I have come to realize that Life isn’t about growing up, getting educated, working on a job, paying bills, having a family and then one fine day dying!
The above things are just part of your life but not LIFE!
I have lately come to realize or realizing that Life is a celebration when you know LIFE is all there is, that is the miracle and the truth!
I have so bluntly put in the above sentence but Life is the journey into oneself, your magnanimous self, the inner you and I think once I fathom that or more so feel it, there is nothing but Joy. All the walls, castles, illusions just fade away…..
I am on this Journey.. I am getting there. Will let you know more once I do.
“You cannot go! It is dangerous. The weather is bad. You cannot see the path, you will get lost! Read this notice….”
My friend and me stared at the Hotel concierge as he said the most discouraging words. He kept aside the tray which he was carrying and waited for our decision for the D day.
We read the most saddening Govt. Notice for trekkers, climbers to not get atop the mountain in harsh rainy conditions. And to take a local guide along the trail.
It was raining cats and dogs, McLeodganj seemed to be on a high!
We asked about the Guide whereabouts to which the concierge happily gave the details and made sure that we won’t leave without the guide. 🙂
As the rain pelted against the window panes, we shared the news with our third fellow trekker.
After analysing the pros and cons, we decided to take on the trail but with a guide after all, trekking in the rains on the Himalayas is a risky affair all the more!
We hit the sack hoping that the next day was sunny enough to make it to the beautiful Dhauladhar ranges.
Morning turned out to be sunny and magnificent! The quaint town of McLeodganj was getting ready for the usual hustle bustle after a heavy downpour. But we did get a guide who accepted our proposal to take us along and we headed for the trail right away.
Triund trek is the most beautiful and scenic trek in Himachal Pradesh. The trek starts from Galu Devi temple, 2 km ahead of McLeodganj. Nestled in the Kangra valley, it offers a hike through Deodar, Rhododendron forests and of course gives a magnanimous view of the mighty Dhauladhar range and the Kangra valley.
We met our guide who happened to be very courteous and we gained insight about Himachal Pradesh as well through him. We started the hike close to 9:45 AM after registering our names at the Start point, a protocol closely followed by the Forest Department.
After an hour’s walk along the deodar trees, rhododendron trees we reached a stony path from where we could see the Dharamsala Cricket stadium, the stadium at the highest altitude in India at about 4780 feet above sea level.
Further walk through stony paths, we reached the Magic View Cafe which is the oldest cafe. A cup of hot tea soothed our throats and energized us for the rest of the journey. The clouds played around and brought in a slight chill to the air around. Being a Monday not many trekkers, local crowd were present on the trail. But a lot of them were on the way back after spending the Sunday night at Triund Hill.
The stony path was now damp owing to a nearby small waterfall. But when it rains, the path would be very risky to tread upon. The villagers who were on the trail, time and again advised us not to walk at the edge of the path owing to uneven ground and loose stones.
As we hiked up the hill we came across yet another cafe Scenic View. With tad bit of a rest we hiked towards the last leg of the trail- The famous 22 curves before the Triund peak. It was a hike along stony paths, mushroom laden trunks of trees, lovely flowers with the mesmerising dew on the petals. The clouds did cover the trail on and off.
After a hiking for four hours, I reached the peak. A lush green meadow ran across the hill. A couple of cafes were present which catered to the needs of the few then trekkers.
As we strolled about the meadow, the clouds impulsively gave way to the Himalayas. The slightly snow clad Dhauladhar ranges came into view. It was a marvelous sight. As the clouds played about, we could catch a glimpse of Mcleodganj, Bhagsu way below.
After a sumptuous lunch of Roti, Rice and yummy Dal, we headed towards our tent with a view of the Kangra valley and the Dhauladhar ranges towards the side.
After a long stroll up and down the meadow, we retired for the night under a cloudy sky. We woke up to a not so cloudy day and welcomed the sunrise!
As we bid goodbye to the ranges and the valley, McLeodganj ushered us to explore the quaint town and the Dalai Lama Temple…. More on in the next post….
Well that was the end to the lovely Triund trek. Plan for it and enjoy the enthralling journey and the lovely mountains of course!
Well most of us have had this question ringing in our heads when we have an impulsive drive to just head out somewhere but then the thought wanders about for a while, only to surrender to the confines of the comfort zone!
Ever experienced this?
Well to all the procrastinators, comfort zoners and just about any one who has put off a travel…. here are a few things to DO (random order) when you have the WANDERLUST!
Choose a place- WHERE? It could be a place that you have been wanting to go since ages, it could be the first place that comes to your mind now, it could be a place of your dreams provided it is on this planet 😉 Or you could research any travel blogs, travel diaries of frequent travelers, travel magazines or websites.
Now I guess you have the place ready…. it is time to plan out the ‘WHEN?’ Find out the best time to visit the place you have chosen. If it is the peak period, you might want to avoid it if you want to be away from the crowd 😉 (Introvert Traveler talking :D) But yes if you want to enjoy the place in its magnanimous self, then hop on and make the most of it and don’t worry about the crowd (they could add to your advantage)
So, BUDGET… I hope you selected the place keeping in mind the budget you have in your pocket 😉 Just kidding ….. well I am not! By all means, if you are lacking some amount, save up. Well if you choose to just land in the place and figure the rest from there, so be it. There are many options like couchsurfing, working on the go, sharing the travelling costs with a fellow traveller….. Well if you put your mind to it you will come across one or the other adventurous way….
NOW book your transportation tickets- flight, train (certainly well ahead to confirm your seat and to save some money on early bird bookings). Also, if you are planning on staying in hotels, resorts, home-stays, traveler bungalows book it! Well again if you happen to be a traveller, land in the place and figure your way out.
Lastly, the biggest thing to do. Well, I should have put this at the first 😉 Nahh! Convince the stakeholders- Boss, Team members, Family and of course Parents! God bless you, if you have Indian parents….. It is really really hard a job to convince them completely… try to convince them a bit atleast. All the best!
Oh I forgot… Travel WITH? You could tag along with your family, friends, like-minded travelers or just about YOU being on a vacation alone! Try it! Traveling Solo and finding fellow travelers on the way is in vogue but more so you learn a lot about the world around you and about yourself! (There goes your reward!) If you are travelling with a travel tour company/agency/organization you are bound to find many fellow travellers so don’t beat yourself on going solo!
Well if you want to just be a traveler to the core, travel about anywhere, anywhen, anyhow, anywith and try to figure out a way where your heart and mind leads you to.
So, get going NOW! There is NO later, a sweet period, the right time, the leisure time, the retirement time! Sorry, you may not be alive to reach these fancy times.
It is the NOW time. Make it NOW! Travel NOW!Explore NOW!
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My heart skipped a beat seeing this scenic view. I had to jump out of the car to capture it through my lens. The drive along the blue ridge mountains and the country side in Virginia……. I can’t quite put them in words!
“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” (Greg Child)
So the quote says it all but what is the mystery?
A peek into my initial days of trekking…
Well, I started trekking just for the heck of it, for pure adrenalin rush and for the amazing view at the summit. It held good, be it the Western Ghats in Karnataka, Kerala & Maharashtra. Since I was in my early 20s, I loved racing up the mountain!
On top of Edakkal caves, Wayanad, Kerala
Karnala Hill fort, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Matheran, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Amongst the clouds, KumaraParvatha, Karnataka
View Point 1, Goechala Pass, Sikkim with Mt. Kanchenjunga in the background
On the way back from Manokarma Base camp(Stok Kangri Expedition), Ladakh, J&K
But after a gap of 6 years my idea and purpose of trekking changed. Thanks…