Not all my readers are Indian and so I like to share this link which is a sneak peak to the episode . I told 1 of my friend at work to let her dad know . He was very excited and is busy searching episode. So thought may be some of you will enjoy too. I couldn’t find one with English subtitles but if you have discovery channel , try it out.
on our recent religious trip, we also hiked Vaishno Devi. It’s 14 kms one way. Path is gradual up, mostly covered as you can see in the picture. It was around 1.5 hr drive from Jammu airport and roads were good .We started hike 8 in the morning and came back by 4 or 5.
Have you done it or is it on your list ? It was on my list of things to do and am glad it’s done . Learning from chardham hikes, here I didn’t bother to check how many kms I did or how many left. Just kept walking . Coming down last few kms were never ending. But of course it did end at some point and coming down is easy but it’s just looong walk. Total is 28 kms of walk in a day.
If you want to do it, just practice long walks before going. Get a Fitbit or use your phone to see how much you are walking . Some ppl think they walk a lot everyday but it’s just their imagination.
There’s not much to do in terms of sight seeing in Mumbai. For me , it’s the airport I am always taking flights from . This time I did spend some time with friends and family. We went for high tea @ Taj which is good and reasonably priced . India gate is right there near Taj hotel. I stayed at Radisson blue 4 kms away from airport. Hotel was very nice since its newly built.
There are lot of fun incidents we had on our trip and thought would be worth to share some of them . We stayed at camp Nirvana , Barkot and reached there in the evening from Haridwar. Met this group of ppl there and after initial pleasantries, was talking with 2 middle aged man abt next day hike. I asked them how were they going up ? They said it’s very hard everyone says and so they are taking ponies. I said we gonna walk and we have practiced hiking .
Next day we started hiking around 8 and midway I met those 2 man coming down. Oh you are already done and going down, Did you take pony? Amused me said. Their answer shocked me , they said after talking to you we decided to walk too and we walked up there and now going down . They said they started at 7.
I kept scratching my head how the hell they reached so early ?
Lesson is looks like I am good at encouraging others .
Picture is of our camp Nirvana and Yamunotri Hike.
While we are in school , learning is part of every day life. As we grow old, we get settled in comfortable routine, ppl become expert in something and ends up with big fat ego. We should stay in student mode all life and then life becomes fun , easy and you are always growing.
Travel is another learning opportunity. We learn things on the roads that no university will teach us . On recent pilgrimage, we had lot of hikes and when my leg ended up in pain , I had to learn how to walk so that leg doesn’t hurt or hurt less. I like nice comfortable hotels but as we go remote places , things change. Nice hotel meaning will we get hot water in the morning ? We learn to survive and keep going. We learn to laugh on our pain , bad experiences too. We make friends with strangers and have some hearty laugh even when we meet them only for few mins. We learn to be mentally flexible .
Travel doesn’t mean just Europe and USA. There are so many unique places that offer unique experiences. Expand your travel horizon too. Safety is always important so always double check in that area and do what you are comfortable with .
Picture is from Amritsar Vagha border . Famous India Pakistan border.