More people today are embarking on adventurous activities as a way to awaken their wanderlust.
I love the phrase ‘inexplicable adventure’ because whatever I choose to do and discover, mystery and bewilderment awaits.
I often go for hiking trails within my country of India. Hiking plays a significant role in my life and gives my mind the freedom to think positively and clearly in difficult situations.
In my opinion, every outdoor endeavor is an inexplicable adventure, and such was the two-day hiking spree that I undertook a few months back with one of my close friends in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh in India.
It was a fun, entertaining and, above all, pleasant and lively event, which included driving from Chandigarh to Reckong Peo and back again.
To begin our adventure, we drove about 15 hours from Chandigarh and, after having some refreshments, spent our first day in the Kinnaur district taking photos and videos of mountains, houses and monasteries.
On our second day, we woke at 5am to watch the sun rise across the snow clad peaks, which we followed by a light breakfast and a full day of hiking.
Over the course of the day, we ascended towards mountain peaks, our shoes swamped in snow, to get some mighty views.
We observed mountain ranges situated at an elevation of more than 5,000 meters above sea level. There were forests and coniferous trees, along with some wild species of flowers and rhododendrons of varying colors.
We observed birds and animals of the region and the white clouds that came rolling in.
As we rambled towards the highest summit of the region, we found the entire region was visible, including resorts, home stays, Buddhist monasteries and the small refreshment centers.
There were steep rocks, ridges and mountain carvings that looked like a dolphin’s nose. There was a point where the sound of our voices echoed among the pillar rocks.
Finally, we completed our lunch late in the afternoon in a nearby refreshment cafe and stayed until twilight, observing the color differences in the empyrean and witnessing the heavenly silence.
Birds flew away from our reach, mountains became shaded and invisible, and everything got darker.
Our final day of hiking concluded around 5.30pm, as the sun faded away. Without wasting much time, we marched towards our residence to edit and upload our videos and films to our social media channels and travel websites.
If You Go to Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is situated in the Western Himalayas of India. Its capital is Shimla, located an eight-hour bus ride or drive from the Indian capital of New Delhi.
The climate remains pleasant throughout the year, so it’s a good destination to escape the heat of the other Indian states.
It’s wise to hire a car to see all the major attractions the state has to offer.
Choose your hiking gear carefully and consider taking the following items:
- sports shoes
- hiking dress
- hand gloves
- sleeping bag.