Ukhrul is not only about black stone pottery, but it is also the home of 'The Jewel of Northeast India'! The day we landed in Manipur... I had declared to my husband that we will have to see the shirui lily with our own eyes before we leave this place. I had read so much about those majestic flowers that I was already in awe of them! The flowers are found only on the top of shiruipeak and so that required us to trek to the shirui hills to get a view of the majestic beautiful magical flowers, that choose only Shirui hills to bloom and no where else!
Before you read further do go through the previous part ???? - Learning The Art Of Black Stone Pottery In Ukhrul
We had an amazing day at Longpi and we slept early so that we could start the day early for our trek. But God had other plans... we got up to the most awful weather that morning. Disheartened I refused to get out of bed and kept looking out of the window hoping the rain God would be merciful on us. Till 7am it almost seemed impossible for us to step out in that heavy rains but after that the weather was beginning to change, it got a little better.
By 7:30am everyone had started getting ready for the trek. Everyone wanted to go for it that day... We had planned so much for this trip! There were people who had been posted in Ukhrul for 3 years now and still haven't been there... And so we all set out ignoring the rain God for the day. Water bottle, some chocolates and a packet of biscuit in our backpack and we were all set to go! We were seven of us accompanied by three locals to show the way. The locals suggested that we pack some lunch as well so we carried our lil tiffin boxes with some roti and sabzi.
By 9am we were at the foot hill of Shirui peak. There is a route for the trek through Shirui Village, but we wanted to take the longer route as the locals suggested that the other route was better during rains because most of it was through the jungles making the track less slippery. And because it has been raining constantly for the last few days that looked like a better option.
The weather was almost with us but then while trekking down it started poring cats and dogs. The flowing rain water made it difficult for us to walk and we did slip and fall a few times and we almost froze to death!In spite of not the perfect weather for a trek and being drenched to the bone, this 12 km trek was one of the best adventures I had in a while!
I shall let the photographs speak for a while...