About Naina Devi
My next destination was the Naina Devi Temple which is built at the height of 1850m and can be accessed through a bus. (Fare :15 Rupees) The bus ride would take 20 mins and gave me the first glimpse of how expertly the drivers make their way through the shit in your pants , edgy roads of the Himalayas.The view from the Naina Devi temple is awe inspiring, when one sees the Pir Panjal mountain range spread on the horizon.To my pleasant surprise I got to know that the temple offered Bhandara ( food ) until 2 PM daily and I too partook along with a hoard of school children who had come for a picnic to the place. The food was typical pahaadi food which my hungry stomach gulped down like no tomorrow.Once done and after exploring the area further, instead of waiting for the return bus I walked my way downhill. ( I later remembered that this place can be trekked too with a pretty well defined trail ) The steps to go down until the Lake Kunt Bhyog, the biggest lake of the seven lakes of Sarkidhar and then further reaching the cave of Guru Padmasambhava.The cold belly of the mountain, was a contrast to the sun hitting the face of the hill. The place is draped with a hoard of Prayer Flags which I had until then seen only in photos and TV. Taking a little rest there, I again continued my trek downhill with ever growing fascination for the solitude that was graced on me.I reached back to Rewalsar in an hour's time, just also in time to get some old notes exchanged at the only Bank in town. I spent the rest of the evening watching the fishes fight for small doughs of flour and biscuits. The birds chirping their way from one tree to another like a abstract slideshow on a Winamp Music Player The moon this fortnight was going to be the Super moon. It rose slowly over the hills , dipping itself in the Rewalsar Lake simultaneously. The hoards of monkeys too went uphill to their trees to spend time convalescing.I walked the lake shore again to the Gurudwara, spent some time within its premises more observant than participative. The dinner in the Langar to bring closure to my first day amongst the mountains.