Vasudhara- The Awesome Mini Trek
The History- Gateway to Heaven
Exotic. Mystic. Breathtaking. Heavenly. Vasudhara is known to be the gateway taken by Pandavas to ‘Swarg’. Indeed, not sure if it might be the gateway to heaven in kalyuga, but the location is certainly heavenly! This meandering seven-kilometer trek (from Mana- the last village of India), to Vasudhara through the clouds, drizzles of rain-cooled by wind kissing our face, seem to be no less than a stroll to eternity! Here’s my story of the short trek to Vasudhara falls.
The Trek and the View
The road to Vasudhara is a mix of serenity, solace, and adventure. The trail ranges from rocky paths, patches of blooming multi-colored flowers, a vivid stream to cross and the beautiful solitude wherein one can clearly hear the sound of their own throbbing heart as well as unspoken thoughts! Till the beaming horizons where one’s eyes might land, its just splendor of nature.
The roars of river Alaknanda can be heard from inside the Himalayas. At far away distance, some habitation can be traced with the rare sounds of donkeys braying and horses neighing. A herd of sheep grazing far up the mountains and a cow resting under a natural mountain shade were other sights not to be missed. We were lucky to get the company of two magnificent Bhutia dogs.
Far across were bands of white clouds sailing across the bright blue sky, which later played music too, while we started our walk. As we moved ahead, at some point we could feel as if walking through these clouds. Light showers of rain welcomed us with a tender feather touch initially and gave us a tight embrace while we departed almost soaking our hair and clothes by the time we reached Mana! The breeze, indeed, froze us on this mini trek to Vasudhara falls.
At Vasudhara Falls
A royal glacier sat undauntedly just next to the gorgeous Vasudhara. As we neared the glacier, the gushing water of Vasudhara banged on it and washed over us. We could feel our cheeks and hands freeze while also getting drenched into the eternity of the place!
Though the month was mid-June (peak summer in India), yet I was glad I was in a sweat-shirt with a stole around my neck. It is advised to keep some water, eatables, umbrella/rain-coat along (we were ignorant enough not to be carrying any of these and regretted the same) and do put on some comfortable pair of shoes as this awe-striking walk (short trek) to remember might get a little taxing on feet especially if one might not be used to such trails.
The Splendor of the Trek
Vasudhara, in all its splendor, is a mini trail worth exploring especially if you are already visiting the Badrinath Ji shrine. For me, it has been one of the most exotic paths I have ever walked. Indeed, the road traveled is as important as the destination reached.
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Sending you Healing Vibes!