Travelling Redefined – My personal experience – Kareri Lake blog

Kareri Lake Blog

“Travelling leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller” ~ Ibn Battuta

So, here I am to tell you my story of travelling through this Kareri Lake blog.

I have travelled to many states in India, traversed the length and breadth of my country, and used all modes of transport-flight, road & rail, stayed in many big and small hotels. For me, the meaning of travelling was restricted until here only. It was only during this year when I went for trekking, that the meaning of term travelling in my dictionary had a new and broad meaning. I never gave a serious thought to the idea of travelling by foot, staying in tents, carrying your bags on your back until I was introduced to TrekTrails. I trekked to Kareri lake, near Dharamshala in the month of May this year for the first time in my life with this trekking organization based in Chandigarh.

Of course I was a bit skeptical in the beginning, for it was going to be my first experience not just to a new place but with a new organization. But then, once I registered for the trek with this organization, they made me feel comfortable right from the beginning by providing us with the list of materials that would be required for the entire trip and also gave us instructions to maintain our fitness levels, so that we could reach our destination with ease. I then gave my fears a backseat, packed my backpack and moved on with 3 of my friends to this three day trek.

We received a warm welcome by team TrekTrails on the first day in village Kareri. We all were introduced to each other and yes, received instructions to be followed while climbing on the rocky surfaces of the Kareri lake trek. Here is a pic from our introduction session:

Introduction session at Kareri village

Before I forget and move on, I must mention that they served us delicious home-made breakfast and packed lunch. I never expected such good food in the hills where there are no restaurants, no road-side dhabas. So, thank you trektrails for ensuring that we get the best hygienic food and energy required to move on and on for hours.

On the first day, we moved mid-way to a place called Rioti. At the campsite, we lit a bonfire had long chit chats and played Antakshri for hours.

Bonfire at Rioti

Alongside the Nyund river, sitting in nature’s lap away from the busy life of cities, this place and aura of the people around was wonderful and completely stress free. I would always cherish the memories of this beautiful trek.

On the second morning, we got up fresh with energies and moved on to our final destination. Many of us had a refreshing bath in the waterfall on the way. Though the second day trek was a bit tiring, once we reached our destination, we sat peacefully outside a temple besides the Kareri lake and regained our energies. Since we reached before the scheduled time, we played a few games besides the camp site reminding us all of our childhood days.

Playing Dog and the Bone besides Kareri Lake

On the third day we had to trek down towards Kareri village. But before we started, we had a wonderful session of yoga.

I had practiced yoga in my city, but having a yoga session amid the hills, besides a lake was mesmerizing.

Yoga besides Kareri Lake

We completed our third day trek also in time, boarded our buses back to respective cities and carried with us memories to cherish life long, new friends and yes cramps in our body (but no regrets for that). After all, there is no gain without pain. There is a sense of accomplishment within me to have completed such a beautiful trek. Thank you TrekTrails team and to all those who have yet not trekked with this team, here is a pic for you.

 

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Priyanka
Born and brought up in Chandigarh and a Banker by profession, Priyanka has trekked four times in the lofty Himalayas. She is artistic, curious, loves to smile and make others smile as well.

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