A Sudden Plan


Recently, I came across a post on Instagram regarding the Adventurer Blog Contest organized by Bikat Adventures and thought of giving it a try. Bikat Adventures is a learning based adventure group that offers experience in Trekking, Rock Climbing, and Mountain Biking etc. Check their site for upcoming events.

It had been a very long time since I shared any travel experience after Adi-Kailash Trip. So here it goes –

One day, one of my friends pinged me on WhatsApp saying that she has not travelled for last few months and desperately needs one trip. I replied, asking her to suggest some places after which I would plan the travel. Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and many more places were discussed. At last, we both agreed for Triund trekking in next 3 days. It is near Mcloedgunj in Himachal Pradesh. As travelling in group is more fun, I asked a few friends and cousins to join. So, the final count turned to 5 members for the trip.

As planned, we left for the bus station in Delhi on Friday night but our bus was 2 hours late. Hoping, the driver would cover this and reach Mcloedgunj on time, we happily took our seats and chit-chatted. We reached Mcloedgunj on Saturday morning by 8am. We freshened up and after having breakfast, reached the starting point of the trek and followed the trail to reach our destination. We saw few people had hired a horse/pony to enjoy the ride and reach the top. Most of them had kids along them. Otherwise, it is best to hike all the way.

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The initial path towards Triund…

The trek is full of rocky steps, stony path and tiring curves. We came across the best views of mountains and forests. We also relaxed in between the trek under the shade of trees and at refreshment shops that offered water and snacks. And you know the joy of eating a bowl of Maggi in hilly areas. The ambience was very calm and fresh. We also saw small streams throughout the trek.

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Oldest Chai Shop as it claimed since 1984!

On the way, while 2 friends were a bit behind rest of us, I thought of waiting for them and sat under a tree which was on the valley side. As 2 thick branches were at the back of me, I loosened my backpack. Then, assuming that the bag was resting on the branches, to relax my shoulder muscles, I literally took my hands off the straps and pheww… My bag rolled down the not-so-slant valley. I told my friends what happened. On hearing my situation, one of the local person asked me in which direction did it fall and whether it was light or heavy. I guess he was a lead of some travel group. As soon as I told him, without wasting a time, he went down jumping. We watched him as far as our eyes could and then he was not visible. We were discussing whether he is safe or not and whether he could find it or not. My friends were scolding me for my foolishness. And he appeared with my BAG… yeyyyee…!! He told that it had got stuck on some tree downwards. Thank god for that tree and big thanks to that unknown person who helped me. Who says without a motive, people don’t help these days. Selfless and helpful people still exist. After spending few minutes on this incident, we continued our trekking witnessing the flora and fauna of that area.

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This is where I sat and my bag rolled… behind me.. down the valley..

 

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Dense forest with different variety of trees and plants.

We walked for an hour or two more. At last, we could view the grassy meadows and breathed a sigh of relief but there was still a kilometer to reach. Enchanted with the scenery, we just sat on a big rock for some time. We got up and felt that we were struggling more to complete that last one kilometer.

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Relaxing though just a kilometer away and enjoying the beauty!

Finally, stepped into Triund by late noon after 4 hours of our start. These 4 hours included many breaks for pictures and actual breaks and of course that bag thing. Though it was a bit crowded due to its peak season, the panorama was amazing. We decided to explore more towards its other end adding a few more miles to our trekking. Triund is surrounded by astounding mountain ranges and appealing valleys.

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We hiked more from those huts seen at the left side to find less crowded area.

After a while, found a place with less crowd and put our bags in tents. Enjoyed our evening by roaming around with a cup of tea watching the beautiful hues of sunset and inhaling THE FRESH AIR which we normally don’t in cities. I realized that fresh air makes us happier.

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Waiting for Maggi.. and getting some warmth!
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Isn’t it a picture perfect?? Everything is so beautiful around us.
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Ideal place to meditate… 😉

While moving towards our tent, it started drizzling and in those few minutes only, a rainbow appeared too. It’s truly said that some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. We saw the beauty of the whole region from the top. It was a treat to our eyes. What a relaxation it was!

