Tuesday, August 25, 2009

To head for the mountains

It seems to be a very common fantasy among Indians working in the US – to chuck their corporate jobs and head off to the Himalayas. I have heard it from so many that it is practically a cliché.

And so when we planned our first trip within India, we chose the Himalayas. My wife wanted to spend much longer there, but I was the one who limited it to two weeks. I wanted to start small.

The part of the Himalayas we visited (Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Yamunotri, Gangotri) is mostly in the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Not snow-clad peaks this time of the year, but very scenic. The Ganges (Bhagirathi) gushes right along the roads wherever we went. The food was hearty, accommodations decent. Some of the bus and jeep journeys were scary due to the narrow roads and the sheer drop.

We took two weeks to make the trip that others routinely finish in 5 days. We overnighted in villages that weren’t even marked in the tourist maps. I consciously stayed away from the Internet for the entire 2 weeks.

The Himalayas, to many who dream of heading there, is an idealized version of a place where you can shed all your worldly worries and get away from it all. Garhwal came close.

5 comments:

~ Marie ~ said...

we walk this earth together ... uncovering our tomorrows. I love peeking into yours...

eksparsh said...

Ram,I have been following your blog, and find some very interesting views and bits of information. Thank you so much for being frank in your posts! Keep writing...
Thanks,
Adarsh.

Ram said...

Thanks, Adarsh.

You have an impressive blog in Ek Sparsh.

If you'd consider featuring NPTEL (the programme I volunteer for) in your blog, I will be glad to send you interesting material (not just standard brochures.)

Keep up your good work,
Ram

eksparsh said...

Sure Ram. I am very much interested in learning more and spreading the word about NPTEL.

You can email me. dreamstoaspire at gmail[dot] com

Thanks,
Adarsh

eksparsh said...

Sure Ram. I am very much interested in learning more and spreading the word about NPTEL.

You can email me. dreamstoaspire at gmail[dot] com

Thanks,
Adarsh