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This is an unusual shortcut to Rimbik from Kaalapokhri through a forest trail which lets one bypass Sandakphu. The trail is long (around 20 km) but easy and leads one through a beautiful forest till Rimbik. Located in the heart of the forest is a small waterbody or 'pokhri' called Jayrapokhri.
I started the trail with the help of my local guide Bhanu, who took me through the shortcuts and trails.
We started late from Kaalapokhri at around 11 AM, and trudged at a slow pace through the jungles as I stopped every now and then to take a shot. Bhanu was quite at ease with my fooling around but once the sun dived down the horizon and the mercury dipped he looked nervous and a bit restless. Its tough to say what he was more concerned about .. the cold or the darkeness or the occasional bear !
In this shot, Bhanu can be seen waiting impatiently for me, urging me hurry up as I was taking the shot. The semi-darkness, the chill, the fog, the fear and the sense of mystery all added to the magic.

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