Once upon a time, in Har Ki Dun


Campsite: Har Ki dun UNEDITED!

I was standing under the light of a thousand stars. At a far distance, I could see the burning flames of bonfire.The laughter of a group of fellow trekkers and the soft murmuring of river Supin was all I could hear. It was the night of the first snowfall in Har Ki Dun. Wild freezing winds wrapped us all in the arms of nature.

To the unforgettable skies!

When suddenly, a kitchen helper (bhula, a native word for younger brother) came out of the kitchen tent right next to me. He discovered that the frosty water in the bucket, used to wash utensils, had developed an initial layer of ice. He plunged an ice axe in the bucket to break the thin ice.
And casually started washing utensils with the freezing water.
If you ask me, what I felt in Har Ki Dun, in complete honestly, I’ll tell you that I felt small. Small under the luminous light of a thousand stars, as if the universe up above is vast and unknown. It is full of uncountable stars and you are just another short story in the universe. I felt small under the wild force of powerful winds, small under the courage of the casual act of how someone was so comfortable with washing utensils with freezing water.
My personal universe started to look small, under the panorama of hopefully twinkling stars. In that moment, all our urban worries of this modern world, the hustle bustle of meeting deadlines, completing targets, attaching self importance to everything and hyping our own existence- all start to fade away!
No wonder, the mighty mountains resonate humility.
No wonder that Himalayan people are so humble.
Therefore, I urge you to travel. Travel to explore the different shades of life and the Himalayas. And trust me, each trek teaches us something. You will never be the same person, as you were when you started the trek!

Still exploring. Kind of bipolar- for my equal love for home and the world. Essentially believe in what George Bernard Shaw said, "life isn't about finding yourself but creating yourself"


  • Anita February 13, 2017 at 5:07 pm Reply

    That sounds like a impactful experience, Ambika!

  • arv! February 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm Reply

    Lovely pictures. Having trekked to HKD I know what you mean. It is these treks that you realize that we live in an insulated world. Great post Ambica πŸ™‚

    • ambikabhardwaj February 14, 2017 at 6:33 am Reply

      Wow! You’ve been there too? How was it?

      • arv! February 14, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply

        It was excellent Ambica. There was just one more small individual group staying in the Forest Dept. hut, so the place was available entirely for us. This is one of the main concern for me now. I hate those trails where you have to walk with other groups and share camping sites. It’s becomes quite like a touristy stuff. We camped on the other side of this glacial stream. I haven’t blogged about it though. I have another blog, which I guess you are not aware of! πŸ™‚

  • cyranny February 19, 2017 at 4:12 pm Reply

    Very interesting post Ambica πŸ™‚ I love those kind of experiences, when nature’s beauty and vastness force any human being to feel small and humble. Thanks for sharing!

    • ambikabhardwaj February 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm Reply

      I am so glad that you’ve experienced it too! Not many connect with this emotion. I am happy we do β€Ή3

  • Sangbad February 26, 2017 at 2:03 pm Reply

    I also need to go now for a tour as am not fit for trekking…loved the post…

    • ambikabhardwaj February 26, 2017 at 2:05 pm Reply

      Start small πŸ™‚ take up a short trek, if possible! You will love it!

      • Sangbad February 26, 2017 at 2:05 pm Reply

        hmm…thanks for the tip…

    • thinkinkadia March 24, 2017 at 11:42 am Reply

      You’ll love it! It’s like writing … Writing the land, silent invisible growth of a different kind.

      • ambikabhardwaj March 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm Reply

        It’s always about two parallel journeys. The physical one and the metaphorical one! Both are exciting, indeed!

  • diaryofanineteenyearold February 27, 2017 at 11:56 am Reply

    Wow. I really did enjoy reading this. It’s so captivating 😁 lovely πŸ‘

  • Don Maker March 8, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply

    Have been to many places in the world, but not the Himalayas. Still on my list! Thanks for the photos.

  • sherinsk March 11, 2017 at 5:18 am Reply

    Enjoy travelling ambika πŸ™‚

    • ambikabhardwaj March 11, 2017 at 10:02 am Reply

      Ohh, always! How is it going for you?

      • sherinsk March 13, 2017 at 4:20 am Reply

        Ambika till now i did not got a chance to go any place distant other than bangalore from my state kerala,but that was for study purpose.But i like persons like you just exploring everywhere god put his signature.Getting to travel to places like these are life changing right?Thank you for all the likes,but you like things from bible?

  • kush March 13, 2017 at 6:41 am Reply

    nice one.. hope to see more such posts πŸ™‚

    • ambikabhardwaj March 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

      Here’s to the bucket list πŸ™‚
      More to come!!!

  • Santosh Namby March 13, 2017 at 6:31 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Santa's Reindeer and commented:
    I loved the place as well and could not help but reblog what you have written, beautiful….

