Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives

 Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives in India Ltd

On Tuesday April 21st 2015, Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives in India Ltd, celebrated its 10th anniversary. On April 20th, 2005 this co-operative was lawfully registered as Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives in India Ltd under the Multi-State Co-Operative Societies Act, 2002 by unifying different Tibetan co-operative societies across nation.  This apex body now strives to improve social and economic status of Tibetan refugees by means of varied activities like agricultural farming, cultural preservation, employment generation etc.

Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives in India Ltd is gaining its strength with around 15 Tibetan Co-Operatives, which are officially established under State Co-Operative Acts spread in 9 different states of India. For more information on Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives in India Ltd check here the Tibet Shop

 

 

Kareri Lake

Kareri Lake Trek

Trek to Kareri Lake and Trekking around Triund

 Kareri Lake Trek From Dharamsala

For Kareri Lake trail you need to reach Ghera Village either using a taxi or bus leaving from Dharamsala ISBT around 07:45 AM or via a foot trail from Satowari Village.You don’t need to go Chari. Bus fare is 15 INR. From Ghera Village there is a road under construction suitable only for jeeps.

The trek starts from Ghera Village. From Ghera Village you need to cross the bridge.

Kareri Lake Trek at Ghera Village

Kareri Lake Trek at Ghera Village

The Trail

Once through this bridge first you need to turn right and then take left turn on road and on third right turn there is jungle trail going upward from left hand side. Here you need to skip the road for short cut. Or you can continue on road which after 45 minutes connects to trail for Kareri Village.

Kareri Lake Trek to Kareri Village

Kareri Lake Trek to Kareri Village

Since this road is under construction so better option is the short-cut jungle trail going upward from left hand side. This is easily visible to attentive eyes.

Shortcut for Kareri Village on Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut for Kareri Village on Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut for Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut for Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut trail on Kareri Lake Trek

Shortcut trail on Kareri Lake Trek

You can cover this shortcut trail within 15 to 30 minutes or take the road with 45 minutes walk.

temple on shortcut trail to Kareri Village and Lake

temple on shortcut trail to Kareri Village and Lake

and on way will come across a small temple.

The Turn for Kareri Trail

Once you reach the road head…you need to take the trail going downward to your left hand side

the turn for Kareri Lake Trek

the turn for Kareri Lake Trek

For Kareri Trail

This downward trail goes through fields and one children day care centre and in between you will come across a drinking water source adjacent to another temple and livestock shelter on left.

Kareri Lake trek through fields

Kareri Lake trek through fields

The Trail is clear and you need to cross a small bridge and after the bridge you will see Children Day Care Centre on right hand.

Children Day Care Center on Trek to Kareri Village

Children Day Care Center on Trek to Kareri Village

From the front of this centre the trail goes two way..the left downward trail goes through the stream and you need to cross the stream carefully or you can continue on the trail to right and cross the stream via a small concrete bridge which exists in front of a home on the other side.

Climb for Kareri Village

Climb for Kareri Village

Once you reach the other side the trail gets steep but with easily visible step trail. In the centre you will come across a resting point with a small tree for shade.

rest point on kareri lake trek

rest point on kareri lake trek

After this rest point the trail goes through a small tree cover and after 20 minutes walk at the end of Tree Cover on left side you will come to see another temple dedicated to Sheetla Mata with a water tank.

temple of Sheetla Mata on kareri lake trek

temple of Sheetla Mata on kareri lake trek

Final Climb for Kareri Village

After this the step are bit of more steep nature with upcoming road after a fall of 300 meter on right side..so carefully tread and climb upward and then skip the trail going through fields and take on the trail on right hand side follow this trail and after a few meters you will cross the fence and then a few meters more walk will see a water tap on left and the way to Sanjeev’s Home Stay

Here you have the option for Home Stay (prior consultation is recommended with owners) or continue on the trail going upward in right hand and you will go through fields and land in front of a home with two directional trail..skip the left trail continue on the trail to right and then turn left and will come out on road head..here need to be careful and take the upward trail on right hand which goes along with water supply pipe with more than 1000 meters fall on right hand.

At one point you will exit at the sight of another Temple in a distance and Forest Department Rest House.

Forest Dept Rest House in Kareri Village

Forest Dept Rest House in Kareri Village

Kareri Village to Kareri Dal or Lake

After 10 minutes rest continue on the trail going adjacent the Rest House on Right Hand side..it will be like new place with trail steps going through trees here avoid the downward trail and continue with the trail going straight with a left turn here you will also see 2-3 water tanks. Here the under construction road restarts..follow this road trail and you will come across the first bridge.

