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21 October 2017

Chandernahan Trek: A Hidden Paradise in Himachal Pradesh

Intrigued by an Instagram post on Chandernahan trek, our adventurous traveller friend Harish Sharma was fast to elope into the throes of beauty at Chandernahan. With backpacks, a childhood friend and a cooked up story about leaving for a friend’s sister’s wedding to convince his parents,  Harish left home with quite an itch in his feet.

 

He boarded an HRTC bus from Shimla to Rohru and the journey was filled with bumpy rides, unplanned night stays, the random surprise of a new company, and unknown paths.

After a bus to Rohru, then Rohru to Chirgaon followed with another two-hour journey from Chirgaon to Tagnu village, they commenced walking to a nearby village called Janglikh. That is where they had to start trekking for Chandernahan via Dyara Thach and Litham.

 

It hadn’t been a smooth journey as it is, with collapsed bridges, long walks, heavy rainfall and unplanned delays. It had already been half-past five in the evening and the villagers recommended that they stay the night there as they can’t reach Dyara Thach the same night. Being the rebels they are, Harish and his entourage started trekking right away and they were glad to have done so as the trek up was lush with greenery and the beautiful landscape enveloped them with magnanimous streams of water flowing down the mammoth mountains. The dense forest with deodar trees and the green meadows were worth the trouble.

Finally, they reached Dyara Thach around 8 pm and set camp with packed paranthas from Chirgaon and a sky full of stars. That’s everything they needed to devour!

After a well-deserved slumber night, they started out early the next day to reach Litham and yet again, everything around left them spellbound. It was no less than the landscapes they see in the movies, except it was even better to experience the cool breeze and the raw beauty of nature, in reality, the trek seemed easy and upon reaching Litham within two hours, they got into a conversation with an amiable Shepherd with interesting stories to tell. He guided them further to reach Chandernahan. That 2 km trek was a steep climb up the mountains and took them about an hour.

 

 

Finally, Harish and his friends reached Chandernahan and what they saw from up there can’t be put into words, they say. At an altitude of 4000 metres, they were surrounded with snow in the month of June. Except for beautiful brooks flowing with a delicate magnanimity, there was nothing to touch their own sweet solitude.

 

There are seven lakes in Chandernahan and mostly, the people of the valley walk on the frozen lakes barefoot and never go beyond three lakes because of a religious belief that all their Gods originated from these lakes. When Harish and his friends went to the frozen lakes, there was nobody to see if they went without shoes but they decided to respect the beliefs and launched into the lakes bare feet.

They were like kids running and chasing each other on the glacier with feet all bare and well, it was indeed fun and adventurous.

 

By noon that day, they had found and enjoyed all the lakes, breathed in the stupendous view, filled their lungs with air as pure as it gets and finally, decided to head back.

 

The journey back was as eventful and tiring as before, or even more. But this time these boys were taking back what they had come for. An experience where they followed their heart, treated their eyes with everything heavenly and satisfied their souls.

Words by Aishwarya Choudhary | Photos by Harish Sharma

 

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14 October 2017

Jageshwar Temple: An engineering marvel of 8th century

It’s never enough for the heart to just be able to travel, it seeks the will to do it. To be able to walk, run, fly, explore and discover!
And that is exactly what I felt as my cotraveller Kamlesh drove us amidst the dense forests of tall Deodars almost touching the clouds, amazing weather & majestic landscapes. Intrigued by the beauty around, I almost went into a trance, searching deep within myself. I was abruptly brought back as the car took a sharp curve and a huge architectural marvel appeared out of nowhere. The moment my eyes landed on the beautiful creation in front of my eyes, rain god Indra welcomed us with a loud, heart shaking clap of thunder. I was awestruck after looking at this majestic feat of design, but to my surprise, there was a sign board that said: ‘Temple ahead’. The thought that an even grander building lay ahead thrilled and elated me as I wondered about the magnificence of the main building.
We drove down the enticing curves of the valley for around 2 more km and emerged in a small village with tiny houses and shops. As we passed them all we found ourselves right in front of a marvellous wonder of medieval engineering.
The famous Hindu pilgrimage, Jageshwar is the 8th among the 12 Jyotirlingas which are stated to exist in the forest of Deodar and Daruka. It is believed that Lord Shiva resides there. The temple consists of 124 large and small stone temples dating from 8th to 13th century. Many of them are preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India. The oldest Shrine is Mrityunjaya Temple and while the biggest one is Dandeshwar temple.
The main temple has two Dwarpalas (door guardians) in the form of Nandi and Skandi. In the west facing temple of Lord Shiva, he is worshipped in the form of Nagesh or Jageshwar. While in the Santorum of the temple, the Shivalinga is divided into two parts – the larger one which depicts Shiva and the smaller one for his consort Parvati. An immortal flame (called akhand jyoti) burns in the temple that illuminates the whereabouts with its glow.
The huge mega structures of the temple amidst tall deodar trees are living proofs to our medieval engineering and the supremacy of nature in life.
Jageshwar is located at 1870 meters above sea level on the banks of Jataganga river and is around 35kms from Almora.

