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Jungle trails are fascinating. Full of joy, danger, mystery and drama, just like that of our minds.  Have you ever walked through a jungle alone, knowing a leopard or a tiger could be close by? Thats when real meditation happens :-) One becomes aware of each shallow breath. Have you ever walked through a jungle, alone and became aware of your own mystery? Have you ever walked through a jungle, alone, and felt one with it? Have you ever walked through a jungle, alone and felt healed?  #incredibleindia #incrediblehimalayas #jungle #asitravelwithoutsoitravelwithin #himalayanholidayplanner #pathikas #othallofframe #cntraveller #cnntravel #lonelyplanetindia #mountains #simplemountainliving #instatravelblog #instatravel #instatraveller #instablog #indiantravelblogger #indiantravelbloggers #instaphoto #inhimalayas
ज़िन्दगी बहुत सरल होती है। हम उसमें उलझनें पैदा करके, उसे खामखां संगीन बना देते हैं। इन पहाड़ों को ही देखिये, धूप में ये चमकने लगते हैं। छाँव में ये अपनी ऊर्जा संरक्षित कर लेते हैं। छाँव लम्बी हो जाए, तो ये दुखी होकर, थोड़े बरस लेते हैं और अपने ऊपर तहें लगा कर सो जाते हैं। धूप आने पर फिर से खुश होकर खिलखिला कर नाचने लगते हैं। कैसी भी परिस्तिथि हो, ये बहना नहीं भूलते, लम्बी गहरी सांसें लेना भी नहीं। बस, इतना सा ही तो है। #asitravelwithoutsoitravelwithin #pathikatravelsinthehimalayas #himalayanholidayplanner #pathikas #himalayas #himalayan #incrediblehimalaya #incredibleindia #lifegoals #instatravelblog #instatravel #instagram #instatraveller #instablog #hindidiwas #lonelyplanetindia #othallofframe #outlooktraveller #cntraveler #cnntravel
India's rafting district, Shivpuri, Shivalik Himalayas  The first time I saw white water rafting, was on Doordarshan. The year was 1991, I think. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Water running over a narrow, steep and rocky slope forming lots of white water. I kept thinking how are they not hitting the rocks and dying. Well, they survived and a few years later, I did too. The first time I tried rafting, was on the Ganges. Initially, we were in calm waters (relatively). The guide told us that if we wanted to swim a little, we could jump in. I didn't know how to swim but I jumped in anyway. The water flow that had seemed so calm was actually rather swift. I somehow managed to go under the raft. I couldn't see a thing and couldn't find my way out and I really panicked. But, just in time, I was pulled out. That experience however, did not put me off- rafting. My first job was with an adventure travel company and rafting was its main sport. During my six years long stint with the company, I went on the river innumerable times. The river team there, taught me some basic thermodynamics and certain do's n dont's. Once, I even managed to handle a cataraft all on my own over 'The three blind mice', a grade three rapid on the river Ganges. It was a thrilling experience.  balance of post continued below........ #incredibleindia #incrediblehimalayas #incredibleuttarakhand #travelblogger #travelphotography #indiantravelblogger #instatravel #instatravelblog #instaphoto #instatraveller #othallofframe #outlooktraveller #cnntravel #cntraveler #lonelyplanetindia #asitravelwithoutsoitravelwithin #pathikas #pathika #pathikatravelsinthehimalyas #himalayanholidayplanner #himalayas #himalayanjourney
Post monsoon, en route Bandipur, Nepal, 2012  This perfect vista was marred by the bright purple hues of advertisement of a local cell company in Nepal, that painted houses purple and advertised name of company on roof. All colours are colours of existence and yet some simply don't go together. However  remote, far and beautiful places one may go to, one finds signs of commercialisation. But then, mountain life is very tough and we all gotta live.  #himalayas #nepaltourism #himalayan #pathikas #asitravelwithoutsoitravelwithin #himalayanholidayplanner #pathikatravelsinthehimalayas #mountains #instatravelblog #travelblogger #tripototakemetohimalayas #instaphoto #indiantravelbloggers #othallofframe #outlooktraveller #lonelyplanetnepal #cnntravel #cntraveler #mountainlife
