When I Found A Green Dream in Himachal

Photo of When I Found A Green Dream in Himachal 1/1 by Palakshi Goswami

I looked around.

To the sleepy green landscape.

The entire village by the mountain was not awake yet.

The steep and lofty cliffs were sound asleep, peacefully.

The gorgeous sky was changing its color, slowly.

The snowy clouds were hovering around, silently.

The silence was beautiful.

I didn't tend to wake it up, to break their little green dream.

I stopped all the alarm clocks, that tried to wake it up only to see the buildings which are getting bigger.

Roads busier.

Cars faster.

Pubs slicker.

People look sadder.

Relations narrower.

Birds disappear.

Let the little village by the mountain sleep.

And let it enjoy the green dream. For some more time.

Photo of Baggi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Palakshi Goswami

I was chasing monsoon in the Himalayas.

I am always one of those who don’t mind getting a wee bit wet in order to enjoy the million shades of emerald, lakes overflow with sparkling water, scattered little clouds on the green slopes and colourful flowers on the valley bed. Thought of witnessing the skies opening up and showering down on the mountains brought a smile to my face. So I packed my bags and headed to the Himalayas and then through the early morning mist, I glimpsed the mountains again.

Photo of When I Found A Green Dream in Himachal by Palakshi Goswami
Photo of When I Found A Green Dream in Himachal by Palakshi Goswami

But hey! As Rumi has rightly said don't get satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. So unfold your own myth and plan a trek to the blue-watered lake called Prashar, surrounded by the Dhauladhar ranges in Kullu Valley. I assure you that the smoky woods, gloomy sky and green slopes will fascinate you through out the way.

Photo of When I Found A Green Dream in Himachal by Palakshi Goswami

And finally on a monsoon morning in the Himalayas, when the sun takes a little more time to appear, and the grass looks a little more green with wildflowers, you will smile after realizing once again that- mountain is and always will be happiness. Pure happiness.

Photo of Prashar Lake, D.P.F. Parashar Dhar, Himachal Pradesh by Palakshi Goswami

How I reached Prashar

-Assembled at Mandi at 6 am, after an overnight bus journey from Delhi

-1 hour drive to Baggi village (organised by Indiahikes- the trekking agency)

-6/7 hours trek up to Prashar Lake (8,900 ft)

-Stayed overnight in camps

-5/6 hours trek back from Prashar Lake to Baggi Village, followed by a drive to Mandi (organised by Indiahikes)

-Boarded a bus for Delhi at around 9 pm 

Things I carried

Raincoats, trekking shoes with good grip, and a cover for my backpack. (Bought from Decathlon)

-by Palakshi

Palakshi is a perpetual traveler. She can be reached at www.unevenpathway.com

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