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Got blurred…
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Towards the other end of Triund, found this small temple.

I must say that night camping at Triund top is one of the best experiences even better than the day. There was cold breeze flowing during dinner time. The aroma of food wafted on the breeze and we savored every morsel of our food. Everyone was enjoying the night, singing, dancing, drinking and having a gala time with their dear ones. Sitting and gossiping beneath the starry sky, we admired the beautiful night.

I slept like a baby in the cozy sleeping bag and woke up to a fascinating sunrise. Asked my friends to wake up to view the morning beauty of Triund. We had experienced the shades of sunset followed by a night with billions of stars and then it was time for the warmth of sunrise.

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How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!

After having hot yummy breakfast and clicking few more pictures, it was time to retrace our path back to Mcloedgunj and it was easier on the way back.

Triund trekking is relatively an easy trek, a beautiful walk and climb through forests. I believe, the trek is not too exhausting even for the first timers. It was one of the memorable treks I had and enjoyed every bend of its trail.

We came back to Delhi, mesmerized with a great feeling despite of tiring journey.

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Hum Paanch…..

Contest entry for The Adventurer Blog Contest May 2018 by Bikat Adventures“.

 

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Growth


High-school classmates we were
Not-that-good-friends though
Memories are still blur
Anything apart from grades we hardly know.

Did not notice when we became Facebook friends
Time passed by and met in Chennai
That too after a decade
From then there was no good-bye.

Everything one did makes the other smile
Every moment spent together was worthwhile
Meeting after 10 years was a fate
Falling in love was beyond control and great.

He seems to be the Pooh
Who is acknowledged to have a clever idea
Also, curious about how to brew
And very fond of food.

I am like the Piglet
Pooh’s closest friend
Who tries to be brave but sometimes fret
And often takes risk even when afraid.

He is lazy
And I am is cartoonish
Together we are crazy
And buffoonish.

Time arrived for our willing hands to hold
And we took the wedding oath
To abide by until we are old
For our long and healthy growth.

Our infinite affection
Will keep us together
Our perpetual connection
No doubt will last forever!

Magnetic


Have you ever experienced
That magnetic attraction?
When with no exact reason
You conceal your emotion.
Whether they are good or bad
Similar or dissimilar
You feel glad
To catch only the glimpse of other.
They seem to be an epitome of perfection
And you wish to express your affection
As you see in them your own reflection
And perceive a deep hidden connection.

A Girl At The Bus Stop


She was waiting at a bus stop. Might be for a bus or someone else. A peaceful smile upon her face made her look more pretty with a square spectacles and a book on her hands. Few puppies were playing on one side and there was a coconut vendor on the other end. Concentrating on her book, she did not pay any heed to the surroundings. She seem to enjoy her own world in the corner of the bus stop.

Weather turned windy and dark clouds arrived, signaling a heavy rain. She started arranging her curly hair that flew in every direction. Held her beautiful knee-length blue dress with small flowery prints, she got disturbed and closed her book. Puppies were enjoying the weather and running to and fro. No sooner it started drizzling than vehicles slowed down their pace and traffic grew. That view was not clear to me anymore. In between the moving vehicles, her glance could be seen.

Suddenly, one of the puppies fell on the road from the bus stop which was at a higher platform. She lurched forward and a screeching sound of brakes was heard.

What was next? I could not view the other side of the road. My heart was pounding. Traffic increased and my view from balcony became blurred with heavy rain pelting down.

After a while, neither she nor puppies were there anymore. What would have happened after that?

Trance


Seems as if it was yesterday
Watching videos of the trip
Collecting memories today
Smiling while taking a sip.

What an evening it was!
Full of laughter and jokes
That too without a pause
With a group of awesome folks.

Never underestimate the healing powers
Of listening to music on full blast
For hours and hours
While dancing around and drinking fast.

Then tuned to the song “Manali Trance”
Among the smoke and share;
Which triggered a hypnotic dance
Dance like a dancing bear.

Higher thoughts,
Higher energies,
Higher vibrations,
Higher frequencies.

Forgot problems and rolled it
No drugs, just set plants on fire
And ignited passion’s kit
To deeply respire.

