Day 1: Crossing Borders

It’s 5:30 AM on a Saturday, a time when most people would be fast asleep and even the early risers would just be out of bed. But one place which was in full action was the Airport and us, a group of 7 from Chennai were aboard flight 6E 244 to Lucknow, starting our first leg of a 14 day trip with a goal, wish and prayer to visit Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva.

To talk a little bit about this trip, it is said that one can never be an uninvited guest of Lord Shiva. Nobody can go to Kailash unless they have been called. And to go there, one goes through 3 countries, climbs up 15000 Feet and stays in the bitter cold, with an air of uncertainty about what would happen next.

We landed in Lucknow at around 11:30 AM and were greeted by 2 cabbies who were assigned to take us to Nepalgunj, a place on the borders of Nepal. (The border in subject refers to just 2 barricades being placed and a couple of officers standing and watching out)

We faced our first roadblock right away at the airport. We were 9 of us now(2 people joined us at Lucknow) with 15 days worth of luggage with only 2 cars for us. We then communicated with our operator who fished out another car from the city an hour later.

Finally, at around 1:30 we started our journey to Nepalgunj, stopping on the way at a Small Dhaba a couple of hours away for lunch, where we had some amazing Tandoori Roti and different Panner subjis.

Another couple of hours later, we reached a pillar saying “Welcome to Nepal” and witnessed a drastic change in the quality of the roads(No questions which way was the drastic change). That’s the only way we knew we were in Nepal.

Just 5 KM into Nepal, we reached our hotel, a nice and comfortable stay which also offered free Wi-Fi (What more could you ask for). Here, we met our operator and 4 more people who would be part of our group (Including one person who is doing the trek for the 8th time)

We were briefed about our plan of action for the next day, where we would have to take a Flight through the mountains to a place called Simikot and then a helicopter into Hilsa, on the border of China. This could however be delayed depending on the visibility in Simikot and at this time, we were also told that there were already 2 planeloads in the queue who were supposed to go on Saturday, but were in denial.

Did we go there? Or were we too made to wait in Nepalgunj? I don’t know it yet. Let’s find out in my next post. 🙂

त्र्यं॑बकं यजामहे सु॒गन्धिं पुष्टि॒वर्ध॑नम्

उ॒र्वा॒रु॒कमि॑व॒ बन्ध॑नान् मृ॒त्योर् मु॑क्षीय॒ माऽमृता॑त्

He who has divine fragrance, who makes men powerful and full of plenty; Him we worship, the three-eyed Rudra. As easily as a ripe berry falls from its stalk, release me from death, and let me not turn away from immortality and enlightenment.”

17 thoughts on “Day 1: Crossing Borders

    1. I would have been more to know the details about your pre-planning the trip and the Operator. Pray for us also! One of my three wishes and prayers is to go on a Manasarovar Pilgrimage!

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  1. Awesome Aachu as always. You are so blessed to have gotten the call so young – certainly the gift from our Swami and the prayers and good deeds of your parents! Most boys of your age would have wished to spend the time and resources on a fancy vacation abroad – it’s your orientation at SSSIHL that makes you different. Thanks to our Loving Swami and all your mentors at Brindavan and of course to the most influencing elder brother of yours! So proud to be your co yatri in this trip of yours. Sairam!

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  2. Dear Aashrit,
    Such a beautifully written blog, enjoyed reading every word. You have such a flair and talent in writing, you must seriously consider journalism as an option instead of culinary. Expect to read more and more from you on the Holy yathra. 👏 👍🏼

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  3. It is a divine and spiritual opportunity to be a part of the team to the Divine abode of Parameshwar. Raju sir a person gifted with adorable attitudes is there with you will make your Divine experience more successful, memorable and greatly blessed. Wishing you all safe and comfortable journey.

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  4. Thank you for finding time to share your experience…would keep following your blog for the next 14 days so please do find time despite the schedule to share your experience…wishing all of you a memorable and safe yatra!

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