Shaggy Goes To The Mountains

british-columbiaAfter a lot of pleading and begging, my parents finally agreed to let me go on a solo trip to The Himalayas. The best birthday gift. I was off to heavens and was as happy as the pig in the shit.

I decided not to go to the common tourist destinations rather chose a less crowded place, where you actually get to feel the presence of the mighty monstrous mountain beside you. I had heard so much about the Himalayan highways. I decided to travel on one. The Leh Manali Highway. I wanted to hitchhike, but it would’ve been tiresome and risky so I dropped this idea. Boarded the early morning bus.  Now, I don’t even know how to describe the beauty, the amazement, the genius. Simply fascinating. There’s no better philosophy teacher than the window seat of the bus. I vomited 3 times before we finally stopped to eat at a small eatery, high altitude and low pressure takes its toll on urban people. There was a river flowing below and we were contemplating it sipping our hot tea. I wanted to go down and touch the river water. My rational mind laughed at the idea. Some other day. But a thought came to me with the winds; what good this trip would be if I chose to do things some other day when I can do it right now. And I waved goodbye to the bus; I remember the conductor warning me that I won’t get another. But I dint care to be honest. That stubborn reckless guy I’ve always been. I went to the river, collected the pebbles, clicked pictures and thanked God.himalayan I thought if I walked along the river I will surely find civilization. Didn’t find civilization but surely found peace, happiness, beautiful pictures, joy and things I can’t describe in words. After walking for around three and half hours, I finally admitted that I am lost. When you’re at some place like this, even getting lost is fun. But the dusk had started to fall and I needed to find a shelter. I didn’t want to get eaten by a bear or wolf or worse cannibals. So I started climbing upwards, 2 hours of climb and I still couldn’t find any human, that moment was scary, urban people can’t withstand the solitude, it was a scary solitude though, we are so used to of having someone near that when left alone we start getting scared of our own existence, our own heart beat scares us, our own shadow frightens us. And here I was; lost in some hilly jungles of Himachal Pradesh , they wouldn’t even find my corpse if I died here I thought. But I didn’t die. ( a little suspense is good, to be continued)

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55 comments

  1. GirlfromGhana · September 16

    Wow nice

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  2. Beautiful!! You could have done a bike ride… Royal Enfield preferably. 😀 I have that in my bucket list- Enfield and leh-ladakh.😀😀

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  3. Vivek Vatsal1 · September 16

    Oh!! Shaggy Ji, that suspense should be answered ASAP! Enjoyed the voyage😊👍

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    • The Shaggy · September 16

      Bilkul bhai bahut jald ye suspense hatega…. Thank you for reading bro

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  4. my valiant soul · September 16

    WOW!Visiting the Himalayas is in my bucket list and you have added more glow to my dream now.Beautiful!

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  5. TalkaholicMe · September 16

    You vomited thrice.. oh you kid.. and you got yourself lost.. how cool.. I always wanted to visit Himalayas.. Leh-Manali Highway is awesome and perfect for biking.. beautiful photographs.. do share more

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    • The Shaggy · September 17

      Yea A fragile delicate kid I am, you can laugh at me here…. Also caught cold…. 😦
      It’s phenomenal…. People every here and there telling tales of their journey….. There are shops who rent the royal Enfield. You’d love it….
      Okay the second post of this series will share more photographs…..

      PS- been a long time, how are you??? And your phenomenal sense of humor? :p

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  6. boundlessblessingsblog · September 16

    Beautiful pics and it must have been so beautiful in the Himalayas.

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    • The Shaggy · September 17

      Yes it indeed was beautiful…. It felt like home…..
      Thanks for stopping by…
      🙂

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  7. sudershana · September 17

    Beautiful pictures and for sure, It would be the one of the most finest holiday destination!
    Enjoy yourself

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    • The Shaggy · September 17

      yes it was, there is something in the Himalayas that, you know, ATTRACT thank you so much, i enjoyed myself 😀

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  8. Miss Writaholic · September 17

    Interesting read… Looking forward to the continuation! 🙂

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    • The Shaggy · September 17

      Anhaan glad that a Himalayan girl liked it!!! will complete it soon….
      thanks for stopping by…..

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    • The Shaggy · September 21

      wow thank you soo much…. will do it as soon i am don with my hectic schedule….
      hope you wont mind if it gets a bit late

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  10. elaine · September 21

    simple and beautiful narration with suspense at the end…waiting for the next part 🙂

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    • The Shaggy · September 23

      Oh!!! mam thank you soo much….. wont let you wait for long…. this weekend i beieve…. thank you for stopping by…

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  11. The Hedonist · September 24

    And you have narrated the trip to Himalayas so beautifully. Glad you could do this trip, Shaggy. 😊
    Most of us plan while the implementation takes decades.

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    • The Shaggy · September 25

      oh! thank you so much…
      yep it was one of my before graduation bucket list…..
      oh come on, you will very soon find your way to those beautiful mountains
      lovely to have you here

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      • The Hedonist · September 25

        Thank you for lifting my hopes. 😎
        It’s good to know you have started to tick off the items from your bucket list. 😊

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  12. Jack · October 11

    It’s the best time to make some plans for
    the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you few
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    • The Shaggy · October 17

      Hey thanks for stopping by…… I would love to hear your suggestions…..
      Lovely to have you here
      Cheers

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  13. Garfield Hug · October 15

    Awesome!!

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  14. lifesavourr · November 6

    Wow!! Superb clicks. It’s very well written too 👍

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  16. Vikas Acharya · 20 Days Ago

    Reblogged this on Journal Edge.

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