Friday, April 10, 2015

Making Goo-goo Eyes At Nature - Photo Essay of First Camping Trip

* Do not think I travel to future. These dates were wrongly set in my camera.

This is the first photo essay of my first solo camping trip 6 years ago. Over the time, I feel I've got to understand camping and solo trip a better than before, but the excitement and impulsiveness I have lost. It is not a bad thing after all because I am now more aware of my surroundings, with certain cautiousness, which is important at certain stages of traveling. It is natural I guess, over the years of traveling evolution and changing circumstances, my thought process has been adapted to certain level of realty of this world, so it is not a surprising fact that I am now quickly able to accept the adverse situations and adapt myself in changing situations.

It should not be denied…..that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our mind with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led west. - Wallace Stegner

himalayas in uttarakhand garhwal

Mountains always bring a complete silence in the mind.

bedni bugyal lohajang village

His traveling down to hills is always a haphazard affair. With a heavy backpack and lots of cigarette smoke in the lungs, it’s difficult to walk on the mountainous terrains. However, his philosophy is quite stern that you should carry as much as you can on your back at a dead run.

He stays at a small village perched at a height of 2500 meters.

Last night heavy rainstorm and intolerable cold wind have almost swept away his tent. Now, the whole day wait and wait to dry the stuff. Nevertheless, everything has a good side and he has understood yesterday that there is no greater fear than the fear of death. At night he was running, screaming but only darkness everywhere. It seemed he was searching help in midst of dead people. By God’s grace he ultimately found a room though filthy and stinky but at the moment that was nothing less than heaven. The whole night nightmares came and he woke up with excruciating tiredness and lethargy.

lohajang camping garhwal

He is now sitting alongside a French group, trekking to Joshimath via Bedni Bugyal. He is now thinking that he perhaps comes at wrong time. The hills are still covered up with snow and venturing into a frozen jungle without much gear is nothing less than suicide. Depressed!

It is quite impossible to see the real picture of this existence. whatever we see actually behind the shadow of 'Iness' but today he has realized there are certain subtle things always working behind the gross. it's a faint imitation of his pure consciousness.

ajan top lohajang uttarakhand garhwal

Ajaan Top…some haunted place!!

The mountain is the environment of revelation, genetically and physiologically alien, sensorily austere, and aesthetically abstract. It is always bold and suggestive, though sometimes terrible as if it shows its temperamental nature. From hills sky seems un-obstructive and clouds seems take various living forms.
Since thousands of years, prophets and hermits through rough terrain of hills have sought the therapeutic and spiritual value of retreat, to seek the TRUTH.

He is now dipping in a cold stream…
camping in forest garhwal uttarakhand

A few moments back, a shepherd woman tried to scare him by talking all weird stories of ghost and animals. He himself the Ghost of ghosts!
camping solo forest garhwal kumaon

At last find a good place to pitch his tent.
forest in kumaon uttarakhand

He talked at a length with the sadhu. It seems the babaji is greatly impressed with his internal conflict and his childlike behavior.

In India those burned brinjals make an excellent cuisines named ‘Baigan ka bharta’. Maggie, some loaf of bread, chocolates and lots of water. Malnutrition?? But spirit is soaring….


Errr… Some noise in the woods..leopard he believes…

Dry meandering river…way back to home..
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