Twin lakes of Manas and Rakshas, Tibetan highlands  Even though Rakshastal (the demon lake) is more beautiful in appearance and the view of Mt. Kailash, from the lake, more stunning, Manasarovar (The mind lake) is the one where the rainbow of faith really appears. Mansarovar along with Mt. Kailash, is considered a very important pilgrimage centre by followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bon (a native Tibetan faith characterised by animism and shamanism). The two lakes reflect the eternal duality of existence, divine and demon, light and dark, sun and moon. While Mansarovar is a fresh-water lake, Rakshastal is a salt-water lake. Mansarovar partly flows into Rakshastal. Rakshastal, on the other hand is an endorheic lake so, with constant evaporation and no outflow, the mineral concentration of the lake is very high. While Mansarovar is full of flora and fauna, Rakshastal supports very little life.  On my drive from Nepal border to the lakes, I didn't connect with Tibet much. It seemed like a dead region to me. I found Ladakh (with same landscape and altitude) to be much more alive and vibrant (this, of course, was before tourists descended on Ladakh en masse, post 3 idiots movie). But, then I reached Mansarovar and everything changed. As you get close to Mansarovar, the change in energy is difficult to overlook, even for an atheist. I felt connected. I felt elevated. I felt high. One can attribute this high energy to the religions associated with it or to the remoteness n high altitude of this land or even to the Hindu and Buddhist belief that, it is the centre of human consciousness. I, like to attribute it to the immense faith of thousands of pilgrims, who, for over a thousand years, have made arduous journeys from different parts of Indian sub-continent to Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar, in hope of salvation.  #himalayas #tibet #tibetanhighlands #pathikas #incrediblehimalayas #asitravelwithoutsoitravelwithin #pathikatravelsinthehimalayas
Peiku Tso, 4591M, Tibetan Highlands  Low air pressure in this high altitude plateau is not just what makes one breathless, it is also the sheer beauty and expanse of this cold desert. On a drive to Kailash Manasarovar, I was so focussed on the destination that the sudden sight of this gem of a lake, in its totality, literally took my breath away. Turquoise blue waters reflected the colour of the skies. 300 square meters in area, it is located 60 kms away from to mt. Shishpangma, one of the eight thousanders, which incidentally, also partly feeds this brackish lake. You start getting a glimpse of it almost 20-25 kms before you reach it, all the while feeling like it is perhaps a mirage, until you realise, it is not.  There are a lot of birds and animals like antelopes, sheep, foxes, gazelles etc. in the lake area, I, unfortunately, didn't see any of these here, but did see yaks, herds of sheep, a pair of black- necked cranes, kiangs, and even managed to get chased by a couple of Tibetan Mastiffs on way to Manasarovar.  #tibet #mountains #pathikas #himalayas #asitravelwithoutsoitravelwithin #himalayanholidayplanner #pathikatravelsinthehimalyas #ittakeshardworktoliveasimplemountainlife #natgeotravelindia #natgeo #natgeotibet #cntraveler #cnntravel #othallofframe #outlooktraveller #instatravelblog #instatravel #instaphoto #instapic #instablog #instatraveller #tibettravel #tibet
Granary, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh  Traditionally, different types of wood, depending on availability, has been used in different regions of Himachal, to create storage spaces for food. These range from small boxes in various shapes to a whole single room structures. The main concern is to keep food safe from rodents, moisture and wood-borers, if any.  In Kinnaur, a granary or Kuthar / kothara, as called locally, is a one room structure made of Deodar (Cedrus Deodara) wood. The main room is built about one meter above ground to restrict the ground moisture. The inner room has four to eight compartments to store different food items. There is a small door at a height, leading into the room. Roof is usually slanting, as this region sees heavy snowfall in winters. Old structures were beautifully carved with floral motifs, plants, birds and animals. This is on decline now. The granary is used to store not only grain but also dried meat and fruit. It is located away from the house, so as to save it from any incidents like fire, the chances of which are higher, in the house and also, because region falls in seismic zone of Himachal. At some places, these are built on the outskirts of the village.  #incrediblehimachal #incredibleindia #pathikas #asitravelwithoutsoitravelwithin #instatravelblog #imstatravel #instaphoto #instatraveller #instapic #mountains #himalayanliving #himalayas #simplemountainliving #simplemountainlife #othallofframe #outlooktraveller #lonelyplanetindia #cnntravel #cntraveler #natgeotravelindia
Homestay, Sarmoli village, Uttarakhand A mountain life entails working hard and making best use of sunshine while you can.  Several lifetimes lived in one simple life.  #simplemountainlife #incrediblehimalayas #pathikas #asitravelwithoutsoitravelwithin #himalayanholidayplanner #pathikatravelsinthehimalyas #himalayanhideaway #incredibleuttarakhand #othallofframe #outlooktraveller #natgeotravelindia #lonelyplanetindia #cnntravel #cntraveler #mountainlife #mountains
Apple trees,  Bare in March, laden in September Banjara camp, Batseri, Kinnaur,  Himachal Pradesh  Apples have been in India for centuries but the 'Red delicious apples' that are now widely popular, were brought into India in 1916 by Mr. Samuel Evan Stokes, a Christian missionary, who arrived here from Philadelphia in 1904 and lived in Kotgarh, Himachal Pradesh. He was allegedly the only 'white' to have participated in India's struggle for freedom. He later became an arya samaji and settled down in Thanedar. The Red delicious and Golden delicious apples saplings that he brought and shared with people of Himachal, are still bearing fruit in parts of Shimla and Kinnaur. It has brought prosperity to a large number of Himachalis.  #incredibleindia #incrediblehimalayas #incrediblehimachal #instatravelblog #instatravel #instaphoto #instapic #instatraveller #instablog #himalayas #himalayanjourney #apples #sunshine #mountains #asitravelwithoutsoitravelwithin #pathikas #pathika #natgeo #natgeotravelindia #outlooktraveller #cntraveler #cnntravel #lonelyplanetindia #othallofframe #mountains #simplemountainliving #simplyhimalayas
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Biosphere reserve, Assam  In the autumn of 2014, we spent a wonderful 3 hours riding in a boat in Dibru- Saikhowa National Park. Located in the flood plains and bound by Brahmaputra, Lohit and Dibru rivers, Dibru- Saikhowa National park, is the largest freshwater swamp forest in North East India. Very rich in flora, fauna, avi-fauna and aquatic animals, the park seemed to be wildly alive, teeming with life. It was established in order to save the rare White winged wood duck but it houses a wide variety of rare species like the Water Buffalo, Royal Bengal Tiger, Slow Loris, Pangolin, Feral horses, and Gangetic river dolphin. There are six different species of orchids. And while, we didn't see any of those, we did manage to get a good look at an array of birds like the Swamp Francolin, Brahminy Duck, Ruddy Shel Duck, Great Grebe, and Sarus, among many many others. Despite the sighting of many beautiful birds, the splashes of bright pink lotuses over muddy waters, and locals working the nets while the Sun set, however, were the most beautiful for me.  #incrediblehimalayas #himalayas #sunshine #lakes #assamtourism #pathikas #pathika #asitravelwithoutsoitravelwithin #himalayanhideaways #cntraveler #cnntravel #outlooktraveller #othallofframe #lonelyplanetindia #natgeotravelindia #natgeoyourshot #nature #sunshine #instatravelblog #instatravel #instaphoto #instatraveller #instablog #instapic #travelblogger #travelphotography #himalayas #himalayanjourney #inhimalayas #pathikatravelsinthehimalayas #himalayanholidayplanner #tripotocommunity
Jhaltola Estate, Kumaon Himalayas  Hot n spiced rum, a perfect antidote to those sharply cold mountain evenings. An array of homemade pickles, jams and preserves, add soul to your food and food to your soul.  #simplemountainliving #jhaltola #jhaltolaestate #berinag #chaukori #incrediblehimalayas #incredibleindia #kumaonhills #kumaon #othallofframe #asitravelwithoutsoitravelwithin #pathikas #pathika #mountains #sunshine #travelblogger #travelphotography #instatravel #instaphoto #instatraveller #instatravelblog #instagram #travelgram #cnntravel #cntraveler #lonelyplanetindia #outlooktraveller
