In the lap of nature
lying on the grass.. looking at views like these.. no hustle bustle of cities, no fakeness of the corporate life…no management funde… . peace.. serene… quietness..
Below are few pics of my recent trekking and camping trip to Bedni and Ali Bugyals in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Bugyal is the local word for Meadows. We started our trek from “Wan” – a troupe of 8 trekkers, 2 guides and a cook (and of course a few mules to carry the load). Our destination – the base camp at Gorli Patal. The trek is a steady climb of 4-5 hours, with a lovely stream mid-way. By the time the last of us (who else.. yours truly!!) reached, it was almost evening. We had no idea that we would be resting in the backdrop of one of most stunning peaks of the region – the Trishuli peak!! As the sun started going down, the peak glowed orange as everything else became dark— a mesmerizing sight!!
Next day came the tough part – the trek from Gorli patal to Bedni — this is also one of the more difficult parts of the famous Roopkund trek. Its a steepish trek, and once you hit the meadows, strong winds hit you with a such force that it seems they are trying to throw you off the mountain. Again a strenuous trek of 4-5 hours. However, one forgets all the pains, exertion, thirst when you are treated with magnificent views along the way. Once you reach Bedni, the views are even grander. You just wish to stay there forever. Few pics below:
After lunch in Bedni, it was time to head back to Gorli. With a heavy heart, we started the trek back through a short-cut, though a very steep one. We were back in about 90 minutes. After the nights rest, we started the trek back to Wan, and from there the journey back to the so called civilized world!
My first wildlife trip was in March 2012 to Gir National Park, home to the Asiatic Lions. Although our group has numerous good sightings, I remember this one in particular.
This was a pride of 18 – the alpha male, the alpha female, the other females, a few juveniles and two extremely naughty cubs.
These two cubs had the maximum privileges in the pride. They had the best resting spots, the got to bite, pull tails and pick on the ears of practically every other member in the pride.
However, as I was watching their antics and photographing them, I realised that it would be either one of these who would fight off the other sibling and overthrow the current alpha male, who also happens to be their father!!!
PS: this is my first post.. sooooo… do excuse!!!!!!!!