14th Day of Nanda Raj Jat: Wan to Garoli Patal

2 Rules of Thumb for Survival in High Mountains: Self-reliance, Self-sufficiency

August 30, 2014 Saturday

And the music died beyond Wan. But the trail showed us temperate forest. Delicate dwarf ferns successfully competed with tall hardy conifers, rhododendrons, and surai (Himalyan cypress) for attention of the passersby. New parasols, palanquins, and rams further divided passersby’s already divided attention.

The trail showed us a bird-eye view of the multi-colored snake of vehicles used by administration, travel service providers, and visitors sprawling its limbs in Wan.  Although it was a short gentle to moderate climb, yet a few pilgrims preferred horseback to measure the trail.

Rankidhar, the transit point, was busy because many pilgrims camped there previous night. The only dhaba cum hotel was finding difficult to fulfill the orders. The green young campsite was captivating.

In the afternoon, the sun vanished and the downpour drenched slow walkers and shelterless pilgrims. At Garoli Patal, many pilgrims anticipated a place in govt tents and free food. But every one could not be accommodated in these tents. And more tents couldnot be pitched because the camping site is very small. So the conflict began, Anguish ached many. The shelterless shouted slogans against the chief minister and the organizers for not providing sufficient food and tents. The destination caught between expectations of the two parties-the visitors and the organizers- bore the brunt: Commotion and congestion spoiled the serenity.

But every visitor should remember that self-reliance and self-sufficiency are the rules of thumb for survival in high mountains.

Photo Narrative from 14th Day of Nanda Raj Jat 2014


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