Posts Tagged ‘ Serenity ’

Kasol, Parvati Valley – Snapshots from my Travel # 1

Lately, I’ve been on a trip to Parvati Valley for 4 days, been to Kasol, Manikaran, Tosh and few more places, and here in this and in some upcoming posts, I’ll be sharing some snapshots from my trip to this part of the world. Here are some snapshots clicked in Kasol, will upload more in another posts..

Nature is the Best Artist

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Force in Equilibrium

Expand The Horizon

The more I look at the deceptive side of this world,

The more whirling chaos rise up inside my mind led by unrest,

Listening several incoherent gloomy whispering voices all at once,

It crumbles my peace of mind with all its full thrust,

All these voices wrap around my mind and seep deep into my soul,

Standing on the edge of serenity in the corridor full of echoes I feel lost,

Segregating from the deeply deceived lost world and all its colors,

I try to escape my soul from the fractured thoughts and all its horrors,

Everything falls normal as when I look at the unexaggerated side,

And unhitch myself from being a part of the delusion or facade,

I find it better to be in solitude and now a lone walk brings up more tranquility,

From here now it doesn’t even matter whether the path is clear or misty,

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Snapshot From Dharamshala

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Dharamshala (India)

Since 2 days I’m staying at this place called Dharamshala, in the lap of Himalayas, a beautiful town. Today is the last day here, as I’m leaving tomorrow morning, been here many times. Just sharing a random picture clicked today in the afternoon, look at those clouds, I just love to gaze at those clouds floating and rolling over the hills and get lost in serenity of the nature. It’s a nice place to lose yourself in the nature for a while.

Have a good day/night all ~ Vikas Sharma

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Force in Equilibrium

The more I look at the deceptive side of this world,

The more whirling chaos rise up inside my mind led by unrest,

Listening several incoherent gloomy whispering voices all at once,

It crumbles my peace of mind with all its full thrust,

All these voices wrap around my mind and seep deep into my soul,

Standing on the edge of serenity in the corridor full of echoes I feel lost,

Segregating from the deeply deceived lost world and all its colors,

I try to escape my soul from the fractured thoughts and all its horrors,

Everything falls normal as when I look at the unexaggerated side,

And unhitch myself from being a part of the delusion or facade,

I find it better to be in solitude and now a lone walk brings up more tranquility,

From here now it doesn’t even matter whether the path is clear or misty,

Now I learned the way to ignore those incoherent gloomy whispering voices,

I feel calm to sit beside my thoughts, gaze into the sky as winds blow across my face,

Now there are no more fractured thoughts, no moments of internal riots.

~ Vikas Sharma

Peace and World

Recently, I’ve spent few days in the hills of Himachal, few days in Shimla and few days in Mandi. Weather was rainy as it is a rainy season in that part of the Earth from June to September which can be problematic for the locals or maybe they’re use to it. Actually, I was there on some kind of official visit not to travel, enjoy and explore things but still I managed few moments to stroll around the place.

Shimla

Shimla

I find serenity and pleasure when I watch those hills and clouds, maybe because I love to be in the nature as it nourishes my mind with positive thoughts.

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Shimla

Some may find hills better to travel or some may find plains, some may find both or some may find nothing. I think it actually depends on how a person perceives things; a person won’t find peace anywhere if there is no peace in the mind.

Mandi

Mandi

Positive state of mind is obviously needed to have peace in mind, with peace in mind we realizes the real beauty of things.

Mandi

Mandi

The best thing which I love to do is traveling to different places, to watch the sun at different horizons, to feel the gentle cool breeze on the face, to watch the clouds forming different formations, to explore and relish beauty of the planet, to learn from the things around me, and of course sometimes to write down my thoughts and experiences too. Yes! I love and enjoy being in the nature and exploring the things.

Have a good day/night all ~ Vikas Sharma

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Peace And Mind

Serenity is in the mind of a man. When you realize you are no separate from the universe, when you realize you are capable of moving the mountains with the power of your brain and with the will of your heart, when you realize you can create anything beautiful, creative or innovative with the power of your senses and with the power of your brain then you will find yourself in the state of equilibrium with all the things. Yes, one might be in chaos of the world and yet can maintain perfect serenity of mind. One doesn’t have to go to the forest and spend his precious moments in just wondering over there to find peace. Peace is in the mind of a man. A man who does’t have any control over his mind, a man who doesn’t know what his intuition says then wherever he may go, he will not find the peace of mind. Traveling is all about enjoying the world or enjoying the life, traveling is all about shaping one’s perspective and learning new things. Traveling is all about having adventure and new experiences. You don’t have to go into the wild just to find out peace. Peace is in the mind of a man.