Macchupuchare, 6993 mtrs., Nepal  Macchupuchare or Fish-tail mountain, lies within Annapurna conservation area, a region popular for its hiking trails. Trekkers from all over the world visit this part of Nepal, for the joy of hiking in the high Himalayas. The sheer and steep slopes of Maccupuchare are flanked on three sides by even higher, Annapurna I, II and III peaks. To the south, is town of Pokhara, a base for many different treks in Annapurna region. To the west of Annapurna I, is Kali Gandaki, one of the deepest river gorges in the world.  Macchapuchare is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva, hence considered sacred by Hindus because of which, there is a ban on climbing this mountain. It has never been summitted ever, or at least, not officially.  Because of the ban on summiting, it is one of the very few, still pristine places left in the Himalayas.  Beauty of Fish-tail mountain is accentuated, if sighted from Pokhara, with Phewa lake in the foreground, making it a perfect picture postcard worthy sight.  #nepaltourism #annapurnacircuit #fishtailmountain #fishtaillodge #natgeotravelindia #natgeo #outlooktraveller #lonelyplanetindia #lonelyplanetnepal #cntraveler #cnntravel #instatravel #instaphoto #instatraveller #instablog #travelblogger #pathikas #pathika #souljourneys #himalayanjourney #himalaya #himalayas #himalayas #himalayasnepal #sunshine
Kinnaur Kailash (6050M), as seen from Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh  Kinnaur Kailash mountain, even though not similar in appearance to Mt. Kailash in Tibet, is often confused with it. But, it is no less important to the devotees of Lord Shiva. The trek up to Mt. Shivling, within the range, though not as long as circumambulation of Mt. Kailash, is just as arduous. At the base of this range are towns of Rekong peo and Kalpa. Looming large over these towns, the range seem to pull you in and fill all spaces, physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Kalpa is known for it cold climate perfect for apple and chilgoza (pine nuts) plantation. In Indian Himalayas, Chilgoza variety of pine nuts is grown only in small pockets of Kinnaur and Pangi. The species is now listed as near threatened species and may become extinct in near future. The efforts made in regeneration of chilgoza, have not borne much fruit.  The only other countries to grow it are Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Stately deodars and apple orchards surround the town of Kalpa. Apples of Kinnaur region are some of the best I have had, anywhere in the world.  #incredibleindia #incrediblehimalayas #natgeotravelindia #lonelyplanetindia #cnntravel #cntraveler #othallofframe #outlooktraveller #instatravel #instaphoto #travelblogger #pathikas #instatraveller #instablog #travelblogger #travelphotography #travelgram
Cowrie shells game, Darjeeling  In India, cowrie shells game is thousands of years old. It goes by different names like Pacheesi, Chaupad, Chopat and Chausar, being the most common. Though these games are similar, Pacheesi is the one played with cowrie shells. Others are played with tabular dices. In Hindu mythology, Pandav lost their entire kingdom and their wife to a game of Chausar, which eventually led to Mahabharata. I have seen different versions of this game being played, in Darjeeling, Shekhawati, and coastal Gujarat.  Cowrie shells at one time were used as currency in parts of China and Africa. In certain cultures, they are considered a symbol of luck, money and protection. Another use they have is of ornamentation. #darjeelingtourism #incredibleindia #incrediblehimalayas #himalaya #himalayanjourney #himalayas #himalayan #instatravel #instatraveller #instablog #pathikas #lonelyplanetindia #cntraveler #cnntravel #outlooktraveller
