I’ve always loved being in nature’s arms. I had never thought of blogging about all those moments that drove me crazy, but looks like I will…in a series of posts.. But for starters, this is what one gets!!
Beautiful moments with nature, where nature takes over one’s presence & makes one feel small… kinda insignificant. When you gaze at the beauty, you totally forget yourself…
All that exists is beauty, manifesting itself in a variety of forms. I don’t know if I can express this any better, but take a look at this pic & may be its easier for me to convey.
This beautiful pic above, was clicked by my mom or dad, I’m not too sure who, but I was unaware that they did. This pic captures for me, ‘THEEEEE MOMENT’, when I forgot that I existed..the moment when I was awestruck at the beauty that can exist, not just the clouds but those huge, really huge mountains that made me feel like a tiny spec. I remember, I spent hours, sitting right where I am seen standing, simply gazing at the beauty. The clouds, the mountains, the blueness of the sky, the soothing sound of the river ganges..It was awesome..Mindblowing!!
I remember this vacation. It was in May end / June 2006 & I was not very happy listening to the name of our holiday destination. “AULI?? What’s that? Mom, has anyone even heard of this spot?”
I was crazy then, not CRAZY crazy but ANGRY crazy, cuz this was what sounded like a pilgrimage, in which my mom, dad wanted to visit the temples of Kedarnath & Badrinath in North India (in Uttaranchal to be precise), n I was tagging along to visit these holy places.
But wow!! What an amazing place this was!! A ropeway/ Cableway takes you to this awesome altitude @ Auli & the amazing journey in a cablecar starts at a place called Joshimath.
What an amazing feeling? I remember getting out of this cable car at the tower that can be seen in the pic above. My hands and feet were trembling, not out of cold, but cuz we were at this amazing height & I could see everything down below. I waited for a while, cuz I was freezing with fright & couldn’t move. I remember the door of the cable car closed & it started to progress ahead in its journey.
There was a guy from our hotel who had come to receive us, and was asking me to hurry n get down the stairs of this tower. I didn’t listen to him & waited gazing at the beautiful sight. Everything was fine till the cable car was in place. Once it started, it quickly got past this tower on its own journey… And then suddenly, I was at this edge, where the cable car was no longer there, n the feeling was like being on the tip of the diving board, from where all you can see is the depth of the blue swimming pool… This was a different case, I could see all the beauty, the greenery, the clouds, deep down and an edge that held me from diving into all of this.
If you zoom into the pic above,I guess you can see that edge. Then, I was so scared, that I almost felt like crying & I felt my whole body was shivering with fright. Somehow I managed to move my feet, turning away from the breathtaking yet frightening view n once I reached the stairs, I was feeling fine seeing the framed structure on all four of my sides…
‘The Edgy moment’ – is another moment, that drives me crazy. I was so mesmerized by the beauty, that I almost got lost, till I realized, the altitude & the limitlessness at that edge.
Wow!! I remember each n every minute of this trip, all the time I spent with my parents (Read all the attention I had for myself cuz my sister was already married then 😉 ) , the time spent waiting in our car- for the landslide to get cleared, the stories of the buses and trucks that fell off into the river (during landslides) n could never be traced, the awesome drive on the long and winding roads…when it wasn’t the landslides, it was my dad’s altitude sickness, that made us take halts n observe the beauty around.
The beautiful temples -Kedarnath & Badrinath, taking a holy dip in the natural hot water springs (What they call as a ‘KUND’ ) , horse riding rather climbing ,to visit the Kedarnath temple, all the time spent in Auli, the efforts taken by one of the hotel house keeper to keep a small mouse out of our room ( I screamed n screamed till he could get that mouse out of my room), the camp fires organised by our Hotel – ‘The Cliff top’ ,the journey in a chair-ropeway with my mom (Dad was feeling sick n was in the hotel room).. Wow!! It was Awesome !!
Some thing else, that drove me crazy was what I felt, whenever I would dive my head outside my car window, peep down the winding roads to see a narrow- silent, tame river… The same river of whose stories our driver would tell!! The river has eaten so many buses, trucks, and huge vehicles silently, not on purpose though..
The river, that gracefully flows, making beautiful sounds, also has the strength & capacity to cause so much damage. There is so much to this river, than it shows!! It looks so narrow, so tame but its depth is unimaginable!!
Kind of symbolized the feminine aspect of existence!! Graceful, beautiful, existing to serve the civilizations around, flowing endlessly, not audacious to show its depth but humble and selfless.
Few more moments, that made me go crazy were at the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. My very first trip in a chair ropeway (I dont know what its called & I do not have any pic too, to show what I mean). It was an awesome experience, similar to the one in a cable car, but this was tons of times better as this time it was just me n mom, kinda glued to 2 chairs and rolling down the greens 🙂 Mind blowing 🙂 Sadly ,there was no one to click a pic..
The pic below is taken as soon as we got off our chair ropeway trip, at the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, where they conduct training workshops for those who wanna learn how to ski. We visited Auli,at the wrong time i.e. after the snowing ended, thanks to my mom dad’s wish to visit the temples. The temples are shut down during winter and are open to tourists only after May or so.
So the temples – yes we did visit them, but the ski-ing 😦 No, we didnt!!
This pic below captures one of those moments when I went mad looking at all the flowers around 🙂 I forced mom to walk for quite some distance to capture all those flowers together 🙂 n Im glad I did 🙂 Check it out 🙂
Wow!! I must thank wordpress that it gave me such a beautiful platform to blog, to think of all the moments that made me freak out, also made me jump out of joy. Am enjoying every minute of writing all of this as its transported me back to 2006 🙂
Signing off with a beautiful picture of my awesome trip to Auli.