“Two Roads Diverged In A Wood And I – I Took The One Less Traveled By.” – Robert Frost
Travel lifts the spirit, it inspires us and makes us feel alive. Exploring new lands and getting to know new cultures other than our own has moved adventurous travelers and explorers for thousands for years.
Adulthood to me is getting out of this stereotype environment and realizing that there is a bigger picture which we are not able to see because of the materialistic aproach we have towards life. I don’t say it’s bad to use things but it’s useless for me to think about a fancy phone or a fancy car or to invest my money to be good looking or clothing whatever it may be. It has become aproach of our lives to think and act in a way that there are people who will judge you for your looks and materials or things you carry.
My friends it doesn’t matter that how you look and what you carry . If a person is not accepting you in your original form then he/she doesn’t deserve you.We need to see the bigger picture and all that matters is how much you believe in yourself and how much you consistently invest in your growth and development rather than investing in your phone or clothing or whatever. Adulthood is finding ways to love yourself even when nobody is there and only then you can love someone else.
While travelling solo for quite some time I have realised that I can’t love anyone if am not able to love and enjoy myself. So I started solo backpacking and slowly realised that things I am able to do now or the way I am able to think now was not even in my mind few years back so travelling changed me completely as a person and I would rather say It has brought best out of me and made me a better person overall and there is always room for improvement.
“What You’ve Done Becomes The Judge Of What You’re Going To Do – Especially In Other People’s Minds. When You’re Traveling, You Are What You Are Right There And Then. People Don’t Have Your Past To Hold Against You. No Yesterdays On The Road.”
Wandering reestablishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. When you are on a hill and sitting on a stone and look at the big mountains and rivers and you realise that I am very small and so are my problems and there and then you realise that people’s opinion and judgement doesn’t matter for you to be happy .Its only you who has to look for wide possibilities and find a way to love yourself and enjoy your company and then you grow on life aspects.
“Adventure Is A Path. Real Adventure – Self-Determined, Self-Motivated, Often Risky – Forces You To Have Firsthand Encounters With The World. The World The Way It Is, Not The Way You Imagine It. Your Body Will Collide With The Earth And You Will Bear Witness. In This Way You Will Be Compelled To Grapple With The Limitless Kindness And Bottomless Cruelty Of Humankind – And Perhaps Realize That You Yourself Are Capable Of Both. This Will Change You. Nothing Will Ever Again Be Black-And-White.”
Well I spent some of my days in the Parvati Valley and this valley I consider as my home .Every time I go there I am really myself. Everything is just so perfect the people are so humble they call me भाइ जी which means dear brother and that is so sweet, the food, the weather and the vibe is just unmatchable. Mountain view cafe in kalga village is the place i recommend people to stay in. I stayed there for 10 days and then started to walk on the pin parvati trails via kheerganaga, bunbuni and later parts where it started to rain heavily and I had to return from the second checkpost of this trek which was disappointing but then I survived landslides and I really believe that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Here are some pictures of of my travel in Parvati Valley
(Mountain View Cafe, Kalga)
(Camping on trek)
This was all from Parvati Valley and then I moved to the other side of Himachal Pradesh which is dharamshala .This side has its own beauty because of an blended living style of Pahadis and Buddhists.I reached dharmshala and took a taxi to Bhagsu that is beautiful town just 2kms from Mcleodganj. While Mcleodganj is all crowded with cafes monks and colourful shops which has different beauty and I always prefer offbeat places so bhagsu and dharamkot are places I stayed for 15 days and trust these are the untouched and unexplored beauties of Himachal where you will mostly see foreigners and hippy and friendly and i would say peaceful kind of environment.Here are some pictures of my stay in bhagsu and dharamkot
This place is like a new born baby which is so lovely all the time always with sun on top but a cold brezze which blends in amazingly and the experience is something worth trying and these are the villages you cross on your way to Triund trek from where you can see dhauladhar range.
( Dharamkot )
(Jungle Hut Upper Bhagsu )
( cafe129 Mcleodganj)
(Cappuccino – Dharamkot)
All I want to say is that look at broder aspects of life and grow as a person and invest in yourself rather than investing in things .
Travelling has worked out so well for me and I hope it works out for you too.
“The Road Is There, It Will Always Be There. You Just Have To Decide When To Take It.” -Chris Humphrey