Indian summer is here and in full form. Cannot cannot wait for cooler climes. Should get inside an air conditioner or maybe refrigerator. Latter should have a little space.  I am missing Manali and Barua.  #mountains #himalayanjourney #himalaya #himalayas #himalayan #incredibleindia #himachaltourism #incrediblehimalayas #incrediblehimachal #natgeotravelindia #lonelyplanetindia #othallofframe #outlooktraveller #instatravel #instatraveller #instaphoto #instagram #instablog #instablog #travelblogger #indiantravelblogger #pathikas #souljourneys
Lake Gurudongmar, 17000 ft., North Sikkim  A drive from Lachen town, through alpine pastures and a gain of 8000 ft. in altitude, brings one to Lake Gurudongmar. The turquoise green lake is surrounded by the Snow capped mountains and is a major source of Teesta River, the main river of Sikkim. Due to extreme altitude gain in one day's drive to the lake and high winds, very few do not feel the impact of high altitude here. On our visit, we could stop for only 20 minutes but, it was well worth it.  The lake is revered by Buddhists, Sikhs and local Hindus. It is believed that the lake is blessed by both Guru Rimpoche and Guru Nanak. Both Buddhists and Sikhs believe that due to blessings of Guru Rimpoche/ Guru Nanak, a part of lake never freezes and thereby, provides water all year round.  There is a bit of movement of Indian army in this region and there are hardly any civilians. Only Indian tourists are allowed and that too, only with a permit. On our drive to Gurudongmar, we saw a certain part of land fenced and there was a board carrying a warning about landmines.  #incredibleindia #incrediblehimalayas #sikkimtourism #incrediblesikkim #himalaya #himalayas #himalayan #natgeotravelindia #natgeo #lonelyplanetindia #cnntravel #cntraveler #outlooktraveller #othallofframe #pathikas #souljourney #souljourneys #travel #tourism #lake #gurudongmarlake #mountains #nature #offbeattravel
Chopta valley, Sikkim, 2008  Region of north Sikkim, where tourist are allowed, is divided into two, Lachen and Lachung, developed around the rivers of the same name. The two rivers confluence at Chungthang from where, they flow down as one and meet Teesta River further down south. According to a legend, Guru Nanak, on his way to Tibet, stopped at Chungthang to have rice. There is a stone here, bearing his footprint. Rice is still grown widely here. In Lachen, on way to Gurudongmar lake, which at over 17000 ft. Is one of the highest lakes in the world, is the valley of Chopta. Chopta along with Thangu, used to be the summer capital of Lachenpas. The practice of moving to Chopta in summers, though, is going down. There is a, one of the very few in India, Angora rabbit farms near Thangu. On our visit to Lachen, my friends and I stayed in a homestay near Thangu. Here, for the first time, I tried Chhang (a millet based brew), which I liked very much and yak cheese, which I didn't like at all.  #incredibleindia #incrediblesikkim #sikkimtourism #pathikas #natgeotravelindia #natgeo #lonelyplanetindia #lonelyplanet #cnntravel #cntraveler #outlooktraveller #othallofframe #mountains #himalaya #himalayanjourney #himalayas #himalayan #vacation #tourism #travel
Sohra, Meghalaya  Sohra, better known as Cherrapunjee, and surrounding region is a treasure trove of culture, history and nature's bounty.  It is the capital of Khasi tribals, who are of Mon-Khmer origin, but now carry a certain amount of welsh influence. They follow a matrilineal society principle. Sohra is surrounded by beautiful table top top mountains, plunging waterfalls, caves with stalagmites and stalactites formations and deep gorges. The slopes are steep everywhere so, unlike hiking trails in most other hilly regions, here, they have stairs everywhere. On my hike to the famous double decker living root bridge (a technique developed by people of this region, to grow roots of Ficus Elastica tree into bridges), we covered the three hour hike down some 2500 ft. in altitude, on one loooong staircase. An adventure seekers paradise, one can go hiking, spelunking (sounds fancier than just simple caving), canyoning, swimming in the natural water pools and geocaching. #meghalayatourism #incredibleindia #incrediblemeghalaya #meghalaya #tourism #natgeotravelindia #lonelyplanetindia #outlooktraveller #cntraveler #cnntravel #othallofframe #pathikas #souljourneys #souljourney #caving #livingrootsbridge #himalayanjourney #lonelyplanet #natgeo #sunshine #khasi