    • ambikabhardwaj March 13, 2017 at 6:48 pm Reply

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you ! πŸ™‚
      And I love the place too!
      Really wish to go there again this spring! Let’s see, if it call πŸ™‚

      • Santosh Namby March 14, 2017 at 6:08 pm Reply

        It will and take my wishes and scatter them to the winds while you are there πŸ™‚

  • thinkinkadia March 24, 2017 at 11:38 am Reply

    The link worked! Very nice blog Ambika … Like whiff of mountain air!
    And my treks remain a part of me for there was no internet/ blog wagehra in those daysπŸ˜‰
    Welcome anytime and stay in touch!

    • ambikabhardwaj March 26, 2017 at 6:46 pm Reply

      I am so happy you visted! Treks always remain a part of us! Irrespective of documenting it or not! It’s an experience… It does not know how to die or dust away.

      • thinkinkadia March 26, 2017 at 7:23 pm Reply

        Yes, definitely. At my age, the trek continues, redefinedπŸ˜‰

        • ambikabhardwaj March 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm Reply

          Now that’s interesting! But how?

          • thinkinkadia March 26, 2017 at 7:25 pm

            I’ll get to that part soon … Stay tunedπŸ˜‰

          • ambikabhardwaj March 26, 2017 at 7:32 pm

            Tuned in, already!

          • thinkinkadia March 26, 2017 at 7:40 pm

            Thank you! Will need teamwork to get to the peakπŸ˜‰

          • ambikabhardwaj March 26, 2017 at 8:01 pm

            You play the music! I’ll collect the wood! Bonfire on the peak, sire!

          • thinkinkadia March 27, 2017 at 3:38 am

            πŸ˜„ cute!

  • ankandas March 26, 2017 at 6:32 pm Reply

    Beautiful post..thanks for sharing your experiences..:)

    • ambikabhardwaj March 26, 2017 at 6:37 pm Reply

      To my surprise, we both were exploring each other’s blogs, at the same time, in the same universe! I just loved “bookmarked”!!!

      • ankandas March 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm Reply

        Yeah..we would call it kind of a divine telepathy..:) πŸ™‚

  • ankandas March 26, 2017 at 6:51 pm Reply

    Keep updating about your experiences and best of luck for your future adventures… Keep on exploring and living πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • ambikabhardwaj March 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm Reply

      Keep updating about your art gallery experiences! And best of luck with the close encounters πŸ™‚

      • ankandas March 26, 2017 at 7:01 pm Reply

        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  • Avichal Singh April 2, 2017 at 7:23 am Reply

    I have trekked Djongri, Yuksom, and HMI base camp. Next has to be this. Thanks. Also thanks for following.

    • ambikabhardwaj April 2, 2017 at 10:39 am Reply

      Wow! Dzongri! How was that?
      And yes, Har Ki Dun, is the place to be, especially in spring πŸ™‚

      • Avichal Singh April 3, 2017 at 1:58 am Reply

        March 14th, way too cold. We were also carrying about 20kg in our rucksacks. Also experienced being lost because it looked like this http://imgur.com/vtctnDv It is kind of challenging trek, medium one. And yes, Har Ki Dun is on my list.

        • ambikabhardwaj April 3, 2017 at 9:24 am Reply

          Wow that picture! So goddamn L.O.S.T! Surely a snowy affair! It is on list for sure!

  • KLIMAX PLUS April 2, 2017 at 12:52 pm Reply

    A truly inspiring post. Thank you for taking us with your writing and photos on this amazing experience, Ambika!

  • Amit Mittal April 8, 2017 at 5:40 am Reply

    Another great post…. Very right ‘Every Trek teaches you something new and you will not be same person as before. Even I remember my 1st Trek to Triund (MacLeodganj) it was awesome, lying in tents and watching stars and enjoying Bonfire wit a bunch of friends.

    • ambikabhardwaj April 13, 2017 at 7:59 pm Reply

      Aye! Triund was my first trek πŸ™‚
      So damn special to my heart too!!! I tell you, there’s something about Himachal! Hope you’all travel again! Happy trekking, buddy πŸ™‚

  • Colors of my life April 17, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply

    I want to go to mountain and stay there for long, like for 2 months atleast and than don’t want to come back to planet earth.

    • ambikabhardwaj May 4, 2017 at 10:59 pm Reply

      So why don’t we do that?
      This has always been a dream for me! A small, secluded and warm cottage on a freezing mountain top πŸ™‚

  • Janice Wald April 26, 2017 at 1:06 am Reply

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    Maybe you can check out my blog if you need any blogging tips. I also host blog parties like Danny Ray. I met you through his site.

    • ambikabhardwaj May 4, 2017 at 10:48 pm Reply

      It was such an insightful experience, visiting your blog! I am glad we met πŸ™‚
      I am sorry for suddenly vanishing away, I have been travelling. But we must talk more πŸ˜€

  • Nisthur Anadi August 18, 2017 at 2:10 am Reply

    Wow I wish I could accompany you on such beautiful trip.

  • Rajesh Shankar September 14, 2017 at 7:40 am Reply

    Pristine Snaps !!! you blessed photographer. Which Camera do you use?

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