Rhuchak
I had heard of Dalhousie being a quaint town, where long walks through the tall deodar trees charmed you as the sunrays played peek-a-boo with forest leaves – leaving pretty patterns prancing! I was longing for that experience and behold – Dainkund, the highest point in Dalhousie painted the perfect picture of that! Flitting past quaint looking schools and cottages, light and shadows on the winding roads we arrived at the foot of the trekking trail of the Pohlani Mata temple. So all enthused, with my DSLR in hand I set off to experience the long walks through nature - 1.5 km through the forest trails and nature glades. The snow clad peaks of Dhauladhar towering enticingly beyond the deodar and pine forests – the walk was a walk into wilderness. Known to be famous for brown and black bear, breath-taking beauty stole away any nagging thoughts of bear attacks. Immense photo opportunities. I soaked in the sights and sounds of the forests. It was as if a blanket of peace and serenity had descended upon me removing me from the earthly senses and tossing me into another world. A couple of people along the way – the expression they gave on knowing that I was alone – hilarious! Quizzical question marks written all over their faces! Nevertheless I continue my journey till the temple. The world is oh-so-small Pleasant surprise as I bumped into a group from Mumbai and 2 from Mahim. We were chatting up when I heard a voice calling out ‘Rhucha’ and turned around to an expression of shell-shock. My dear friend Rajarshi standing before me, both of us at the far end of the country, atop an isolated hill, literally in the midst of nowhere and our paths crossing! Coincidence galore ! We exchanged notes on our hereabouts over a cup of tea and started the downward descent. Of course we did not forget to click snaps, after all ‘Selfie to banta hai’. Thus ended Dainkund – a utopia of surprises and I headed on to the landmark of Lootera fame – Kalatop