Kunchenjunga mountain and Teesta River valley, Sikkim  Sikkim recently became the only Indian state to engage in 100% organic farming. Looks like they have got it right. Fresh air, beautiful vistas and good food, recipe for a good life.  #incredibleindia #incrediblehimalayas #sikkimtourism #incrediblesikkim #himalaya #himalayas #himalayan #natgeotravelindia #lonelyplanetindia #cntraveler #cnntravel #pathikas #souljourney #souljourneys #peace #mountains #joy #travel #travelphotography #othallofframe #outlooktraveller #himalayanjourney
Sonaugi, Himachal Pradesh A handful of houses form this tiny gem of a hamlet called Sonaugi near Naggar in Himachal Pradesh. Overlooking Beas river, it is surrounded by mountains, deodar forests and apple orchards. There is an ever-present feeling of peaceful solitude that you simply cannot get enough of. Every time, I visit Sonaugi, I return feeling rejuvenated.  #incrediblehimachal #incredibleindia #incrediblehimalayas #naggar #himachaltourism #himalaya #himalayas #himalayan #natgeotravelindia #natgeo #outlooktraveller #othallofframe #lonelyplanetindia #lonelyplanet #cntraveler #cnntravel #pathikas #souljourney #souljourneys #mountains #leisure #solitude #peace
Tirthan river valley, Gushaini, Himachal Pradesh Tirthan river valley is a rare gem that is easily approachable from Chandigarh and Delhi and yet offers that sense of solitude in the still pristine mountains. A little beyond Gushaini, is the Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site for 'outstanding significance of biodiversity conservation'. The park's altitude ranges from 1500 to 6000 meters because of which there are many different climatic zones within the park. It has a particularly rich biota. One has to walk for half a day to just reach the entrance gate of the park.  A friend of mine and I, visited Gushaini a couple of years back. We drove up (it was my first time driving in the mountains) and spent 5 lazy days at Rajoo bhai's cottage. We had a room, overlooking the river. Except for one day, when we ventured out to hike upto Choie falls, we barely moved our backsides. Sound of water flowing, sunshine (mostly), watching people cross the river in a small trolley and books occupied our days and conversations around bonfire, our evenings.  #incrediblehimachal #incredibleindia #incrediblehimalayas #himachaltourism #himalaya #himalayas #himalayan #pathikas #souljourney #souljourneys #natgeotravelindia #natgeo #othallofframe #outlooktraveller #lonelyplanetindia #lonelyplanet #cntraveler #cnntravel
Tibetan highlands  Take the tradition and make it your own. It is difficult to let go of the nomadic way of living, but that doesn't mean it cannot be made a little more comfortable with the use of technology. And when the roads are as good as the ones in Tibet, one can have the best of both the worlds.  On my visit to Kailash Mansarovar, we saw an entire colony of relatively new houses built for the purpose of housing nomads, but there were no takers it seemed.  #tibet #himalaya #himalayas #himalayan #natgeotravelindia #natgeo #outlooktraveller #lonelyplanetindia #lonelyplanet #photography #cntraveler #cnntravel #pathikas #souljourneys
The lone chai shop, Jalori pass, 10800 ft. Himachal Pradesh, 2009  For Himalayas lovers, is there a joy greater than a hike through the forest on a cold, sunny day, followed by sweet and hot milky tea at a local chai shop.  The gentleman manning this shop at the pass, would keep it open, weather conditions not withstanding, on as many days as possible. So long as the pass was open and vehicles plying, he would be working.  Jalori pass at 10800 ft. connects Shimla hills with Mandi and Kullu regions of Himachal Pradesh. A gain of 7000 ft. in altitude from approach roads on either side, and the drive on a narrow and steep road along a river gorge, is not for the faint hearted. Those who do reach however, are treated well by these mountains. Sparsely populated, heavily forested, and overlooking Dhauladhars, this part of Seraj valley is a visual delight. Several excellent hiking trails start from and finish at Jalori. I, personally,  can easily spend at least a week in these hills.  #incrediblehimachal #incrediblehimalayas #incredibleindia #himalaya #himalayas #himalayan #himachaltourism #natgeotravelindia #outlooktraveller #othallofframe #lonelyplanetindia #cntraveler #cnntravel #souljourneys #pathikas #pathika #serajvalley #jaloripass
