” Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
So true the above saying is. One who sees the nature so close, comes near to a life!
We left Nabi in the morning and the panoramic view of snow clapped peaks was really beautiful.
I have so much to write and just a post seems less to do so. Still, I’ll try.
From Nabi we walked along the bank of Kuti river viewing peaks and forests. There was no more climbing further but a plain path next to the river. That path follows the river closely as it heads through pleasant scenery towards a place called Nayal. Nayal is a stoppage/rest place between Nabi and Kuti where people have tea and food. But during our time, the shop was closed due to some important work of the shopkeeper. This journey to Nayal was amazingly great. Crossed the ways by talking, laughing and eating the last pack of chocolates. 😛 😉 As we were moving towards the higher altitude, the drinking water seemed like a LIMCA because of its color. I thought it was dirty water but my mother told that the water was coming from the melting glaciers that’s why its color was milky white! 🙂 🙂
We walked for many hours. In the afternoon we saw the entry gate to the village Kuti and breathed a sigh of relief. So happy I was. 😀 😀
But something different was stored in for us. No sooner we saw the gate than it started drizzling. I was feeling too tired to put on the raincoat but the surrounding was looking incredible. And lost in its beauty I forgot to take snaps while drizzling. 😦
But it stopped after a while. 🙂 🙂
After I entered, what I saw… OMG! Yes, a beautiful village is fine but OMG was for that there were 3kms more to reach the village. That meant earlier I got happy without knowing that I have few miles more to go. So, anyhow completed those few miles.
I had heard a lot about village Kuti and when I reached there I discovered that all of it was even more beautiful, even more amazing than I had imagined. Until I came here, I thought the words beginning with “un” referred to things negative… But on seeing this place I uttered few words like UN-believable, UN-imaginable, UN-spoilt, UN-stressed, UN-usual, UN-expected, UN-rivalled… 🙂
Kuti (3600 Meters) is the last village on this trek. It is said that the village is named after Kunti, the mother of Pandavas who stayed there for some time. The picture of the Pandava Fort is below.
Village Kuti is wow.. picturesque! It is a world out there in the high Himalaya, a world very different from ours, away from pollution and noise, covered by greenery and quietness, secluded by default, ways away from any road, a world that defies physical boundaries, where people live to live and not anything sophisticated, a world beyond all else. 🙂
Near the village, we saw a crowd gathered. After a while, I got to know that people were bidding adieu to a couple and so praying together and wishing for their safe journey. Great example of togetherness. Isn’t it?? The meeting ground was named after the memory of a person whose name was engraved on a large stone (Late Shri Khipaal) in 1980s. This meeting ground is also given a name as “CHYAKTI GROUND” by the ITBP ( Indo-Tibetan Border Police).
Meeting all the people there and bidding adieu to the couples, I reached my mother’s home. Then was the actual sigh of relief than the one I took looking at the entry gate. 😛 Not to mention, the exquisite wooden homes with beautiful engravings were at least 200 years old. Small rooms with small doors and windows looked cute.
Met my grandmother and all the relatives. I felt really glad meeting them after such a long time. Then had hot Marjya(butter tea). It is produced by continuously boiling the tea twigs till it achieves the brown color. It is then poured into a cylinder (tea churns) with fresh butter and salt which is then shaken and served. Tea churn can be seen in the picture of kitchen above. When a churn is not available, a bowl and rapid stirring is suffice. It is a very warming drink, providing lots of energy and is particularly suited to high altitudes. Besides, we had the local cuisine ideal for that altitude and environment.
I couldn’t have asked for a better location and a better time for rest and acclimatization. 🙂 🙂
Next morning, we went to the worship place to attend the important event. The worship place or the Dev Sthal was very clean and quiet. Group of people came to perform acts of religious honor or devotion. In the main worship area, people tied pieces of white cloth to the branches as their prayers. Food and sweets were kept as offerings to the God. Animal sacrifice is the ritual killing of an animal as part of a religion. Mainly goats and roosters are sacrificed.
After completing the prayers, we all returned back with prasad (food that has first been offered to the God). It was a great day and a good opportunity to see the religious rituals.
The next day was planned for Jolingkong (4280M) where the Mt. Adi-Kailash is and which is the main theme of these posts. It is 14km from Kuti. I was very much excited to visit Jolingkong. After having dinner had a good sound sleep mixed with excitement. 😉 😛
How about taking a short trip to that world?
Till then wait for the next post! 🙂