From flight, train, to Roadtrip in an open jeep...open mountain ranges ...to valleys so breathtakingly deep...
Staying in heritage home, cottages and tents under open skies star gazing nights to early morning sunrise
Eating farm grown organic food..to getting high on innumerous cups of tea
Exchange of travel stories over a bonnfire to crazy dancing, singing, laughing to your heart's desire...
Trekking the mountains... and lying in open meadows...its where the soul is fulfilled and the wisdom grows..
Being welcomed whole heartedly by strangers and painfully departing with friends..
certain gaps that we create in daily mundane life, only travel can mend...
Travel fills your soul..I have experienced it so many times...and as I am growing daily in life the lessons and memories on travel are much precious and momentous.
I have always been a fan of wildrift.com since year 2006 when i discovered them for my first trip to Mukteshwar. Since then ,I have never looked at anyone else but WILDRIFT. While this writeup is not to promote them commercially, it's just to explain the difference between touring a place and traveling it.
While a tourist goes to Nainital, Maussorie and other popular places of Uttarakhand, which have been too much commercialized already and have lost the charm, Wildrift adentures is completely offbeat and out of the world.
A complete travel experience in itself, starting from offbeat destinations, unconventional accommodations, organic, pure and yet delicious food, living with locals, sharing stories on Bonnfire to dancing and singing the trip was a celebration in itself, and most importantly the behavior, these people live "ATITHI DEVO BHAVA" in true spirit.
I am so overwhelmed and out of words to explain my experience because something are just lived, felt and they touch your heart, narrating them in words won't do justice.
DAY 1: KATHGODAM TO DAAN KUDI
We reached Kathgodam from KGM shatabdi express - A good experience of India railways and hospitability begins here with frequent snacks and meals and very comfortable seats.