It is that time of the year when I head out to mountains. Usually I take two weeks off and go trekking. But this year it was not meant to be. I am just taking one week off and I am not trekking. The original plan was to take two weeks off but then I got invited again to one of my favorite destinations so I had to cut short the trekking plan. But then I am heading to the mountains for one whole week and if everything goes according to the plan, I travel again after a few days of coming back. I have actually no reason to crib!
So while Delhi/NCR is once again sweltering at 41 degree Celsius; tomorrow I head out again to the exact same place you see in the picture above. There are plans to go beyond, places that are even more beautiful but I will take it slowly, one at a time.
I have noticed a new thing about myself. After about 15 days I start getting stark and raving mad at the traffic I commute through. Usually after 15 days I have been off on a trip and I can bear the traffic, for about two days once I come back and then it starts driving me mad again. This time it has been about 15 days in the city. I am happy to leave behind the traffic, the pollution and the chaos. This beastly traffic is one thing that I mind most about my existence. And as I type this, I feel I should be really grateful if the beastly traffic is the number 1 botheration in my life these days!
So then folks, time to head out to cooler climates, this time on a personal vacation. My elder nephew would be joining me a few days after and lucky guy, he will go trekking.
The day I arrived at Palampur my hosts at the Holiday Home Hotel (it is a home based hotel) asked me, “so what would you do today”? And I told them “nothing” as I was way too tired. True to the form after breakfast I went to sleep, the effect of Avomine was still taking its toll. They literally woke me up for lunch at 2.20 pm! After food I read a book till about 4.00 pm and then told them that I was going out for a walk.
I had no idea where I was going, I just wanted to feel less guilty about all the good food I was eating by walking off some of it! I knew I wanted to walk away from the bazaar on this day (on many other days I happily walked towards the bazaar and gajar ka halwa) and I took the path a little beyond the HPTDC Tea Bud Hotel that says Lohna Hills. A while later I saw the open fields and knew that I was going in the right direction. The sun was getting low so taking pictures was even more beautiful.
From the main road I was not getting the desired angle on the shots. Then I saw someone moving on a narrow lane which was much better for catching the scene. I walked swiftly that way and remained there till the sun went down!
And all these pictures are from that aimless walk. That is what I love about the hills. Walk which ever way you want and you will get something worth remembering! I think I will go back to Palampur but I have to go to Barot first!
These days all I am doing is looking at old travel pictures and deleting the ones that have not come out well. I can still remember so much of the trek. But for a change I can also remember a lot of the last week too, I got to learn quite a lot about a statistical package called SPSS, and it was long long overdue.
Check out my complete trek account of Triund and Beyond in Himachal Pradesh.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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