Meet me at edge of the world because it is just too full; full with voices that clutter and desires that outlive the masses.
We make our stand on this rock overlooking a ballad of choices to make and promises to keep; while the valley clutches its cold arms around us, as they grow even colder.
And standing on the hillock, we wait for the sun to fall behind the horizon; to pick our favourites from the colours of dusk and paint this quaint little world between us.
For we were not born this way, but belong here anyway.
Picture courtesy: Bro @warpingspacetime
Season's over. Tourists are gone. And now I've Mcleodganj to myself and I'm making full use of this time by exploring the outdoors here. Taking new trails everyday. And wearing my new blue @wildcraftin jacket all the time.
It's the perfect addition to my collection of outdoor wear as it is stretchable enough to ensure that I stay active without having to take it off, I can actually climb mountains while wearing it for it doesn't climb up your back when you bend, staying in place to ensure that you stay synced to your outdoor frame of mind, and always be ready to take any detour deep into the mountains, to explore that new trail, and to take that next best photograph.
Picture Credits: @salonis2
The thirst for adventure has always been innate. The nine year old me would grab my father's hand and run to all kinds of challenging spots; take leaps, climb rocks and slide down slopes. Fifteen years later, I am still climbing trees, a happy soul, knowing nothing has changed at all. The desperate desire for adventure has never ceased in the years that have passed. I see a valley, I have to run. I see a rapid, I have to raft. I see a hill, I have to mount. I see a tree, I have to climb. Because at the end of the day, what's life but a grand, grand adventure. I have my shoes on. Life is waiting. And, I'm #ReadyforAnything .
Photo by @bhaskar_0007
Fall in Spain is lovely. The weather is cool with a crisp breeze. And as you explore the vast halls of the Burgos Cathedral that date back to the 15th century, a different sort of chill creeps over you. This beanie from @wildcraftin was super versatile - providing warmth both inside and out #ReadyForAnything#WildcraftWildling
Being on the road has many parts, and one of them involves jumping across the streams to be able to explore those beautiful jungles on the other side, and I've been busy doing that part in Manali.
My preferred shoes for all the explorations in Manali are these trail running water shoes by @wildcraftin that are helping me gain control over the slippery rocks. These are working like grip magnets as I hop across the slippery stones and helping me gain control through each part of the sole, thus helping me venture deeper into the pine forests, and know these mountains in an intimate manner.
And this is one thing you've to ensure, if you're to be ready for everything, investing in good shoes go a long way for they help you return without any bruises so you can pick yourself up the next morning to venture out again. And with the forests of Manali being as inviting as ever, the lure of the wild is calling me again.
So when the long weekend finally came, it really took a long time for me to decide to whether to go to Kullu or stay in Dharamshala. But eventually, like mums are, she persuaded me to come home :) I thought why not utilize this break and trek somewhere in Kullu itself. So i call my childhood friend, Tsewang, and luckily he was in Kullu. It was perfect. Among friends you don't make plans, you just tell them that they need to come here on this date and its done. The poor chap was too tired from his trip from Kinnaur and thereupon i forced him to do the Bhrigu Lake trek with me just after the day he returned from Kinnaur.
I packed my bag and hopped in the earliest bus i could catch. It was so crazy to see lakhs and lakhs of tourists in kullu and manali that weekend. I had never seen such a crazy scene. Everyone told us about our one day trek to Bhrigu lake was impossible. But I thought let it be, we'll go anyway and reach where ever we can and then return. We were #readyforanything . And you know what, surprisingly we completed the trek in a day :) I was really glad this sudden plan was brought into action and the result was happy faces at the end of the day.
Thank god for my boots that I was able to complete the entire trek without any pain in the legs. These shoes turned out to be like a feather weight trekking machine, not letting me stop, without any bruises or ankle twists :P My shin generally pain due to such exertion, but this time... nothing...not even the next day.
To everyones surprise we proved them wrong. Now they kind of believe that these crazy bunch of so called grown up kids can do anything and are #readyforanything .
But take my advice, dont do it in a day 🙈. -
The trip to Ahrabal was worth chasing difficulties leading to jaw-dropping vistas and beauty like no other. A village named Kungwatan, 7 kms away from Ahrabal is settled at a height of 2315 meters above sea level. The family I met in this village was warm and welcoming to us, opening their home to us in an instant. They generously offered food and tea. It not only literally warmed my mouth but also, metaphorically, my heart; despite their daily struggle for food and water. Their hospitality was as warm as my jacket.
Have the courage to travel alone and you’ll be surprised to see the novelty it brings along which allows you to be yourself and to find your calling.