Batseri village, 8100 ft., Sangla valley, Himachal Pradesh  My arrival in Sangla, the first time I visited, was an adventure. A colleague of mine and I had travelled by bus. The bus dropped us at the road head to the camp we were going to stay in, rather late in the evening. Except for one bulb glowing outside one of the houses on the road, it was pitch dark. The skies however were lit with twinkling stars. I knocked on the house with the bulb. There was no response. Then we saw that there was a lock on the door. We knocked on another door, same lack of response. We were at a loss as to why there was no response until I realised that residents had probably still not returned after the winter (In a lot of high Himalayan regions, residents head down to lower altitudes to avoid harsh winters). I was also famished. I called out to camp folks, as loudly as possible, but no joy. I knew the camp wasn't far but it was still at least 2-300 meters away, plus the roaring Baspa river drowned out most noises, so no luck there either. Our eyes had begun getting used to the dark. I went up and down the road several times and knocked on a couple of other doors, but no joy.  It had been over half an hour. Unfortunately, we weren't carrying a flash light. I began to freak out. It was very cold and dark and there is usually some wildlife, read leopard, around in the mountains. My colleague contemplated breaking a lock and staying in, untill morning. I agreed. Before he could do that, I saw someone passing by. I heaved a sigh of relief. I stopped him and asked for directions. He escorted us to the camp.  Next day, I woke up very early in the morning and saw the place I was in. It all looked so fresh, so pristine and so very beautiful. All my misgivings of the previous night vanished. Soon, the sun rose, slowly spreading its light and warmth on everything it touched. I thought to myself, they named it just right, Sangla or, the Pass of light.  #incredibleindia #incrediblehimalayas
Ferns trail, Namdapha national Park, Arunachal Pradesh  The year I turned 40, my travel buddies and I decided to go on a trek inside Namdapha National Park. What a wonderful week it turned out to be. The park is part of rainforests of North East India. Treks are possible mainly in winters, post monsoon and only once the water retreats enough to enable walking. Every year, ferns grow all over. The year we visited, we were one of the first to trek inside the park, post monsoon, so except for a narrow clearing, the fern trail was still pristine and a delight to walk on.  The park is known for its population of vulnerable Great Indian hornbills. Every time we would hear a hovercraft like noise, we would know that hornbill is flying by, but mostly couldn't see because the vegetation was so thick. It was also the reason why our guide carried a machete with him to cut newly grown tall grasses to make the trail walkable again. It is the only park perhaps to be populated by four cats, leopard, snow leopard, clouded leopard and tiger, though few believe that any tigers are left. The altitude ranges from 200 to 4571 meters because of which, the climatic zones range from evergreen to moist- deciduous to temperate to coniferous and finally alpine. Each evening, after the day's trek, we would spend 15-20 minutes looking for leeches on legs and shoes. :-) Good times!  #incredibleindia #incrediblehimalayas #incredibleindia #incrediblearunachal #arunachalpradeshtourism #arunachaltourism #himalayas #himalaya #himalayan #natgeo #natgeotravelindia #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanetindia #cntraveler #cnntravel #photography #junglesofindia #rainforest #hornbill #tigertiger #bigcats #bigcats #pathika #pathikas #souljourneys #othallofframe #outlooktraveller

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