more better.
In the evening, me and my father had booked an appointment for the famous padhai massage. My body completely relaxed after the massage and my muscles which were sore and rigid from the trek soothed. It should be on everybody’s to-do list!
The experience made me feel so small in front of the wonders of the worlds. Suddenly, all my stress and worries vanished, and my problems seemed so insignificant because of the beauty around me.
Kasar Devi Temple at the gravity point
Next morning, we travelled to the Kasar Devi Temple which was believed to have a gravity point, discovered by NASA. The gravity point had an electromagnetic pull which was said to be great for meditation and sent a wave of calm to the mind. It only one of the five places on earth which have this mysterious magnetic pull. Nearby, was the Crank’s Ridge which is a popular destination as it was associated with the Hippie movement of the 1960’s and 70’s.
After the visit, we had a delicious and mouth-watering lunch at Binsar Manipur Villas. All cuisines were available and the decadent dessert had my heart. I had my favourite Penne Neapolitan and blueberry cheesecake which made the trip worth it!
In all, the trip was worth it. I recommend it 10/10 as the closest travel destination from Delhi. One should definitely visit it to imbibe the local culture and bask in the winter sun of Binsar.
The views expressed are the author’s own.
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