“Are you alone madam?”
This is one of the most common questions women encounter whenever they are found standing confused and alone in a new place. Now, these four words can imply absolutely anything in the world. It only depends on who says it and how.
A couple of years ago, I was strolling in a local market of a small village near Saharanpur (UP), when a bunch of school boys approached me.
The scenic hill town of Auli was on the top of my travel list for the past so many years, but each time I planned the trip, I had to cancel it for one or the other reason. Finally, I was able to visit this fairyland last year—a journey offering a unique, unforgettable snow experience probably difficult to get at any other place in India.
How’d you react if someone offers you a chance to fill your life with absolute joy, adventure, and bliss!You’d jump from your seat and grab the offer! A trekking trip to Kedarkantha offers you a similar experience—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to absorb the unparalleled beauty of the snow-clad peaks, the charm of walking though pine forests, the scenic views of green meadows and much more, all in a single trip.
For as long as I can remember, I havebeen a beach person. Then came my travelling twenties and I fell in love with the surroundings that are diametrically opposite. Smooth tarmac roads hugging the bends on a mountain, chilly winds that make your eyes water involuntarily, undulating stretches of green and tall trees backgrounded by gorgeous orange sunsets that are best watched hugging yourself – clad in a thick jacket, woollen cap and lumpy gloves. The Himalayas became my new happy place, once I encountered all this. It happened on my first visit to a place called Valley of Flowers, tucked away in the Garhwal region of Uttrakhand. I came back converted, re-energized and in love with mountains. I have to say that the adoration for hilltops has only grown from then.