Over The Hills And Far Away!

Just imagine how it feels to be on the mountains and breathing cool healthy fresh air and all you can feel is the peaceful environment all around you.

At your farthest sight all you can see is mountains covered with dense Pine and Deodar forests, snow-clad mountain ranges visible at some distance, numerous streams all over the places, attractive peaceful surroundings, clouds floating over the hills and the feel of cool gentle breeze on your face.

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This is clicked in Palampur

It’s just wonderful to spend some time in a town full of life and yet peaceful, isn’t it? haha! I always feel there is something in this part of the world which can’t be explained in the words, something which can’t be expressed with the word, something which one can only feel if they spend some time in such relaxing  and refreshing places.

Trekking to Kheer Ganga

                          Kheer ganga trek
 

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I’ve posted this one earlier but that was just four pictures and few lines, and I think this trek deserves more than that. So I am now writing it again in a pretty different way than earlier post. I just want to share my trekking experience with all of you and I hope you will love it___:)
 
 So here you go, happy reading!
trekking in india, himachal pradesh.                        
Trekking to Kheer Ganga, an adventurous journey into the world of nature’s beauty and serenity. This is an amazing experience and it’s just like traveling to a different world. This trekking experience was full of wonder and excitements and for me the journey to this place was like a few seconds in the serene arms of nature. Everything I saw there was just full of serenity and beauty. Kheer ganga is one of the most refreshing treks that one can go on anywhere. The natural hot water spring experience is just amazing and the trek is very pleasant and offers some exhilarating views.
 
                            We were 8 friends who have been there together. Trekking starts from a place called Barshaini. Barshaini is a place in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh(India). From Barshaini, one have to do around 12-15 KM of trekking to reach Kheer Ganga. Very few people know about this place and I think only a few have traveled to this part of the world but those who know and have seen it, they call it a magical valley.
 
                            It’s really a fun and full of excitement if you go to a some place you don’t know how exactly it will be and then discovering that place and feeling like you’re in a different world, and the only word comes out from your mouth is just “wow”.
 
                            It was the first week of February, winter season in northern part of India and Himachal Pradesh is one the coldest part of India with its snowfall and high range mountains. At 11 AM in the morning, we all friends reached Barshaini. It was pretty cold as the temperature might be less than 10 degrees Celsius, and therefore we have to wear jackets and all other things to save ourselves from cold.
trekking to kheer ganga by vikas sharma.
 
                            Then we all together started moving towards kheer ganga. After trekking for 3 KM from Barshaini, little tired we reached Nakthun. It’s a small village on the way to kheer ganga. This village offers a place for the trekkers where you can get delicious food cheaper than its in nearby places and believe it or not here in Nakthun, there’s even a pool table(made by the local people with woods) thrown out in the open where you’ll find local kids from the village enjoying their time. Travelers can also get a room in the beautiful wooden cottage and a few steps ahead from this village is a Rudra Naag temple and a waterfall.
 
                           The feeling at that moment when we reached the Rudra Naag temple and saw the beauty around and the waterfalls was like we are in a different world. At that place, all one could see is just a dense jungle and huge mountains all around. Looking at the nature’s beauty, I realized that we live in a world where we are surrounded by the walls, building and all the other things like road traffic, crowded places etc etc but there is another beautiful world behind those walls and I was experiencing that world in Kheer Ganga. After crossing Nakthun, the real adventure begins, I must say the extreme adventure of my life.
 
                          Now after reaching Nakthun, it was almost 2-3 hours trek to Kheer ganga and there are 2 ways to go there, one which is safer but long path and another one is comparatively shorter path but a dangerous one. We took the shorter path, the dangerous one. To be frank, I had no idea how dangerous it would be to choose the shorter path and I think none of my friend knew that too. We were just cheerful and excited to be there.
 
Dense forest, serenity of nature, snowfall, beautiful hills and mountains.
                          As we entered the jungle area the view gets more and more beautiful. There was so much peace and natural beauty all around. As we were getting closer to Kheer ganga, the path is getting really difficult to travel, it was very slippery, there were frozen waterfalls on the way, slippery frozen ice was on the narrow paths. Steep slopes on one side and huge rocks on the other, there was hardly the place to walk. At the time we went to Kheer ganga, there was fresh snowfall all the way and so it was very difficult for us to walk there at that time. The slopes on our one side were around thousands of feet down and we know that a single mistake could cost our lives. So we were very cautious while putting our feet on ground.
 