Real Kareri Lake Trek

Real Kareri Lake Trek

From here it should take minimum 45 minutes and maximum 1 hour to touch the single Kareri Lake Trek starting from the right of the much wider concrete bridge connecting Kareri Village to Salli and Noli villages..this bridge is over Lyund Rivulet originating from Kareri Lake at the base of Minkiani Peak of Dhauladhar Mountains of Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh.

the bridge over rivulet from Kareri Lake

the bridge over rivulet from Kareri Lake

The Wide Bridge and old wooden bridge, Note the Upward Trail on Right Hand Side

After this Wider bridge the climb from right hand side gets steep and goes through dense forest still the trail is clearly visible and after a climb of minimum 45 minutes you will come at a point where the trail divides to 2 way one going right hand with a huge boulder on wall side..and other going left side with a bended water pipe.

the left hand turn

the left hand turn

Skip the right hand trail and follow the left hand trail that goes through Lyund Stream (Lyund Stream generates from Kareri Lake) After carefully crossing this stream the step trail will be steep so go easy with no hurry and race.

lyund stream from Kareri Lake

lyund stream from Kareri Lake

Continue on this trail and from one flat point you will see a seasonal Gaddi Hut under a overhang boulder on the other side of the Lyund Stream here too the trail is clearly visible so just be careful for the Wild Animals..the trail is again long and steep..after 30 minutes climb you will come in open patch with sand like soil here tread carefully..and after this point the trail becomes straight and with a Natural Drinking Water Source on left side. Refill and refresh here for next trail.

Kareri Lake Trek post Lyund Stream

Kareri Lake Trek post Lyund Stream

Continue on this trail with turn and then climbing down and then up..watch out for slips and your steps for on the right hand side the fall hosts Lyund Stream 🙂 !

After a long walk you will come over a small metal sheet bridge over Lyund Stream.

Metal Sheet Bridge Over Lyund Stream

Metal Sheet Bridge Over Lyund Stream

Once you cross over this metal sheet bridge the trail goes through boulder with a overhang cave of Gaddi shepherds on right hand side.

Now from here the trail has no deviations…so follow this long and steep trails with easy and fun walk without exhausting yourself. Depending on your capacity you may cover this long trail from here with in 2-3 hours least or more. But please avoid throwing garbage on trails..and you will see 2-3 Gaddi Huts on both sides of the trail and some on the opposite side of the Lyund Stream.

The Final Climb for Kareri Lake

The Final Climb for Kareri Lake

After a tiring climb and walk you will for the last step cross the Lyund Stream without bridge for final climb for Kareri Lake trek and will enter the high shores of Kareri Lake.

SHIVA & SHAKTI in Kareri Lake

SHIVA & SHAKTI in Kareri Lake

Here you will find one seasonal tea shop and four rooms with open kitchen made using block stones and with earthen roof and also more of three oldest shelters with tin roof, block stones and wooden flooring and two temples dedicate to SHIVA and SHAKTI and in front is the Kareri Lake hosting Minkiani Peak in background.

Minkianin Pass with Kareri Lake

Minkianin Pass with Kareri Lake

Here you will also find 6-10 seasonal Gaddi Huts around Kareri Lake.

Gaddi Huts around Kareri Lake

Gaddi Huts around Kareri Lake

Note :-  Please Trek and Enjoy the Beauty of Mother Nature But Then Also Be Good To Nature and Avoid Throwing Trash or any kind of Garbage on Trails even if you already see trash on trails. At least do your part by not throwing your garbage.

Happy Trekking, Camping and Hiking in Dhauladhar Mountains…also maintain the “Holy” environment of  Jots (Passes) beside of Goddesses and Gods of Dev-Bhumi! 

Also for this trek there should be minimum two friends, solo trekking is not advised unless you have done this trek earlier too, and Best Time is between June to October first week.

And carry your own food stuff as there are no cafes or tea stalls on trail and clothing as per weather plus shoes with good grips and First Aid kit.

Dhauladhar Mountains and Monsoon Clouds Roar

Diplazium esculentum

We were on a short trek on unknown trails of Dhauladhar Hills a head Kandbari, Saperu in Palampur. On trails just like the silky, black and smooth hair of a women, I was in love with the lush green grass all around and then there were Columbine flowers and some snake hood like plants too.  Roar of Monsoon Clouds

Diplazium esculentum

Diplazium esculentum Lingroo

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Vindhyavasini Devi

Vindhyawasni Devi Mandir in Dhauladhar Mountains

In the lap of Dhauladhar Mountains of Himalayas in Palampur Himachal Pradesh there is a temple dedicated to Vindhyavasini Devi.

Vindhyawasni Devi Mandir in Dhauladhar Mountains

Vindhyawasni Devi Mandir in Dhauladhar Mountains

This temple is accessible via a rough road suitable only for Motorcycles, Jeeps and Trucks and is located before the tunnel that leads to another Micro Hydro Dam in Himalaya, Neugal Hydro Electric Project

Other wise if you love trekking, hiking and hillwalk then this temple can be reached by trek through this route

A) Reaching Palampur either from Dharamsala or Kangra and from the ISBT board a bus to Upper Bandla (Saaw)(the bus timings are between 10:00am to 02:00pm and try to go as early as possible otherwise you’ll need to hire a cab may cost 500 INR up to the road head to the trek only) and can ask the bus conductor to drop you at the road head to Neugal Hyrdro Electric Project.

