My Ideal Yatra
‘Yatra’ is a Hindi word meaning a journey or a trip.
While some plan on the go, there are also those who are meticulous planners who prefer to lay down the itinerary and chalk out the plan to a T before each travel.
Which category do I fall?
Neither of the two. I prefer discovering things as we travel but I also want to ensure that I am not caught unaware of the locale, the food, places of historical significance or the major tourist attractions. While I do not have the fear of missing out attractions, awareness is important to me. I want to know what lies ahead.
What is a perfect vacation?
One that can give a person the right break from the hum drum of life. One that lets a person achieve the goal of taking sometime off and stepping out to venture something new. On one hand, travel is an escape but it is also an embrace with the experiences you never had or you would like to have.
Whenever, VT and I have stepped out on a vacation, it has been for the experiences and the journey. What lies ahead and what newness travel brings in life. Our idea of relaxation is different – it’s when the mind sees what we don’t see in Bangalore, we feel relaxed. We are both nature lovers and even when we have visited an infrastructurally strong city, we have found ways to do things that get us close to mother nature.
Let’s head out to the Himalayas
For the last three years or so, we have been talking about a trip to the magical land of the Himalayas. I believe that when plans take more time than you expect, something much better awaits than you can imagine. If we were staying up North, a week’s trip would not have been that hard. We could have done many things in that region over long and short trips. However, now when we plan we know we might not be able to travel so frequently and that’s why on one trip, we want to include everything. From Manali to Kashmir – we need much more time and that is hard with the work schedules.
For the Himalayas – we can fly to Delhi, take a train or bus to Manali and may be work out on a road journey in the mystical land. They say driving up from the side of Manali and then coming back from the Srinagar would be the best.
Research tells me a lot of things about journeys in that the high altitude. The most important being getting acclimatized to the low atmospheric pressure and how important it is to keep our health in shape. As we go higher, the civilization, means, and the basic luxuries of city life do not come easy.
Such kind of travel needs preparation – both mentally and physically. If I get a chance to travel to the Himalayas, I want to camp under the stars, I want to watch the Sun rise and then come back to watch the Sun set behind the mountains. I want to see the snow-capped mountains and how that whiteness compares to the clouds that float in the blue sky. I want to see the green fields and the pine trees. Those that sing a tale when the wind blows at night.
I want to test myself as I trek up the hills and touch the cold water of the streams that flow free. I want to open a window in the morning to see how the sky changes colors to welcome the Sun in its arms. How even when the Sun shines bright, its warmth is subdued.
While I want to visit as many monasteries in the Himalayas, I do not want to miss out on the lakes and meeting the people who live there. I want to experience their little joys and I want to hear out their sorrows. I want to eat with them and I want to walk with them.
Two weeks of moving between locations like Leh, Pangong, Jispa, Kargil, Nubra Valley while passing through Khardungla and much more than this is what I want when I fly off from Bangalore.
Now you know why I need more time and the plan keeps getting pushed. Right?
How would your ideal yatra look like?