                          All the way long flows a waterfall on one side of the path with its full fury and I couldn’t even imagine how cold the water would be in it as it was coming from the glaciers which were not far from that place. The sound of the stream of water was so loud in some places that one could hardly hear each other voices. We needed to cross that waterfall in order to move further. We crossed the waterfall by walking over a wooden bridge formed by the local people. Now, the path gets steeper and more steeper, it was getting harder for us to trek and then we saw a scene, we saw a board on a tree with something written on it that a young person fell from this place and lost his life, and that shows how dangerous is that trek. You need to be careful at every step. On our remaining path, we crossed many small and beautiful waterfalls, some of the waterfall were frozen, there was frozen water on the path and narrow slippery paths having beautiful flowers all around and huge trees covering the sky. Jungle was so dense that sunlight was hardly reaching the ground but in spite of all the danger we couldn’t stop ourselves appreciating the beauty of that place.
 
kheerganga trek, lonely planet, hiamchal pradesh, manali, kullu.
                           Now, Comes the moment, the moment when we stepped in Kheer Ganga. There was a huge ground, it was totally white washed and surrounded by tall mountains covered with white snow, dense white and blue clouds were floating all around us. I rubbed my eyes, I was just full of wonder after watching that place, what a beauty. It was like I want to pinch myself to see whether I was not dreaming. The place was so peaceful , so pure, and all I think is that it’s the amazement of this area,  calmness of this part of the world, the isolation of the habitation, the stunning beauty of the mountains, beautiful wilderness of the pine trees and then snowfall to decorate this place with its whiteness which gives Kheer ganga its charm, its beauty and fills this place with serenity.

Far away we could see small 4-5 hut shaped wooden lodges providing shelter for travelers. We went up to the lodges and took a room in a lodge and I heard that the owner of that lodge is a French woman(I am not sure about that). The Nepali man we met there is living at this place from almost 5 five-years and he is taking care of that place. There is no electricity in Kheer ganga and the lights are all run on solar power.
kheer ganga trekking, amazing and majestic nature.
 
                      There are some extra-ordinary things about this place like there is a hot water string at this place. Two of my friends decided to take hot water bath in that hot water spring. The water is hot because of Sulphur in it and it’s amazing to find a natural hot water spring in these kind of places where usually the temperature remains very low. This place is amazingly beautiful and one can easily spend a day or more here because you can get a lodge, food and other essential things at Kheer ganga, or either you can make your on arrangements by taking your own camping stuff.
 
Kheer Ganga
 
                We stayed there for the whole night, had a very special drink, it was like a black lemon tea. We also had dinner over there provided my a man who stays there. According to my information, I searched some more facts about this place and I came to know that the French lady was living there in Kheer ganga from past 3 years(I am not sure about this information). She left everything from her country and has been living here for no reason, then there’s a Russian man living in the lodge, who was in Kheer ganga from past 2 years and just practicing yoga, a Nepali man who provided us food came from Nepal and was living here from last 5 year and working in Kheer ganga as a guide and provides food and all others things like woods to burn fire, blankets, lodges room, etc to earn his livings. Everything was different and unique about this place that everyone who see this place starts building a bond with Kheer ganga, a bond of peace and love. There is no road connectivity to this place and this is the only reason why the beauty of this place is preserved. We the humans need places like this where nature has not been re-arranged and altered by the hands of humans.
white mist, snowfall, hot water spring, kheer ganga, himachal pradesh, camping and trekking.
 
                         Next day, it snowed again in the morning and therefore we had to leave this place because if we didn’t return soon then we could be stuck there because of the heavy snowfall . So we left that place in the morning. And returning back to the Barshaini under that heavy snowfall is something that I couldn’t even explain here, it was extremely difficult for us as the path was already full of snow at the time we were climbing to this place and now after this fresh and heavy snowfall in the morning it was really difficult to see the path even. Now, the path was completely covered with fresh snow. The slopes on our one side were around thousands of feet down and chilled stream of waterfall was flowing in it with its full fury making huge roar, it was like one step wrong and we would be out.
 
trekking to kheer ganga by vikas sharma.
                         I am sure, if anyone comes to this place once, they would love to come here second time again as you simply can’t get enough of these kind of places. With so many good, beautiful and a few scary memories we said bye-bye to Kheer ganga hoping we could visit it again someday:)

Clouds down to the hills

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Location – Manikaran(Himachal Pradesh, India)

Last year I have visited this place second time with some of my friends and this is one of the picture of hills of Manikaran. This is a place worth to visit, a small town surrounded by hills and one can feel the serenity of nature over here. Manikaran is well-known for its hot springs and temples.