 

 

The Jageshwar monsoon festival takes place from 15th July to 15th Aug which is the month of ‘Shravan’ according to the Hindu calendar. The annual Mahashivratri mela
takes place during spring and is an important event for Hindus and the people of Kumaon region.
History says that the Katyuri kings donated villages to temple priests for better renovations, while the Chand kings of Kumaon were also the patrons of the temple. Two Ashtdhaatu statues of Chand Kings Deepchand and Tripalchand are established in the standing posture behind the Shivlinga. It is also believed that Adi Guru Shankaracharya visited Jageshwar and renovated as well as re-established many temples before leaving for Kedarnath.

Jageshwar is open for visitors throughout the year. One can make this soulful journey via roads as well rail. There are plenty of staying options at Jageshwar. One can easily stay in Almora and enjoy a scenic drive to visit the temple. Kathgodam, the next big city, is about 125 km from Jageshwar.

One must make a visit to Jageshwar even if devoid of religious sentiments for the sheer beauty and sublimity of the place.

Photos & Words by Amit Kakkar

 

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22 June 2017

Interview with Photographer : Auditya Venkatesh

Meet the man behind Audi Photography, always encouraged to create.

Auditya Venkatesh

 

Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and how did you start creating?

– Right from when I was a kid, I was always encouraged to create. Initially, I used to sketch and paint a lot. It was a lot of fun trying to put down the little thoughts I had on my mind on paper.

 

Inspiro India: How did you develop interest in this field?

– Back in the day, our families would only take pictures of important occasions or festivals, and those pictures would fascinate me a lot. I loved how you could relive one exact moment in the past with all those memories rushing back to you by just looking at one picture. So much in fact that when I was still too young to be trusted with a camera I would sketch people, a little negative along with it, put a time stamp on it, and then put it in an envelope like they used to back in the day. But I’d never thought it would’ve become a career.

 

 

Inspiro India: Did you face any kind of problems while pursuing this field? How satisfied do you feel after working in this field?

– As with anything there were definitely challenges, but in retrospect it made me stronger and made the journey more memorable.

From not knowing where to start because it was still “unconventional”, to having to convince everyone around while hearing negative things about your choices, people taking me for a ride in my initial days in the name of “opportunity” and a “platform”, there’s been a lot. But I think I’ve learnt from it, and that’s the most important thing. I love doing what I do! As long as I’m getting to learn, travel and interact with interesting people I’m a happy man.

 

Inspiro India: What is it about Travel-photography that interest you the most? What are your top three favourite photography locations? And Why? 

– My dad was in a job where he travelled often, and so whenever he’d come back to town he’d take us on a little trip, that is when I fell in love with travel. This is why any place I went to felt like home away from home. So when I took up photography, I looked to travel for inspiration because that’s how it all began. It’s really hard for me to put down just 3, but for me I’d say Kashmir, Sikkim and Gokarna so far.

 

Inspiro India: If not this, What would have Auditya been doing?

– I dropped out of CA to be a photographer, so I’d probably have been a not very happy auditor or accountant somewhere.

 

Inspiro India: What is typically in your camera bag while travelling?

– One camera body which is my A7R2, and 3 lenses, namely the 16-35, 55, and the 70-200. My hard drive, ND Filters, a mini tripod and a Rode mic make up the accessories.

 

Inspiro India: Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in travel photography and wedding photography (both)?

– It works in 3 steps for me. Creating the narrative/story in your head, capturing it as best as you can on the camera which means being well versed with your camera and the technicalities, and then polishing it all up in post.

 

Inspiro India: Can you please explain how one should go for Mobile Photography?

– I love smartphone photography. It takes photography back to the basics for me and helps me create more with challenging restrictions.

We get very used to equipment we have and sometimes that may make us lazy without us realising, we don’t end up shooting if we don’t have a particular lens. But with smartphone you know this is what you have, so it makes you think as you create, you have one fixed lens so you move in and move out, and do everything you can to come away with a good image. As it must always be.

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing work flow And the equipment that you use?

– I usually import all my images into their respective catalogues in lightroom, and then keyword them. If there needs to be more work done, I work on them in photoshop and then save them back on here. That simple. There is no specific equipment that I use for processing.

If I’m just posting it to social media though, a lot of the times I just transfer the files from my camera via wifi to my phone and just upload it directly.

 

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Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?

– That you need to be happy doing what you are, and you get to define what that happy is. Because if you aren’t it’ll show on your work.

 

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