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Oh, to wander again

So finally, this blog has a reason to come back to life.

In a previous post, I had extolled the virtues of traveling alone, letting your mind and body wander, getting out of your comfort zone and pushing your limits. It had been 7 years since I had attempted something similar and I wanted to set that right. So, on the afternoon of a bright day in the first week of April, I booked a one way ticket to Sikkim. I knew where I would be staying that night in Gangtok, but nothing more. Just the adventure I needed..and perhaps more.

Like Tyler Knott Gregson aptly pointed out

I needed to waltz. And waltz I did. Through the windy roads, through the bridges that took many lives to build, through the gushing rivers, through the majestic Himalayan ranges, through the hearts and minds of the locals and through the warmth they offered me.

Majestic Himalayas

 

I managed to visit Gangtok, North Sikkim (Yumthang valley, Zero Point, Gurdongmar lake) and West Sikkim (Pelling, Yuksom). And topped it off with a 4 day trek to Dzongri – this was the perfect finish to this adventure. People make these experiences count and mine was no different. A few examples…

  • A 20 year old Christ College student who sat next to me on the flight and told me his love story
  • 55 year old Abdul Chacha who moved from Bihar to Sikkim 30 years ago and recounted his journey over the last few decades
  • A French group of 8 folks who travel like the way its meant to be done
  • A 40 year old British couple, who were rediscovering their lives

I came away from the trip learning a lot about each one of them…and myself. That’s the whole point of travel, isn’t it ?  (I hope to write more about each of these places and the people I met, in future posts)

And at the end, I couldn’t help but feel that the mountains have an aura and a rather unique simplicity. Life is rather simple in these parts of the world

  • There are no two ways to get to a destination…
  • There are no two ways to start a fire…
  • There are no two ways to cook…
  • There are no two ways to survive…
  • And there are no two ways to live…

And it is with this simplicity that the locals lead their lives and it is this simplicity that makes their lives rich.

And it made mine too.

5 Comments

  1. Anup wrote:

    Don’t miss out on Arunachal.

    Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 10:58 am | Permalink
  2. bharathd wrote:

    Definitely wont. But at a later time.
    I am back now in Bangalore, and hopefully will write a lot more about Sikkim – which I think is as beautiful as Arunachal, if not better.

    Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11:03 am | Permalink
  3. srikanth wrote:

    Amazing,.keep discovering,.

    Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 5:17 pm | Permalink
  4. Veda wrote:

    Loved reading this site! And yes, pleased to meet you at the HAT 🙂

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 11:29 am | Permalink
  5. bharathd wrote:

    Thanks Veda ! Loved meeting you as well.

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

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