Table of contents for Amidst in the lap of nature!
- Hariyali Idhar Udhar…
- A nature walk
It was really weird and we laughed our heads off, as we were asked to form a circle and then sing and dance with Sumit, our trainer.
“Hariyali idhar-udhar, hariyali idhar-udhar
aur Ek chota pahad, pahad ke upar ped
Ped ki daliyan, daliyon pe patte,
Patte par ghosla, ghosle pe chidiya
Chidiya ki choch, choch pe sandesh
For a long, we wanted to go to a trip along with all our team members, but it was never materialized until November last. When we were nominated for an Outbound Training Program last year (Nov 31 – Dec 1), all of us were excited to be at a camp perched on a hillock at an altitude of 7,400 feet in the Garhwal Himalayas. Finally, on 29th night, the ‘Team IT’ left Delhi for a two-day Outbound Learning Program.
It was not the ‘Team IT’ alone, 13 more colleagues from two different support functions were also part of this trip, along with 21 of us. It was a cold winter night; however, the seven hours bus journey was thoroughly enjoyable…and I simply can’t sleep while travelling in a bus, even at night. The bus stopped at a Petrol Pump (25 kms before Paonta Sahib) after crossing the city of Dehradun at 6:30 in the morning. There were seven jeeps waiting for us to take us to ‘Dibli’, where our Outbound Training was camped at. We were enjoying our drive through hills & forest area in a windy winter morning. Suddenly just before the camp, the road became very narrow (one lane only for the last few kms) and will definitely lead to some harrowing close-calls in the two-way traffic or two-way traffic practically not possible at all. I was never been in that situation before and as always, I was praying to GOD to save me for one last time. But, nothing that sort has happened and when we reached the “Pegasus Institute for Excellence”, the serene and pristine ambience made me exclaimed just one word ‘Awesome!’.
It is a hilly area, a beautiful place with a good landscape. A lush green campus of Pegasus with tents to stay in and clear blue sky (thanks to the night showers) and chill in the air. We all felt fresh. The training camp was maintained by few army men.
We were greeted by Capt. Samrat, Col. Lokesh Bisht and Col. V Hansen. We took bath one by one after welcome ‘Tea’, followed by a sumptuous breakfast. The session started as we unfolded acknowledging each other. Col. Bisht and Col. Hansen gave us group tasks that required team efforts. Then we participated in various team activities viz. “Acid Lake”, “Rappelling” and “Human Web”. Every single task was in fact impossible to complete without team efforts. All the activities that one can do at the camp are fun, adventure & rejuvenating.
The day ended with a camp fire on a chilling starlit winter night with individual talent performances and a group ‘Antakshari’. Oh! How can I forget the excellent dinner served to us. It was a paradise for non-vegetarian and we just loved the chicken and mutton preparation. Almost everyone decided to retire after dinner by 9 p.m. However, a few of us sat outside for next three hours, near the camp fire and chatted till mid-night. It was a pure ‘adda’ session…the discussions started with professional talk, but very soon the topic changed to varied directions – we had no idea when we started discussing about our personal life or even Space, Galaxy, Stars and lots more and of course, lots of tips on ‘Photography’. It was a full moon day and a wonderful sight, not to be missed. After a very long time, we have seen such a crystal clear sky. It was icy chilled winter night. We were gazing at the sky, trying to locate the stars. “Can you spot Mars? Look at that…Oh no! It must be Venus. Where is the Pole Star (Dhruv Tara). Let’s try to spot ‘Saptarshi mondal’!” By the time we call it a day, it was almost 12 a.m.
We were scheduled to go on a nature trail by 6:30. I tried to sleep, but the tent was filled-with different kind of sounds from all seven beds and believe me, I just felt to spend the entire night outside only. Probably I could, had it not been the winter season…started counting 1, 2, 3….100…the old game in such scenario…remembering the time we spent together throughout the day…I have been in such camps several times in the past…away from the concrete jungle, amidst in the lap of nature. But, the last night’s journey finally took its toll and within few minutes I was in deep sleep.
I rubbed my eyes as I sat straight on my bed at 5:00; it was early morning. I knew that we might not have much time, however, if I could bath and go for the trek, I could have spent some extra time than my colleagues and my decision paid-off nicely. I will write a separate post on the Nature Trail shortly.
The day followed by some management sessions bringing insights on “Johari Window” and day full of activities that included “Dynamic Obstacles” and “A Frame”; a lot to learn and more to enjoy.
Finally like all good things in life, two days of learning out of experience and knowing each other, come to an end. We started back from Dibli at 6:00 p.m. on Dec 1. The journey didn`t at all seem tiring. In fact, it took lesser time to reach than I expected. Maybe, it was just because we were completely absorbed in playing “Dumb Sheraz” during the journey. Travelled all night and reached Gurgaon around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.
It was altogether a different experience for everyone at the end, in terms of learning and fun. All the games or tasks that we performed in the camp have some learning; importance of teamwork, collaboration, leadership can easily be understood through all these activities. It was a great learning experience as an Individual & professional. The main aim of this program was to develop team spirit among the colleagues but we achieved much more than what we aimed for. Pegasus team is excellent hosts and the experiential learning programs conducted also add a lot of values. All thanks go to Col Lokesh Bisht, Col V Hansen & the entire team. The events, games & all activities were customized as per our need.
To summarise, an ideal location with the lush green surroundings for outbound training or even for family trips. Surely, two days are not enough for the enjoyment of nature, but, we went there for some specific purpose. We asked them whether we can bring our families separately, the answer was “Yes, you can. Though this camp is basically designed for corporate learning & training, families do visit the place”. I wish to go there again and for my kid also, who relates the place with Takeshi’s Castle, a program for children in Pogo. For all those who believe in learning, loves nature, can plan for a trip.
None of us would ever forget “Haryali Idhar Udhar…” While leaving, we all felt… “Yeh Dil Maange More…”