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Jammu-Delhi Expedition

Published July 31st, 2013

We Infoknight's decided to jump to some awesome place this time, just a picnic but nevertheless a lifetime Experience.

We all got together from different cities, all excited for this new so called adventure for us.. xD

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Bye bye Mumbai

Day 1- Journey towards Jammu. Was excited as well as pissed off on my friend for booking Sleeper coach seats. Didn't expected that it would be freaking cold at night.. freezing and shivering, staring outside windows and abusing each other on Whatsapp. Though it was impossible to click this pic if the booking was of AC seats.. Got down at every station and posed for photos.. haa haa :D Were so busy posing that we almost missed our Train at Ratlam station. I know that sounds quite filmy but it was one horrible moment.. Ran after the train like mad dogs at early morning 3 AM.

  • March 16th, 2013
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 1/50 sec
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Ratlam Station

Day-1: Clicked few shots when the train halted for couple of minutes...

  • March 16th, 2013
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 1/50 sec
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Jammu station

Day-2: So we reached to our first destiantion, Jammu..

  • March 16th, 2013
  • Nikon D3100
  • 50mm / f/5 / 1/1600 sec
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Sunset at River Tavi

Day-2: One day I will be spending my rest of the life in these parts of India, taking pictures, humming the fav. song and admiring the sunset. Until then I have memories of these beautiful landscape to live with.

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The Climb

Day-2: Commencing the 18kms climb towards Vaisho Devi mandir. Being here for the first time, mujhe kuch Toofani karna tha(How about climbing barefooted). As suggested by locals, we started at Night to avoid wrath of the Sun. But again, climbing up 18kms barefoot ?? No problem. The "Jai Mata Di" words pumped up the energy to some another level.. This is the path we covered from start point(10kms)

  • March 18th, 2013
  • Nikon D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/5 sec
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Vantage Point

Day-3: "The Joy of being at Mata's charan." We kept climbing the steep stairs whole night starting at 10 PM on second day. Almost covered 13kms of our journey out of 14. So close, yet so Far. Do you guys remember the oath of going up barefoot? Now we were crying for the decision we made before starting. Bruises and cuts at lower parts of legs, cramps all over body and a terrible backpain. Couldn't rest my feet on floor as it was damaged due to the continues strikes of Horse shoe. There was a moment when I thought to throw that backpack downhill, But have to carry the clothes, as everyone needs to take a bath under cold water of River Banganga before entering the premises. So finally we reached Bhawan, where people takes the holy bath below the Freezing water taps, and gets ready for Vaishno Mata's Darshan. Boosted up a little to get in the Cave. It was 6 AM in the morning and we were done with our prayers. almost fell down on the floor out of the Cave due to lack of energy. That cold bath made us Shiver to death. Plus, the wind at the altitude of 5300 ft. was playing a key role to Numb our body.. Well, It's true. No Pain, No Gain. This was the view of Temple from other end of the Bhawan.

  • March 18th, 2013
  • Nikon D3100
  • 50mm / f/8 / 1/250 sec
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The Helicopter shot

Day-4: People have got an easy option to climb up 5300 ft.
Of course, you need to loosen up your pockets

  • March 18th, 2013
  • Nikon D3100
  • 55mm / f/11 / 1/2000 sec
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Friend

Day-4: Though we had Darshan of Vaishno Mata, it is said it would only be completed when you visit Bhairavnath mandir which is 4-5 kms ahead and little difficult to climb. However we were in no condition to continue climbing at morning 7AM after the 14kms of walking whole night. And here they don't offer blankets in the morning. So it almost seemed difficult for us until we met this man, Bhanu prasad Shastri. He has got a shop of Sweets in Bhawan. After looking at us, he helped us getting a room upstairs. That smile on our face was unimaginable. Thanked him a million of times for his hospitality. Even 3hrs of rest was more than enough, and we were all set to get down from BhairavNath Mandir

  • March 18th, 2013
  • Nikon D3100
  • 50mm / f/5.599 / 1/4000 sec
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Mind your Business Traveler

Day-5: Give him money, he will give you blessings. Ask politely and you may get weed. A saint on the way to Delhi. The end of the Jammu trip

  • March 15th, 2013
  • Nikon D3100
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 1/250 sec
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God, Bless me

Day-5: The last place we visited was "Hari ki poudi" at Jammu. The surrounding was so silent that we could hear the flow of river from far away. Even though we were late, we preferred to spend some more time. Throwing stones in the river and soaking sun in the Early Morning. Was completely satisfied with the trip and mini adventures we did to save time. Planning to be here next year too.

  • March 17th, 2013
  • Nikon D3100
  • 50mm / f/22 / 1/200 sec

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