Not only the beautiful views but also the beautiful people played a major role in making the whole trekking experience so memorable. Sharing some small instances of great gesture.
The first was related to sharing food. I hate Okra and we had that for lunch on one of the days. When we stopped at a local hut those people saw that I was not eating my lunch. I told them about issue with Okra and with some hesitation they offered me the local plant's dish which they has prepared. It was absolutely delicious and the important thing was that even though they had prepared that in so less quantity still they happily shared it.
The second incident was with my lost camera. At one of the resting points I had dropped my camera and I realized it only after reaching the next campsite. When I informed the Trek leader he said that he did talk to the local porters and someone has picked it and that I'll get it back. I had no hopes of getting it back as I was wondering that how would they track it down. I was completely amazed to see that these guides and porters have such a strong network even in the absence of cellular network when my Trek leader handed me the camera on the next day. This clearly showed how pure hearted and honest these mountain people really are.
The last instance was at the Indian Army Check point. Since it was 15th August the Army folks had special Onion Pakoras prepared for themselves and it was such an overwhelming gestures when these people shared that with every trekker that came to the check post. Having hot Pakoras in cold rainy weather was a bliss.
Last but not the least only the following Kashmiri Song - 'Hukus Bukus' lyrics can truly describe my feelings throughout the entire Trek:
Shwas Khich Khich Wang-mayam
Meaning - For when the breath that I take in reaches the point of complete purification.
Bhruman daras Poyun chokum
Meaning- It feels like my mind is bathing in the water of divine love.
Tekis Takya bane Tyuk
Meaning-Then I know I am like that sandal wood which is pasted for divine fragrance symbolic of universal divinity. I realize that I am, indeed, divine.