Nested in the lap of the Himalayas of Garhwal is the hidden town known as
“Benital”. Surrounded by the lush greenery of the palm trees with the mesmerizing view of the snow-capped mountains, it is a gem situated in the peace and beauty of the Chamoli region, far away from the chaos of the busy hill stations famous among the general public. A place yet to be recognized and the path less traveled make Benital worth visiting.
A secluded hamlet with the grandeur of the Himalayas boasts of the natural beauty which would definitely attract the tourists for the tempting Bugyal; the alpine pastureland amidst the Beni Mountains and the natural lake. A sudden discovery during one of the many solo journeys gave birth to the feeling of awe within me. The serenity and the peace of such a beautiful setting just drove me back to its embrace. So with a photographer friend of mine, who was mesmerized by the description of the place, we were back in the locale to enjoy the sight of the rainy season over the pasture land. The monsoon in the Himalayas is a sight to behold and the experience of such in Benital was exhilarating. With well connected through the road, we just drove up to the place with our luggage and set up our camp in the lap of the lush green carpet of the meadow.
The mountains embraced us with the clear panoramic views and the chilly yet gentle breeze, and we lazed around the beautiful lake in the evening. With crystal clear sky and the starry night, the view was spectacular. But by the time we were done with the dinner, the light rumbling crept in with the drizzling, which turned windy with a downpour. The sound of the rain falling on the tent while lying inside the tent is an amazing feeling. Like soothing music of nature, it made me fall asleep in no time. The day broke early with dense mist covering the pasture land, but within the blink of the eye it got cleared away with the gust of the wind and bringing forth the beauty of the morning.
Words in any form would be lacking to describe the beauty of the mountain at such time. The valley below was surrounded with clouds, and as if playing in the playground, the clouds kept drifting from one part of the valley to another as if trying to paint the hills white wherever it went. And the majestic mountain range played hide and seek among them.
And gradually the far away villages came into view with the terraced farms appearing greener after the rain. The tiny droplets of the rain were like pearls on the meadow and the gentle rays of the sun brought forth the happiness not known to me. The feeling as if the mountains turned alive during the monsoon made the visit priceless.
With a heavy heart and lots of beauty saved as memory in the eyes and heart, we returned back to our origin.
Best Time to Visit:
September and October is the best month to visit the place.
How To Reach:
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant. The distance of Chamoli from the airport is approx 220 km. From here the road is connected and taxi or car can take you all the way.
The nearest railway station is Rishikesh Railway Station. The distance from the station to Chamoli is about 203 kilometers. Taxi or car service is well connected to the destination.
Chamoli is well connected through all the major spots in Uttrakhand and
can be traveled easily from anywhere using a car or taxi.