All I wanted a sound sleep for few hours and when I woke up in the morning, it was 5 a.m. and still dark outside. I felt the strong cold breeze in my face, hugs my body and bones, as soon as I came out from the Tent. The cool breeze blows through my hair (whatever still left!) and caresses my skin so gently. I am still mesmerized about our previous night’s adventure when the moon lights up the sky; the stars twinkle and dance in the night, trees sway with the flowing of the wind which carries a sweet smell of nature in the air. This is one of my favourite seasons alongside the Rainy season. I am used to the humid environment at home in West Bengal, where the weather is almost never cold even in the winter and fall.
We were scheduled for a nature trail by 6:30 in the morning. Most of my colleagues were still sleeping, except a few. The morning alarm set by everyone in their mobile phones the previous night, finally decided to give-up after continuous trying to wake-up everyone or probably they were asked not to shout by their masters! We still have one and half an hour in our hand, so that’s should be OK. At this point of time, those early birds (or shall I say few enthusiastic, budding photographers) decided to take bath and go for the trek, so that they could spent some extra time than others, as we were asked to assemble for the day’s session by sharp 9:30 a.m. The USP of this camp is “24 hours running Hot Water”…oh no, there was no Bishnu (not ‘V’ it is ‘B’), running with hot water from the film ‘Kahani’ and we were really happy to take full advantage of the resources available. Finally, we left five minutes later than the scheduled time, not bad for civilians like us.
We formed a queue and started walking together. However, in their quest to show fitness level, as well as the urge to reach to the top first, younger legs left those not so younger ones very far shortly, without realizing that they are missing the scenic beauty which is in offer a plenty, in every footstep. Just a few years ago, we were like them only, we are still not that old…but definitely can’t compete with 20’s anymore…we consoled ourselves to think like a philosopher that reaching the destination should be the sole objective in our mind and not to win the race all the time…enjoy the journey and we didn’t mind that. In every step and every corner, there is something waiting for you to discover and enjoy…
We passed through small villages, sometime walked through the courtyards. Most of the colleagues, who have never stayed in a village even for a day and not accustomed to village life, were looking at all these astonishingly. However, it was a welcome relief for me to get back to village life once again; just like strolling at my own garden, at home, where we used to grow vegetables long time back. It’s a pleasure for your eyes to see greenery all around…remember “Hariyali Idhar Udhar“.
Finally, we reached at the top from where you get spectacular views of mountains and the valley. The slopes of the hills form part of the famous Doon valley. You can see the step farming from there. This nature trail of 4-5 kms is well worth visiting. Nature has been kind enough at this part of the world too. If you like to walk in the wild, there are enough trails around the hills. You can also indulge in gazing at the clear sky with not a soul to intrude on your privacy.
We did have our share of joy. In those few hours, we forgot everything about our professional life. We shared jokes, shouted like a child and helped each other to reach to the other end of slightly dangerous slopes and tried to frame each & every moments in our camera, which we will cherish throughout our life.
After spending some time, except those early birds, everyone was in a hurry to leave the place early, as they would have to be ready for the day’s session. We were in no mood to leave the place so soon, just wanted to steal few more minutes; the view was breathtaking.
However, with heavy heart we also had to leave the place shortly but the return journey was equally enjoyable. It’s a treat for the shutterbugs, as everyone posed for the camera throughout the way, as if they were posing for their portfolio shooting.
By the time we returned and finished our breakfast, it was 9:25. We saw everyone coming to the breakfast table one by one. Our decision to bath in the morning and go for the trek was paid-off very nicely…when you don’t have the entire day at your leisure to enjoy the nature, you need to find ways to squeeze a little bit more time out of your schedule. The day followed by some management sessions and full of activities and finally we left the place at 6 p.m. from there, which I already mentioned in my previous post. Here are few more pictures of our staying arrangement and the facilities available…
How to reach:
Now, a small brief on how to reach this non-descript village, which may not be your next stop, as such places are available at every nook & corner of Himalayas:
The nearest city is Dehradun. The distance from Dehradun and Paonta Sahib is approx 38 kms. and 50 kms respectively. Approx 13 kms from the city of Dehradun on Dehradun-Paonta Sahib road, Sidhowala will come (Near BFIT & DBIT Institutes). From there, one needs to drive to a different route, while driving, you will cross some villages namely Manduwala, Bhauwala, Tilwari, Jagatpur, Birsani and then forest area will start as you go up in the hills. After crossing small hamlets like Nad, Koti, Dhalani, Dwathra you will reach Dibli. It is a small village in the hills and this camp (Pegasus Properties) is further down from there. The travel time will be approx. 45 mins to 1 hour, as the road is not well maintained and the last couple of kms is not even pitched. Don’t expect anything (shops etc.), apart from the plenty of scenic beauty like all villages in Himalayan range.
One will have to be in complete love with Nature while travelling a place like this…it could be a favourite getaway for those seeking seclusion. This place has practically no crowds, may be just what you are craving for!
I don’t think anyone of us will ever forget this trip & the nature trek. Hope you have liked this post. See you soon.