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Finally getting back on track
As we were moving downwards after our brief encounter with the danger, after some time we finally saw a man-made shelter somewhere 60-70 meters above from where we were standing. This was the first sign of civilization in nearly two and a hours after we had left our guesthouse from Kutla. In a hope to find someone in that shelter, we started climbing towards it, so that we can ask the right directions to Barshaini or Kheerganga.
As we climbed again, this time towards that shelter, we saw a bunch of langur sitting on our way. Now we had to take the trail which went all the way around to get to that place. Luckily as soon as we took the longer route, we finally saw a local person some 40-50 meters away upon which we waved and called out to him with all our might for help.
That person thankfully came down to us to help even before we could reach up to him. When we asked for directions to Kheerganga, he pointed to the fact that the way to our destination is from far down and we had come up the wrong trail. He told us that the only things which we will find in this direction were some weed plantations, panthers, leopards and some wild bears.
Feeling our helplessness, he decided to lead us to the correct path. While going down we had to remind him to slow down so that we don't get stuck far behind and get lost again. Finally, after 20-25 mins we reached the path which would meet the trail coming from Barshaini and he left for his village nearby after we thanked him with all our heart.
By the time we reached the actual trail to Kheerganga, we were already exhausted due to this unexpected adventure we faced. The first thing we did after reaching the trail was to eat something, as the breakfast, we had three hours back seemed like a lifetime ago and our stomachs were absolutely empty. After we filled our stomachs with some Aloo Parathas, we regained some energy and got ready to start our trek to Kheerganga finally.
Rest of our trek from there to Kheerganga was quite uneventful when compared to our adventures some hours back however the views were just getting better as we got closer to our destination. As we were already exhausted even before the real trek began, we took our time by soaking in every bit of nature and spending some extra time relaxing at each break.
Due to this our trek took almost 6 hours and we reached Kheerganga around six in the evening. During our last bit of the trek, it started drizzling which made our last kilometre walk a little hurried than we wanted as we could not afford to get wet as we did not have any spare warm clothes other than what we were wearing.