B) Once at the stop you need to walk around 3km and will reach the check post (no need to show any doc) and from there the climb starts, you may either follow the road or take the jungle route going after two turns and for that the security guard at the check post can help you (he can give you the idea to take the shortcut of Jungle trail. This trail is steep so go easy without hurry, just enjoy the walk. Just refill your water bottle by the rivulet near checkpost.  After 1 hour climb you’ll reach the makeshift settlement of project workers. From there just follow the main road (under-construction) after first left turn there will be another road going straight on left hand…ignore that road and turn to right hand side and keep walking with attention….as you keep walking, you will see few tunnels on right hand side…SKIP them..and after 30-45 minutes walk you will see the gate of the temple and the main tunnel that goes to the Project area.

Devi Vindhyavasni and Nature

Devi Vindhyavasni and Nature

C) Climb the stairs and you are there in the temple premises and there is a hut for temple priest. By the side of the temple you will see the waterfall with around 1000 meter fall….after worshipping the goddess you may rest in the small park on the other side of the temple…just remain careful while crossing the rivulet..from that park goes an upward trail that further leads to Okhal Mool a high mountain site…but for that you need a guide and company of friends. Skip that trail and just enjoy the company of Mother Nature and goddess.

Vindhyawasni Devi Mandir

Vindhyawasni Devi Mandir

As seen in this photograph above the grazing grounds (Sethunal) on the opposite mountain hosts another campground of local Gaddi Shepherds known as Khalla which further leads to Thatri campground and finally to Hangar Jot, Killar Jot or Shinghar Jot, the highest peak of Dhauladhar Mountains in Palampur side.

Dhauladhar Mountain of Palampur side

Dhauladhar Mountain of Palampur side

Chamba Rajma Madra

Chamba Madra ~ The Taste of Chamba

{This is a Guest Post contributed by Chamba, Himachal Pradesh)

The heavenly view of Chamba rekindled deep in my brain when I put the first scoop of Chamba Madra in my mouth mixed with rice.

I went back to the height of 3 feet in Chambayali Dham (marriage eating) that I  enjoyed with my family in remote villages of Chamba, that flavour of Chamba Madra and the sight of Madra that I still love, I love Chamba Rajma Madra more than sweetened food, red colored rice, but there was limited serving of Madra in Dham. So I’d to satisfy with little amounts on leafy plates.

Well now way far far from Chamba (physically though) but my soul is still and will always remain in the high Mountains of Chamba. We prepared Chamba Madra at home…and it is not for those who want to lose weight or don’t like too much of fat.

Here is what I learned from my elders and since I wanted to make and eat lots so I adjusted the quantity as per desire, so you too can adjust the quantity like, more or less.

Ingredients for Chamba Rajma Madra:-

  • Fresh Curd around 2kg
  • Indian Clarified Butter or say Cow Milk Fat (Desi Ghee) around 300gm to 400 gm (Refined Oil or Olive Oil are a Big No)
  • Fresh Green Cardamom 5-10 pieces (lightly crushed)
  • Fresh Black Cardamom 5 pieces (shell removed)
  • Fresh Clove 5 -6 pieces (lightly crushed)
  • Cinnamon 2 tsp
  • Red Kidney Beans (soaked overnight and boiled in pressure cooker on the day of cooking) 2 cups
  • Salt as per taste
  • Turmeric Powder 2 tsp
  • Cashew nut or Almond (optional, though in Chamba it is not used, so it is skipped here too)

Now for the Chamba Madra

Beat the curd in a large bowl and keep a side. In a deep pan preferably, deep cooker to avoid (splash) or the container as per the quantity of the curd. Keep pan on lit up oven with 200 gm Desi Ghee to heat; once Desi Ghee is ready, slowly pour Curd in the pan now here you need lots of patience as you need to stir the curd for around 2 hours constantly (if you are using small quantity of curd then too you need at least 1 hour to stir the curd in Desi ghee).

Here you can see the Arrow mark indicating the Curd that is now reduced in the process

for chamba madra The curd mixture is stirred and is reduced to 2/3rd of the quantity

for Chamba Madra The curd mixture is stirred and is reduced to 2/3rd of the quantity

After constant stirring, once the curd is reduced to 2/3rd of the quantity, mix lightly crushed fresh Green Cardamom, fresh Clove and Cinnamon, freshly crushed seeds of Black Cardamom (you can use powder of all spices purchased from the market, but the flavour and taste of fresh spices is yum), add remaining 200gm of Desi Ghee (though in the process the curd itself release fat/ghee, still you can optionally add extra Desi Ghee), add salt to taste, turmeric powder and then stir for 5 minutes and then add boiled and drained Red Kidney Beans (Chamba Madra mixing of Red Kidney Beans Rajma and other Spices).

Once again stir the mixture for another 30 minutes to 45 minutes and you will get the sweet fragrance of thick Chamba Madra with a yum layer of  Desi Ghee afloat.

The Yum nom nom ~ The Chamba Rajma Madra

Chamba Madra - Yum nom nom

Chamba Rajma Madra – Yum nom nom

The servings are recommended short for it is very heavy in digestion ummmm now I understood why they serve small quantity in Dham!

Triund Snow Trek

Triund Trek

Triund Snow Trek

Triund Trek

Triund Snow Trek

Our trek to all clean and green Triund Hill and the very same evening it started to snow and by morning the whole of Triund was covered with thick snow