2015, August…Day(4) Kumarsain-Hatu-Amritsar

16th August 2015, Sunday…..Day(4) Kumarsain-Hatu Peak-Amritsar 375 km

Against all odds, three years ago, this very day, this bold couple decided to tie nuptial knot to be husband and wife forever. This was a very important day in the lives of our fellow travelers Nikhil and Shivani. They thought to make the day a memorable one and was the very reason we were travelling together.

This was also the day when we would be driving to steep and misty Hatu Peak on our way back home. This was the 4th and last day of our trip.

The happy, dancing anniversary couple at Hatu Peak, Narkanda.
Many many happy returns of the day, Nikhil.
Many many happy returns of the day, Shivani.
Here is a fresh rose for the anniversary couple from the lawns of PWD Rest House Kumarsain

The morning at Kumarsain was amazing. The view of the clouds hanging over the green cliffs was a sight to behold. Unlike other FRH/PWD Rest Houses, this one was right near the market and bus stand. The activities of the people busy at their daily chores were visible from up above the window of our room.

We stayed for 3rd night of the trip here at PWD Rest House, Kumarsain

We got ready quickly as we were not to take breakfast from the rest house that day. It was Sunday, the day when we have to be back in Amritsar as Nikhil was to join his duty the next morning.

Morning view of the surroundings from PWD Rest House, Kumarsain.

We left the rest house at 10.30am and were off to Hatu Peak. First 17 kilometers was on a good road till Narkanda. We had breakfast on the way and then drove straight to Hatu peak. The six kilometer drive to Hatu was on a very narrow but steep road.

Although the drive from Thanedar to Kotgarh was tougher than this one yet due to more tourist traffic and by drivers of different traffic cultures, it was scarier. We did face few challenges but none were too difficult. Nikhil maneuvered the car well and we reached Hatu with ease.

Posing outside Hatu Mata Temple.
Amazing wood carving at the entrance to Hatu Mata Temple.
Located at 12000 ft ASL Hatu Peak is the highest point in Shimla/Narkanda region.
View of cloudy surroundings from Hatu Peak.
The anniversary couple had a time of their life at Hatu Peak.

After paying respect at the deity we went to the far end of temple area and had nice time clicking pictures. There were two big rocks and ample scope for rock climbing. It was bit scary and one needs to be fit to climb on those rocks.

It was tempting but I refused to be tempted as my dislocated elbow was still hurting and was not functioning properly.

A nice place to practice rock climbing near Hatu Peak.
PWD Rest House and Hatu Mata Temple at Hatu Peak.
The group watching and clicking pictures at Hatu Peak.

The atmosphere at Hatu peak was great. A new and beautiful temple has been built. Being Sunday there was lot of local crowd dressed in colorful attire. One particular group had a whole band of dancers, trumpets, drummers with them and was celebrating some occasion.

They were dancing, singing, and playing their musical instruments very passionately. We clicked pictures, danced with them and had great time.

Some people were celebrating…being Nikhil and Shivani’s anniversary, it was a blessing
dancing with passion.
The amazing sound of trumpets and drums created a great atmosphere.
onlookers….ladies dressed in local colorful attire.
It takes effort & holding of breath playing those big trumpets.
See the intensity on the face of the gentleman blowing big trumpet.
Nikhil’s Beat parked in between a vacant spot.
From here left road leads to Thanedar/Bagi and the right (6km) to hatu Peak.
Beat parked near the road to Hatu Peak…waiting to take us back home in Amritsar.

After an amazing time at Hatu we drove down to Narkanda and then to Kufri. We stopped for a while at Chharabra for tea and snacks. Thereafter we drove through Shimla towards Chandigarh without any trouble of cops or traffic jam.

The sailing was smooth until we hit a jam near Dharampur which consumed more than one hour. By the time we reached Pinjore it was already 10pm night.

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Map of the route followed for the day

From Pinjore we took Siswa road, the same which we took on our way up.

The road was even better during night. At Kurali we turned right towards Amritsar. On the way we stopped for dinner at NRI Haveli near Balachaur where Nikhil and Shivani gave treat for their anniversary. From thereon we drove all the way to Amritsar and reached our home at 2.45am early morning of 17th.

My son was up and opened the door quickly. Nikhil and Shivani left and confirmed having reached their home safe at 3am……………………!!!

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