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Abhishek Patel

Heaven's Gate | Chandertal - The Lake of Moon.

The Place that showed and tested our patience in every possible way but all worth it in the end.
First of all the Road that leads to Chandratal via Spiti valley is rather short on first glance - 55kms, but it took us as much as 10 hrs to pass this. The whole road was being constructed at one time, but washed way by the streams and water falls that came from top of the hill, nothing could last against the continuous flow of mountain streams. First I got my Car (Innova) stuck in between the rocks, and not even 10 men (who stopped by from a public transport bus to help us) couldn't move it a inch due to the slippery rocks all over the place, Lastly the car had to be towed backwards by the bus, nothing much there. and we reached Chandratal by the evening when the winds and cold started to get in quick. There was a small trek of 2.5kms to reach Chandratal which was not directly accessible by road, that was again another test, since due to low oxygen levels and low pressure, these 2.5kms took us 30 min, with frequent stops and rests, we managed to reach this magical place that we only read in book and saw on the Internet, called the Lake of Moon - Chandratal, but here was another twist, the wind was too high to make the water any calm for the mirror like reflections Chandratal was famous for, the Cold was starting to get in quick so we decided to head back towards our campsite in somewhat disappointment, when a Rainbow decided to greet us (more on that later). Yet again the the return was more tiring since we were completely exhausted from driving and all the work, me and Saurabh Desai, with the maximum camera stuff, walked 10 meters and rested for 2 mins, again walked 10 meters, and rested for a while and so on. We inquired at the campsite about the wind situations in the morning and we had some hope, so morning started for like just like usual, alarm is set for 5am by Hemant S Shahu , wake up at 6am, but somehow get out of bed by 7am haha, we managed to hike to this place by 9am, and wow, everyone were speechless, no words to say here, no words could describe this heavenly place. The place that can only be experienced in real and cannot be done justice through a picture. The drop dead calm water only lasted for 30mins, but gave us a eye treat of the life time, after all the patience paid off. Due to the poor accessibility of this place, there were hardly any people around, and it was as silent as it can get, just the company of light wind and water.

Canon 6D | Canon 17-40L @ 17mm | f9 + 1/160sec | ISO200

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