For pictures: https://nivedita1220.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/trekking-astro-camping-at-kheerganga/
Weekends are no more just two days in a week. Weekends are a refuge, weekends are rehab, weekends are when most people actually remember that they are 'alive'. Add an extra day of holiday to those weekends and corporate-robots lose their minds!
Last weekend was one such 'opportunity' which I was adamant not to let slip by. In my desperation to go somewhere far off and disconnect from my daily routine, I stumbled across the concept of Astro-Camping by SciComm. I was hooked! The idea of trekking and sky gazing seemed perfect & almost dreamy! I decided to go for it instantly! Came Friday morning and that's when I realized that I'd actually be trekking on my own with a bunch of strangers. I lost my nerve. Anxious. Panicked. Self-doubt overflowed my cup of sanity! However, Thank God for long distance friends who can talk you into believing in yourself in such times!️ I finally left my home to meet the group at ISBT. We left ISBT at 11:00 pm and soon after I realized that the journey wasn't going to be easy. The ENTIRE WORLD seemed to be on roads that night! We got delayed by 5 hours, however, as soon as we entered Himachal, I somehow lost track of time and was just hypnotized by the serenity around me! I had carried my kindle to read books, I had carried my diary to pen down my thoughts, but I just sat on my window seat the entire time, staring blankly into the wild. We took a short halt beside the Beas river in Oat.en we reached our camp (~1.5 kms before Kasol) I was charmed by the location and the setup of our camps. Everything was perfect. Calm. Welcoming. Magical! With the Parvati River flowing at a stone's throw distance, the vibes of the camp were nothing less than enchanting. Well, the show had just begun! The SciComm group set up the telescopes and took out the binoculars and in just a few minutes, the moon that I've been eyeing on from such a distance for years seemed within reach. And I was spellbound. Music, bonfire, good food, sky gazing, that was my first night of the three days trip.