On my trek to Chandrashila Peak… …I got my Nirvana!!
Travel has recently become the ‘In Thing’ for most of the people around me. Yes I am one of those who started my journey with the pleasurable idea of travel but now I am passionate about travel ! I want to stuff my eyes with marvel ! Where ever I go I go with all my heart. I do not leave a chance to travel to any new place.
This time I experienced my first ever trek with Roots. I already knew a few of them who were joining the trek with me and was equally eager to meet new fellow travelers during the trip. The journey was long yet amusing. There were happy go lucky travelers in the group jesting around trying to break the ice. The shy ones were looking for their own ease. We reached our base camp late in the evening where the bonfire was set with lovely music and simple Pahari dinner. The weather was pleasant and the breezy wind whooshed my face yeah it felt like heaven indeed!!
Next day was the biggest testing day. We had to climb a 6km long trek and reach the peak of Chandrashila. The path was steep and long. Definitely a test of endurance for all the fitness freaks. Weather was marvelous yet impulsive as we were climbing the heights dusky clouds and cold gust greeted us everywhere making the difficult trek even more gratifying for us. Few avid photographers capturing the scintillating view in their cameras and trying their hands on photography. Others clicking selfies pouting for that “perfect picha” for all their social media fans.
After 3-4 hours of walking and climbing we reached our first milestone i.e. Tungnath Temple, known to be the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tungnath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. After offering our prayers at the temple we headed for our last and final destination that was Chandrashila summit. It literally means “Moon Rock”. It is located at a height of about 13,000 ft above sea level. Most of the fellow travelers by this time where tired and not keen to walk more. I had the same feeling that time but the unwavering side of mine incited me to keep moving and moving to achieve the goal. After some more walking and climbing we finally reached the peak.
It was an overwhelming experience to reach the top, this peak provides a breathtaking view of Himalayas, especially Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. I felt a sense of achievement made me feel super buoyant. Filmy thoughts of “Yeh jawaani hai deewani” movie where they did a Manali trek came to my mind. On the other hand it gave me another learning that “if you focus on your purpose with strong determination you can achieve success.” After cherishing our accomplishment at the peak we started going down to our base camp. The weather was capricious with rain / hailstorm but since we were so enthralled with the view nothing bothered anyone. All of us were merrily singing and slopping down the path. Coming back to the base camp was not less than a king returning back to his castle after winning the battle.
Kudos to Anurag and Shally, the Founders of Roots who introduced me to the wonderful concept of travel and exploration. Travel experience with them is safe and comfortable and they choose different assortment of places that brings delightful zest to your travel experience. I haven’t travelled much yet but over the years, I felt the real voyage of discovery consists not in exploring new places, but in having new eyes to it. With travel, my pessimism turned in to optimism. As I explored and embraced my new “newness” and that’s how I got my Nirvana !!
Experience shared by Ankita Seth
Ankita is a talent scout by profession. She hails from Land of tigers Madhya Pradesh. She likes to write about things she is passionate about and shares her love for travel, fitness and health.
Pictures by Ritwik