It became a story for the next day
But they were legends that night;
It’s okay to be wild for a while
And greet everyone with a smile;
As good times and crazy friends
Create amazing memories for lifetime.

Once again, when put the music on
I entered a world of my own;
Seems as if it was yesterday
Watching videos of the trip today!

2 kids


One day I was travelling from Pune to Mumbai via a bus. I was very excited about my impending trip and started to daydream. No sooner did I put my headphones for listening to the music than experienced a hard jerk. All the passengers got perturbed by this sudden bump in middle of the highway. After enquiring we got to know that the rear tyre of the bus was punctured. As there was no way that the tyre could have been repaired at that moment and location, conductor told that we need to take a lift from another bus. Listening to this, all of us got frantic with worry.

After waiting for a while, conductor made one bus to stop but it was a non-ac bus in pathetic condition. We were fine with it as reaching the destination on time was more essential. All passengers grabbed their seats quickly. When I entered the bus there were hardly any vacant seats. I stood next to a seat for support with my backpack. There was a girl around 10 years of age sitting with her little brother not more than 6 years old. Both wore filthy clothes. I did not find their parents or any elder person with them. After the bus started, the bus conductor came and scolded those 2 unkempt kids to get up. He then asked me to sit on that seat. This action of conductor really irked me. Looking at my disappointed expression, he said, “it’s okay madam, they will get down at nearby stop”. I asked the girl to shift a bit and asked the little boy to sit on my lap. He refused to sit and went next to the conductor’s seat. The girl gave a big sheer smile for letting her to have seat and started to talk. She asked where I was going and also that she liked my muffler. I answered her and asked the same question to her as I was curious to know where they were travelling alone.

Shocked I got when I heard
That they were returning from some work
Why still children are labored
Why such an offence in lurk?
Ashamed of such practice in the country
As harmful it is for their development
Lack of education and full of poverty
Where is the government and for what are they meant?

I was quiet and lost in thoughts. After sometime, the little girl poked me and said bye with an innocent smile as her stop had arrived. I forgot to ask her name and bid her adieu. I wished to talk to her more.

Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers. The child labour law has banned employment of children below 14 years old. Those people must be punished who allow and force child labour to make as well as save money. Also the parents who send their children for work instead of educating and nurturing them. There are a lot of NGOs that definitely make us proud. They are doing a great job with great care.

Though people have become alert and today’s generation are trying to avoid such ill-practices to continue yet thousands of children are still slaved and maltreated. This custom can be brought to an end only when everyone thinks the same way and throw such practice out of our society.

Fantasy or Reality?


Holding a glass, enjoying the ambience
There she sat looking different in appearance;
Numerous inhale and hold then exhale and smile
She was in another world after a while.
Joking with friends and speaking with guests
Though drooping were eyes, she did not wish to rest;
Watching around and feeling nostalgic
Not sure whether she felt romantic or alcoholic.
Ah! When that man did come
Who was listening keenly to beats on the drum;
The smile he wore, the calmness on his face
She muttered, “Might be new to this place”.
The decent way his eyes looked, the simple style he conveyed
Staring at him she was getting swayed;
She always had this fantasy to date a stranger
Then she approached him without thinking of any danger.
They talked they laughed
Leisurely they held hands and touched;
So engrossed in talks that time passed from dark till dawn
She prayed if that phase could hold on.
His sensational touch and his perfume erotic
Those made her feel very hypnotic;
Closer they went oblivious of their first meet
And nothing was heard except their heartbeat.
But he was tender in making her realize
That she wore an engagement ring and broke that paradise;
He was in search of true love but she was not
And there she was caught.
Still he confirmed what she wanted
Rather making him daunted;
Neither she had anything to intend
Nor wanted to offend.
As False Love she did not want to pretend
She just smiled till the end;
Picking another glass when she turned towards him
He had disappeared and that place went dim.
She understood that nothing lasted forever
As we need fantasy to survive the reality moreover!

P.S – If u can’t get someone out of your head then maybe they are supposed to be there 😉
It’s not a question of one should or should not do; there are few things in life you just do.