My travel companion on this lonesome walk @wildcraftin
An extended ride in the cold weather can get you in trouble if you're not prepared. Bracing the cold on the way to Baralach, Manoj and his #ReadyForAnything spirit were able to ride through the ice -cold streams and conquer the terrain out there.
We hope you brought back a bagful of unforgettable memories! .
Picture credit: @manu_chandra_b
Everything you want is on the other side of fear. With you #ReadyForAnything ,fear doesn't stand a chance.
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Even during moments where you feel like an insignificant fleck trudging through the sands of time,
Honor your OWN fears,
But do not allow other people to project their own fears and insecurities onto you.
Honor the space between the no longer and the not yet.
In the face of raging insecurities and fears,
Your heart will always reassuringly whisper to you with each heartbeat.
You have a lot more to offer people than a mere image or persona.
Step forward and be courageous enough to be vulnerable.
Step forward and be courageous enough to be authentic in a world that only celebrates facades.
Honor yourself and you'll find your trudge through the sands of time becoming a beautiful and meaningful one
- Anne, Wandering Dreamcatcher.
[ Picture clicked at Deo Tibba, Advance Base Camp ]
Mystical Wake Ups.
To see this morning and camp at this spot at night was an adventure itself.
I had carried a tent this time and really didn't want to pay for stay so I requested @aboli_18 to provide me her tent, she not only gave it to me but also taught me how to set it up.
So after an entire long sleepless drive upon reaching hampi yesterday I went up to Matanga Hills to see sunrise.
The feeling was filled with mixed emotions. I decided at that very moment that I will camp here.
I didn't sleep the whole day because I was too excited to see the place, meeting new people and in no time I made friends with couple of people from south india.
We went to swim at Sanapur Lake, jammed with Gali Bhai who has an amazing music instruments shop on the other side of river, went up to the top of a sunset point where travelers, tourists from across sat for hours with live music.
That spot was an amazing place to camp but we couldn't because one of our newly made friends had to leave back to Hyderabad at night.
So it's 01:00am at night, me and a guy from kerela trekked up towards the mathanga hill to camp.
In the dark we lost our ways and we roamed around same location for an hour.
Luckily we found the way hidden way somehow and we reached to the top.
We pitched our tent and yes we slept.
We didn't want to Quit after spending so much Time n Energy.
P.S - I almost stepped on a cobra snake while treking via wrong route.
Note - Not recommended by the locals to camp like this on Mountains because there are leopards, cheetahs who may pay you a visit.
In short Traveling is what defines me.
That's the fun when it's unplanned @plantheunplanned
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comfortable room at home with air-conditioning and the works seems so drab in comparison!
Slept under an insaaanely vast canvas of thousands of twinkling stars and woke up to this natural halo in the middle of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Chai and breakfast was had in bed, and humble meals were cooked over a small fire.
If touts find you and sell tents at ‘Sam Sand Dunes’ in Jaisalmer, politely shoo them away and find this non-touristy and raw desert experience!
They should call THIS a 5000 Star hotel 😍
It was an early July morning; monsoon at its peak, ‘Kundu’ (closest translation from Malayalam would be a pit) must be gushing with water. Back then the fall was still called kundu and was yet to be renamed ‘Kerala Kundu’ or yet to be developed as a tourist ‘attraction’. Much better attraction it was though. Attraction would be an understatement actually; an imposing deep pit formed on a rock by a jungle river plummeting down onto it from some height. It was different, there were no jeeps ferrying tourists up to the falls, no paved walkways, no ticket counters, and no steel bridge to walk over the falls for ‘better’ views. Just big black rocks enveloping the falls, creepers, ferns and thorny bushes all around, with fear of snakes, boars and elephants even as we approach it. Just pure wilderness. To reach the falls was a struggle on its own. It was still raining that morning as we jumped fences and hiked some way through the nearby cocoa plantations to get to the river. Making our way upstream, climbing wet rocks helped only by creepers and roots firmly growing over them, the gushing sounds got raucous and clearer when all of a sudden we were treated to one grand sight standing at the bottom of the falls. Any attempt to put that feel to words would be vague; it was awe inspiring, something am only grateful for. We were all alone there, as very few would bother getting there on a rainy monsoon morning. But it was worth, absolutely. Sometimes you just can’t take it all in how hard you try and that’s exactly what I failed at. I was truly struck at the sheer beauty and energy coming out of the space, when my bud here @rajith_swastik proposed diving in. The flow was massive, the rocks too slippery to climb; reaching the top was threatening. With that #readyforanything mood, we were sitting on the rocks at the bottom, shivering after dives into chilly jungle waters, moments later. Totally synced to the vibe, and beautifully at one with the whole.