My best experience till now has been when I along with two more friends were hiking in the New Tehri eco-logical park which lies en-route to Tehri from Dhanaulti. While we were walking up the winding path we could hear the distant sound of the moving vehicles on the road that could not be seen from where we were. On one side we had towering pine trees standing upright on the slopes leading down to the valley, and on the other side stood the mountain shielding us from the shining sun on this clear day. The deeper we hiked into this pine jungle, the louder the noise got, untill it was so loud that we started cursing the presence of the road so close to this preserved area. Suddenly we realised that the direction from where the sound was coming, was bang in front of us. And all we could see were slopes on both sides densely populated with trees, without a sign of any road. And that is when it dawned on us that it was not the traffic at all, but the sound of the wind hitting against the leaves of the trees and making a swishing sound. And wow, we were at the best spot I have ever been to in my life. The wind so fierce and cold, was hitting my thinly clothed body and it just passed through me, cleansing me from within. The surrounding mountains added more glamour. The three of us stood our ground, paralysed, with our eyes closed and our arms spread absorbing the freshness. The flowing wind took away all our exhaustion, and our worries. It not only cleared our minds but flushed our souls of all negativity. I had never felt so powerful, yet so powerless in the lap of nature.
As the sun started descending, we also started trudging down the mountain trail with a warm feeling in our hearts. We hardly spoke on our way back, still mesmerised by the raw beauty all around us. I felt closer to myself, and even today while I ponder over the puzzle that is ‘life’, I sometimes imagine the sound of the wind when I close my eyes, and it calms me. This illusion was no illusion but reality, the reality of our existence and our sustenance. And with it comes the wisdom, that we are just mere specs in this magical World of existence.